Lazarick: A Bay bridge too many, some say

The cries of outrage and opposition by Anne Arundel officials of both parties were predictable when the Maryland Transportation Authority announced in August that it had narrowed it choices for a third Chesapeake Bay bridge. All three options are in Anne Arundel County, already suffering from bridge traffic. The report is part of a three-year, $5 million process required by federal law to construct major projects like this. (Md. Reporter)

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Callegary: Towson growth brings opportunities — and challenges

Today is an exciting time to live and work in Towson. Baltimore County’s hub has seen a whirlwind of development in recent years, with numerous construction cranes dotting the skyline. From the Cinemark movie theater complex to Towson Row to the new apartments on the Towson Circle, downtown Towson has changed dramatically over the last five years. As president of the Campus Hills Community Association in Towson, I have seen these changes firsthand. This growth presents both a unique opportunity and a new set of challenges for the suburb — challenges that the county and state government must address to ensure that the new growth benefits all, and not just a select few, of central Baltimore County’s residents. (Balt. Sun)

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Rodricks: The law catches up with David Warren, frequently accused, but rarely convicted

The parents of a young man who was murdered in Baltimore have expectations. They expect justice. They expect witnesses to come forward and help the police. They expect the homicide detectives to diligently investigate the case, to find evidence that will lead to the arrest and conviction of their son’s killer, and they expect the killer to be sent to prison. I have heard these parents and others express these expectations. In an ideal world, their expectations would be met, and all would be right. (Balt. Sun)

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Alternative Face of the Week: Joe Biden ‘triggers’ Donald Trump

In case you’ve been living beyond reach of newspapers, television, computers, cell phones or, let’s face it, human contact, it’s been another tough week for President Donald Trump. In the midst of an impeachment inquiry and continued revelations of his international sellout of U.S. foreign policy, Mr. Trump has responded by lashing out in all directions. House Intelligence Chairman Adam B. Schiff gets a regular blasting on the presidential Twitter account (“lowlife” and “lying disaster” were just the latest Thursday morning installments), but nobody seems to trigger the 45th Oval Office occupant quite like Joe Biden. (Balt. Sun)

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White Jr.:Why we want to restore the vote to everyone in the District

Voting is the most fundamental right of our democracy. Yet more than 5 million American citizens are not allowed to vote in our elections because they have felony convictions. Forty-eight states and the District of Columbia carved these citizens out of our democracy when they passed laws stripping them of their right to vote. Disenfranchisement laws, passed mostly during the Jim Crow era, draw an undemocratic connection between an appropriate punishment for a crime and the most basic right of democracy. (Wash. Post)

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Theresa Dudley and Diamonté Brown: Underfunding Our Schools Is Undermining Our Future

National news reports recently exposed that Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan has launched a fundraising campaign aimed at derailing a proposal that would dedicate millions of dollars to improving public education in Maryland. This revelation, which was uncovered when media obtained a Hogan fundraising memo, is not only infuriating and discouraging for millions of Marylanders, but also suggests that Gov. Hogan is violating the Maryland State Constitution. (Md. Matters)

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This could be a model for medical deserts

The Sept. 29 front-page article “In the medical desert of rural America, 1 doctor for 11,000 square miles” described a situation not unlike the one faced in the coalfields of my home state in Pike County, Ky., at one time. Luckily, G. Chad Perry III, an influential lawyer, helped found a medical school in a small college situated in the county seat of Pike County. (Wash. Post)

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Who benefits from a Biden collapse?

In the midst of all the coverage of the Trump-Ukraine phone call fiasco, one possibility for the 2020 presidential campaign that many political leaders are thinking about is going under-reported. Specifically, what if Joe Biden’s campaign collapses? It will be ironic if President Trump set out to gather compromising information about Biden, only to have it turn out that he wouldn’t have to use it because the ongoing overreaction by the Democrats and their allies in the media have had the same effect — sinking the Biden campaign. (Wash. Post)

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