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Cecil Whig - - OPINION -

To the ef­forts of the Ce­cil Count Sher­iff’s Of­fice dur­ing its an­nual Ce­cil No Shave cam­paign, which raised a record amount of money in Novem­ber for Camp Open Arms, a Monk­ton day camp for chil­dren with limb dif­fer­ences. This year, Ce­cil No Shave raised about $23,000 as of Thurs­day af­ter­noon. Sher­iff’s of­fice em­ploy­ees par­tic­i­pate in the cam­paign by do­nat­ing and solic­it­ing dona­tions to be al­lowed to serve with­out shav­ing their fa­cial fol­li­cles. Since 2016, the funds raised ben­e­fit Camp Open Arms, in part be­cause a deputy’s daugh­ter was born with limb dif­fer­ences. “The camp to give the kids an op­por­tu­nity to in­ter­act with other chil­dren with sim­i­lar limb dif­fer­ences and al­low them to see that they can do any­thing that any other child with no limb dif­fer­ences could do,” ac­cord­ing to Lt. Michael Kalin­sky. Mean­while, in an ef­fort to make sure fe­male em­ploy­ees weren’t left out, CCSO Dfc. Lind­sey Ressin par­tic­i­pated this year by do­nat­ing 15 inches of her hair — she hadn’t cut it in three years — to Locks of Love, the non­profit that de­signs wigs for chil­dren who have med­i­cal con­di­tions that cause hair loss. All in all, we salute the men and women of the CCSO for con­tin­u­ing this worth­while cause with a big im­pact on many fam­i­lies here in the state.

To the news that Gov. Larry Ho­gan has con­vened a “non­par­ti­san” nine-mem­ber com­mis­sion to craft a re­dis­trict­ing plan for the state’s 6th con­gres­sional district that isn’t tar­nished by gerrymandering, ac­cord­ing to the As­so­ci­ated Press. “In Mary­land, Democrats were in charge of the last con­tro­ver­sial re­dis­trict­ing and the state’s con­gres­sional map is of­ten held up as a highly par­ti­san patch­work. Ho­gan’s an­nounce­ment comes weeks af­ter a panel of U.S. judges unan­i­mously or­dered Mary­land to sub­mit a new map for its me­an­der­ing 6th district, now stretch­ing from vote-rich suburbs of the na­tion’s cap­i­tal to ru­ral western parts of the mid-At­lantic state,” AP re­ported. “Ho­gan on Mon­day also stressed that it’s high time for Mary­land politi­cians to get out of the way of re­dis­trict­ing de­ci­sions, ar­gu­ing that the large ma­jor­ity of state res­i­dents want a neu­tral party to draw elec­toral maps.”

“The leg­is­la­ture can­not con­tinue fight­ing against the will of the peo­ple,” said Ho­gan, who pledged to in­tro­duce a bill called the Re­dis­trict­ing Re­form Act of 2019 dur­ing the first day of the next leg­isla­tive ses­sion. Count us among the gover­nor’s sup­port­ers, es­pe­cially be­fore the next round of re­dis­trict­ing gets un­der­way in just two years.

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