Business Beginning To Boom In Prince George’s

If you were to ask most Prince George’s residents their top priority for enhancing the county, improving the school system would handily top the list. Not far behind on that priority list would most likely be bringing in high-end retailers to an area county officials and residents say has been snubbed and overlooked for far too long. And after decades of courting and wooing, retailers now appear ready to do big business in Prince George’s. The grand opening of the $100 million, 340,000-square foot Tanger Outlets at National Harbor on Nov. 22 validated county officials’ promise to retailers that “if you build it, they will come.” (Gazette)

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There’s Plenty To Like In Inner Arbor Plans

If we learned anything from the legacy of Columbia founder Jim Rouse, it is to dream big, to push boundaries and to innovate. The practical can come later. With this in mind, we find ourselves drawn to the Inner Arbor Trust's plans for Symphony Woods. The idea has the potential to transform what is now an under-utilized piece of land in Columbia's Town Center into a Central Park-like area that will draw people for a visit. And years down the line, a second phase of the Inner Arbor plan could connect the site to the Columbia lakefront. That's another thing to like. (Patuxent)

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State Of The Chesapeake

To view the latest measure of the state of the Chesapeake Bay and its watershed, the Chesapeake Bay Program's "Bay Barometer," is not unlike receiving the interim report card of a chronically underachieving student. Whatever modest progress is reported, it's difficult to get past the miserably low overall grades. The Chesapeake Bay of 2013 is a long way from meeting 2025 goals to reduce the major pollutants of nitrogen, phosphorus and sediments. The only difference between these circumstances and those of that borderline student is that most parents haven't spent the billions of dollars and years of effort that have gone into the Chesapeake Bay cleanup. (Balt. Sun)

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Dominion Transmission: Cove Point LNG Project Environmentally Sound

The liquefied natural gas (LNG) facility at the Dominion Cove Point Terminal has long been a model of industrial and environmental cooperation. More than 1,000 acres of pristine beach, forest and marsh lands in southern Maryland are conserved, while at the same time the Chesapeake Bay is unharmed. Dominion is proud of its award-winning role as an environmental steward at Cove Point and has designed its proposed LNG export project to continue that commitment. (Balt. Sun)

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Tim Rowland: This Year’s Legislative Wish List Won’t Have To Be Checked Twice

Nice to see that our local leaders are thinking big when it comes to the 2014 legislative session, which begins next month in Annapolis. “We don’t have anything major we’re asking for this year,” Washington County Administrator Greg Murray said this week. (Herald-Mail)

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Free Meals

Imagine a program that provides free breakfast and lunch to every student in the school system. It’s not far-fetched. In fact, it is being tried in the Washington County public school system. When the federal program becomes available to Allegany and Garrett county school systems next July, we encourage the local school systems to sign up. No school child should have to attend classes while they are hungry. The Community Eligibility Program takes hunger out of our schools. (Times-News)

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Betty Buck: The Failed Experiment Of Prohibition

Every day, Maryland beer distributors safely and efficiently deliver thousands of labels of beer to local retail stores, restaurants and bars for Marylanders to purchase and enjoy — from the Baltimore Harbor to the Eastern Shore to the Washington Metropolitan Area. But the success of our local businesses today results from lessons learned years ago when this nation banned alcohol, drove it underground and released a torrent of unintended consequences. (Balt. Sun)

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Danielle Manos: It Pays To Pay Attention To Local Government

If you are an American citizen, you might be laughed at if you could not name the president of the United States, but can you name the head executive of your county government? Most reading this column may be able to, since studies have shown those who read local newspapers tend to have more local political knowledge. However, studies have also shown that, in general, Americans know much less about local politics than they do national. (News-Post)

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