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  • Note to Andy Harris: There's no credible debate about climate change anymore

    Note to Andy Harris: There's no credible debate about climate change anymore

    Nobody asked me, but somebody at Sunday afternoon’s debate in Easton between Rep. Andy Harris and his Democratic challenger, Jesse Colvin, should ask the incumbent Republican about the recent United Nations forecast on the effects of climate change. The report of the Intergovernmental Panel on...

  • On Squeegee Street, smiles both ways can break through barriers

    On Squeegee Street, smiles both ways can break through barriers

    People who refer to Baltimore as “a third-world city” — I have heard from a few of them in the past few days, with regard to squeegee kids — apparently did not get the memo about the elimination of “third-world” as a description of developing countries or cities. People who use the term also strike...

  • Readers respond: Are Baltimore squeegee kids menace to the city or entrepreneurs to be encouraged?

    Readers respond: Are Baltimore squeegee kids menace to the city or entrepreneurs to be encouraged?

    Judging from reader reaction to my most recent column, few topics of local interest generate opinions at wild extremes like the “squeegee kids” of Baltimore. To some people, the squeegee kids are a menace to be feared, and their presence on the streets symbolic of a city in decline. To others,...

  • Wanted on the streets of Baltimore: A squeegee guru

    Wanted on the streets of Baltimore: A squeegee guru

    A few months ago, someone passed along an emailed letter from a retired police officer who described his encounter, at Conway and Charles streets in downtown Baltimore, with “10 to 12 young blacks” who had spray bottles and squeegees in their hands. The man had driven into the city with his wife...

  • Chris Davis should self-incentivize (or bunt), Orioles fans say

    Chris Davis should self-incentivize (or bunt), Orioles fans say

    Nobody asked them, but several baseball-savvy readers of my column came up with more suggestions for Chris Davis following his monumentally-miserable 2018 season. The distressed slugger batted .168 and had 16 home runs in the disastrous Orioles season that joyfully ended on Sept. 30. Davis has...

  • Scientists, world leaders and military experts take on climate change; Trump golfs

    Scientists, world leaders and military experts take on climate change; Trump golfs

    Donald J. Trump does not listen to scientists. Scientists look at sea-level rise caused by the warming Earth and warn that Tangier Island, in the Virginia waters of the Chesapeake Bay, could be underwater in as few as 25 years. President Trump gets on the phone and, with the confidence of God himself,...

  • Three options for Chris Davis after his disastrous season

    Three options for Chris Davis after his disastrous season

    Chris Davis, the disaster within the disaster that was the 2018 Orioles season — the worst in the team’s history and the source of more misery than the Jones Falls after a deluge — must be the most self-conscious man in the country. I mean, wouldn’t you be? A few years ago, he was Crush. Now he’s...

  • With another Baltimore crime surge, Mayor Pugh should ask state, counties for help

    With another Baltimore crime surge, Mayor Pugh should ask state, counties for help

    On Sunday, downtown Baltimore was the greatest city in America. There were people everywhere, even in Camden Yards to see the Orioles win the final game of the team’s worst-ever season. There was a robust and fanciful atmosphere around the convention center, site of the three-day Comic-Con. I had...

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