Rodricks: November election could be another ‘mitigated success’ for voting — if stubborn Hogan would change his mind

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan called the state’s June primary election an “unmitigated disaster,” invoking a classic cliché that blustery people pull from the rhetoric holster when they want to make something sound totally horrific. It suggests that the disaster was avoidable, too. Call me (cliché warning) a glass-half-full guy, but, under the circumstances — a deadly pandemic that caused the election to be moved from April 28 to June 2 and to be conducted primarily by mail — wasn’t the June primary more like a “mitigated success”? Didn’t the changes instituted by the civil servants who stage our elections lead to a generally good outcome? (Balt Sun)

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Editorial: Pandemic has produced a dangerous outbreak of aggressive driving

In Catonsville, there is a video camera keeping an unblinking vigil of the Baltimore Beltway at U.S. 40 where road construction currently limits the maximum speed to 55 miles per hour. It is turning out to be a busy little piece of automation. From March through June, the camera has caught a startling 6,929 drivers going 67 miles per hour or above speeding on this stretch of highway. Last year during the same time period, the camera generated 2,768 citations. (Balt Sun)

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Our Say: Annapolis Democrats move toward transparency. Anne Arundel party leaders should follow.

Annapolis Democrats have adopted a plan to make a selection of the replacement for Annapolis Alderman Marc Rodriguez transparent and fair. It’s an overdue step that other party committees would do well to observe as it unfolds over the next several weeks. Rodriguez is expected to leave his seat on the City Council as part of a planned move to Oregon for a new job. He has waited to resign until after the date that would have triggered a special election, 15 months before the 2021 municipal election. (Cap Gazette)

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Goldberg: Trump could do something about mail-in voting if he really thinks it’s a problem

President Trump’s delay-the-election trial balloon on Twitter last week was resoundingly denounced, and rightly so. Indeed, so thorough was the repudiation, including from top Republicans, that the president backtracked a little. “I don’t want to delay,” Mr. Trump explained in a news conference to discuss the pandemic. “I want to have the election. But I also don’t want to have to wait for three months and then find out that the ballots are all missing, and the election doesn’t mean anything. That’s what’s going to happen.” (Balt Sun)

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Dunn: More federal funding for national parks as people are using them more

The Great American Outdoors Act, recently passed by Congress and signed into law this week by President Donald Trump, is a big win for the Chesapeake Bay and for our country. The Great American Outdoors Act is one of the most significant conservation acts in decades. The act permanently and fully funds the nation’s most important federal conservation program, the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF), a program which protects land for national parks, forests, wildlife refuges and other public lands. (Balt Sun)

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Editorial Advisory Board: Hogan should reconsider ill-advised election plan

On July 8, Gov. Larry Hogan directed the State Board of Elections to open every precinct and early voting center in Maryland for the November General Election. The Governor also directed the state board to send an absentee ballot application to each Maryland voter. Hogan’s decision to open every precinct and early voting center is contrary to the recommendation of all five members of the State Board of Elections; only sending applications, as opposed to absentee ballots, is contrary to the recommendation of two members of the board. (Daily Record)

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Burgess: When exactly was America so great?

So exactly when was America great? Was it when the Declaration of Independence said "All men (white males) were created equal?" Or when Founding Fathers like Thomas Jefferson bred slaves for profit to fund lavish lifestyles? Maybe in 1857 when President Buchanan (from Pennsylvania) strong armed the Supreme Court in the Dred Scott decision that said Africans were inferior species "not included, and were not intended to be included ... [as] citizens in the Constitution." (News-Post)

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Stevenson: Of failure and rejection

Have you ever failed or been renounced or both? Dumb question, eh? You have, and you know it. And if you say no, you might be a character of questionable interest regarding truth. Reaching a level of adulthood without experiencing a failure or rejection is rare. When we live into the years and have not known a setback, we are unusual indeed. Seemingly, the first step in relating to an adverse experience is to admit its reality. A “just forget it” response is never advisable. Countless numbers of people live alternate realities, wasting tons of energy that denial requires. A refutation of what was is never a healthy response. Admitting the making of a wrong turn may not be good news, but acceptance of it is important. (Herald-Mail)

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