The Supreme Court can’t dodge responsibility on gerrymandering forever

The Supreme Court has ducked responsibility for finally clarifying when gerrymandered electoral maps are so skewed they are unconstitutional. Instead of ruling on the merits of challenges to highly partisan Wisconsin and Maryland legislative maps, the justices on Monday tossed the cases back to lower courts on technical grounds. But the justices cannot dodge responsibility forever. At some point, they will need to confront the damaging effects of gerrymandering and admit the practice has become so unjust that it violates constitutional principles such as equal protection and free association. In the meantime, voters should not wait for a dawdling judiciary; they should push for nonpartisan redistricting within their states. (Wash. Post)

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Maryland School for the Deaf enriches the lives of our whole community

The Maryland School for the Deaf has been a lifeline and refuge for deaf children for 150 years. It is obvious to all what a difference it makes in the lives of these children. It may be less obvious but just as true that MSD has made a huge difference in the life of the Frederick community. As the school celebrates its sesquicentennial, it is a good time to reflect on the great benefits that Frederick has accrued as the host city for this national educational institution. (News-Post)

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Matt Sharkey, Ph.D.: Recent Fort Detrick incidents highlight need for transparency

We applaud the vigilance of Fort Detrick in the timely discovery and public notification of two recent events at the U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases (USAMRIID) and the Fort Detrick Steam Sterilization Plant. In April, USAMRIID discovered that a laboratory animal and a laboratory worker were infected with tuberculosis (Frederick News-Post, April 12). In May, the steam sterilization plant at Fort Detrick was flooded by rain (News-Post, May 7), which could have released contaminated wastewater into the community. In each case, Fort Detrick coordinated its response with the county health department and informed the community of measures underway to assess risks and prevent future incidents. (News-Post)

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County Council primaries bring new faces to the fore

With four of the seven current members of the Anne Arundel County Council being forced out by term limits, and the remaining three incumbents all facing challengers, the Nov. 6 election will give us a largely new County Council — and one we hope is not an all-male affair. We will be giving our endorsement in the District 1 race on Friday and there is no primary race in District 4. Here are our other endorsements. (Capital)

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June 20 // Laslo Boyd: It keeps getting worse

Admit it. As horrible as the Trump Administration has been, you never really thought they would resort to separating children from their parents in a cynical ploy to …. Actually, what is it exactly that they are trying to accomplish? There’s little to indicate that the new “zero tolerance” policy announced by Attorney General Jeff Session has anything to do with either national security or immigration policy. (From a Certain Point of View)

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Baltimore City legislative endorsements

The youth movement that has swept Baltimore politics in the last few years has produced some highly competitive primary elections this year, with young upstarts seeking to oust veteran lawmakers from one corner of the city to another. As with the City Council elections two years ago, we think that’s mainly a good thing. Baltimore needs new energy and ideas to tackle its endemic problems. But in the never-ending battle for resources in Annapolis, it also needs clout, and that means keeping a few influential lawmakers in its delegation, too. Here are The Sun’s picks in the Democratic primary for state Senate and House of Delegates in Baltimore. (Capital)

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Lisa Rodvien: I'll work to aid schools, preserve what's working, improve what isn't

Residents of the City of Annapolis, Crownsville, Sherwood Forest and the Annapolis peninsula have been fortunate to be represented for the past eight years by Chris Trumbauer, a champion for the environment and for civil rights and fairness, as well as for our public schools. Chris leaves his position this year due to term limits. I'm running for office to continue and expand upon the work done by Chris and others. (Capital)

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Paula Fargo: Baltimore's 'crime creep' problem

One of my employees was mugged this week, a block away from our shop at 314 N. Charles St., near the intersection with Saratoga Street. She is a Baltimore City resident — about half my staff are — and resides in a neighborhood that makes her no stranger to city crimes. However, when she took this job with me last year, she felt very safe, knowing that at least the downtown business district of Baltimore was not a dangerous area, relatively speaking. However, in this past year, we have witnessed a distressing downward spiral in the quality of our city neighborhood. (Balt. Sun)

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