November 30 // The sick leave showdown

If you can get through all the gratuitous shots at the Democrats in the General Assembly, the report Gov. Larry Hogan’s administration released about paid sick leave in Maryland makes some good points and contains some good ideas — including a few that are actually more favorable to workers than the “horrible” bill he vetoed this spring. Too bad none of it will probably matter when the legislature returns to Annapolis in January and makes an override of the veto its first order of business and a marker for what is likely to be a contentious election-year session. (Balt. Sun)

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Raimee Eck: Md. should consider health and social costs of alcohol industry, not just economics

With barely half of Maryland adults (55 percent) reporting consuming alcohol in the past 30 days, Comptroller Peter Franchot’s focus on increasing alcohol production, sales and consumption without review of the health consequences and costs is misguided. Segments of the alcohol industry have welcomed Mr. Franchot’s initiative, “Reform on Tap,” but the complete lack of public health and safety input into his recommendations has left the interests of the rest of Maryland out of the picture. (Balt. Sun)

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Paul DeWolfe: Baltimore youth need services, not prison

Anyone who has tried to debate a high school freshman knows perhaps one of the world’s universal truths: Teenagers are not rational adults. This simple truism, experienced by parents the world over, is also why children should not be tried as adults. The leadership in the Baltimore City Police Department and State’s Attorney’s Office disagree. They claim that some children are not “regular kids,” but “violent offenders” who should be treated as adults and locked up. (Balt. Sun)

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Katherine Phillips: Seasonal migrations mean changes for the coastal bays

All around the world and throughout all seasons, migration is seen in a wide variety of animals ranging from mammals and avians to fish, reptiles, and insects. Migration is the movement of a species from one location to another at certain times of the year or during specific stages of their life cycles. On the Eastern Shore and coastal bays, many species can be seen migrating both to and from the area. Animals migrate for a variety of different reasons, such as traveling to a particular breeding ground, lack of food supply or seasonal changes. There are several types of migration based on differences in direction, timing and purpose. (Daily Times)

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November 29 // Dave Anderson: Treat North Korea like China

President Trump essentially congratulated the Chinese several weeks ago when he said that he did not blame them for taking advantage of the United States in gaining such a great trade balance in their favor. President Trump is eminently clear that he intends to change this situation, but he said that the United States, and especially prior Presidents, are to blame for the situation, not China. The approach the President is now taking toward China should also be taken toward North Korea, for Kim Jong Un and his predecessors have shown great ingenuity in defying international law and their own commitments about not developing nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles. (Global Policy)

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Dan Rodricks: A letter to Carroll County students about Baltimore

Dear students of Carroll County public schools, and particularly members of the Francis Scott Key High School Marching Band: I write to you from Baltimore to say it’s a shame you won’t be coming to the city any time soon on field trips, and I feel particularly bad for the band. The Key band was scheduled to perform in the Mayor’s Christmas Parade in Hampden on Sunday, and I can’t imagine the boys and girls in those smart plumed hats and handsome uniforms are pleased with the decision to stay home. It’s your loss, and ours. (Balt. Sun)

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Carroll County Public Schools' Baltimore field trip policy lacks consistency

Restrictions on school field trips to Baltimore has been met with mixed reaction, with some applauding Carroll County Public Schools and the Sheriff's Office for making the decision to halt trips to the city because of recent violence, and others questioning the rationale. Trying to sort out perception versus reality in regards to violence in the city is no easy task. There is no question that violence in parts of Baltimore is indeed "out of control," to quote the city's mayor, Catherine Pugh.  But what's happening in the city right now isn't anything like what was occurring during the civil unrest and rioting in 2015, the last time CCPS decided to temporarily ban field trips to Baltimore. (Carr. Co. Times)

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Should Baltimore ban field trips to Carroll County?

Baltimore’s mayor says crime is “out of control.” A city homicide detective was killed in broad daylight, leading police to put an entire neighborhood on lockdown for days. A handful of crimes allegedly committed by young people have gotten a great deal of attention, leading many who have been able to ignore the now three-year-long spike in violence to suddenly give it fresh concern. Given all that, we can understand why some parents might be worried about whether it is safe for their children to go on field trips here. (Balt. Sun)

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