YEA — With so much of the national debate surrounding immigration focused on policy, it’s a welcome change to put faces on such a charged topic. The stories of Yewande Oladeinde, Alexis Zabsone, Leo Valencia and Maria Rodriguez shed light on the experiences and journeys of our immigrant population. They’ve endured and overcome immense challenges and are bright spots of our community.

Many of them escaped difficult and even terrifying circumstances to come to the United States, and become part of what makes this country so great.

It’s also another reminder that when we engage in charged political discussions on issues such as immigration, we would do well to remember that human beings are at the heart of those discussions. And we should treat them as such.

NAY —

One of the best stories of the Orioles’ dismal 2019 season was the emergence and debut of reliever and hometown kid Branden Kline. The Thomas Johnson High School graduate overcame injuries that cost him most, if not all, of three seasons in his career before he made his major league debut last year.

On Thursday, the team designated him for assignment to make room for an infielder. Under the parameters of that roster move, the Orioles have seven days to either return Kline to the 40-man roster or trade, release or place him on waivers.

They can also outright the 28-year-old Kline to the minor leagues. However, in order to do that, Kline must first clear waivers, which would allow another team to potentially claim him.

We’re hopeful Kline will find his way back with the organization. There are likely to be very few stories worth rooting for with the Orioles in 2020. Seeing if Kline can continue to develop into the reliever many projected him to be upon being drafted in 2012 would certainly be worth tuning in for.

YEA —

It’s always heartwarming to see something positive come out of something tragic.

Such is the case with “Barry Richardson & Chris Carr: An Artist and His Student,” a retrospective set for display at the Delaplaine Arts Center this month.

The show, which features beautiful watercolor prints of local scenes and landscapes, came to fruition because of Shirley Richardson and Dee Carr, two local women who recently connected for a unique reason.

Both women lost loved ones. For Shirley, it happened 18 years ago when her husband, Barry Richardson, died from a brain tumor. Dee lost her son, Chris Carr, in 2018 after a motorcycle crash. Barry Richardson was Chris Carr’s art teacher and their art is similar — so similar that Shirley Richardson once mistook one of Carr’s paintings for one of her husband’s, according to a story this week in 72.

And here is where the silver lining comes in. Thanks to these women, the work and legacies of Barry Richardson and Chris Carr are on display together. We’d encourage all who can to visit the Delaplaine before March 1 to see the talents of these two men — thanks to the efforts of the loved ones they left behind.

YEA —

There’s always a hesitancy among adults to protect our children from bad news. And we could certainly understand how tough it might be for young children to fully understand the devastation and loss of animal life that’s going on now in Australia. It can be a pretty scary thing.

But it’s also important to be honest with our kids while making them feel safe and know that they can do something to help. That’s the approach Ballenger Creek Elementary School teacher Jennifer Gentzler is taking with her first-grade class. And it’s paying off — in more ways that one.

The class has been painting pictures of koalas and kangaroos and then selling them to school staff and others. So far, they’ve raised about $450, money that will be donated to the Koala Hospital in New South Wales, Australia, which helps with habitat restoration and rescue services.

What a great lesson to show how the students can do their part.

Yeas and nays is a weekly feature of quick-hit opinions from The Frederick News-Post’s editorial board. Send your suggestions to letters@newspost.com.

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