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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.

Economic markets are ripe for investments

Since the first Europeans came to the New World 400-plus years ago, Americans have had a characteristic that sets them apart from most other populations, except maybe the Australians. They made a choice, while their neighbors dithered, to walk away ...

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Where Biden’s domestic policy seems to be headed

There’s not much question where the Biden administration’s domestic priorities lie. Getting the pandemic health crisis under control and moving past its attendant economic crisis were always going to be the first order of business for the new White House. It’s what comes afterward ...

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Our changing America

The recent tragic events in Atlanta have had me thinking about a consulting assignment I undertook in the region about 15 years ago. The Atlanta Regional Commission, the regional planning entity with responsibility for a 10-county metro area, was assessing ...

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ABA’s latest guidance on practicing law virtually

Because of the pandemic, lawyers are working remotely more than ever before, and many will likely continue to do so — at least occasionally — even after the pandemic is behind us. Now that practicing law virtually is more commonplace ...

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Bridging the digital equity gap for Baltimore residents

What do digital equity and health equity have in common? More than you think. Baltimore City Mayor Brandon Scott committed to hiring a director of digital equity in his first several months in office. The role on the mayor’s executive ...

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A perspective on direct examination

Direct examination is the heart of the trial. It is also your greatest challenge. You must avoid leading questions used in cross-examination, and ask open-ended questions, meaning that unlike other parts of the trial, you have no control. The interchange ...

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Jacobs & Stewart: Hold Exelon accountable for Conowingo Dam pollution

Standing more than 100 feet tall on the lower Susquehanna River, the Conowingo Dam supports a vast reservoir — all 9,000 acres of which are now at capacity, threatening the health of the Chesapeake Bay. Nearly 200 million tons of ...

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Emerging and important marketing tools for 2021

The American Marketing Association recently shared some notable marketing statistics in its February newsletter that may be of value as you roll out your organization’s comprehensive plans this year. From the familiar to the newer digital environment, several key themes ...

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Rosen & Coats: Understanding Md.’s pass-through tax election

An amendment (the bill) to Maryland’s income tax laws, which became effective as of July 1, 2020, and applicable to the taxable years beginning after Dec. 31, 2019, allows a pass-through entity, such as an S corporation or an entity ...

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The status quo is failing us 

Reducing overdose deaths is a priority worthy of the resources allocated by our local and federal governments. Just knowing these fatalities have quadrupled in the last decade drives home the urgency for effective interventions. But pervasive misinformation surrounding drug use, ...

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