Not your grandmother's NAACP

When Benjamin Jealous, at 35, became the youngest person ever to lead the NAACP in 2008, he took over an institution with a venerable name but whose greatest triumphs appeared to lie in the past. Mr. Jealous, who announced that he will step down from his post as president of the nation's oldest civil rights organization in January, quickly set about changing that, working to attract a younger generation of members with a more expansive vision of civil rights that addresses contemporary concerns. As a result, the NAACP he leaves behind is today a far larger, stronger and more effective advocate for social justice than the group he inherited just five years ago. (Balt. Sun)

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Raise wages -- no strings attached

A fair day's wages for a fair day's work (unskilled labor included) isn't socialism, it's the social contract upon which a robust free-market economy depends. Business groups may grouse, particularly if they aren't given the stocking-stuffer of a tax cut next Christmas, but compassionate wages that might actually cover the minimum amount of food, clothing and shelter needed to live are good for the soul and, ultimately, good for the economy, too. (Balt. Sun)

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Tim Rowland: City Council learns you can please none of the people none of the time

We have a team, but no new stadium. We have a team and plans for a stadium. We have a team but have scrapped plans for a stadium. We have no team and no stadium. We have a stadium but no team. We have a stadium and half a team. This is fascinating to me. But it doesn’t sound like municipal policy, it sounds like adolescent dating. (Herald-Mail)

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UMMS-Fort Washington deal paves way for more sustainable Prince George's hospitals

So what to make of the University of Maryland Medical System’s deal to manage Fort Washington Medical Center and maybe acquire it? On one hand, it’s just another plot point in the long saga of health system consolidations, as $2.5 billion UMMS ties up with tiny $46 million Fort Washington. On the other, this is a bigger deal than the numbers indicate because of UMMS’ role in the partnership to replace Prince George’s Hospital Center, now run by Dimensions Healthcare System in Cheverly. (Wash. Bus. Journal)

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Vote for the city today

Some readers may ask why election day editions of The News-Post often feature an editorial encouraging readers to go to the polls and participate in the democratic process. The answer is simple: Because, historically, so few of them have. This is particularly discouraging in City of Frederick elections where the mayoral and aldermanic offices are at stake. (News-Post)

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Tighten parking enforcement

Just as states across the nation are cracking down on the illegal use of disabled placards, a new law set to go into effect Oct. 1 in Maryland will make it easier to get them. The Associated Press reported last week that some communities are seeing stark increases in the use of the placards. An aging population, as well as an easing of requirements to get the special permits were cited as among the reasons. But there also has been an upswing in the number of people using them who don’t need them. (Carroll Co. Times)

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Montgomery needs strong parent activism for strong schools

In his Sept. 8 Local Opinions commentary, “The Montgomery schools can’t afford to coast anymore,” Dan Reed worried that “many white and middle- and upper-class families are choosing private schools.” Unfortunately, I believe the reality is even more dire. (Wash. Post)

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Sept. 9 // Shining a light on the Frederick County sheriff’s department

Gov. Martin O’Malley (D) has been doubtful about the need for independent state review of the death of a young man with Down syndrome while in the custody of Frederick County sheriff’s deputies. Mr. O’Malley pointed to two previous investigations and noted that a third, by the U.S. Justice Department, is now underway. But since another young man was killed under still-unexplained circumstances by this same department, we hope the governor uses his powers to shed more light on its workings. (Wash. Post)

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