Neil Ridgely: Plan will take Finksburg area backward

The commissioners are poised to approve a Finksburg Corridor Plan this week which, after 10 years work by staff and community members, is not worth the paper it is written on. (Carr. Co. Times)

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Yes, D.C. should want to host the Olympics

News broke this morning that D.C. may bid for the 2024 Olympics. And predictably, as happens everywhere the Olympics are mentioned, haters immediately started lining up saying how horrible it would be for D.C. to actually host a games. (Wash. Post)

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Opposing interests in Clarksburg

Competing interests — environmental protection and development — are fighting it out in what will likely be Montgomery County’s last frontier: Clarksburg. Ground Zero is a 538-acre tract west of Interstate 270. Pulte Homes has proposed building 1,007 housing units on the land — 704 single-family homes and 303 townhouses. What Pulte needs now is the reliability that the county will stick to a master plan, even one that was drafted 19 years ago. The Planning Board should proceed with its hearings and work sessions. It will hear that Pulte can build its homes and preserve the area’s unique environmental concerns. The board should then recommend the council give its blessings to the project. Residents will see that environmental protection and new housing do not have to be mutually exclusive. (Gazette)


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Kenneth Lavon Johnson: A memory of the March

In the spring of 1963, when I was a student at the U.S. Army's Judge Advocate General Corps School in Charlottesville, Va., the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. came to town to speak to the student body of the University of Virginia. (Balt. Sun)

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Commit to realizing dream

Our vision of equality for all has made great strides in the 50 years since the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. stood on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C. and proclaimed to the crowd of 250,000 gathered there that he had a dream that “one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: ‘We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal.’” But while the blatant signs of inequality may have been erased — most notably segregation — too often a person’s race, sex, sexual orientation or even religion can make him or her a target of hatemongers or unfair treatment. (Carr. Co. Times)

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Matthew Boulay: Summer programs needed to boost student achievement

The proposal by Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot, which is supported by Gov. Martin O'Malley, to delay school opening past Labor Day argues that summer vacation strengthens families and the state economy ("Franchot gains O'Malley's support on school start," Aug. 21). While critics have questioned this argument, the underlying challenge is not just about the last week of August. Solid research, including a major study of Baltimore City students by Johns Hopkins University researchers, demonstrates that young people who lack stimulating experiences during the summer suffer significant losses of what they learned during the previous school year. (Balt. Sun)

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Many steps left to fulfill King's 'Dream' vision

In the wake of George Zimmerman’s acquittal last month in the 2012 shooting death of teenager Trayvon Martin, a common theme arose among many readers of The Daily Times in their reaction.Martin, who’d been on a walk carrying only Skittles and an iced tea, was no innocent, these readers said in letters and phone messages. (Daily Times)

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Keep him or dump him? It's up to you

Perhaps it’s time to have some fun with the local elections instead of being so serious. I recently came across a book called “100 Reasons to KEEP Him, 100 Reasons to DUMP Him: A Fun and Practical Guide to Relationship Rules” by Sharon Naylor. Since I cannot give a copy to every Annapolis voter, I’m excerpting from the book some portions that are applicable as Annapolitans decide whether to KEEP or DUMP Mayor Josh Cohen. (Capital)

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