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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.

Eight years later, Austin keeps fighting

“The Price of Liberty is Eternal Vigilance” – Frederick Douglass Eight years after being released from prison at the age of 53 after advances in technology confirmed his innocence, Michael Austin is still fighting. Fighting to integrate into a society ...

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Flattened world spells changes for judiciary

“The World Is Flat,” announced columnist and author Thomas L. Friedman in his book of the same name, described on its cover as “A Brief History of the Twenty-First Century.” In that book, first published in 2005, Friedman describes “the ...

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Now the feds are pushing ‘smart growth’

The recent meeting in Frederick was billed as the Sixth Annual Mid-Atlantic Regional Planning Roundtable, an opportunity for representatives of metropolitan planning organizations (MPOs, using federal jargon) in Maryland and neighboring states to compare notes on the challenges they face. ...

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To save, you’ve got to spend less

Any financial planning process begins with a change in behavior and expectations. The degree of change varies based on financial priorities, but in the end, it’s about adopting new habits and abandoning others. Before you take any of the following ...

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Internet-fueled entrepreneurs on the rise

I firmly believe that using social media helps to turn people into entrepreneurs. The Internet has leveled the playing field in a lot of ways to make running a business possible for all kinds of people. I’ve been thinking about ...

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Back up the data on your cell phone now!

If you’re like me and haven’t memorized all the important numbers in your cell phone, then this is a good lesson for you. T-Mobile/Sidekick users may have permanently lost all the contacts, photos, calendar entries and any other data in ...

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Transforming a hospital system

It was not an easy birth. The attending physician, a visionary doctor named Albert Farmer, died in the process. Turf battles between opposing forces within the old University of Maryland Hospital produced a kind of fight-to-the death struggle that startled ...

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Grandparent Project helps open door to philanthropy

With the arrival of my third grandchild, I find myself reflecting on the family our Abby is joining, the values that are important to us, and what kind of legacy we want to pass on to her, along with brothers ...

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Lessons from Letterman, ACORN

It’s not often I advise Baltimore’s business community to study a late night comedy show for tips on crisis communications. In fact, I never have … until now. But the crisis besetting CBS’ David Letterman is worth your attention. Here’s ...

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Cyber security: Something every site needs

Gov. Martin O’Malley has declared October as Cyber Security Awareness Month, as has the federal government. What does that mean? Well, according to the governor, it’s necessary to remind all Americans that we need to protect the security of cyberspace ...

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