Editorial: Smart people in Baltimore have good ideas for remote learning; schools should listen up

As coronavirus cases climb and more public school systems in Maryland announce plans for remote learning in the fall, the question now shifts from whether students should engage in remote learning, to what it should look like. Everyone’s agreed it has to be better than the mishmash of emergency efforts we saw across districts in the spring. And we all know it’s never going to be as good as in-person instruction and that it will undoubtedly leave a lot of kids behind. That’s the grim reality of schooling amid a pandemic. (Balt Sun)

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Monrovia: Time to retire Maryland state song

It is time to retire the current lyrics to our state song, "Maryland, My Maryland." These lyrics, written by James Ryder Randall in 1861 to celebrate the attack by Confederate sympathizers on Federal troops passing through Baltimore, do not reflect the values of most Marylanders. As Marylanders, we should not be proud of a song that refers to Abraham Lincoln as a "despot" and a "vandal," pleas for Maryland to join the Confederacy, and refers to "Northern scum." We should instead have a state song that celebrates what is best and unique about our state and its citizens. (News-Post)

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A student's perspective on FCPS reopening plan

I am a rising sophomore at Brunswick High School. With the ambiguity surrounding the proposed reopening plan, I am writing to voice my opinion on the issue. The closure of schools as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic was certainly a very significant change which presented interesting challenges for both students and teachers. Having to establish a functional routine and a diligent work ethic in a new learning environment, with no predetermined constructs, was certainly a difficult task for many. But as I experienced and observed throughout the period of digital and remote learning during the latter half of the past school year, many students excelled in the format. (News-Post)

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Editorial: Trump threatens to send federal agents into Baltimore and some leaders shrug

The sudden appearance outside Camden Yards Tuesday of white vans belonging to the Department of Homeland Security caused a brief stir on Twitter as residents wondered if President Donald Trump was making good on his promise earlier in the week to send “federal law enforcement” into cities controlled by what he called “liberal Democrats” and the “radical left,” including Baltimore. While it turned out to be “regularly scheduled training for Secret Service and DHS … related to canine bomb detection,” according to a statement from the Maryland Stadium Authority, the concern is hardly misplaced. (Balt Sun)

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Zurawik: Don’t let President Trump use TV to fool you on the pandemic again

Don’t let President Trump use TV to fool you again. He came on camera at dinnertime Tuesday to try to reclaim a media stage he owned earlier this year. Those initial forums were billed as daily briefings on the pandemic, but quickly devolved into the president attacking opponents, lying about his miserable performance and giving the nation health information so bad it could be fatal. One of his greatest hits was the suggestion that ingesting household cleaners like Lysol might be an effective way to kill the virus. Mr. Trump had health experts often lined up behind him, but he mainly used them as props silently lending credibility to his off-the-wall claims and flat-out lies. (Balt Sun)

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Minnich: America’s ideals are trashed in a glimpse of our possible future

Who are the unidentified troops in the streets?  When the dictators want a wide path cleared away from the palace to the sacred site for a publicity photo, who are the soldiers in masks, weapons, uniforms without insignia who swing their batons and push civilians aside? Where is it written in American law that a sitting president can send troops to a city or state without the invitation of local leadership, except for specific security of a federal facility? Answer: Nowhere. (Carr Co Times)

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Oppenheim: Pinstriped Injustice in a Time of COVID-19

Here’s the bad news. This year is like no other. Forget “normal” injustices you’ve seen our clients face such as unnecessary and lengthy pretrial incarceration, overcharged cases, police misconduct, racial profiling and disproportionate sentencing, now there’s no way to argue a defense. Since March 13, Maryland criminal courts have been closed except for emergency matters (and those have been conducted over the phone without defendants in Baltimore City — so our outfits don’t matter!). Emergency proceedings have mainly included bail reviews and a smattering of guilty pleas with sentences allowing for release. (Md Matters)

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Capehart: Joe Biden’s potential running mates, in their own words

Almost as soon as presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden promised to choose a female vice president, speculation took off about who she might be. Since December, I have interviewed eight of the women most talked about or are known to be being vetted for the job. Hear them in their own words. More importantly, listen to how they handle the key question: Would you want to be vice president? (Wash Post)

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