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The Sentinel has consulted with one of our experts who is  an infectious disease specialist. She wants school systems  to prioritize teachers' concerns and keep them in the classroom. She emphasized the importance of masks testing ventilation symptom monitoring and having parents keep sick k…

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“We took them by surprise and this year they rigged an election. They rigged it like they’ve never rigged an election before.” These were the words of former president Donald J. Trump on the afternoon of Jan. 6, 2021. As he stood in-front of a large crowd of his supporters, people at-home wa…

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It’s time for Marylanders to know the truth...our drinking water is in jeopardy.  According to the Geological Society of America, underground aquifers provide clean drinking water to over 1.4 million Marylanders.  Recently, however, these aquifers have begun to deplete due to overuse, which …

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The holidays are meant to be a time of joy and celebration. For those of us working in healthcare, it has been anything but. This time of year has been particularly stressful for all of us. As the new year begins, those of us manning the hospitals are bracing ourselves for a very dark winter.

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There are few industries that have become as integral to our daily lives as the technology industry, which has become essential to almost everything we do. The few companies that make up what we call “Big Tech” – Facebook/Meta, Google/Alphabet, Amazon, Apple and sometimes Microsoft – are at …

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It’s been drilled into our heads via AP Gov, APUSH, and all the way back to elementary school: America is a democracy, and the people pick their representatives just as the founders envisioned. Maybe they were envisioning democracy, but it would be charitable to characterize our modern syste…

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The United States is often credited to be the nation with the best universities in the world, with European nations ranking second. Despite the aura of superiority the United States bears, American universities could certainly learn a thing or six from Europe.

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We’re all familiar with the invaluable Chesapeake Bay, but most aren’t familiar with the detrimental impact that stormwater runoff is having on the bay. This runoff consists of precipitation, or snowmelt, and migrates across surfaces, either infiltrating the ground, or eventually making its …

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On September 1, Texas passed the strictest anti-abortion law since the 1973 Supreme Court case Roe v. Wade, which guaranteed a woman’s right to reproductive choice. The new legislation, which took effect immediately, prevents abortions from legally taking place in Texas more than six weeks a…

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Since March 2019, the Board of Education has implemented new rules and protocols including  allowing students to take a “mental health day” as an excused absence from now on. 

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Statement of Senator Jim Rosapepe on the retirement of Maryland Treasurer Nancy Kopp “I worked with Nancy from my first House term through last week, on issues from college affordability and fiscal strategy to retirement savings for working families. She’s been so effective and respected bec…

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On Saturday, Oct. 2, thousands gathered in DC to protest the potential overturning of Roe V. Wade. The rally included speeches by several notable women’s rights activists. “No matter where you live, no matter where you are, this moment is dark — it is dark — but that’s why we’re here,” Alexi…

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A “No Militarization of Space Act”—which would abolish the new U.S. Space Force—has been introduced in the U.S. Congress.

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As we begin the new school year, it’s tempting to want to forget everything about the last one. The chaos of remote learning and hybrid in-school and virtual learning, not to mention the pain that families and educators endured who were personally impacted by COVID-19 infections, made it a y…

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Every day, it seems the news surrounding our nation’s fight against coronavirus is getting grimmer. Cases and hospitalizations are increasing at alarming rates and, once again, coronavirus seems to be getting the better of us.  For those of us who work in healthcare, watching this unfold fil…

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To the editor;

“Congratulations to The Sentinel and its steadfast owners, the Kapiloff family, for holding to their high standard of editorial integrity for many, many years, in the face of ever-increasing challenges for small media companies.

“It was my privilege to work as a rookie reporter at the paper some 48 years ago, under the tough tutelage of its legendary editor, Roger Farquhar.

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It is about time we recognized the true heroes of the Republican Party. They are not the dopey louts who rampaged through our nation’s capital and the moral cowards who still cover for them. They are not the ranting demagogues exploiting the emotions of the resentful.

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I lived for years in New Orleans, Cleveland, 3 Boston suburbs, and visited Los Angeles and the South Florida areas for long periods. Absent a bad storm, the electric power never went out. I lived in North Bethesda for 10 years, and the power went out perhaps 5 times a year; being elderly, I …

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In the weeks to come, the doors of our K-12 schools will swing wide open as students stream in. With the unfurling of their classroom laptops, personal information will quietly and excessively stream out, right into the hands of Educational Technology vendors who sold their way into our scho…

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Dyslexia is a reading disorder that manifests itself as difficulty with reading and words. As of a study conducted in 2001, an estimated five to 12 percent of children in the United States are estimated to be dyslexic, potentially one in ten, and yet very little is widely known about the dep…

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Over the past 20 years, enrollment in MCPS has increased by over 30,000 students, making MCPS one of the largest and most diverse counties in the nation. However, facility construction has not kept pace with this growth. In order to ensure MCPS could maintain its high-quality facilities of e…

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Montgomery County needs affordable broadband, not 5G cell towers, to bridge the digital divide published on July 10th fails to acknowledge the role mobile networks play in enabling more equitable access to connectivity.

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The bottom line is that nuclear power is not carbon free – that the “nuclear cycle” of uranium mining, enrichment, enrichment, and so on, makes a “substantial contribution to global warming,” as explains Michel Lee, chair of the Council on Intelligent Energy & Conservation Policy, in thi…

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Dr. Asa Yancey  worked  at  Howard University s Freedmen s Hospital after graduating  from the University of Michigan Medical School as did his brother.He trained  under  Dr. Charles Drew  as did my dad. Subsequently   he established  the first surgical Residency for African Americans in Geo…

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When facing big challenges, we need to think just as big. As our region experiences the damaging effects of global warming, we should be pushing for more renewable energy initiatives, turning away from fossil fuels and toward truly renewable energy sources.

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As our nation commemorated Memorial Day, the families of fallen veterans in Puerto Rico continued living as second-class American citizens, despite the sacrifices of Puerto Rican service members. Puerto Ricans can fight and die under the stars and stripes, but currently cannot vote for the P…

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On May 4, 2021 County Executive Elrich tweeted a photo from the AAPI Heritage Month Kick Off Event. Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic the County has been subject to various Orders issued at both the State and County levels. The photo is a direct disregard to such orders, orders th…

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As we near the end of the 2020-2021 year, the first ever majority-online school year in history, we’ve come to many conclusions. How we must adjust to an online environment, how we miss being in school, and most importantly, how much online school can suck. As a junior at Quince Orchard who …

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MCPS and Montgomery County DHHS’s approach to school reopening has been disjointed, devoid of analysis, and divorced from science. DHHS’s own emails reflect it.

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“Let’s be clear: Deploying weapons in space crosses a threshold that cannot be walked back,” stated retired U.S. Army Colonel John Fairlamb in a piece in the The Hill, the Washington, D.C. news website.

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My name is Frances Lucinda Newell. I am the granddaughter of Frances Lucinda Ward Banks, the daughter of Beulah Banks Newell, and the niece of Elizabeth Beall Banks. For generations, many of my Mother’s ancestors owned farms in Montgomery County, Maryland, just outside of Rockville. If you a…