C. Fraser Smith: Red Line route has grown roots 

When you feel like the bureaucracy isn’t listening, what do you do? One thing you do is you turn to your elected representatives. (Daily Record)

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Laslo Boyd: Higher education’s broken financial model

President Obama caused quite a stir in higher education circles recently when he announced that he wants to create a system for rating colleges on which ones provide consumers with the best value. The underlying motivation for his suggestion is a serious one that should provoke more than the reflex responses that you so often hear when anyone raises questions about the cost of college attendance.  (Daily Record)

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Michael Fox and Rachel Kutler: Harbor Point and 'fair development'

The City Council's approval of tax increment financing for the Harbor Point development on Monday night is yet another example of our city's failing development trends — funneling public resources toward private developments while our communities are in need of housing, livable incomes, fire stations, rec centers and schools. In the past year alone, the city has privatized or closed two fire stations and 20 recreation centers. (Balt. Sun)

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Stevie Prettyman: Serving on County Council was a privilege that will end with current term

Serving as your representative for District 2 on the Wicomico County Council has been a privilege and an honor. I am proud of all that we have accomplished together and I am grateful for the many friendships that have developed during the past years. I have made the decision not to seek re-election for another term. (Daily Times)

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Woman's terrible death raises questions

The horrible fatal stabbing of Ronnesha Simms on Tuesday morning in the Bywater Mutual Homes neighborhood in Annapolis creates a natural impulse to look for some failure in the system. And the case does raise troubling questions. (Capital)

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Baltimore must take steps to help pedestrians

Downtown Baltimore's transportation network has made great progress in recent years, with improvements like the Charm City Circulator, the completion of the Jones Falls Trail on Pratt Street and an expanding network of bike lanes. Those investments make sense given the fact that the census tracts that include downtown Baltimore are among the few areas of the city that gained population in the last decade. However, traffic patterns still treat downtown as a place to drive through, rather than a place to live, work and shop. (Balt. Sun)

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Sept. 12 // Hey Rick Perry: Don't mess with Maryland

Oh, Rick Perry. How we've missed you. The hair. The boots. Seems like there was a third thing, but we forget. The Texas governor's flameout in the 2012 Republican nominating process came well before Maryland's GOP primary — I mean, how early do we have to hold it next time? — but fortunately, that has not left us completely bereft of his charm and intellect. (Balt. Sun)

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Collective yawn

Two things about the city of Frederick election results: One, what a lousy turnout. Two, did the results surprise anyone? Slightly less than 15 percent of those registered, or 4,082 voters, bothered to head out Tuesday to the polls. Forty-one percent were Republicans, 59 percent Democrats. It was a historic low by any standard, even by the terrible showing of the past two elections. (News-Post)

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