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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.

Commentary: Hate-crimes bill protects free speech

After years of heated debate, the Senate gave final approval on Oct. 22 to legislation already passed by the House that expands federal hate-crimes statutes to include sexual orientation and gender identity. President Obama signed it into law Oct. 28. ...

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Shadow government redux

Things happen. You wake up some morning and you’ve got a complex web of half-city and half-private corporations taking on a variety of government projects. There’s even a $100 million city-run bank. Only a handful of people know anything about ...

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Editorial Advisory Board: Increase filing fees to ensure access to justice

One of the cornerstones of our civil society is the belief that all people, regardless of race, religion, or income level, should have access to an impartial and reliable legal system. This conviction, always deeply held among the members of ...

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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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