Michael Tabor and Nick Maravell: New federal regulations could threaten local farms

Each week at farm stands in the Maryland area, we try to explain a peculiar situation to our customers. On the one hand, they want to buy our fresh fruit and vegetables. However, I tell them, that in a few years, these will all be illegal to sell! (Gazette) 

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Let summer last

Citing the benefits to Maryland families, small businesses and tourism overall, Comptroller Peter Franchot renewed his call for a policy change to have school systems in the state begin classes after Labor Day and released an economic impact study on the effects of his plan. (Star Democrat)

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Spence Perry: Hagerstown needs more than 30-year-old ideas

Hagerstown is in need of a bigger idea. The latest big-box distribution center went to Shippensburg. The most recent rail project went to Greencastle. The bank headquarters are largely one, manufacturing is a shadow of its former self. The things we used to do are not there for us. We must find new things, done in a new way, and we must offer an environment where this is possible. (Herald-Mail)

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Master plan balances environment, development

I served on the committee that helped write the 1994 Clarksburg Master Plan and am upset by the groups coming in now trying to rewrite the plan and misrepresent its intent. The master plan was carefully crafted to balance the environment with community building. (Gazette)

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50 years later, a lot of work left to do

It is impossible to fully capture the bravery, determination, camaraderie and hope that enveloped the March on Washington 50 years ago. In Prince George’s, signs of progress since the march have been numerous. The county, described as the wealthiest majority minority jurisdiction in the nation, elected its first black county executive in 1994, and many minorities have been elected to state and federal elected positions, as well. (Gazette)

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Montgomery County’s new transitway must be pedestrian, bicycle friendly

Given the tight funding environment for transportation projects, it was nice to learn that the first phase of the Corridor Cities Transitway (CCT) will be underway soon. The southern segment will pass through a rapidly developing mixed-use corridor and has the potential to serve more people than does the later phase. However, for residents, the system may be both difficult to access and inconvenient. (Wash. Post)

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August 21 // Serious questions about Del. Vallario

Del. Joseph F. Vallario Jr., the Prince George's County Democrat who chairs the House Judiciary Committee, is the frequent target of accusations that his public role and private interests conflict. That criticism usually boils down to a disagreement with his views on legislation and anger at his willingness to use his power to bottle up bills he doesn't like. But a complaint filed against him with the legislature's ethics committee is different; it centers on discussions about a piece of legislation that became law (in fact, one he voted for), and it deals specifically with the nature of his private law practice. (Balt. Sun)

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Don't fear The (Greene) Turtle

It is not every day that a state senator objects to a business in his district receiving a state-subsidized loan to renovate or revitalize a building. Sen. James Brochin's opposition to a proposed $240,000 loan to The Greene Turtle in Towson rests on one principle — that government shouldn't be in the business of subsidizing business. (Balt. Sun)

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