Roughly Speaking

Roughly Speaking Dan Rodricks: Commentary and conversation on life in Baltimore, Maryland and the USA
To the farmer's market for purslane and bourbon with restaurateur John Shields
After recessions, fire and flood, who needs a trade war?

Since that long-ago summer day when Joseph Kavanagh, an Irish immigrant and skilled coppersmith, set up shop in Baltimore, the company has survived 23 recessions, five financial panics, a destructive flood and a devastating fire, the Great Depression and the Great Recession. Joe Kavanagh’s descendants hope Donald J. Trump’s trade war does not end the family business at five generations.

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Buses, racists and bridging the Baltimore city-suburban divide

When urban historians tell the story of Baltimore in the years since the Freddie Gray uprising, they’ll have at least three narrative lines to follow: how some institutions, Johns Hopkins University most prominently, doubled-down on their commitment to address the city’s chronic problems; how political leaders, most prominently the Republican governor of Maryland and the Democratic mayors of Baltimore,

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A new Maryland park built around an old country store

Maryland’s newest state park used to be a hamlet with a country store in the woodsy western part of the state, and I think it’s safe to say that, acre for acre, the 81-acre Sang Run State Park offers as much as, if not more than, any of our fine public destinations.

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At his funeral, fellow firefighters and his widow remember Nathan Flynn as an 'all-in kind of guy'

Their voices breaking and sometimes halting, men who served beside Nathan Flynn gathered for his funeral Saturday and described the 34-year-old Howard County firefighter as a consummate professional and a “student of the fire service” who always wanted to train more and master everything he did, on the job and off.

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The might-have been of Peter Beilenson's health co-op

Leaving for a new job in his native California, Dr. Peter Beilenson, one of Maryland’s — and, particularly, Baltimore’s — most effective public servants of the last three decades, closes out his time here with frustrating irony. So rich is this irony that Beilenson could write a book about it, and he’s doing exactly that.

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