On clean energy, Salisbury professor just gets it wrong

Salisbury University finance professor Dan Ervin is unconvincing in his recent lengthy diatribe, asserting that the 21st century shift or “swerve” toward renewable sources of energy is a “bad idea” — both for the state of Maryland, and for the future of the planet. Last year, professor Ervin spoke to a large group of retired citizens at the MAC Center in Salisbury about the same topic. In that speech, and in several earlier op-ed pieces, he touted nuclear energy as the salvation for the world’s energy needs. This, despite the fact that no new nuclear facility has been built in the U.S. for more than 30 years, and France and other European nations are in the process of dismantling their nuclear plants, primarily because of safety concerns. (Daily Times)

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The arguments about downtown hotel

Most arguments concerning the proposed downtown hotel and conference center revolve around the amount of public participation in the project: How much is enough and how much is too much. A few people think the project is completely unnecessary and have generally latched on to such issues as historic preservation problems, process issues or environmental concerns. (News-Post)

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Peggy Dennis, Mark Eakin: Maryland wants to put a limit on bow-hunting antlerless deer

For the past several years, the Wildlife and Heritage Service of the Maryland Department of Natural Resources has worked with the Montgomery County Council and county residents to liberalize the regulations on bow-and-arrow hunting for white-tailed deer. The “safety zone” has been decreased to 50 yards in recognition of the fact that archery hunting is safe, quiet and discreet. To date, there have been no recorded instances of a non-hunter, pet or livestock injured or killed by a bowhunter in Maryland. Sunday hunting has also been expanded. These measures are badly needed to cull the herds of deer that have taken over our stream valleys and community parks and our suburban neighborhoods and yards. (Wash. Post)

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May 11 // Kevin Kamenetz's legacy: Understanding Baltimore County's past, seeing its future

Kevin Kamentz used to joke that when he ran for County Council, he grew a mustache to look older, and when he ran for county executive, he shaved it to look younger. But more than that changed during his two-plus decades of service to Baltimore County. The young, smart and brash councilman from Pikesville became a thoughtful and, at crucial times, courageous leader of a sprawling, diverse county and a strong candidate for governor. His shocking death early Thursday morning leaves a void in the region and sharpens questions about the direction Baltimore County will take. (Balt. Sun)

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Vincent DeMarco, Stan Dorn: Health Insurance Down Payment plan should be the next top priority in Md.

The Affordable Care Act has brought health care coverage to more than 400,000 uninsured Marylanders, but this progress has been threatened as health insurance premiums in the individual market have skyrocketed under the Trump administration. Thankfully, Maryland is one of the states leading the nation in stabilizing premiums in its individual market. We commend the Maryland General Assembly and the Hogan administration for passing legislation that creates a reinsurance program to slow premium growth and that protects Marylanders from the Trump administration’s proposed rule that would further undercut insurance markets by expanding the sale of short-term plans with inadequate coverage and consumer protections. (Balt. Sun)

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Rachel Micah-Jones: The other crisis in Maryland’s seafood industry

This week, The Sun reported on rumors that the Trump administration has plans to grant an additional 15,000 H-2B visas to workers abroad in order to address labor shortages, including those in Maryland’s seafood industry. Yet, our seafood industry has another long-standing and buried crisis to overcome: systemic labor abuses of H-2B workers. While guest-worker programs have played an important role in supporting communities on both sides of the U.S.-Mexico border by providing job opportunities and sustaining businesses, they are also rife with abuses. Employers are begging for more migrant workers, and policymakers appear ready to comply. (Balt. Sun)

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Ray Leone: This election gives Anne Arundel County a vital chance to do better with its schools

Are you ready for an elected school board? With less than two months left before the primaries, I am finding that most folks do not know what that means or that the county Board of Education will now have electable seats. This year there are nonpartisan Board of Education races in four of the seven County Council districts; there will be elections in the other three in 2020. In each race, there will be a primary selecting two top candidates to move on to the general election. This is an essential change in the way we are represented on the Board of Education. (Capital)

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Tricia Bishop: Talking trash and trashing Baltimore

Pulling out of a parking spot at the Giant on 41st Street in Hampden this weekend with a car full of groceries, I was blocked by a sedan that had paused in the middle of the lane. Why? So the passenger could throw food wrappers out of her open window. It was all I could do to keep from getting out of my own car and tossing the trash back to her while screaming, “You dropped something!” (Balt. Sun)

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