EDITORIAL: What do Baltimore, fallen service members and POWs have in common? Trump hates them

On Sunday, the 45th president of the United States posted on social media that Baltimore, the city that saved a young republic and inspired “The Star-Spangled Banner,” is the “WORST IN THE NATION.” Had it been almost anyone else doing the tweeting, we’d be appalled. But given recent reports of Mr. Trump’s attacks on some of the nation’s more heroic individuals and institutions, to make this president’s enemies’ list is rather a badge of honor. Baltimore should take pride in the defamation. (Balt Sun)

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EDITORIAL: An appeals court ruling is an important victory for Gavin Grimm and other transgender students

"A special kind of discrimination against a child that he will no doubt carry with him for life.” That was the biting assessment from a federal appeals court about the refusal of a Virginia school board to allow Gavin Grimm, a transgender student, to use the boys’ restroom at his high school. In ruling that the boy’s constitutional rights were violated, the court struck a blow for good sense and common decency that ought to spare other transgender students from the kind of cruelty experienced by Mr. Grimm. (Wash Post)

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Harpool: Access to capital will help level the playing field for minority-owned businesses

The signs that America is in the midst of a violent and crippling pandemic are as visible as the mask on your face. They’re also clearly seen through the pain felt by many of us due to the illness or death of a loved one. Simultaneously, the broader community has come more recently to acknowledge structural racism in the wake of the deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and countless others at the hands of police. But sadly, a less apparent loss and more unnoticed story may be the sudden disappearances of thousands of Black and Latino businesses, which will be realized when the pall is lifted. (Balt Bus Journal)

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Gov. Hogan’s pandemic response ‘erratic’

Gov. Larry Hogan’s erratic leadership throughout the COVID-19 health crisis has caused immense stress on families and businesses across the state. His most recent press conferences pressuring school systems to reopen in person, and moving the state to Stage 3 without a vaccine or treatment are just two examples. More importantly, the governor has refused to put in place more supports for families. (Balt Sun)

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Baltimore Mayor Young took away water bill protections when residents needed them most

There were no tweets or press events, but in early July, Mayor Bernard C. “Jack” Young signed an executive order to indefinitely block implementation of the Water Accountability and Equity Act (WAEA), which would have opened a new income-based affordability program and a fairer billing dispute process to all residents. Evidently the mayor thinks that Baltimore residents will be better off in a pandemic without these unanimously passed legislative reforms even as the city plans to raise the water rate by another 10% on October 1. (Balt Sun)

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A simple act to combat systemic racism: planting a tree

We’ve been told repeatedly during the pandemic that the safest way to socialize is outside. But in the dog days of summer, in a city in particular, outside is often the last place one wants to be. Temperatures can vary by as much as 20 degrees from one urban area to the next, depending on the level of tree cover and paved surfaces. Not surprisingly, the tonier areas are greener, and therefore cooler, and the lower-income sections are covered in heat-amplifying concrete. So, while money may not grow on trees, it certainly correlates. (Balt Sun)

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Joe Biden is the only one trying to act like a president

When President Trump began laying the blame for unrest occurring in a few cities at the feet of the Democratic presidential nominee, referring to the alleged horrors of “Joe Biden’s America,” many found it odd. After all, Biden is not president at the moment; if we’re living in anyone’s America, surely it’s Trump’s. But what if he was unintentionally telling the truth? What if Trump is, in some crucial ways, not the president at all, and Biden is stepping in to fill the void where a normal president would be? (Wash Post)

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John Gartner, Baltimore psychologist, takes his ‘duty to warn’ about Trump to film

A new documentary film both fascinating and frightening gives Baltimore-based psychotherapist John Gartner and a supporting cast of mental health professionals ample opportunity to make their case that Donald Trump is psychologically unfit to be president of the republic. Its title, “#UNFIT: The Psychology of Donald Trump,” suggests a polemic, and there were many moments when I thought Michael Moore had directed the film. (He didn’t; Dan Partland did.) (Balt Sun)

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