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Cecil Whig - - OPINION -

To the planned clo­sure of the Fam­ily Ed­u­ca­tion Cen­ter in Elk­ton amid the lack of grant fund­ing that has long sup­ported it. The cen­ter, which Ce­cil Col­lege has op­er­ated in part­ner­ship with the Mary­land Fam­ily Net­work for more than 25 years, cur­rently serves more than 70 kids between the ages of 6 weeks and 5 years old. The col­lege re­lies mainly on grants to fund the cen­ter’s ser­vices, which in­clude preschool and pre-K classes as well as par­ent­ing and GED classes. More than 25 of those par­ents gath­ered at the cen­ter Mon­day night as the bad news was de­liv­ered. Crys­tal Sam­mons, a mother of two who had just picked up her cer­tifi­cate for the 12-week course that night and had re­cently started a GED class at the cen­ter as well, she was dev­as­tated to hear her sup­port cen­ter may be dis­solv­ing. “This place gave me my con­fi­dence back,” she said. “It made me want to be a bet­ter per­son, a bet­ter par­ent.” Re­gard­less of whether the fund­ing can be found to make up the deficit, Col­lege Pres­i­dent Mary Way Bolt said the col­lege feels the time has come to end its con­nec­tion to the cen­ter, not­ing it is the only com­mu­nity col­lege in the state that op­er­ates such a cen­ter and the col­lege orig­i­nally got in­volved with the cen­ter be­cause no one else “stepped up to the plate.” None­the­less, we lament the fact that a pro­gram that has ac­com­plished so much good in our com­mu­nity may not be here for­ever and we hope that another op­er­a­tor can step into the fold be­fore it is too late.

To the bizarre but scary scene that un­folded at the FOX45 tele­vi­sion stu­dio in Bal­ti­more on Thurs­day, when a man, dressed in an an­i­mal jump­suit, threat­ened to blow up the building, prompt­ing a SWAT re­sponse. As ten­sion boiled and the man, who ap­peared to have a bomb strapped to his chest, failed to an­swer com­mands, po­lice opened fire. The uniden­ti­fied 25-year-old man from Howard County was listed in se­ri­ous but stable con­di­tion and is ex­pected to sur­vive, po­lice said. The in­ves­ti­ga­tion found that the man did not pos­sess a bomb although he did set a car on fire prior to the po­lice’s ar­rival. It ap­pears the sus­pect may have been men­tally ill, as he at­tempted to share video of in­co­her­ent ram­blings with the sta­tion, ac­cord­ing to a se­cu­rity guard in­ter­viewed by the Bal­ti­more Sun. Re­gard­less, it re­minds us of the vi­o­lence and threats that mem­bers of the me­dia of­ten have to en­dure.

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