Santos case prompts illegal-immigration irony

The Frederick County Sheriff’s Office is once again in legal hot water — and this time it could cost taxpayers a chunk of money. The latest incident involves the October 2008 arrest of an immigrant who was in the country illegally. She was questioned by deputies about her immigration status while she was sitting outside her workplace, eating a sandwich. (News-Post)

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Earl Adams: P-3 passed — now what? 

The General Assembly took a big step toward solving the state’s infrastructure needs when it passed the governor’s Public Private Partnership bill during the 2013 session. As with all significant pieces of legislation, the hard part is now in implementing it, which includes the drafting of detailed regulations. With the estimated revenue the governor’s transportation package is expected to raise — roughly $3 billion over five years — it is imperative that state agencies embrace the full potential of P-3 projects and work quickly to get projects moving and shovels in the ground whether initiated by the state or otherwise. (Daily Record)

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Jim Lee: Hypocrisy in core objections

The hypocrisy of those who oppose new education standards takes away a lot of their credibility and suggests that their motivations have more to do with their own personal agendas than what is best for students. Opponents to the Common Core State Standard Initiative, which sets minimum educational standards in reading and math, say it is an attempt by the federal government to dictate what our kids are taught. (Carroll Co. Times)

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Chris Cavey: A Cautious, But Needed Approach

The Maryland Republican Party is currently investigating opening their primaries to persons registered as unaffiliated voters. I have no clue what the outcome of the expected raging debates and the multiplicity of committee meetings will conclude, but I am sure, regardless of the decision, it will divide my beloved party once again. (Tentacle)

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Law enforcement can’t harass suspected undocumented immigrants

For the crime of appearing Hispanic, Roxana Santos, a native of El Salvador, attracted the attention of Frederick County sheriff’s deputies in 2008. At the time she was noticed and racially profiled by the deputies, Ms. Santos was doing nothing more than sitting on a curb and eating a sandwich outside the food co-op in Frederick where she worked as a dishwasher. (Wash. Post)

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Joanna Conti: Arundel's alarming drop in MSA scores

The 2013 Maryland State Assessment (MSA) scores that came out in July contain very little good news and raise serious questions about the way we're teaching math in middle school. They also show there has been no progress in closing the achievement gap between white and African-American students in Anne Arundel County for the fourth year in a row. (Balt. Sun)

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Financing Frederick's hotel and conference center

While it's still early stages for the hotel and conference center planned for downtown, we have to confess our jaws dropped slightly at the estimated price tag the city will have to pay to move the project forward: $10 million to $12 million. While the hotel may be able to support itself, if city officials want the conference center as well, they'll have to find a way to underwrite the cost of building a new parking garage, meeting space construction, and acquiring land for the project. (News-Post)

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Bob McWilliams: The technology of taxation

This week, Annapolis announced the installation of new, high-tech parking meters. According to city spokeswoman, Rhonda Wardlaw, the computerized, solar powered meters would benefit motorists by allowing them to use a credit card to pay for parking. But, she neglected to note that more money for the city coffers might really be the ultimate goal. Along with the convenience of using a credit card, people parking in Annapolis also will enjoy a 100 percent increase in parking fees, a questionable move given the trouble downtown merchants are having attracting business. Additionally, there are less obvious way these meters can make parking more expensive. (Capital)

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