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EDITORIAL: The flawed rationale for early voting
WashingtonTimes.com / Mon, 29 Sep 2014 20:12:08 -0400
Election Day was once the anticipated day when voters arrived at the polls eager to pull a lever for their favorite candidates. Now Election Day has become Election Season. Much like the "Christmas creep" that turns on the holiday carols in stores and shops a few days after Labor Day, ...
Liberal Democrat Blaine Young
I recently received a flier in the mail with no information as to whom it was from. Given the content, it is clear to me it is from Blaine Young and his builder supporters.
Keeping secrets [Editorial]
BaltimoreSun.com / Mon, 29 Sep 2014 16:47:35 EDT
Our view: The drowning of a Parkville teen in Ocean City has raised serious questions about the public's right to information withheld by police
Last week, Gannett Co. Inc., owner of The Daily Times in Salisbury, filed a lawsuit in Worcester County Circuit Court to force Ocean City to release the name of a 17-year-old drowning victim from Parkville. A number of the newspaper's readers have already expressed outrage at the litigation, with one letter writer describing it as "wrong, just plain wrong" and others questioning what possible public interest is served by knowing the name, particularly given that the victim's family has specifically asked that it not be released.
Had her at ‘community’
Yay to county executive candidate Jan Gardner’s “first 100 days” letter in The Frederick News-Post (Sept. 21).
Shortchanging charter school kids
The Frederick News-Post reported that the county is going to build a brand-new $56 million Frederick High School and in the same article noted that parents at another public school, Frederick Classic
Uncertain developments: Charter government is unknown quantity for developers
Winchester Hall, the seat of county government, is seeing a gold rush of development requests as landowners hurry to lock in approvals ahead of the December switch to charter government. This follows
EDITORIAL: Washington stands in way of real cure for economic malaise
WashingtonTimes.com / Mon, 29 Sep 2014 20:13:05 -0400
Cheerful headlines last week celebrated an uptick in holiday hiring and expanded economic growth in the latest quarter, but the woods are dark and deep and we're still not out of them. Robert E. Hall, an economist at Stanford University, details the "lasting harm to the U.S. economy" in a ...
Have state, local police participated?
I read with great interest the recent three-part series in The Washington Post describing in chilling detail tactics frequently used nationwide by local police whereby they can and do seize cash from
Passion for Bongino
Take back Western Maryland! Now is the opportune time for our people to open their eyes. The approaching November election presents the golden opportunity for us to restore our stolen representation i
Misbehaving cops [Editorial]
BaltimoreSun.com / Mon, 29 Sep 2014 21:04:00 EDT
Our view: It's time city officials started taking complaints of police brutality seriously by demanding reforms in the department
Taking their queue from the classic movie "Casablanca," some city officials are declaring themselves "shocked, shocked!" to learn that police brutality is a serious problem in Baltimore. An investigative report on Sunday by The Sun's Mark Puente found the city has paid out more than $5.7 million since 2011 in judgments or settlements of more than 100 lawsuits brought by citizens alleging excessive use of force and other police misconduct. Three years earlier, the city's budget office also raised concerns over its spending $10.4 million from 2008 through 2011 — an average of about $3.5 million annually — defending the Baltimore Police Department against misconduct lawsuits. Yet City Council members claim they had no idea how pervasive the wrongdoing…
Our hero — Sheriff Jenkins
Thank you, Russ Thompson (“Be thankful for Sheriff Jenkins,” Sept. 25) for the praise and admiration for Sheriff Chuck Jenkins. I was so happy to finally see such a well-deserved and positive article
EDITORIAL: The District’s contempt of court on gun-carry permits
WashingtonTimes.com / Mon, 29 Sep 2014 20:12:05 -0400
The District of Columbia is too clever by half. When a federal judge ordered the city to recognize the right of residents and nonresidents to carry guns for self-defense, the city channeled Rube Goldberg, the cartoonist who drew those convoluted designs to make the easy look difficult.
Under the scheme ...
Amazon plus 6 percent
If you’ve been putting off placing that order at Amazon.com, you might want to do it today. Beginning Wednesday, it’s going to cost you 6 percent more.
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