Editorial: Trump’s right — background checks won’t stop all gun violence. They’re only the start of what we need to do.

President Donald Trump, who favored expanded background checks after the Texas mass shooting at the beginning of August, opposes them after the Texas mass shooting at the end of August. Amid vague promises of comprehensive gun violence legislation to reporters at the White House on Sunday, Mr. Trump opined that “For the most part, as strong as you make your background checks, they would not have stopped any of it.”  (Balt. Sun)

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Editorial: Women in STEM-The pendulum hasn’t swung nearly far enough

Some men apparently feel discriminated against by science, technology, engineering and math programs that seek to boost participation by women in those fields, and they have turned to legal challenges to try to dismantle such efforts. The U.S. Department of Education is leading more than two dozen investigations into such complaints, which could threaten scholarships, workshops and camps for girls and women. (Balt. Sun)

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Rodricks: These Baltimore rowhouse steps need a good scrubbin’, plus a crab feast says the O’s have a winning 2020 season

Nobody asked me, but if I owned a rowhouse in Baltimore with white marble steps, I would want to keep them clean and bright. It is — or was, anyway — a prideful tradition around here. But it requires work. It requires scrubbing. Newcomers might not know this, so I’m not going to single anyone out. But, in recent travels through South Baltimore, I’ve noticed some dingy steps. Labor Day would be a good day to pick up the tradition. The recommended cleaning agent is Bon-Ami, $1.49 or less at most stores. (Balt. Sun)

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Editorial: Carroll County learns the hard way: Religion and government should not mix

We know that the Carroll County Board of Commissioners is feeling the heat from citizens over its decision to settle a lawsuit and agreement not to lead prayers at their meetings. But the law was not on their side and the likelihood of them losing the case at a higher court was pretty high. Carroll County has been fighting this lawsuit for years, dating back to a previous group of commissioners, but at the end of the day taxpayer funded government bodies should not espouse religious views and publicly host non-secular activities. (Balt. Sun)

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Editorial: In Maryland and across the country, the health downfalls of vaping keep mounting

More than a couple hundred people, including five in Maryland, have developed the disease, which comes with symptoms that include trouble breathing, a painful cough, vomiting, nausea, fever and diarrhea that can become so severe people end up hospitalized. One death has been reported in Illinois, prompting the Centers for Disease Control, Food and Drug Administration and local health departments to issue warnings about the devices as they work vigorously to find other commonalities in the cases. (Balt. Sun)

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Vincent: Limiting foreign worker visas puts American jobs at risk

Labor Day marks the traditional end of summer but not the end of seafood season. Maryland blue crabs are abundant until the end of November, with many Marylanders enjoying the delicate, sweet meat through Thanksgiving. Our family has owned and operated Lindy’s Seafood in Woolford, Md. for more than 40 years, and we’re a proud supplier of True Blue Maryland crabs. What my dad started as a small-scale live crab business literally in our back yard has become a wholesale crab company that sells live crabs, fresh Maryland crab meat and oysters to customers across the Mid-Atlantic region and Canada.

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Cal Thomas: ‘lost’ generation?

 

 

There are people in every generation who believe the generation following theirs is either going to the dogs or will ruin the country. A new Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll lends credence to that way of thinking, especially where Generation Z/millennials (those born in the mid-1990s to mid-2000s) and Generation X (those born in the early to mid-1960s to the early 1980s) are concerned. (News-Post)

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Rubin: Biden’s rivals won’t oust him in the debates

President Trump bluffed and bullied and lied his way through each of the Republican presidential primary debates in the 2016 cycle. Those not enamored of his shtick were convinced that he embarrassed himself in every one of these and “lost.” His fans ate it all up, delighting in the insults and inanities. The debates changed nothing, aside from accelerating the demise of Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), who was pummeled by New Jersey’s then-Gov. Chris Christie about as badly as anyone has been in one of these events. (Wash. Post)

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