Make tough zoning decisions before development disputes arise

Delaware’s coastal resort towns are having crucial conversations that involve residents, developers and municipal governments. The parties engaged in these conversations may not realize the full importance of what they are doing. They’re mostly focused on advocating for — or objecting to — proposed projects that have potential to change their communities, but each project and each battle speaks to how the future of their towns and for that matter, the Atlantic coastline of Delmarva, will eventually play out. (Daily Times)

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Keep kids safe in autos

For all the worries parents express these days about keeping their kids safe, the one area where they need to put more focus is riding in automobiles. Sunday marked the beginning of national Child Passenger Safety Week. According to the AAA Mid-Atlantic, nearly three in every four child car seats is installed incorrectly. (Carroll Co. Times)

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Tony Soltero: Paying for 'pro-business'

As the Frederick city election campaign clears the primary season and moves into the general election, many of the candidates in both parties have been touching upon the theme of the city being “pro-business.” It’s one of those vague expressions that can mean whatever the speaker wants it to mean, but the implication is usually that the government must undertake a certain sequence of actions to attract potential employers to set up shop in the city. (News-Post)

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Sept. 14 // Out all night

Baltimore officials are considering a proposal by City Councilman Brandon M. Scott to set an earlier curfew to keep unsupervised young people from hanging out in the streets until all hours of the night. It's an idea that Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, City Council President Bernard C. "Jack" Young and Police Commissioner Anthony Batts have all embraced for one simple reason: Requiring kids to be indoors by a certain hour is one of the best ways to keep them safe after dark. And as an added bonus, it may even lead to some modest reductions in juvenile crime. (Balt. Sun)

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Not teaching to the test

The farmers are harvesting their corn, the hummingbirds are heading south, and the nights are cooler. This can mean only one thing: Maryland’s school superintendent is about to unveil yet another new “system.” Having gone through more “systems” than Redskins quarterbacks from Theismann to RGIII, this year’s new, improved system is called “Common Core Standards.” (Star Democrat)

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Penny Pritzker and Tom Perez: Giving Americans the skills to succeed

As two of the newest members of President Barack Obama's cabinet, we've both spent the past few months lending a fresh set of eyes and ears to the opportunities and challenges facing workers and American businesses. One concern facing both communities that requires our full attention and our joint efforts is making sure that every American has the skills needed to succeed in the workforce. This week we visited Anne Arundel Community College, where we were joined by Rep. Steny Hoyer to hear from local business, education, labor and government leaders about the importance of skills training as both a workforce development and an economic development imperative. (Balt. Sun)

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C. Fraser Smith: Red Line route has grown roots 

When you feel like the bureaucracy isn’t listening, what do you do? One thing you do is you turn to your elected representatives. (Daily Record)

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Laslo Boyd: Higher education’s broken financial model

President Obama caused quite a stir in higher education circles recently when he announced that he wants to create a system for rating colleges on which ones provide consumers with the best value. The underlying motivation for his suggestion is a serious one that should provoke more than the reflex responses that you so often hear when anyone raises questions about the cost of college attendance.  (Daily Record)

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