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Jim Normandin

President and Publisher

I took a walk back to the construction site behind The Apartments at Charlestown Crossing after the crew had quit for the day. There is one portable toilet. No portable sink with soap and paper towels, no hand sanitizer near the site, unless it is inside the portable toilet.

As our state, nation and the world battle the COVID-19 pandemic, there is much fear and uncertainty of what the future holds. We must first and foremost protect public health and I commend Governor Larry Hogan and his administration for the leadership our state needs at this time to protect our citizens from this deadly virus.

“We know that our high-technology society is handling our environment in a way that will be lethal for us. What we don’t know — and had better make haste to test — is whether a high-technology society can achieve a safe, durable and improving relationship with its environment.”

Editor's Note: What follows is an end of March op-ed from County Executive Alan McCarthy. A version of this note with updates will be published in the Friday Cecil Whig.

History: “The indispensable common denominator,” tells us better times are ahead

Mayor Rob Alt and the Commissioners, and all the members of Team Elkton congratulate Mr. Johnnie Bowman and Mr. Danny Bonsall on their retirement from the Town of Elkton Department of Public Works.

Editor’s Note: Mr. William Carroll is the new Deputy Editor of the Cecil Whig. Please join us in welcoming him to the county and community. What follows is his first editorial. — B. Rae Perryman, Editor

Over the course of just a few short weeks, the coronavirus has twisted its tendrils into the fabric of our daily lives. Due to the threat of the pandemic in Maryland — and now, with its aggressive arrival — it controls commerce, social interaction and most everything else.

These are scary times. Every day we here in Cecil County seem to get more bad news about another confirmed case of COVID-19, more businesses being shut down, and more of our friends and neighbors suffering.

In the old days, Church pastors frowned on their church members staying home to watch television preachers Rex Humbard, Jerry Falwell or Robert Schuller. The sick and the very elderly were typically pardoned but that was as far as grace was extended. The vast majority of churches across the land did not televise their services or broadcast church on the radio. Traditionally churches have preferred keeping their flock coming to the “house of God.”

RISING SUN — You don’t need me to tell you that supplies of the new essentials (household disinfectants, staple foods and paper products) are in short supply.

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