Michael Zimmer: Battles Will Play Out In Primaries

We’re instructed in Ecclesiastes that a “cord of three strands is not easily broken.” During the first year of the current board of commissioners, they seemed to have taken this lesson to heart. We haven’t seen much of the spirit from them lately. (Carr. Co. Times)

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On Counsel For The Council 

At its best, politics benefits the electorate. Most council members — in fact, politicians in general — wish to be thought of as sensitive to taxpayers, so they try to balance the pleas for services and the demands to be frugal. Comes now Council President Bernard C. “Jack” Young with a proposal to add a lawyer to serve only the City Council. (Daily Record)

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Steven I. Platt: Ball In Assembly’s Court

“Busy, busy, busy” has been Maryland’s highest court, the Court of Appeals, this summer and early fall, identifying issues and problems for the other two branches of government to attend to on or before 2014 and perhaps beyond. The first of those issues was created by the deference that a majority of the court chose to pay to the legislative branch in the case of James Coleman v. Soccer Association of Columbia, notwithstanding the judges’ individual and collective belief that “a system premised on comparative negligence for apportioning fault appears to be a more equitable system of determining liability and a more socially desirable method of loss distribution.” If Maryland’s judge-made common law doctrine of contributory negligence is to be replaced by a system of comparative negligence, the General Assembly, not the Court of Appeals, should do so. (Daily Record)

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Oct. 31 // Gansler Photo At Teenage Party Raises Troubling Questions

It is one of those photos you can look at over and over again. In every corner of it is some form of teenagers gone a bit wild, like a movie about teen partying brought to life. With plastic cups visible, it is not unreasonable to believe that alcohol is a factor in what’s occurring. Sitting in the middle of it all, however, is a man clearly old enough to be these teens’ parents. He is no ordinary man, however, but Maryland Attorney General Douglas Gansler and a 2014 gubernatorial candidate. (Daily Times)

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Methadone Program For Prisoners Worth Trying

Heroin is a persistent problem in our community. So it is good news that the Anne Arundel County Health Department has partnered with the county Department of Detention Facilities to try something different. Anne Arundel and Baltimore are the only state jurisdictions whose jails offer methadone treatment to prisoners addicted to heroin and opioid painkillers. Road to Recovery, now in its second year, provides methadone and intense counseling as an alternative to the traditional method of forced withdrawal, called detox. (Capital)


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Zurawik: 'Crossfire' Going Low Rent With Guests Like Ehrlich, Richardson

One of the signs of a show going bad is low-rent guests -- folks not much in demand who are easy to book and bring nothing with them to the show. "Crossfire" had two of the latter Thursday with former New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson and former Maryland Gov. Bob Ehrlich. (Balt. Sun)

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Blaine Young: Dirty Tricks And Gansler’s Run

As we are all too aware, 2014 is a statewide election year in Maryland. I expected things to heat up a little bit earlier than usual because of the change in the schedule, which moves the primary from September to June. But what we have witnessed in the gubernatorial race over the last month is a surprise – even to me. (Tentacle)

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Del. Andrew A. Serafini: It's Time To Consider Real Cuts In Spending

Our economy is not recovering as fast as projected, certainly slower than anyone would like. It was pointed out that while Texas and North Dakota rely on oil and natural gas, Maryland relies on the federal government. Between sequestration, fiscal cliffs, furloughs, the shutdown and the economy, our state will face a significant challenge. We will be faced with two choices: raise revenues or cut spending. Since the leadership has raised 40 taxes and fees over the last seven years, as well as transferred dedicated funds, maybe it is time to consider real cuts in spending. (Herald-Mail)

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