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With the imminent opening of the Intercounty Connector, public affairs consultant Damian O'Doherty, who helped lead a campaign to build support for the road, reflects on the political will it takes to build major transportation projects in Maryland and warns Red Line advocates that they aren't displaying quite enough unity and political savvy to get the job done.

Ron Smith laments the magical thinking political leaders (and ordinary American voters) seem to embrace on the federal budget.

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And former Baltimore school board member James Campbell questions whether school boards, which have been resistant to education reforms, still make sense.

On the editorial page, we say Harford Democrats have only themselves to blame for being shut out of redistricting and cheer the return of grand opera to Baltimore.

Apropos of the Harford redistricting brouhaha, the chairman of the Maryland Green Party tells Democrats they don't know how good they've got it.

Letter writers criticize The Sun for not telling the whole story about the trial of two members of a Jewish community patrol accused of beating up a black teen and some of the protesters outside the trial for taking matters too far.

Be sure to try your hand at this week's Maryland news quiz and to vote in our poll of the day: Should Baltimore officials hold up redevelopment of the "Superblock" downtown to preserve historic buildings, including a former drugstore where important civil rights sit-ins occurred?

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