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  • An Elected School Board For Anne Arundel County

    By Steve Schuh
    Last month was historic for our county, our school system, our parents and our students. In a stunning and complete turnaround in policy, state legislators voted to replace Anne Arundel County's appointed school board with an elected school board.
    I have consistently pushed for an elected...
  • The End Of Session

    By Senator Ed Reilly
    Budget
    Governor Larry Hogan’s Fiscal Year 2018 budget, which goes into effect on July 1, 2017, fully funds state obligations while having fiscal restraint. For the third year in a row, there are no new fees or taxes in the state budget. This is an operating budget of $17.1 billion. When...
  • One Of Blue’s Toughest Jobs

    By Sheriff Ron Bateman
    Cops are not supposed to cry. They can't. If they did, they might be considered, God forbid, human. Dealing with death as a law enforcement office has far more implications than most would believe, especially for the deputy or officer giving a death notification. It's a part of the job no...
  • If You’re Reading This, I May Owe You Money!

    By Peter Franchot
    In Maryland, you don’t have to buy a lottery ticket to win the jackpot.
    While my agency has the important but unenviable task of collecting taxes, the comptroller’s office also serves as the legal custodian of Marylanders’ unclaimed properties. That means my staff and I get to...
  • Can Anne Arundel Opt Out?

    By Councilman Michael Peroutka
    At the April 3 county council meeting, I offered a resolution concerning the Maryland Trust Act, which was at that time pending a final vote in the General Assembly. My resolution received significant support and attracted a great deal of opposition. You might say that the public hearing on the resolution was “spirited.”

    Essentially, the resolution urged members of the General Assembly to vote against the Maryland Trust Act. I offered this resolution as a response to what I perceived to be an unlawful and unwise path taken by the General Assembly. Briefly, here is my rationale and a little background.

    If you regularly follow the proceedings of the council or if you have read...
  • Women’s Issues In Our Legislature

    By Delegate Michael Malone
    In this banner year for women runners in the Boston Marathon, where American women placed third and fourth and icon Kathrine Switzer ran in Boston again, 55 years after she defied discrimination widely prohibiting women from running distance races to become the first woman to officially run the Boston Marathon, women’s issues in our legislature have enjoyed mixed success.

    On April 18, Governor Hogan signed into law a series of bills, which I supported, designed to facilitate prosecution of rape and sexual assault cases. Governor Hogan himself noted that "making Maryland safer begins with making sure that we have a criminal justice system that holds offenders accountable for...
  • Letter To The Editor: Political Imbalance Is Unacceptable

    By Anonymous
    I am very concerned by the string of articles published on April 5, 2017 in “Politics and Opinions” by our politicians. This section should be renamed the “Op-Ed Section for Severna Park Representatives” since that's what nine out of 11 articles were. There were no competing viewpoints, and there was no journalistic fact-checking or provided context.

    This is unacceptable and will not be tolerated. Until this imbalance in reporting and fact-checking is addressed, the Severna Park Voice will be known as an intentional propaganda vehicle for the administration.

    Rebecca Forte

    Severna Park

    ...
  • Letter To The Editor: Trees And Preservation

    By Anonymous
    Anne Arundel County currently has an opportunity to preserve a local watershed and add to its area of tree cover that it has lost due to development. The Capital recently reported that the county has a $7.6 million fund resulting from developers who pay a "fee in lieu" instead of...
  • Letter To The Editor: An Open Letter From Garry’s Grill

    By Anonymous
    To my customers, employees and friends,
    As I was speaking with a friend the other day, he asked me how long I’ve owned “that place.” This simple question really got my mind going. I am Eddie Conway, the owner of Garry’s Grill & Catering in Severna Park.
    The answer to...

    County Survey Finds That Hogan Is Popular, But Not Trump

    By Anonymous
    A survey of 521 Anne Arundel County residents conducted March 25-30 by the Center for the Study of Local Issues (CSLI) at Anne Arundel Community College asked respondents whether they approved of the jobs that Larry Hogan is doing as governor and Donald Trump is doing as president. The public was...
  • Letter To The Editor: The Rise And Demise Of The Preservation-Oriented Development Bill, 94-16

    By Art Timmons
    The land, streams, rivers and the bay in Anne Arundel County have existed for centuries. Mother Nature developed the county and maintained it as a perfect place to live. The government was formed to protect the land and the people who live here. They wrote a code to provide that protection. They...
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    • At the Anne Arundel Community College Forum on the Judiciary on April 20, judges used specific cases to talk about how courts work.Britney Pieraldi
      At the Anne Arundel Community College Forum on the Judiciary on April 20, judges used specific cases to talk about how courts work.
    • At the Anne Arundel Community College Forum on the Judiciary on April 20, judges used specific cases to talk about how courts work.Britney Pieraldi
      At the Anne Arundel Community College Forum on the Judiciary on April 20, judges used specific cases to talk about how courts work.

    Judiciary Forum At AACC Delves Into Controversial Topics

    By Brad Dress
    A Maryland Court of Appeals judge said it could be “unconstitutional” to ban anyone from accessing social media, even sex offenders.
    Appeals Court Judge Clayton Greene was one of six judges who spoke on campus at the annual Anne Arundel Community College Forum on the Judiciary on April...
  • Letter To The Editor: An Open Letter To County Executive Steve Schuh

    By Councilman Michael Peroutka
    As the councilman who represents both Severna Park and Arnold, I would like to share with you some concerns expressed by my constituents that I believe to be relevant to your search for a new Planning and Zoning officer for Anne Arundel County.
    Over the past two years, I have attended many...
  • Women’s History Month

    By Patrick Armstrong
    Women have long held an important role as leaders in the Democratic Party, influencing and shaping policy. We honor the contributions women have made in the past, and we look to a new generation of women to lead us forward.
    We are inspired by past power brokers, such as Eleanor Roosevelt, whose...
  • The Women Of The GOP Central Committee

    By Matthew Pugh - Anne Arundel Republican Central Committee
    It’s April. While our attention focuses on things we love about this month — warmer weather, Easter, my birthday — we’re not so far into it that we can’t reflect on last month, when we commemorated the vital contributions of women in American history.
    A noble and...
  • Breaking Bad Habits In Local Government

    By Councilman Michael Peroutka
    In the first sentence of his famous work titled “Common Sense” – first published on January 10, 1776 – Thomas Paine, political philosopher and theorist and author of a series of essays and pamphlets capturing and expressing the growing desire for American independence, wrote...
  • News From The Statehouse

    By Delegate Tony McConkey
    Our community is in danger. Opioid addiction, open borders, elimination of bail, lifer parole and criminal sentencing have placed our state on a downward spiral that threatens our community. The cause is poor decision-making by state and local leaders.
    The decision by the mayor of Baltimore to...
  • Taking Care Of Business

    By Peter Franchot
    With only a few days remaining before the tax filing deadline, I’m proud to report that our tax processing operations are going smoothly. As of late March, we’ve processed more than 1.6 million tax returns and have paid out 1.2 million refunds worth more than $1 billion. And thanks to...
  • Making Anne Arundel County The Best

    By Steve Schuh
    When our administration came into office two years ago, we pledged to make our county the best place to live, work and start a business in Maryland. We are working to achieve that goal by implementing a five-point plan to reduce taxes and fees, accelerate school construction, invest in public...
    • Delegate Sid Saab of District 33 is among the local politicians the WISE group has “hooted.”Jennifer Haber
      Delegate Sid Saab of District 33 is among the local politicians the WISE group has “hooted.”
    • The WISE group has been catching the attention of elected officials by “hooting” them, or, in other words, sending them rocks decorated to look like their owl mascot.Jennifer Haber
      The WISE group has been catching the attention of elected officials by “hooting” them, or, in other words, sending them rocks decorated to look like their owl mascot.

    Hooting For ChangeExclusive

    By Alena Carhart
    The WISE Women Are Hooting Local Officials To Promote Social Progress
    On January 21, the Women’s March on Washington brought more than 1 million participants to Washington, D.C. “It was a really passionate, exciting experience,” recalled Kathy Bain, a steering committee member of...
  • Breaking Bad Habits In Local GovernmentExclusive

    By Councilman Michael Peroutka
    In the first sentence of his famous work titled “Common Sense” – first published on January 10, 1776 – Thomas Paine, political philosopher and theorist and author of a series of essays and pamphlets capturing and expressing the growing desire for American independence, wrote...

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