Our Say: Recent Annapolis public safety, police reform measures have conflicting goals

Three police reform measures have come through the Annapolis City Council in recent weeks, revealing a great deal about what city leaders view as the priority for change. Two of them were aimed at a real desire by Annapolis to better combat homicides and other crimes, while the third is motivated by police reformers who want more accountability. Unfortunately, elements of each of the three measures work against each other. (Capital)

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Alvarez: In managing covid-19, colleges must tend to students’ minds as much as their bodies

“I really need to come home.” It was my youngest, a college freshman, calling me from New York City, her strained voice scarcely audible. After four weeks, she could no longer cope with the isolation and all-consuming limitations of a college life shanghaied by covid-19. Sofia — my kind, droll, openhearted daughter — was broken. Alone in her dorm room, she told me she felt smothered by anxiety. The pandemic had been far more constricting than she’d expected, making impossible the soul-fulfilling transformation she’d long dreamed college would deliver. (Wash Post)

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Don Mohler: We Might Agree on More Than You Think

In November 2010, Baltimore County Councilman Kevin Kamenetz was elected as the 12th executive in county history. There was only one month until he would be sworn into office. While serving as Baltimore County executive is certainly not analogous to being elected president of the United States, the county is larger in population than four states, comprised of 200,000 more people than neighboring Baltimore City. (Md Matters)

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Editorial: What Biden needs to do to regulate the Internet both at home and worldwide

Most Americans still saw the Internet as something of a dreamland last time Joe Biden was in the White House. Now, four years of techlash later, it looks a lot more like a nightmare. Thankfully, the president-elect is in a position to do for the Web, both worldwide and here at home, what his predecessor has not.There is ample room for regulating the online realm domestically, though doing so may first require cooperating with a divided Congress. (Wash Post)

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O’Halloran: Get it done Congress before small business shut their doors forever

The future for struggling small businesses eight months into the pandemic doesn’t look rosier, but foreboding. One in five small business owners are saying they can’t survive six months under current economic conditions, and more than half say they will need additional financial assistance in the next year. Congress must stop putting off meaningful negotiations and come to the rescue now before it’s too late. (Capital)

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Blaine: Is religious freedom a liberal or conservative value?

The Supreme Court’s recent decision to enjoin the governor of New York from enforcing strict numerical limits on church gatherings has triggered strong reactions from liberal commentators who see it as a signal of the court’s shift to the right. The immediate impact of the decision was limited: The governor had lifted the challenged restrictions just days before the decision was announced. (Wash Post)

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Bishop: The pandemic has caused a lot of pain, but there’s also pleasure to be found in the way we live now

Today is usually a travel day for my family, like many of yours. Every Thanksgiving for nearly a dozen years, we’ve packed up and flown south to Birmingham, Alabama, where my husband’s father and stepmother live. This is their holiday in our version of the unofficial family custody calendar so many of us are bound by, and we all go to them — starting as couples and adding children through the years. (Balt Sun)

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Editorial: Maryland’s other epidemic - hunger - isn’t going away

Thanksgiving is a time to count one’s blessings and to share in the harvest bounty with friends and family. Even in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, many of us will take part in this most essential of North American traditions (preferably, among an appropriately scaled or virtual gathering), with its historic roots that go back four centuries and menu stalwarts, from turkey to stuffing, mashed potatoes, gravy and pumpkin pie. Perhaps more than any other meal of the year, eating to excess is not regarded on this day as, well, excessive. (Balt Sun)

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