November 18, 2017
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  • A Tax Break For Some Is A Tax Increase For Most

    By Councilman Michael Peroutka
    On November 6, the Anne Arundel County Council will consider a bill designed to grant a property tax credit to persons designated as “public safety officers.”
    Generally, this means that policemen and firefighters, along with volunteer firefighters, will be eligible to have their...
  • Anne Arundel United

    By Steve Schuh
    Earlier this fall at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Annapolis & Anne Arundel County, our administration unveiled Anne Arundel United, a proactive community initiative to unite the county against hatred and build greater understanding.
    Our goal is simple. We need to embrace and promote...
  • The Importance Of Honoring Obscure Veterans

    By Delegate Michael Malone
    Imagine that it is August 1776 in the swamps and heights outside New York City. After years of unrest, protest and indecision – after Lexington, Concord and Bunker Hill – the upstart 13 American colonies have thrown down the gauntlet and declared their independence. Intending to impose...
  • Volunteering

    By Peter Franchot
    The simple inscription on William Donald Schaefer’s headstone reads, “He Cared.”
    During his nearly four decades of public service as Baltimore mayor, governor and comptroller, Schaefer earned a reputation as a straight shooter with a made-for-TV persona, someone who, when told...
  • Participating In Awareness Months

    By Sheriff Ron Bateman
    I have been the sheriff of Anne Arundel County for more than 11 years and have seen firsthand the effects cancer has had on my law enforcement family. My staff and their families have endured the rigors of chemotherapy, radiation, surgeries and the agony that follows a cancer diagnosis. Our office has helped support deputies, their spouses and family members who have fought their own battles against breast cancer, brain cancer and other types of this awful disease. This is why I am so proud to announce our participation in this year’s No Shave November.

    This year’s campaign will support programs at Prevent Cancer Foundation, Fight Colorectal Cancer and St. Jude Children’s...
  • Letter To The Editor: Veterans Day Is For Everyone

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    As a veteran, I am a huge fan of Veterans Day. It arrives at just the right time. After a long back-to-school and work season, and with the holidays still a ways off, Veterans Day provides a welcome pause amid a lively autumn. More importantly, it is the perfect time for all Americans to stop and reflect upon the service of our veterans, particularly to acknowledge the opportunities that veterans helped to secure at home. However, not everyone feels this way.

    Several years ago, I stood at the water cooler discussing the upcoming federal holiday with work colleagues. One of my peers commented unabashedly, “I’ll be here [at the office]. Veterans Day is one of those [expletive]...

    Keeping Our K-9s Safe

    By Sheriff Ron Bateman
    Recently, I was glad to announce the latest technology being added to the Sheriff's Office to ensure the safety of K-9 Chase. Chase is a talented 7-year-old German Shepherd who’s trained in explosive and firearm detection. His handler is veteran Deputy Sheriff Michelle Goodman, who has...
  • A Recap Of National Recovery Month

    By Nancy Schrum - Anne Arundel County Constituent Services
    As we celebrate the close of National Recovery Month, we need remind citizens of the breadth of the challenge we face when it comes to heroin and opioid addiction in Anne Arundel as well as our response.
    Three years ago, our county was experiencing one fatality a week and one overdose a day. As a...
  • On The Road Again

    By Peter Franchot
    When I became comptroller in 2007, I told my staff I didn’t want to be confined to my desk in Annapolis.
    I’ve always believed that elected officials need to be accessible to the people they serve, which is why I get out of my office as often as possible to take the pulse of Maryland...
  • Letter To The Editor: Where Does Bias Begin?

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    Before you read this piece, please know it is written with love and humility. There is no escaping the fact that all of us have biases, many of them unconscious. I am certain we can all learn from each other, especially if the foundation of the approach is understanding and respect. I am not...
  • Schuh, Altomare Announce Anti-Gang Task Force

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    County Executive Steve Schuh and Police Chief Tim Altomare recently announced a joint Anne Arundel County/City of Annapolis taskforce to investigate, charge and convict members of violent street gangs.
    “Recent events have demonstrated that we need to redouble our efforts and take back...
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    School Construction

    By County Executive Steve Schuh
    Three years ago, we promised a major acceleration in our county’s school construction efforts, and it is a promise we have kept.
    We are now far along in the largest school construction effort in county history. In the current six-year plan, we have allocated $764 million to school...
  • Being Comptroller Is More Than Just Collecting Taxes

    By Peter Franchot
    In my travels across Maryland, many people lightheartedly call me the “tax man.” It’s a job description that ranks right up there in popularity with a telemarketer, a baseball umpire or a parking enforcement officer.
    Don’t get me wrong, I love being your comptroller, but...
  • Hiding History Doesn’t Change It

    By Delegate Michael Malone
    My family and I recently traveled to South Carolina on vacation. The night before the eclipse, we stood on the Battery in Charleston. After the events in Charlottesville and elsewhere, it was a bit surreal gazing across the harbor to Fort Sumter, the site of the first shot of the Civil War. My wife...
  • Why Is There A Sheriff’s Office?

    By Ron Bateman
    To answer that question, I need to start with our heritage. The Sheriff’s Office is the oldest office outside of the king and queen, starting first in St. Mary’s County in 1649 and then in Anne Arundel County in 1650. To put that in perspective, the Anne Arundel County Police Department...
  • The Character Of The County Is In The Character Of Its People

    By Councilman Michael Peroutka
    One of the subtle enjoyments of a county councilman is knowing and working with many citizens of good will and commitment to the community. And while there are a few admirable elected and appointed officials, there are even more dedicated and good-hearted members of our community who give...
  • An Upgrade To Cox Creek

    By County Executive Steve Schuh
    Recently, our county celebrated a huge milestone: the completion of the $141 million upgrade to Cox Creek Water Reclamation Facility in Pasadena. Elected officials past and present gathered on July 12 as we highlighted this major achievement to improve the water quality in and around North County...
  • FTA Amnesty Program Proves Successful

    By Sheriff Ron Bateman
    I told you it wasn’t a sting! It was the county’s first Failure to Appear Warrant Amnesty Day and it was a huge success! I must give a big shout out to our partners. Without them, this would have never been a success. Let me recognize the public defender’s office, the States...
  • Enjoy A Longer Summer, Shop Tax-Free And Win A Scholarship

    By Peter Franchot
    In years past, the start of August meant counting down the waning days of summer – a final family trip to Ocean City or Deep Creek Lake, a few more afternoons cooling off at the pool, one last visit to Camden Yards or the Maryland Zoo, and the inevitable last-minute back-to-school shopping...
  • Letter To The Editor: Climate Change

    By WISE
    There is an international and interdisciplinary consensus that climate change is impacting every facet of society. Politicians who are unsure about climate change, or who lack the political will to address its causes and effects, distract and detract from concrete steps we need to take to protect...
  • Letter To The Editor: The Global Demise Of PolioExclusive

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    At the 2017 Rotary International Convention in June, Rotary’s most recent fundraising efforts were made public and reported by major network news entities. According to our partner, the Gates Foundation, in a speech to Rotarians at the convention, Bill Gates and Rotary President John Germ...

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