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February 21, 2012
There has been a lot of discussion and controversy in the Maryland General Assembly and in the counties about growth-related strategies. Some say they take away private rights; others, that these strategies save money and protect our water. Since we all want to have clean water and save on government expenditures, why not support smart growth initiatives? There is an effort to do this through bills in the legislature, House Bill 445 and Senate Bill 236. Both these measures call for managing growth by limiting sprawl development.
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By Fred Tutman | November 28, 2011
As an African-American and an environmentalist, I went along for a long while with the idea that race and class are irrelevant to the cause of environmental protection. I assumed that the environment itself is connective and bridges the social divide. But I can no longer ignore that a color-blind, class-blind environmental movement is also too often blind to the needs of those with the least access to clean air, water and land. By ignoring the obvious social divisions in society, a relatively non-inclusive green movement has emerged.
NEWS
November 26, 2011
I was shocked and very disappointed to see Gov. Martin O'Malley's letter regarding the Environmental Law Clinic at the University of Maryland ("O'Malley butts in," Nov. 21). Mr. O'Malley has been a champion of clean energy and global warming solutions, and he has promoted some sound policies to clean up the Chesapeake Bay, like reducing pollution from septic systems. But when it comes to this lawsuit, I believe the governor is clearly in the wrong. This case is about defending our clean water laws and protecting the Chesapeake Bay. Even more fundamentally, it's about whether poultry companies should be held responsible for water pollution caused by their chickens' manure.
NEWS
November 3, 2011
I was pleased to read the Sun's recent editorial regarding the proposals to finance transportation construction projects and upgrade sewage treatment ("Tale of two tax plans," Oct. 30). While it may come as a shock to hear in our current anti-tax, anti-government climate, this is one citizen who wholeheartedly supports an increase in Maryland's Bay Restoration Fund - which is an investment in our economy, in protecting public health, and in cleaning up our rivers and streams, and the Chesapeake Bay. Since it was signed into law in 2004 by Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr., the Bay Restoration Fund (BRF)
EXPLORE
November 1, 2011
Editor: Patrick McGrady is my neighbor. I have known him for almost 26 years. I'm supporting him for mayor of Aberdeen because I trust him and his family. They are honest, God-fearing, and hard-working. Patrick will work tirelessly to get Aberdeen back to basics: clean water, safe streets and low taxes. Aberdeen will have a bright future if we elect Patrick McGrady. Gisele Knapp Aberdeen
EXPLORE
October 27, 2011
Editor: I am running for Mayor of Aberdeen because I love Aberdeen and I want to see our community thrive. To get there, we are going to need to work together to reduce the heavy burden of property taxes and water bills that keep piling up on our citizens. Aberdeen's citizens deserve taxes and water bills that are predictable, low, and fair. We all understand that some government is necessary, but too much government is costly and inefficient. Aberdeen needs to get back to the basics of providing adequate police protection, delivering clean water to our homes (at the lowest possible rate)
NEWS
July 18, 2011
Water has a tendency to flow downhill. This has been known for quite some time - to the point one might have assumed word had penetrated the hallowed halls of the U.S. House of Representatives by now. Alas, it appears not. Last Wednesday, the House voted, 239-184, to rewrite the Clean Water Act to limit federal authority and give the states the final word on interpreting and enforcing water pollution laws. Even more stupefying, one of those voting for this misguided effort represents a district with perhaps the most to gain from stringent enforcement of the Clean Water Act - Rep. Andy Harris of Maryland's 1 s t Congressional District.
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By John Fritze, The Baltimore Sun | July 3, 2011
Sen. Benjamin L. Cardin, a longtime advocate of the Chesapeake Bay, is wading into the high-profile debate over the federal regulation of pesticides -- instantly putting him at odds with fellow Democrats while potentially raising his national profile on environmental issues. Maryland's junior senator is threatening to filibuster a proposal to limit the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's oversight of pesticides that end up in the nation's waterways, including the bay. The move, which at the very least will delay the legislation, has set off a behind-the-scenes scramble among advocates who hope to override him if he carries through on the threat.
NEWS
February 14, 2011
The Marcellus shale natural gas deposit could prove a vital resource for this nation's energy future. Scientists have estimated that the Appalachians may yield hundreds of trillions of cubic feet of natural gas, at a value of $1 trillion. Maryland could have a piece of that action. The Marcellus runs under the western part of the state, perhaps a mile below the surface. It can potentially be extracted by a controversial technique known as hydraulic fracturing, where water is used to break up rock and allow the gas to be released.
NEWS
By William C. Baker | January 20, 2011
A recent lawsuit filed by the American Farm Bureau Federation against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is a slap in the face to the Chesapeake Bay. It is a cynical ploy to reverse years of hard work by farmers who want to do their part to help achieve clean water. And it comes just as a renewed sense of optimism is starting to emerge among all parties that the bay and its rivers can be restored. Polarization and conflict have trumped good sense and collegiality once again. Over the last year, the Farm Bureau has stood alone in its role as a massively funded national lobbying organization seemingly intent on frustrating progress toward clean water.
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