I swear, whoever comes up with the headlines for articles for Howard/Patuxent/Tribune/Sun or whatever the heck it is needs a course in remedial reading. Because I doggone well know that the headline of this article is not applicable!
It certainly doesn't read to me like all the merchants at Long Reach Village Center are all a-titter over the county declaring it a blight zone and buying it with a look towards redevelopment. Rather, the article reads like one merchant was favorable, and the other one-- well, he's feeling hopeful about it, but he's concerned about the scope and cost of the redevelopment.
And why wouldn't Long Reach merchants be concerned? It's not like the village merchants there are thriving. Not like they can afford much or any rent, much less be out of business for an extended period of time. The rumor that popsicle sticks and bottle caps are accepted methods of rent payment has not yet been verified.
But in all seriousness-- the phasing of the redevelopment and what will happen to existing merchants during redevelopment-- all big questions that need to be answered. If I had a business in Long Reach I too would feel mighty uncertain. And although the county may be offering reassuring words right now, reassuring words wouldn't keep my employees or my bills paid. So this whole process needs to move forward with some speed.
So I don't get the title of the article, except if I accept that whoever writes the headlines is a twinkie. Or worse, an editor! And I have brawled with the editors of Sun/Patuxent/Tribune before. And always, always won.
So editors, whoever, how about a little truth in headlining? A perfectly decent article has been spoiled. As a result, the Sun is now on Headline Probation for six months. All headlines shall be relevant and descriptive of their respective articles. If this is violated, the F-word used to describe local newspapers shall return for a period of 90 days. Truth.
Happy World Plumbing Day!!! Marshmallow Man has gone Pan-Galactic.
And let's be careful out there.