Kelly: A Pathway for Baltimore’s Student Leaders

We share common experiences in life that connect most of us. Getting our first job. Starting to take responsibility for making a difference in our community. Beginning to build the skills and network to establish a rewarding and meaningful life and career. I remember trying to find my first job as a student at Western High School in Baltimore City during the 1970s. It was a tough time for a kid to find work, but eventually I did. It gave me confidence. It taught me the importance of commitment and perseverance. I can draw a straight line from my first day on that job to my job today as the Baltimore area market president for Bank of America. (Md. Matters)

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Navarro: Immigration is a climate issue

As climate change increasingly becomes a major issue in the Democratic presidential primaries, more candidates are releasing detailed plans to deal with the crisis. But so far only two — Julian Castro and Beto O’Rourke — have connected the issue to immigration. Castro’s “People and Planet First” plan envisions creating a new refugee category for communities immigrating after climate disasters. And O’Rourke has hinted that he would treat migrants driven by “push factors” like drought as refugees. (News-Post)

Klosek, Richmond, Tormarchio: Baltimore park funding: a 2020 primary issue?

Despite the important role of Patterson Park and Baltimore’s park system as a whole in improving health, recreation and quality of life among residents, spending on parks and recreation is dramatically lower in Baltimore City than in comparable cities. For instance, in 2016 Baltimore City Recreation and Parks (BCRP) spent $17,000 less -- 66% -- on operations per acre of parkland than other comparable cities. This large disparity suggests our park system lacks proper resources to serve those who depend on our parks for access to green space and recreation. (Balt. Sun)

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Ignatius: Are Hong Kong’s protesters headed toward an Arab Spring ending?

As tens of thousands of protesters marched down Hennessy Road toward government headquarters Sunday afternoon, chanting pro-democracy slogans and waving American flags, it was an exuberant celebration of this territory’s yearning for freedom. The protesters seemed heedless of the danger: Men and women, young and old, ninja-clad teenagers and moms with their kids, all joined in the 15th straight weekend of protest. A doctor at a hospital, a 56-year-old schoolteacher and a 19-year-old girl studying German, English and philosophy stopped to explain to me their chant: “Fight for freedom! Stand with Hong Kong!” (Wash. Post)

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Rodricks: Andy Harris claims offshore wind turbines are a national security risk. The Pentagon has much bigger concerns.

Judging from the long line of traffic to the Chesapeake Bay Bridge during Labor Day weekend, the Eastern Shore of Maryland and the beach at Ocean City remain hugely popular destinations for vacationers. That people from all over remain so willing to tolerate heavy traffic in order to reach the beach would seem to refute arguments that the construction of a wind-energy farm several miles offshore will hurt Ocean City tourism. And yet Mayor Rick Meehan, among others, continues to complain that the wind turbines will be erected too close to the resort — about 17 miles offshore. The mayor worries that the sight of turbines spinning on the horizon will disturb the view from the beach and turn off tourists. (Balt. Sun)

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McArdle: A vaping ban would be hysteria masquerading as prudence

At this point, the best information suggests that a recent spate of deaths from a vaping-related lung disease — six at last report — had little or nothing to do with legal e-cigarettes. Rather, the deaths, and more than 300 confirmed cases of the disease in dozens of states, seem to be linked to illegal cartridges, mostly using marijuana derivatives that had been emulsified with vitamin E acetate, according to Food and Drug Administration investigators. The FDA has warned against using it for inhalation, and it isn’t used in legally manufactured e-cigarettes. (Wash. Post)

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Pitts: Arguments over electability are an annoying diversion

Our subject today is a word. It seems to be the word of the moment, at least on the political left. One can hardly read an opinion page or watch cable news without confronting this tiresome term, this irksome idiom. For the love of heaven, people, please stop saying “electability.” Note, please, that the last president was a black man with the unlikely name of Barack Hussein Obama Jr., who came to office with just a few years of senatorial experience. His successor was a TV reality show host with no government experience whatsoever and a history of racist, misogynistic and incompetent behavior. (Balt. Sun)

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Rubin: This is the Kavanaugh mess we feared

In September 2018, I warned about the abbreviated FBI investigation into allegations that Brett M. Kavanaugh engaged in sexually aggressive behavior: “If Democrats retake one or both houses in November, they will be able to investigate, subpoena witnesses and conduct their own inquiry. The result will be a cloud over the Supreme Court and possible impeachment hearings … Kavanaugh has not cleared himself but rather undermined faith in the judicial system that presumes that facts matter.” (Wash. Post)

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