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Cecil Whig - - OPINION -

To the no­tice that dredg­ing of the Ch­e­sa­peake City basin won’t be pos­si­ble un­til this fall. Town man­ager San­dra Ed­wards re­cently told the town coun­cil that it’s “go­ing to be a try­ing time for Ch­e­sa­peake City this sum­mer.” While the basin was last dredged up to a foot deep in 2010, parts of the basin are as shal­low as 3 feet at low tide. Ch­e­sa­peake Inn Restau­rant & Ma­rina’s dock­mas­ter told the Whig in De­cem­ber that he was in­creas­ingly turn­ing away large boats from the basin for fear that they would be­come stuck. The town re­cently learned that Gov. Larry Ho­gan in­tends to grant $100,000 to the town to pay for its dredg­ing ex­penses, but the best case sce­nario for that work would be af­ter the lu­cra­tive sum­mer months come to a close. With a va­ri­ety of per­mits needed to be ac­quired for the pro­ject, there just isn’t enough time to iden­tify fed­eral fund­ing, nav­i­gate the per­mit­ting process and fin­ish the work at hand be­fore warm weather ar­rives. Hope­fully af­ter the basin is dredged later this year, the U.S. Army Corps of En­gi­neers will keep better track of its depth be­fore it be­comes an eco­nomic drag on the town again.

To the sad de­tails com­ing out of the death of Prince and his ul­ti­mately fa­tal ad­dic­tion to pre­scrip­tion painkillers. Friends who be­came aware of the depth of the mu­si­cian’s ad­dic­tion reached out to a well-known drug treat­ment physi­cian to at­tempt an in­ter­ven­tion and one of his sons, sent to talk to Prince about en­ter­ing treat­ment, was among those who found the mu­si­cian dead in his es­tate last month. Prince be­gan tak­ing painkillers years ago for ail­ments caused by his per­for­mances and ul­ti­mately de­cided to have hip surgery in the mid-2000s, af­ter which he was pre­scribed more pain medicine. For us, it’s an all-too-fa­mil­iar story of some­one who wasn’t look­ing to take drugs but be­came lost in the power of the med­i­ca­tion and grip of ad­dic­tion. Our pages have been filled with such stories that luck­ily did not end so sad, but we hope that more learn from Prince’s heart­break­ing les­son and seek treat­ment if needed.

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