Bell-McKoy: Pandemic highlights importance of battling racial inequities in Baltimore's workforce

In its coverage of the COVID-19 crisis, the Baltimore Business Journal highlighted a white paper by a leading global investment executive from Baltimore on how the current crisis "offers opportunities (for investors) and the cost to get there." The next day, another piece appeared in the BBJ that quoted an office cleaning worker (coincidentally, in the same building as that investment firm) who shared her concerns about her work prospects as the economy begins to shut down. She and others like her are on the front lines for now, helping keep work spaces clean and safe and serving as employees who we now think of as "essential." (Balt Bus Journal)

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Editorial: Governor Hogan, Close Maryland’s gun stores. They are not ‘critical’ nor worth the health risk

At 4 p.m. on Wednesday, a dozen vehicles are parked in front of an enterprise conspicuously open for business in the veritable ghost town that is Deereco Road in Timonium. One of those vehicles is a Baltimore County police car with an on-duty officer inside. He’s not there by chance. The department has ordered him to be in that parking lot when the opportunity arises — when he’s filling out paperwork, for example. (Balt. Sun)

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Scarr & Antione: Making elections fair for everyone during a pandemic

In these troubling times, we are rightfully focused on our basic, essential needs. We are trying to juggle kids, work, family, safety and bills in the midst of this crisis. One other activity should certainly make our list of essentials: voting. Maryland has important elections coming up: a special election to fill the late Elijah Cummings’ 7th Congressional District seat on April 28, the presidential primary election and Baltimore City elections, which were postponed until June 2 and the general presidential election in November. (Balt. Sun)

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Rodricks: Fears, face masks and frugality - Adjusting to life in the midst of coronavirus

We all have to adjust to what life throws at us — a bit of bad luck, a surprising twist in an important relationship, a new boss at work, maybe a health problem that demands a change of lifestyle. All of us face the unexpected at some point, and all but the stubborn and clueless find a way to adjust. But not like this. Not all at one time. (Balt. Sun)

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Elston: Parenting and working from home is hurting my well-being. Companies shouldn’t be so demanding during the COVID-19 pandemic

With the implementation of social distancing, many businesses have implemented a telecommuting operational structure. The move is understandable and affords many professionals the opportunity to maintain their sources of income. But the new remote work environment falls short in fostering the health and well-being of working parents like me. For working parents without nannies, especially single ones, having to work from home under the 6-foot social rule means I now have two full time jobs with competing demands: Consultant and home school teacher/day care provider. (Balt. Sun)

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Why coronavirus rent relief isn't a one-size-fits-all situation

The way Daniel Klein sees it, no business, large or small, is immune to the financial havoc being wreaked by the novel coronavirus outbreak, his own suburban-Baltimore-based commercial real estate development company included. Klein Enterprises, with a portfolio of more than 2.5 million square feet located from New York to Richmond, watched the number of requests from tenants seeking help with their April rent increase from a trickle to a gusher through March. More than a quarter of its roughly 400 commercial tenants sought some form of rent relief. (Wash Bus Journal)

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Mohler: We Can’t Even Agree on a Virus. Why Are We Surprised?

So fighting a worldwide pandemic has now become just another partisan issue to be debated endlessly on cable news. Science used to matter. Today? Not so much. Are you on Team Fauci or Team Trump? In time of a national crisis, unfortunately we pick our mascots and head to the battlefield. But these disagreements are not new, and they extend far beyond the really important stuff like whether or not a killer virus is among us. (Mohler)

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Wilson: Renters Need Relief

Today is the first of April, for some it’s been the beginning of a new month, April Fools Day, and for renters it’s the date when the month’s rent is due. While evictions are currently on pause, rent payments are still being assessed by property owners and management companies. On average, renters pay between 30%-33% of their total income on rent, and with so many people having been either laid off or furloughed during COVID-19, many of them will find themselves with a heavy burden once the evictions are lifted, when they will be forced to pay for the missed month(s). (Md. Matters)

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