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Maryland’s leading source of aggregated and original news and opinion on government, politics, business and more. Called one of the “nation’s best state-based political blogs” by the Washington Post.

Holmes: Hunger has skyrocketed as a result of the coronavirus, but these nutrition programs can feed kids and promote equity

Childhood hunger was a problem in Maryland long before the coronavirus pandemic hit, and it’s no secret that the ongoing economic crisis has made the situation much more dire for many families. Parents and caregivers have lost jobs and wages and are finding themselves struggling even more to pay bills and put food on the table.  In August, No Kid Hungry Maryland released a new report based on data from the most recent Maryland Youth Risk Behavior Survey/Youth Tobacco Survey that showed 1 in every 4 middle and high school students in Maryland lacked consistent access to healthy food. Worse yet, these troubling rates of food insecurity were from before COVID-19. More recent data shows that food insecurity tripled in households with children in the first three months of the pandemic alone.  The risk of food insecurity is significantly higher for Black and Latino students. This isn’t new, but this pandemic... Continue reading
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Irvin: Covering New Modalities Is the Only Cure for the Opioid Crisis

During these difficult times with the coronavirus pandemic and ongoing opioid crisis, we must proactively address pain management and emotional health. I have had a front-row seat to the healthcare system for over seven years, enduring 60 plus surgeries, pain management protocols and procedures due to the ongoing effects on my body from a flesh-eating bacteria of my abdominal wall.   To be honest, it has been a struggle with managing my pain and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).  But I am thankful to be alive today to offer some proven solutions which I hope can help shed light on safer alternatives. Some were easily accessible, such as meditation with ocean breathing, naturopathic medicines, mindfulness exercises, and sea salt soaks. Unfortunately, other modalities tend to be more expensive and less accessible, and therein lies an impediment for far too many who deserve safer alternatives to a healthier ongoing quality of life.  One modality... Continue reading
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Venetoulis: Bring in the Thugs

Here’s why it’s a mistake to ignore Trump’s stunning refusal to accept the election results.  He has a psychotic objection to losing but it’s increasingly evident he can’t win.  His only strategy is to weaponize his cult.  He has access to at least fifteen law enforcement posses buried in various agencies under HIS command, not local law enforcement authorities—a b*****d militia with no chain of command or training in civilian crowd control—bursting with a thuggish relish to carry weapons, bully others and wear uniforms of authority.  He has already systematically deployed this gang of misfits on the Mexican border, at Lafayette Park and in Portland and is now plotting to provide these storm trooper services for ‘free’ to any Democratic controlled city. He is also scheming to suppress voting by purging voter lists, curtailing voting locations, encouraging Russian campaign meddling, and opposing voting by mail—that by any logic is necessary in... Continue reading
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The Light House Increases Meals, Provides Housing Solutions with Support from Bank of America

As COVID-19 continues to challenge jobs throughout Maryland, The Light House is experiencing the ripple effect of unemployment in Anne Arundel County. Along with a significant increase in meals being distributed, the local nonprofit has shifted gears in preparation for an increase in homelessness throughout the county. The Light House recently received a grant from Bank of America, which has helped the nonprofit to prepare for the anticipated need. “We’re concerned with the rate of unemployment, that after some of the moratoriums on evictions have been lifted, there will be an imminent risk of homelessness county-wide. We’re preparing to be a lifeline to those desperately trying to avoid homelessness,” said Jo Ann Mattson, Executive Director of The Light House. A $20,000 grant from Bank of America has helped The Light House meet that demand. Its Safe Harbor Resource Center, which has been delivering hygiene products and providing food and clothing throughout the... Continue reading
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Rev. Dr. Al Hathaway: Me Black Too

One of the iconic images of the 1968 Riots was a Korean storeowner located within a community posting a hand printed sign on his store window saying, “Me Black Too.” The purpose of the signage was to prevent his store from being looted or burned by identifying with the angry Black people who had been extremely agitated by the assassination of The Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in Memphis on that fateful day, April 4, 1968.That’s what occurred after the assassination of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., the powder keg of racial abuse and injustice exploded and cities throughout America were set on fire. Time and time again, there have been precipitating incidents against African Americans that have ignited the fuse on a time bomb burning in communities right below the surface. Sparked by blatant police violence, or some atrocity against the personhood of an African American, or some... Continue reading
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