Santa Clarita demonstrates (once again) the folly of too-easy access to guns

Sixteen seconds. That’s all it took for a 16-year-old to pull out a handgun from his backpack in his high school quad and kill two students, wound three others and shoot himself in the head. Sixteen seconds. It was over in less time than it takes to read a weather report, wash your hands or prepare a bowl of breakfast cereal. In Santa Clarita, Calif., they are mourning the terrible consequences of Thursday’s attack and are doubtless asking themselves the question that everyone asks after yet another mass shooting in a nation that leads the world in senseless mass shootings: Why? (Balt. Sun)

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Editorial: Hogan announces more largesse for D.C. area, but what about Baltimore?

You heard us. We want ours. The Baltimore region isn’t getting anything like this record level of investment in transportation. It isn’t even getting the kind of transit spending the pro-highway Hogan administration has approved for the D.C. area with the $5.6 billion Purple Line, the 16-mile Bethesda-to-New-Carrollton light rail system currently under construction. Meanwhile, Baltimore area business leaders are begging for transit table scraps, bemoaning a 10% drop in MTA capital funding and pleading for the resources to get their workers to jobs. Their complaint? It’s not just that Charm City isn’t getting any transit expansion, it isn’t even getting enough money for system preservation. (Balt. Sun)

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Franchot: Shuck responsibly for more oysters and a better bay

Once the Chesapeake’s most plentiful fishery, the oyster population has been shellacked by overharvesting, disease and degraded water quality conditions. Captain John Smith, the first English explorer to sail the Chesapeake Bay, experienced great difficulty navigating as he noted the oysters laid “thick as stones.” Today, the opposite is true, and as the Shell Recycling Alliance suggests — it is our duty to shuck responsibly. (Delmarva)

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McCartney: Hold the applause - American Legion Bridge plan poses environmental, financial risks

The deal between Maryland and Virginia to build a new, wider American Legion Bridge represents a victory for both regional cooperation and the battle against gridlock, but let’s pause and think before popping the champagne. Although a fix is surely needed at the region’s worst traffic bottleneck, the plan unveiled last week raises two important concerns. First, is it smart to keep investing in roads and cars in an era of accelerating troubles owing to climate change? Environmentalists and other critics say the two states would do better to spend their time and money on expanding transit options. (Wash. Post)

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Pagnucco: Elrich vs. Hogan Has Escalated into a Feud

The feud dates back at least as far as July 2018, when Hogan told Bethesda Beat that “he’s been hearing from local leaders concerned that County Council member Marc Elrich’s election as county executive would discourage Amazon from picking Montgomery County as the site of its second headquarters.” Hogan’s criticism of Elrich didn’t come out of the blue, as Elrich was perhaps the harshest critic during the 2018 election of the governor’s plan to widen the Beltway. (Bethesda)

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Wilson: Getting rid of microtargeting in political advertising is a terrible idea

Jack Dorsey, chief executive of Twitter, unleashed a frenzy of commentary when he went Pontius Pilate and effectively washed his hands of the false advertising problem online by announcing his platform would no longer take political ads. But perhaps the most alarming reaction came from Federal Election Commission Chair Ellen Weintraub, who called on social media giants to “stop the practice of microtargeting” ads on their platforms. (Wash. Post)

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Editorial: GOP call to unmask whistleblower is cynical, dangerous strategy

 

The GOP’s cynical campaign to identify the whistleblower who exposed details of President Donald Trump’s July 25 phone call with Ukraine’s president is nonsensical and dangerous. The fact that named witnesses — and the White House itself — have subsequently confirmed the core allegation makes the whistleblower’s identity irrelevant. Demanding exposure makes it less likely that future whistleblowers will step forward to expose official wrongdoing. (Star Dem.)

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Singletary: The worst thing you can do for your college-bound teen is saddle them with student debt

When it comes to a college education, many parents have accepted as fact that student loans are the gateway to financial freedom for their children. Think about that for a moment. Debt has become the default for families trying to ascend the economic ladder. But debt, when overused, can tip you over and make you crash. I’ve found that when people start with a promise to themselves and their children — a degree with no debt — they make different choices. Those choices help folks achieve real wealth sooner. (Wash. Post)

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