DeFilippo: Welcome to the Era of Legalized Loan-Sharking

Credit card companies are cashing in on the coronavirus. As omens of Apocalypse envelop us, Americans are about to pay a high price to learn the difference between cash and money. For the second time in a dozen years, people will be living off of fantastic plastic more than actual currency and paying premium interest rates to put food on their tables. The last time was 2008, when gas prices soared to over $4 a gallon and a tank-up on a gas-guzzler topped $100. (Md. Matters)

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Petrilli: Schools should consider keeping kids in the same grade this fall

Education leaders nationwide are working 24/7 to set up distance-learning opportunities for their students for the rest of the school year. That includes navigating multiple logistical and regulatory hurdles, training millions of educators overnight in how to use online tools, and figuring out how to get digital devices and packets of printed material into children’s hands, among dozens of other pressing tasks. (Wash Post)

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Jeffers & Skolink: Rent Waiver Unnecessary and Ill-Advised

In her March 30 Maryland Matters commentary, Delegate Jheanelle Wilkins commends Governor Hogan for  prohibiting evictions and utility shutoffs during the current COVID-19 crisis. However, she also suggests that a 90-day waiver of residential rents with complete forgiveness of these obligations should be instituted. We recognize and appreciate Delegate Wilkins’ unwavering support for residents, but this would be an unnecessary and ill-advised policy. (Md Matters)

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Downie: Democrats must investigate Trump’s coronavirus response

House Majority Whip James E. Clyburn (D-S.C.) appeared on CNN’s “State of the Union” on Sunday to discuss his new job as chairman of the House Select Committee on the Coronavirus Crisis. Modeled on the Truman Committee during World War II, the committee, Clyburn told host Jake Tapper, would focus on “fraud and abuse, profiteering, price-gouging” and how the White House is spending the billions allocated in the recent stimulus bill. (Wash Post)


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Rodricks: Put Peace Corps volunteers to work on U.S. soil to fight COVID-19

Because of coronavirus, the Peace Corps called more than 7,300 volunteers home from 60 countries and left them stranded in our collapsed economy with no jobs, no unemployment benefits and, after a couple of months, no health insurance. While the evacuation of the volunteers made sense, their dismissal from the Peace Corps looks spectacularly dumb at a time when the country needs all hands on deck. (Balt Sun)

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Dionne Jr.: Let’s avoid another Great Depression

Our country can avoid long-term economic catastrophe, but only if we accept what would normally seem a preposterous idea: The $2.2 trillion in relief that Congress has approved is not nearly enough. The dangers of doing too little far outweigh those of doing too much. A sluggish recovery could cause lingering human suffering that would impede the life chances of many Americans for decades. And if the economy recovers more rapidly than now seems likely, the emergency programs could be ended quickly. (Wash Post)


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Hudgins: Homicide is a ‘devastating plague’ on black communities, and it is time we stop ignoring it

There’s lots of talk about being too tough on crime. As Michael Bloomberg ran for president earlier this year he faced criticism for his “stop- and-frisk” policy when he was the mayor of New York City.Gov. Larry Hogan was at odds with the Maryland General Assembly during this year’s legislative session over his support of mandatory sentencing for gun violations. (Balt Sun)

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Secretary Ross: It’s time to fill out your census form

More than 50 million households, representing more than one-third of the nation already have responded to the 2020 Census. The census happens once every ten years and your response affects allocation of Congressional seats and federal funds to your community for things like schools, hospitals, roads and emergency services. Please respond to the Census today. It takes less than 10 minutes to fill out the form online at 2020census.gov, over the phone to the number on the form you received or on paper through mail. (Balt. Sun)

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