The North East Lions Club would like to thank everyone who came out in good weather — and bad — to purchase Christmas trees from us. Christmas tree sales have been a yearly event for us for over 15 years. If it wasn’t for you, the people of North East and surrounding communities, the Lions would not be able to provide the services we do. Every cent of our proceeds goes back to the community to provide financial support to organizations such as: Cub & Scout Troop 131 of North East, North East Library, Boys & Girls Club of Cecil County, Scholarships to Cecil College, Henry Hammer…

In November, 7 members of the volunteer group Citizens Climate Lobby sat in our representative’s office in the Rayburn House Office building in D.C. and asked Andy Harris to co-sponsor H.R. 763, the Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act. When passed, the bill will put a gradually-increasing fee on fossil fuel in the U.S. All the money from the fee will be distributed in equal shares to all citizens (kids get 1/2 share). The goal is to reward producers and consumers who avoid greenhouse fuels by improving efficiency and switching to renewable energy. Who doesn’t want to be rewarded …

When I got our Cecil County property tax bill, it had a big interest charge on it. I was told that we did not pay the first bill. I don’t remember ever receiving (three envelopes) through the mail.

I recently found out that the Cecil Businesses for Better Government implied that I may be “local anarchist” because I favor restraint in government spending and taxation.

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What should be your New Years Resolution? Make it something you really want. Don’t make it a resolution that you should want or what other people tell you to want. Limit your list to a number you can handle. It’s probably best to make two or three resolutions that you intend to keep. Example get in shape, start eating healthier food and less food overall. Perhaps you may want to stop procrastinating or improve your concentration and mental skills. Perhaps it’s time to be more active and meet new people. Spend more time with people that matter. Become more polite and reduce stress. Volu…

A gunman opened fire at a church in Texas on Sunday morning, killing two people with a shotgun before a member of the church’s volunteer security team fatally shot him, the authorities said. A Texas bill that took effect in September allows licensed handgun owners to carry those weapons in churches, synagogues and other places of worship. Places of worship are meant to be sacred, and I am grateful for the church members who acted quickly to take down the shooter and help prevent further loss of life. The problem in Maryland is too much refusals to obtain a concealed weapon through the …

The beginning of a new year is a chance to pause, reflect and make decisions with the hope of making lasting change in one’s life. New Year’s resolutions typically focus on self-improvement: lose weight, stop smoking, exercise more often. This year why not do something even more lasting?

We all hear about “peace on Earth” this time of year. In fact, we deeply crave it. But between overpacked schedules, obligatory family visits, exhausting shopping trips, and other holiday stressors, most of us find peace elusive.

Homeless sleeping in their cars is on the rise in America. Most cities and towns restrict parking. The need is growing. HipCamp and AllStays are free online guides to the best parks, campgrounds, city parks, casinos, and more free spots to park your car for an extended siesta. Rest areas are another no-brainer place to park and sleep in your car. Several states allow cars and trucks to park at a rest stop for up to 8-hours.

Thank you, Sheriff Adams, for your wisdom, insight and courage in your decision to support program 287(g). Our Deputies and local police need our support on this and I believe they will certainly have it (silent majority). It is nice to know that there are some of our leaders who still utilize common sense and logic. Next step, let's make our county a sanctuary for the second amendment.

To Whig readers — A pressing invitation from a guy who's 86 years old, and is still vertical and breathing frequently: