February 22 // Barry Rascovar: Lockbox Lunacy

Here’s an example why the public doesn’t trust politicians: Right now, Gov. Larry Hogan and Democratic legislators in Annapolis are rushing to pull the wool over voters’ eyes in a scam that would leave taxpayers with billions of dollars worth of IOUs. Cynics should beware of Hogan’s manipulative plan to divert all slot machine taxes into new K-12 public education programs. They also should take great offense at the Democrats’ parallel plan to do the same thing. It’s an election-year ruse that would hurt taxpayers or other state programs in the years ahead. (politicalmaryland)

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Metro needs an audit

Baltimore’s Metro riders should be forgiven if they’re feeling a little testy these days. Not only did the subway system get shut down suddenly with less than 24 hours notice on Feb. 9, leaving many still scrambling to find a way to get to and from work, but the Hogan administration explanation of these events seems to be evolving. (Balt. Sun)

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Searching now for a new Baltimore County superintendent is a mistake

If the Baltimore County School Board wanted to conduct a national search for a new superintendent to start this summer, it should have done so last fall. It takes time to do such a search properly, and because of the schedule of the academic calendar, that is the time of year when quality candidates might start looking for new positions. We don’t know why the board didn’t initiate a search then, but we can hazard a guess: Since the board is about to be radically reconstituted via the county’s first ever elections for that body, there was good reason to doubt a highly qualified candidate would seek the job, knowing that the people who hired him or her would soon be gone and replaced by who knows who. (Balt. Sun)

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Clive Graham: Howard's growing bike path connections

As someone who bikes frequently, I know how uneasy it can be to take a trip to work, the park or the store. Sharing today’s roads with faster cars and distracted drivers can make anyone second-guess choosing to get around by bike. This is why BikeHoward Express, the latest measure to provide better transportation options for our community, will be a game-changer. BikeHoward Express, a plan announced by County Executive Allan Kittleman [last] week, will complete a nearly 48-mile bicycle network in the central parts of Howard County over the next three years. (Columbia Flier)

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Siraj Hashmi: Maryland school shooting prevented with better policing, not just gun laws

After the resource officer's discovery, police found an AR-15 style rifle, a shotgun, two handguns, ammunition, a tactical vest, a detonator for landmines, and a list of grievances against other students and the school. Chen was arrested and charged withpossession of a handgun, possession of a firearm by a person under 21, and possession of a firearm on school property. He is currently being held without the opportunity to post bond after Montgomery District Judge John C. Moffett said that Chen “presents a serious danger to the community.” (Examiner)

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Ramon Palencia-Calvo: Md. should pave the way for clean transportation in the region

One of the most congested parts of the United States is the greater Baltimore/Washington, D.C., area. Traffic and population density is so intense in some parts of this vast metropolitan area that it is known as one of the half dozen or so major “megalopolis” areas in the nation. Pollution — including climate-altering carbon emissions — can be every bit as intense here at times as it is in Los Angeles or Dallas or Chicago. The good news is that we can do something about all that traffic and smog by modernizing our transportation system, with the help of Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan. (Balt. Sun)

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It's time for LeRoy Myers to resign as commissioner

LeRoy Myers is no Olympian, so Washington County citizens should be able to watch the Winter Olympics in South Korea without thinking of the Washington County commissioner. But the lingering lawsuit associated with a county delegation’s 2016 visit to South Korea and our county’s seeming stagnation since then make it tough to block out what he is accused of doing there. Myers should spare county residents that challenge by resigning. (Herald-Mail)

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February 21 // Tami Dulan, DDS, Vanessa Benavent, DDS: Maryland Dentists Serving Marylanders

More than 175 years ago, Maryland established the world’s first school of dentistry. The rich history of dental medicine in our state has created the highest standard of oral care that carries into today. It’s why Maryland dentists are committed to maintaining the exceptional care that Marylanders have come to expect from their community dentist. (Center MD)

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