School board shouldn't have closed selection process

This year, by a quirk of fate, replacements were needed for the county’s most important elected official — the county executive — and most important appointed official — the schools superintendent, who runs an organization that spends half the county’s operating budget. The County Council and the county Board of Education both turned to women with either present or former positions in Howard County. But the similarities in the selection process end there. And the differences between the ways the two jobs were filled don’t reflect well on the school board. (Capital)

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Rodricks: Gansler's ideas on recidivism good, timing not so

Timing is everything — in love, comedy, trapeze acts, pastry and politics. Of course, to be successful in any of those ventures, you need keen senses, a super awareness of things, even prescience. But no matter how big your brain, your timing is critical. On this count, a couple of candidates for Maryland governor need work. (Balt. Sun)

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Edward J. Levin: Howard County reimburses taxpayers $587K in IDOT case 

On July 12, Howard County reimbursed five taxpayers for $587,151.56 in connection with recordation taxes that they had paid under protest. This amount includes $499,112.50 for the amount of the taxes that the County forced the taxpayers to pay plus $88,039.06 in interest as required by Maryland law. (Daily Record)

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Progress in Prince George’s battle against bullying

Prince George’s County Public Schools had the second lowest number of reported bullying incidents per capita in Maryland during the 2011-12 school year, according to the most recent state statistics available. Hopefully, it’s true. Ideally, Prince George’s children are less likely to engage in hostile actions that are all too common among young people — but as many parents and students point out, it’s more likely that the numbers are much higher because the problem tends to be underreported. (Gazette)

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David Simon on why Koch Bros. shouldn't own Tribune papers

David Simon shares his feelings about the possibility of the Koch brothers owning Tribune papers like the Baltimore Sun in a video interview. The interview was done at the request of the Working Families Party, according to Simon, who was once a reporter at the Sun. (Balt. Sun)

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Opening up the Chesapeake Bay

Letter: Three cheers for the advocates and governmental agencies that are working to open up the Chesapeake Bay for public use [“Challenge along the Chesapeake: Reaching the beach,” The Environment, July 29]. As an avid kayaker, I’m frustrated by the limited options for most of us to access the bay’s resources. (Wash. Post)

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In government, citizens getting what we pay for

A new study about pay levels for city of Salisbury employees is an important warning to be heeded. The report by Evergreen Solutions LLC concludes municipal workers’ pay in Salisbury should be boosted an average of 8.5 percent to ensure the city is competitive in hiring and retaining its workers. (Daily Times)

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City should find new site for food distribution

The City of Hagerstown is admittedly in a tight place. On one hand, it is criticized for running an incubator for the downtrodden, with its mix of shelters, social services and threadbare apartments. On the other hand, it stands accused of being insensitive when it tries to do something about it. (Herald-Mail)

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