Learn about exchanges

With health insurance marketplaces set to begin enrolling people on Oct. 1, too many people still are not aware of the steps that they need to take or how the new health-care law will impact them. The focus in recent weeks has been on Republicans in Congress as they continue to fight to defund the Affordable Care Act, even threatening to shut down government. Meanwhile, new health exchanges set up under the law to provide insurance to more people have not gotten as much attention. (Carroll Co. Times)

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Study group helpful

Considering the amount of misinformation surrounding the new Common Core educational initiative, getting a group together to sift through fact and fiction and to help get more accurate information out to parents is a good idea. Carroll County Commissioner Doug Howard proposed the study group. “Right now, there’s so much misinformation floating around that there are issues that are not being addressed but should be, [and] there’s issues being addressed that don’t apply to Carroll County,” Howard said. (Carroll Co. Times)

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School board must address parents' cell tower concerns

The Anne Arundel County Board of Education didn’t need better reception to know putting cellphone towers up on school grounds would be a problem for many parents. From North Carolina to California, school districts have found that parents freak out over the concept. In nearby Montgomery County, a jurisdiction the school system cites as an example where this works, a parents coalition continues a bitter fight over the presence of the towers. (Capital)

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Tim Rowland: EDC, CVB should work in tandem

Washington County was typically slow to come to the tourism party. Long after other jurisdictions had figured out that tourists are a double win because they stimulate the economy and pay local taxes without requiring expensive government services in return, officials here were proclaiming that “tourism is not a business” and thumbing their nose at the National Civil War Medical Museum downtown because it was “only one job.” We have since learned that tourism is indeed a business and we have seen the National Civil War Medical Museum thrive — in Frederick. (Herald-Mail)

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Sad, tragic, but not a case for gun control

Even in the emotional outpouring following the killings at the Washington Navy Yard, there is little for gun control supporters to latch onto to bolster their arguments for greater limits on firearms. That won’t stop the rallies, nor will it rein in anti-gun lawmakers who are using this to fuel their personal political agendas. While hindsight is 20-20, this horrific and tragic act was impossible to predict and prevent. (News-Post)

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Damage done to our climate can't be changed, but we can adapt and mitigate

“Better late than never” is a phrase that might be applied to our dawning understanding and acceptance of sea-level rise and its effects on our Delmarva Peninsula. For at least 20 years now warnings have periodically been raised about global warming. These warnings have been met with mocking and disbelief for many years, and still are viewed in this light by many. Indeed, the phenomenon that is now also referred to as climate change is still met with skepticism by many. (Daily Times)

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Todd Eberly: Anthony Brown... the Establishment's Candidate

Maryland state government is in need of fundamental reforms, from redistricting,  to campaign finance,  to greater accountability to the people. Who ever becomes governor in 2014 will have an opportunity to deliver those reforms. But with every new endorsement from the party establishment bestowed upon Anthony Brown it becomes ever more clear that he will not be the guy to deliver those reforms. (FreeStater)

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Robert Ehrlich: Here's what the House is thinking with its Obamacare gambit

The GOP's attempt to de-fund the "Affordable Care Act" (aka "Obamacare") is somewhat complicated, but I will attempt to bring it together for you. We begin with the fact of universal Republican opposition to the law. Not one Republican supported Obamacare's original passage. And generally negative reviews by a nervous public since that time have only encouraged continuing attempts to slow down its implementation. (Balt. Sun)

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