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Government regulates business for public good

 

Government regulation impedes the free market economy and stifles the growth of business, both small and large. At least that is what business would have you believe. When I think of government regulation, I can't help but remember my days serving on the New Jersey Grand Jury and listening to case after case of illegal dumping by "business" into our rivers and lakes and the Environmental Protection Agency regulations that were violated for the sake of profits. Rather than as a nuisance that serves only to impede the growth of business, having spent my entire career with the federal government, I recognize the need for government to regulate the excesses and abuses of capitalism to protect the public good.

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ATF, time to do your job on guns!

 

It is estimated that approximately 40 percent of gun sales in the United States are not subject to background checks.  Most point to gun shows and the Internet as the loopholes in the existing background check law thus necessitating the need for additional legislation from Congress to close this universal loophole.  Although it may be true that the 40 percent figure is a result of gun show and Internet sales, the real loophole, call it a glaring pothole, is the result of the vagueness in the language defining "engaging in the business of selling guns".  It is this lack of specificity regarding what constitutes "engaging in the business of selling guns" that has made it so difficult for ATF to enforce existing background checks requirements for gun sales at both gun shows and via the Internet.

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The price of Global Warming and us

Everything does, indeed, have a price and climate change is no exception. The question is: Who is going to pay for it? In Maryland Congressman Chris Van Hollen's recently proposed bill on combating climate change, The Healthy Climate and Family Security Act of 2015, the answer is: Those who are the primary contributors to carbon emissions in our air, namely the fossil fuel industry! Based on the polluter pay principle, it will be the coal, oil and natural gas companies who will bear the cost of reducing carbon pollution and the damage it does to our environment.

 

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Presidential debate finesse rules

Maybe it took experiencing the first two Republican presidential candidates debates to be able to gain an appreciation for what transpired on the debate stage when the Democratic presidential candidates held their first debate on CNN on October 13th in Nevada. Gone was the immature sniping among the candidates replaced by a discussion of relevant issues, positions and experience.

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Gun ownership should require liability insurance

It is common sense that ownership of an item brings with it a degree of responsibility to use the item both thoughtfully and safely. I can't imagine too many disagreeing with that general premise although I am sure there are some. The requirement to carry mandatory liability insurance by those who own automobiles is an example of state government acknowledging that ownership brings with it that level of responsibility.

 

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Hillary Clinton emails: When a scandal isn't a scandal

 

When is a scandal not a scandal? When it's basis is a combination of pure, unadulterated hyperbole mixed in with irresponsible misinformation and is concocted for purely political purposes.

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Trusting Iran isn't the point, Ben Cardin

I didn't think I would be visiting the issue of the Iran nuclear deal in my column so soon after writing about it as recently as Aug. 7. However, I recently had the opportunity to attend a luncheon hosted by the Women's Democratic Club of Montgomery County at which our own Sen. Ben Cardin served as the guest speaker.

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GOP presidential debate long on rhetoric, short on substance

The second Republican presidential candidates debate, conducted on CNN, focused more on each candidate responding to slights hurled by the other candidates than on what and, more importantly, how the candidates would address the serious issues facing this country. In a nutshell, the debate was more rhetoric with little substance, but a great deal of Ronald Reagan name-dropping and an awful lot of "dump on Trump," the front-runner.

 

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