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Center MD

Maryland’s leading source of aggregated and original news and opinion on government, politics, business and more. Called one of the “nation’s best state-based political blogs” by the Washington Post.

Rev. Dr. Al Hathaway: Me Black Too

One of the iconic images of the 1968 Riots was a Korean storeowner located within a community posting a hand printed sign on his store window saying, “Me Black Too.” The purpose of the signage was to prevent his store from being looted or burned by identifying with the angry Black people who had been extremely agitated by the assassination of The Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in Memphis on that fateful day, April 4, 1968.That’s what occurred after the assassination of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., the powder keg of racial abuse and injustice exploded and cities throughout America were set on fire. Time and time again, there have been precipitating incidents against African Americans that have ignited the fuse on a time bomb burning in communities right below the surface. Sparked by blatant police violence, or some atrocity against the personhood of an African American, or some... Continue reading
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Venetoulis: Saving Private Biden

To my friends in the media writing about Joe Biden’s allegation in an “impartial”search for the “truth,”  please realize that, unwittingly, you are doing Trump’s dirty work. No matter how it’s rationalized there is no conceivable journalistic concept of “impartially seeking truth” that can encourage taking down a decent man to allow the re-election of the most evil, cruel and corrupt president in our nation’s history.  Truth and Trump do not belong in the same sentence. Trump thrives on “journalistic fairness.”  He survives because of it.  He survived the last election.  He survived Mueller.  He survived impeachment.  He may yet survive accountability for the death of thousands of citizens.  Trump doesn’t care what you say about him, as long as you drag in his opponent.  Every day spent digging into his opponents twenty year allegation, is a day Trump triumphs.  While we exhume Biden’s past, Trump continues to lie, pay off... Continue reading
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Desmarais: Make Face Coverings a National Mandate

Our country requires the immediate establishment of a national mandate to wear facial masks or coverings in public at all times, in any setting in which social distancing measures are not guaranteed.  Any less and we will not be able to reopen the country as safe as possible.  Recommendations are inadequate because no communities are immune to this plague.  Stones have crashed into the sea of the American populace and without dogged mitigation the waves will eventually hit us all. Will we allow it to be a tsunami or can we reduce it to ripples?  At this moment, some rural areas, such as the Delmarva Peninsula, are facing inundation.  Predictably, the most vulnerable are disproportionately represented on the list of victims.  Many of them are poultry workers.  Two million chickens in Delaware and Maryland face destruction without processing their meat because of worker shortages.  The fabric of our country is a... Continue reading
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Buckler: Dentistry in Unprecedented Times

According to “common good” is defined as “the public good: the advantage of everyone.” Over the last many weeks, we’ve all been asked to perform a lot of “common good” for our friends, neighbors, communities, state, and country. As confirmed cases of and deaths from COVID-19 continue to mount, it’s a task that many of us accept willingly in the midst of one of the greatest health crises of our time.  We’ve seen the acts of many to benefit our communities. Facebook groups are being established to help bring necessities to those who may not be able to leave their residences, hearts are being placed in windows to support #healthcareheroes, doctors and nurses are putting themselves at risk helping the sickest patients, and hospital employees are working day and night to ensure that hospitals are able to care for Marylanders.    Health care professionals across the spectrum are doing some... Continue reading
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Venetoulis: Trump - The War Time President.

Conversation between President Donald Trump and Prime Minister Winston Churchill (circa Summer 1940).W:    Sorry to interrupt you, Donald. T:    No problem, Winnie, always great to hear from my favorite P.M.  How’s your golf game.W:    Uh. Not well, Donald. As you know there’s a war going on…T:    You’re kidding me.  A war.  Nobody told me.  That’s the problem around here. I’m always the last to know.W:    Quite sorry about that.  It’s been in the papers.T:    Fake news. Winnie.  We don’t read the papers.  Banned every damn one of them. Enemy of the people, everybody tells me. W:    Uh… that may be Donald, but I’m calling to alert you that it’s inevitable that France will fall.T:    France fall?  The stock? Should we sell?W:    Not the stock.  The country. T:        Lucky I didn’t make that Paris hotel deal.W:    Now that the Nazi armies have swept through Europe, they will try to cross the... Continue reading
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