Larry: Defying rumors

Not many people would disagree that 2020 is proving to be one for the history books: The shock of a worldwide pandemic and great social unrest stemming from the death of George Floyd, an African American man who died at the hands of police in Minneapolis on May 25 that was captured on a cellphone camera. It’s been a lot of bad news for one year and we’re only halfway through it. However, last Friday something occurred in our city that was positive. In these divisive times, a Juneteenth march made us proud of both sides, all sides. It could have ended badly, but instead it was inspiring. (Times-News)

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Waldman: Why isn’t Trump trying to win?

When Donald Trump ran for president in 2016, there was a good deal of evidence to suggest that, like most people, he never really thought he would be elected; no matter what happened, the campaign would be great advertising for his business and open up new brand-licensing opportunities. But now that he’s up for reelection, surely he will do everything he possibly can to avoid defeat, as any president would. So why does it seem that Trump isn’t even trying to win? (Wash Post)

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Grabowski: We can’t protect nursing homes from covid-19 without protecting everyone

When the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released its early summary of federal data on the novel coronavirus in nursing homes, the agency tried to convince the public that there was some light in the thicket of dark numbers. Yes, CMS acknowledged, the numbers of cases and deaths were grim. But, the agency suggested, an early analysis of the data showed that better nursing homes were less likely to be touched by the pandemic. (Wash Post)

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Matthews: SAT and ACT may go, but other college application tortures will persist

When our daughter was a high school junior, she wanted us to pay $900 for an SAT prep course. I thought it was unnecessary. She was an excellent student. She would have done fine just taking a few practice tests. But her friends had signed up for prep courses and tutors. We spent the money. We found, as expected, her eventual SAT score was not much better than she had done on the PSAT. (Wash Post)

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Our Say: Racism isn’t new, but Naval Academy’s decision not to tolerate it anymore might be

Bigots tend to reveal themselves. Whether through words or actions, they feel the need to share their unsavory views on the equality of human beings. Most people tend to look away when confronted with that uncle who keeps spouting racism at the family gathering, as long as it’s not aimed at you anyway. (Cap Gazette)

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Freeman & Zernhelt: Baltimore state’s attorney doesn’t practice the transparency she preaches

Baltimore State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby recently wrote several op-eds describing a proactive role that prosecutors should play in police accountability. It is not what we have seen in Baltimore. The state’s attorney could provide a bay window into the Baltimore Police Department. Marilyn Mosby’s office collects massive amounts of information on the police in two primary ways. (Balt Sun)

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Editorial: Don’t expand Baltimore City Council’s budget authority

For all the things that Baltimore City government gets criticized for — whether it’s unsolved homicides, an inability to correctly bill for water use or its vulnerability to cyberattacks — there’s one thing that it has done reasonably well and that’s to not spend more than it collects in taxes. Don’t take our word for it. Take the Wall Street firms that set credit ratings. They judge the likelihood that investors who buy government bonds will get repaid in full. They aren’t swayed by politics or personalities; they deal in balance sheets, tax bases and the flinty-dry mechanics of municipal finance. (Balt Sun)

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Zirpoli: The power of the mask

Recently, an accidental study at a hair salon in Springfield, Missouri, demonstrated the power of face masks in protecting people from COVID-19 transmission. Two hairstylists worked with a total of 140 clients over a period of one week while sick with COVID-19. Luckily for the 140 customers, the salon mandated masks for all employees and customers and practiced social distancing among stylists and customers. The result: None of the 140 customers became infected. (Carr Co Times)

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