Carl Snowden: New class at Anne Arundel Community College will explore King's legacy

At 10 a.m. Oct. 20, Lester Brooks, PH.D. and I will co-teach a course HSY-381 entitled “The Life and Impact of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.” at Anne Arundel Community College. This course is a part of the community college's History and Heritage Fall series. Brooks is a full-time professor in AACC's history department. He earned a bachelor degree from Indiana University, a master's degree from Howard University and a doctorate from the University of Michigan, all in the field of history. He has spent his entire life in academia. I have spent my entire life as a civil rights activist. I worked as an adjunct professor at the community college and served as the first civil rights director for Maryland's Office of the Attorney General. (Capital)

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October 8 // Joe Garonzik: Should Md. re-elect Gov. Not-so-bad?

When I ask my friends whom they plan to vote for in the 2018 Maryland gubernatorial election, some of them seem resigned to support Gov. Larry Hogan because he has exceeded their low expectations. I take that to mean that he is a good family man and he is not outrageous or inflammatory. He treats others in a socially appropriate way and with respect. Nor has he pushed our state to the brink of bankruptcy, like Gov. Sam Brownback of Kansas. On the other hand, Mr. Hogan’s positions on the substantive issues are lackluster. (Balt. Sun)

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Adam Pagnucco: What Nancy Floreen and Marc Elrich have in common

The Montgomery County executive general election race is heating up and County Council members Nancy Floreen and Marc Elrich, who are running along with Republican Robin Ficker, are starting to emphasize their differences. That's normal for a political campaign. But the truth is that Floreen and Elrich have a lot in common. Here are a few things they share. (Bethesda)

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O'Brien Atkinson IV: Schuh tries to misrepresent FOP support of Pittman. Don't believe him.

The Fraternal Order of Police, representing 1,085 active and retired Anne Arundel County police officers, does not and cannot support Steve Schuh for county executive. Any statement from Schuh or his campaign to the contrary is simply not true. It is shocking that his campaign would print, in this newspaper, such a fiction that the police officers of this county support him. The FOP cannot support Schuh because, despite a 2014 campaign that promised he would address severe staffing and compensation problems, Schuh spent his first three years in office resisting efforts by the FOP to address these important issues. (Capital)

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Pam Luby: Why I'm running for state delegate in District 33

District 33 runs from as far south as Davidsonville, as far north as Severna Park and east to Cape St. Claire. The area is politically diverse yet the residents are represented in the State House by one political party (Republican) and — despite the district having three seats — one gender. Of the district's nearly 100,000 registered voters, only 4 in 10 are Republicans. Half of the area's voters are female. I'm running to serve in the Maryland House of Delegate to represent all residents, including the tens of thousands who have been largely ignored. (Capital)

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Phil Andrews: Maryland and D.C. should end early voting

Maryland and D.C. residents soon will be encouraged to do something they shouldn't: vote early in this year's general election. Virginians will not be urged to do so because Virginia, wisely, does not allow early voting. Neither does Pennsylvania or Delaware. Unless Maryland and D.C. voters want to limit their ability to cast an informed vote by eliminating their ability to consider relevant late-breaking events and information, they should wait as long as possible before casting their votes. So much that merits consideration by voters can happen in the final days of the many elections on the ballot. (Wash. Post)

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Arming Baltimore school police might do more harm than good

There are a few important distinctions between the debate the city’s school board is starting over arming Baltimore School Police officers and the one the district went through three years ago. For starters, the board is asking for public input before taking a position on the issue; then, it asked legislators to introduce a bill authorizing it before the public had any inkling that it was even being considered. Still, we’re skeptical. The instances in which having officers carry guns inside school buildings is necessary are exceedingly rare, whereas the possible negative consequences — physical and psychological — can’t be ignored. (Balt. Sun)

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David A. Plymyer: Baltimore County police and prosecutors need to respond to rape cover-up allegations

There are shocking allegations in the federal class-action lawsuit filed last month by two former students at the University of Maryland Baltimore County. They include charges that the women were discouraged from – and, in one case, threatened with arrest for – going to the police and pursuing criminal complaints against men who sexually assaulted them. The former students, Anna Borkowski and Katelyn Frank, describe in detail a pattern of failing to properly investigate and prosecute complaints of sexual assault – a pattern that extends both to UMBC and to Baltimore County police and prosecutors. But the contrast in the defendants' reactions after the story broke is striking. (Brew)

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