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Are kids too sheltered?

Let kids be kids — that's some of the most common parenting advice you'll hear. But when it comes to letting them be kids outdoors, many parents take pause. According to one U.K. study, in fact, most kids spend less time outside than incarcerated adults. What a loss. Every other summer when I was...

  • Farmers care about the bay, too

    Farmers care about the bay, too

    Most of us have an understanding of how important the health of the Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries are to aquatic and riparian ecosystems, working landscapes and local economies. But the folks we represent — American farmers — know it on a much deeper and more personal level. The Chesapeake...

  • 'Just listen to what you heard'

    'Just listen to what you heard'

    In some ways, it was the most memorable line of Monday's presidential debate. It came after Donald Trump had stumbled through a non-responsive response to a simple question: Why did it take him so long to concede President Obama was born in the USA? In reply, Mr. Trump congratulated himself for...

  • Does Trump know business?

    Does Trump know business?

    Everyone is asking whether Donald Trump would make a good president. Despite the collective interest in this question, the election has raised another equally critical question — and one that probably matters a great deal more to Mr. Trump himself (what with his illustrious career and oft-noted...

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The case for waivers to post-Labor Day school

Members of the Maryland State Board of Education — particularly some appointees of Gov. Larry Hogan — showed some real backbone this week in effectively inviting local school districts to apply for waivers to the governor's executive order requiring that public school start after Labor Day. Their...

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  • Hydrocephalus research could shed light on other brain diseases

    Hydrocephalus research could shed light on other brain diseases

    While pregnant, my mother was in a near fatal car accident, resulting in her spending her first trimester in a comatose state and my being diagnosed in vitro with hydrocephalus, a life-altering, life-threatening condition caused by an abnormal accumulation of cerebrospinal fluid in the brain, resulting...

  • Wiping out America's black males

    Wiping out America's black males

    Black men are being slaughtered across this country, but where's the outrage? Where are all the soldiers with automatic weapons? The policemen on every corner? Where are the health department officials calling for a cure to this epidemic? I don't mean outrage from citizens shouting and marching....

  • Give Judge Gallagher a final vote

    Give Judge Gallagher a final vote

    On Sept. 8, 2015, President Barack Obama nominated Stephanie Gallagher, who has served as a U.S. Magistrate Judge in the District of Maryland since 2011, for a vacancy on the district of Maryland. Judge Gallagher is a well qualified, mainstream nominee who enjoys the powerful support of Maryland...

  • Trump's assassination innuendo should disqualify him from presidency

    Trump's assassination innuendo should disqualify him from presidency

    As Donald Trump's strategists try to soften his image, he has taken his assault against Hillary Clinton to a new level with a bizarre suggestion that would make her more vulnerable to violence from opponents, specifically fervent supporters of the Second Amendment right to bear arms. Mr. Trump's...

  • Belonging is about a willingness to engage, not exclude

    Belonging is about a willingness to engage, not exclude

    For many young people, and some older ones as well, belonging is paramount. Whether the specific group is an exclusive club at Harvard or a gang in the inner city, belonging is the most important thing in their lives. An oft-told story is that our 32nd president, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, admitted...

  • Prosecuting low-level offenders key to preventing career criminals

    The fraught relationship between Baltimore City State's Attorney Marilyn Mosby and the city police seemed to ease a bit the other day with the announcement of a new joint effort to end violence. The idea is to team up under one roof in a new unit focused on bringing to justice "those who are administering...

  • New African American museum essential to U.S. history

    New African American museum essential to U.S. history

    As part of the Smithsonian Institution, the newest museum on the National Mall is a place where we can finally understand our complete history as Americans. The National Museum of African American History and Culture is essential to the telling of the American saga and an important correction to...

  • Want to know a secret?

    Want to know a secret?

    There is one question to which I have never received a negative answer: "Can you keep a secret?" No one — and I mean no one — has ever replied, "Nope, I'm a blabbermouth." I love secrets, at times have lived on them like air. Yet I now run with a crowd that believes, just like the ancients, that...

  • Unpopular free trade is better than popular protectionism

    Unpopular free trade is better than popular protectionism

    There is at least one concept that all presidential candidates agree on: Free trade is bad. Both Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump are against the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), although this trade agreement is specifically designed to "contain" China, which alone should have made it a crowd-pleaser....

  • Drug overdoses deadlier than car crashes

    Drug overdoses deadlier than car crashes

    The abuse of heroin and other opioid drugs is one of the most significant public health issues facing the nation. More Americans now die every year from drug overdoses than in motor vehicle crashes. President Obama has announced a "week of action" to raise awareness about the public health crisis...

  • Breathing old life into baseball

    Breathing old life into baseball

    The stories are everywhere: baseball's a dying game. American kids don't play it anymore, and the hard-core fans like me are on Social Security. L.A.'s Mike Trout is the best player around, but he could walk down the street almost anywhere and not be recognized. And on and on. Well, I remember...

  • Natural burials: the ultimate recycling

    Natural burials: the ultimate recycling

    Where do we go after dying? The ancient spiritual question has also become a practical, ecological one today — and autumn is a ripe time to ask. Where should our remains go in a world increasingly crowded by human effects? Atmosphere, water, land: All are getting filled with the debris of our lives...

  • America's homegrown radicals: the alt-right

    America's homegrown radicals: the alt-right

    Recently, while doing research for a book on Islam in the U.S., I stumbled upon a YouTube channel by a user who is known as "Black Pigeon Speaks." With about 121,000 subscribers and more than 8 million views, the channel uses its online platform to rail against immigration, Islam, feminism and...

  • Trump: Setting immigration back 90 years

    Trump: Setting immigration back 90 years

    Speaking in Arizona recently, Donald Trump not only linked undocumented immigrants to every ill facing the United States, he also stressed the importance of assimilation as a guiding principle of immigration policy. The U.S. should "select immigrants based on their likelihood of success in U.S....

  • Md. black caucus wants black privilege for medical marijuana licenses

    Md. black caucus wants black privilege for medical marijuana licenses

    The Legislative Black Caucus of Maryland should abandon its plans to use "any means necessary" to halt the Maryland Medical Cannabis Commission from issuing final licenses to grow and process medical marijuana in the state until more licenses are awarded to minority-owned businesses. The efforts...

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