Kipke & Szeliga: Peeling back O'Malley's jobs report

It appears that the O’Malley/Brown administration got a little dizzy while spinning the rather dismal July jobs report. Given that Maryland lost nearly 10,000 jobs last month, that’s understandable. It takes a lot of spin to try to turn that kind of job loss into anything positive. (Capital)

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Tony O’Donnell: Nowhere near the end for Maryland GOP

I read with interest the column of the long active political commentator, Barry Rascovar, last week where he gives assessment of the viability of the Maryland Republican Party.  It brought to mind a famous quote from a great president, Ronald Reagan, who opined about what the liberals of his time knew and what they didn’t. Here is what the “Great Communicator” said: “Well, the trouble with our liberal friends is not that they’re ignorant; it’s just that they know so much that isn’t so.” Mr. Rascovar knows much that isn’t so. (Md. Reporter)

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Did Md. chicken out on poultry manure?

Industrialist Jean Paul Getty once compared manure to money in that both have to be "spread around." But in Maryland, we know that too much spreading of manure is costly, and the trick is to find more cost-effective ways of dealing with it. That's a thought to keep in mind as chicken litter landed back in the news in recent days. (Balt. Sun)

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Move on group's proposals

A work group tasked with developing a long-range plan for solid waste management provided some familiar recommendations to the Carroll County Commissioners last week. It remains to be seen whether any of the group’s recommendations will take hold, or whether they will gather dust on a shelf like so many different plans before them. (Carroll Co. Times)

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Defensive driving can't stop all highway tragedies

Driving defensively boils down to keeping a wary eye on one’s fellow drivers, in case they do something lethally stupid. It saves many lives. But it has limits. For instance, all of us sometimes must quickly slow or stop when a traffic jam materializes in an unexpected place. With our maneuvering room often cut off, we usually have time only for a short prayer that the driver coming up on our rear is also paying attention. (Capital)

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Prison education benefits everyone

When we encounter tragedies like Trayvon Martin's and cities taking on unconstitutional practices in attempts to make people feel safe, it is hard to know how to respond. Yet some things are absolutely clear. The failure to support post-secondary education in the prisons is nothing but tragic; it benefits everyone involved and has the possibility to transform lives, communities and institutions. (Balt. Sun)

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Will Royal Farms start another local food fight?

Sean O’Neill, the president of the Annapolis Business Association, summed up the problem: A fair number of downtown residents — some of them still mourning the demise of Rookie’s Market 19 years ago — would love a vest-pocket grocery store downtown. They might be hospitable to Royal Farms’ plan to move into the former Stevens Hardware building on City Dock if that, indeed, is what the Baltimore-based convenience store company plans to offer. (Capital)

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Tom Horton: Immigration is an environmental issue

What if they held an environmental crisis and no one cared? What if a law moving through Congress would significantly harm clean water, open space, the Chesapeake Bay? You'd hear the alarms, strong and clear, from the largest national groups to the smallest Chesapeake organizations. But you won't in this case, because this law is "only" about population — about significantly increasing the number of people who will be living in the United States and around the Chesapeake. The law is a comprehensive reform of our outdated immigration laws. (Balt. Sun)

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