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Journalism has a long history of 'fake news'

Baltimore was home to one of the most skeptical minds in the annals of journalism: H. L. Mencken, who made a career as a skeptic who could spin a yarn. So, in his honor, it's with a skeptic's eye that we should approach the idea that "fake news" is causing irreparable damage to our country. And...

  • A vision for public transit in Baltimore

    A vision for public transit in Baltimore

    Last year, the Opportunity Collaborative, a project of the Baltimore Metropolitan Council, found the average commute for citizens in East and West Baltimore to living-wage jobs was 90 minutes each way — provided the bus arrived at all. In recent years, the MTA has routinely pulled buses from routes...

  • Thinking of others, doing for others and sharing with others

    Thinking of others, doing for others and sharing with others

    My good friend in Buffalo recently told me the following story. The son and daughter-in-law of an old friend of hers went to New York City last month — to see the sights and to shop. The couple is in their 40s and newly married; he is an investment banker; she, a health-care executive. They planned...

  • How to be 'Two-term Trump'

    How to be 'Two-term Trump'

    Dear President-elect Trump: Even though I much preferred John Kasich to be president, I'd like to thank you for some changes you've begun and offer some advice on how to "win" as president. If you change your attitude and actions, you could become "Two-Term Trump." If you don't, the word "Trumpish"...

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  • Invest in Maryland's future

    Invest in Maryland's future

    With the General Assembly recently convening and statewide elections set for next year, Maryland is uniquely positioned to be a national leader in enacting common-sense policies that promote broad-based economic growth and expand opportunity for everyone. At the same time, our policymakers can...

  • Baltimore warrant recall program gives defendants second chance

    Baltimore warrant recall program gives defendants second chance

    Last week, Baltimore's pretrial justice officials launched the Warrant Second Chance program, which will allow people charged with non-violent misdemeanors who failed to appear at scheduled court dates to have their so-called "FTA" warrants recalled. The program is the result of an extraordinary...

  • United for the greater good

    United for the greater good

    This month, the film "Hidden Figures" hits the movie theaters, chronicling the untold, true story of the three African-American women — Katherine Johnson and her two colleagues, Dorothy Vaughn and Mary Jackson — with exceptional math minds who helped advance our nation's space program. Without...

  • 'A bastion of racial and ethnic integration'

    I still remember the film. It was black and white, but the people in it, only white. It stood in stark contrast to the shades of brown I encountered daily throughout my high school career in the Chicago suburbs in the 1990s, where the seeds for my vocation were sown. Today, I'm the spiritual leader...

  • Checking and balancing a President Trump

    Checking and balancing a President Trump

    I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; and that...

  • Will Trump's Twitter fixation drive away his allies?

    The political class is still coming to grips with what appears to be Donald Trump's novel management philosophy: government by Twitter. Put aside the by-now-familiar weirdness of our president-elect's gloating over Arnold Schwarzenegger's poor "Celebrity Apprentice" ratings or swipes at Meryl Streep....

  • Consent decree will lead to meaningful police reform in Baltimore

    Consent decree will lead to meaningful police reform in Baltimore

    The court-enforceable agreement between city officials and the U.S. Department of Justice, approved today, stands to drastically reform policing in Baltimore. It will improve daily interactions between citizens and police officers and ultimately help drive down crime as people become less distrustful...

  • Obama's bittersweet farewell

    Obama's bittersweet farewell

    President Barack Obama's decision to go home to Chicago to deliver his farewell address to the nation was not too surprising, considering he will be leaving a Washington that over the last eight years has brought him as much heartache as satisfaction. His televised speech before a packed crowd...

  • Tragedy again spotlights mental illness

    Tragedy again spotlights mental illness

    This month, our nation experienced yet another tragedy when, authorities say, a shooter with a history of psychiatric symptoms opened fire at the Fort Lauderdale airport, killing five people and wounding eight others. Such events invariably lead to calls for better mental health services, usually...

  • The Sun is hypocritical on Trump

    It is very interesting that after The Sun diminished and trivialized the Obama administration's lies and incompetence such as Benghazi, Fast and Furious, the Affordable Care Act (not to mention its ridiculous roll-out), the Syria red-line, Russia re-set, drone killings (wonder what the Nobel Peace...

  • Protect food stamps from cuts

    Kudos to the USDA for doing a pilot program exploring ways to allow people struggling with poverty to more easily access healthy food ("USDA makes way for food stamp recipients to buy groceries online," Jan. 6). Having the option of ordering food online using their SNAP benefits may ease the burdens...

  • State Center project was a 'taxpayer-funded boondoggle'

    State Center project was a 'taxpayer-funded boondoggle'

    The Maryland Board of Public Works' decision to void the controversial State Center project in Baltimore was a refreshing affirmation that Maryland taxpayers have advocates in Annapolis. Few contracts in recent Maryland history raised more concerns than the one former Gov. Martin O'Malley awarded...

  • Maryland delegate: fracking regulations 'wholly inadequate'

    Maryland delegate: fracking regulations 'wholly inadequate'

    Last month, the Joint Committee on Administrative, Executive and Legislative Review, which reviews state regulations, held a hearing to consider proposed regulations on hydraulic fracturing ("fracking"). As a committee member, I reviewed the document submitted by the Maryland Department of Environment...

  • Could 'single-payer' be Trump's trump card?

    Could 'single-payer' be Trump's trump card?

    At his press conference Wednesday at Trump Tower, President-elect Donald Trump said that as soon as the Senate approves his pick for health secretary, he will unveil a "repeal and replace" plan for the Affordable Care Act, known as "Obamacare." He gave no hints at the details of Trumpcare, other...

  • Is Md. headed for an ideological education war?

    Is Md. headed for an ideological education war?

    Ideological education warfare could erupt in Maryland in 2017. The gathering storm can be glimpsed in two recent front-page stories in the Sun. One reported the city school system's looming $129 million budget shortfall. The other detailed the Maryland Board of Education's consideration of "bold...

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