It's OK For Boards Of Education To Spend A Bit More On Conferences

We appreciate that the board is devoted to keeping a rein on its expenses. But this might be one of those rare cases where a government is not spending enough. (Herald-Mail)

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Mullineaux and Raindrop: Bee Death Information Withheld

Maryland beekeepers lost nearly halfof our honeybee hives last year, while 31 percent of all honeybee colonies died across the United States. Similar bee losses have been occurring for at least a decade. Yet information that could help researchers solve this mystery is being withheld from the research community. (Balt. Sun)

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Nov. 20 // Toward a more genteel governor's race

Some of the candidates for governor are taking offense at Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown's use of a "tracker" to videotape what one of his rivals, Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler, says on the campaign trail. Where have they been? This tactic, while a bit irritating and obnoxious, is standard procedure in high-profile campaigns and has been for years. Both Gov. Martin O'Malley and former Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. employed trackers during the last two gubernatorial campaigns, and nobody said a peep about it. (Balt. Sun)

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Keeping outside money out

On its face, Douglas F. Gansler’s push to limit third-party advertising in the Maryland gubernatorial race looks like a reasonable step toward campaign purity. But we don’t see this pledge as a guarantee that dirt and sleaze won’t permeate the race; candidates and their operatives are plenty good at doing that on their own. We suggest a simpler, stronger pledge that candidates can control: No distortions in campaign speeches, ads and mailings. When your facts and allegations are challenged, provide proof. Win on your merits, not at all costs. (Gazette)

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Watched pot

There was a day — and it was not very long ago — that a call to legalize the use of marijuana would have been unthinkable for a politician. No longer.  The latest office-seeker to call for the legal use of marijuana is Heather R. Mizeur, a Maryland Democratic candidate for governor. (Times-News)

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David Wilson: Morgan looks beyond Baltimore

Nearly 820,000 international students — a national record — studied at universities in the United States during the 2012-2013 academic year, according to a report released this month by the Institute for International Education. At Morgan State University, we have been working to attract many of these students knowing that today's careers often require a global focus. Our efforts are now bearing significant fruit. We have well over 400 international students at Morgan this academic year — an all-time high for us. (Balt. Sun)

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Tom Firey: State, local employees should keep watch over retirement funds

The March 2011 rally had all the trappings of a campaign event. A large, boisterous crowd of Maryland teachers and other public workers filled Lawyers’ Mall in Annapolis, chanting slogans and waving placards. Union leaders took turns at the podium, revving the crowd. Finally, Gov. Martin O’Malley addressed the throng, telling them, “We are a great state … because our public employees do a good job every single day.” The line drew the cheers that politicians covet and O’Malley soon left the stage to embrace the union chiefs and mug for cameras. (Herald-Mail)

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Bruce Willen: The 25th Street Station plan holds Baltimore back

The Baltimore City Planning Commission seems poised to approve the redesigned 25th Street Station development Thursday, despite serious concerns about the legality of the process and the strenuous objections of neighboring community and business associations. On behalf of my neighbors in Old Goucher and Remington, I ask that the commission withhold approval of the project until it receives a full City Council review, and until the developer presents a design that strengthens our community. (Balt. Sun)

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