Our Say: Lowry’s modest police reforms a gift to Chief Awad

Somewhere on Amal Awad’s to-do list as the new Anne Arundel County chief of police, we hope there is a reminder to send William Lowry a thank you note. Along with admirably running the department in the interim between chiefs, deputy chief Lowry took on a long-overdue task that would have fallen on Awad’s desk. He launched a review of police misconduct during the administration of former county executive John Leopold and took steps to prevent a repeat of some of the most egregious examples. (Cap Gazette)

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Hong: Re-imagining Baltimore as a ‘city for children’

Imagine, for a moment, what an ideal Baltimore City would look like. Who would it be for? What qualities would it have? With so many deep-set, interconnected challenges in our city it is hard to know where to begin. In fact, this may be the fundamental problem: that we are so overwhelmed by the depth and range of challenges — from poverty to racism — that it is hard to know where to invest our resources to strategically make real systemic change. What we have instead is an earnest, yet diffused set of strategies that are together inefficient, uncoordinated and mostly impotent against the reality we face. (Balt Sun)

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Zurawik: How to watch what some are calling the greatest threat to democracy since the Civil War

Wednesday is going to be a day for the history books. And with COVID-19 restrictions in place, the best way for most of us to bear witness to it will be on our screens. But what screens and what channels? Events both in the halls of Congress and on the streets of Washington will be highly partisan in nature, with violent clashes a possibility on the streets. (Balt Sun)

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Ignatius: Wednesday’s protests could get ugly. But officials should be able to handle it — without the armed forces.

As President Trump’s supporters gather in Washington for what could be several days of violent protests, senior government officials appear confident that the chaotic situation can be handled by the D.C. police, federal law-enforcement agencies and the National Guard — without requiring any use of regular-duty military troops. “I can see no situation where the cops can’t handle it,” said one official familiar with preparation for Wednesday’s pro-Trump marches, adding that “the introduction of the military in the next 72 hours would be irreparably damaging to the country.” (Wash Post)

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Editorial: Protesters targeting the homes of politicians are crossing the line — and possibly the law

Vandals rang in the new year in vile fashion at House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s (D-Calif.) San Francisco residence. They deposited a severed pig’s head in her driveway shortly after midnight Friday and defaced her garage door with slogans related to their ostensible political demands: $2,000 stimulus payments and “cancel rent!”The attack was part of an often troubling trend toward targeting the homes of politicians and other public figures, of all persuasions, for political protest. (Wash Post)

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Editorial: How the U.S. government can protect itself from the next big hack

The Solarwinds hack, it seems, was worse than initially feared — and initial fears were already alarming enough. The manner in which the U.S. government left itself vulnerable to the attack demands a reckoning that runs the policy gamut. But the best place to start may be the least flashy: security of the software supply chain.Russia has perpetrated attacks through the supply chain before, and no wonder. (Wash Post)

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Elliot: How to Address the Pandemic’s Devastation in a Year of Budgetary Constraints

During the 2021 General Assembly session, lawmakers will be constrained by budgetary shortfalls, unaddressed legislation from last session, and tremendous needs for constituents. This means that the 2021 legislative session should have a focus on raising tax revenues from those who have profited immensely during the pandemic, allocating spending to improve our economy and protect Maryland’s citizens, and taking maximum precautions to fight the pandemic. (Md Matters)

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Frank DeFilippo: Hey, Gov. Hogan, ‘No Labels’ Is a Label

Sorry, Governor, but “No Labels” is a label. It’s a political variation on the idea of making the pitch by withholding the product. It’s camouflage. It’s duck-and-cover. It’s a cop-out. The Bobblehead is a better idea. Bouncing around on a pick-up-truck dashboard next to the hip-jiggling girl in a hula skirt is a constant reminder of an existential presence. And at least part of the revenue will serve a worthy purpose — purchasing masks — for anyone nuts enough to buy a plastic Larry-doll likeness at $25 per copy. Welcome, Gov. Larry Hogan (R) to the National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum, special or spoof. (Md Matters)

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