Reinforcements?

Unwilling at first to join the Maryland Rural Counties Coalition, Garrett County now says it is interested in signing up. So are three other counties — Harford, Queen Anne’s and Talbot.The coalition already consists of 10 counties, and the addition of four more would be significant. (Cumberland Times-News)

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Crying wolf on conspiracies

Before launching into his next rant against the federal government, Commissioner Richard Rothschild may want to revisit the popular fable of the boy who cried wolf because, with each new conspiracy theory he embraces, his credibility slips a little further. The board of commissioners last week was considering a $5.6 million bond allocation to help provide mortgage financing for first-time home buyers when Rothschild launched into a 6-minute tirade against the federal Housing and Urban Development agency. (Carroll Co. Times)

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Dan Rodricks: Under Maynard, prisons have crisis, fewer repeats

Any other week, the guilty pleas of Black Guerrilla Family Man Tavon White might have convinced Maryland's public safety secretary, Gary Maynard, that things were finally getting back to normal in his world. White, the BGF leader who once ruled the state-run Baltimore City Detention Center, copped to federal and state charges. He will soon retire to a federal institution, probably until the five children he fathered with jail guards are in their 20s. (Balt. Sun)

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Santos case prompts illegal-immigration irony

The Frederick County Sheriff’s Office is once again in legal hot water — and this time it could cost taxpayers a chunk of money. The latest incident involves the October 2008 arrest of an immigrant who was in the country illegally. She was questioned by deputies about her immigration status while she was sitting outside her workplace, eating a sandwich. (News-Post)

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Jim Lee: Hypocrisy in core objections

The hypocrisy of those who oppose new education standards takes away a lot of their credibility and suggests that their motivations have more to do with their own personal agendas than what is best for students. Opponents to the Common Core State Standard Initiative, which sets minimum educational standards in reading and math, say it is an attempt by the federal government to dictate what our kids are taught. (Carroll Co. Times)

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Law enforcement can’t harass suspected undocumented immigrants

For the crime of appearing Hispanic, Roxana Santos, a native of El Salvador, attracted the attention of Frederick County sheriff’s deputies in 2008. At the time she was noticed and racially profiled by the deputies, Ms. Santos was doing nothing more than sitting on a curb and eating a sandwich outside the food co-op in Frederick where she worked as a dishwasher. (Wash. Post)

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Financing Frederick's hotel and conference center

While it's still early stages for the hotel and conference center planned for downtown, we have to confess our jaws dropped slightly at the estimated price tag the city will have to pay to move the project forward: $10 million to $12 million. While the hotel may be able to support itself, if city officials want the conference center as well, they'll have to find a way to underwrite the cost of building a new parking garage, meeting space construction, and acquiring land for the project. (News-Post)

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Crimes of opportunity

In Thursday’s front-page, above-the-fold article about a rash the rash of opportunity robberies from inside cars, Lt. Clark Pennington, commander of the Frederick Police Department’s criminal investigation division, said the one key way of lowering the theft-from-vehicle statistics is to change the culture of how we think about how secure we are. Frederick has always had that welcoming, small-town feel and a pretty low crime rate. Comparative to say, Baltimore, with it’s national ranking among crime-ridden cities (141 slayings to date in 2013), Frederick is pretty cozy. (News-Post)

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