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Bret Stephens: Replacement theory isn’t a conspiracy, it’s the American way

In the broadest sense, what goes by the name “replacement theory” — the idea that American elites are conspiring to replace so-called real Americans with immigrants from poor countries — is merely a description of the American way, enshrined in tradition, codified by law, promoted by successive generations of American leaders from Washington and Lincoln to Kennedy and Reagan. There have been four, arguably five, great replacements in American history.

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Abbott CEO: We’re sorry about the formula shortage. Here’s what we’re doing to fix it.

We at Abbott take great pride in helping people with diabetes check their glucose, providing critical coronavirus testing and making lifesaving heart devices. And yes, we take great pride in manufacturing nutrition and formula to feed America’s infants, including our most vulnerable. But the past few months have distressed us as they have you, and so I want to say: We’re sorry to every family we’ve let down since our voluntary recall exacerbated our nation’s baby formula shortage. We believe our voluntary recall was the right thing to do.

Pavlak, Borlick & Christensen-Lewis: Is Offshore Wind a Prudent Way to Decarbonize?

Do Maryland’s stewards realize that they are investing $8.3 billion to procure electricity with a probable market value of $3.3 billion? Decarbonization is an unprecedented challenge in both its political and system engineering complexity. America’s engineers have used science to build some amazingly complex systems, but their methodology is incompatible with Maryland’s political management structure. While policymakers are skilled at representing the will of the people, they lack the discipline required to set rational goals and the experience to develop complex systems.

Kelly: Maryland’s new abortion law leads the way for pro-choice states

We didn’t want this day to come. But the Maryland legislature prepared for it. The leaked draft opinion in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization has made clear the extreme conservative majority on the Supreme Court intends to overturn nearly 50 years of progress on women’s reproductive health. Instead of moving backward, Maryland is committed to moving ahead to improve reproductive health and rights — for Maryland women and our neighbors. As we took on these preparations, our vision was to use this unwanted opportunity to improve reproductive health outcomes.

Sherman, Matthews & Dillion: Maternal mental health should be a priority for all

As maternal mental health advocates, we appreciated Jennifer Wadsworth’s May 10 Health & Science article, “Rise of perinatal and postpartum depressions.” This problem demands urgent action. But the health-care system responses mentioned must be the beginning, not the end, of reform. Well before the coronavirus, millions of pregnant women and mothers faced domestic or community violence, poverty and the denial of health care, food and child care, among other threats. Under those circumstances, anxiety, depression and other “disorders” are best understood as normal responses to very real dangers.

Opinion: Top eCommerce Challenges in 2022 and How to Overcome Them

As we are progressing further into the 21st century, more and more businesses are moving their operations online. The days when eCommerce was a novel idea are long gone, and almost every major business has an online presence. As this trend continues, the competition for market share will become increasingly fierce. In order to remain competitive in 2022 and beyond, eCommerce businesses will need to overcome several challenges. The eCommerce industry is booming and is only going to continue to grow in the next few years.

Covid-19 Vaccine Bottle Mockup (does not depict actual vaccine).
Dan Rodricks: With COVID cases rising, you’re still not fully vaxed or boosted? Come on now.

I recently had conversations with a middle-aged man who is extremely careful about what he puts into his body. He eats lots of fruits and vegetables and stays away from red meat and processed foods. He also refuses to get the vaccine against COVID-19, even as infections are on the rise again. On one hand, the vaccine resistance made sense: His diligence about what goes into his body extends to a new medicine developed by a large pharmaceutical company in the midst of a public health crisis.

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Religious and racial tolerance starts with all of us

I never knew minding my own business would cause such animosity from others. It was the summer of 1996, and I stopped at a local rest area in South Carolina, while en route to Atlanta to watch the American basketball team compete in the Olympics. As I started to offer one of my daily Muslim ritual prayers on the grass, two glass bottles were thrown at my legs, with someone yelling, “Get the [expletive] out of here, you damn terrorist.”

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Moms rallied when protesters brought mangled fetus photos to Md. school

They swooped in as soon as they heard, grabbing anything they could use as a shield. “Random stuff from the average mom-mobile,” one of the crusading moms said. “Yoga blankets, oversized sweaters, beach towels” — anything to hide the mangled, bloody images that antiabortion protesters were waving at kids’ faces outside their Maryland schools. “It felt like an assault on our school,” said Jennifer Domenick, a parent of 17-year-old twins at Wilde Lake High School in Columbia, Md. “High-schoolers are carrying so much these days that it was completely inappropriate for these protesters to target a high school campus.”

Talbot County Repurposing Center mitigates environmental impact on Mid-Shore

Everyone has seen materials hauled away from building construction sites, roadway projects, and even natural disasters. But perhaps, they may not have considered what happens to all of the concrete, asphalt and trees that are hauled away and how it might be affecting the environment. Warren Edwards, superintendent for Talbot County Roads Department, had an idea for dealing with this challenge while also developing a revenue stream to assist his department in meeting some of its goals for roads in the county. His idea was to build a repurposing center to sell repurposed concrete asphalt, soil, wood chips and trees accumulated by his department’s projects, as well as the excess materials generated by others, including local governments and contractors.

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