Restaurant owner: Baltimore legislation to cap delivery app fees can’t come soon enough

At Land of Kush, our pandemic survival plan has been straightforward: Replace every empty table in our Mount Vernon dining room with a take-out order. Keep our employees on the payroll so they can continue to support their families and pay their bills. Stay in business long enough for the vaccine to do its job. But every time a customer finds our menu and orders their takeout on a delivery app like Grubhub, DoorDash and Uber Eats, we get hit with a 30% surcharge. This is real money. This is serious. (Balt Sun)

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Our Say: Anne Arundel should postpone a return to classes until the surge eases and vaccine arrives

Everyone wants students to return to classrooms. But it is unavoidable that the coronavirus pandemic is surging just as the target date for that goal is about to arrive. So on Thursday, the Anne Arundel County Board of Education will take up the matter of reopening. There really is no choice. With the current coronavirus surge expected to continue through January, and the rollout of vaccinations incredibly slow, the board must follow the recommendation offered last week by the county health officer and push the date from February to March. (Cap Gazette)

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Nonprofit View: COVID-19 increases need for mental health, substance use services

The world in which we currently live has evolved quickly into an unrecognizable environment that is unstable, uncertain, and viewed as frightening at times. Social isolation, disrupted routines, mask-wearing, new restrictions, social distancing, and business closures are the new norm for all of us. Our most vulnerable populations face job loss, food insecurity, and daily work-related COVID-exposure from their minimum-wage jobs. Additionally, the coronavirus pandemic disproportionally impacts our communities of color. (Carr Co Times)

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Olszewski: State’s Investment in Students and Teachers Is Long Overdue

For nearly a year, our public school classrooms have sat empty, as the COVID-19 pandemic abruptly forced students and educators online. I offer my sincerest thanks to the teachers, paraeducators, staff and administrators who have consistently gone above and beyond to support our kids in these uncharted waters as well as our students and families for their amazing resilience amid this crisis. (Md Matters)

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Maryland’s 1st congressional district deserves less traitorous representation

Maryland’s proximity to the District of Columbia has long afforded its residents a good look at the nation’s capital. We know politics. We know policy disputes. And we have see the best and worst of leadership from either end of Pennsylvania Avenue. The mob attack of the U.S. Capitol, incited by a sitting president and his facilitators in Congress, was an atrocity of historic dimension. Efforts are underway to identify and criminally prosecute the rioters, as it should be. (Balt Sun)

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Editorial: Stacey Abrams showed there’s still power grassroots organization

Georgia’s Senate runoff race offers important lessons for political campaigns around the country on old school, grassroots organizing of voters. Democrats flipped two seats in the historically red state, upending a Republican stronghold and practically ensuring President-elect Joe Biden an easier ride as president. So badly was the status quo thrown off kilter that Republican lawmakers are already talking about trying to restrict absentee voting, as mail-in voting helped to mobilize throngs of new voters. (Balt Sun)

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Rodricks: Impeach Trump, jail the Capitol mob, but then what?

Will the most extreme followers of Donald Trump go away when he does? It does not seem likely. The House of Representatives should impeach Trump again, and maybe this nightmarish presidency will end with his resignation. But all those louts and losers he inspired to storm the U.S. Capitol will still be with us. It’s one thing to be a Trump supporter because you liked that he cut taxes and didn’t start a war. You chose to ignore everything else — his lies, his cruelty, his dereliction of duty during the pandemic — but it’s not like you wanted to destroy democracy. Not on purpose. (Balt Sun)

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Zurawik: Where does right-wing media go after being splintered and debased by Trump?

Just as President Donald Trump fractured and debased the Republican Party with his anger, lies and conspiracy theories about the November election, he has done the same to right-wing cable TV the last few months. And the implications of that on the kind of information we get from television news could be enormous ― more journalism, less propaganda. (Balt Sun)

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