Editorial: If schools aren’t sure they can protect Marylanders amid a pandemic, why should we trust bars to?

Some have described Gov. Larry Hogan as acting like Maryland’s dad when it comes to bad behavior at the state’s bars and restaurants, using a Ward Cleaver approach to protecting public safety amid the pandemic and lecturing others about breaking the rules. But granddad seems more like it, or maybe an in-law — someone slightly removed who wants to tell you how to do things, but not be responsible for the outcome. A parent would have known better than to hand his kids the keys to the family sports car and expect them not to drive it. (Balt Sun)

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Our View: November's election will be far from normal

Whatever the status of the November election in Maryland, the one thing we can know for sure is that it will not be “normal.” If Gov. Larry Hogan says that is his goal, he is ignoring reality. Whether the coronavirus pandemic is raging out of control, or it is just lurking in the shadows waiting to strike again, it is not going to be over by November. Without a vaccine, the best we can hope for is a virus that is somewhat under control. And we don’t want to do anything that would allow it to escape, like bringing together millions of people to vote in person. (News Post)

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Former Baltimore police commissioner: Reform policing by creating a federal secretary of police

Talk about defunding, dismantling and demeaning police must stop. The adults need to enter the room and make real and thoughtful changes. For the real policing transformation that many are calling for, elevating the oversight of municipal policing to the executive branch of the federal government makes sense given the collective outrage and resolve following the murder of George Floyd, who died after a Minneapolis police officer knelt on his neck for nearly nine minutes. (Balt Sun)

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Degrazia: Mask wearing - Maybe you have a right to put your health at risk, but not others’

“I don’t need a mask!” declared the San Diego woman to a Starbucks barista. The woman apparently believed she had a right to enter mask-free, contrary to the coffee bar’s policy. A surprising number of Americans treat expectations of mask-wearing during the coronavirus pandemic in a similar way — as if these expectations were paternalistic, limiting people’s liberty for their own good. They are dead wrong. (Balt Sun)

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Gov. Hogan: Fighting alone

My wife, Yumi, and I stood on the tarmac, waiting in cloth masks, on the morning of April 18. Finally, a Boeing 777 landed and taxied to the far corner of Baltimore-Washington International Marshall Airport. It was the first Korean Air flight ever to land at BWI, but it didn’t have a single passenger aboard. The crew of five had flown 14 hours, straight from Seoul. “Congratulations, honey,” I told Yumi as the pilot turned off the engines. “You helped save a lot of lives.” (Wash Post)

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Editorial: Can peer intervention change Baltimore’s police culture?

The problems of the Baltimore Police Department are well known. They began well before the fatal injury to Freddie Gray in 2015 and clearly continue through today. The arrest of Sgt. James Lloyd last week, on charges he kidnapped and extorted a contractor who performed unsatisfactory work at his house, is just the latest in a string of disturbing incidents involving a relative handful of city officers allegedly abusing their power and violating citizen rights — whether by fabricating evidence; robbing drug dealers; making vindictive arrests or using excessive force. (Balt Sun)

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Vargas: The nation’s no-good back-to-school choices have left parents worried and solutions available only to some

Not in a class. Not with a mask. Not in a house. Not with a mouse. I do not want a screen to teach my kid. I also do not want to opt for “hybrid.” I do not like our back-to-school choices for the fall. I do not like them, nope, not at all. I am lying in the dark, on my younger son’s bottom bunk, when those words come to me. We’ve just finished reading a children’s book and I am listening to him and his older brother, who is on the top bunk, talk about the one-legged toad that jumped into their bug-catching net at a nearby pond that afternoon. (Wash Post)

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Adams: A summer like no other

As we come off what may have been a rather tame Independence Day celebration for many, I hope that you found a way to recharge and relax with your loved ones. You have probably had to juggle the phased court reopenings and clients clamoring for insight and legal assistance now that they can freely leave their homes for the first time in months — all while also handling your normal day-to-day needs. (Daily Record)

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