Baltimore’s plague of gun violence continues

Whatever measure one cares to use, the second week of September proved to be an especially murderous one for Baltimore. The tally: 46 people shot and a dozen of them dead, including a 14-year-old found lying on the 2600 block of Polk Street near Clifton Park, a mid-city neighborhood with easy access to playgrounds and a golf course. He had been shot multiple times in the middle of the day last Friday. He was taken to Johns Hopkins Hospital where he was pronounced dead. At last count, there have been 238 homicides in Baltimore in 2020, nine of the victims below the age of 18. (Balt Sun)

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Trump’s many lies are no longer a shock

We weren’t going to normalize this. Remember that? Remember the way many of us solemnly vowed we would always maintain the ability to be outraged, hold on to our capacity for shock? Well, after almost four years that have passed like geologic time, that declaration feels like an artifact from another era, a Polaroid from back when the kids were little and you still had all your hair. It feels like something you said when you were too young to know any better. (Balt Sun)

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Our Say: Beware reckless Republican leaders who claim they know better on coronavirus

By organizing a rally to reopen schools last week, the Anne Arundel County Republican Party leadership removed all pretense about its plans to use coronavirus policy as a wedge issue. The political figures who stood near Anne Arundel County Public Schools headquarters want you to believe they have the right answers to addressing the risks confronting this community. We just can’t imagine why anyone would believe them. (Cap Gazette)

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We are Black women. Stop calling us ‘women of color.’

The convenient catchall “women of color” (WOC) is an easy descriptor in a world obsessed with shorthand and acronyms. But, as Black women, we stiffen. The phrase evokes the subtlety and complexity of identities erased over the span of 401 years. At the same time, the term obscures the varied realities of Latinas and Asian, Pacific Islander and Indigenous women. We all become an amorphous monochrome, our multidimensional heritages and ancestries neutralized. (Wash Post)

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Hough: Don’t defund protection for our children

On Dec. 14, 2012, Adam Lanza entered Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut and killed 26 people, including 20 children. It was later discovered the original target of the shooter was likely Newtown High School, but that day, a police officer was parked outside. After seeing the police officer at the high school, Lanza drove to the elementary school, which was left unprotected. Evil and demented individuals look for unprotected locations, often referred to as “soft targets” to carry out their heinous crimes. (News-Post)

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EDITORIAL: Why Montgomery County residents should reject these four ballot initiatives

Maryland's state constitution sets a low bar for motivated citizens eager to impose their will on local governments. Even in the state’s behemoth county — Montgomery, with 1.1 million residents — just 10,000 valid signatures are required to place a referendum on the ballot. That has been a standing invitation to citizens with grievances to appeal directly to the voters.Two such proposals appear on this fall’s ballot, and such is the County Council’s distaste for them that it added rival measures to compete with each. (Wash Post)

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EDITORIAL: The census is on the verge of disaster

Here is one of the least surprising revelations ever leaked from the federal government: According to an internal Census Bureau document, major, uncorrectable errors may result from forcing the bureau’s enumerators and number-crunchers to rush through the decennial count. House Oversight and Reform Committee Chair Carolyn B. Maloney (D-N.Y.) revealed the document this month, claiming it was a presentation for Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, who oversees the bureau. (Wash Post)

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Wen: Trump could still save thousands of lives. All it would take is an ability to learn from the Woodward book.

As I listened to the recording of President Trump telling Post associate editor Bob Woodward that he deliberately misled Americans about the severity of covid-19, I alternated between anger and sadness. I thought of all those who have lost their lives and all the pain and suffering that could have been prevented. I also thought about what can be done now. Because a responsible leader could still turn things around. (Wash Post)

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