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Better safe than sorry [Editorial]

For the past umpteen years, there have been disagreements here and there about requiring the installation of sprinkler systems in buildings – public and private. That there has been any disputing the value of the added safety a sprinkler system brings is befuddling. There can only be one reason...

  • Quick to help [Editorial]

    Quick to help [Editorial]

    Hurricane Harvey hit the Gulf Coast of Texas around Houston last weekend, dumping near-record amounts of rain for a United States storm. Damage estimates are running as high as $190 billion, according to the weather forecasting company AccuWeather, and it’s early in the assessment game. If that...

  • Long time coming [Editorial]

    Long time coming [Editorial]

    The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) became law in 1990. “The ADA is a civil rights law that prohibits discrimination against individuals with disabilities in all areas of public life, including jobs, schools, transportation and all public and private places that are open to the general public....

  • Praiseworthy on PARCC [Editorial]

    Praiseworthy on PARCC [Editorial]

    What we’re going to say about the latest release of standardized testing results for Harford County Public Schools students we’ve said many times in the past on similar occasions. Many people believe standardized testing is bogus and patently unfair for a variety of reasons. While some of that...

  • Yes they can! [Editorial]

    Yes they can! [Editorial]

    The recently concluded iCan Bike Camp held at the Churchville Rec Complex gave 32 Harford County residents with disabilities the opportunity to learn how to ride a bike and then experience the fun and sense of accomplishment that goes with it. The camp has been hailed as a success by all concerned,...

  • Feed your parking meter [Editorial]

    Feed your parking meter [Editorial]

    Leaders of many towns would envy the situation in Bel Air, where downtown parking is often a premium. Busy streets mean busy businesses and a feeling that there’s a lot of reasons why people come to town. Interestingly, Aberdeen city officials recently discussed how reducing some off-street parking...

  • Keep the Development Envelope and rural Harford County intact [Letter]

    Keep the Development Envelope and rural Harford County intact [Letter]

    Editor: Sprawl does not happen overnight. It begins with a slow, steady push into large untapped swaths of undeveloped parcels, lower priced agricultural properties that often benefit the developer rather than the community that lives and works there. There is a planned area in the County for development...

  • Reason for caution on school crowdfunding [Editorial]

    Reason for caution on school crowdfunding [Editorial]

    Too often, Harford County Public Schools leadership is so overly cautious that it gets to the point where it's no longer prudent. Whether that's out of fear or something else equally paralyzing, the public school system would, at times, be better off if its leaders didn't operate out of such an...

  • End Harford commuters' misery, widen Route 152 [Letter]

    End Harford commuters' misery, widen Route 152 [Letter]

    Editor: The bane of my work day has been traveling to and from work via Route 152 Mountain Road/Fallston Road! Obviously, it is also the misery of countless others. I cannot fathom why the state and county do not work together to remedy this horrible traffic situation. A friend stated to me, she...

  • New homes are welcome in Bel Air North, more stormwater isn't [Letter]

    New homes are welcome in Bel Air North, more stormwater isn't [Letter]

    Editor: I read your story [Friday, June 23] about nine new homes going in along Locust Avenue in Bel Air with some interest. As a resident, local to this neighborhood for almost 40 years, I have fortunately seen the areas between Vale and Red Pump roads boom and continue to grow in population each...

  • Bad timing, need or not [Editorial]

    Bad timing, need or not [Editorial]

    When the state legislature voted to legalize medical cannabis by prescription in 2014, we were skeptical, not necessarily about the need, but how another drug would be competently regulated in a state that historically has shown it has difficulty regulating anything. A couple of years down the...