50 years later, a lot of work left to do

It is impossible to fully capture the bravery, determination, camaraderie and hope that enveloped the March on Washington 50 years ago. In Prince George’s, signs of progress since the march have been numerous. The county, described as the wealthiest majority minority jurisdiction in the nation, elected its first black county executive in 1994, and many minorities have been elected to state and federal elected positions, as well. (Gazette)

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Montgomery County’s new transitway must be pedestrian, bicycle friendly

Given the tight funding environment for transportation projects, it was nice to learn that the first phase of the Corridor Cities Transitway (CCT) will be underway soon. The southern segment will pass through a rapidly developing mixed-use corridor and has the potential to serve more people than does the later phase. However, for residents, the system may be both difficult to access and inconvenient. (Wash. Post)

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August 21 // Serious questions about Del. Vallario

Del. Joseph F. Vallario Jr., the Prince George's County Democrat who chairs the House Judiciary Committee, is the frequent target of accusations that his public role and private interests conflict. That criticism usually boils down to a disagreement with his views on legislation and anger at his willingness to use his power to bottle up bills he doesn't like. But a complaint filed against him with the legislature's ethics committee is different; it centers on discussions about a piece of legislation that became law (in fact, one he voted for), and it deals specifically with the nature of his private law practice. (Balt. Sun)

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Don't fear The (Greene) Turtle

It is not every day that a state senator objects to a business in his district receiving a state-subsidized loan to renovate or revitalize a building. Sen. James Brochin's opposition to a proposed $240,000 loan to The Greene Turtle in Towson rests on one principle — that government shouldn't be in the business of subsidizing business. (Balt. Sun)

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Montgomery’s alarming heroin deaths

News last week that heroin overdoses have spiked, across Maryland and in Montgomery County is a disturbing trend, and elements of the announcement reveal it’s a more complicated issue than some realize. (Gazette)

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Md. leads way on breast-feeding

For the past 21 years, the first week in August has been known as World Breastfeeding Week. Maryland, recognizing the importance of breast-feeding for both personal and public health, has annually expanded this to declare August Maryland Breastfeeding Month. Breast-feeding rates have increased significantly across the country over the last four decades, following many years of promotion of formula by both health professionals and formula companies. (Balt. Sun)

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Start date debate returns

As predictable as the big yellow buses that become a familiar sight on our roadways, the start of the school year inevitably brings some calls for a change in the starting date to after Labor Day. (Carr. Co. Times)

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Let voters decide

A small group of county residents has filed a new lawsuit to block the county’s sale of Montevue Assisting Living and Citizens Care and Rehabilitation Center to a private, for-profit company. Why not put these decisions in the hands of Frederick County voters? Let them decide whether they want their county to retain the historic service for the poor that Citizens/Montevue provides, and whether they want to embrace WTE as the county’s principal method of solid waste disposal. (News-Post)

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