Age is just a number

If age is wearing on you and you feel you just can’t do the things you once could, two stories from last week show how exercising both your mind and your body can help you keep your edge. (Carroll Co. Times)

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Stacy Korbelak: Search for new Anne Arundel County school superintendent

A recent editorial painted an incomplete picture of how the Board of Education is proceeding with the search for a new superintendent for Anne Arundel County Public Schools. As a board member, I believe it is important for the public to understand that the board is acting in both a timely and transparent manner. (Capital)

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Robert Ehrlich: The vacillator in chief

Observers and pundits of all stripes have not missed the unease with which President Barack Obama approaches his commander in chief duties. Indeed, Chicago-style "community activist" and "Commander of the United States Marine Corps" don't normally appear on the same resume. Accordingly, an aggressive use of his substantial military architecture does not sit well with the anti-war activist. This discomfort presents itself in a decidedly disjointed foreign policy record. (Balt. Sun)

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Todd Eberly: Does the MD GOP have a Deep Bench?

It's important that the state GOP have quality candidates running for all statewide offices, yes they'd all face an uphill battle to win but a strong top of the ticket can boost turnout and help candidates down ballot cross the finish line in races for the state Senate, House of Delegates, County Commissioners, or other local offices. These down ballot winners then become the MD GOP's real bench. (FreeStater)

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Rick Hutzell: If the bridge ain't broke, don't fix it

I got a lot of comments on my August column about giving bridges more meaningful names. Most of them were along the familiar lines of, “what, are you nuts?” and “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” And yet, there were enough intriguing ideas and details in the email to share. (Capital)

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Funding for a new Professionalism Center – Hit the ‘pause’ button 

Over the years, this board has commended the efforts of leaders of the Maryland Judiciary and the State Bar to identify and promote the principles of professionalism among Maryland judges and attorneys. Much has been accomplished in the 11 years since the Court of Appeals established its Professionalism Task Force. (Daily Record)

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Sept. 6 // Reopen the case of Robert Ethan Saylor

The death of Robert Ethan Saylor, a 26-year-old Frederick man with Downs syndrome who stopped breathing last January after a struggle with off-duty county sheriff's deputies who were attempting to remove him from a local movie theater, sparked a national debate over how police treat people with developmental disabilities. Yet it remains an issue that is far from resolved. (Balt. Sun)

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Planning feud was Hartman's last stand

Entrepreneur C. Edward Hartman II has made a huge contribution to Annapolis by his management of the city’s fall boat shows. He co-founded the shows and has been running them superbly for three-and-a-half decades, and they are vital to the city’s status as a mecca for the recreational maritime industry. That contribution shouldn’t be overshadowed by his less fortunate role in the latest city planning battle: the fight over replacing the unsightly, long-vacant Fawcett Boat Supplies building with a new structure that would allow a wider waterfront promenade and pump life into a dead stretch of City Dock. (Capital)

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