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When it comes to day care, even 24-hour options don’t feel like enough

Confession: I was one of those day care parents. You know, the one that picks up their kid — usually the only one left by then — two minutes before the 6 p.m. deadline and the racking up of extra fees. I wasn’t trying to be neglectful or delay the irritated but professional staff from locking up and going on with their lives. I was just a single mom with a busy job.

Wisdom and evidence should dictate youth justice policy

As members of the faith community, we appreciate that the General Assembly is taking the concerns of the community regarding public safety and the reduction of crime seriously. We understand the fears that have been amplified in the media and at conversations around dinner tables. Yet, we also believe that most of the new juvenile justice legislation (House Bill 814/Senate Bill 744), as it is currently written, will do more harm than good.

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How to address economic disparity and build a sustainable future for Md.

Maryland has the highest median household income and a vibrant economy, yet poverty is painful and deadly for many in this wealthy state. Thirty-eight percent of Maryland households are not able to meet basic human needs of food, housing, transportation and health care, and 12% of Maryland’s children live in deep poverty. We are failing to meet the needs of residents and we are not prepared to sustain a future that looks different than our past injustice.

Setting limits on ticket resale prices would be music to the ears

Last month when M&T Bank Stadium hosted the first AFC Championship Game, the Baltimore Ravens might have lost, but other records were set. It was the first conference championship game in M&T’s history, and the first in Baltimore since 1971, when the Colts were the home team. It also turned out to be the most-watched AFC Championship in television history, with CBS Sports reporting more than 55 million viewers.

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Early school start times aren’t good for Baltimore students

More than 75% of Baltimore’s students rely on public transportation to get to school. The public transportation in Baltimore is a system that frequently necessitates traveling via one to three buses with commute times that range from 30 minutes to two hours. Reflecting on our own high school experience, commuting required a two-bus journey, demanding an hour in total for us to reach school, notwithstanding inconsistent bus times that would often extend this duration.

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CIAA Tournament points to future opportunities with HBCUs

The upcoming CIAA Basketball Tournament set to tip off this month marks its fourth consecutive year in Baltimore. The Baltimore community has been proud to serve as host of the men’s and women’s tournament, which provides a gathering place for student-athletes, students, alumni, families and fans coming to support the nation’s oldest historically Black athletic conference. The Maryland Sports Commission is proud and humbled to have had a role in recruiting this event to Baltimore and in helping sustain efforts to ensure that the CIAA remains in the city for years to come. The CIAA Tournament, the city and the state have found a mutually beneficial connection, not only economically, but also socially and culturally.

Off the Record with Sloane Brown: Katie O’Malley, Women’s Law Center of Maryland

Katie O’Malley joins Sloane Brown to discuss her new role as executive director of the Women’s Law Center of Maryland; how her previous professional experiences taught her good leadership skills both at work and at home; and how growing up as the daughter of then-Maryland Attorney General Joe Curran affected her in both those arenas.

Projects like MCB’s reimagined Harborplace will jumpstart Baltimore’s renewal

As a native Baltimorean, I long for a catalyst project and/or investment that jumpstarts the journey of Baltimore reaching her potential. History tells us that my beloved city once had a population of 949,000 in 1950, and has seen a precipitous drop in population over the last 70 years. Today, our population hovers around 575,000. Given this, we need big ideas to excite and entice prospective residents to call Baltimore home and legacy residents to decide to remain.

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Alabama ruling that embryos are ‘children’ underscores need for abortion amendment in Md.

Late last week, the Alabama Supreme Court released a ruling that determined frozen embryos are children under state law, observing that those who destroyed them could be held liable for causing a wrongful death. The decision stemmed from two lawsuits brought by three couples whose frozen embryos were destroyed in a fertility clinic accident. The all-Republican court, in a majority opinion written by Justice Mitchell, made the sweeping claim that the embryos didn’t merely hold the potential to be children, but were children, regardless of their development stage, physical location or “other ancillary characteristics.”

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Choices in Md.’s restructured energy market has saved consumers millions

Under former Gov. Parris Glendening’s 1999 Electric Choice and Competition Act, Maryland made the wise choice to join other states to restructure the market to address rising utility rates. Today, 13 states and the District of Columbia allow consumers to purchase their energy outside a single-choice, traditional monopoly utility model. Glendening recently published an op-ed, “Time to hold consumer retail energy suppliers accountable.”

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