Rush Loving Jr.: Stop caving in to Baltimore's bike lobby

The bicycle lobby seems to have taken over Baltimore. This tiny group claims on its web page to — in essence — control our city government. “We elected a new mayor and a majority new city council,” it proclaims. Given the obstacles they have had the city lay in our streets, their boast seems true. (Balt. Sun)

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Andy Berges: Worcester needs more professional jobs

There are two certainties in Maryland’s Lower Eastern Shore region upon the conclusion of the Labor Day celebration: the end of many jobs and the beginning of another school year. In July 2018, Worcester County’s unemployment rate was a reasonable 5.8 percent. However, the rate will typically increase until it peaks in February at a whopping 12 percent or more — nearly three times Maryland’s current average of 4.5 percent. (Daily Times)

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Commissioners, New Windsor need to get on same page with trash program

One thing that is clear after the New Windsor Town Council’s discussion on a pilot pay-as-you-throw trash program with the county is the Board of County Commissioners and the town need to put differences aside and get on the same page for it to be successful. A little over a week ago, county staff informed the commissioners the pilot phase of the Fair Trash Reduction, or FuTuRe, program, would be put on hold. The pilot phase would have called for New Windsor residents to pay for what they throw away in the trash, but not for what they recycle, with a system that treats trash disposal like metered utilities. (Carr. Co. Times)

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Jimmy DeButts: Proposing a Main Street shakeup for status-quo Annapolis

Imagine only being able to see the Gateway Arch in your rear-view mirror while departing St. Louis. Or only getting a glimpse of the Eiffel Tower as you drive away from Paris. Or not following Mr. Boh’s blinking eye into Charm City. What would a visit to San Francisco be without soaking in the epic views of the Golden Gate Bridge from Powell Street? Pure lunacy. Well, anywhere except for car-loving, parking-spot-snuggling Annapolis. (Capital)

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Dan Rodricks: Always looking, always hoping, for Baltimore to find its groove

What happens is, you’re walking along a sidewalk in the city of Baltimore, or you’re looking out a bus window, or you’re driving down a street, and suddenly you see something that was not there before, and it’s like, “When did that happen?” This experience occurs more often than you might think. Last spring, I discovered new construction and rowhouses being rehabbed in a dozen places in East Baltimore. (Balt. Sun)

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September 7 // Barry Rascovar: Jealous’ Lessons from Florida

If Ben Jealous is regarded as a longshot to become governor of Maryland, Andrew Gillum’s chances to win the governorship of Florida looked like a moonshot — until he pulled off a miracle last month. Now Jealous needs to take lessons from this fast-rising Tallahassee political star. Gillum, like Jealous, came from behind to defeat a field of Democrats, running to the left of them with a strong endorsement from Sen. Bernie Sanders. But Gillum wasn’t just a few steps behind, as was the case with Jealous. (politicalmaryland)

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Yes, you heard that right: Ben Jealous wants to cut the sales tax, and Larry Hogan objects

In the latest snake-swallowing-its-tail moment in Maryland’s governor’s race, Ben Jealous, the Democratic nominee whose platform revolves around huge new government initiatives on health care, education and more, is proposing to cut the sales tax, and Gov. Larry Hogan, who swept to victory four years ago on an anti-tax platform, is balking. There’s plenty that’s weird about this turn of events. For one thing, Mr. Jealous has previously indicated an openness to increasing the sales tax to help cover the costs of his single-payer health care plan. For another, Governor Hogan said four years ago that if elected, he would roll back as many of former Gov. Martin O’Malley’s tax increases as possible. (Balt. Sun)

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Brian Griffiths: Jealous campaign hurt by status as a newcomer to Maryland

Every place has its shibboleths. One of Webster’s definition of shibboleth is “a use of language regarded as distinctive of a particular group.” Maryland is full of such shibboleths. If a new television news reporter pronounces Riviera Beach as if it were part of the Mediterranean coast of France, you’ll notice and know they are new to the area. Ellicott City is another such shibboleth. Most people who are not from around here pronounce it Ell-uh-cott City. Those of us who are from here pronounce it Ell-e-cutt City. Last week, Ben Jealous pronounced Ellicott City incorrectly. Baltimore Sun reporter Pamela Wood tweeted that it was “Like nails on a chalkboard.” (Capital)

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