Imagine going into cardiac arrest and the closest emergency room is more than 30 miles away. Or suppose your child is struggling with depression, but there isn't a single psychiatrist in your county. Or consider experiencing unexpected pregnancy complications -- yet living hours away from a hospital that has the resources to help.

Let me set the scene for you: Loyola University, Baltimore, Md., Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2019. Friends and family, coaches, paraprofessionals bundled up watching the 2019 State Championship Corollary Tennis matches. Elkton High student athletes proudly representing Cecil County. No school administrators, school board members, athletic directors or reporters. No fanfare. Did you even know that Elkton High Corollary Tennis made it to the State Championship? or that they won the County Championship 2 weeks ago? Do you know the names and faces of your County Champs? I do, but only because my son …

I can’t seem to shake the terror that Kayla Mueller went through when she was captured. Kayla Mueller was a humanitarian aid worker and human rights activist from Prescott, Ariz., who traveled to Syria to work with the Danish Refugee Council and an aid group called Support to Life. She was taken hostage by the Islamic State group in Aleppo in 2013. She was held in solitary confinement. She was tortured. She was intimidated. She was ultimately raped by al-Baghdadi himself. Kayla’s parents were very grateful for the killing of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. Her parents were eternally grateful to …

Governing is never easy. You have to make tough choices. And, for many years, our elected leaders kept passing the buck. They borrowed against the future. They didn't balance our budgets. They were scared to make tough choices. Then we elected Alan McCarthy as our county executive. Like Donald Trump, he is making our county great again. In just four short years, we are finally investing in our schools, in our sheriff's department, and in our roads. And, most importantly to me, we are making historic efforts to address the opioid crisis that is killing our children. We can make those in…

In an excerpt from a published article in the Cecil Whig earlier this year, there were many benefits and much excitement talked about concerning the new cashless tolling implemented at the Hatem Bridge in Cecil County Maryland:

In the past two months, I have written to Governor Larry Hogan in regards to the conditions of our main roads. I used 272 as an example of a poor patch work that is becoming a hazard to motorcycles plus vehicles are now swerving to avoid bad road conditions. I have not heard from his office which is unusual. As a typical local tax payer, I often wonder where does all the toll money Maryland collects go? I can hear the leaders in Annapolis say “well we have appropriate funds for this and that.” Well Annapolis and county, try protecting our drivers. Fix our roads and finish the circles a…

I was surprised to read attacks full of lies against me by Jack Wilkins (who does not seem to be a registered Republican in Cecil County according to voter files) recently published in your newspaper.

Changes in humans are not that easy when it comes to traditional animal meat. I’ve read a book by author Paul Shapiro who speaks of “Clean Meat.” As innovators around the world have demonstrated, it is possible to provide the same meat-centric dishes that people love by cultivating meat directly from animal cells. This method will use far less land and water. It will help curb the rising antimicrobial resistance driven by modern industrial animal agriculture. It will help us feed 10 billion people on a planet with finite, increasingly depleted resources. Cultured meat is produced in a …

Few have noticed it, but we have a rerun of the 2016 presidential election playing out right here in the Cecil County Executive race.

During the most trying times of our country’s history, Congressman Elijah Cummings’ loud voice roared, and indeed reverberated around the world, for the causes that drove him every day — for civil and human rights, civil rights and voting rights and equal rights — the principles on which our democracy was founded. Speaker of the House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi called him the “North Star of the House.” He was eloquently eulogized by former United States Presidents Bill Clinton and Barack Obama and other dignitaries. President Obama called the congressman “a man of noble and good h…

Who does this economic development really benefit? That is my question. We’ve seen a lot of deals being made and jobs being created, but on the flip side, we’ve also seen our marginal tax rates and utility bills rise to pay for discretional spending that is very frivolous, and for mandated spending that we should be pushing to change and not embrace.

In response to the “Racing pigeon found at Arts Council, mailed home” article that the Cecil Whig published on Oct. 10:

The Class of 1984 recently returned to Elkton for our 35th reunion. Our fearless Class President Dave Testerman, set a big goal for this reunion and delivered. Dave’s vision was a street party in Elkton for all EHS alumni. Dave assembled a small, but capable, team of volunteers to set the plan in motion. The planning was not insignificant. Dave and his team negotiated with the town leaders, worked with the bars and restaurants, thought through the details and called in a lot of favors to try to pull this off. They were very successful.

We now are beginning the silly election season in Cecil County. Let me say what many think: I support for Alan McCarthy for County Executive. The reason is simple: he has made our County stronger and put it on a path to become a place where we can raise our families in prosperity. Alan has invested in our schools, our roads, and in public safety. But, more importantly, he has been a fiscally responsible leader. Thanks to his leadership and ability to make tough decisions, we no longer borrow against the future and we have a balanced budget. Just like we all do at home, Alan paid off th…

I am concerned about this resolution for a few reasons: This expedited Enterprise expansion is supposed to be for Elkton as the resolution states, but there are a number of properties listed on Exhibit B that are literally miles away. I am for lower taxes for everyone, but this looks to be selective. The resolution specifically says Elkton, but there are properties involved in North East and even Port Deposit. Then the resolution is being hurried through. This makes the taxpayer suspicious. Why the hurry? We need transparency on this issue and all issues. This Resolution 50-2019 has a …

A key element for Southfields is the PUD Zoning Ordinance as it establishes the rules for development and defines the permissible uses. On Oct. 2, the Mayor and Town Commissioners voted favorably on Ordinance 5-2019, effectively establishing the PUD Zoning Ordinance in 20 days.

The Southfields Project has been getting a lot of attention lately, but do they really realize the impact?

Editor's note: This letter to the editor incorrectly identifies reporter Katie Tabeling's Oct. 3 article about Danielle Hornberger's campaign for county executive as an editorial.