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Commentary

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.

Editorial: Balancing act

Gov. Martin O’Malley said repeatedly on the campaign trail in the fall that his top priority was jobs — creating them, retaining them, saving them and enabling businesses in Maryland to feel confident enough to add them to their payrolls. ...

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Steven I. Platt: We can’t solve problems with toxic rhetoric

Headlines, blurbs, and pundits sometimes create issues and atmospherics intentionally and sometimes inadvertently. Notice a few recent headlines and articles in which political figures question each other’s motives in The Daily Record and two major metropolitan newspapers, including articles titled ...

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Editorial: Campaign finance reform

As it prepared to convene for a 2011 session that promises to be dominated by frustrating struggles over scarce fiscal resources, the Maryland General Assembly was presented with an opportunity to do something important that won’t require a significant outlay ...

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Editorial: Joshua Sharfstein

The federal government’s loss was Maryland’s gain as Gov. Martin O’Malley enticed Joshua Sharfstein to leave the Food and Drug Administration’s No. 2 post and join O’Malley’s cabinet as state secretary of health and mental hygiene. The move reunites the ...

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Editorial: Secrecy is not an option

Who’s telling the truth? The City of Baltimore says Yakov Shapiro demanded secrecy as a condition of settling his wrongful-arrest lawsuit for $200,000. Shapiro’s lawyer says the city insisted on a “gag order,” and provided copies of correspondence that seem ...

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