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Diversity trumping unity
FrederickNewsPost.com / Wed, 16 Apr 2014 02:00:00 -0400
On Sunday, March 23, The Frederick News-Post reprinted a comment made by an anonymous contributor to the online version who calls himself public-redux. He pondered, “Why does [Kathy] Afzali hate needy

Sad day, for a different reason
FrederickNewsPost.com / Thu, 17 Apr 2014 02:00:00 -0400
Charles Luttrell (“Sad day,” April 15) seems to regard a citizen’s right to free speech via campaign contributions as a sad day.

UConn women got short shrift
FrederickNewsPost.com / Wed, 16 Apr 2014 02:00:00 -0400
While I greatly appreciate your April 11 column from Dana Milbank and the cartoon referencing women’s pay inequality, it would be good for The Frederick News-Post to ascribe to some of those fairness

Top-paid doctors
CapitalGazette.com / Wed, 16 Apr 2014 00:15:00 -0400
OK all of you elementary school students, here is a math problem for you.

Fracking chemicals should be disclosed
FrederickNewsPost.com / Thu, 17 Apr 2014 02:00:00 -0400
Who should have access to specific information on the toxicological, epidemiological and exposure-related information of the chemicals used in hydraulic fracturing?

New communication tower
CapitalGazette.com / Wed, 16 Apr 2014 00:15:00 -0400
I attended the community meeting led by Milestone Communications regarding installation of a cell tower on the property of Annapolis Middle School.

Mayor’s furlough proposal
CapitalGazette.com / Thu, 17 Apr 2014 00:15:00 -0400
The headline of the Anne Arundel section reads, “Little support for mayor’s furlough proposal” (The Sunday Capital, April 6).

Setting priorities in Balto. Co.  [Editorial]
BaltimoreSun.com / Tue, 15 Apr 2014 14:33:00 EDT
Our view: Kamenetz's plan may not solve all of county schools' problems, but it represents a welcome new effort to address them

The prevailing governing philosophy of Baltimore County might well be summed up, with apologies to Henry David Thoreau, as "That government is best which governs least interestingly." As such, County Executive Kevin Kamenetz appeared to go to great lengths in his budget address to the County Council this morning to conceal the fact that he is proposing something quite significant. But there it is, toward the bottom of page eight, after a lengthy discussion of the merits of lowering the projected rate of return on county pensions and forward-funding OPEB obligations (eyes glazing over yet?): a plan to substantially increase borrowing for school construction over the next several years.

Fresh eyes on the budget [Editorial]
BaltimoreSun.com / Wed, 16 Apr 2014 12:53:00 EDT
Our view: Aside from the terrible idea of cutting the state prosecutor, Gansler offers some sensible suggestions on Maryland's budget

It's tempting to dismiss Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler's proposals to reduce state spending on the basis of his spectacularly bad idea of eliminating the state prosecutor's office. Getting rid of the one semi-independent actor in Maryland's political establishment with the power to investigate public corruption is exactly the wrong thing to do. However, the rest of the Democratic gubernatorial candidate's plan includes a number of thoughtful observations about Maryland's $38 billion budget and some sensible approaches to making it more efficient.

Sheriff’s job: Enforce all laws
FrederickNewsPost.com / Wed, 16 Apr 2014 02:00:00 -0400
In response to Spedden Hause III’s recent letter criticizing Sheriff Jenkins as xenophobic, I ask, “What is it about illegal that you don’t understand?” The sheriff’s participation in the 287(g) progr

Bruce Pletsch: Melford, boon or boondoggle?
CapitalGazette.com / Wed, 16 Apr 2014 02:00:00 -0400
I just read that residential development at Melford (previously the Maryland Science & Technology Center) will fatten the city’s coffers by $4 million to $5 million (Bowie Blade News, April 10).

Wouldn’t go to PG County — no, sir
FrederickNewsPost.com / Wed, 16 Apr 2014 02:00:00 -0400
I just read the article about the sheriff’s pay raise getting passed by a narrow margin in the Maryland Senate (“Sheriff's $25,000 pay raise passes Senate by slim margin,” April 2). I have nothing aga

EDITORIAL: Intolerance at Brandeis silences Muslim dissident Hirsi Ali
WashingtonTimes.com / Tue, 15 Apr 2014 20:01:07 -0400

America is a tolerant and expansive nation, having taught the world that a variety of beliefs and lifestyles can thrive across a diverse and prosperous fruited plain. It's also a nation where tolerant folk are frequently called on to tolerate the intolerant, the price we pay for the right to ...

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