Purple Line costs and benefits

It’s possible that a short-sighted successor to Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley (D) or congressional dysfunction could hamper progress of the Purple Line, but the project’s prospects are rosier than The Post indicated. (Wash. Post)

Read Full Article

August 9 // Michael Hankin and Laurie Schwartz: Harbor Point necessary to move Baltimore forward 

If Baltimore is to succeed in our mayor’s goal of attracting 10,000 new families to the city over the next decade, then it is imperative that we embrace creative ways to develop new housing and employment centers. (Daily Record)

Read Full Article

Red Line is falling out of favor 

With the awarding this week of $400 million for Purple Line construction, state leaders have made a clear statement about where their transportation priorities lie. (Daily Record)

Read Full Article

Lucie L. Snodgrass: Rural Maryland needs immigration reform

Earlier this year, the U.S. Senate passed a common-sense immigration reform measure in a strongly bipartisan fashion. This was an important step in the right direction — especially for producers, farm workers and rural communities. (Balt. Sun)

Read Full Article

Ron George: Outside audits for all state departments

It is time for our state to have independent audits of all departments and agencies. The appalling misuse of federal education funding discovered earlier this year is already well known. Baltimore City and Prince George's County schools wasted over $540,000 of federal stimulus money and funds intended to educate some of our poorest populations. (Balt. Sun)

Read Full Article

School board closed doors on its biggest decision

A few weeks ago, we criticized the school board for handling the selection of an interim schools superintendent entirely behind closed doors, without even disclosing the applicants’ names. So naturally the issue came up when board Vice President Andrew Pruski, who has announced his candidacy for the District 4 County Council seat, stopped in to meet with the Capital Gazette editorial board. Pruski defended the board’s decisions. We continue to disagree. (Capital)

Read Full Article

Joseph L. Kroart III: Decline in resort visitors can be reversed

Recently, the travel section of The Baltimore Sun published a list of 12 hot summer getaways. Surprisingly, the list did not include Ocean City. This omission should be seen as a wake-up call for the town’s leaders and stakeholders. Over the past decade or so, the family presence in Ocean City has been slowly bleeding away. (Daily Times)

Read Full Article

Unity needed in GOP

Republican attempts to grow representation in the state legislature in the 2014 elections has grown more difficult with recent departures, increasing the urgency for the party to come together in a unified vision and identify strong candidates capable of accomplishing the mission of giving the party a legitimate voice on state government. (Carr. Co. Times)

Read Full Article