Here are the best of this week's Local Voices posts from our Patch sites all around Maryland. Want to share your thoughts on local politics, sports or entertainment? Scroll to the bottom of the page and click "Start a Blog" under "Post Something" on your Patch homepage. If you need help getting started, email community editor Susan Jenkins at email@example.com.
Pumpkins are at the height of popularity this time of year, especially when it comes to pumpkin-flavored food and drinks. The round orange squash are also good for your skin, according to the blog post: The Power of Pumpkin. Read all about it in the blog by Cate Campbell, who describes herself as the “professional pimple popper for the people.”
In case you’ve missed recent discussions about chicken poop: The proposed Phosphorus Management Tool, part of the O’Malley-Brown Watershed Implementation Plan, includes “regulations that will have a sweeping effect on how Maryland’s already struggling farmers can manage their land,” according to the Change Maryland blog. “It’s Obamacare for farmers,” said Larry Hogan, founder of Change Maryland. Tell us what you think about the proposed regulations.
Have you tried to look online for information about health care programs or did you register on the Maryland Health Connection website? The problems with the state—as well as the federal—exchange have been widely reported. Silver Spring Patch blogger Tony Hausner offers his thoughts and solutions in his blog: “I feel that if we do not solve these problems soon, that we have a very difficult road ahead.” Click here to read more.
If you are currently dieting in anticipation of a Halloween candy binge, blogger Chris Aitken is going to set you straight. “Diet isn’t about a temporary fix or a set of steps you take in the short term to fix everything just so you can go back to bad habits when you’re ‘done’ with the diet," he writes. Read the latest post in the CrossFit Catonsville blog: Carbohydrates: The New Nemesis?
“Managing your money is just as important as staying physically fit and mentally healthy,” writes Karen Burley on Columbia Patch. College students need to learn that “money mistakes can stay with you for a long time.” See money management tips from PNC Bank in the blog: The Financial Freshman 15: How to Avoid Hefty Financial Mistakes in College.Are you interested in blogging on Patch but not sure how to get started? Contact Susan Jenkins at firstname.lastname@example.org for details.