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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.”

The most important function that a County Councilor can, and must, perform within our charter government is that of being a “check” on the County Executive. Without that check being performed, we might as well eliminate the Council all together; or just have the Executive appoint them.Jackie Gregory is that check.

Over 10 million people have signed up for Disney Plus since it launched last year. It’s easy to understand why. The service gives subscribers access to hundreds of movies and television shows for just $7 a month — no cable plan required.

From the Town of Elkton: Mayor Robert Alt and the Commissioners are asking that everyone participate in the 2020 Census. It’s vitally important that all of Elkton’s residents be counted to ensure that our community receives its fair share of funding and that economic and planning decisions accurately reflect Elkton’s best interests.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s Lower Drug Costs Now Act (H.R.3) imposes strict price controls, taxes, and regulations on biopharmaceutical companies. The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office expects the measure to reduce the industry’s revenues by $1 trillion over the coming decade.

I would like to clarify my comments regarding the Fire Alarm system at Perryville High School. I am a former CCPS employee and Nicet Certified in fire alarm installation, maintenance and inspection. I was the person conducting the required yearly inspections mentioned by Mr. Willis.

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