Neil Ridgely: Conspiracy Coalition Costly To Carroll

Commissioner Richard Rothschild is perpetrating another of his wacky ideas on the citizens of Carroll County — again at the expense of county taxpayers. This one is called the Clean Chesapeake Coalition, to which he has already provided $25,000 in county funds and an undisclosed amount in additional dollars for lawyers from the legal slush fund he created when first elected. The dubious goal of this mal-named coalition is to fight the Chesapeake Bay regulations handed down by the state and federal Government. (Carr. Co. Times)

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Barry Rascovar: Democrats For Governor Pander, Stalk And Misstep

The bidding race is on. Democratic candidates for governor are seeking to one-up each other on new programs and tax cuts. All of them ignore the fact Maryland’s finances are unsteady and could continue that way. The next governor is likely to face a structural deficit exceeding a half-billion dollars. Yet none of the Democratic candidates wants to face that reality. Instead, they pander to voters. (Md. Reporter)

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Crime-Free Housing Plan Could Improve Health Of City

There are two elements to downtown revitalization: a quality commercial district and a population involved and affluent enough to patronize it. That part is obvious. Less obvious is which comes first. Without a paying clientele, it’s difficult to encourage businesses to move in. But without those commercial attractions in place, there is little to lure new tenants. (Herald-Mail)

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Neil Franklin: It’s Time To End Prohibition (Again)

The prohibition of narcotics — including marijuana, cocaine, heroin, LSD, and MDMA — has the same problems that alcohol prohibition did in its time, and then some. International drug traffickers reap huge profits and middle-and lower-class Americans pay the costly price of outdated drug policies. (Star-Democrat)

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Myers and Hoagland: Maryland Shouldn’t Backtrack On Manure Pollution

Maryland is making progress to reduce pollution to meet our obligations under the federal-state Chesapeake Bay Blueprint, a comprehensive cleanup plan for the bay. However, even as we've moved forward with these important steps, we could be on the verge of moving back on another. Agriculture is the single largest source of pollution to the Chesapeake Bay, and runoff from manure spread on farm fields is a major source of phosphorus pollution. Crops need phosphorus from fertilizers such as manure, but too much of a good thing leaves farm fields saturated, creating the risk of phosphorus runoff polluting nearby waterways and the bay. (Balt. Sun)

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Nov. 15 // Mizeur, Coates And The Evolution Of Maryland Politics

The conventional political wisdom about Del. Heather Mizeur's pick of the Rev. Delman Coates as her running mate is that it shows her campaign for governor is more about making a point than winning the Democratic primary, much less the general election. But the more interesting question is not what the selection says about the Mizeur campaign than what the Mizeur campaign says about the state of Maryland politics. (Balt. Sun)

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Donald C. Fry: Time To Rekindle Inner Harbor Vision

We have taken our city’s downtown waterfront jewel for granted. While development has emanated from the Inner Harbor, particularly along the western shores and southern shores of Baltimore’s waterfront, there have been hardly any visible improvements to Baltimore’s core waterfront in 30 years. (Daily Record)

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C. Fraser Smith: Why The Hilton Baltimore Matters

In the altogether appropriate worry about the Hilton Baltimore’s financial losses, some may be losing sight of its success. “It’s doing exactly what it was intended to do,” said Tom Noonan, president of Visit Baltimore, a major promoter of conventions in the city. The 757-room Hilton offers the size and convention access that brings business to the city. In the last five years, he said, convention bookings have doubled. He said he expects the momentum to continue for the next five years. (Daily Record)

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