Saturday, October 11, 2014

Every Sunday On The Pocomoke Public Eye..


It's reader-friendly viewing of newspaper archive and historical archive material, primarily of local interest. 

This week we share items from 1939, 1921, 1999, 1900, and 1935.

Check back tomorrow, 10/12, right here!

Thursday, October 9, 2014

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More than a dozen states plan to cancel health care policies not in compliance with ObamaCare

Obama promised 37 times "no one will take it away"..

More than a dozen states plan to cancel health care policies not in compliance with ObamaCare in the coming weeks, affecting thousands of people just before the midterm elections.

"It looks like several hundred thousand people across the country will receive notices in the coming days and weeks," said Jim Capretta of the Ethics and Public Policy Center.

The policies are being canceled because states that initially granted a reprieve at the request of President Obama are no longer willing to do so.

In coming weeks, 13 states and the District of Columbia plan to cancel such policies, which generally fall out of compliance with the Affordable Care Act because they don’t offer the level of coverage the law requires.

Virginia will be hardest hit, with 250,000 policies expected to be canceled.

And because federal law requires a 60-day notice of any plan changes, voters will be notified no later than November 1, right before the Nov. 4 midterms.

Many of those forced out of their current plans and into ObamaCare may not be able to keep their doctors. They also could face higher deductibles and out-of-pocket expenses, making ObamaCare an election issue on the eve of voting.

Obama had originally unequivocally promised that underhis health care plan, everyone could keep their doctors and plans.

In 2009, he told the American Medical Association, "If you like your doctor, you will be able to keep your doctor. Period.If you like your health care plan, you will be able to keep your health care plan. Period.No one will take it away. No matter what."

The president later was forced to admit that any plan without the additional benefits required under ObamaCare faced cancellation.
But that unleashed a nasty political backlash, forcing him to back down and call for states and insurers to extend those policies forthree more years.

Some said he didn’t have much choice. "There were some five or six million people who were at stake here and the federal exchange was in no condition to even process a few hundred thousand people much less millions," said Joe Antos of the American Enterprise Institute.

Many states flatly refused to extend and now comes the new round of states that plan to cancel policies.


TIME MACHINE ... This Sunday's Preview

1939.. Worcester County's young state's attorney raids large still; 1921.. Pocomoke farmer battles with Bald Eagle in death strugle; 1999.. Decision made on Smith Island beer sales request;  1900.. Son of famous American may have been first automobile driver on lower Eastern Shore; 1935.. Here's what's playing this week at the Marva Theater.

Although you may not find all of these items in a history book, they are a part of our local history and you can read more about it this Sunday right here at The Pocomoke Public Eye!   

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Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Larry Hogan was the clear winner against Lt. Governor Anthony Brown

Pokomoke --

Larry Hogan was the clear winner against Lt. Governor Anthony Brown during tonight's gubernatorial debate on WJZ, the first of the general election!

This victory solidifies the momentum we have built since launching our campaign back in January. The Lt. Governor is unable and unwilling to defend his failed economic record, while our focus on jobs, struggling Marylanders, and restoring our economy resonates with voters of all walks of life and of all political affiliations.

With just 28 days left and the momentum on our side, we know we can win this election. But, we need your help to get there. Please join us at one of our many local offices to volunteer in your spare time. There is a lot of work to be done over the next few weeks - making calls, knocking on doors, delivering signs, and more. Without the hard work of our volunteers across the state, we would never be in the position we are in now, and can't win without your continued support.

If you are unable to volunteer, please consider making your most generous contribution to the Hogan Victory Fund. Your donation will allow us to keep the pressure on Brown with our television and radio advertisements and get out the vote efforts.

Thank you for all you have done and all you continue to do as we get closer and closer to this pivotal election. With your help, and with the help of your friends and family, we know that change is coming to Maryland on November 4.

Thank you,

Steve Crim
Campaign Manager
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Hogan for Governor · 2635 Riva Rd, Suite 100, Annapolis, MD 21401, United States
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Authority: Hogan-Rutherford Committee to Change Maryland,
John C. Wobensmith, Treasurer.

McDermott Outlines Why He Is Running

McDermott Outlines Why He Is Running

For Immediate Release

To bring Eastern Shore values to the table in Annapolis, this is why I am running, because you deserve a voice...I have stood up for you in the House, and I will fight for you in the Senate.”said candidate for State Senate, Delegate Mike McDermott during a PAC 14 interview last week. During the course of the interview with Phil Tilghman, McDermott touched on a wide variety of issues currently facing the Eastern Shore, including economic instability, education, and tax hikes.

We don’t need followers, that place is full of followers...getting elected is not the end goal. We need leaders from the shore to go up there and represent our values” said McDermott when asked how to move the Eastern Shore forward. “Our people are hurting, they deserve better” concluded McDermott.

McDermott’s full interview with Tilghman can be viewed by clicking the link below. In just 30 minutes, McDermott outlines his reason for running for the State Senate seat in District 38. If you want to make an informed choice come election day, this piece is for you.

Monday, October 6, 2014

In Case You Missed It For Immediate Release: October 6, 2014

Contact: Erin Montgomery
Anthony Brown “badly off-track,” could lose governor’s race, writes respected commentator 
ANNAPOLIS, MD – October 6, 2014 – Lt. Gov. Brown’s campaign is in trouble, writes noted political commentator and former Baltimore Sun reporter Barry Rascovar in a column for The Maryland Reporter today. Rascovar aptly lays out all the reasons why Brown’s campaign is “badly off-track,” including Brown’s inability to form a connection with voters.

[Anthony Brown’s] professional staff has hermetically sealed their candidate in a tight cocoon, isolating him from the media and all voters except the most loyal Democratic groups,” writes Rascovar. “They’ve picked the wrong issues to run on. Abortion rights and gun control laws are settled matters in Maryland. Even Republican gubernatorial nominee Larry Hogan Jr. agrees on that. The pocketbook issues will decide this election — or as advisers to Bill Clinton put it in the 1990s, ‘It’s the economy, stupid.’”

According to Larry Hogan, “Marylanders want answers from Lt. Gov. Brown on so many questions: What will he do about the $405 million revenue shortfall, the looming 67 percent increase in property taxes, and the more than 200,000 Marylanders out of work?”

“When in the world is he going to emerge from the ‘cocoon’ of which Mr. Rascovar writes, break his silence, and give Marylanders the answers they deserve?” Hogan asks.
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For more information or to request an interview, contact Erin Montgomery M: (443) 858-5403 or Hannah Marr M: (443) 935-3684
Authority: Hogan-Rutherford Committee to Change Maryland.  John C. Wobensmith, Treasurer

Delegate Mike McDermott When Hope Fails

When Hope Fails
by Delegate Mike McDermott

(Salisbury)  During a debate on the Don Rush show carried live on WSDL Public Radio, Senator Jim Mathias described the economy on Maryland’s lower shore as, “robust”. He touted the government spending that has been going on as one of the reasons he should be kept for another term of office.

I could not disagree more, and it seems the Maryland State Comptroller and I are on the same page.

“Robust” is not the terminology being utilized to describe Maryland’s economy, and particularly not that of the lower shore. Recently, Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot (D) reported how our State’s revenues for income and sales taxes are off by over $405 million dollars and the future is not looking any better.

Wages and salaries are essentially stagnant. Local, independent businesses are struggling to meet payroll, cover their costs and turn a profit. Working families have cut back their spending because they just don’t have the money, they’re scared of losing their jobs, or, in many cases, both.
-Comptroller Peter Franchot, Sept. 24, 2014

The Comptroller went on to say that Maryland families see their paychecks “moving in the wrong direction” and we are now second in the nation in foreclosures. He pointed out how the Maryland economy failed to grow at all in 2013 ranking #49 in the country. Without a dramatic shift in policy, he foresees even greater pain in store for the state.

Franchot stated, “We need to recognize that ‘hope’ is not an economic strategy.
Jim Mathias and Martin O’Malley have grown government and increased our spending because they believe that therein lies our salvation. How else can we explain a 30% increase in spending during the worst recession ever faced by our country. Their strategy for job production is flawed and they have failed.

Conservative solutions have been scoffed at and never allowed to see sunlight in Annapolis, even while the sun sets on our failing economy. It is long past time to see change in the General Assembly. We need leaders, not excuse makers. 

Sunday, October 5, 2014

TIME MACHINE ... 1922, 2006, 1974, 1918, 1961

"Friendliest Town On The Eastern Shore."  Our tradition runs deep.  Excerpt from a letter to the editor from a visitor to Newtown, (former name of Pocomoke City) published in the Baltimore Sun, April 28,1847.

This place (Newtown) is a pretty snug little village, containing about 500 clever and hospitable inhabitants; is has good wide streets, quite clear of that "eye sore," known mostly over the Peninsula by the name of "deep sand"; the houses, though built of frame, are generally built substantially and with some discretion and taste; there are two neat, new, and quite handsome frame churches in it; as for the merchants of the place, suffice it to state that they are very clever and hospitable.  F. Mezick, Esq., the landlord with whom I stopped, and his very obliging and jolly assistant, are richly deserving of a passing notice, for the good treatment and the extension of the many civilities to "the stranger."

(Reader-friendly viewing of news archives/historical archives material)

April, 1922
The Leavenworth Times (Leavenworth, Kansas)


Will Protect Property Which Escaped Flames In Pocomoke City, Maryland.

Pocomoke City, Maryland, April 17.-  With ten acres in the heart of this city burned over causing an estimated property damage of $2,000,000, Governor Ritchie tonight ordered a company of the first regiment, Maryland National Guard, at Salisbury,  to proceed here at once to protect property which escaped the flames.

Tonight the town is in darkness. Wires are down. The heart of the business section is in ruins. Both banks have been destroyed and in addition to business structures fifty homes fell prey to the flames.  Communication with the outside world has been accomplished by tapping wires on the outskirts.

April, 2006 (Maryland State Archive)
Washington Post 

Del. K. Bennett Bozman, 69; Served Eastern Shore

By Allan Lengel
Washington Post Staff Writer
Friday, April 28, 2006

Maryland Del. K. Bennett Bozman, an affable Democrat from the Eastern Shore who fought to protect the coastal bays and served as the House's deputy majority whip, died April 27 after a cardiac arrest, just days before his 70th birthday.

House Speaker Michael E. Busch (D-Anne Arundel) said that Del. Bozman, of Worcester County, had developed bacterial meningitis while hospitalized on the Eastern Shore and was being taken by ambulance to Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore mid afternoon when he died.

Del. Bozman's death caught colleagues and friends off guard and brought an outpouring of kind words from both sides of the political aisle.

"I was deeply saddened to hear about Bennett's untimely passing, and I am sure that sentiment is shared by the many citizens whose lives he touched during his decades of public service to citizens of Wicomico and Worcester counties," Lt. Gov. Michael S. Steele (R) said. "He was truly an Eastern Shore gentleman."

Born May 8, 1936, in Norfolk, Del. Bozman attended Washington High School in Princess Anne, Md., and received a degree from the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy in 1961.

He served in the U.S. Coast Guard from 1961 until 1969 and went on to become a pharmacist and county commissioner on the Eastern Shore, colleagues said.

Del. Bozman became a member of Maryland's House in 1991. Over the years, he served on panels including the Ways and Means Committee and the Special Joint Committee on Competitive Taxation and Economic Development.

"Bennett truly was a very modest and very kind human being," said Del. Elizabeth Bobo (D-Howard). "He wasn't the kind of delegate who hopped on the floor just to [talk]. He only got up when he had something to say."

Busch expressed similar sentiments. "Everybody loved Bennett Bozman," he said. "He was a natural with people. He always had something positive to say."

In 2000, despite long odds, Del. Bozman took a shot at unseating Rep. Wayne T. Gilchrest, a popular moderate Republican who had far more financing.

Del. Bozman's party offered little material help, figuring the money could be better spent on a candidate with better odds. Still, that didn't stop him from chalking up 25,000 miles on his wife's car and traveling both shores of the Chesapeake. He lost by a considerable margin.

Survivors include his wife, two children and three grandchildren.

June, 1974 (Time Machine archive)
(The Salisbury Times)


Lt. McGee Given Farewell Dinner

OCEAN CITY-  In a testimonial dinner, highlighted by humor, a stellar audience, and a moving salute to his family by guest of honor, Edwin D. McGee, the Salisbury barrack "E" commander was given an affectionate farewell by friends and fellow officers this weekend.

He is retiring July 1 after 33 years with the Maryland State Police.

First Lt. McGee, 57, who was born near Pocomoke City, came to the Salisbury barrack after a short hitch as a rookie in the Belair area, at the start of his career in 1941.  Remaining here, he became barrack commander in 1969.

At the gala Friday evening dinner-dance, a host of well-wishers took the podium to tell "Big Mac" anecdotes and present him gifts. 

April, 1918
Marylander And Herald (Princess Anne)

Crisfield Man To Prison

William S. Guy, a merchant in Crisfield, pleaded guilty in the United States Court in Baltimore last Wednesday of violating the Mann Act, when he went to Baltimore with Annie Elizabeth Carter on March 26 last. He was sentenced to 18 months in the Atlanta penitentiary.

Guy is married, and it was said after his arrest that his wife knew of his intimacy with Miss Carter, who is 24 years old, but of weak mind. In going to Baltimore the couple went through Philadelphia, and that gave the government jurisdiction in the case. 

Footnote:  As originally passed by Congress in 1910, the Mann Act's ambiguous language of "immorality" meant it could be used to criminalize consensual sexual behavior between adults.

August, 1961
(The DailyMail- Hagerstown, Md.)

Citizens Happy Circus Has Left

SNOW HILL, Md. (AP)-  The circus has left town, and no doubt the citizens of this Worcester County seat are relieved.

Early Tuesday morning, a Brahma bull made its way through town to a farm about one mile north of Snow Hill.

Only two days previously, Mrs. Alton Smack opened a door of her home only to see an elephant standing beside her garage.

Both the bull and the 17,000 pound elephant broke loose from their confines at the circus, which ended its engagement Tuesday.

Skeptical town police finally had to usher the elephant to its proper home.  The keeper couldn't be found.

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