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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…

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Officials at the Howard County Detention Center say that they do not detain people solely on the basis of immigration status, but my family’s experience says otherwise. It’s time to end ICE detention in Howard County, and all over Maryland.

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Every day, more and more Marylanders are getting vaccinated against COVID.  Our state currently has eligibility restrictions in place but hopes to make the vaccine available to anyone over the age of 16 very soon.  As you become eligible, I sincerely hope that you will get vaccinated.  Doing…

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2020 will be remembered as a year of tragedy. 300,000 have died in a few short months.Several of the deadliest days in American history have come within a single week. Driving up the death toll, political ideology has led people to distrust science and reject common sense.They refuse to self…

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With 80% of U.S. public schools providing in-person instruction, the Coalition of Maryland Parents and Students (COMPS), representing 20 counties, 22,000 families and 800,000 students, calls on Governor Hogan to enforce his March 1st deadline. The Coalition also calls on the Governor to issu…

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The COVID-19 pandemic has brought significant hardships for us all. But unfortunately, America’s Veterans have been especially hard hit with a disproportionately high unemployment rate, a VA health care backlog, and an estimated 37,000 Veterans who are homeless.

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Demonstrations will be held this Friday and Saturday protesting the deployment of 5G—a technology that, among other issues, presents huge health risks by blanketing the Earth with radiation resulting in cancer and other illnesses, encourages satellite collisions generating space debris, caus…

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If the COVID crisis has taught us anything about education, it's that parents, students, and teachers want choices. Some parents are ready for their kids to go back to school buildings now; others want to wait until they feel that things are safer. Some students are thriving in an online lea…

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Parents and families of MCPS students need substantive discussions and concrete actions from the Board of Education at their next meeting. We do not need more lengthy discussions of self-congratulations, pats on the back, or tangential topics.  The most pressing issue must be opening schools…

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            Every day, it seems that more good news is coming with regards to our ongoing fight against the COVID-19 virus.  Hospitalization rates are dropping, more and more vaccines are being administered, and the Johnson and Johnson vaccine was just approved.  All of this is incredibly pr…

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Our nation has witnessed a long history of discrimination against black Americans embedded in our political, economic, and social structure, but these past few months in particular have brought to light America's long overdue awakening to systemic racism in our nation. Recently, we have all …

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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.