Zoning differences

Zoning is a funny thing. It’s not laugh out loud comedy, but rather it’s funny as in peculiar. Two recent cases are but the latest examples of quirkiness sometimes found in Harford County zoning matters. The Harford County Council voted unanimously last week to uphold a zoning hearing examiner’s decision to deny permission for a proposed tire pyrolysis plant in Joppa. Pyrolysis is a fancy word for using heat to separate things, in this case discarded tires, into their basic elements. With tires, they’re shredded and then high heat would be turned on them to transform the shredded pieces into new byproducts such as crude oil and steel. (Aegis)

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South Baltimore faith leaders: We reject hateful flier

The faith leaders of South Baltimore stand against all forms of hatred and discrimination. We believe the cultural, ethnic, religious and racial diversity represented in our neighborhood and city is a gift from God and a blessing to be celebrated. All people are made in the image of God. The KKK and other hate groups which deny this truth stand in direct opposition to the love and respect for humanity our scriptures clearly call us to (“Riverside residents find KKK flyers dropped outside homes in South Baltimore,” Oct. 8). We join City Councilman Eric Costello in giving thanks that many neighbors have publicly rejected this display of hate and blatant attempt to incite fear in our community. (Balt. Sun)

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Hal Riedel: Baltimore police and prosecutors know how to cut crime, do politicians?

Recent FBI data show that Baltimore has the worst homicide rate in the nation, and the second highest violent crime rate, yet we shouldn’t worry, counsels Mayor Catherine Pugh. She says that “she has been attempting to curb the killings by attacking the root causes of poverty and lack of opportunity that fuel the violent drug trade” and that she believes “one murder in Baltimore is one murder too many.” Excuse me, but we have been “attacking the root causes of poverty and lack of opportunity” since John Kennedy was president. (Balt. Sun)

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October 10 // Doug Arnold: Why I'm running for clerk of the Anne Arundel County Circuit Court

Each year in Maryland there are over 30,000 acts of domestic violence. Recently here in Anne Arundel County, a woman was murdered in an act of domestic violence. As a child, I had a close and loved family member who was the victim of domestic violence and I observed the pain and difficulty of domestic violence. Far too often families across our county face the pain, fear and consequences of domestic violence. That’s why at the office of the Clerk of the Court we provide personal support to each person seeking a protective order. (Capital)

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When it comes to electioneering claims, remember Ronald Reagan's advice

With a month to go before the election, voters should be asking if they can trust the information coming to their homes in the form of campaign fliers. Normally, we like to believe most people are inherently honest. But election season can be a challenge to our sunny optimism. Our recent look at campaign material sent to voters in the District 30 state Senate race found fliers paid for by allies of the Democratic and Republican candidates stretched the truth to the breaking point. (Capital)

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A 100 percent union-endorsed school board isn’t good

If the election goes the way it’s looking right now, chances are pretty good that the entire Frederick County Board of Education will be composed of union-endorsed candidates. That’s not good on several levels. First is the issue of ethics. Candidates shouldn’t seek the endorsement of any group they negotiate with since, at a minimum, their objectivity is compromised and at worst they are beholden to those who helped get them elected. (News-Post)

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Jimmy DeButts: Dog park failure is a doggone disgrace in Annapolis

Being a dog in Annapolis is ruff. OK, that’s a horrible pun but not as silly as some Annapolitans’ opposition to a dog park. A year ago Wednesday, then-Mayor Mike Pantelides, Alderman Fred Paone and Naval Academy Athletic Director Chet Gladchuk gathered near the intersection of Cedar Park and Farragut roads. They dug into the turf at the edge of Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium and posed for photographs. A new dog park was on its way. The Naval Academy Athletic Association would pay for it and host it on its property. But, this is Annapolis. Oh, Annapolis, the land where free and demand can’t coexist. (Capital)

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October 9 // How badly at risk is Maryland if the Trump administration kills the ACA? It depends on whom you ask.

Rep. Elijah Cummings says a report he commissioned from the House Committee on Oversight and Government reform shows that if the Trump administration is successful in its legal assault on key provisions of the Affordable Care Act, nearly 170,000 Marylanders could see their premiums skyrocket or could be denied coverage altogether. Hundreds of thousands of older adults and women could be subject to premium increases, too, he argues. Not so, says Rep. Andy Harris. The Trump administration may be joining an effort by ACA-loathing states in litigation aimed at gutting protections for those with pre-existing conditions, but Maryland law contains backup provisions, so no one here is at risk. So who’s right? (Balt. Sun)

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