Calls for local boycotts ill-advised

Some major decisions by the Frederick County Commissioners have been received poorly by many in the community. We understand the emotional reaction of those who oppose these moves, and the need they feel to act. A recent letter to the editor from a local business owner, however, discusses a form of action that, like him, we think is inappropriate. (News-Post)

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C. Fraser Smith: Could Paterakis reroute Red Line? 

Baltimore’s hope for the $2.6 billion Red Line light rail project may be on the verge of approval, but it faces a welter of potential problems — any one of which might create a derailment. (Daily Record)

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Scott Eldridge: Obama policies could stifle Md.'s biotech industry

The Food and Drug Administration's plans to streamline the approval process for "breakthrough" drugs that treat life-threatening diseases is great news for patients and has enormous potential for our pharmaceutical industry, already in the midst of an innovation explosion.Unfortunately, in the middle of all this progress, political leaders in Washington are pushing proposals that would severely undermine innovation and deliver a crippling blow to Maryland's biotech industry. (Balt. Sun)

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Rodricks: On tax breaks, you can't beat City Hall

Baltimoreans are having another argument. This one is over Harbor Point and whether City Hall should sell $107 million in bonds and use the money to aid the development of a billion-dollar project on what has been called the primo piece of commercial real estate on the East Coast. I've been involved in these arguments for years, friends, and here's what I've learned: Right or wrong, you can't beat City Hall. (Balt. Sun)

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Gary D. Maynard: Maryland's recidivism rate is improving substantially

In his impassioned plea for us to work together to close the revolving door of ex-inmates returning to prison, Ron Pagano mentions an overall recidivism rate for Maryland offenders that is incorrect. Nationally, recidivism is measured in three-year cohorts. Maryland’s recidivism rate for the most recent cohort for which we have numbers, ending in 2011, is 43.3 percent. That’s down almost eight points from 2007, when the recidivism rate was 51 percent. (Daily Times)

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Peter Morici: Let's declare our independence from the IRS

Congressional frustration with efforts to get to the bottom of the IRS' targeting of conservative groups plainly shows the tax agency is dangerous to civil liberties, irrevocably broken and corrupting of national politicians. Investigators on Capitol Hill and in the Justice Department may be able to finger a few malefactors, but that won't fix the IRS. The union representing IRS employees is deeply involved in the management of the agency. Its leaders have the self-pronounced goal of doing whatever it takes to defeat conservative politicians, it consults regularly with leading Democratic politicians — including President Barack Obama — on electoral strategy, and it has cultivated a culture that encourages employees to exercise discretion in ways harmful to free speech and association. (Balt. Sun)

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