Financing Frederick's hotel and conference center

While it's still early stages for the hotel and conference center planned for downtown, we have to confess our jaws dropped slightly at the estimated price tag the city will have to pay to move the project forward: $10 million to $12 million. While the hotel may be able to support itself, if city officials want the conference center as well, they'll have to find a way to underwrite the cost of building a new parking garage, meeting space construction, and acquiring land for the project. (News-Post)

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August 12 // Track gambling profits

As gambling profits in the state increase and more casinos prepare to open, voters should demand better accountability of where, exactly, that money is going and what it is being used for. (Carroll Co. Times)

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Jim Lee: Hypocrisy in core objections

The hypocrisy of those who oppose new education standards takes away a lot of their credibility and suggests that their motivations have more to do with their own personal agendas than what is best for students. Opponents to the Common Core State Standard Initiative, which sets minimum educational standards in reading and math, say it is an attempt by the federal government to dictate what our kids are taught. (Carroll Co. Times)

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On the politics of spending, can Neuman strike a balance?

You can’t teach timing — or luck. Laura Neuman had the good fortune to start as county executive when the economy began to thaw, so that she can spend more on needs to which her predecessor, John R. Leopold, gave short shrift, out of necessity as well as fiscal conservatism. This will be popular for a while. It will also open her up to attacks. The sniping has already started. (Capital)

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Law enforcement can’t harass suspected undocumented immigrants

For the crime of appearing Hispanic, Roxana Santos, a native of El Salvador, attracted the attention of Frederick County sheriff’s deputies in 2008. At the time she was noticed and racially profiled by the deputies, Ms. Santos was doing nothing more than sitting on a curb and eating a sandwich outside the food co-op in Frederick where she worked as a dishwasher. (Wash. Post)

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Jean Marbella: Harbor Point debate is deja vu all over again

There are any number of ways to view last week's raucous City Council committee meeting, where by a 3-0 vote, members approved a $107 million public financing deal for the Harbor Point development. It was theater, for sure, with drama and high dudgeon preceding the vote. And it was business as usual, since exactly no one expected the taxation committee to buck the mayor and other powerful interests pushing for development of the city's last big harborfront site. (Balt. Sun)

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Santos case prompts illegal-immigration irony

The Frederick County Sheriff’s Office is once again in legal hot water — and this time it could cost taxpayers a chunk of money. The latest incident involves the October 2008 arrest of an immigrant who was in the country illegally. She was questioned by deputies about her immigration status while she was sitting outside her workplace, eating a sandwich. (News-Post)

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Jacques Kelly: Appetizing changes on Harford Road

As friends shopped for an old-fashioned Baltimore peach cake, I considered the scene in Northeast Baltimore's Fenwick Bakery. I observed buyers ask for the crumb buns and doughnuts, raisin bread, Schmierkase cake and plain, Baltimore-style baked goods in what I thought was one of our more traditional food zones. After all, next door is Mueller's Delicatessen, famous for its German fixings, and across the street, Mastellone's Deli, the Italian grocery and wine shop. (Balt. Sun)

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