Time to let Anne Arundel Medical Center set up its long-delayed cardiac surgery program

Anne Arundel Medical Center’s application to set up a cardiac surgery facility hasn’t been taking long at all — if you measure time by geological epochs. Unfortunately, local patients aren’t as durable as rock strata. So during the three-and-a-quarter years that have crawled by since AAMC filed its application with the state, many such people who could have benefited from having open-heart surgery at an excellent local hospital have instead had the procedures in Baltimore, Prince George’s County or Washington, D.C., with all the extra strain and logistical burden that brings. (Capital)

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Michael E. Busch: There's more to do for education, health care, the environment, Annapolis area

I have been fortunate to have the opportunity to grow up in the Annapolis area, attend high school here and begin my career as a teacher and coach here. My wife and I raised both of our daughters here and have been part of the fabric of the community for over 50 years. My greatest honor and privilege has been to represent my hometown in the General Assembly. I have always believed a quality education enhances the entire community and is the great equalizer for children to achieve their goals in life. As speaker of the House, I have had the opportunity to promote education across the state. (Capital)

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May 23 // Ofc. Amy Caprio and the debt we can never repay

How often does a police officer respond to a call of a suspicious vehicle on a nondescript suburban street like Linwen Way in Nottingham, as Baltimore County Police Ofc. Amy Caprio did on Monday afternoon? A hundred times a day? A thousand? On this occasion, the consequences were devastating. The four-year veteran of the Baltimore County Police Department was pronounced dead by mid-afternoon at nearby Franklin Square Hospital. “Traumatic injuries,” was how her colleagues would describe the end result of her encounter with a Jeep Wrangler and a driver who refused to obey her commands. Much more will be known in the days ahead about that awful moment. But enough is known now to recognize a great loss — and a great debt that can never be fully repaid. (Balt. Sun)

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In Maryland's 'I'm the only candidate who..." debate, here's one real distinction

When the most commonly used phrase in a debate is “I’m the only candidate who,” you know you’ve got a field of Democratic gubernatorial hopefuls who are struggling to differentiate themselves in the race to see who will challenge Gov. Larry Hogan in November. The first televised forum before next month’s primary, broadcast Monday night by MPT and WBAL, gave voters some ideas for how to tell one of the major seven candidates from another. (Balt. Sun)

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Daniel Barkhuff and William Burke: Trump has little advice to offer Naval Academy graduates

In 1969, after having already been held hostage for four years, a graduate of the United States Naval Academy faced a lonely choice in a North Vietnamese prison camp: how to prevent his captors from using him in a propaganda piece. James Stockdale chose to smash his own face in with a stool rather than give “aid and comfort” to the enemy. In the early years of Stockdale’s seven-year imprisonment, the current president of the United States was enjoying the comforts of Wharton Business School, having received four draft deferments to attend college (he received another after graduation for supposedly having bone spurs in his heels). He would later go on to make fun of POWs of that era, claiming John McCain was not a war hero because he was captured. (Balt. Sun)

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Stephen Wrage: Naval Academy grads will respect the president’s office but not necessarily the man

The day it was announced that President Trump would speak at the U.S. Naval Academy graduation, I received startling emails from several midshipmen, written to my private email account from their private accounts. One message said: “We are under no obligation to clap for Donald Trump. Trump wants the image of young service members cheering him on and we can deny him that image.” Another proposed an online petition on social media, pledging not to applaud Trump at commissioning. There were four more with similar themes: “We are taught selflessness; he practices narcissism.” “If he is a role model, it is only in the exact opposite.” This sort of defiance was new to me, even after 25 years of teaching at the academy. (Wash. Post)

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Dan Rodricks: Failure in the city, death in the county

The horrors come at a sickening pace — opioid overdoses, mass shootings, school shootings, street shootings — and the latest (or maybe not, by the time you read this) on a suburban Baltimore cul-de-sac: a police officer struck and killed on a weekday afternoon by a Jeep allegedly driven by a 16-year-old boy from West Baltimore. The teenager and three other suspects, all juveniles, ran off and prompted a manhunt that led to an hours-long lockdown of nearby schools, with nearly 2,000 children inside. (Balt. Sun)

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Buckley needs strong replacement for Sharon Kennedy as Historic Preservation Commission chair

Mayor Gavin Buckley’s decision to replace Sharon Kennedy as chairwoman of the Historic Preservation Commission is defensible. But it will be remembered as a bad sign if it signals that the mayor thinks he can override part of the community that has been vital not just to preserving Annapolis’ appearance but to keeping it economically viable. Buckley, in other words, needs a good replacement for Kennedy — one who believes just as deeply in historic preservation. (Capital)

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