Financial train wreck – the wasteful spending of extending MARC to Hagerstown (Opinion)

HAGERSTOWN, MD News (3/8/2023) – Who’s ready to take an almost 3 hour train trip to Washington, DC, then another 30 to 60 minutes on the DC Metro just to get to work? Anyone? Anyone? Because that’s what the Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT) is proposing in its MARC Brunswick Line study.

When Innocence is Sacrificed: The Consequence of Plea Bargains

Plea bargaining is a common practice in the criminal justice system where defendants agree to plead guilty in exchange for reduced charges or a lighter sentence. While plea bargaining can help to speed up the process of resolving a case, it can also result in innocent people being forced to accept a guilty plea. This happens when prosecutors use the power and resources at their disposal to push defendants into accepting a plea deal, regardless of their actual innocence.

Putting an End to Mandatory Self-Checkout (Opinion)

Self-checkout was supposed to be wonderful for grocery stores and big box retailers. But after about a decade of the technology, it’s completely failing with at least 67% of consumers having issues with the checkouts. And yet, retailers and grocery stores across the country are attempting to force consumers to use a technology which at least 25% of consumers absolutely hate.

Opinion: Election fraud lessons from the 1866 Congressional elections

HAGERSTOWN, MD News (11/14/2022) – While some have cried foul over David Trone’s defeat of Neil Parrott in the Congressional District 6 race, looking at history we can see that election fraud has been of great concern in this area even in the 19th century, especially during times of national strife and conflict. There are some important lessons to be learned from the 1866 election, and a local newspaper captured it perfectly.

Opinion: Vote Them All Out – WCPS Continued Silence on Explicit Books is a Symptom of Larger Issues

HAGERSTOWN, MD News (11/4/2022) – During the Tuesday, November 1 meeting of the Washington County Board of Education, local parent Ashley McCusker read during the citizen comment section of the meeting excerpts from several sexually explicit books in high schools across Washington County. There were a few brief, mixed reactions from the Board of Education during the meeting, with some members of the Board questioning the books’ presence in the schools. However, when contacted by Radio Free Hub City for further comment, none of the seven board members responded to our email.

Opinion: No Amnesty for Pandemic Transgressors

Emily Oster, an economist at Brown University, recently wrote an article for The Atlantic discussing why she feels that we should declare a “pandemic amnesty” and “forgive one another for what we did and said when we were in the dark about COVID”. As someone whose life was significantly altered because of those actions, and still suffering today, the idea of amnesty without consequences is not only ridiculous, but infuriating.

Opinion: Delegate candidates post photos of each other at Eisenhower Dinner, because this election cycle couldn’t already be stranger

HAGERSTOWN, MD News (10/22/2022) – During Matt Gaetz’s visit to Hagerstown for the annual Republican Club Eisenhower Dinner, Maryland Delegate candidates Brenda Thiam (R) and Brooke Grossman (D) posted photos of each other through the front glass of the Maryland Theatre. Seriously?