The return of the Four Seasons

We believe that Gov. Martin O'Malley, Comptroller Peter Franchot and Treasurer Nancy Kopp should not grant the tidal wetlands permit the New Jersey-based developer is seeking to build the Four Seasons, which at 1,079 units would be the largest housing development effort constructed in the 1,000-foot critical areas buffer. That's because, as the project's opponents have already noted, the amended development plans have not been sufficiently reviewed by the Maryland Department of the Environment. (Balt. Sun)

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How Sun spun new Maryland health care story

We were struck by the very different – almost 180°opposite – headlines and spins today in the Baltimore Sun and the Washington Post, both reporting on the new health plans in Maryland, finalized this week. “Maryland issues insurance rates that are among lowest in U.S.” (The Washington Post) “Premiums to go up as much as 25 percent under health reform” (The Baltimore Sun) (Brew)

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Jake Day: To build or rebuild, that is the question

Living on Delmarva, it is impossible to miss the evidence for climate change resulting in rising sea levels. While it’s not reasonable to take private property or to legislate exactly how people should manage theirs, neither is it reasonable to pretend we can keep going as we always have. We must re-evaluate when and where we will be able to build, rebuild and provide compensation for lost property because there simply won’t be enough money to go around when catastrophic flooding becomes the norm. Serious planning is needed. (Daily Times)

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Andy Harris: Baltimore should attack violence, not pregnancy centers

In the last paragraph of his reply ("Pregnancy center signs are necessary," July 24) to Marta H. Mossburg's opinion article about the ridiculousness of Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake's legal crusade against crisis pregnancy centers, Baltimore City Solicitor George Nilson reveals what his agenda and that of Mayor Rawlings-Blake really is — "to eliminate this threat to public health." (Balt. Sun)

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Ben Cardin: Pain of sequestration is real

Recently, some in the media have promoted the idea that the $85 billion sequestration cuts triggered on March 1 aren't causing drastic effects. CNN called the cuts "not as bad as advertised," and a Washington Post report found the cuts less "scary" than predicted. Tell that to the 46,000 Department of Defense employees in Maryland and another 103,000 in the Capitol Region who are being furloughed, resulting in up to a 20 percent reduction in weekly pay through the rest of the fiscal year. Or maybe those who should be receiving the 700 grants not being offered by the National Institutes of Health because of its $1.5 billion cut.  (Balt. Sun)

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Marbella: Baltimore doles out tax errors in businesses' favor

Remember that card in Monopoly, "Bank error in your favor, collect $200?" With the top-hatted rich guy jumping in surprise and glee as the teller hands him the bills? In Baltimore, it's more like, "Tax assessment error in your favor, keep the $1.5 million." Because after all, it's not like the city is hurting for revenue. (Balt. Sun)

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Zolper: Hating on the Rain Tax? CBF Rebuttal Will Make You Reconsider

The “rain tax” hype has made Marylanders generally aware of storm water, but much of the coverage of the topic doesn’t really teach us enough about the problem. While people are still paying attention let me slip in a few facts. (Fishbowl)

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Bottle bill needed to clean up the Potomac

I race sloops with the Potomac River Sailing Association based just across the river from Reagan National Airport, and during every regatta I see bottles and cans floating in the current. This is unacceptable, not only because my skipper is protective of his boat but because the Potomac is one of our most spectacular natural resources and it shouldn't be filled with such litter. (Balt. Sun)

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