EDITORIAL: Maryland must crack down on energy suppliers that entice people into bad, pricey contracts

The often aggressive pitches come in the mail or through sales people who canvas neighborhoods, knocking on doors looking for new customers. Sometimes they call on the phone with their sly spiel. Switch your utility company, they say, and see hefty savings on your gas and electric bill. Except Maryland’s top utility customer advocate says too often these promises are empty. Instead of savings, customers are getting enticed into contracts that end up costing them more. Hefty fees, sometimes as much as $150, await anyone who tries to get out of these so-called cost saving deals. (Balt Sun)

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Spector: Vignarajah offers new vision for fighting Baltimore crime

For nearly 40 years, I had the honor of serving on the Baltimore City Council. Like every other city in America, we’ve struggled with crime. Certain years were worse than others, but never have I seen crime as out of control as it is today. Never. I have also never seen our local city leadership so out of touch with reality, unable to act and unwilling to lead. Never. (Balt Sun)

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Sen. Pinsky: Gov. Hogan’s lip service on the environment

It’s true: Larry Hogan is no Donald Trump when it comes to the environment. Unfortunately, Gov. Hogan is paying lip service to our climate-change crisis and doing a disservice to environmental protection efforts that offer real hope for our earth’s future. I say this with sadness. As chair of the Maryland Senate Education, Health and Environmental Affairs Committee, I have attempted to work with the governor’s agency secretaries to protect our state’s environment. (Balt Sun)
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EDITORIAL: Trump again blows up a trade deal. Congress needs to step up.

Negotiators from the United States, Canada and Mexico are scheduled to meet in Washington on Wednesday in a possible final session to set the stage for House approval of their new trilateral trade agreement . With one of his signature policy initiatives facing a delicate political moment, you might have thought President Trump would refrain from doing anything to rock the boat. (Wash. Post)

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Rodricks: Using Google Street Views to travel back in time to East Baltimore

After a recent column on abandoned rowhouses, I heard from many readers, including Lisa Marr, a doctor in New Mexico. She grew up in Baltimore, but college and career took her away from here in the 1990s. Most of her Baltimore kin are gone now. When she visits, she says, it’s via Google. She uses Street View from her desktop to travel back in time to the East Baltimore neighborhood where her parents and grandparents lived. (Balt Sun)

 

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EDITORIAL: Democrats should not give up the fight to hear from more witnesses

Democrats and Republicans on the House Intelligence Committee have released competing accounts of the more than 100 hours of testimony collected from 17 witnesses in the impeachment inquiry into President Trump’s actions on Ukraine. They are starkly and revealingly at odds.The Democratic version closely relies on the testimony to describe a “months-long effort by President Trump to use the powers of his office to solicit foreign interference on behalf of his 2020 election.” (Wash. Post)

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EDITORIAL: Americans choose holiday cheer over impeachment

Like an autumn breeze that sweeps clean the fallen leaves, good fortune is expelling the dreary effects of the incessant political strife that has tarnished the days of 2019. Even as dour faces in Washington deliver the dismal details of presidential impeachment proceedings, elsewhere the news is of a nation bursting with new-found prosperity. By most measures, this holiday season is shaping up to come wrapped in a golden bow. (Wash. Times)

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Gillum: ‘Socialism’ is a GOP smear. Democrats have to fight back.

A few days after I became the Democratic nominee for governor of Florida, the Republican nominee, Ron DeSantis, visited the historically Cuban neighborhood of Little Havana in Miami and read aloud, in Spanish, from a note card: “El socialismo sería un desastre para la Florida.” Attack ads and targeted mailers soon followed. President Trump visited Florida three times to amplify the attacks, and his diatribes about the dangers of socialism were broadcast to every home in the state. (Wash. Post)

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