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Let’s end this dismal Maryland tradition (access required)

Rejecting calls for leniency from members of the Maryland General Assembly, U.S. District Court judge Theodore Chuang sentenced former Del. Tawanna Gaines to six months in prison after she pleaded guilty to one count of wire fraud for taking money ...

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Monorails belong in Maryland

In her recent commentary “Good idea for Disney, bad idea for Maryland” (Dec. 12, 2019) Carol Park demonstrates that she may have been so dazzled by Disney’s amusements that her fact-checking slipped. While her claims about the safety and cost ...

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Second Amendment ‘sanctuaries’ won’t hold up in court (access required)

Overblown alarm over reasonable gun-safety laws proposed in statehouses across the country has led to a movement by various local governments declaring themselves Second Amendment “sanctuaries” — vowing to establish local jurisdictions where state gun laws that they view as ...

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State needs to help keep pace with new technology (access required)

Across Maryland, municipalities are preparing for 5G — rapidly evolving technology that will be the backbone of broadband’s future. However, an uncoordinated and fragmented approach to building the infrastructure will likely impede progress and delay access to critical technology. Maryland ...

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5G technology moving ahead thanks to local involvement (access required)

Here we go again. Less than a year ago we worked to dispel fears that without industry-supported legislation, Maryland wouldn’t move forward with exciting 5G technology. As it turned out, those fears were unfounded and the arguments encouraging them untrue. ...

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Maryland transportation’s plan needs to be multimodal (access required)

Governor Hogan’s first transportation secretary recently resigned and on his way out the door he told a newspaper, “I believe we still have a disproportionate share of the (transportation) trust fund going to transit.” What the departing secretary never seemed ...

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Kirwan recommendations a step toward improving education (access required)

Public education in Maryland is at a crossroads, and our children are counting on adults to do the right thing. For too long, our public schools have operated under an outdated and inadequate funding formula. Every time you walk into ...

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The 2 worst standardized testing stories (access required)

Of all of the absurd and appalling stories that emerged from the standardized test-based school reform movement in the 2010s, there were two that, arguably, best revealed to me how bankrupt and even cruel some of the things policymakers foisted ...

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It’s time to overhaul the MVA

Little did I know an appointment I made online with the Largo-area Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration would lead to such a frustrating and unfortunate series of events—a series of events that make me believe Republican Gov. Larry Hogan should scrap ...

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When leasing a car is the right choice (access required)

If you need a car, the most frugal option is to buy one that’s 2 to 3 years old, pay cash and drive it until the wheels fall off. The least frugal option traditionally has been leasing, where you make ...

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