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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Mirror image behaviors

Last week’s dustup at the Board of County Commissioners meeting between Commissioner Robin Frazier and other board members provides insights into the District 1 commissioner’s perception of her actions and the actions of other elected board members. (Carr. Co. Times)

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Solid bloc

A recent story by Frederick News-Post reporter Bethany Rodgers officially confirmed the obvious — that the Frederick County Commissioners have a four-commissioner voting bloc that is dominating nearly all decisions in the operations of county government. (News-Post)

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Fire station holding South Market Street back

How many times have you driven down the 100 block of South Market Steet in the last few years, and thought to yourself “something needs to be done”? Now, imagine a visitor’s first trip to downtown Frederick. There is a high probability that they will be using this artery to visit our amazing city, but their first impression will likely be that Frederick is a place ridden with crime, vagrants and unfavorable business establishments. (News-Post)

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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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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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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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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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