Blaine Young on Monrovia Town Center Project

The latest full-frontal attack on me published in The Frederick News-Post involves the Monrovia Town Center project. People certainly have the right to disagree on county policy. But people do not have the right to attack individuals and ignore the history and facts surrounding an issue. Let me straighten out the record. (News-Post)

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To land a star, county must be willing to pay more

After a year and a half with no one at the helm of the Hagerstown-Washington County Economic Development Commission, Washington County Commissioners are beginning to understand the need for a visible point person who can deal with businesses face to face. This week, the commissioners took steps toward filling that void, which we applaud. Our concern, however, is whether the commissioners will invest the money necessary to attract a top talent. (Herald-Mail)

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Adults lag in skills too

Student test results, whether the SATs or the Maryland School Assessment, are closely watched as indicators of the performance of our school systems. The performance of adults isn’t monitored nearly as much. But, as The Associated Press reported recently, the multinational Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development has released its first Survey of Adult Skills, which involved 166,000 people ages 16 to 65 in 24 nations and subnational regions. (Carroll Co. Times)

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Art Callaham: Library is proof we can cross political divide

Last week we opened, what I believe, is the largest public works project in downtown Hagerstown — at least in my recollection. The opening program was great, the new facility is stupendous, the weather was wonderful (those of us who are a bit on the bald side might have gotten burned by the beautiful sunlight) and the speakers had little if any negative comments about anyone or anything. It was a great day. Citizens of Washington County, what more could we want? Let me spell it out for you in simple terms. (Herald-Mail)

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Rick Hutzell: One year later, Ed and Carla Morrow watch for justice

Imagine for a moment that you’re Carla and Ed Morrow. At 7 p.m. Sunday, the Pasadena couple will be at George Fox Middle School for a candlelight vigil. They will mourn the murder of their son, Matt, who was shot to death one year ago just a few blocks from the school. (Capital)

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Oct. 11 // Building a better tax code for Maryland

It's fair to say that the Tax Foundation, a non-partisan but conservative-leaning think tank, has not historically been a big fan of Maryland, or many other liberal northeastern states, for that matter. The group looks at one side of the equation — taxes — and not at the quality of what you get in return, and that tends to make Maryland look bad compared to, say, Wyoming. The Free State comes out 41st in the Tax Foundation's latest rankings of which states have the best tax climate for business, and the Equality State comes out on top. (Balt. Sun)

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Hands off orphans’ money 

A callous side of Maryland’s high court was on prominent display earlier this month when it ruled that the state has authority to take monetary benefits awarded to orphaned children to help pay for their foster care. Perhaps the majority of judges thought that a portion of their ruling requiring the state to inform the child and his/her lawyer or guardian when it applies to garnish death benefits would be enough to mitigate any harm. (Daily Record)

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EPA power grab threatens Chesapeake Bay farmers

There are times when the Environmental Protection Agency resembles some of the problems it is meant to counter. Like an oil slick, the EPA bureaucracy continually expands outward, imposing regulations on all that it encounters. The latest example is a little-noticed case involving the Chesapeake Bay. There, the federal environmental agency has asserted breathtakingly broad powers to override state authority and dictate agricultural practices throughout a 64,000-square-mile watershed area. District Court Judge Sylvia Rambo encouraged the EPA’s power grab in a Sept. 13 ruling. (Examiner)

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