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  • A lifetime spent in service
    A lifetime spent in service

    After 30 years in the Senate and a half-century of public service to Maryland and the nation, Barbara Mikulski will retire from elected politics next year. She will leave a legacy as one of the state's most admired politicians and among the most influential women ever to serve in Congress.

  • Legislation needed to protect foster kids' personal funds
    Legislation needed to protect foster kids' personal funds

    Our state foster care agencies are apparently so underfunded that they are taking resources from abused and neglected children. The agencies are taking control over foster children's Social Security benefits (when the children are disabled or have deceased parents) and using the children's...

  • Obama finds his veto pen
    Obama finds his veto pen

    With the Republicans now in control of both houses of Congress, President Barack Obama has finally invoked his weapon of last resort against being run over by them, by vetoing the Keystone XL pipeline bill.

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The lessons of Ferguson

The Justice Department on Wednesday released a devastating critique of police and city officials in Ferguson, Mo., where an unarmed black teenager was fatally shot by an officer last year. Though the department did not find cause to bring a civil rights indictment against the officer who killed...

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  • Hillary Clinton's identity crisis
    Hillary Clinton's identity crisis

    "Is Hillary Rodham Clinton a McDonald's Big Mac or a Chipotle burrito bowl? A can of Bud or a bottle of Blue Moon? JCPenney or J. Crew?"

  • The U.S. has yet to make good on its promise of reparations to black Americans
    The U.S. has yet to make good on its promise of reparations to black Americans

    Conversations about reparations are not about money but about people and about the way that people are seen and valued in our society. These are difficult conversations, and we have found that what is most challenging about the idea of reparations today is the notion that America still owes a...

  • Pre-booking diversion: an alternative to conviction and incarceration
    Pre-booking diversion: an alternative to conviction and incarceration

    In Baltimore City, approximately 20,000 people were arrested for drug-related offenses annually in 2012 and 2013; nearly three quarters for simple possession. And while there has been a great deal of discussion over the last few years regarding the incarceration of individuals for drug...

  • Charter schools do not equal education reform
    Charter schools do not equal education reform

    As Philadelphia's Superintendent of Schools, I recommended the approval of more than 30 charter schools because I thought it would improve educational opportunity for our 215,000 students. The last 20 years make it clear I was wrong.

  • Bring back TTS, Kindle

    Amazon's Kindle is common enough in American life to be "the Official E-reader of the National PTA." But it could enrich the lives of many more people if recent E Ink models weren't missing text to speech (TTS) technology. TTS costs next to nothing and was available in earlier Kindles, starting...

  • Reversing the overdose epidemic
    Reversing the overdose epidemic

    We commend Maryland officials for highlighting the serious health crisis that heroin use poses for all Marylanders and promising immediate action to respond to our state's overdose epidemic. Now is the time to invest wisely in the health care strategies that will prevent and treat opiate and...

  • Bring back TTS, Kindle
    Bring back TTS, Kindle

    Amazon's Kindle is common enough in American life to be "the Official E-reader of the National PTA." But it could enrich the lives of many more people if recent E Ink models weren't missing text to speech (TTS) technology. TTS costs next to nothing and was available in earlier Kindles, starting...

  • When Public Works doesn't work
    When Public Works doesn't work

    For eight days, I had the distinct pleasure of no running water in my house. I tried defrosting pipes with the help of friendly neighbors and a plumber, only to find that my external water meter was cracked and the city's services would be required to fix it. I consider myself a fairly tolerant...

  • Our failed war on terror
    Our failed war on terror

    As a mother and grandmother, I am concerned about the current direction our use of power in securing my family's safety is taking us, and the world at large. My concern is that the tactics and violence that have been used in the past 13 years are failing, and in fact may be increasing the...

  • Ice skating on lakes and ponds: a little old-fashioned fun
    Ice skating on lakes and ponds: a little old-fashioned fun

    It seemed like a brilliant plan. As the rare cold snap refused to budge and temperatures continued to dip down into the single digits for days in a row, one savvy Baltimore-area mom leapt into action. She sent a mass email to the parents of a dozen or so adolescent boys who live within a few...

  • No evidence paid sick days hurt business
    No evidence paid sick days hurt business

    As the campaign for paid sick days gains national attention and public support, the business lobby continues to forecast doomsday scenarios should the Maryland Healthy Working Families Act become law. This opposition is not based, however, on any actual evidence emerging from cities and...

  • Delay college in favor of service commitment for teens
    Delay college in favor of service commitment for teens

    President Barack Obama has suggested giving young people two free years of community college in hope that this will translate into employable skills. If our politicians really wanted to address the problem of offering young people more opportunities, than they should consider this:

  • Moving past the stigma of a criminal record
    Moving past the stigma of a criminal record

    Legislators in Annapolis are putting important focus on the struggles that individuals with criminal records confront as they attempt to move past their interactions with the criminal justice system, contribute to their families and strengthen their communities. Across the U.S., criminal...

  • Travel tax bills would make Md. less competitive
    Travel tax bills would make Md. less competitive

    Imagine if Maryland implemented a new tax that made hotel rooms more expensive — a tax that not one surrounding state had on the books. Would price conscious travelers still stay in National Harbor over price-competitive Old Town Alexandria when visiting Washington, D.C.? Would...

  • GOP's unchanging game plan: Gang up on Obama
    GOP's unchanging game plan: Gang up on Obama

    The determination of conservative Republicans to thwart Barack Obama at every turn was clear from the first days after his election in 2008, as their Senate leader Mitch McConnell publicly vowed to make him "a one-term president."

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