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Ending veterans' homelessness in Baltimore

Homelessness is a complex condition. About 45 percent of homeless veterans suffer from mental health illnesses, including post-traumatic stress disorder. About 70 percent of homeless veterans suffer from substance abuse and addiction issues. Many homeless veterans suffer from weak social networks...

  • 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....

  • Maryland's regulation SWAT team

    Maryland's regulation SWAT team

    Gov. Larry Hogan has taken a well-worn page from the right-wing handbook and announced the appointment of a panel of business executives to identify state regulations that should be dismantled. It's tempting to dismiss the panel as a sop to his conservative base, but it poses a serious threat to...

  • 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.

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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...

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  • The statinization of America

    The statinization of America

    Anyone who wants to know why medical costs continue to skyrocket needs only to look at the paper published in the July 14 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association that examined the "cost-effectiveness" of increasing statin use. The article described a computer simulation that modeled...

  • Summer camp turns into trauma center in Baltimore

    Summer camp turns into trauma center in Baltimore

    Since the death of Freddie Gray, Baltimoreans have worked to address the underlying problems associated with the civil unrest. While city leaders look for solutions, Baltimore's children are bearing the brunt of the heightened turbulence.

  • Raise the gas tax, Congress

    Raise the gas tax, Congress

    Congress should bite the bullet and raise the gas tax to fund highway repairs and construction. And it should make sure highway taxes are used for the roads — not to finance politicians' pet projects and line union pockets.

  • Atlantis awaits: melting ice and rising water for coastal cities

    Atlantis awaits: melting ice and rising water for coastal cities

    Our civilization is built on coastlines. Oceans were the first grocery stores, providing easy protein for early humans who learned to fish and gather shellfish and seaweed. Oceans were the first highways, enabling early exploration, commerce and migration. Oceans remain vital sources of food and...

  • Broadband for Baltimore

    Broadband for Baltimore

    There are thorny challenges that many in Baltimore are rightly confronting related to race, jobs and opportunity. But there is still one critical piece of the puzzle that has received little attention: dramatically expanding access to the Internet for all people, businesses and institutions in...

  • The case for shortening high school

    The case for shortening high school

    School is out for the summer, and so are prospects nationally for meaningful K-12 school reform. Political debates are stale and stalemated, including congressional deliberations over re-authorization of the No Child Left Behind Act. But here, to relieve the doldrums, is a big idea for a policy...

  • The real Atticus Finch

    The real Atticus Finch

    Myths die hard, because credulous men need myths to make a modicum of sense out of an inscrutable world. So it comes as no surprise that the reaction to the revelation in "Go Set a Watchman" that Atticus Finch was an old-fashioned racist ranged from shock to disbelief to cynicism.

  • Is science in crisis?

    Is science in crisis?

    Humanity has a rough century ahead. The daily news trumpets concerns over climate change, extreme weather and droughts, new infectious diseases, a faltering green revolution and continued environmental degradation. Each of these problems may contribute to social and political instability. The 21st...

  • Obama has failed to bridge the partisan divide

    Obama has failed to bridge the partisan divide

    Surely this wasn't what Barack Obama had in mind.

  • 25 years after the ADA

    25 years after the ADA

    A quarter century ago, The Sun published an article I wrote lauding the enactment of the Americans with Disabilities Act and its potential for bringing positive change. When he signed this historic law, President George H.W. Bush stated, "Let the shameful walls of exclusion finally come tumbling...

  • Updated chemical bill undermines state regulation

    Updated chemical bill undermines state regulation

    Maryland parents should be able to shop safely without concern that everyday products may contain toxic chemicals that threaten their children's health. A key step toward achieving this goal is updating our nearly 40 year old national chemical regulation.

  • Middle school history project has lessons for us all

    Middle school history project has lessons for us all

    Rev. Clementa Pinckney was known to say that while "across the South, we have a deep appreciation of history, we haven't always had a deep appreciation of each other's history" — words repeated by President Barack Obama last month in eulogizing Rev. Clementa Pinckney, who was among nine people...

  • O'Malley's financial aid debt is not representative

    O'Malley's financial aid debt is not representative

    Aides for Martin O'Malley's presidential campaign said that the former governor and his wife had accumulated nearly $340,000 in debt putting two children through college for their undergraduate degrees. The level of debt that Mr. O'Malley has incurred is way off the charts; the average baccalaureate...

  • Changing food stamp distribution to attract new grocers

    Changing food stamp distribution to attract new grocers

    With one in four Baltimoreans living in a food desert, city officials have a long road ahead to deliver on promises of healthy, affordable and accessible food options. One of the city's approaches follows a tried-and-true roadmap that involves offering incentives, like tax breaks for locating in...

  • The siren song of summers past

    The siren song of summers past

    "What did you use as a water park when you were a kid, Dad?"

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