Andy Harris: Baltimore should attack violence, not pregnancy centers

In the last paragraph of his reply ("Pregnancy center signs are necessary," July 24) to Marta H. Mossburg's opinion article about the ridiculousness of Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake's legal crusade against crisis pregnancy centers, Baltimore City Solicitor George Nilson reveals what his agenda and that of Mayor Rawlings-Blake really is — "to eliminate this threat to public health." (Balt. Sun)

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Ben Cardin: Pain of sequestration is real

Recently, some in the media have promoted the idea that the $85 billion sequestration cuts triggered on March 1 aren't causing drastic effects. CNN called the cuts "not as bad as advertised," and a Washington Post report found the cuts less "scary" than predicted. Tell that to the 46,000 Department of Defense employees in Maryland and another 103,000 in the Capitol Region who are being furloughed, resulting in up to a 20 percent reduction in weekly pay through the rest of the fiscal year. Or maybe those who should be receiving the 700 grants not being offered by the National Institutes of Health because of its $1.5 billion cut.  (Balt. Sun)

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Marbella: Baltimore doles out tax errors in businesses' favor

Remember that card in Monopoly, "Bank error in your favor, collect $200?" With the top-hatted rich guy jumping in surprise and glee as the teller hands him the bills? In Baltimore, it's more like, "Tax assessment error in your favor, keep the $1.5 million." Because after all, it's not like the city is hurting for revenue. (Balt. Sun)

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Zolper: Hating on the Rain Tax? CBF Rebuttal Will Make You Reconsider

The “rain tax” hype has made Marylanders generally aware of storm water, but much of the coverage of the topic doesn’t really teach us enough about the problem. While people are still paying attention let me slip in a few facts. (Fishbowl)

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Bottle bill needed to clean up the Potomac

I race sloops with the Potomac River Sailing Association based just across the river from Reagan National Airport, and during every regatta I see bottles and cans floating in the current. This is unacceptable, not only because my skipper is protective of his boat but because the Potomac is one of our most spectacular natural resources and it shouldn't be filled with such litter. (Balt. Sun)

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City Dock Master Plan

At last, after 20 studies over 27 years, Annapolis has developed a compelling vision on how to improve its centerpiece, the City Dock area. The City Dock Master Plan, developed through two years of professional planning and citizen input, and approved by the planning commission, offers a positive alternative to the City Dock's current configuration. (Capital)

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Mirror image behaviors

Last week’s dustup at the Board of County Commissioners meeting between Commissioner Robin Frazier and other board members provides insights into the District 1 commissioner’s perception of her actions and the actions of other elected board members. (Carr. Co. Times)

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Goldstein-Cunitz: Crystal Spring is good for area

I am writing this to respond to the opponents of Crystal Spring, a project fully in concert with the Annapolis 10-Year Plan. I served on the Planning Committee and attended dozens of its meetings. Major goals of the plan, supported by our paid consultants, were environmental enhancement and reductions in automobile use. The plan envisioned self-contained, primarily walking communities with sufficient density to support affordable public transportation. (Capital)

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