Jones' likely return dismaying, if not surprising

There’s a gap between what’s legal and what’s right, and Daryl Jones will most likely be able to slip through it and regain his District 1 County Council seat for the remainder of his second term. This may be a good thing for the legal process. It’s definitely too bad for Pete Smith, who has done a creditable job representing District 1 since the council appointed him last year. It’s too bad for county government — relations between Jones and the council majority that voted to remove him will be strained, to put it politely. (Capital)

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Collaboration key to saving bay

If you’ve read much Dr. Seuss to your children, you’ve probably noticed there’s a good deal of insight about human behavior. Take his story of the “The Zax,” in which a creature headed north comes face-to-face with a creature headed south. Neither one will budge. If only one would move to the side, or both move, then each could go on his way. Instead, stubbornness wins out, and there they stand. What should have been a simple win-win proposition instead becomes a lose-lose situation.The debate over humans’ impact on Chesapeake Bay smacks of Zax-like thinking at times. (Daily Times)

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Dan Rodricks: More shootings, but hope in Johnston Square

So many of the old rowhouse neighborhoods of Baltimore have the following characteristics — one block good, next block bad; safe by day, violent by night; earnest homeowners here; apathetic renters there. Walk along enough of the side streets, especially on the east and west sides of town, and those contradictions are obvious. Just look at the two blocks of Preston Street east of Greenmount Avenue, in Johnston Square. (Balt. Sun)

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Jean Marbella: For City Councilman, crime is not a distant issue

Growing up in Park Heights during the crack-ridden 1990s, Brandon Scott used to wash cars at his uncle's shop, where some of the customers were drug dealers — and unlikely sources of advice for the high school track star who would grow up to become a city councilman. "I had one guy tell me as I was going off to St. Mary's [College], 'If I had a chance to do it again, I would have taken that football scholarship,'" he remembers. "'Forget about this money.'" The following year, the man was shot dead. (Balt. Sun)

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Daniel Webster: To reduce Baltimore's gun violence, invest in strategies that work

The recent spike in shootings in Baltimore and the city's endemically high rate of violent crime underscore why reducing gun violence must be the top priority for city officials. Violence exacts an enormous toll on Baltimore beyond the direct costs from the deaths, disability, medical care, law enforcement and prisons. (Balt. Sun)

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Uncertainty like that facing Wicomico County's regional airport control tower is not healthy for business

Maryland Sen. Barbara Mikulski, chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee, announced that air traffic towers (including the tower at Salisbury-Ocean City: Wicomico Regional Airport) that were threatened with closure as a result of sequestration will continue operating at least until September 2014. That is, in a sense, good news for area residents and businesses, as well as those whose livelihoods depend on the airport. But the fact that the airport tower’s continued funding is still an issue is disturbing. (Daily Times)

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Noel Levy: WBAL needs to tell the truth about climate change

I was disturbed to read in The Baltimore Sun that WBAL (Channel 11) meteorologist Tony Pann regularly denies human-induced climate change is even happening, let alone that it is impacting our weather. I'm joining other Baltimore-area residents to call on WBAL to publicly correct Mr. Pann's misinformation and ensure that their entire news team begins reporting the facts about climate change and its impact on our weather. (Balt. Sun)

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Ehrlich: What it will take to get the GOP on board with immigration reform

Attempting to narrow America's immigration debate down to an easily understood set of issues is no easy task. But that's why The Sun pays me the big bucks. So, with no further caveats, I offer comprehensive immigration reform in 800 words, more or less. (Balt. Sun)

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