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Minimum Wage Increase Passes In Maryland, O’Malley Will Sign It

Tuesday morning, Gov. Martin O’Malley sent out an email recap of the 2014 General Assembly, highlighting bills that he will enthusiastically sign into law. He didn’t mention the bill to decriminalize possession of small amounts of marijuana, but I believe he will most likely sign that one too.  – John Below is the text of O’Malley’s…

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Real Estate Development Always At Issue in Montgomery County Elections

Most Americans outside the beltway* are justified in thinking that the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area is a one-company town, and that company is the U.S. government with its myriad contractors. But here in Montgomery County, MD, the industry with political clout, decade after decade, is real estate development. It’s always a lucrative proposition. Start with some relatively…

Ruthie Mae

I recommend this post about Michelle and her service dog, Ruthie Mae. http://dogkisses.wordpress.com/2014/03/18/a-campaign-for-the-sweetest-dog-in-the-world/comment-page-1/#comment-3317 Please click on the title “Ruthie Mae,” to see a clickable link. Thanks.  . . . . – John  

State of Wonder

Ann Patchett’s State of Wonder, a book review

“STATE OF WONDER,” is a 21st century fairy tale. The Ann Patchett novel explores, among many things, the potential for human excellence, the power and consequence of romantic love, the implications of paternal presence and absence. Perhaps most importantly, the story reveals our willingness to deceive, disappoint, and betray one another. But also our ability to persevere and…

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Originally posted on Logos con carne:
I find myself feeling “at loose ends.” If you search on that phrase, you find a big part of the definition involves the idea of “not knowing what to do,” although sources differ a bit on whether that’s due to having nothing to do or due to not being…

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The Winter of ’14 And The Promise Of Spring

I talked with my uncle in Rhode Island this afternoon. It was snowing there, of course. Maybe it’s the same snow we had in Maryland yesterday. It shows signs of letting up. Today’s snow in RI., that is. Not the winter of 2014. My uncle assures me that this is the coldest winter in his…

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Ice Cream. Tested. Conclusion: Evil.

Originally posted on Live & Learn:
Ben & Jerry’s releases four ice cream flavors with gooey ‘Core’. The four new flavors are: Hazed & Confused: chocolate and hazelnut ice creams with fudge chips and a hazelnut fudge core *That’s My Jam: raspberry and chocolate ice creams with fudge chips and a raspberry core Peanut Butter Fudge:…

Too Many Lawyers In Politics, Not Enough Ordinary Folks

David Lublin calls Montgomery County’s District 16 a “chock full o’lawyers” district, in his blog post, “D16 Not So Competitive After All.”  (District 16 borders the D.C. line from Bethesda to the Potomac River.) How true! Attorneys are over-represented in politics throughout America, and even more so in Montgomery County. Montgomery County also has the odd…

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Amazon, Books, And Publishing, Read All About It

If you love books, please do not read “CHEAP WORDS: Amazon is good for customers. But is it good for books?” Don’t read it, because it will break your heart. If you love economic competition or American culture, the article about Amazon.com will also break your heart. If you’re an aspiring author, writing your e-book…