Planning feud was Hartman's last stand

Entrepreneur C. Edward Hartman II has made a huge contribution to Annapolis by his management of the city’s fall boat shows. He co-founded the shows and has been running them superbly for three-and-a-half decades, and they are vital to the city’s status as a mecca for the recreational maritime industry. That contribution shouldn’t be overshadowed by his less fortunate role in the latest city planning battle: the fight over replacing the unsightly, long-vacant Fawcett Boat Supplies building with a new structure that would allow a wider waterfront promenade and pump life into a dead stretch of City Dock. (Capital)

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New stadium would serve little purpose without team

A week ago, the Hagerstown City Council released a clear, well-reasoned statement of intent regarding a proposed multi-use stadium downtown. In it, the city announced its resolve to get the project done, both as a way to keep minor league baseball in the community and as an economic revitalization tool. The only shortcoming is that this purposeful document was issued on Aug. 30, 2013, when it should have been forthcoming on Dec. 30, 2012. Much has changed in the past eight months. (Herald-Mail)

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A call for Maryland tax reform

Only two words come to mind in response to the latest missive from the Greater Baltimore Committee wherein 52 CEOs say Maryland's highest priority for economic growth and job creation ought to be reforming the state's tax structure to make it more competitive: Good idea. (Balt. Sun)

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BWI keeps surging

While we’re sure the crabs are good at Obrycki’s — recently ranked as one of the 10 best airport restaurants in the United States in a national vote by readers of USA Today — we doubt this is the main reason for BWI Thurgood Marshall Airport’s enduring success. The Linthicum airport’s variety of domestic flights, central location and ease of use probably have more to do with it — although the variety of restaurants and stores provided by BWI and Airmall USA can’t hurt. (Capital)

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Where I Stand: Annapolis mayoral candidate Bevin Buchheister

I am running for mayor of Annapolis to restore leadership and sound management to our city, and to make sure the city actually responds to public input before moving ahead with decisions that impact our residents. People I have talked to all over the city are unhappy with their increased tax bills, increased water fees and cuts in services such as trash pickup and bus shelters, yet there are never any consequences imposed for bad management decisions in our city. This needs to change. (Capital)

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Darrell Anderson: Nothing secretive in the filling of Md. legislative seats

There were two critical misstatements in Jennifer Bevan-Dangel and Korey Hartwich’s Sept. 1 Local Opinions commentary, “Why not let voters fill open legislative seats in Maryland?” Members of the county central committees in Maryland, who have a chartered duty to recommend to the governor replacements for legislators who vacate a position between elections, are not “unknown party officials.” (Wash. Post)

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Vaughn Baker: Salisbury-area youngsters fill a vital role at tennis tournament

Once again, Salisbury hosted top world-class professional tennis players to compete in the Purnell-Thomas Professional Tennis Tournament. Once again, it was a jaw-dropping success. (Daily Times)

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Stop catering to Grand Prix

IndyCar racing reminds me of the prettiest girl in school. She's the one who set the standard for "cool" and the one who everyone dreamed of dating. I understand we need to advertise our city. But as I walked the empty stores of the harbor and saw the empty seats to watch the race, it occurred to me that we need to ask the right date to the prom. Not just the prettiest one. Shame on our leaders for allowing us to get treated this way by an ungrateful guest. (Balt. Sun)

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