Stephen Wrage: Naval Academy grads will respect the president’s office but not necessarily the man

The day it was announced that President Trump would speak at the U.S. Naval Academy graduation, I received startling emails from several midshipmen, written to my private email account from their private accounts. One message said: “We are under no obligation to clap for Donald Trump. Trump wants the image of young service members cheering him on and we can deny him that image.” Another proposed an online petition on social media, pledging not to applaud Trump at commissioning. There were four more with similar themes: “We are taught selflessness; he practices narcissism.” “If he is a role model, it is only in the exact opposite.” This sort of defiance was new to me, even after 25 years of teaching at the academy. (Wash. Post)

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Dan Rodricks: Failure in the city, death in the county

The horrors come at a sickening pace — opioid overdoses, mass shootings, school shootings, street shootings — and the latest (or maybe not, by the time you read this) on a suburban Baltimore cul-de-sac: a police officer struck and killed on a weekday afternoon by a Jeep allegedly driven by a 16-year-old boy from West Baltimore. The teenager and three other suspects, all juveniles, ran off and prompted a manhunt that led to an hours-long lockdown of nearby schools, with nearly 2,000 children inside. (Balt. Sun)

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Buckley needs strong replacement for Sharon Kennedy as Historic Preservation Commission chair

Mayor Gavin Buckley’s decision to replace Sharon Kennedy as chairwoman of the Historic Preservation Commission is defensible. But it will be remembered as a bad sign if it signals that the mayor thinks he can override part of the community that has been vital not just to preserving Annapolis’ appearance but to keeping it economically viable. Buckley, in other words, needs a good replacement for Kennedy — one who believes just as deeply in historic preservation. (Capital)

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Gerald Winegrad: More development means more taxes and more pollution

Recent Capital articles on the proposed city property tax increase have promoted the need for new development to increase the city tax base. Other stories note news on bay grass increases and also the decline of the blue crab population. How do these articles intersect? Any argument that increasing residential development results in a net increase in city revenue — such as the arguments advanced to promote the development of annexed land at Crystal Spring, Parkside Preserve and Rocky Gorge — is fallacious. (Capital)

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May 22 // Maryland election law needs a serious upgrade

There are some big things that are wrong with the way Marylanders elect candidates to office. We hand the drawing of legislative and congressional district lines to self-interested politicians who abuse the process to bolster their political parties, reward friends and punish enemies. And we have a campaign finance system that magnifies the influence of wealthy special interests. Those are foundational problems in our political system, and the possible solutions to them — redistricting reform and publicly financed campaigns — have proven to be difficult to enact. But this year’s elections have uncovered some dumb problems that are eminently fixable. (Balt. Sun)

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Schuh's additions to school budget welcome

It’s a basic skill for a county executive, and Steve Schuh has it down pat. Last week he again showed how you use a supplemental budget request to demonstrate responsiveness and address the loudest criticisms of a county budget plan. Drawing on a windfall from an arbitration decision that actually went against the county, Schuh decided to use a $640,000 supplemental budget to add counselors, social workers and other conflict-addressing staff members to Anne Arundel County schools. (Capital)

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Union Bridge officials should support solar project

Union Bridge officials should strongly consider drafting a letter in support of a project to bring a solar field to Carroll County. Citizens UB Solar LLC, a nonprofit energy company, owns roughly 50 acres of land along Main, W. Locust and S. Whyte streets in Union Bridge, across from the Lehigh Cement plant and bordering the line with Frederick County. It wants to turn that land into a solar field, potentially striking a deal with Lehigh to provide the facility with power. But the project stands to greatly benefit the small town of Union Bridge. (Carr. Co. Times)

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May 21 // Laslo Boyd: Death and taxes

As sure as we are that the sun will appear each morning, we are just as certain that the next mass shooting is coming soon. And in what may be the perfect symmetry of irresponsibility, many of the very same people who have prevented a rational response to our public health crisis of gun violence are also leading the charge to undermine the system of taxation that has provided the funds to make America great. Irony intended. (From a Certain Point of View)

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