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Letters to the Editor

Governor Hogan’s One Maryland
As I went door-to-door in the campaign and now during my constituent listening hours, it’s inevitable that someone will remind me not to forget us here on the Shore. This “One Maryland” concept has stuck with me as I work with my colleagues in Annapolis.
I believe Governor Hogan’s leadership reflects this “One Maryland” approach. A review of his recent decisions on several policy and funding issues demonstrates a fair and balanced approach benefitting all of Maryland.
For example, after rejecting the originally proposed phosphorous regulations, the Hogan administration moved forward with regulations that struck a balance between the environment and our farm community.
Along those same lines, Governor Hogan refused to let the last administration’s arcade regulations go into effect, which would have devastated our local family arcade and amusement owners. Instead, the new administration is working with our local arcade operators to ensure that the new regulations do not negatively impact family arcade centers.
When it comes to transportation funding, the Hogan administration provided $65 million in new funding to upgrade and widen U.S. Route 113, Worcester County’s current top transportation priority. In addition, the administration’s funding plan includes $160 million to widen Maryland 404 from U.S. 50 to the Denton Bypass.
Given the number of accidents and deaths on routes 113 and 404 over the years, these highway improvements will save lives, especially during peak summer resort traffic.
Governor Hogan understands that investments on the shore and in other rural areas in the state do not come at the expense of our metropolitan regions. In fact, Baltimore County will receive more than $500 million in funding in the Administration’s Consolidated Transportation Plan.
As I continue to work with my colleagues in the Maryland General Assembly on the state’s priorities, I am appreciative of Governor Hogan’s rebalancing of Maryland’s expenditures and regulations.
The governor’s actions show that he is considering the needs of Marylanders in every part of the state. We on the shore will not be forgotten under Governor Hogan’s leadership.
Del. Mary Beth Carozza
District 38C – Worcester and Wicomico

Thanks for great Peach Festival
It takes a village to make a great Peach Festival. The Berlin Heritage Foundation’s Peach Festival Committee extends heartfelt thanks to all those who made our seventh annual festival a great success.
We are grateful to all those who donated funds, prizes or in-kind services, volunteered, performed, demonstrated and sold crafts and art, shared educational information, provided delicious food and beverages, judged pies, dared to join in a pie-eating contest or sport a peach tattoo. We also thank the more than 3,000 people who attended.
Our downtown merchants made Peach Day so much fun. Special thanks go to our major sponsors– Worcester County Arts Council, Maryland State Arts Council and Main Street Berlin–as well as to Mayor Gee Williams, the council and all the departments working for the Town of Berlin who helped to make this another great community event. What a festive day in Berlin.

Peach Festival