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.