EDITORIAL: Trump uses the coronavirus to impede immigration. His aim at foreign students is a new low.

The Trump administration has used the novel coronavirus as license to indiscriminately kill off and impede every sort of immigration — legal and illegal, permanent and temporary, work- and family-based. On Monday, it took aim at the more than 1 million international students enrolled at U.S. colleges and universities, threatening them with deportation if their classes move online, as many already have. (Wash Post)

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Rodricks: Nobody asked, but here’s a suggestion for a statue to replace the one of Christopher Columbus in Baltimore

Nobody asked me, but if I was of Italian ancestry — and I am, on my mother’s side — I would see the toppling of the Columbus statue at the Inner Harbor as an opportunity to honor an Italian-American who has lived an honorable life. And a statue of someone from Baltimore who has served the public good would be even more suitable. (Balt Sun)

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Stronach: Pimlico owners want state to ban drug widely used on horses on race day

For the past several decades, there has been no place in professional sports for the use of performance-enhancing drugs (PEDs) by participating athletes. If PEDs are neither acceptable nor necessary, why then is the anti-bleeding medication Lasix still being used in Maryland’s thoroughbred racing industry? Use of Lasix (technically known as Furosemide) was originally allowed by the Maryland Racing Commission in the 1970s, but only following a veterinarian’s examination and confirmation that the horse had such a severe medical condition called exercise induced pulmonary hemorrhage, commonly known as “severe bleeding.” (Balt Sun)

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Phoenix-Bell: Why Columbus statues are so offensive to Indigenous people

We were compelled to react after reading that City Councilman Ryan Dorsey and Baltimore Bloc received threats due to Mr. Dorsey’s proposed bill to change the name of one of Baltimore’s Columbus statues and Baltimore Bloc’s demand that Mayor Jack Young remove the statues. Indigenous people in Maryland have been asking that Columbus Day be changed to Indigenous Peoples Day and the Columbus statues come down for years now. We’ve met with council members, invited politicians to our Indian centers, contacted state legislators, spoken in front of the City Council and the mayor, and rallied in front of the Columbus statue at the Inner Harbor. Our requests have been ignored, much like our very existence as native and Indigenous peoples is often ignored. (Balt Sun)

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Tinbite, Tadikonda & Post: Montgomery County’s public schools are still segregated. It’s time to fix that.

Last month, in the parking lot of a Bethesda library, a thousand Montgomery County residents raised their hands and swore their commitment to dismantling white supremacy. A few months earlier, just a few miles away, a smaller crowd formed in the cafeteria of Quince Orchard High School. This crowd gathered not to fight racial injustice but to uphold it: to loudly oppose the school system’s nascent study of boundary lines and countywide segregation. At this public meeting, one parent took the microphone and, speaking of black, brown and poor children in their schools, complained that “you can’t put that burden on us.” (Wash Post)

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Plymyer: An Unhealthy Culture and the Secrecy That Preserves It

I believe that two things must change before any other police reform can be successful. The first is the organization culture of lying and deception by police officers that dominates many departments. The second is the shroud of secrecy that hides police disciplinary actions from public scrutiny. The first will not change unless the second changes as well. (Md Matters)

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DeFilippo: Talking About Some Serious Money

Economics is the study of money in motion. Idle money, or the lack of it, does nobody any good. Extrapolation is risky business. But it does illustrate that in times of economic distress, government is often the employer of last resort. Having workers on the government payroll as tax-paying citizens is far cheaper and more productive than passing out welfare and unemployment checks. (Balt Sun)

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Brodie: A reflection on successes and failures of redeveloping downtown's west side

No major urban redevelopment is a sprint. It's more like a long-distance race. Some are marathons, and the really memorable ones are marathons with hurdles. Case in point: the many years and efforts to revitalize Baltimore City's traditional retail district, the west side. While the city government's attention was, not unreasonably, centered on the Charles Center and Inner Harbor urban renewal projects, the once-attractive and successful retail core gradually deteriorated. (Balt Bus Journal)

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