Michael Zimmer: Election a time for accountability

Don’t you just love unsolicited free advice? There’s one thing you can guarantee about such counsel: It is worth every penny you paid for it. Here’s some free advice to any incumbent running for office next year: Don’t use the expression “re-elect” in any of your campaign material. (Carr. Co. Times)

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Good and substantial reason 

Kris Lee Abbot was a dangerous man. Any dispute about that was put to rest last month, when he pushed his wife, used a pipe to beat his parents and then headed to his own home, where, police say, he shot and killed himself. More than a decade earlier, Mr. Abbot had broken into his father-in-law’s farmhouse, looking for car keys so he could drive to Baltimore to buy drugs. That incident constituted a “good and substantial reason” for the father-in-law, a Navy veteran named Raymond Woollard, to carry a handgun, and he received a permit to do so in 2002.

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Oct. 17 // Maryland's concealed carry law stands

Those who promote the right to carry around a handgun in public were no doubt disappointed by the U.S. Supreme Court's decision this week not to take up Maryland's handgun permit law. Certainly quite a few could be found sharing their rather disparaging views of the nation's highest court in colorful language on the Internet, including at baltimoresun.com. (Balt. Sun)

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Rodricks: Gilchrest sees politics 'infiltrated with sociopaths'

Wednesday afternoon, as his former colleagues in Congress considered a deal to avoid a national crisis, Wayne Gilchrest sat in his office in a place called Knocks Folly on Maryland's Eastern Shore and watched a fox run across a field. Gilchrest, a moderate Republican who was put out to pasture by a very conservative one in the 2008 primary, teaches kids about the environment. (Balt. Sun)

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Website woes damaging to health plan

It’s not like the federal government didn’t have plenty of time to prepare. Lost in the hubbub over the federal government shutdown this month is the sad reality that the web portals for accessing new insurance exchanges under the Affordable Care Act have not been up to snuff. Many thousands of Americans have struggled through long wait times to access information, set up accounts or buy insurance. (Daily Times)

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Neal: Will Hopkins respect its donor's wishes?

Donors give billions of dollars every year to higher education, and, in many ways, they are the lifeblood of our colleges and universities. When it comes to college giving, New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg's philanthropy to Johns Hopkins University leads the way. His $350 million gift to his alma mater is the largest collegiate donation in 2013. (Balt. Sun)

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Pitts: Ben Carson sinks beneath contempt

In 1865, American slavery ended with the Confederate surrender at Appomattox Courthouse and the passage of the Thirteenth Amendment. But the most awful thing America has faced in the last 148 years is a law Congress passed in 2010 requiring that those who are able, purchase health insurance. (Balt. Sun)

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Dredging Lake Linganore

It appears as though Frederick, Frederick County and the Lake Linganore Association may be sharing the cost of a much-needed project — dredging tons of silt that have accumulated in the lake since it was created in 1972. LLA has been talking about this project for years, but the cost, estimated at between $4 million and $8 million, has been prohibitive for the development near New Market to bear alone. (News-Post)

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