August 9 // Privatizing Baltimore's water system isn't the answer. Banning privatization isn't either

Baltimore’s City Council worked at warp speed this week to pass a charter amendment banning the privatization of the city’s water system. You’d think, from the procedural hoops Council President Bernard C. “Jack” Young hurdled Monday to get the proposal before city voters this fall that someone was seriously trying to sell Baltimore’s vast system of pipes, pumps and reservoirs. But they’re not. (Balt. Sun)

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Women candidates are badly underrepresented in races for Md.'s top offices. Down ballot, it's a different story.

Tuesday’s primaries continued what may be the most important trend in this year’s elections. We’re not talking about the victories by Donald Trump acolytes in Republican primaries or the overperformance of Democratic congressional candidates in special elections. Rather, it’s the success of women candidates that’s most notable. In Michigan alone, women won Democratic primaries for every statewide office — governor, attorney general, secretary of state and U.S. Senate — and several House seats. But in Maryland, things are different. (Balt. Sun)

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Carol Park: Pension map shows counties have liabilities too

Given the scarce media attention on Maryland state government’s public pension crisis, which includes a $19.7 billion shortfall, Marylanders could be forgiven for not knowing that their local governments also face daunting unfunded pension liabilities. With unfunded pension liabilities growing every year at both local and state level, Maryland can no longer ignore the problem. (Md. Reporter)

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Colleen Ebacher: Design Baltimore County streets for people, not just vehicles, to make everyone safer

On a late July morning, an out-of-control SUV speeding down Girdwood Road in Lutherville veered off the road and onto the sidewalk, careening into the bodies of an intensive-care nurse and her 5-year-old granddaughter out for a morning walk, killing both. This tragedy was no anomaly. Just 10 hours after the out-of-control SUV killed two on Girdwood road, a WJZ reporter witnessed another out-of-control car hopping the median and driving over a sign, at the exact same location. In the past year alone, nine car accidents have been reported along this one-mile stretch of road. For too long, our streets have been designed primarily for cars, not people. (Balt. Sun)

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Sandy German: Light rail injustice is hard on Glen Burnie

In the blue-collar community of Glen Burnie, you stand and fight for what you believe in. More than one year of documentation by the community crime watch, of drug overdoses, the operation of illegal businesses, 911 reports, destruction of our property and personal attacks on our families and community related to the unaccountable operation of the light rail. Only then was acknowledgment displayed. (Capital)

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August 8 // Why Maryland needs to invest in child care

Gov. Larry Hogan and the General Assembly could scarcely have found a better way to help working families now and for generations to come than their efforts this year to expand Maryland’s child care subsidies. After years of atrophy, the subsidies were far too restrictive in their eligibility requirements and not nearly generous enough to allow families to access the vast majority of high-quality child care in the state. Addressing both those issues will boost the economic security of working families today by making it easier for parents to get and hold jobs and will improve the prospects of the next generation by making sure children get to kindergarten ready to learn. (Balt. Sun)

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Visions for City Dock have changed, but consensus still needed

Three years ago we published a series of stories on the future of downtown Annapolis that has proven to be strangely prescient. We explored the need for a new vision, one that not only celebrated the city center’s important architectural and cultural history but also its status as a unique open space. We called for pushing parking off City Dock, creating a place that would draw residents from across Annapolis and offering something more than just a spot where tourists stroll. We doubt Mayor Gavin Buckley was inspired by our stories. Rather we think our reporters and editors did what good journalists should do, capture a shift in the public mood. (Capital)

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Steuart Pittman: A gun violence task force would focus efforts to end mass shootings

The survivors of the shooting at The Capital have made a request. They want candidates for office in this fall’s election to answer this question: “How do we make Annapolis the last mass shooting in America?” I am running for county executive. My answer starts here in our county. The eyes of the nation are on us, and if we succeed others will follow. We are a microcosm of this country, split down the middle politically, and deeply divided on how we should regulate access to guns. When I take office in December I must listen to all of the 570,000-plus residents here. I don’t want us further divided. (Capital)

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