Ellicott City stairway catches the eye and stormwater

An earthquake, and then a flood, forced officials to repair a parking lot retaining wall in hilly Ellicott City. Howard County’s innovative repair job did more than restore the wall — it netted the community an architecturally designed staircase, showy native gardens, a waterfall, less stormwater pollution of the Patapsco River and a BUBBA.

Collins: Legislators failed rape victims

It probably will shock many that uber-progressive Maryland is one of a handful of states in which rapists have parental rights over children born as a result of their crime. It probably will shock them even more to know that, for the ninth time, a bill to deny parental rights to rapists died in the legislature on its final day.

Rascovar: Larry Hogan Sr. showed courage when it counted

Congressman Larry Hogan, Sr. stood alone and defied his party, voting not once but three times to impeach Republican President Richard Nixon. It was the most principled stand taken by a Maryland politician in our lifetimes. He did what was right, not what was politically correct. Hogan died last week at 88, eclipsed in the public eye by his son and namesake, the current Maryland governor – an office the father was denied due to his impeachment stance.

Columbia at 50 Part 10: Arts at the Heart of the New Town

This is the 10th part in a series of 12 monthly essays leading up to Columbia’s 50th birthday celebration in June. The Merriweather Post Pavilion was one of the first structures built before Columbia even had its first residents. Now it is being redeveloped and is at the center of the Merriweather District that is part of Columbia’s new downtown. But Merriweather is only part of the arts scene in the planned community.

State Roundup, April 18, 2017

The Post editorial board urges the General Assembly to get its act together and fix the law that grants parental rights to rapists; Maryland, D.C. and Virginia could find compromises to repair Metro system; opioid crisis needs to be treated as a mental health issue, physician says; environmental activists want $100 million to continue Bay cleanup program, but Trump administrations suggest $0; Project Baltimore looks at ways to repair school funding situation; parents relieved that state ends suspensions of youngest students; and Del. Frick plans run for Congress.

Opinion: How to stop abuse of prescription opioids

As a physician on the front lines of the battle against heroin and prescription opioid abuse, I have seen the triumphs and the tragedies that epitomize Maryland’s fight against addiction, writes Dr. Mary Jo Cannon. That experience has taught me that the best way Maryland policymakers can combat addiction is to treat it as a disease of the brain.

Rascovar: Maryland’s balanced budget – for now

Another Maryland General Assembly session has come and gone with Gov. Larry Hogan proclaiming victory and legislative leaders breathing a positive sigh of relief. There were no big wins for Hogan but no shocking defeats, either. His agenda may sell well with die-hard Hogan backers but it was a non-starter with Democratic lawmakers.

State Roundup, April 12, 2017

Gov. Hogan signs many bills, including rewrite of public integrity law and ones to give tax breaks to manufacturers and some commercial developers in Arundel; also passing were bills to stop price gouging by drugmakers and to fight opioid crisis, while other progressive bills failed including cleaning up medical marijuana program and preventing child marriages; Black Caucus calls for special session to fix medical marijuana program; many laud session for its bipartisanship; poll finds Hogan 2nd most popular governor in country; Atty Gen Frosh sees his power expanded; and as Comptroller Franchot seeks to overhaul state’s “outdated” liquor laws, Guinness likely to return to Annapolis to seek more beer selling concessions.

A session ‘we can all be proud of,’ Hogan, Busch, Miller agree

By Capital News Service and MarylandReporter.com

“It was a great session,” Gov. Larry Hogan said about the just closed 90-day meeting of the Maryland General Assembly. “This is the way government is supposed to work…. This was all about compromise.” “It was a session we can all be proud of,” House Speaker Michael Busch, sitting next to Hogan at a bill signing ceremony Tuesday morning. “This year your staff did a great job.”