Commentary: New law protects victims of violence at every age

A new law in Maryland prohibits a person from serving as a health care agent for a patient if that individual is the subject of a protective order for that patient, or if that individual is the spouse of a patient who has a separation agreement or has filed for divorce. The legislation is another step forward in protecting all victims of domestic and family violence at every age, especially those most vulnerable, from being continually controlled and potentially further harmed by their abusers.

Rascovar: Non-political redistricting is Mission Impossible

Former Gov. Martin O’Malley has admitted politics played a big role in re-drawing Maryland’s congressional districts after the 2010 Census. The state’s major newspapers and good-government groups went bananas. Editorial writers had a field day denouncing O’Malley and other Democratic leaders for this dastardly admission.
Exactly which alternative universe are these people living in? Politics and re-districting have been wrapped tightly together since the nation’s formative years.

Mike Miller on Mike Collins: ‘Fake news’ from a ‘partisan hack’

The depositions of Maryland’s three highest official make interesting reading, though the format is trying. The Washington Post has put the depositions on Document Cloud. Thanks to the AP’s Brian Witte for pointing out the section on MarylandReporter.com and its biweekly columnist Michael Collins (pages 60-62). Here is that whole section in its entirety made easier to read.

Collins: Double or nothing, Pimlico is a bad bet

Folks may be nostalgic for the tradition of horseracing at Pimlico, but the facility is past its service life and is no longer economically viable. Nostalgia is not enough to justify putting taxpayer money into the old nag. Saying so long to Pimlico may seem like bidding farewell to Memorial Stadium. But even critics of Memorial Stadium’s demise will admit that Orioles Park at Camden Yards is a gem, and the Ravens’ roost at M&T Bank Stadium is first class.

Opinion: Small business implores Gov. Hogan to keep veto promise on sick leave

While the administration continues to focus on pro-business policies, the legislature proved this year with the passage of House Bill 1 that they are determined to run interference, writes Mike O’Halloran of the National Federation of Independent Business. While the governor and his team focus on deregulation, legislators are attempting to mandate the amount of time off an employee can take from their job.

Rascovar: Maryland’s gets mixed economic messages from feds

President Trump will be releasing his first budget this week for the fiscal year that starts Oct. 1. Early indicators point to a fiscal blueprint that slashes domestic programs especially for the poor and the environment but is exceedingly generous to the military. How do you rate that package, good or bad?

Columbia at 50 Part 11: Recreation and the Role of the Columbia Association

Keeping a sports facility open that runs consistently at a big loss may seem like a poor financial decision. Yet it is completely consistent with the original philosophy behind the Columbia Association. As Columbia got started, every one of the amenities and facilities ran at a loss, not to mention the debt it took to build them. As Columbia looks to the future, CA not only wants to keep the pools and athletic facilities open, but to keep Jim Rouse’s vision alive.