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Who cares about policy? Let the Clinton-Trump mudslinging commence

 While the contest for the presidency should focus on the candidates' qualifications to run the world's most powerful nation, the current one instead is getting bogged down on personal behavior and trustworthiness. Donald Trump's business record finally has come under sharper scrutiny from the...

  • As medical errors kill more people, peer review should become more transparent

    As medical errors kill more people, peer review should become more transparent

    The latest study of inpatient deaths caused by medical errors — this one by Johns Hopkins researchers — reveals the astonishing fact that in the 17 years since the groundbreaking To Err Is Human report made headlines, estimates of avoidable deaths in hospitals have not decreased, but rather have...

  • Thank a cop

    Thank a cop

    Law enforcement is indispensable to a civilized society. Unfortunately, we often take for granted the many extraordinary men and women who provide it. National Police Week, which concludes Saturday , is a good time to thank police officers for their invaluable service. President John F. Kennedy...

  • Nero should never have been charged

    Nero should never have been charged

    Baltimore City Police Officer Edward Nero was acquitted Monday on all charges he faced in connection to the death of Freddie Gray in police custody. Mr. Nero, who had but a tangential role in Gray's detention, should never have been charged. He committed no crime. Certainly there have been and...

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Trump's energy backslide

If the energy plan unveiled by Donald J. Trump this week sounds a lot like right-wing talk radio — long on meaningless catch phrases and short on actual knowledge — we're guessing that's no coincidence. The billionaire New York developer with the undisclosed tax returns who is definitely-yet-still-inexplicably...

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  • Women who light the way for freedom

    Two women, Hala Aldosari, a human rights activist from Saudi Arabia, and Vian Dakhil, a Yazidi member of Iraq's Parliament, are fighting for democratic values in the Middle East. As both scholar and blogger, Ms. Aldosari focuses on unjust limitations Saudi Arabia places on women. Ms. Dakhil uses...

  • Clinton needs to back off trying to muscle Sanders out

    Clinton needs to back off trying to muscle Sanders out

    In the wake of a mini-protest of Bernie Sanders supporters against the Nevada Democratic Party at its state convention in Las Vegas, Hillary Clinton in a CNN interview has essentially called on Senator Sanders to rein them in. The protesters had engaged in some minor violence in a fight over delegate...

  • Don't let a plan to help city children fall prey to politics

    Don't let a plan to help city children fall prey to politics

    April 26th was a historic election for Baltimore; residents came out to vote at their highest rate in decades and chose nominees for what is all but certain to be the youngest City Council in modern history. The most important takeaway from this first election since last year's unrest should be...

  • Kefalas: here's why I endorse Szeliga

    Kefalas: here's why I endorse Szeliga

    Over the past year, I had the opportunity to travel the state of Maryland as a candidate for U.S. Senate and hear the concerns of my fellow citizens. Their message was consistent that we cannot afford more of the same in Washington, D.C. That is why I will be supporting Del. Kathy Szeliga for U.S....

  • The night I became "them" to Baltimore police

    On a summer night in 2005, nearing home after a long evening of work, I was robbed and shot in the head. I was walking back from the bus stop, as I had done countless times before. I worked nights at Johns Hopkins Hospital for extra cash, putting some aside to save for my future. In Baltimore,...

  • The role of gentrification in reducing teen births

    The role of gentrification in reducing teen births

    There has been a decline in sexual activity among teenagers and an increase in the use of contraceptives among sexually active teens, which some experts suggest is the reason why there has been an across-the-board decrease in teen birth rates, according to a recent CDC report. I'm not so sure we...

  • Trump hasn't killed conservatism — at least not permanently

    Sell your Adam Smith ties, everybody, and smash your busts of Ronald Reagan. It's all over. Why? Because we have entered a new era of "nationalism," or "patriotism," or simply "Trumpism," and the GOP will never be a traditionally and ideologically conservative party ever again. That seems to be the...

  • The real crime in 'true crime'

    True crime television has always troubled me, though I've never been quite sure why. But after watching a reconstruction of a friend's murder, I understand. Melissa and I reconnected on Facebook six years ago. I couldn't place the beautiful, fit blond when she first friended me, but I accepted her...

  • You've graduated — now what?

    You've graduated — now what?

    "Does the tassel go from left to right or right to left?" "Right to left," your mother stammers, eyeballing you in your black cap and gown. Your father, wipes his eyes with the back of his hand, and says, "Congratulations, I'm proud of you." When the procession begins, you're caught off guard by your...

  • Clinton and Sanders should commit to clemency

    Clinton and Sanders should commit to clemency

    Hillary Clinton and Sen. Bernie Sanders have both rooted their appeal to black voters on promises to address the over-incarceration of federal narcotics prisoners. Everyone from the Congressional Black Caucus to the Koch brothers supports this cause. The candidates' ideas to counter over-incarceration...

  • Mandatory mindfulness, the antidote to Baltimore violence?

    Mandatory mindfulness, the antidote to Baltimore violence?

    Everyone knows that Baltimore's homicide rate skyrocketed in 2015. Gang rivalries, territorial drug disputes between dealers, fallout after Freddie Gray, poverty, poor education, distrust of the police force, increased supply of guns on the street — these are just some of the reasons given for...

  • Teaching our children to fear

    I am not a racist. But every time I see a head scarf, I don't know what to call it or where to look. Every time I see a Muslim, I don't know what to say or how to act. Just the word Muslim leaves me in mental disarray, because I don't know what to think. [Terrorist?] And every time I board a plane...

  • A conservative's case for Catherine Pugh

    A conservative's case for Catherine Pugh

    My voter registration bars me from participating in Baltimore's Democratic primary — the only contest that really matters when determining the city's future leadership and direction. So, for the past 12 years I have lived here, mayoral contests have been, for me, strictly a spectator's sport. This...

  • The solution to millennial job woes

    America has a major challenge incorporating millennials into our national economy because globalization has transformed the nature of work. Imagine being a millennial who graduated in June of 2008 at the height of the Great Recession. These young Americans are now 28- and 29 years old, and many...

  • A city middle school counsels students after graduation

    A city middle school counsels students after graduation

    By this time of year, most high school seniors across the country have received acceptance letters from colleges and universities. As many of us know, the college admissions process is daunting for any high school senior and their families. For first generation college applicants, it is a confusing...

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