A new low: harassing health inspectors over COVID restrictions | COMMENTARY

How are health inspectors rewarded in Anne Arundel County for trying to protect people’s health and curb spread of the coronavirus? They are harassed to the point that the Anne Arundel County Health Department now worries about the safety of these workers. The tenor has gotten so bad that women inspectors can’t go out on their own, and the county is temporarily stopping some enforcement. The county police have been called out to diffuse particularly volatile encounters. (Balt Sun)

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Zurawik: Maryland governor uses news conference to clamp down on COVID-19, but earlier actions belie his tough talk

Gov. Larry Hogan Tuesday was talking tough about following lockdown orders and not getting political when it comes to wearing masks. He was doing so from a news conference podium, a media space he is very skilled at using to promote his own image. He knows how to time his press conferences, as he did Tuesday, to make sure he will lead late afternoon and early evening newscasts at stations around the state by nature of being the latest breaking news. (Balt Sun)

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Editorial: Arrest is not the answer to helping people with drug addictions

If you listen to the viewpoint of some drug treatment centers, they have been victimized because people with substance use disorders are no longer being arrested during the COVID-19 pandemic. Because of this, these centers don’t have the steady stream of patients being referred by the courts to fill their treatment beds — and they are struggling financially. The centers are correct that the coronavirus has disrupted the business model for many companies in many industries and left their finances in shambles. But we think treatment centers are putting the blame in the wrong place. (Balt Sun)

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Zurawik: TV’s conversation about Black life is deeply enriched by HBO’s adaptation of Ta-Nehisi Coates’ ‘Between the World and Me’

Mainstream American television is usually slow in turning its lens on social change. But once TV gets there with its vast resources of money and talent, it can make a huge difference in public education and help to set the agenda for the civic conversation of American life. It’s been that way with race and Black life in America since the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis at the hands of police in May. (Balt Sun)

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Baral & Gonsalves: Biden’s COVID challenge: Defeat the virus while lifting up all Americans

By the time Joe Biden assumes the role of president of the United States, we are likely to be in the throes of a worsening epidemic, as COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations and deaths continue the upward trajectory begun this fall. After Inauguration Day, President Biden will have a monumental task ahead to contain COVID-19 transmission across the U.S., even in the context of promising news of a vaccine, with a populace that is weary from the continuing sacrifices they have made since March and with state officials who may resist what comes out of Washington, D.C., on partisan grounds. (Balt Sun)

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Parker: Obama’s memoir has stolen the show — and he has more chapters to write

Pity the poor authors whose books were released this week. Former president Barack Obama’s post-presidential memoir, “A Promised Land,” has rightly stolen the show. Volume one, released Tuesday, is a 768-page doorstop apt for the moment, as history’s door stands ajar. While we await recounts, a presidential concession and the dark orbit of the covid-19 pandemic, Obama’s latest memoir reminds us of where we’ve been and how we arrived at this crucial, democracy-mocking hinge in American history. (Wash Post)

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Our Say: New Anne Arundel school board likely to shift support for reopening during coronavirus pandemic

The final count in the vote for three new members of the Anne Arundel County school board confirmed the results posted the day after polls closed. Robert A. Silkworth, a veteran teacher with nearly 50 years in the classroom; Corine Frank, the executive director of the Maryland Republican Party; and Joanna Bache Tobin, an Annapolis educational consultant will take their seats in December. (Cap Gazette)

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To fix Baltimore’s transit system, local funding, oversight needed

As the nation’s public health crisis rages on, the Baltimore region’s buses remain busy transporting essential workers and residents who depend on it each day. Transit is literally a lifeline for those who need it to get to work, health care, grocery stores or day care centers. But the system is plagued by delays, breakdowns, and limited service to many parts of the region. The city’s elected, business, civic and faith leaders understand this and have called for more and better public transit service for years. (Balt Sun)

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