EDITORIAL: A grassroots solution to inequitable higher education in Baltimore

This summer, The Sun published dueling op-eds from the presidents of two of Baltimore’s renowned institutions of higher education, proposing new governance structures for certain city institutions of higher education. In the first, University of Baltimore President Kurt Schmoke suggested combining the University of Baltimore (UB), Coppin State University and Baltimore City Community College (BCCC) into an entity known as the “City University of Baltimore.” In the second, Morgan State University President David Wilson argued, eloquently, that UB should merge into Morgan. (Balt. Sun)

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Rodricks: Maryland’s lynching memorial shows the powerful yearning for truth in the time of Trump

The theme of this year’s conference of the Maryland Lynching Memorial Project, taking place Saturday morning at Morgan State University, is “the journey from truth to reconciliation.” I was thinking about the connection between those ideals during a journey of my own Wednesday afternoon, on the No. 51 bus up Charles Street, when a man in a topcoat, fedora and sunglasses asked a question about the president of the United States: “What’s going to happen to Trump?” (Balt. Sun)

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EDITORIAL: If Baltimore’s mayor can’t take responsibility for violent crime, maybe he shouldn’t be mayor

If Baltimore Mayor Jack Young thinks the only thing he can do to manage violence in Baltimore is to refrain from committing murder himself, he’s not going to last long as the city’s mayor. “I’m not committing the murders, and that’s what people need to understand," Mr. Young, who inherited the mayoral job this spring after Mayor Catherine Pugh resigned in scandal, said Wednesday at a press conference. (Balt. Sun)

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EDITORIAL: Why the Supreme Court should strike down DACA

In October 2010, responding to demands from the open-borders lobby that he change immigration law unilaterally, President Barack Obama declared, “I am not king. I can’t do these things just by myself.” In March 2011, he said that with “respect to the notion that I can just suspend deportations through executive order, that’s just not the case.” Two months later, in May 2011, Mr. Obama conceded that he couldn’t “just bypass Congress and change the [immigration] law myself. That’s not how a democracy works.” (Wash. Times)

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Editorial: State universities out of reach to low-income-families

Education is no longer the ultimate equalizer in this country it was a generation ago thanks to the exorbitant cost to attend college. Everyone suffocating under the load of student debt can testify to that. Not even public universities are affordable for many families, particularly those with meager means. A recent report by the Institute for Higher Education Policy found that low-income families can’t afford most of the country’s flagship state universities, including the University of Maryland College Park. Not only is tuition too expensive, states aren’t investing as much in aid, and students whose families can afford to pay are getting a larger piece of the financial aid pie. (Balt. Sun)

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EDITORIAL: Censorship by theft on Radford University’s campus

Radford University, a taxpayer-supported institution in southwestern Virginia, is in a public relations hole entirely of its own making. The question is how deep its administrators will insist on digging. In September, roughly 1,000 copies of the Tartan, Radford’s student-run newspaper, disappeared from campus news racks after having been delivered hours earlier. The next day, administrators summoned the paper’s editor, junior Dylan Lepore, to a meeting at which they criticized as insensitive a photograph published on the paper’s front page. (Wash. Post)

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Plymer: Maryland public records board needs teeth

Many reports done by agencies in the executive branch of state government at the request of the Maryland General Assembly are perfunctory and of limited value. That is not the case with the preliminary report on the Maryland Public Information Act (PIA) by the Public Access Ombudsman and Public Information Act Compliance Board. Their report, issued Nov. 6th, is thorough and thoughtful, detailing shortcomings by state and local government agencies in complying with the PIA. (Balt. Sun)

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Del. Julie Palakovich Carr: Lessons From Rockville’s Vote-by-Mail Election

Nov. 5 was Election Day in nine Maryland cities. In most of these places, the vast majority of voters did not participate in their local election. Voter turnout was as low as 7 percent in one Maryland city and only broke 20 percent in two municipalities: Bowie and Rockville. Anemic turnout in local elections is unfortunately not an anomaly in this election cycle or a problem unique to Maryland. Yet low voter turnout threatens the basis of our democracy; how can a local government be representative when it is chosen by only a small percentage of its population? (Md. Matters)

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