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What took Thornton so long?
BaltimoreSun.com / Thu, 5 Mar 2015 11:54:42 EST
Baltimore City Schools CEO Gregory Thornton says he has "not been asleep" during the nine months he's been at the helm of the district and has been working on strategies to set its budget on a sustainable path. But if that's the case, he certainly could have done a better job of waking up...

Hazing born from tradition
FrederickNewsPost.com / Thu, 05 Mar 2015 02:00:00 -0500
In response to The Frederick News-Post‘s Sunday editorial, “Zaun’s comments on his hazing were deeply irresponsible.”

Alban’s stellar performance
FrederickNewsPost.com / Fri, 06 Mar 2015 02:00:00 -0500
The Board of Education this week unanimously approved Superintendent Terry Alban’s $200,000-a-year contract for another four years. After reading Thursday’s front-page story, which gave readers a glim

EDITORIAL: Cuomo bans fracking, New Yorkers talk secession
WashingtonTimes.com / Thu, 05 Mar 2015 17:55:04 -0500

If you can't beat 'em, join 'em. Or leave 'em, depending. Several struggling towns in upstate New York look across the state line at Pennsylvania and are thinking about secession, not from the union but from New York. After years of timid waffling, Gov. Andrew Cuomo has said no to ...

Snow falls, climate changes
BaltimoreSun.com / Thu, 5 Mar 2015 12:30:00 EST
For those who have found the cold, snowy winter of 2014-2015 more than mildly irritating and the words, "be grateful you don't live in Boston" insufficiently comforting, today's snowfall may have pushed you over the edge. Not only because it shut down schools, governments and businesses and...

EDITORIAL: Rubio-Lee tax reform proposal
WashingtonTimes.com / Thu, 05 Mar 2015 17:26:05 -0500

Everybody talks about tax reform but nobody ever gets around to doing something about it. Now two Republican senators, Marco Rubio of Florida and Mike Lee of Utah, have introduced a proposal that embraces both pro-growth and pro-family concerns and simplifies the mess that is the current federal tax code. ...

EDITORIAL: Hillary Clinton can’t dodge email scandal
WashingtonTimes.com / Wed, 04 Mar 2015 21:13:08 -0500

There's a new chapter in the familiar Clinton dodge, this one written by Hillary. On Monday The New York Times reported that Mrs. Clinton stubbornly refused to use a government email account during her tenure as secretary of state, choosing instead a private account to better hide her emails. This ...

Ending judicial elections
BaltimoreSun.com / Wed, 4 Mar 2015 13:27:00 EST
Electing judges by popular vote is a bad idea. Experience has taught this lesson over and over again. If you want judges to be impartial and fair (or at least appear to be), you don't force them to act like politicians making promises and seeking campaign contributions from the very people...

Dry district obstacles
FrederickNewsPost.com / Fri, 06 Mar 2015 02:00:00 -0500
Whether or not we have an “open for business” sign in Frederick or a sign that covers the whole state is irrelevant. If you are going to talk the talk then you need to walk the walk. There’s a perfect

Hiking while stupid
FrederickNewsPost.com / Fri, 06 Mar 2015 02:00:00 -0500
For those who live in a hole and are not familiar with the movie “Wild” (for which star Reese Witherspoon received an Oscar nomination), or the 2012 memoir on which it’s based (“Wild: From Lost to Fou

If you’re not planning for retirement, you should read this
FrederickNewsPost.com / Thu, 05 Mar 2015 02:00:00 -0500
It’s being called the “silver tsunami,” and, according to a report released this week by a state task force, the wave of people approaching retirement without any meaningful savings could swamp Maryla

Looking out for others
FrederickNewsPost.com / Fri, 06 Mar 2015 02:00:00 -0500
Very often the difference between triumph and tragedy is a fine line. One occupant of a burning building escapes unharmed while another has serious injuries. Individuals living in tornado-prone region

EDITORIAL: Streetcars felled by rising costs
WashingtonTimes.com / Wed, 04 Mar 2015 21:11:03 -0500

Nearly everybody likes a streetcar, but most of them live only in the memories of old folks. Once upon a time streetcars ran nearly everywhere in nearly every big city in America, and in a lot of not-so-big cities. Two hundred miles of track, for example, tied Washington to its ...

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