Bishop: How starting school after Labor Day in Md. led to my kid's broken collarbone

Did I ever tell you about the time the governor broke my daughter’s collarbone? That may be a slight exaggeration. It was more a joint effort by the governor, the comptroller and the summer camp planners at the Orokawa Y in Towson, which was, a manager eventually told me, uncharacteristically understaffed when my kid arrived in late August 2017. They weren’t typically in session then, I was told, and many counselors had left for college. (Balt. Sun)
  
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We need to get the money out of Maryland politics

Regarding the Jan. 28 Metro article “Bill would loosen Md. campaign donations”: As an almost-new Marylander, I fully agree with Del. Dereck E. Davis (D-Prince George’s) that “there needs to be an even playing field” when candidates run for office. But I disagree most strongly with a field that is evened out for politicians already in office but remains heavily tilted against everyone else. I suggest that the bill under consideration to allow money to flow from developers to county executives in Prince George’s County instead be modified to ban such contributions for all politicians in all races for county executive and county board seats in Maryland. (Wash. Post)


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Baltimore archbishop's pastoral letter on racism a 'significant step'

The recent release of Archbishop William E. Lori’s pastoral letter on racism, The Journey to Racial Justice, marks a significant step for Baltimore’s Catholic community, and, let us hope, for Baltimore City as a whole. Two aspects of the statement in particular are noteworthy. First, the statement doesn’t simply denounce racism. Importantly, it takes ownership for the Catholic Church’s participation in this sin, going all the way back to her early involvement in the institution of slavery. (Balt. Sun)

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Editorial Advisory Board: Mosby and marijuana possession

Nolle prosequi is a Latin phrase which means “to no longer prosecute” or “unwilling to pursue.” Baltimore City State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby has recently announced the state’s attorney’s office will no longer prosecute individuals arrested for possession of marijuana in Baltimore. In making her announcement, Mosby indicated that marijuana possession arrests will not be prosecuted, no matter the amount of marijuana seized or the past criminal history of the defendant arrested. Mosby did, however, state that people arrested for possession with the intent to distribute marijuana would be prosecuted if additional evidence of this intent was present. (Daily Record)

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Green School deserves Baltimore's support

We are writing in support of the Green School of Baltimore (“Baltimore charter school working to narrow ‘startling’ achievement gap,” Jan. 30). Four years ago, we heard about GSB from family friends as we were looking at schools for our eldest child. We heard that it was a diverse, inclusive and rigorous school that was small enough to give individualized attention to its students. What we found was that it is also a school with a dedicated staff, an engaged family community and an understanding that learning is so much more than test taking. (Balt. Sun)

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Protect Maryland: Ban chlorpyrifos

Maryland has taken several important steps over the past couple of years to protect our state and its residents from the harmful decisions of the Trump administration. Another crucial step we must take: ban chlorpyrifos, a toxic nerve agent pesticide proven to cause brain damage in children and known to harm the environment and wildlife. In 2017, the Trump administration’s Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) took the unprecedented action of overturning its own proposed ban on chlorpyrifos. (Balt. Sun)

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On taxes, schools, crime, Hogan hits the mark

Gov. Larry Hogan’s State of the State address targeted tax cuts for retirees which, as a military retiree, I fully agree with as well as the sentences for gun offenders and school system oversight (“Hogan calls for targeted tax cuts,” Jan. 31). All three make sense for the state. The retiree tax cut would keep retirees in Maryland as opposed to them moving to states with no state taxes. While there will be the whiners who say no to any tax cut as it takes money out of their programs (which is a valid point for them). (Balt. Sun)

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Baltimore's Hackerman mansion: a 'strong reminder of our common humanity'

In spite of the poverty and violence that plague many of its neighborhoods, Baltimore City remains a cultural hub for the state of Maryland. Step outside city limits and you will not find an equivalent combination of museums, theaters, orchestra access, street art and gastronomic scene. While some of our anchor cultural institutions have mirrored the social inequality of the city — displaying art collected by wealthy people to mostly affluent white patrons — the leadership at the Walters Art Museum in Mount Vernon has taken laudable efforts to engage with the broader communities that surround them. (Balt. Sun)

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