This month, Maryland banned high-proof liquors like Everclear and other inexpensive tipples. Self-proclaimed public health activists claimed such "high octane" liquors increased the likelihood of binge-drinking and sexual assaults on college campuses. While the merits of the ban are debatable, one aspect of it is not: the use of taxpayer money to support a political agenda.
Vowing to strengthen Maryland's middle class, Gov. Martin O'Malley signed legislation Monday that will gradually raise the state's minimum wage to $10.10 an hour – his No. 1 priority for the final legislative session of his eight years in office.
Banning grain alcohol in Maryland is not a "slippery slope" campaign against alcohol. Prohibition is not returning. This is about preventing young people — many at an age when their brains are not fully developed — from unknowingly ingesting a tasteless, odorless product that can double as a cleaning solvent.