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Every day, more and more people in Maryland are getting their COVID-19 vaccines.  While perhaps not progressing as quickly as some would like, over 880,000 Marylanders have received their shots.  The news that the Biden administration has increased orders for both the Pfizer and Moderna vacc…

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A thirteen-year-old girl is raped, causing her to become pregnant. She’s scared, angry, and confused. She’s denied an abortion, with people claiming it’s the murder of an unborn child, but she is a child herself – a living, breathing child. Why must she have to suffer the consequences of som…

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Ever since Montgomery County Public Schools shut all its doors on March 13 as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, students were forced to move almost everything online — including their voices. When the Black Lives Matter movement took the United States by storm in early May 2020, students…

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It has been two weeks since my second dose of the Moderna vaccine. It seems a bit surreal; I don’t feel any different. I was expecting this sense of calm or relief to sweep over me - I’m protected from getting seriously ill with Covid. But I don’t feel that sense of calm. Instead, I feel a s…

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A report advocating rocket propulsion by nuclear power for U.S. missions to Mars, written by a committee packed with individuals deeply involved in nuclear power, was issued last week by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine.

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What has Trump done? If you help determine what your followers do and think for years and pick an appropriate date for an insurrection and know what they will do, whipping them up that day not saying precisely what to do, have you incited them? It must not be repeated— Trump must be convicte…

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I am a lifelong Maryland resident and a Junior at the University of Maryland. Growing up, I was encouraged by influential citizens to appreciate our environment. I recall that on Earth Day our "Outdoor Education" class in middle school gave us trees to plant in our backyard. Maryland schools…

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In 2017 when Maryland’s community solar program launched, it ushered in a new economic lifeline for the state. Community solar gave communities the choice to participate in the clean energy transition. It allowed farmers to lease their land and harvest the sun. And it created good jobs. Lots…

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As an eighteen-year-old Freshman at the University of Maryland, climate change is something that has been on my mind throughout my teenage years. I’ve grown up hearing about how my family lost their home and possessions in New Orleans because of Hurricane Katrina. They experienced firsthand …

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“The purpose of a democratic government is to provide for the common good.” It is a sentence I begin with as an introduction to our government unit, at the beginning of the first quarter each school year. This year I struggled to finish that sentence. What does that look like in the year 202…

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The impact of the pandemic has highlighted inequities in access to community resources, telehealth, distance learning, and jobs. As dependencies on online services increase dramatically, we cannot afford to have the consequential increases in social inequities. We need 5G infrastructure in p…

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Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) is the 14th largest school district in the country and incredibly diverse; this diversity is clearly visible when looking at the administrators and members of PAGES Coalition (Parents/Ally/Guardian/Educator/Student). The TogetherAgain group, less than …

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Science is under a frightening assault throughout the country. Here in Montgomery County, home to the NIH, FDA, Naval Medical Center, Walter Reed, numerous biotech companies, and thousands of scientific, medical, and healthcare professionals, I naively thought we were immune. Sadly, not only…

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We’re familiar with Fox, the TV propaganda arm of the Trump administration remaining a far right-wing outlet under Rupert Murdoch and his mission of using media to push an arch-conservative agenda.

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The Agricultural Reserve in Montgomery County is 93,000 acres, almost one-third of the County, set aside 40 years ago in a special zone for agriculture. Development is not permitted except in support of agriculture. Our “Ag Reserve” was created by a far-sighted County Council, who believed t…

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This new school year has brought about a new learning environment for both teachers and students. While school may look different, it is still essential for teachers to support each and every one of their students, especially those who are LGBTQ+. While there are some barriers to this due to…

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My parents came to the United States in the early 1990s, mystified and allured by the promise of freedom, opportunity, and a better life for themselves and their children. Like so many others, they were chasing the American Dream, arriving in this country with empty pockets but hearts full of hope.

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It was Monday, Dec. 14. It also happened to be the fourth night of Hanukkah. Jewish students rushed through their homework in anticipation of lighting the menorah. While 257 miles away, North Shore Hebrew Academy students were preparing to do the same, until their school website was hacked b…

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Windows shattering, doors being broken and guns being drawn. Those were the common themes from the Capitol protest. On Jan 6. President Donald Trump incited extreme danger on American democracy by calling for his supporters to charge the Capitol and try to change the “skewed” election results.

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As a former County resident once employed in the Community Solar industry, I support the amendment to ZTA 20-01 allowing community solar (CS) development under Conditional Use in 2%/1800acres of the Ag Reserve. Without it, ZTA 20-01 allows 18,000 of 93,000 acres to be developed.

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It’s hard not thinking Montgomery County isn’t letting its elderly residents down. Arlington is allowing residents aged 65 and older to register for a shot and DC is allowing that group to register for a shot. While PG isn’t administering vaccines to those aged 65 and older, its website note…

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Donald Trump has gotten pivotal support from a father and daughter combination of billionaire Robert Mercer and Rebekah Mercer functioning out of Suffolk County on Long Island.

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Donald Trump has been the worst president in the history of the United States.

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Prior to the 2000 presidential election, only one election resulted in the election of a president who won the electoral college but not the popular vote. That election occurred in 1876 when Republican nominee Rutherford B. Hayes defeated Democrat Samuel Tilden in the electoral college while…

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73 million voters voted for Donald J. Trump in the 2020 presidential election. That huge turnout was primarily for Trump and not necessarily for Republicans. For that reason, regardless of any potential candidate endorsement by Trump, because Trump is not on the January 5th Georgia ballot, d…

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To all those Trumpsters who, over the last five years, said to me "if you don't respect the individual you still have to respect the office" I now say "does your leader have one iota of respect for the office he has held for the last four years?"

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For those of you who follow my writing in the Sentinel newspapers, you are probably aware that as far back as September of 2019, yes, 2019, that I, like many other pundits, expected a Joe Biden candidacy to likely be successful in the Midwest states of Wisconsin, Pennsylvania and Michigan an…

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At the forefront of the fight to lower the voting age is Tyler Okeke, a 19-year-old activist from California and former Student Member of the Board of Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD), working to ensure that the voice of the youth is represented nationwide.

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With his recent executive order regarding changes to the merit-based federal workforce, Donald J. Trump is attempting to bring back the spoils system. You remember the spoils system, don't you? No? Maybe that is because the Pendleton Act of 1883 was intended to bring Civil Service reform and…

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A citizen's right to vote is the single most important element of a true democracy. Any attempts to suppress it is both unpatriotic and undemocratic. Sadly, ranting about the validity or lack thereof of mail-in ballots and, by doing so, hoping to suppress votes nationwide seems to be the str…

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In Montgomery County, thousands of students, aged 5-18, log onto screens for up to four hours a day. It’s an unprecedented school year, and it’s due to the novel coronavirus pandemic. But does it have to be this way for schools? Is there another solution?

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The first of three presidential debates between incumbent President Donald Trump and challenger Democratic Nominee former Vice President Joe Biden Tuesday night quickly spiraled into chaos, insults and interruptions, leaving voters uneasy about what’s to come.

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“The country would be better served, if we allowed both people to speak with fewer interruptions.” Chris Wallace’s words set the tone for the first presidential debate. As I watched the two candidates interrupt each other over and over, one question came to mind: if either of the candidates …

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On Friday, October 2, President Donald Trump announced via Twitter that both he and the first lady had tested positive for the coronavirus. Later that same day, he was abruptly transferred to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center where he spent the weekend and received various treatme…

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“The work, my friends, is peace. More than an end of this war—an end to the beginnings of all wars. Yes, an end, forever, to this impractical, unrealistic settlement of the differences between governments by the mass killing of peoples.” Those were the words of President Franklin D. Roosevel…

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During the recent Vice Presidential debate, Mike Pence was relentless in asking Kamala Harris if the Democrats plan to pack the Supreme Court if they win on November 3rd.