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Relief for 'deadbeat dads'

One of the biggest hurdles many inmates recently released from prison face is the accumulated debt of child support payments they were unable to pay while behind bars. The courts generally issue child support orders based on the parents' income and ability to pay when their case is heard. But if...

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  • Slow progress on PARCC

    Slow progress on PARCC

    Maryland students did somewhat better this year on the state's tough new standardized tests compared to last year's results. But the gains were relatively small, and they also showed the state still has a long way to go toward closing the achievement gap along racial and socioeconomic lines. Moreover,...

  • Clinton's foundational problem

    Clinton's foundational problem

    Even the most ardent supporters of Hillary Clinton must concede that the latest revelation regarding her connection to the Clinton Foundation — that numerous big donors to the charity appear to have had ready access to her when she served as secretary of state — doesn't reflect well on the Democratic...

  • Help for homeless students

    Help for homeless students

    Across the country, some 1.3 million public school children and youth are classified as homeless by the federal government. The challenges facing these youngsters in school are formidable. They're more likely to miss classes, score poorly on standardized tests and have physical, emotional or psychological...

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  • The rain delay from hell

    The rain delay from hell

    At the Orioles game on August 21, management told the crowd they were the best fans in baseball (as it often does). Team officials seemed to be saying that they appreciate the fans' loyalty and civility. But then management turned ugly. The game between the O's and the Astros did not start until...

  • Harris hates Medicare

    Harris hates Medicare

    The Sunday edition of The Sun carried a nearly full page ad asking support for Rep. Andy Harris and his fight to protect Medicare ("Don't believe the ads: Andy Harris is no friend of Medicare," Aug. 15). The ad was sponsored by the American Action Network, a notorious dark money lobby group that...

  • Baltimore can succeed

    Baltimore can succeed

    I thought Diane Bell McKoy's article was excellent and on target in understanding that economic development and inclusion are the keys for the future of our region ("From 'good to great' economic development in Baltimore," Aug. 18). For too long, we have allowed city students to receive an inferior...

  • Tainted Clinton legacy

    If Hillary Clinton weren't running for president, the latest revelations regarding the Clinton Foundation would just be another ugly factoid of the Clinton Legacy but she is vying for the highest office in the land. Just wait until her opponent, Donald Trump, gets his hands on this story ("Clinton's...

  • Chase Brexton saves lives

    Chase Brexton saves lives

    I was sorry to read about the distress that Chase Brexton is in ("A 'crisis of leadership' at Chase Brexton," Aug. 18). A number of years ago, I was "a textbook case for what was wrong with our health care system." Those were the words of my case worker at Chase Brexton, an organization that provided...

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  • How conservative pundits helped break reality

    How conservative pundits helped break reality

    Ordinarily, I might gloat. Last week, a prominent conservative pundit conceded a point yours truly and countless others have been making for a long time. Namely, that in their constant assaults on mainstream news media, conservatives have wrecked the very idea of objective, knowable fact. In effect,...

  • Why a single-payer health care system is inevitable

    Why a single-payer health care system is inevitable

    The best argument for a single-payer health care plan is the recent decision by giant health insurer Aetna to bail out next year from 11 of the 15 states where it sells Obamacare plans. Aetna's decision follows similar moves by UnitedHealth Group, the nation's largest health insurer, and by Humana,...

  • Republicans wish they could blame Bill Clinton for the Trump debacle

    Republicans wish they could blame Bill Clinton for the Trump debacle

    At the very beginning of the long trek into bombast and absurdity that we call the 2016 presidential campaign there was an intriguing phone call that set off a flurry of speculation in conservative circles. Reportedly, Bill Clinton and Donald Trump had a chat in May 2015 in which the ex-president...

  • As Gawker learned, media corporations aren't above the law

    As Gawker learned, media corporations aren't above the law

    If you want proof of the journalism profession's staggeringly high self-regard, you could do worse than to study the kerfuffle over the not-quite-demise of Gawker. Gawker was a successful news and gossip site founded by Nick Denton that often prided itself on being mean-spirited, prurient and callous...

  • 'I am tired of Donald Trump'

    'I am tired of Donald Trump'

    I have a confession to make. I am tired of Donald Trump. At this point, November can't come fast enough. If we could cancel September and October, I'd do so in a heartbeat. In this, I'm hardly alone. Other pundits have said as much. Even comedians, for whom Mr. Trump is the functional equivalent...