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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

Editorial Advisory Board: Maryland should pass the COAC Act

After years of consideration Maryland should join 38 other states that have laws requiring animal owners, not taxpayers, to pay the cost of care for lawfully seized neglected and abused animals. The Maryland Cost of Animal Care Act “COAC” (HB1062/SB877) ...

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Helping save community pharmacies

In recent years, the burdens of operating a small community pharmacy have grown. We have seen this play out across the country, as many established, small business pharmacies that have served their communities faithfully for decades have been forced to ...

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It’s time to repair our roads

The federal focus on infrastructure is an incredible opportunity for Maryland to address the needs of communities across our state. Specifically, Maryland can do a better job focusing on locally maintained roads and bridges than it has for the last ...

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Editorial Advisory Board: Probation not deportation

We urge the Maryland General Assembly to pass House Bill 559/Senate Bill 265, otherwise known as the Probation Not Deportation bill. The passage of this bill is critical to ensure equal protection under the law for all Marylanders. HB 559/SB ...

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Public service and civil discourse

I agree with the recent remarks of the U.S. attorney general that public service – in the context of law – is not only an honor and a job but also a calling. To this end, the state funeral of ...

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What digital changes are in store for Md. in 2022 and beyond?

As the effects of the coronavirus continue to reshape our state and our world, 2022 will see several factors accelerating the shift to a more digital, hybrid future. In the year ahead, there will be a continued focus on digital ...

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To mediate on Zoom or in person?

After many months of pandemic-related lockdown, we now know that Zoom works for mediation. Simply stated, it’s efficient. When participants don’t have to travel to a physical location in order to mediate a satisfactory outcome to a litigated dispute, they ...

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Editorial Advisory Board: Mosby should take a leave of absence

It is beyond question that anyone charged with a crime is presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. Thus, to suggest that one charged with a crime but not yet tried and convicted should take a leave of ...

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Rosen and Montanio: New Stark rules: Compensation and cybersecurity

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (have issued new rules modernizing the Stark law. As discussed in a previous Daily Record column, the most transformative part of the rules, now in ...

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