Arming police in Baltimore schools would be ‘putting a Band-Aid solution on a much deeper wound'

The Baltimore City school board recently voted to support Maryland House Bill 1373, which would allow school police officers to carry guns inside schools during the school day. Despite voting unanimously on Jan. 22 to oppose this legislation, the school board reversed its decision in a vote following the Feb. 8 shooting of a school employee by a family member of a student attending the city’s Frederick Douglass High School. Students need to feel safe at school. They need to feel welcomed and supported if they are going to learn. They need to feel that they’ve entered a place where they can grow and make mistakes, in a safe way, from which they can learn. But instead of a thoughtful step forward, the board’s decision feels like a knee-jerk reaction to a terrible incident. (Wash. Post)

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'No mud, no lotus' in Baltimore

During the time of the unrest nearly four years ago following the death of Freddie Gray, who was fatally injured while in police custody, the worst of who we are versus the best of who we can be was exposed for the entire world to see. Baltimore had repeatedly been shaken until the pressure was so severe that the top exploded off — culminating in a smoldering city under National Guard occupation.The aftermath has left many of us frustrated and longing for a better Baltimore for our children and community. We are now, as we were then, confronted with the choice of fighting for a better future for our city or complete capitulation. We must take a hard look in the mirror and ask, “what can I do personally to make this city better?” (Balt. Sun)

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Pitts: The road goes where the road goes

People always seem surprised in moments like this. Always shocked. But they have no right to be. After all, the road goes where the road goes. If you travel southbound U.S. 1 long enough, you are not surprised to end up in Key West. If you stay on northbound Interstate 5 long enough, you are not surprised to end up in Canada. And if you denigrate, demonize and dehumanize long enough, you ought not be surprised to end up in bloodshed. That is arguably the signature lesson of human history, but somehow, the teaching never takes. Each succeeding generation always seems doomed -- or perhaps the better word is determined -- to re-learn the lesson for itself, each time paying the horrific price of doing so. (Balt. Sun)

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The towering potential of Baltimore hindered by crime and chaos

On a crummy day in December, the contractor Marty Azola, who made a career of renovating old buildings, stepped out of the amazing Ivy Hotel, his crowning achievement at Biddle and Calvert streets, and into a freezing rain. Azola looked around and remarked that, having visited many cities, he considered Baltimore’s 19th-century residences, particularly those in Mount Vernon, among the world’s finest. The churches there are stunning, too. The other day, I decided to take a minute with Emmanuel Episcopal, the one that towers over the corner of Read and Cathedral streets. The people who commissioned this stunning edifice in the decade before the Civil War wanted a church that called to the heavens, and if you stand at the front door and look up at the bell tower, with its rough-hewn stone and figurines, you can appreciate that achievement. (Balt. Sun)

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Trump says he was exonerated by Mueller report, and it's hard to argue with that

 Let the quibbling begin, but 675 days after Robert Mueller’s 19 lawyers began issuing 2,800 subpoenas and posing questions to 500 witnesses, Mr. Mueller has concluded that there was no Trump collusion with the Russians to cook the 2016 presidential election. This was in the report that the special counsel gave to William Barr, the U.S. attorney general, on Friday and that he summarized for Congress and the public in his own report issued on Sunday afternoon. President Trump calls the summary the proof of “a witch hunt,” and proof of what he had been saying since Mr. Mueller opened the inquiry, that there was no collusion. (Wash. Times)

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The redevelopment of Pimlico isn't far-fetched

In December 2018, the Maryland Stadium Authority released a detailed report on the cost to rebuild a world-class, multi-use Pimlico racetrack to anchor an expansive new mixed-use community (“Study calls for demolishing Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore, rebuilding at a cost of $424M,” Dec. 12). Many reacted negatively to the estimated $420 million price tag; however, opposing the potential renewal of Pimlico Race Course because of sticker shock alone is like sitting on a one-legged stool. (Balt. Sun)

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Editorial: The Future of The Preakness

The 144th running of the Preakness Stakes is now just a few months away, but the fight over its future rages on. This week, supporters who want to keep the Preakness in Baltimore were dealt yet another blow. The owners of Pimlico are now adding another layer to their plan to take horseracing away from the city. The Stronach Group wants to build a new thoroughbred training facility at the now-shuttered track in Bowie to complement racing in Laurel. On paper, it makes sense. And at nearly $425 million, the idea of rebuilding Pimlico seems out of reach -- or is it? (WBAL-TV)

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Alternative Fact of the Week: Larry Hogan as Reagan Republican/white supremacist

There is no question that Gov. Larry Hogan made loaded statements and accusations in a rant earlier this week when he, among other things, accused Democrats of being on the side of violent criminals rather than keeping the citizens of Maryland safe. If you were, say, the chairwoman of the Maryland Democratic Party and looking for something to criticize, he gave you plenty of material. Which is why we were surprised that Maya Rockeymoore Cummings went after the one thing Governor Hogan said that could have come out of the mouth of any member of his party at any point in the last 29 years — that he ascribes to “the Ronald Reagan school of politics.”  (Bat. Sun)

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