Zirpoli: The state of our children: Report shows they are growing more diverse, healthier, struggling in reading and math

The Annie E. Casey Foundation, based in Baltimore, publishes an annual report on the state of our nation’s children each summer covering national and state-by-state data looking at economic well-being, education, and health. The 30th edition of the “Data Book” was recently released. The first edition of this report was published in 1990 and the recent report covers 2017 data. It is interesting to compare how things have changed for the nation’s children over the last 27 years. (Carr. Co. Times)

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Gorrell: Maryland Deaf Athletes Need Equality

“Equal pay! Equal pay!” was chanted by the fans in the USA and Netherlands seat sections at the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup. The sound of this chant went global.  On June 20, the United States Olympic Committee formally changed its name to the United States Olympic & Paralympic Committee. The news had reached as far in Australia. (Md. Matters) 

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Kurtz: The Hidden Campaign for Senate President

One of the most important campaigns underway in Maryland right now is almost invisible. It’s the barely formed race to replace Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller Jr. (D-Calvert). We don’t know when the election will actually take place. In fact, the small universe of voters – 47 senators – and probably even the candidates themselves, would prefer it come later rather than sooner. Miller has been on the job for 33 years – a record in Maryland and in the United States of America. But his announcement in January that he has been diagnosed with stage 4 prostate cancer has accelerated the succession timetable, even if there is no clarity. (Md. Matters)

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Editorial: There’s a big difference between the Colo. gay wedding cake case and Maryland denying an anti-gay Christian school state funds

When an attorney for Bethel Christian Academy uses the phrase “religious hostility” to describe the state of Maryland’s decision to deny its participation in a private school voucher program, she is echoing the language of the Supreme Court’s last major case pitting gay rights against religious liberty: the Masterpiece Cakeshop case from Colorado. That’s no surprise, given that the school is being represented by the Alliance Defending Freedom, which also represented the baker in the Masterpiece Cakeshop case. But it’s a false comparison. Maryland’s actions in this case, and the issues involved, are wholly different from what happened in Colorado, and the Masterpiece Cakeshop decision gives every reason to believe that the state will prevail in this case. (Balt. Sun)

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Editorial: Five things Baltimore County should know about new Superintendent Darryl Williams

Baltimore County Public Schools Superintendent Darryl L. Williams continued what might best be described as his get-to-know-everyone listening tour by sitting down for a chat with The Baltimore Sun’s editorial board on Tuesday. The longtime Montgomery County schools administrator was understandably cautious in his appraisal of his new post as befitting someone on Day 11. But he was more than willing to share his opinions of the job so far — including a few surprises. One area where he was completely non-committal? Whether the school year should start before or after Labor Day. (Oddly, this seems not to be a burning concern.) (Balt. Sun)

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Editorial: Release the audit, BSO

We have no reason to disbelieve a news release from the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra disclosing the conclusion of an audit last year that “there is substantial uncertainty about the BSO’s ability to continue as a going concern.” But without the full details, we have no way of putting that finding into context either. If the BSO wants to resist calls to immediately release the full results of the audit, it can. But the public is also not obligated to support its position in negotiations with the players over a contract proposal that would cut musicians’ salaries by 20 percent. Donors are not obligated to trust it with their funds, and political leaders on the state and local level are not obligated to provide it with millions of taxpayer dollars every year. The BSO could choose to be much more forthcoming about the details of its finances; its peer organizations are. (Balt. Sun)

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Rodricks: Loyal constituents pushing John Sarbanes to support impeachment inquiry; here’s where he and Maryland’s other congressmen stand

I polled members of Maryland’s congressional delegation on the prospect of the House of Representatives conducting impeachment hearings on President Donald Trump. I heard back from everyone except the delegation’s only Republican, Andy “Trump Clearly Isn’t Racist” Harris. But that’s OK. Doc Harris is so in the tank for Trump, defending him even when he’s indefensible, that we can guess where he stands. But what of the seven Democrats who represent Marylanders in Congress? (Balt. Sun)

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Editorial: Don’t let shootings fuel critics of methadone clinics

The shootings at a Baltimore methadone clinic that killed two and wounded two others, including a police officer, were tragic and unfortunate. We don’t know what drove Ashanti Pinkney, who police say was known to the Man Alive clinic and demanded methadone, to take such drastic actions. What we do know is that the heartless loss of life did not have to happen. Thankfully, violence at these clinics are rare, and people must be careful not to forget the vital role the facilities play in treating people for opioid addictions. It would be easy to now paint these facilities with a broad brush as unsafe and magnets for crime, and to call for their closings. This should not be done. (Balt. Sun)

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