Where I Stand: Annapolis mayoral candidate Bevin Buchheister

I am running for mayor of Annapolis to restore leadership and sound management to our city, and to make sure the city actually responds to public input before moving ahead with decisions that impact our residents. People I have talked to all over the city are unhappy with their increased tax bills, increased water fees and cuts in services such as trash pickup and bus shelters, yet there are never any consequences imposed for bad management decisions in our city. This needs to change. (Capital)

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Darrell Anderson: Nothing secretive in the filling of Md. legislative seats

There were two critical misstatements in Jennifer Bevan-Dangel and Korey Hartwich’s Sept. 1 Local Opinions commentary, “Why not let voters fill open legislative seats in Maryland?” Members of the county central committees in Maryland, who have a chartered duty to recommend to the governor replacements for legislators who vacate a position between elections, are not “unknown party officials.” (Wash. Post)

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Vaughn Baker: Salisbury-area youngsters fill a vital role at tennis tournament

Once again, Salisbury hosted top world-class professional tennis players to compete in the Purnell-Thomas Professional Tennis Tournament. Once again, it was a jaw-dropping success. (Daily Times)

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Stop catering to Grand Prix

IndyCar racing reminds me of the prettiest girl in school. She's the one who set the standard for "cool" and the one who everyone dreamed of dating. I understand we need to advertise our city. But as I walked the empty stores of the harbor and saw the empty seats to watch the race, it occurred to me that we need to ask the right date to the prom. Not just the prettiest one. Shame on our leaders for allowing us to get treated this way by an ungrateful guest. (Balt. Sun)

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Sept. 5 // A transformative leader for UB

Robert L. Bogomolny, who announced his retirement this week as president of the University of Baltimore, has not always had the smoothest tenure, having stoked tensions at times both in the city and the academic community. But history will judge him kindly. The controversies he encountered were temporary, but his triumphs at UB will be lasting and transformative for the school and the community that surrounds it. (Balt. Sun)

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Susan Reimer: Naval Academy must shut down team houses

The U.S. Naval Academy is its own kind of "Suitcase College." Midshipmen on the walled off campus are always looking for a way to escape — not the boredom, but the unending pressure. One of the ways they can escape is to the home of a "sponsor family," residents in and around Annapolis who volunteer to be the home away from home for young men and women just looking for a nap, some TV time, a chance to call home and maybe some home cooking. A place away from Bancroft Hall and the Yard. (Balt. Sun)

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Wastelandia, my Wastelandia?

Five counties in Western Maryland want to leave Maryland and become a separate state. They have become disenfranchised under O’Malleyism and single-party rule in Maryland. They would like to free themselves of the oppressive taxes and regulations that flow from Annapolis every year as this state’s politicians turn more and more into tax monkeys. (Star Democrat)

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Rodricks: Ravens fans forced to watch their champs from a distance

Baltimore's Ravens, reigning champions of professional football, kick off their new season Thursday night on national television while its Orioles once again have reached September with a shot at the playoffs. What's not to like? Plenty, say some Baltimore sports fans. For one thing — actually, the main thing — the Ravens will play the Broncos in Denver, a mile high and 1,700 miles from home. (Balt. Sun)

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