Brian Feldman and Cheryl Glen: Md. Clean energy jobs act a priority in 2019

As we enter the 2019 legislative session, Maryland is poised to become a national hub for the new clean energy economy. By passing the proposed Maryland Clean Energy Jobs Act, or “MCEJA,” in 2019, Maryland will see tens of thousands of new jobs created and billions of dollars invested in our state. More importantly, we can establish unique infrastructure and a skilled workforce that can serve the growing clean energy industry nationally. (Daily Times)

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Teresa Donofrio Snyder: How Baltimore can become more friendly to seniors

It is a well-known fact in the senior care profession that we are on the cusp of a major boom. Every day in the United States, an average of 10,000 people turn 65 years old and the number of people over the age of 60 will double by 2050, rising from 962 million in 2017 to 2.1 billion. In the past, while many older adults preferred to retire to a quiet life in the suburbs or along the coast, a remarkable number today are attracted to opportunities for vibrant experiences, such as those often found in a metropolitan setting. While Baltimore has many qualities that would attract the modern senior, including world-class health care and cultural and educational experiences, Charm City will become more charming if our business community addresses unconscious ageism and focuses on providing inclusive opportunities for every member of our community.  (Balt. Bus. Journal)

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December 6 // Ike Leggett became a colossus of Maryland politics. His retirement leaves big shoes to fill.

It was an oddity of Isiah Leggett’s three decades in public service, a career that left him a colossus of Maryland local politics, that his supreme gift for reconciliation — a talent he deployed to resolve countless tussles over growth, transit, labor, education, fiscal and housing policy — even extended to confusion involving the year of his birth. Mr. Leggett, Montgomery’s county executive for a dozen years and a County Council member for 16 years before that (with an interregnum as chairman of the state’s Democratic Party), was born in 1945. (Wash. Post)

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Marylanders are served by emoluments lawsuit

Recently, a letter writer from Harford County posed a question regarding Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh’s participation in the so-called Emoluments Clause lawsuit alleging that President Donald Trump violated the U.S. Constitution by accepting payment from foreign and state governments without congressional approval. His question for the editor (and, one presumes, the general public) is this, essentially: What’s in it for Maryland? “Suppose Attorney General Brian Frosh ‘wins’ his case against President Donald Trump,” the correspondent wondered, “what will the citizens of Maryland gain?” (Balt. Sun)

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Monisha Cherayil: School staff attacks in Baltimore draw knee-jerk reactions

Recent publicized incidents of students hitting school staff and bullying one another have spurred demands to increase the use of suspension and expulsion to maintain school discipline. The assumption that removing students who act out will make schools safer reflects the knee-jerk approach that schools have pursued for decades. Research and experience have definitively proven it wrong. No one disputes the importance of addressing instances of misconduct or violence by students, but kicking kids out of school when they break rules, even in serious ways, does no good and plenty of harm. (Balt. Sun)

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Z. Andrew Farkas: Overcoming the inequity of incentives for electric vehicle ownership

The recent National Climate Assessment has made clear that human-induced climate change has devastating effects. Central Maryland for many years has been an “ozone nonattainment area” — meaning it doesn’t meet air quality standards — because of ground-level ozone experienced during our hot summers. Concerns over climate-changing greenhouse gas emissions and poor air quality have induced the state to set a goal of 300,000 electric vehicles (EVs) in Maryland by 2025. (Balt. Sun)

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Vincent DeGeorge: Can Baltimore's archbishop bring accountability to West Virginia's Catholic Church?

Pope Francis in late August appointed Baltimore Archbishop William E. Lori to lead an investigation into the alleged “sexual harassment of adults” by former Catholic bishop Michael J. Bransfield of the Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston, which comprises all of West Virginia. However, Archbishop Lori’s own record and actions seem to demonstrate a church “protectionism” that comes at the expense of transparency and accountability. (Balt. Sun)

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Michael Dresser's Annapolis: The more things change, the more they remain the same

It was late in 1996 that I joined the Annapolis Bureau of The Baltimore Sun, squeezing into the paper’s tiny office in the historic State House. Parris N. Glendening was Maryland’s governor. Casper R. Taylor Jr. was speaker of the House of Delegates. And Thomas V. Mike Miller was president of the Senate. Twenty-two years later, as I head out the door into retirement, Larry Hogan is governor. Michael E. Busch is speaker of the House. And Mike Miller is still president of the Senate. (Balt. Sun)

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