What's the fuss?

Little comment might have been generated about Maryland’s new community college tuition bill, except that early on some people began saying it was “free college.”  It’s still called that, regardless of how many times someone in the legislature, the academic community or anyone else who knows the truth says it isn’t free. The time has come to put this matter to rest. (Times-News)

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Ron Bateman: I have brought effectiveness, innovative ideas to Anne Arundel County Sheriff's Office

Law enforcement has been my calling since age 18, when I first wore the patch on my shoulder as an Anne Arundel County police cadet. Having spent the next 23 years with the police department, I had unique opportunities to excel in my career as a homicide detective, covert narcotics detective and burglary detective, then advance through the ranks as a sergeant, lieutenant, captain and acting deputy chief of police. (Capital)

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June 5 // Maryland’s governor stands up to a misguided effort from teachers unions

Maryland's teachers unions wield a lot of influence in Annapolis. But their success in lobbying the state’s predominantly Democratic lawmakers was apparently not enough when they recently sought to obtain the right to seat representatives of their choice on the state’s independent board of education. Good that Gov. Larry Hogan (R) vetoed this misguided effort to give special interests a direct hand in setting education policy. A bill that would have changed the composition of the Maryland State Board of Education by adding three seats that would have gone to two current teachers and the parent of a current public school student was vetoed May 24 by Mr. Hogan. (Wash. Post)

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The Democratic candidates all say they want to be the education governor. Who's really got the best plan?

In a race for governor where the Democratic candidates all appear to agree on most issues, there’s one that sharply divides them. Each of the seven major candidates believes he or she would be the “education governor,” and they all have their reasons why. The Democratic candidates for governor are gambling on education this year, making it their top priority and promoting ideas that just four years ago might have seemed left wing. (Balt. Sun)

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Penny wise: Baltimore's Pratt goes fine-free

Public libraries are such a fixture of the American landscape that it’s easy to forget exactly why they exist. We take for granted that local governments operate at least one public library in each Maryland subdivision, that they are supported primarily by tax dollars, that they are free and open to everyone, that they are governed by public boards and their use is entirely voluntary (nobody is required to avail themselves of a public library). (Balt. Sun)

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Mayor's push on City Dock rezoning a first step in the right direction

Three years ago we rounded off a series called Visions of Annapolis with an editorial saying the city “devotes about 56 percent of City Dock to parking, with sidewalks and pedestrian-friendly open space making up just 17 percent ...” “City residents,” we argued, “will have to realize they are throwing away a resource — and potential magnet for non-bar-going visitors — in order to hang on to one of the most scenic parking lots in America.” (Capital)

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Dr. Amar Setty: Maryland Is Positioning Itself as a Leader in Telehealth

Connecting consumers and physicians through technology will revolutionize health care, saving costs while challenging prevailing attitudes that “getting better” begins and ends with a doctor’s appointment or hospital admission. Chances are, however, the only health care technology most of us see are heavy machines bolted onto the floor and blinking electronic monitoring devices in doctor’s offices or emergency rooms. Commonly known as telehealth, patient-centered technology involves devices consumers already use such as smart phones. (Md. Matters)

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June 4 // Paul A. Tiburzi: New GBC chair to focus on Pimlico, the Convention Center and Baltimore's image

I was recently honored to be elected chair of the Greater Baltimore Committee, a role I accept with enthusiasm and optimism. Baltimore should be — and can be — the greatest, safest city in America. As the 33rd chair of the GBC, I will be active, vocal and aggressive in working to make that happen. (Balt. Sun)

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