Dan Rodricks: Following the big money to Harbor Point

"You follow me, kid?" An old friend of mine, educated at Hochkiss and Harverford, used to ask that all the time, sometimes after every two sentences, like when he showed me how to make a martini or how to work a clutch in a '74 Fiat or when he tried to explain what arbitrage was. He had a head for cocktails, cars and finance, and he talked real fast, with a cigarette on his lip. He'd start explaining something complex, like bond trading, and stop and ask, "You follow me kid?" (Balt. Sun)

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Charles Jenkins: O'Malley's $9K tax increase

Pennies more on each gallon of gas, a couple of bucks more to cross some of our bridges — chump change! If you want to see a politician with real chutzpah, look no further than Annapolis. Martin O’Malley’s real accomplishment this year was bypassing the legislature and imposing new regulations related to septic tanks that increased their cost by approximately $9,000. Gov. Ehrlich’s $30 flush tax, doubled to $60 under O’Malley, now seems like an incredible bargain. (News-Post)

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Prison relief

Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. has announced an initiative to ease overcrowding, a root cause of much of what ails prisons. The Justice Department is ordering prosecutors to not list quantities of illegal substances in indictments in low-level cases; this would get around federal mandates on minimum sentences. Given the popularity of law-and-order themes in elections, it seems prudent not to wait for Congress to take such a step, or actually amend its laws. (News-Post)

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Signage worth a look

Frederick city officials are wrestling with the idea of selling advertising signage on and around Harry Grove Stadium to raise revenue. And the idea is sparking some debate from different sides. We think the idea has merit and it’s worth a hard look provided stringent guidelines are put in place that will protect the aesthetics of the ballpark as well as the South Market Street neighborhood that provides the gateway into historic downtown Frederick. (News-Post)

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Mamie Perkins: August brings the promise of opportunities for children

Early last week I had the opportunity to speak to more than 400 teachers as they embarked on careers with our school system, beginning what we all hope will be long-lasting successful journeys during which they positively impact the lives of countless children. Later in the week, I was honored to be on hand as students received high school diplomas after completing course work in our summer school program. (Capital)

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Save during tax-free period

The designation “Shop Maryland Tax-Free Week” overshoots the reality by a mile, but shoppers looking for shoes or clothes can make their dollar go further if they make their back-to-school purchases next week. The second Sunday in August to the following Saturday is designated as “Shop Maryland Tax-Free Week” each year.  (Carr. Co. Times)

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Rick Hutzell: Let's rename the Stoney Creek Bridge

For such a short stretch of concrete and steel, the Stoney Creek Bridge sure got a lot of ink this summer in the Maryland Gazette. (Capital)

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Sparse field in city election not a good sign

You might call it political climate change: While most of us are enjoying the summer, local Republicans are wondering if their party’s prospects are going from cold to frigid. (Capital)

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