Rodricks: The restoration of American idealism starts with the kids

Most of all, I worry about the kids. That’s a natural state for any parent in uncertain times, though I don’t assume the concern is as widely shared as it used to be. The state of public discourse gives me doubt. I might be wrong about this, the parental instinct being nature’s strongest, but I worry that the country has been blown so far off course — by divisive politics, by a pandemic, by income inequality — that our focus is solely on the here and now, and not on what comes next. (Balt Sun)

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Cooper: Threats of Election Chaos Need Not Result in Disaster

Baseless claims of individual voter fraud are fueling worry that President Trump and his supporters will try to steal the election. Labeling voting by mail as inherently fraudulent in the absence of any evidence has created alarm in every nook and cranny of our society. Republicans have been crying wolf for years, leading to voter ID laws and wanton purges of voter rolls, but the rarity of court convictions, even under Republican prosecutors, makes their voices sound more like shrill electoral cheerleading than pleas for integrity. (Md Matters)

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King: When it comes to suppression of Black votes, it’s the 19th century all over again

When it comes to voter suppression, there’s not a dime’s worth of difference between the goals of the post-Reconstruction Ku Klux Klan and the intention of today’s Donald Trump Republicans. Their common endeavor? Make it harder for people of color to vote. The targets of the Klan then were communities that posed serious political threats. Thus, the KKK concentrated on formerly enslaved Black men, Black elected officials and their supporters, as National Geographic noted. (Wash Post)

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EDITORIAL: Twitter and Facebook were right to suppress a Biden smear. But they should tell us why they did.

Facebook and Twitter don’t want to make the same mistakes that marred this country’s last presidential election, but righting old wrongs can introduce new obstacles.Last week, Facebook reduced the distribution of a dubious story by the New York Post that smeared Democratic nominee Joe Biden, pending third-party fact-checking. Twitter blocked the URL from being shared altogether. Both platforms made the correct decision to slow what so far seem to be baseless accusations backed up by leaked emails of murky origin — yet the way the sites made that decision matters, too. (Wash Post)

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EDITORIAL: In securing its future, the Baltimore Museum of Art sells the past

For the third time in less than three years, the Baltimore Museum of Art has caused an uproar in the art world in the name of diversification, suggesting that opinions on what a museum does with its collection are just as subjective as those regarding the actual art. In 2018, Director Christopher Bedford sold seven works by white men to pay for the acquisition of contemporary art by women and people of color; the move was conversely described as bold, visionary and horrendous. (Balt Sun)

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Sweeny & Kahrl: Refusing the legacy of biased policing in ICE detention — by ensuring legal representation

Howard County Executive Calvin Ball recently announced that the county’s detention center would now only detain people for Immigration and Customs Enforcement who had been convicted of “violent crimes” per the Maryland code. He then vetoed the County Council’s bill to end ICE detention in Howard County, saying he shared concerns expressed by local organizations and others about the adverse effect such a move would inadvertently have on people detained there. (Wash Post)

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Tax debt is not a crime, but it’s not a good look. The Mosbys should pay up and spare Baltimore more humiliation. | COMMENTARY

After the Sheila Dixon scandal and the Gun Trace Task Force scandal and the Cathy Pugh Healthy Holly scandal and the police commissioner tax evasion scandal, Baltimoreans were relieved the other day when the word “indicted” did not appear in The Sun’s news report about the Mosbys. Marilyn and Nick owe back taxes to the U.S. government. Oh. The Internal Revenue Service is looking for $45,000 from the Baltimore power couple. Oh. The IRS put a lien on their properties. Oh. (Balt Sun)

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Griffiths: Maryland must make it easier for independents and third parties to get on the ballot

I’ve been a Republican for 22 years. But I’m tired of our two-party system that effectively shuts out third parties from having a voice in politics and government. In order to appear on the ballot statewide, independent and third parties candidates need to collect 10,000 signatures to be recognized as a party or to appear on the ballot as an independent candidate. A candidate running in a county, city, or district-level race would need to collect signatures in the amount of 1% of the registered voters eligible to vote in that race. (Cap Gazette)
 
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