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April 30, 2010
Tea Partiers seem to have lost their focus To the editor: With regard to the Tea Parties, I'm glad that people are at least finally beginning to take an interest in their own governance. After decades of indefensible apathy, it's a start. Despite the consistent misrepresentations of the mainstream media, however, the Tea Parties did not originate in 2008 as a response to banker bailouts or the election of a so-called "socialist" president. The movement was born in 2007 to organize independent protests against taxation without representation.
OPINION
April 22, 2011
There can be little question that former Maryland Gov. William Donald Schaefer was the last of a dying breed. We might even go so far as to say that the Democrat was the only member of this particular breed, so his passing this week sadly and certainly marks the end of an era. By the time the mid-’90s rolled around, politics had largely passed Schaefer by. The man who served as governor from 1987 to 1995 never understood political correctness....
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By Tammy Baker | March 13, 2011
The most important qualification for a successful legislator from Western Maryland — and this applies whether said legislator is Republican, Democrat or Martian — is the ability to win friends and influence people. Why? Because in a democracy (or for the purists among us, in a republic), majority rules. And in Maryland, the majority is comprised of Democrats who live in the middle of the state. Consequently, these powerbrokers rarely need much support from rural legislators, regardless of party.
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By GEORGE MICHAEL | February 3, 2012
Is it really the goal of the Plan Maryland initiative to wage “war” on our part of the state as well as on Southern Maryland and the Eastern Shore? Or do we believe the testimony last week of Maryland Planning Secretary Richard Hall that Plan Maryland is simply “a coordination plan for existing state programs?” With officials of the O'Malley administration in charge, there is good reason for those of us in Western Maryland to be concerned. Liberal elites like our governor pride themselves on knowing what is best for the “little people.” Big government proponents are driven to bring control over citizens' lives in myriad ways that they like to pass off as “planning.” One of the shocking laws proposed last year and likely coming up for a vote in one form or another this year is limits on new septic systems in our state.
OPINION
March 16, 2011
I've tried to keep this politically polarized world of ours straight as possible, but I've finally gone off the map. So I quit. You can pay attention if you want, but I'm done. And it's all Bradley Manning's fault. I admit, I was pretty much there already. It's grown incredibly wearisome to listen to people being pigeonholed based on party. You like peanut butter, so you must be a liberal, or you like chocolate, so you must be a conservative. Have Reese's Cups taught us nothing?
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By TOM FIREY | November 21, 2012
In his acceptance speech for the 1984 Democratic presidential nomination, Walter Mondale made a bold promise: He would raise Americans' taxes and cut the federal deficit. His justification: “These deficits hike interest rates, clobber exports, stunt investment, kill jobs, undermine growth, cheat our kids and shrink our future.” That year, the deficit was $185.4 billion  and the national debt was $1.57 trillion - quaint numbers compared to today's $1.1 trillion  and $16.2 trillion.
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OPINION
October 20, 2012
Federal government remains important to everyone To the editor: Almost daily, I hear people assailing the federal government with claims that it would be best downsized or all rights given to the states. Of course, President Obama is the target for big government. However, all of our rights and freedoms as Americans are protected by government. Our states receive emergency funding when our states cannot take care of disasters. Our roads and bridges and states and municipalities are subsidized by the federal government.
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By GEORGE MICHAEL | February 3, 2012
Is it really the goal of the Plan Maryland initiative to wage “war” on our part of the state as well as on Southern Maryland and the Eastern Shore? Or do we believe the testimony last week of Maryland Planning Secretary Richard Hall that Plan Maryland is simply “a coordination plan for existing state programs?” With officials of the O'Malley administration in charge, there is good reason for those of us in Western Maryland to be concerned. Liberal elites like our governor pride themselves on knowing what is best for the “little people.” Big government proponents are driven to bring control over citizens' lives in myriad ways that they like to pass off as “planning.” One of the shocking laws proposed last year and likely coming up for a vote in one form or another this year is limits on new septic systems in our state.
OPINION
By TOM FIREY | October 5, 2011
The most important virtue of limited government is the freedom it gives people to live life by their own values, preferences and circumstances. As I discussed in a recent column, limited government only intervenes in clear cases of “market failure” - a technical term meaning cases where people's voluntary decisions and agreements with each other are obstructed or distorted. Even in those cases, limited government only steps in when the benefits to citizens clearly outweigh the costs.
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By LLOYD WATERS | May 14, 2011
A few weeks ago, the rains of April saturated the ground and nearby streams. As the waters overflowed the banks of Antietam Creek, I thought we were on the brink of a flood. Our economy, also, seems to be saturated more and more with debt, and I reflected upon a recent piece I read in The Washington Post. The story, "Big government on the brink," was written by Robert J. Samuelson. He spoke of a government surrounded with dependency and political overload. Samuelson was of the opinion that the "government has promised more than it can realistically deliver.
OPINION
April 22, 2011
There can be little question that former Maryland Gov. William Donald Schaefer was the last of a dying breed. We might even go so far as to say that the Democrat was the only member of this particular breed, so his passing this week sadly and certainly marks the end of an era. By the time the mid-’90s rolled around, politics had largely passed Schaefer by. The man who served as governor from 1987 to 1995 never understood political correctness....
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