Brian Ambrette: The real estate industry needs to adequately outline risk

Catherine Rentz’s October 28 article chronicling how $19 billion in Maryland real estate is at risk from rising sea levels is eye-opening not just for the sheer number and value of properties at risk, but for the source of the information: the real estate data firm Zillow. In high profile markets like Miami and the Outer Banks, real estate giants try hard to squash any notion that sea level rise is a threat to coastal property owners. So it is striking — and commendable — that Zillow has released a series of reports over several years making the risks of coastal flooding available to prospective property owners. (Balt. Sun)

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Don't sit here

Supporters of the Peace Cross, a World War I memorial in Bladensburg, are challenging a federal court’s decision that the cross-shaped monument “excessively entangles the government in religion” and therefore is unconstitutional. The 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has been asked to rehear the case. When people say “This offends me and should be removed,” others will respond that “It inspires me, and I would be offended by its removal.” As far as we’re concerned, the Peace Cross, our Ten Commandments monument and similar items can stay where they are. (Times-News)

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November 7 // Josh Kurtz: Get ready for an incredible ride

One year to go. Now that the 2017 elections are also behind us, the 2018 election can begin in earnest. And what a cycle it’s going to be in Maryland! Every few years, political professionals postulate that it’s going to be the most consequential election in recent history. This time, they might actually be right. At the very least, there’s an unprecedented amount of uncertainty in many of the marquee races around the state. All too often, the results seem preordained – or at the very least, party leaders weigh in early to try to skew the outcome. So far that hasn’t happened – and it may not. (Md. Matters)

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Laslo Boyd: Not a “Gun Situation”

Aren’t you sick and tired of the bullshit? Some white kid–not a Muslim, not a terrorist from the Middle East, not even some urban bad guy–walks into a church in a small Texas town and kills 26 people, but it’s not a “gun situation”? How did he murder all of those people? Was his weapon some sort of laser beam, or a Koran or polluted air? In fact, as is pointed out every time there’s a mass shooting in this country, it’s never a “gun situation.” We either have enough guns laws in place already or laws won’t stop bad people. (fromacertainpointofview)

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Patrick Simons: Don't give up the ghost -- pots, that is

As this year’s blue crab season comes to a close, let’s take a moment to remember all those crab pots we have lost this year. Whether claimed by a storm, accidentally severed by a recreational boater or unintentionally left out, a frustratingly large number of crab traps end up stuck at the bottom of the bay. A study by the Virginia Institute of Marine Science estimates 12 percent to 20 percent of the 600,000 actively fished crab traps are lost each season, and about 145,000 currently sit at the bottom of the Chesapeake Bay. At $25-$35 a trap, that adds up fast, and can really hurt a crabber’s bottom line. (Daily Times)

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Today's the day, city residents: Please vote

For most in the nation, this first Tuesday in November is not an election day — and we’ve detected no signs of mourning over that fact. In spite of the excitement of politicians and journalists, most people probably find once every two years to be quite enough. But today is decision day for gubernatorial races in New Jersey and Virginia, for the mayoral race in New York City and for 13 municipal elections in Maryland. Including, of course, the one in Annapolis. At this point, there has been a good deal of door-to-door campaigning, not to mention numerous forums and events. We’ve done what we can to cover the city election, to let candidates explain themselves at length on this page and to run letters on the contests. (Capital)

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Dan Rodricks: America -- We have to stop here and turn it around

When do we stop? I mean, when do we, the people of the United States of America, stop what we’re doing in our daily lives to recognize that the country is going fully in the wrong direction with guns and violence, and with almost no political leadership willing to counter it? When do we stop to demand something be done? When do we demand a U-turn from the robust manufacture and sale of guns that cause mass death? I mean, when do we stop normalizing insanity? When do we stop accepting guns of all varieties, in the hands of all kinds of people, as the price of freedom? (Balt. Sun)

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Councilman Kirby Delauter: Gardner's letter riddled with falsehoods

Recently, County Executive Jan Gardner wrote a letter to the editor of The Frederick News-Post outlining the many “successes” of her administration. Unfortunately, this letter was riddled with falsehoods, errors and misrepresentations. My campaign will be highlighting each of Gardner’s attempts to pull the wool over voters’ eyes — one by one. (News-Post)

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