EDITORIAL: Coronavirus has made the digital divide more dangerous than ever

Living indoors to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus, millions of Americans are turning to the Internet to meet their most pressing needs. Online grocery delivery services are overwhelmed by orders from those sheltering at home. Last week, a record 3.3 million Americans filed unemployment claims, crashing benefits websites in several states. Telehealth services, which have already seen a surge in demand, are poised to play a critical role in containing the coronavirus by keeping infected patients away from hospitals. (Wash Post)

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DeMarco: Maryland Leads on Health Care

As Maryland deals with the ravaging effects of the coronavirus, it’s worth recognizing our standing as a leader among the states on health care. For decades, Maryland has been a bipartisan trailblazer in the health care arena under both Democratic and Republic governors, and we continued that during the 2020 General Assembly session. In a key step, the General Assembly passed legislation securing funding for the new Prescription Drug Affordability Board. (Md Matters)

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Norris: Our children are watching us closely now

A pithy little exercise made the rounds on Twitter recently that went something like this: Your quarantine name is the last thing you ate plus the last name of the author of the book you are currently reading. My quarantine name? Bacon Bundles. That is funny but it’s also ironic because, when I fried up the bacon that morning, I counted the slices carefully. Two pieces for everyone. No complaining. Be happy. If you take your time and savor them, you can trick yourself into thinking you’re eating more. (Wash Post)


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Hewitt: We need pandemic bonds

Throughout World Wars I and II, civilians supported U.S. war efforts in a multitude of ways. From 1941 through 1945, Americans bought more than $185 billion in war bonds. These bonds, like “victory gardens,” were a way for citizens not on active duty to express their patriotism and contribute to the Allies’ push to defeat the Axis powers. President Trump has repeatedly, and correctly, described the coronavirus crisis as a war. (Wash Post)

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Boot: Joe Biden has character. Donald Trump does not. This crisis makes it obvious.

Nothing reveals character like a crisis. The coronavirus crisis has revealed — or rather reinforced — that Joe Biden has what it takes to be an effective president and Donald Trump does not. At a time like this, you want a leader who is calm, reassuring, knowledgeable and trustworthy. That’s not Trump. As the New York Times summarizes, the president has been a one-man disinformation machine: At first, he played down the pandemic (“We have it totally under control,” he said on Jan. 22), then he played up dubious cures. (Wash Post)

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Mosby, Sufrin, & Beyrer: Larry Hogan can lead by addressing covid-19 in prisons and jails

While President Trump fumbles the ball in the White House, Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan (R), the chair of the National Governors Association, has been a smart and courageous leader in the response to the coronavirus in Maryland. His important and decisive measures probably will save lives. He has been reluctant, though, to take critical steps to protect those who are arguably, because of the conditions of confinement, some of our most vulnerable citizens: those incarcerated in our jails and prisons. (Balt Sun)

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Rodricks: Staying strong, taming fears the toughest part about being a parent right now

I hear the chatter and squeals of children coming from over the back fence in the middle of a spring day in the middle of the week while out front, in the street, there’s a parade of kids on tricycles, scooters and bikes. It’s maybe 1 p.m., and normally — remember normal? — they’d all be in school or day care. The kids in the parade sound joyous and they look happy as ducklings, but the parents escorting them look somber. And with good reason. (Balt Sun)

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McDaniels: Not all is equal with coronavirus

As I hunker down in my house, protected from COVID-19, I know that there are those without homes who expose themselves to coronavirus everyday. I stuff my refrigerator with groceries to limit venturing out, but know too many can’t afford to stockpile food. Friends have ventured into low-income neighborhoods to find hand sanitizer, meat and toilet paper, where people don’t have the means to hoard. Shelves were bare closer to home. (Balt Sun)

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