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  • Baltimore's mismatched schools

    Last year, Baltimore had 20 neighborhood elementary schools where enrollment was at least 25 percent greater than the state-rated capacity for their buildings, and it had 21 where enrollment was at least 25 percent below capacity. The most overcrowded elementary, John Ruhrah, had 369 more students...

  • Baltimore's forgotten corridors

    Baltimore's forgotten corridors

    The skeleton of Baltimore's newest skyscraper is rising along the waterfront at Harbor Point. A few blocks west, a long-delayed addition to the top of the Four Seasons building is underway. In the traditional central business district, things are also looking up — after decades as a parking lot,...

  • Medicare at 50

    Medicare at 50

    Thursday marks the 50th anniversary of Medicare, the compulsory federal health insurance program for the elderly and disabled that this newspaper described as "just, humane and overdue" on the day it was signed into law. Today, more than 920,000 Marylanders are covered by Medicare, a small fraction...

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  • Bobby Jindal and common sense on gun control

    Bobby Jindal and common sense on gun control

    It was good to read that a Republican candidate for president, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, is finally stating the obvious about gun laws — tougher gun laws can prevent tragedies.

  • Just cooperate with police

    Just cooperate with police

    I have watched the video in question several times, and the police officer did not drag Sandra Bland out of the car ("Sandra Bland didn't deserve to be in jail, much less die there July 23). You are missing the point entirely. She was pulled over for something illegal.

  • ISIS not a byproduct of carbon dioxide

    ISIS not a byproduct of carbon dioxide

    One can expect former Gov. Martin O'Malley to develop ludicrous postulates to garner the support of the radical left. The Sun may support Mr. O'Malley's bid for the presidency, but to promote a hypothesis that ISIS is an outcome of global warming is beyond the pale of credibility ("ISIS and climate...

  • How Baltimore might rise

    How Baltimore might rise

    As a longtime activist of Baltimore, I am tired of the same old, same old. I keep asking myself, "What keeps me here?" Will the racist and classist ways we rebuild our cities continue with a public transcript of "gentrification benefits everyone" even while rents continue to increase, pushing black...

  • Baltimore needs BRT

    Baltimore needs BRT

    Recently, Lt. Gov. Boyd Rutherford announced that Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) should be considered as an alternative instead of the now-shelved Red Line light rail system ("Who knew Hogan, Rutherford were such transit geeks," July 15). Why? Costs. Light rail is extremely expensive — to the tune of...

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  • Debates vs. debates

    Debates vs. debates

    WARWICK, England -- When it comes to debates the Oxford Union, which bills itself as the "world's most prestigious debating society," remains the gold standard. Begun in 1823, The Union, in modern times, has hosted debates that have included such luminaries as Ronald Reagan and the Dalai Lama....

  • Why is Trump running for president?

    Why is Trump running for president?

    Real estate mogul Donald Trump has informed the Federal Election Commission, as required of presidential candidates, that he is worth more than $10 billion. It appears what his campaign is largely about is embellishing his name and brand, not only for fame, but for profit as well.

  • Police brutality is a problem for everyone

    Police brutality is a problem for everyone

    This will not be a column about Sandra Bland, although it could be.

  • Happy birthday, Medicare

    Happy birthday, Medicare

    Medicare turns 50 this week. It was signed into law July 30, 1965 -- the crowning achievement of Lyndon Johnson's Great Society. It's more popular than ever.

  • When did politics become entertainment?

    When did politics become entertainment?

    Apparently, the six months leading up to the first presidential primary can now be aptly christened as the Silly Season. Four years ago, it seemed as if the nuttiness could not be topped, with Michele Bachmann and Herman Cain setting a high mark for unintentional comedy, but that mark has now been...

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