Mary Lou Murphy Quaid: My mother was the antagonist to the 'Catonsville Nine'

As I was driving around the Beltway coming home from my job as sixth-grade teacher at Pimlico Elementary School on May 17, 1968, news flashed from my car radio: “A group of protesters has stolen and burned draft files in the Selective Service office in Catonsville.” At that moment I realized life as I knew it would never be quite the same. My mother, Mary Murphy, was the chief clerk of the Catonsville Draft Board and the antagonist in the ongoing drama of what was later to be called the Catonsville Nine. (Balt. Sun)

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Pamela Wood: Reflections on Kevin Kamenetz from a reporter who covered him in Baltimore County

Kevin Kamenetz and I never saw eye-to-eye. That’s natural, of course, for an elected official and the beat reporter who covers him. If we became fast friends, could I have accurately and skeptically covered him? Still, I often can manage to strike a rapport with my sources and interview subjects. But with Kevin Kamenetz, I met my match. Kamenetz was smart, determined and always, always on message. His guard was always up, as if he didn’t want to get caught saying something off-message or off the cuff. (Balt. Sun)

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May 10 // Let White do her job

It is not often that we find ourselves agreeing with Baltimore County Board of Education member Kathleen Causey, but her observation Tuesday evening that the board was wasting its time by resubmitting Verletta White’s name to the state superintendent of schools in expectation that she will be approved as the county’s superintendent for the next four years — and not simply allowed to continue on an interim basis for another year — was spot on. The 8-4 decision by the Baltimore County school board feels just as symbolic and political as State Superintendent Karen Salmon’s rejection of Ms. White. Nothing has changed in the last week. Board members are simply digging in their heels; why shouldn’t they expect the state superintendent to do the same? (Balt. Sun)

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Free community college tuition law opens door for future success

Attending Carroll Community College — or any community college, for that matter — has always been a wise decision for high school graduates looking to continue their education without breaking the bank. In the years during and coming out of the recession, with many college graduates carrying loads of student debt, community colleges have offered a more economical experience. Now, thanks to Gov. Larry Hogan and the Maryland General Assembly, access to an affordable community college education will improve even more. (Carr. Co. Times)

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Christopher Muldor: Could a 'Red Line light' plan work in Baltimore?

Transportation is in a bad way in Baltimore. A few months ago, Maryland Sen. Bill Ferguson strongly criticized Baltimore City’s Department of Transportation for failing to submit a list of requests for transit projects to the state. Reconstruction and modernization of the Howard Street Tunnel has been put on hold by CSX. Traffic congestion is a persistent problem, and light rail ridership is among the weakest in the country. Many bus patrons have expressed displeasure with the bus system overhaul. The elephant in the room, however, continues to be the cancellation of the proposed Red Line and its aftermath. (Balt. Sun)

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Baltimore needs a Ceasefire, now more than ever

This weekend’s Baltimore Ceasefire isn’t coming a moment too soon. The fragile optimism that Baltimore felt as last year’s record violence ebbed during the first few months of 2018 cracked in April as an apparent string of retaliation killings brought us back to a murder a day, and it has threatened to break completely this month with the killings of 17-year-old City College standout Ray Antwone Glasgow III and another, still unidentified teen on the basketball court of a Southwest Baltimore recreation center. Baltimore’s violence has no greater allies than hopelessness, despair and cynicism. We need this Ceasefire Weekend to remind us that we can choose hope, strength and love instead, that we all can believe in the possibility of a better future, and we all must act on that belief. (Balt. Sun)

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Allison Pickard: I can help make Anne Arundel County Council District 2 better for all its residents

It has been my sincere privilege to raise my family in Anne Arundel County Council District 2, the communities of Glen Burnie, Millersville and Severn. Our community is vibrant, historic and strong. But it is also a place of unrealized potential. I am running to serve as your representative on the County Council in order to make District 2 a better place for everyone. (Capital)

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Peroutka allows Grasso's vendetta against liquor board to drag on

The barring of the county liquor board from the County Council chambers — merely because of one councilman’s vendetta against the panel — has now dragged on for almost a year. That’s at least 51 weeks too long. Last year, when John Grasso was chairman of the County Council, the Glen Burnie Republican was calling for a clean sweep of the membership of the Board of License Commissioners. Instead Gov. Larry Hogan listened to recommendations from senior Democrats in the county’s state Senate delegation and reappointed John G. Warner, a Republican who had been on the board since 2003. (Capital)

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