Residents care about City Dock – but can they agree?

The old furniture in the City Council chambers, due to be replaced in the coming month, got a vintage Annapolis send-off last week: eight hours of testimony on what to do — or not to do — about City Dock. It’s not every community in which more than 100 people would jam into a room on a weeknight to listen to hour after hour of testimony about master plans, maritime zoning, building heights and other changes that may not materialize for years — if ever. Whatever problems all this passion may pose, it beats apathy. (Capital)

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Carroll Creek butts

A man at Carroll Creek Linear Park was recently given a citation for tossing a cigarette butt on the ground. We’re not suggesting that he be given the maximum fine of $1,500 or 30 days in jail, but the officers from the Frederick Police Department who witnessed the misdemeanor and issued the citation were doing their sworn duty. Good for them. (News-Post)

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Doug Wilson: Community Foundation stands ready to help fill in the funding gaps

The Community Foundation of the Eastern Shore is a link between local nonprofit organizations, volunteers and donors who are working to improve their communities. In recent years, it is increasingly apparent many nonprofits are struggling to do more with less, while meeting growing demands. This is true for families, business, government and others as well. (Daily Times)

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What's in a name? Perhaps everything

What do you do with a business whose name screams “adult business” but doesn’t stock adult merchandise? If you are the town of Ocean City, you approve the name and sign, but if you are Salisbury, you hesitate. And rightfully so. (Daily Times)

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Rachel Fiorello's: What is resort doing to improve quality of life?

On July 12, I submitted a letter to the Ocean City mayor’s attention. My closing statement was a question: “At this time, as voters and permanent residents, we would like to know what actions you are taking to address these problems.”I received no response. (Daily Times)

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City Hall murals

The Lee Boynton murals at City Hall are on par with any public murals, in any government chambers, anywhere in America. They should be a point of pride. Their removal makes a mockery of any pretentions that Annapolis might have of being friendly to the arts. (Capital)

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Not sequestration but Md.'s inept leadership that hurts

Maryland is particularly vulnerable to any plan to reduce federal spending because it is so dependent upon the federal government for its economic well-being. For years, long-serving Democratic senators and representatives moved to positions of power and influence in Congress, enabling them to bring home the bacon. They represented their constituents so well that the state boasted about an economy that managed to survive the recent recession better than most states. (Balt. Sun)

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July 30 // Maryland shows Obamacare can be affordable

Maryland regulators have released the details of the rates they have approved for the nine companies that want to sell policies on the state's new health insurance exchange as part of the Affordable Care Act, and the average rates for individuals buying coverage are expected to jump by as much as 25 percent. Another horror story about the train wreck of Obamacare? Hardly. (Balt. Sun)

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