Making the Chesapeake Bay Bridge safer

The Maryland Transportation Authority’s November reportlooked at possible measures to improve safety on the bridge, preferring a painted buffer with rumble strips between the two-way lanes. I strongly advocate lowering the speed limit and requiring trucks and trailers to undergo inspection before entering the bridge. (Wash. Post)

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Consider open primary

Republicans across the state could boost their chances to gain seats in the legislature and in statewide offices if they went with an open primary system. The state’s GOP executive committee voted last week to explore the possibility, but the vote was close with Party Chair Diana Waterman casting the deciding vote. (Carr. Co. Times)

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Rodricks: A young woman keeps her eye on a dream

Sometimes all you can do is shake your head when you hear what people go through in this life. I'm not even talking about extraordinary circumstances, either. I don't mean surviving wars or train wrecks, climbing mountains or traversing deserts. I just mean the tough, daily grind of the poor — trying to make ends meet, to keep your stomach from growling, to keep your eye on a dream while the world seems to collapse around you. (Balt. Sun)

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In Annapolis, pitchforks are always at hand

When you’re a defender of downtown Annapolis, your work is never done. No sooner had developers interested in replacing the old Fawcett Boat Supplies building on Compromise Street been shoved away than officials of the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science showed up. Their idea: buying the old recreation center near City Dock. (Capital) 

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July 26 // Robert Saylor’s death deservedly under investigation again

Ethan Saylor would be alive today if Frederick County sheriff’s deputies had exercised good judgment and restraint. Instead, they ignored explicit warnings from the caretaker who accompanied Mr. Saylor, who had Down syndrome, and physically confronted him over an unpaid $12 movie ticket. In the ensuing scuffle, he died of asphyxia. With good reason, the Justice Department is now investigating the incident as a civil rights case. (Wash. Post)

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Ellen Moyer: Mayor is selling out Annapolis to curry favor with developers

I am disappointed that Mayor Josh Cohen has chosen the ploy of character assassination to obscure his own obtuse actions in promoting a zoning change to curry favor with a developer. In 1969 the citizens of this city voted by a margin of 2-1 to support the "no" club. The same groups as are now involved in the fight against this zoning change — Historic Annapolis, maritime and business interests — proposed historic preservation and a strengthened maritime presence rather than the high rises ringing the waterfront supported by commercial interests. (Balt. Sun)

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Making Maryland more transparent

When it comes to accessing public information, the Free State isn't all that free. Requests under Maryland's Public Information Act are routinely subject to delays, responses are frequently incomplete and the fees charged for accessing material every Marylander is supposed to have a right to see are often arbitrary and excessive. Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler, an all-but-declared candidate for governor, is promising to change that. (Balt. Sun)

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Bill Kennedy: Board actions a waste of time

Here we go again. Once more the illustrious Carroll County Board of Commissioners is wasting time and energy on another non-issue over which they have absolutely no control or influence. After the ill conceived and patently illegal summit intended to debunk the reality of global warming and man’s influence on the same, and the resolution to ignore the state laws on firearms control, now they have turned their short attention spans to the issue of drone aircraft spying on the citizenry of our fair county. (Carr. Co. Times)

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