Ibrahim: White roofs aren't so cool

One of the latest trends in home energy efficiency is the white roof, as described in a recent Sun article ("Push urged for more cool roofs in Baltimore," Oct. 15). Indeed, they can be useful in certain climates, but I would urge careful consideration before jumping on the cool roof bandwagon in a northern city like Baltimore. (Balt. Sun)

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Oct. 23 // Susan Yum: Drunk Driving 2.0

We need a new law that treats serious crashes caused by distracted cell phone driving in a similar category as drunk driving. In addition to legislation, we as a society have to realize and accept that using your cell phone while driving is not a right (just as drunk driving is not a right), and that if you choose to do so, you are willfully committing an act that makes it dangerous for you and other people on the road. (Balt. Sun)

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A New Kind Of Cola War

Happiness doesn't come in a red can. Obesity does. That's the tag line from a commercial that will begin airing soon in the Baltimore area, and it's a not-so-subtle attack on Coca-Cola mounted by a group of local health advocates including Howard County's Horizon Foundation, the Maryland State Medical Society (MedChi), the American Heart Association and People Acting Together in Howard (PATH). (Balt. Sun)

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What's going on at Salisbury City Hall?

From the outside looking in, recent events at Salisbury City Hall have taken on an erratic nature. Citizens want their mayor to take the action needed to run the city effectively, but they also want those decisions to be sound, grounded in logic and explained clearly. It’s not evident that this is the case. (Daily Times)

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Resolve website issues

While it would have been virtually impossible to predict all the possible issues that may have arisen prior to rolling out the new websites associated with the Affordable Care Act, the Obama Administration has been woefully slow to fix the problems or even, for that matter, explain what went wrong. (Carroll Co. Times)

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Hospice security lapse a warning to nonprofits

When one of Anne Arundel County’s biggest nonprofits has a major lapse in security involving the people it serves, other nonprofits should pay close attention. In the days after the personal information of 500 Hospice of the Chesapeake patients was compromised on Aug. 8, the Pasadena-based organization shut down its computer system and launched an internal investigation. President Michael McHale said the probe found that an employee emailed spreadsheets containing patient information to a personal account to complete work from home — and someone else possibly got access. (Capital)

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Linda Norris-Waldt: The Affordable Care Act's Achilles' Heel: Education

A surprising Achilles' heel has surfaced in the implementation of the insurance exchanges designed by the Affordable Care Act. And it is compromising one of the ACA’s primary intents: affordable health care for millions of uninsured Americans. The people tasked with implementing the act, primarily government employees and their nonprofit subcontractors, have been so intent on the operational rollout of the exchanges that they did not think about educating people in an atmosphere of public skepticism. (News-Post)

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Questions For Candidates: What Aldermanic Candidates Would Do With Extra $10 Million

The candidates in this year’s city election have been talking about Frederick’s issues for months now. The Frederick News-Post wanted to give them a more creative way to explain how they would serve the city by asking them each three broad questions. Republican candidates’ responses are published below. (News-Post)

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