Sept. 23 // Minimum wage hike justifiable, not a cure-all

For years, recession and high unemployment froze talk of raising the minimum wage — it seemed more important to focus on whether people were being hired, rather than what they were being paid. But the thaw has started. (Capital)

Read Full Article

Jim Lee: Texas doesn't hold a candle to Maryland

Someone who would take from their neighbor in order to improve their own prosperity has to be about the lowest form of life on our planet. Yet Texas Gov. Rick Perry seems to pride himself in doing just that. (Carroll Co. Times)

Read Full Article

A resident delegate for Caroline County?

Nearly 20 years after the last Caroline resident served in the Maryland House of Delegates, the county has an opportunity to send a local lawmaker to Annapolis. The opportunity comes as a result of Gov. Martin O’Malley’s choice of Del. Steve Hershey as the 36th District state senator, taking the seat vacated by E.J. Pipkin. (Star-Democrat)

Read Full Article

Saylor Commission is welcome

Jan. 9 is a good date to submit a report on how law enforcement agencies can better respond to people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Not only is it the birthday of Robert Ethan Saylor, a man with Down syndrome who on the day would have turned 27, it’s also the day after the Maryland General Assembly convenes for its 90-day session, and a chance for lawmakers to digest the report and put it into action. It’s also an opportunity for our lawmakers from Frederick County to do something approaching useful in an election year that is traditional marked by feel-good measures and very little legislation of worth or substance. (News-Post)

Read Full Article

Lee Richardson: How long until the next anti-farm lawsuit?

After nearly four years, the legal battles of local family farmers Alan and Kristen Hudson are coming to a close. On behalf of Save Farm Families and Wicomico County Young Farmers and Ranchers, I am disappointed that Judge William M. Nickerson decided last month not to award legal fees to the Hudsons after he found that the radical Waterkeeper Alliance was unable to prove that pollution was coming from their poultry operation. Wanting to see the Hudsons awarded legal fees wasn't so much about the money. Thanks to the generosity of supporters from across the country, Save Farm Families was able to cover the Hudsons' legal fees and save them from losing their farm. But we were hoping to see someone held accountable for the family's four years of suffering. (Balt. Sun)

Read Full Article

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)

Read Full Article

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)

Read Full Article

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)

Read Full Article