Jeanette Snowden: Ben Carson betrays Baltimore

Ben Carson grew up in public housing, received government assistance, and devoted his career as a surgeon to the people of Baltimore. Now the agency he runs, the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), is proposing divisive cuts from the top down on the people who need it the most. Through the “Making Affordable Housing Work Act of 2018,” Dr. Carson wants to kick the ladder out from underneath millions of seniors, persons with disabilities and working moms. (Balt. Sun)

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Chanté Coleman: After Ellicott City, good news for the environment

In late May, residents and business owners in historic Ellicott City were just closing the books on a 2016 flood there when they were forced to watch again as water overwhelmed their community. A severe storm had brought about 10 inches of rain in three hours. Flooding like this has occurred frequently in Ellicott City for decades, but it is not geographically unique. In recent weeks, we have seen flooding on the Mall in Washington, in Prince George’s County, in Old Town Alexandria and in the neighborhoods of West Baltimore. Yet, the tragic and deadly event in Ellicott City sparked a lively debate among residents, engineers, environmentalists and state and local officials. How could a 1,000-year flood occur twice in two years? (Wash. Post)

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Selene San Felice: This is America. Do something about it.

I watched John McNamara die. I had to step over Wendi Winters to escape. I said “f---” on CNN. If you’re upset about the expletive and not that someone killed almost every editor at The Capital — five people who were deeply loved and irreplaceable — you are not an American. If your help ends at thoughts and prayers, I don’t want them. What I want is action. (Capital)

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When online hatred turns real

The column that began Jarrod Ramos’ vendetta against the Annapolis Capital was about a court case in which he had been convicted of harassment. It wasn’t some piece of exploitative journalism; it had a broader point and purpose, one that resonates chillingly after his alleged shooting rampage at the Capital Gazette newsroom that left five dead. The column was a cautionary tale about social media, about how it can connect people while also serving as an outlet for wanton cruelty. (Balt. Sun)

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Tom Marquardt: Honor the dead journalists by respecting their profession

Gerald Fischman, Rob Hiaasen, John McNamara and Wendi Winters were journalists who survived layoffs, newspaper ownership changes, declining readership and even a denigrating president who called the work of people such as them “fake news.” But none of them, nor Rebecca Smith, a 34-year-old sales associate who had joined the Capital Gazette newspaper in Annapolis last fall, could survive the barrel of a gun. (Wash. Post)

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Molly Roberts: The Capital Gazette suspect’s rage against truth-telling is just like Trump’s

When a man first fired a shotgun through the glass doors of the Capital Gazette in Annapolis, Md., and then killed five of its staff, no one had any answers. No one even knew his name. So the speculation began. Maybe the shooter was a disgruntled ex-employee, or maybe he had a domestic dispute with someone at the company. Maybe he had no relationship to the newspaper at all, and he was only one more angry young man with a gun determined to find somewhere to use it. Or — and this theory gained more ground than the others put together — maybe he was incited by a right-wing apparatus that casts the press as an adverse combatant in a war against the common civilian. (Wash. Post)

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Jimmy DeButts: Thank you Rob Hiaasen for showing Capital Gazette how to live with compassion, gratitude

Thank you. Rob Hiaasen ended nearly every conversation with me — and his co-workers — with those two words. Thank you. Rob’s genuine generosity and spirit came through those eyes, that smile and that laugh. God, he could make you feel like the most important person on Earth. For him, you were. If you were lucky enough to have a minute with Rob, you were the only person in his universe. (Capital)

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June 29 // Terror and heartbreak in the Annapolis Capital newsroom

The killing of five of our colleagues at the Annapolis Capital Gazette and the shooting of several more is heartbreaking. Many Sun staffers once worked there, and the rest of us have collaborated with Capital reporters, photographers and editors as we bring our readers the news every day. Reports from Capital Gazette staffers about the scene — a gunman shooting through a glass door, people hiding under their desks and listening to him reload — are horrifying, and we are deeply grateful to the police who arrived almost immediately and took the alleged gunman, identified as Jarrod W. Ramos, into custody. We can only speculate about how much worse the devastation could have been without their bravery and professionalism. (Balt. Sun)

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