Catherine E. Pugh: Baltimore neighborhoods — and lives — reimagined

Central to our efforts to “move Baltimore forward” is our obligation and determination to address the stark disparity that exists in neighborhoods of our city that have long experienced neglect. The cost of this neglect is incalculable, though it can surely be measured by the lives lost to violence borne out of hopelessness and the gradual decline of individual and communal economic prospects. A further result is the self-perpetuating “tale of two cities” most often told from the perspective of the harsh realities experienced by generations of Baltimore residents who have waited too long, and mostly in vain, for a new, more promising beginning — or just a fair chance. (Balt. Sun)

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Hogan should break with the NRA at Saturday's gun violence rally

This newspaper has long been a moderate voice on gun control. We recognize the validity of the Second Amendment, while simultaneously acknowledging that reasonable measures are a good way to keep guns out of the hands of those who would do evil. We do not believe that gun control measures alone will prevent the next mass murder. As almost every police official will tell you, anyone can find a gun in this country without searching very far and without having to observe the niceties of permit requirements or waiting periods. Yet we are convinced more can be done. (Capital)

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Brian Griffiths: Jealous breaks the mold for Maryland Democrats, but ultimately will fail

Maryland voters are about to experience a once in a generation election this fall. When the Maryland Democratic Party nominated Ben Jealous for governor during the Primary Election on June 26, the Democrats made a break from the past in a number of different ways. First, the Democratic tradition of choosing the establishment candidate was not followed. (Capital)

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Mira Wattal, Corey Payne, and Emeline Armitage: Hopkins must break with ICE — now

Among the top 10 organizations in Maryland profiting from work with the controversial Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency (ICE), you won’t be surprised to find weapons manufacturers, IT firms or facilities operators. But you might be surprised to find Johns Hopkins School of Education. Starting in 2009, Johns Hopkins has had ongoing contracts with ICE worth millions of dollars for “training and educational programs” that, according to the school, “support the ICE mission” and “strategic goals” and “contribute to measurable outcomes and results.” But chief among ICE’s “measurable outcomes and results” is mass deportation. (Balt. Sun)

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What Baltimore's job posting for a new police commissioner should say

The Sun reported this week on a job announcement the city of Baltimore posted for a new police commissioner. The four-page document doesn’t sugar coat the situation here — it acknowledges Baltimore’s high crime rate and the longstanding strain between the police department and the community — but it doesn’t tell applicants quite everything they need to know. Here’s what it should have said. (Balt. Sun)

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Chesapeake Bay: Better but not enough

The Chesapeake Bay Program hits the midway point this month in its efforts the clean up the nation’s largest estuary by 2025, and there is good news and bad news. The good is that the controls put in place by Maryland and other watershed states since 2009 have substantially reduced key pollutants including sediment, phosphorus and, to a lesser extent, nitrogen. The bad news is not just that nitrogen reduction failed to meet its 2017 target by quite a bit (15 million pounds) but that improvements to date represent what scientists call the “easy part.” The much more difficult targets are ahead, and one has to wonder whether political leaders are ready to meet them. (Balt. Sun)

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Tricia Bishop: Md. Dems take a page from Trump

Wednesday evening, the Maryland Democratic Party sent out an email blast — identified as being from “Ben Jealous Press” — with the subject line: “FYI: Hidin' Hogan Afraid To Debate and Defend His Record.” Their complaints are legitimate. The Republican governor is looking to limit the number of gubernatorial debates and control their timeline pre-election (as any incumbent would), and supporters of his Democratic challenger, Mr. Jealous, reasonably object. But c’mon now — this is the big Democratic strategy? To try to paint Mr. Hogan as being Trump-like by acting like Donald Trump? (Balt. Sun)

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Hal Riedl: Baltimore voter apathy 'truly staggering'

After a tempestuous and increasingly acrimonious contest in the Democratic primary, Marilyn Mosby’s election to a second term as Baltimore City state’s attorney wasn’t even close. She has been vindicated by the popular will. Or has she? When it came right down to it, Ms. Mosby persuaded just one of every eight Baltimore City Democrats to vote for her. (Balt. Sun)

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