Jamie Raskin, Shane Robinson: Change political climate to address environment

The arrival of record-shattering hurricanes, forest fires in the West the size of Maryland, and collapsing glaciers makes something clear to anyone not in a state of ideological denial: Humanity is in a fight for its survival, and if we have any hope of saving ourselves from endless climate disasters, we must radically change the political climate first. In Maryland we have special and urgent incentives to act. A proud maritime state with 3,190 miles of Atlantic and Chesapeake Bay coastline, we are seeing major coastal erosion, and many of our towns and cities are experiencing dramatic and dangerous flash flooding. (Balt. Sun)

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Push to limit access to police body camera videos is a solution in search of a problem

Proponents of new limits on the public release of police body camera video come at the issue from a variety of perspectives. Some are concerned that video showing victims of alleged domestic or sexual assault could become public, thus leading to stigmatization of those who are already vulnerable. Others worry that videos could show embarrassing or private details of one’s home — footage of dirty dishes in the sink, or a homeowner’s collection of firearms, as some legislators mused during hearings on the topic this year. And representatives of local governments in particular are worried that they will be slammed with overly broad requests for video that will prove expensive and time consuming. (Balt. Sun)

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Carl Snowden: Symbols of hate draw a response from many

In our society, there are so many events it is sometimes difficult to keep up with them. In particular, we read about alleged hate crimes so often that they seem to have become "normal.” Yet we must make sure that this is not the case. Earlier this year, we saw neo-Nazis and Ku Klux Klansmen marching in Charlottesville, Virginia, and witnessed the death of an innocent woman, Heather Heyer. Who would have believed that white supremacists have become so emboldened that they no longer wear hoods in public but proudly display their hate for the whole world to see? Anyone who witnessed that march of hate and who knows anything about history knows that we must take all hate crimes seriously. (Capital)

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October 9 // Amazon isn't the only reason Baltimore needs better bike lanes

Amazon’s recent announcement that it will open a second headquarters somewhere in the U.S. has state and local governments across the country scrambling to make themselves as inviting as possible to the tech giant. Baltimore officials are reportedly working around the clock to meet the Oct. 19 deadline for submissions. But let’s be honest, even though there’s a great case to make for Baltimore — and we’ve made it twice — the competition will be stiff, and the chances that any given city will make the cut are small. But what we should be doing is looking closely at the company’s request for proposals to get a better understanding of what big, growing, forward-thinking companies are looking for. One thing that jumps out: bike and pedestrian infrastructure. (Balt. Sun)

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Jimmy DeButts: Peroutka owes constituents answers

We are a nation of laws. Americans will never agree on the value, intent or need for any individual law. The greatest democracy on the planet, however, exists based on at least a tacit agreement to follow rules forged through representative government. There will always be rule-breakers. We know that. Elected officials shouldn’t be among them. We must agree on that. It doesn’t seem Anne Arundel County Councilman Michael Peroutka is totally on board. (Capital)

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Dan Rodricks: Reducing firepower, reducing risk in Baltimore

Pardon me while I shift focus for a moment from “bump stocks” on assault rifles, like the one reportedly used in Sunday’s mass killing in Las Vegas, to something just as likely to destroy the lives of multiple human beings at one time: the 50-round magazine Baltimore police say they confiscated from an alleged gangster’s car in August. The device is black, shaped like a drum, designed to fit a 9 mm semi-automatic handgun and allow the shooter to fire up to 50 bullets. (Balt. Sun)

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William C. Smith Jr.: Discriminatory housing practices are alive and well in Maryland

In Maryland, the majority of severely rent-burdened people are single mothers and overwhelmingly people of color. According to data from the American Community Survey analyzed by Enterprise Community Partners, almost 32 percent of the state’s renters are severely housing-cost-burdened, meaning they pay more than 50 percent of their income on rent. (Typically, families pay 30 percent or less on housing costs.) These families are teetering on the line of instability and are just one illness, one unexpected expense, one preschooler getting suspended from school, one missed day of work away from homelessness. (Wash. Post)

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Tim Walters: For this area, maglev is all risk, little reward

Once again Anne Arundel County is forced to look at the prospect of a magnetic levitation, or maglev, train going from Baltimore to Washington, D.C., with a BWI Thurgood Marshall Airport spur ripping apart Linthicum and other parts of the county. Supporters say this incredibly expensive train will do four things; increase mobility, foster economic development, spur job creation and enhance the environment. Allow me to address each one. (Capital)

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