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The Talk: Debating the mayor's development strategy

The Talk is back from a vacation-induced hiatus with a roundup of commentary about Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake's advocacy for several big development projects around town.

In case you missed it, the mayor wrote an op-ed for Sunday's paper titled "What would Schaefer do?" in which she argued that the legacy of the late William Donald Schaefer was to bring people together to support major projects that improve the city over the self-interested objections of a few. Time to stop suing and start doing, she wrote.

Two of her opponents in the mayor's race immediately sent in replies.

Otis Rolley says the mayor is misinterpreting the Schaefer legacy, and that he put the people's interests first in a way the current mayor does not.

Jody Landers says Mayor Rawlings-Blake's strategy appears to be to publicly antagonize people, whereas Mayor Schaefer had a personal touch that overcame obstacles.

Ramsey Flynn, the spokesman for the group suing to stop State Center (including Peter Angelos), says the mayor is putting cronyism over the public interest, and Chris Summers of the libertarian-leaning Maryland Public Policy Institute says Ms. Rawlings-Blake should lower taxes for everyone, not push subsidies for favored developers.

And over on The Daily Record's website, former Sun writer and Schaefer biographer Fraser Smith calls the mayor's essay bold and forceful and says that although his name doesn't appear in the op-ed, Ms. Rawlings-Blake is clearly calling out Peter Angelos.

On the editorial page today, we examine the failure of Western High School to provide complete college application documents for a dozen students -- and urge the school district to make sure it doesn't happen again there or anywhere else.

And we lament the cold, rainy spring and the cold, rainy summer forecasters expect.

Today, we've got an all-bin Laden op-ed page. Tom Schaller assesses bin Laden’s death in strategic, military and domestic political terms. Max Boot of the Center for Strategic Studies notes that al-Qaida had some innovations, but religious terrorism has been with us for 2,000 years and is not going away any time soon. And the University of Maryland’s National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism weighs in with comparisons of al-Qaida to other terrorist groups.

Finally, be sure to vote in our poll of the day: Has the killing of Osama bin Laden improved your opinion of President Obama?


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