Barnes, Ebersole, Solomon & Zucker: Maryland’s child-care centers need the state’s help to survive

Child care is the workforce behind the workforce. Nearly four out of every 10 workers age 18 to 64 in Maryland have a child under the age of 18. Without a robust, safe, high-quality child-care system, families cannot return to work, and our economy will not recover. In Maryland, we’re witnessing a slow-moving disaster that will devastate our child-care community, leaving families to choose between their jobs and properly caring for their children. (Wash Post)

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Thiessen: The fight for civil rights isn’t a rejection of America’s founding. John Lewis knew that.

Perhaps the most poignant moment in this week’s commemoration of Rep. John Lewis’s life was seeing him cross the Edmund Pettus Bridge one last time in a horse-drawn caisson, while a line of Alabama state troopers stood at the other end of the bridge — this time to honor him rather than beat him. It was a testament to just how far this country had come since Bloody Sunday in 1965. (Wash Post)

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Bratton: There’s a name for the Washington football team that could end an insult and honor black heroes

In a potentially watershed moment when this nation — perhaps unwillingly — seems prepared to revisit its racial outlook, an overdue name change could play an important role. It offers a chance to not only erase a prominent symbol of white racism but also replace it with an icon of African American heroism. The football team in our nation’s capital should change its name to the Washington Red Tails. (Wash Post)

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Hooper: Baltimore teacher ‘distraught’ about kids missing more classroom time

Last week, Baltimore City Public Schools announced that it will be opening the school year virtually and delaying plans for hybrid in-person instruction. Schools CEO Sonja Santelises based this difficult decision off of the current public health conditions, in addition to feedback received from families in a variety of virtual town halls and surveys throughout the summer. This announcement echoes similar plans for reopening schools in Montgomery and Prince George’s County, in addition to many other school jurisdictions throughout the country. (Balt Sun)

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EDITORIAL: Baseball took elaborate precautions for pandemic play, but the virus is already winning

Decades before the nation’s pastime was invented, Robert Burns captured the essence of the sport from far way in Scotland with his observation about how the best laid plans of mice and men often go awry. Baseball has proven this adage over and over again. Take the 1969 Mets besting the Orioles. Please. Or Bill Buckner’s fielding in the 1986 World Series. Or maybe the idiot who thought 10-cent beer night in Cleveland in 1974 was a wonderful idea. (Balt Sun)

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EDITORIAL: The child-care industry is on the brink of collapse. Congress must rescue it.

With schools shuttered and child-care options restricted, working parents across the country are shouldering unexpected child-care burdens. Many will not be able to return to work until they can find safe, affordable child care. At the same time, the child-care industry is collapsing under pandemic-inflicted financial pressure. Without swift action from Congress, child-care centers are at risk of permanent closures that could severely undermine the country’s economic recovery. (Wash Post)

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Richter: Now is the worst time to become a police officer. Here’s why I’m doing it anyway.

When we were packing our things to leave for spring break back in March, the Class of 2020 did not know it would be our last week of in-person classes as undergraduates at The Johns Hopkins University. The administration would send out an email a few days later telling underclassmen not to return to their dorms and informing seniors that we wouldn’t be having an in-person commencement ceremony. (Balt Sun)

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Rev. Dr. Al Hathaway: How one West Baltimore church is bridging the digital divide

When Union Baptist Church began its journey to bridge the digital divide in 2007, it repurposed the lower level of its Harvey Johnson Community Center on Druid Hill Avenue in historic Upton in West Baltimore to create a cyber center that would serve the African American community. Union Baptist Church understood the importance of creating opportunities for this low-income community by providing training and resources so people of color would not remain locked out of high-paying jobs, particularly those in technology. For Union Baptist, this was a matter of social justice and just made good economic sense. (Balt Sun)

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