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Editorial from The Aegis | May 27, 2014
Winston Churchill is credited with many wry quips, including the observation that democracy is the worst form of government, except for all the others that have been tried. No doubt, the sentiment relates to the reality that representative governments, managed by leaders chosen by the people and organized to prevent tyrants from taking over and to protect the rights of people who hold minority opinions, are notoriously beset by inefficiencies and no-win situations. The zoning appeals process in Harford County (and the balance of Maryland, for that matter)
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Editorial from The Aegis | May 27, 2014
After a winter like the one that seems like it ended only a few days ago, it's natural for conversations to turn to matters relating to when it's good policy to close schools because of snow, ice or some other inclement weather. The starting point in making such decisions always should be that it is bad public policy to put children at heightened risk of injury, or worse, and it's better to err on the side of caution than to risk safety in the name of preventing the loss of a snow day. Invariably, however, geography comes into play.
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Editorial from The Aegis | May 20, 2014
The most important function of people elected or appointed to boards, councils and commissions overseeing public institutions is to strike a balance between making sure the public institution in question has enough money to do what needs to be done, and to make sure the public's money is well spent in that endeavor. Sometimes, this means making the unpopular decision to raise taxes or fees. Sometimes, it means preventing mission creep and the associated increases in spending. An oversight body that does its job properly over time will end up having to do a little of both.
SPORTS
By Mike Preston and The Baltimore Sun | May 15, 2014
Jim Cusick is the kind of lacrosse success story we seldom hear about. A senior at Washington College and captain of the lacrosse team, Cusick played high school lacrosse at Calvert Hall and very seldom got on the field. He wasn't a bad player, just a late bloomer at one of the country's best high schools for lacrosse. Cusick never complained about his lack of playing time at Calvert Hall, but just kept practicing and getting better and better. One of the advantages of playing in the private school system is that even though you may not get to play much, you still get better because you're practicing against the best every day. Cusick has become one of Division III's top players.
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May 7, 2014
The Aberdeen IronBirds announced plans to host their annual "IronFest" on May 17 at Ripken Stadium. This free event will celebrate the upcoming season of IronBirds baseball, as the team looks to defend its McNamara Division title. There will also be several other events to mark the occasion. "IronFest marks the beginning of summer at Ripken Stadium," Joe Harrington, general manager of the IronBirds, said. "When we get to invite our fans back to the stadium to celebrate all that is good about baseball, Aberdeen and Harford County as a whole.
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Letter to The Aegis | May 6, 2014
In the discussions about the status of Harford County's fire and ambulance service, it will be vital to keep in mind that many aspects of the existing system are exemplary. A case in point is the effort two Saturdays ago on the part of members of Joppa-Magnolia Volunteer Fire Company that resulted in the installation of 123 new smoke alarms in Edgewood's Edgewater Village neighborhood at a rough cost to taxpayers of $2,000. During a two-hour period, 36 fire company members visited 234 homes and found 123 in need of smoke alarms.
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SPECIAL TO THE AEGIS | May 6, 2014
More than 300 people participated in Saturday morning's third annual Adam Thompson 5K Run/Walk at Harford Community College. The race, conducted on a USA Track and Field certified course, raised $25,000 to benefit nursing scholarships and honored the memory of Adam Thompson, a first-year HCC student who was killed in an automobile accident in 2011. The overall male winner was Tyler Muse, who completed the race in 16:44.5. Jan Goralski was the top female runner with a time of 23:24.1.
SPORTS
From Sun staff reports | May 5, 2014
Alexis Lyttle had 11 strikeouts as No. 9 North Harford (13-4) shut out Havre de Grace, 7-0, in Harford County softball Monday. The visiting Hawks were led by Julianne Caughron ,who went 3-for-4 with a home run. In addition, Kaitlin Horsey and Krista Hiser both were 3-for-4 at the plate. No. 14 Bel Air 8, Harford Tech 0: Also in Harford County action, Rayn Gibson was the winning pitcher, giving up four hits and striking out eight. Atholton 9, Marriotts Ridge 0: Pitcher Alex Herschman earned her ninth win of the season, allowing two hits and recording nine strikeouts as the Raiders beat the host Mustangs in Howard County league action.
NEWS
May 1, 2014
Getting regular maintenance for your car does not have an immediate impact on the performance of the vehicle, so it's easy to put off. Deciding not to change the oil or rotate the tires seems to have no effect other than to save money. What County Executive David Craig has been doing to Harford County since he took over has been analogous to driving a car without getting the oil changed. He has submitted a budget that for the 7th year in a row fails to provide his employees with even a cost of living increase.
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Letter to The Aegis | May 1, 2014
After reviewing your budget in brief and associated comments, I find myself once again obliged to respond. You cite several statistics to justify your lack of commitment to our public schools. You state that Harford County ranked 13th in local funding to public education. This is true but Harford County also ranked 12th in wealth per pupil. Citing these rankings as justification for your administration's perpetual under funding of our schools highlights your fundamental disregard or misunderstanding of the state formula for school funding.
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