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Rodricks: He thought his PPP loan would be forgiven. Instead, he got a bill from his bank.

Bob Kleinschmidt is a mild-mannered, self-employed management consultant and corporate leadership coach. He teaches managers how to be better managers, and all workers of the world know what a vital service that can be. Kleinschmidt has been doing this sort of work for 20 years, the last five trading as C3 Transformation. His clients are in health care and higher education, biotech and pharmaceuticals; they include managers in government agencies, companies and nonprofits.

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Stephenson-Famy & Eckert: Too many of our pregnant patients refuse the COVID vaccine

In our high-risk pregnancy clinics there are three vaccine conversations that we have with patients regularly. First, there are patients who are vaccinated for COVID-19 and counting down the days until they can schedule a booster shot. Then there are patients who will accept vaccines for influenza and Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis), but not COVID-19. The third conversation is with expectant mothers who not only decline a COVID-19 vaccination but also other vaccines recommended in pregnancy.

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Winegrad: Census data distortion leads to baby bust myth

The media have been awash in hand-wringing stories from reporters and columnists concerning 2020 census data showing a decline in the rate of population growth from 2010. A major newspaper editorial titled “A quickening U.S. baby bust” went so far as to opine that such “demographic stagnation” may lead to “diminished national stature.” The sky-is-falling nature of this coverage is faulty and unworthy of such distortions especially in the region in which we live.

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McCaughey: Social and emotional indoctrination in schools

Social and emotional learning is the latest trend at your child’s school. SEL sounds beneficial, but that’s a disguise. In truth, it indoctrinates kids with extremist ideas many parents don’t condone. On Nov. 22, the Hartford Courant reported that West Hartford, Connecticut, elementary school parents are in an uproar. They’re complaining that teachers are putting words such as “nonbinary” on the chalkboard and telling kids, including kindergarteners, they can live life as a gender different from what they were assigned at birth. Parents were told by school authorities that they can’t opt their children out.

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Negi MD: Grief, Covid 19, and the love that never leaves us

Grief is a personal experience and process, whereas mourning is how grief and loss are shown in public.  Although psychiatrist, Elisabeth Kübler-Ross, a Swiss-American psychiatrist, a pioneer in near-death studies, and author of the internationally acclaimed book, On Death and Dying, theorized that we go through five distinct stages of grief after the loss of a loved one: denial, anger, bargaining, depression, and finally acceptance, grief from my own personal experience feels more like a roller coaster, with ups and downs.

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Dodson-Reed & Beaudoin-Schwartz: Leveraging Philanthropy to Help Cultivate a Pipeline of Women Leaders of Color

There is ample data that makes the case for the value of diversity in corporate, education, private and public sector leadership. A quick internet search reveals that companies and organizations that embrace and value diversity in leadership outperform their peers. And the relationships that are formed and nurtured may even — someday — keep pace with the financial returns. The data about representation in leadership positions, however, is discouraging.

George: Do Americans really want politics to be normal again?

After five years of political, economic and social upheaval in America, this month has seen some hints of a return to normalcy. The question is whether the two political parties (and their rabid ideological bases) are willing to settle for the benefits of “normal” politics instead of going for the “transformative” variety — which is tempting but almost always destructive. Consider the events of November so far: Republicans won a gubernatorial race in Virginia by running an issues-based appeal to voters, particularly on education.

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Baron: Evidence-Based Standards in Build Back Better Act Could Transform Higher-Ed

After months of negotiations on Capitol Hill, Congress is on the verge of passing the Build Back Better Act, a signature piece of President Biden’s agenda. By now, you might have heard about some of the key pieces of the bill, or at least about the drama that’s engulfed Washington over the last few months. But I want to talk about something that probably won’t lead the news — a section of legislative text in the more than 2,000-page bill, only a few paragraphs long, that could fundamentally transform higher education in Maryland and across the country.

Lasson: Toytown Parade, the City vs. Poly game, fox hunting — memories of Thanksgiving in Maryland

How well I remember Thanksgiving in mid-20th century Baltimore. We lived on Biltmore Avenue, a shady, almost bucolic street about a mile northwest of Pimlico. After breakfast my parents would load us four kids into an old Buick Roadmaster and head down Park Heights toward Charles Street (the Jones Falls Expressway wasn’t completed until 1990), and look for a parking space in the vicinity of Howard and Lexington. Sometimes we’d bring folding lawn chairs, but usually we’d just stand.

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Affordable housing policy shouldn’t be left up to local leaders

Earlier this year, a study commission by the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development (MDHCD) reported a shortage of 85,000 affordable apartments in Maryland for families and individuals earning less than 30% of median income. This study also noted that an additional 97,200 families and individuals earning less than 50% of median income are expected to move to the state by 2030, which will require a dramatic increase in affordable housing supply over the next 10 years.

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