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Law says patrons, not bars, liable for actions

The question of whether a bar or restaurant can be held liable for the behavior of its patrons is especially interesting in Maryland, one of eight states that does not have what are known as “dram shop” laws. Dram shop laws pertain to an establishment’s liability  when providing bar service to an obviously intoxicated person… Read more »

Fleetwood’s gone but not too late for Viola

Good government administrators are hard to find, simply because there’s more to the job than solid managerial ability, budgeting experience and people skills. The occupants of these top posts must also be able to work well with a changing lineup of elected officials, regardless of their personal politics and philosophies. Ocean Pines and the Town… Read more »

They died for us, and we’re still the same

The dead can’t speak for themselves, but intelligent people might wonder what the fallen defenders of this country’s freedoms would say if asked, given our current national circumstances, whether their sacrifice has paid off. To be sure, Americans have been bitterly divided before, the Civil War being the most obvious example. But that was hardly… Read more »

Gazette Editorial

Two ironic instances occurred in Berlin, OP If Berlin and Ocean Pines have had one thing in common lately — aside from the shared zip code — it’s the undeniable irony of recent events. In Ocean Pines, it’s the elevation of board of directors member Rick Farr to Ocean Pines Association secretary, the officer responsible… Read more »

County’s draft budget follows usual pattern

A preliminary budget that’s higher on the expense side than the income side has become something of an annual ritual for Worcester County government, just as the reaction by the public has usually involved some handwringing. Looking at the history of the county budget process, however, this theoretical financial conundrum appears to be worse than… Read more »