Joseph L. Kroart III: Decline in resort visitors can be reversed

Recently, the travel section of The Baltimore Sun published a list of 12 hot summer getaways. Surprisingly, the list did not include Ocean City. This omission should be seen as a wake-up call for the town’s leaders and stakeholders. Over the past decade or so, the family presence in Ocean City has been slowly bleeding away. (Daily Times)

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Unity needed in GOP

Republican attempts to grow representation in the state legislature in the 2014 elections has grown more difficult with recent departures, increasing the urgency for the party to come together in a unified vision and identify strong candidates capable of accomplishing the mission of giving the party a legitimate voice on state government. (Carr. Co. Times)

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An immortal contribution

Henrietta Lacks was an African-American mother of five living in Baltimore County's Turner Station when she died, unheralded, of cervical cancer at the age of 31. Yet the malignant cells that killed her, which were taken from a cervical tissue sample without her consent, have lived on for decades after her death in laboratories around the world, where researchers are still using them to develop treatments and vaccines that have benefited millions of people. (Balt. Sun)

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Ralph Jaffe: Md. has too many problems for O'Malley to be focused on the national stage

As a Democratic candidate for governor in 2014, I am appalled at the article, "O'Malley taking effort national" (July 31) which describes Gov. Martin O'Malley's raising $500,000 for his potential campaign for president. He clearly is shortchanging the citizens of Maryland with the time and effort he is investing in this presidential operation when he should be focusing 100 percent of his time and energy on all of the problems of Marylanders. (Balt. Sun)

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August 8 // Trouble at North Branch

The corruption scandal at the Baltimore City Detention Center, with its salacious details of guards impregnated by an inmate, has gotten national headlines, but the state corrections department risks facing a bigger problem at the North Branch Correctional Institution in Western Maryland. Union officials say 15 correctional officers have been assaulted by inmates there since the end of June — the state says nine — and three inmates have been killed by fellow inmates in the last year. (Balt. Sun)

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Rodricks: Gansler's ideas on recidivism good, timing not so

Timing is everything — in love, comedy, trapeze acts, pastry and politics. Of course, to be successful in any of those ventures, you need keen senses, a super awareness of things, even prescience. But no matter how big your brain, your timing is critical. On this count, a couple of candidates for Maryland governor need work. (Balt. Sun)

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Progress in Prince George’s battle against bullying

Prince George’s County Public Schools had the second lowest number of reported bullying incidents per capita in Maryland during the 2011-12 school year, according to the most recent state statistics available. Hopefully, it’s true. Ideally, Prince George’s children are less likely to engage in hostile actions that are all too common among young people — but as many parents and students point out, it’s more likely that the numbers are much higher because the problem tends to be underreported. (Gazette)

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In government, citizens getting what we pay for

A new study about pay levels for city of Salisbury employees is an important warning to be heeded. The report by Evergreen Solutions LLC concludes municipal workers’ pay in Salisbury should be boosted an average of 8.5 percent to ensure the city is competitive in hiring and retaining its workers. (Daily Times)

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