Editorial: Baltimore needs help, but it’s not helpless

We offer our thanks to the volunteers from out of state who came to Baltimore to clear trash and found themselves helping save two apparent overdose victims. They were here to do a good deed and wound up doing an even better one. The incident comes amid a period of great national scrutiny of Baltimore’s problems, fueled by President Donald Trump’s tweets mocking the city, and it says a couple of things about the true nature of what’s going on here that much of the national discussion has missed.  First, one of the volunteers happened to be a former police officer who knew how to administer the anti-overdose medication naloxone because the opioid epidemic is a problem everywhere — in Florida and New York, where the volunteers came from, in big cities, in suburbs and in rural communities. (Balt. Sun)     

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Gunasekara: A Trojan horse for Md. energy policy

Maryland legislators recently passed the Clean Energy Jobs Act of 2019 with the goal of increasing the amount of energy from renewable energy sources. What some Marylanders may find surprising is that embedded among the traditional list of renewables that generate power from the wind and the sun is another type of “renewable” source that derives its energy from trash. Strategically referred to as “waste-to-energy,” the concept to turn trash into a clean, usable form of energy is well-intentioned but in practice is far from true. Trash incinerators have been around for a long time. Most were built in the 1970s and 1980s and are now dealing with the question of how to prolong their end-of-life reality.  (Daily Record)

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Katz: ‘Never again’ in Howard County

On Sunday, more than 300 Jews and our allies spent Tisha b’Av — the saddest day on the Jewish calendar — at the Howard County Detention Center (HCDC) in Jessup. Why? Because HCDC has earned $14 million since 2013 for detaining more than 5,100 immigrants on behalf of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) as part of its Intergovernmental Service Agreement with the agency. Our Jewish community rallied to pray and witness outside of the detention center because of the violence and devastation caused by ICE and merciless immigration policies. Tisha b’Av marks the destruction of the First and Second Temples in Jerusalem, the expulsion of Jews from England and Spain, pogroms against Jews in Eastern Europe and a slew of other tragedies. (Balt. Sun)

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Watkins: Baltimore needs help

I love Baltimore. That love forces me to tell the truth, and truth is: We need help. For starters, the citizens of Baltimore, especially those in power, need to ask themselves, “What role am I really playing in making the city a better place?” before breaking their necks to address Donald Trump, or anyone really, over negative comments made about Baltimore City, because we are clearly not winning.  Regardless of how great anyone’s intentions for the city are, we must spend some time looking at the current outcomes. (Balt. Sun) 

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Ortman-Fouse, Demarco: A Way to Save the Planet and Fund Kirwan

For years, the tobacco industry paid actors to pretend they were doctors on TV, telling Americans that smoking wasn’t bad for their health. By the 1990s the public caught on and forced Big Tobacco – to this day – to pay billions of dollars for public health programs nationwide. In Maryland, we should do the same with fossil fuels and our struggling public schools. For decades, Big Oil and Big Coal knowingly misled the public about global warming, bringing us to the point where now we’re seeing what many scientists call “runaway climate destruction.” The heat waves and flash floods just keep coming. (Md. Matters)

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Pinsky: Md. lawmaker: Gov. Hogan ‘slow to truly lead his state’

Government at every level, we all agree, ought to serve the people and spend their tax dollars wisely. And our three branches of government ought to be working and cooperating together to reach these noble goals. Recent moves by the Hogan administration throw the governor’s commitment to these goals into serious question. One recent audit of Maryland’s Behavioral Health Administration has revealed little to no oversight of the grants the agency makes. One Hogan administration grantee reportedly serviced only two thirds of the opioid addiction treatment slots that the state paid that grantee to treat. Another grantee apparently was required to hire former employees of the state department overseeing the grant. (Balt. Sun)

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Editorial: Fort Detrick needs to rebuild trust with Frederick community (News-Post)

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shut down biosafety laboratories at Fort Detrick last month, yet the public didn’t know. And that’s simply unacceptable. The CDC sent a letter on July 15 shutting down level 3 and 4 labs at the U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases at Fort Detrick. The CDC found deficiencies with the labs where infectious diseases such as the Ebola virus, plague and Venezuelan equine encephalitis are studied. Those labs, operated by USAMRIID, failed to follow local procedures, lacked periodic recertification training of employees, and had problems with the wastewater decontamination system. (News-Post)   

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Zurawik: MPT rebooting “The McLaughlin Group” with controversial Pat Buchanan as a regular

Maryland Public Television announced this week that it is rebooting “The McLaughlin Group" next month, and it will include Pat Buchanan, a controversial right-wing figure, among its regular panelists. Also on the panel will be journalists Clarence Page and Eleanor Clift. Writing on nbc.com last year, the network’s national correspondent Steve Kornacki described the similarities between Buchanan and Donald Trump and how the failed presidential candidate influenced the successful one now in the White House. “He wanted a wall along the entire southern border and a pause on all immigration," Kornacki wrote. "He vowed to rip up trade deals and revive manufacturing. He hated political correctness and warned of the decline of Western culture. (Balt. Sun)     

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