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The Daily Record welcomes letters to the editor and opinion columns on public policy issues that affect Maryland businesses and the legal community. Letters to the editor should be 300 words or less. Columns can be up to 800 words. All are subject to editing for length or clarity. Submissions must include the writer’s name, address and a daytime phone number for confirmation. They can be sent to Editor Thomas Baden Jr. at tbaden@thedailyrecord.com.

Regional Perspectives: Planning for Maryland in the 22nd century

Local government land-use plans rarely have more than a 20-year planning horizon, which means they are essentially planning for the current generation and the next. Some development visionaries are now promoting the idea that we should really be planning for ...

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Lessons learned from Dixon trial

As we contemplate the meaning of the first criminal trial against Baltimore Mayor Sheila Dixon, at least three important lessons have been made clear and none is related to the trial itself.   Sure, we can ask questions about the ...

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Editorial: New life at Anderson site

Sadly, Anderson Automotive is disappearing from the Baltimore commercial landscape.   Bruce Mortimer, who owns the General Motors and Honda dealerships, has been told by GM corporate headquarters that the 54-year-old business is one of 1,200 dealerships nationwide that will ...

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For graduates, there are many options to combat college debt

With the high cost of college, it’s commonplace for students to accumulate thousands of dollars of debt while pursuing a degree. Yet the ability to repay loans after graduation is a real concern now that there are fewer jobs to ...

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Editorial Advisory Board: A grace period for juveniles

The Supreme Court recently heard argument in the cases of two Florida inmates who are serving life sentences without parole for crimes committed when they were teenagers. Harris Sullivan was convicted of two counts of sexual battery committed when he ...

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Fry: Combined reporting is no slam dunk

Members of the Maryland Business Tax Reform Commission spent the last five months gaining overviews of the state’s tax structure and the business taxes that are a part of it. Now commission members have begun tackling the hard part — ...

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Fraser Smith: Time for a difficult conversation

If image is everything, the conversation about how to treat the mentally ill just got more difficult. Army Major Nidal Malik Hasan took care of that when, allegedly, he killed 13 soldiers and wounded dozens more at Fort Hood in ...

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You may want to convert to a Roth IRA

Next year, individuals with a modified adjusted gross income of more than $100,000 will be eligible to convert a traditional IRA to a Roth IRA. The IRS is offering taxpayers a two-year window in 2010 to pay taxes due on ...

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Try Dashboard to find out what Google knows

If you’ve ever wanted to see all the Google services you use — and how you’re using them — in one spot, then the new Google Dashboard is exactly what you’ve been looking for. The dashboard makes perfect sense. If ...

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Of Service: Public defender synergy saves lives

Some dollars are spent more wisely than others. We know this from personal experience, but it’s a truth that businesses, nonprofits and governments can confirm. It’s also a truth that should guide budget cutting during these times. As a veteran ...

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