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Del. Reznik: Hogan Administration Is Turning Its Back on Essential Workers

Marylanders may be hoping to put the pandemic in the past, but many frontline and essential workers are still risking their health and safety — or recovering — from COVID-19. The pandemic starkly revealed the sacrifices frontline workers make every day. In March, thanks to the Biden-Harris administration’s American Rescue Plan, Gov. Larry Hogan was able to submit a $74.1 million supplemental budget intended to recognize the hard work and sacrifices of Maryland’s public employees throughout the pandemic.

Until there’s a vaccine for kids under 12, masks must be required in Md. schools

Let’s see if we’ve got this straight: Maryland’s children gave up more than a year of in-person education at great cost to their personal and academic growth to minimize the spread of a deadly virus that nevertheless managed to infect nearly half a million people in the state and claim almost 10,000 lives — a virus that is still raging, by the way, with case numbers on the upswing because of a variant that’s 200% more transmissible than the one that initially shut down schools. But now that adults and adolescents have a voluntary vaccine available to them, the state’s leaving the youngest kids to fend for themselves.

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Extreme right meets the virus, and a death in the family results

It can be jarring the first time you see it — an angry, sexist meme about House Speaker Nancy Pelosi posted on the Facebook page of one of your favorite relatives, an affable and kindhearted soul you always considered politically moderate with a slight lean to the right. Even more jarring: Discovering that a cousin you once admired hates and rejects the COVID-19 vaccinations championed by President Joe Biden.

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Maryland small businesses must watch out for ADA virtual-by lawsuits

With the 31st anniversary of the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA) coming Monday, July 26, it is time to warn Maryland small businesses about ADA virtual-by lawsuits since Maryland has dropped coronavirus-related restrictions. After reading the USA Today article, “Woman files about 500 lawsuits across US as ‘tester’ of disability compliance,” I recalled that I first learned what a tester of disability compliance in 2006 was. Living in Sykesville, I followed the activities of “ADA Shake-Down Artist” Marilynn Phillip of Hampstead, who uses a wheelchair because of post-polio syndrome and severe osteoporosis.

White House circa 2012.
Goldberg: Joe Biden’s trolling of Facebook, a brilliant blame-shifting strategy

Let’s say you’re Joe Biden. For entirely valid and legitimate reasons, you staked much of your presidency on getting the country vaccinated. You had a very good start, but then things started to stall right as a new, more contagious delta variant of the coronavirus was spreading. This is a problem. I don’t just mean it’s a political problem. (I’ll get to that.) It’s a public policy problem.

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Federal program in Frederick County stokes fear of — and in — undocumented immigrants

Last month during a virtual meeting, Fredrick County Sheriff Charles A. Jenkins and other members of a steering committee gave a one-sided presentation on the so-called “benefits” of a program that uses county deputies to enforce federal civil immigration laws. It furthered fearmongering stereotypes of immigrants as criminals and did not allow for live public comment.

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Fort Meade: Cyberspace developer’s course critical to retention and national security

Cyber soldiers and a Marine graduated from the 11-month Tool Developer Qualification Course in a ceremony July 13 hosted by the 780th Military Intelligence Brigade (Cyber) at Fort Meade’s Post Theater. The United States Army has partnered with the University of Maryland Baltimore County to train soldiers and Marines to become cyberspace capability developers.

Dean Minnich: When it comes to dumping, the good old days are gone

To continue a dialog about landfill solutions, it would be helpful to delve a little deeper into the pile of debris left in the wake of efforts to truly explore a number of alternatives to operating a landfill in Carroll County. The long and short of the problem is, the county has left itself at the mercy of federal and state mandates about what we do with the tons of trash generated every day. We have taken the short view, and it will cost us in the long run.

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Slater: Maryland, Virginia and D.C. must work together to deliver transportation solutions for the future

More than a half century ago, leaders across Maryland, Virginia and D.C. joined to lay a foundation for a transportation network to move people and goods across the region. Those leaders may not have envisioned the mega-region that exists today from Richmond to Baltimore, but their efforts launched an interstate highway and rail system that continues to serve as a catalyst for economic opportunity and a high quality of life for residents across all jurisdictions.

Franklin: Criminal justice reform has made Marilyn Mosby a lightning rod in Baltimore, but the prosecutor’s progressive policies are based on research

If a tree falls in West Baltimore, how long will it take to blame Marilyn Mosby? To watch much of the news in Baltimore City, someone might come to the conclusion that the driver of crime in our city is not income inequality, easy access to guns or lack of employment opportunities — it is Marilyn Mosby. Yet the reason Ms. Mosby has become such a lightning rod is that she is trying to accomplish something difficult that many voters have asked for: criminal justice reform.

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