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The Class of 2018 [Editorial]

It’s been about 20 years since sunscreen was at the center of a talk one sage made to a graduating class. In a very popular recording from the late 1990s, the speaker said the best tip he could give those graduates was “sunscreen.” He said sunscreen would help preserve the outside of the youthful...

  • Dedicated to equality and fairness for all [Editorial]

    Dedicated to equality and fairness for all [Editorial]

    There is no better testament to the positive impact William “Bill” Brown had upon so very many young people – and an equal number of adults – in Harford County than what his daughter, Judge Pamila Brown, said following her father’s death on April 25 at age 92. “He was a great dad, he was a great...

  • County needs to do public review to account for transfer tax revenues, expenses [Letter]

    County needs to do public review to account for transfer tax revenues, expenses [Letter]

    Editor: We all love Harford County’s beautiful farms. In 1992 the county with the assistance of the state delegates legislated a transfer tax (1 percent on any instrument that conveys title to, or a leasehold interest in real property). I do not know how much money has been generated since 1992...

  • Clifton M. Dowling Jr., a man of his times [Editorial]

    Clifton M. Dowling Jr., a man of his times [Editorial]

    Bel Air resident Clifton M. “Clif” Dowling Jr., who died May 1 at age 72, lived his life straight out of the Baby Boom era into which he was born. An Eagle Scout and Bel Air High School graduate, Mr. Dowling went off to Grinnell College, a small liberal arts college in Iowa, on a scholarship to...

  • Remembering Mr. Harris [Editorial]

    Remembering Mr. Harris [Editorial]

    There was one documented lynching in Harford County, though there are fears about others, when a mob hung Lewis Harris in Bel Air on March 26-27, 1900. His murder has been well-reported in these pages when it happened and in more recent years. Most recently, the news of an angry mob forcibly taking...

  • A natural joy [Editorial]

    A natural joy [Editorial]

    Despite the sprawling, and still growing, megalopolis from Richmond to Boston that’s been wiping out open space in this region for decades, there’s still plenty of natural wonder. And there’s at least one enthusiastic naturalist, Frank Marsden, to share his joy with the rest of us. In The Aegis...

  • Keep fighting [Editorial]

    Keep fighting [Editorial]

    So much has been said the past couple years about the opioid crisis that it’s easy to overlook the significance of some of what is being done in Harford County to try and stop the addiction epidemic. One such effort was held last week at Mountain Christian Church in Abingdon, where the church and...

  • Shine some light [Editorial]

    Shine some light [Editorial]

    Choosing a new superintendent of Harford County Public Schools isn’t done that often. And when a superintendent is chosen, rarely are the same individuals serving as part of the Harford County Board of Education for the selection of more than one. For many school board members, it’s likely they...

  • Doing good [Editorial]

    Doing good [Editorial]

    Do-gooders do a lot of good in Harford County, none more so than the faith-based community. When it comes to neighbors in need, Harford’s religious community tries to find ways to fill those needs and lend a helping hand. Whether it’s at the holidays when a Thanksgiving meal or Christmas for a...

  • Harford Deputy Sheriff's Union makes endorsements [Letter]

    Harford Deputy Sheriff's Union makes endorsements [Letter]

    Editor: The Harford County Deputy Sheriff’s Union (Local 838, International Union of Police Associations AFL-CIO) announces its endorsements for Harford County political races. Harford’s law enforcement deputies hosted a forum on March 22nd where candidates seeking political office in and for Harford...

  • It ain't right [Editorial]

    It ain't right [Editorial]

    Let’s be clear: Bel Air’s latest dalliance with food trucks is ill-advised, unfair and just plain wrong. Amy Chmielewski, the newest face on the Bel Air Board of Town Commissioners, said at the end of a public hearing last week on a measure that would allow food trucks in more parts of downtown...

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