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 email@example.com.
What is legal now when it comes to using your cellphone while driving? In the blog post How to Legally Talk and Text on Your Cell Phone While Driving, Annapolis-based attorney Drew Cochran outlines several options such as using a Bluetooth device, voice-activated in-car technologies or apps that will read and respond to texts for you. Click here to read all the details.
October was officially designated as Maryland Manufacturing Month to celebrate initiatives and highlight companies in the state. But one group doesn't think Gov. Martin O'Malley's efforts offer any "real solutions" to help the manufacturing industry. "No amount of lip service can undo this Governor's deplorable record on jobs," wrote Larry Hogan, founder of Change Maryland. Click here to read the full blog post and leave a comment to let us know what you think.
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Patch bloggers had mixed reactions to the government shutdown. Click each blog post to see what people have said and join in the conversation by leaving a comment: