EDITORIAL: Perjury allegations against court officers require investigation from Maryland agencies

For months, allegations that at least one officer of the court lied under oath over a petty matter connected to a wrongful termination lawsuit have been discussed publicly in the newspaper, on social media and in legal claims. And for months, not a single investigative body has settled the issue, which was in the news again this week. By our count at least three Maryland agencies — the Attorney Grievance Commission, the State Prosecutor’s Office and the Attorney General’s Office — have reasonable jurisdiction over such concerns. (Balt Sun)

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EDITORIAL: In a moment of national division, most Capital readers agree: Go Navy, Beat Army!

Sometime this morning, Vice Adm. Sean Buck will begin the run to Philadelphia. The Naval Academy superintendent will quickly hand off the football, starting a relay race that will take the Midshipmen to Lincoln Financial Field and the 120th meeting with the U.S. Military Academy cadets at West Point. The Army Navy game and its rituals are part of the spirit week build-up, an exciting time and one reason this matchup may be the best college sports rivalry of them all. But they are something more. (Capital)

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Weaver: West Towson residents: No to student apartment building

Most people are looking forward to the holiday season, while others who live in Towson are gravely concerned and preoccupied about a new proposal to build a high-rise dormitory at 706 Washington Ave. The Baltimore County administration has touted transparency under the leadership of Baltimore County Executive Johnny Olszewski Jr., but has quickly scheduled a public meeting in the middle of the the busy holiday season on Dec. 17, well after the approval process for the new building has been underway. (Balt Sun)

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Williams: Spending money is not the only way to achieve goals of the Kirwan Commission

Although the Kirwan Commission is to be applauded for many of its goals to improve the quality of education, it stops short of real reform. We can all agree that the system of education should provide all Maryland children the opportunity to reach their full potential, that the current system isn’t working and that something beyond spending must be done. Five of Maryland’s school districts are in the top 10 in the United States for spending per pupil of the 100 largest districts in the country. Baltimore public schools spend $15,168 for each student. (Balt Sun)

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Zurawik: Sinclair taking Boris Epshteyn off the air is a good thing, but I am not buying the spin that comes with it

Sinclair Broadcast Group’s decision this week to remove former Trump aide turned political analyst Boris Epshteyn from its airwaves is good news, no two ways about it. As of Friday, there are no more “Bottom Line with Boris” commentaries running on any of the group’s 193 stations, nor will the Hunt-Valley-based media company be publishing Epshteyn’s newsletter. (Balt Sun)

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Park: Good idea for Disney World, bad idea for Maryland

From Maglev to Hyperloop, Maryland’s political leaders like to claim that the next transportation innovation will magically solve all of the state’s mobility problems. As a way to cut down congestion on Interstate 270 between the Shady Grove Metro Station and Frederick, Maryland, is currently evaluating an elevated monorail proposal by a developer from Montgomery County, Robert Eisinger. (Daily Record)

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Zakaria: Liberty and law are under attack worldwide. Consider the impeachment crisis in that context.

At first glance, the impeachment proceedings against President Trump might seem to be a specifically and narrowly American matter. But if you look around the world, you see this is taking place amid a deeply worrying global trend. In country after country, we are witnessing an unprecedented wave of attacks on the constitutions, institutions, norms and values that have given democracy strength and meaning. (Wash Post)

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Rockeymoore Cummings: ‘Prescription drugs prolonged my husband’s life and they are currently protecting mine’

After the devastating election loss of 2016, my husband Elijah Cummings and I talked about our worries for our city, our state, our country and the world. We talked about our deep concern about what life would be like under President Donald Trump. As the new year approached, another big question dominated our conversation: should we attend Mr. Trump’s Inauguration? (Balt Sun)

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