Should I feel awful about falafel?

I thought I was going to feel awful about falafel, or what our city “leaders” have done to our once thriving Market House, and could make a lot of wisecracks about Friday’s “soft opening.” It’s easy to joke about the multiyear mess but before he walks the plank on Saturday as promised, Mayor Josh Cohen will do everything to squeeze lemonade out of this giant, sour lemon. (Capital)

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Jim Baller: Baltimore broadband offers huge potential

Sen. Catherine Pugh's commentary "Municipal broadband's false promise" is flawed by many serious errors and omissions. Whoever is advising her on this issue is doing her and the people of Baltimore a disservice. Senator Pugh claims that municipalities "keep building expensive networks that fail to attract customers." In fact, the national average take rate of public fiber networks (39 percent) is virtually indistinguishable from that of companies such as Verizon and AT&T (40 percent). (Balt. Sun)

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Building consolidation a worthy objective

The Frederick County Commissioners formed a task force last year whose assignment was to come up with a five-year building consolidation plan. On Thursday, the BoCC gave the committee’s plan its stamp of approval. All in all, however, this evaluation of publicly owned/occupied properties is a sound idea, and something that government at all levels should be engaged in on a continuing basis. Property is expensive to own, maintain and occupy, and when it’s owned by government, its tax-generating potential is lost. (News-Post)

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Plan disaster response

While Maryland is one of only a few states that have put in place disaster plans recommended by a national commission following Hurricane Katrina, it is still incumbent on parents to make sure that they know what those plans are and what they are supposed to do in the event that a disaster happens while they are separated from their children. (Carr. Co. Times)

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The Super Bowl champs are back

There is something wonderfully nutty about the beginning of the National Football League season — that outrageously hyped and often appallingly violent national, made-for-TV gladiatorial pastime — and this year, Baltimore is knee-deep in it. As defending Super Bowl champions (ah, to have a nickel for each time that phrase is used in this town), the Ravens play the Broncos to officially kick off the regular season Thursday night. (Balt. Sun)

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Dean Minnich: Doing nothing to look like something

One of the easiest ploys in politics is the sleight of hand that gives the appearance of positive action when the government is really doing nothing. Doing nothing, of course, is the deliberate strategy of choice of conservatives, and the unintended consequence of the uncommitted. (Carr. Co. Times)

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Although not directly related, shooting incident scars campus

A most unwelcome shock was delivered to the Salisbury University community Tuesday evening. A university nursing honors student, Kristen Loetz of Stevensville in Queen Anne’s County, and two young men who were not SU students were shot in what was apparently a murder-suicide. Only Loetz survived. (Daily Times)

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Don’t replace elected members with appointees

It’s tempting to refer to the Prince George’s County school board as Baker’s board, after all — due to two recent resignations — five of the board’s 13 members will have been appointed by County Executive Rushern L. Baker III (D). Under a new state law that took effect June 1, the county executive was allowed to appoint three members to the nine-member elected school board, and the County Council was allowed to appoint one member. Could Baker’s picks somehow become the dominant voice on the board? The answer, unfortunately, is yes. Is it the best plan? No. (Gazette)

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