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Ron Smith tackles the removal of U.S.S. Enterprise Captain Owen P. Honors over distasteful videos he shot several years ago. It is ironic, Ron notes, that we live in a culture where people are sensitive about things like that but don't bat an eye at the raunchiest of rap music.

Del. Pat McDonough calls the proposed state version of the Dream Act a nightmare for Maryland taxpayers.

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Gerrit-Jan Knapp, the director of UM's National Center for Smart Growth Research and Education parses the new report on Maryland's failure to live up to its Smart Growth promise and offers suggestions for how Gov. Martin O'Malley can do better in his second term.

On the editorial page, we take stock of Attorney General Doug Gansler's ideas for campaign finance reform but worry that legislators will be much quicker to adopt his suggestion that contribution limits be increased than they will be to close some of the glaring loopholes in the system.

And we assess the record of John Colmers, who is stepping down as Maryland's health secretary after four years in which he made significant progress despite tremendous challenges.

Be sure to test your knowledge in our weekly news quiz and to vote on our poll question of the day: Will Republicans in Congress be able to repeal at least portions of last year's health care reform legislation?

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