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Davis and Mooney: Let’s Give Police More Options to Help Md.’s Youth

Maryland’s Juvenile Justice Reform Council has wrapped up its final report and recommendations, and the associated legislative package is making its way through the General Assembly. Several of those recommendations focus on giving law enforcement agencies more diversion options for youth. Amid calls to “defund the police,” lawmakers would be well served to focus on alternatives to arrest in the coming months as constituents look to hold them accountable.

Editorial: If you want a normal summer, keep your mask on and guard up

Spring seems just around the corner, 121 million doses of vaccine have been administered, and Americans are eager to get back to normal after a year of fighting the coronavirus pandemic. President Biden recently raised the prospect of a festive Independence Day. What could go wrong? Hopefully, nothing will. But there are dark clouds amid the rosy scenarios. The big decline in viral spread evident in January and early February has stalled. The pandemic’s winter surge tapered off into a stubborn plateau in the national rate of new daily infections, which has been running at about 53,000 on a seven-day average.

King: The key question as the House considers D.C. statehood: Do we believe in the ‘consent of the governed’ or not?

The nation’s capital will shrink dramatically if H.R. 51 — otherwise known as the Washington D.C. Admission Act, and the subject of a congressional hearing Monday — is enacted and fully implemented. The nation’s capital will be reduced to a two-square-mile zone encompassing federal buildings, monuments and properties near the Mall and the Capitol, including the White House, Supreme Court and other executive and judicial office buildings. Pretty much all of the territory bordered by Maryland and Virginia will become a state with the name “Washington, Douglass Commonwealth.”

Editorial: Meet the members of The Baltimore Sun’s Business and Civic Hall of Fame 2021

The Baltimore Sun is pleased to announce the 2021 class of inductees into our Business and Civic Hall of Fame, chosen for their leadership and community focus. We will honor these 13 accomplished women and men and at an awards banquet to be held at The Center Club in Baltimore on Sept. 9 and in a special section to be published shortly thereafter.

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Olszewski, Scott & Elrich: Racial Justice and Economic Recovery Go Hand in Hand

Men and women working on the frontlines at BWI Marshall Airport and Penn Station risk their health and lives every time they go to work during the COVID-19 pandemic. Despite how crucial these sites are to Maryland’s infrastructure and economy, contracted workers are paid as little as below the state minimum wage. The majority of these workers are Black, and thus three times more likely to be infected by COVID and twice as likely to die from the virus.

Good food and good hearts at Baltimore’s Ekiben restaurant, a story for our times

Anyone who hasn’t eaten the tempura broccoli from Baltimore’s Ekiben restaurant is missing out on a real treat. It’s light and crispy with lots of flavor. But the sooner you eat it, the better the experience, lest it get soggy sitting around. You often hear of people devouring it in the car on the drive home from picking it up. It tastes that good. Some might say that the broccoli has its own cult following; at the very least it’s one of the popular fusion restaurant’s most loved dishes. This week, it made news around the world and showed that Ekiben’s owners aren’t just great chefs and businesspeople, but kindhearted and compassionate folks as well — people to look up to and emulate.

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Increase the federal minimum wage ─ it’s long overdue

The provision for a federal minimum hourly wage of $15 was stripped from the recently passed COVID-19 relief bill, disappointing many. That wage was last increased in 2009, some 21 years ago. It’s now $7.25 or $15,080 annually before taxes. In contrast, inflation increased 24% during the same period, and recent profits of some large retailers has increased 69%.

Re-imagining Baltimore’s Inner Harbor as a place for residents rather than tourists

Stand on the edge of Federal Hill Park and look out on Baltimore; it’s an amazing view. Look closely, however, and you’ll notice the Inner Harbor’s visible signs of neglect and decay. You’ll also notice skyline additions shifting our city center eastward, a vacuum more than expansion. Now close your eyes and imagine people across time taking in that same view from the hill. Our native predecessors looked out over a grassy shoreline and woodland streams long before “Baltimore” existed. In recent centuries, people originating from all corners of the globe — arriving by choice, circumstance or capture — have rebuilt Baltimore many times over. Our cultural inheritance today is the sum of their experiences: booms and busts, triumphs and tragedies, hierarchies of power and privilege, and uprisings of resistance and resilience.

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Josh Kurtz: Are Dems Overconfident About 2022 in Maryland?

The Maryland Democratic Party is giddy. Two national political handicapping websites, The Cook Political Report and Sabato’s Crystal Ball, recently took early assessments of the 2022 political landscape and rated the Maryland gubernatorial election as a very good pickup opportunity for the Democrats. The state Democratic Party and the Democratic Governors Association last week sent out fundraising emails boasting about it.

Parris Glendening: Energy deregulation was a mistake in Maryland

As Texans dealt with the serious consequences of last month’s energy crisis, the policy debate to determine what went wrong is underway in Texas and across much of the nation. As the Texas Tribune reported, grandmothers slept in their cars, and millions of others were left in the cold and dark. Texans — and the rest of the country — deserve answers.

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