In alderman races, you pick ’em

There are two Democratic primaries for alderman in Annapolis on Sept. 17 — and we have decided that we will not endorse candidates in either primary. (Capital)

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Sept. 10 // Marylanders’ talk of secession masks a deeper problem

It's easy to lampoon the dreamers in Maryland’s five western counties and their loose talk of secession — a divorce that would create a pencil-necked nano-state that would be poorer, more rural, less educated and much whiter than the Free State as currently constituted. Owing fealty to the one-party juggernaut that bestrides Annapolis, the Republicans of Garrett, Allegany, Washington, Frederick and Carroll counties can hardly be blamed for dreaming of some semblance of clout in the halls of government. Hence the secessionist reverie. (Wash. Post)

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Dan Rodricks: Conservative group wants liberation for western Maryland

I just returned from a pleasant trip to the mountains and rivers of Garrett County to the dismaying news that a group of conservative Republicans want Garrett and four other Maryland counties to break away and form the 51st state so they can live happily ever after. I spoke Monday to the leader of what's called the Western Maryland Initiative. Scott Strzelczyk is his name. He doesn't like the word "secession." He's talking about something different — the formation of a new state out of five counties. (Balt. Sun)

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Not your grandmother's NAACP

When Benjamin Jealous, at 35, became the youngest person ever to lead the NAACP in 2008, he took over an institution with a venerable name but whose greatest triumphs appeared to lie in the past. Mr. Jealous, who announced that he will step down from his post as president of the nation's oldest civil rights organization in January, quickly set about changing that, working to attract a younger generation of members with a more expansive vision of civil rights that addresses contemporary concerns. As a result, the NAACP he leaves behind is today a far larger, stronger and more effective advocate for social justice than the group he inherited just five years ago. (Balt. Sun)

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Raise wages -- no strings attached

A fair day's wages for a fair day's work (unskilled labor included) isn't socialism, it's the social contract upon which a robust free-market economy depends. Business groups may grouse, particularly if they aren't given the stocking-stuffer of a tax cut next Christmas, but compassionate wages that might actually cover the minimum amount of food, clothing and shelter needed to live are good for the soul and, ultimately, good for the economy, too. (Balt. Sun)

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Tim Rowland: City Council learns you can please none of the people none of the time

We have a team, but no new stadium. We have a team and plans for a stadium. We have a team but have scrapped plans for a stadium. We have no team and no stadium. We have a stadium but no team. We have a stadium and half a team. This is fascinating to me. But it doesn’t sound like municipal policy, it sounds like adolescent dating. (Herald-Mail)

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UMMS-Fort Washington deal paves way for more sustainable Prince George's hospitals

So what to make of the University of Maryland Medical System’s deal to manage Fort Washington Medical Center and maybe acquire it? On one hand, it’s just another plot point in the long saga of health system consolidations, as $2.5 billion UMMS ties up with tiny $46 million Fort Washington. On the other, this is a bigger deal than the numbers indicate because of UMMS’ role in the partnership to replace Prince George’s Hospital Center, now run by Dimensions Healthcare System in Cheverly. (Wash. Bus. Journal)

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Vote for the city today

Some readers may ask why election day editions of The News-Post often feature an editorial encouraging readers to go to the polls and participate in the democratic process. The answer is simple: Because, historically, so few of them have. This is particularly discouraging in City of Frederick elections where the mayoral and aldermanic offices are at stake. (News-Post)

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