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Kalman Hettleman: The Shakespearean rise and fall of schools superintendent Mohammed Choudhury

The appointment of Mohammed Choudhury as state schools superintendent has been a gripping story which I have followed closely. As he was about to assume office in July 2021, I commended the state board on appointing someone with his potential. Then, in a review of his first 100 days, I wrote that he “seems to be living up to his advance billing … as a smart and high-powered change agent.”

Can yoga help Annapolis kids deal with gun violence?

Mary Kay Connerton helps kids breathe. Not just taking in air while you’re walking up the crowded stairway to a second-floor classroom at Annapolis High School, but the kind of breathing you might forget to do when you learn someone close to you has been shot to death. “This is my ninth year at Annapolis High, and I have lost several students to gun violence,” said Connerton, the school wellness coordinator and a finalist for Maryland Teacher of the Year.

Republicans now want to investigate tax-exempt groups, just not their own

“Americans don’t want to live in a nation where big government has the power to silence free speech.” These are the words of House Ways and Means Chairman Jason Smith, who recently began an inquiry into tax-exempt philanthropic and advocacy organizations. I was surprised to see this effort from a Republican-led committee, since conservatives have often opposed government scrutiny of tax-exempt organizations and transparency in campaign finance systems.

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The medical case for safer cycling in Baltimore

As a Washington D.C. resident for the better part of a decade, Baltimore has always been near enough to envision a move there, and being in the medical field, training at one of the city’s fabled institutions has long been a personal dream. Now that I’ve started my internal medicine residency at Johns Hopkins, it’s been such a pleasure experiencing many of the unique qualities that give Baltimore its charm.

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A stark look at economic struggles within our community

Living in the land of plenty — as we are in the United States, in Maryland and here in Frederick County — it can be too easy to overlook those who do not share in the bounty. Our community is very lucky to have an organization like the United Way of Frederick County to remind us that too many of our neighbors are sometimes struggling just to get by. A lot of folks are working hard, trying to make their way, but are just one major repair bill away from economic trouble.

Dayvon Love: Black people can win in Baltimore

While crime among young people is a point of emphasis in mainstream media in Baltimore, homicides and non-fatal shootings are down. Community-based organizations like We Our Us and the Baltimore Peace Movement have been at the forefront of violence prevention efforts over the last several years, but the media does not do the work of exposing the community to the work these organizations do so we can build on their success.

Commentary: How a conversation on a train turned into a song about Baltimore

As Gabriel Kahane wrote songs for his 2018 album “Book of Travelers,” he drew from his experiences on a train trip throughout the country. The trip included an hourslong conversation with a young Black man from Baltimore. During the conversation, the young man, who had gone out West to work as a national park trail crew leader, talked about his life and about why he needed to make a trip back home.

Baltimore can establish fund to uplift working poor

More than 300,000 American workers have gone on strike since the beginning of the year, asserting their right to a living wage, good benefits, safe working conditions amid steadily rising temperatures, and so much more. Workers are feeling empowered in a way that they haven’t in decades, recognizing that every American deserves to live with dignity — but millions in our country are considered the working poor, individuals who dedicate 27-plus hours each week to work but nonetheless live in poverty.

Gun advocates hurt their own cause by opposing suicide prevention

During the first week of December, lawyers representing Anne Arundel County are set to square off against their counterparts employed by the gun rights group, Maryland Shall Issue Inc., in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit to argue over a matter that, frankly, boggles the mind. Early last year, Republicans and Democrats on the Anne Arundel County Council unanimously approved an ordinance requiring gun sellers to distribute, with each purchase, literature on suicide prevention and conflict resolution.

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Language education is fundamental to economic, cultural vibrancy

West Virginia University’s pending decision to slash formal language learning programs on its campus is harmful to the economy, culture, and people of the Mountain State. But the harm extends beyond West Virginia students, teachers, workers, and entrepreneurs. In the context of decreasing state funding and increasing state meddling in higher education, the proposed cuts send a signal that language learning — without which all learning, not to mention commercial and cultural communication — is expendable.

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