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EDITORIAL: Gun-shy Obama
WashingtonTimes.com / Thu, 24 Jul 2014 21:07:07 -0400

His triumph in 2012 gave President Obama the flexibility he wanted to begin an all-out push for gun control. He thought the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School would give him the momentum he needed to marshal public opinion behind White House demands for more laws to eliminate "gun violence."

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Too much to ask
FrederickNewsPost.com / Fri, 25 Jul 2014 02:00:00 -0400
Twice within a week this past spring I found myself huddled in the dark with my students. The code red call required that we close windows and blinds, lock the door and cover its window, turn out the

Another botched execution [Editorial]
BaltimoreSun.com / Fri, 25 Jul 2014 11:33:00 EDT
Our view: In light of the spate of gruesome deaths from experimental drug protocols, the Supreme Court needs to revisit its blessing of lethal injection

Arizona's execution this week of convicted double-murderer Joseph R. Wood III took so long that his attorneys had time to file another request for a stay and get a Supreme Court justice on the phone while it was going on. According to an Arizona Republic reporter who witnessed the execution, Mr. Wood gasped more than 600 times in the nearly two hours it took him to die. Another witness from a local television station said the condemned looked "like a fish on shore gulping for air."

Football and going too far [Editorial]
BaltimoreSun.com / Thu, 24 Jul 2014 13:07:00 EDT
Our view: Act of boorish behavior caught on tape is latest sign that Americans have lost sense of proportion with their favorite team sport

Just as NFL training camps were opening this week, the over-the-top football fan season kicked off courtesy of an anonymous video posted on YouTube. The online presentation by "BrownsFan4Life" features a man in a Cleveland Browns jersey using Art Modell 's grave for something normally reserved for halftime, or at least the men's room.

EDITORIAL: Stopping police asset-forfeiture predators
WashingtonTimes.com / Fri, 25 Jul 2014 19:17:05 -0400

When the public is more afraid of the cops than the bad guys, the system is broken. There's reason for some law-abiding Americans to worry about their pocketbook becoming lighter after a visit from the lawman. Bonnie and Clyde never pretended to be anything but robbers.

A 64-year-old Texas woman, ...


Patrick and Elise Fleeharty: Crystal Spring
CapitalGazette.com / Fri, 25 Jul 2014 00:15:00 -0400
We found it interesting to read that the would-be Crystal Spring developers are justifying their proposed violation of the Forest Conservation Act by claiming enforcement of the act “…would create an


Federal government failures
FrederickNewsPost.com / Fri, 25 Jul 2014 02:00:00 -0400
We’ve fallen so far. The nation’s government is failing more frequently than it’s ever done before. How did we go from being the nation that Got Things Done — highways, and national parks and rural el

Al DiCenso: Supreme Court ruling
CapitalGazette.com / Fri, 25 Jul 2014 00:15:00 -0400
Apparently, Greg Page (The Capital, July 14) did not bother to read the Supreme Court ruling before railing against it.

Goodbye, HSA [Editorial]
BaltimoreSun.com / Thu, 24 Jul 2014 15:02:00 EDT
Our view: Maryland's high school students should be able to handle English and algebra exams tied to the Common Core standards

The Maryland state board of education's decision this week to replace the English and Algebra I High School Assessments with new tests tied to the Common Core curriculum predictably has sparked complaints that educators are moving too quickly to adopt the more rigorous standard. But we've known all along the transition would be difficult for some students, especially those in high school who will need to pass the new tests in order to graduate. That's why state officials are already planning to make adjustments in how the tests are scored and to continue offering students alternative ways of meeting the high school graduation requirement. Given those safeguards, there's no reason to delay implementing the higher standards.

EDITORIAL: Detroit’s water ‘spigot bigots’
WashingtonTimes.com / Thu, 24 Jul 2014 21:07:05 -0400

Some people find racism everywhere they look, even in the kitchen faucet. In Detroit, the NAACP has applied the "racist" label to a public water works because it's shutting off service to customers who won't pay their water bill. That's what any properly run business will do if it expects ...


EDITORIAL: More Kennedy snake-oil medicine
WashingtonTimes.com / Thu, 24 Jul 2014 21:07:08 -0400

Poking fun at liberals and their schemes is good sport. When they draw up a solution to the world's ills, the result is always waste, duplication, fraud and disaster. Sometimes those ideas from the fringe can be downright dangerous.

Robert F. Kennedy Jr., the most prominent surviving member of the ...


Against guns at Sugarloaf
FrederickNewsPost.com / Sat, 26 Jul 2014 02:00:00 -0400
As 10-year residents of Frederick County, we moved to the agricultural area near Sugarloaf Mountain to raise our family and livestock. While I am not opposed to most special exceptions in the resource

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