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Politicians use Olympics to cloud human rights abuses

There is a battle taking place at the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, and it is not about sports. The United States and North Korea are locked in a struggle over who controls the narrative on human rights abuses in the reclusive regime, for which neither will win, but many will lose....

  • Howard County: best in many ways, but biking

    Howard County: best in many ways, but biking

    Howard County has long been recognized as among the “best”: best places to live, best schools, highest median family income and high job growth. Its guiding principles have always been to provide an environment of optimal health — physically, mentally, socially and environmentally. Yet many communities...

  • Nick Foles brings honor back to football

    Nick Foles brings honor back to football

    At the end of the recent NFL Super Bowl, three of the Philadelphia Eagles — the head coach, quarterback and the receiver who made the game-winning touchdown — each praised the Lord after the momentous victory. I caught the end of that game while on a mini-retreat with five priests. In response...

  • Cal Thomas: The U.S. is drowning in debt

    Cal Thomas: The U.S. is drowning in debt

    In "Hamlet," Shakespeare pens one of the most familiar lines — and best advice — ever written. Before Laertes leaves for Paris, his father, Polonius, tells him: "Neither a borrower nor a lender be..." We have ignored that advice for far too long, which is why the U.S. national debt is $20 trillion...

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  • Americans set aside partisan differences to root for home team in Olympics

    Americans set aside partisan differences to root for home team in Olympics

    Thank God for the Olympics. As our country reels from yet another deadly mass shooting and continues to bear the weight of the daily drama between Republicans and Democrats, the PyeongChang Winter Olympics gives Americans brief respite from the madness and a positive reason to come together to...

  • JHU, too, must atone for its slavery connection

    JHU, too, must atone for its slavery connection

    Last year, Georgetown University joined other peer institutions in taking steps to address its historic ties to the slave trade. Johns Hopkins shares that history, which means it shares the obligation to address it. The first endowed chair at Johns Hopkins was established in 1889 by Caroline Donovan,...

  • Pitts: In Trump they trust

    So apparently this is now Republican Partyd octrine: You can't trust the news media. They're biased. You can't trust the CIA. They're hacks. You can't trust the Justice Department. It's unfair. You can't trust the FBI. It's disgraceful. But you can trust Donald Trump. Notwithstanding the bankruptcies,...

  • Preliminary Md. education report targets five areas for reform

    Preliminary Md. education report targets five areas for reform

    The world of work that Maryland kindergartners will face as adults will be profoundly different from today’s workplace. The forces of automation and globalization, already churning and upturning the economic landscape, will continue to accelerate, and, if our education system does not respond,...

  • Going solar has never been easier — or better for the environment

    Going solar has never been easier — or better for the environment

    One weekend on the drive to my parents’ house during my junior year at the University of Maryland in 2010, my mom took us on a detour to admire our neighborhood’s very first solar home. The owner, Philip Ardanuy, has since told me that he and his wife took the plunge for two reasons: to reduce...

  • Black unicorns: men of color working in tech

    Black unicorns: men of color working in tech

    The 25th anniversary of my father’s death was last month, so his name — Reginald F. Lewis — has been popping up in my inbox more than usual. (In case you don’t know who he is, check out a copy of “Why Should White Guys Have all the Fun?” which tells the success story of a middle-class African-American...

  • Disbanding and restarting the BPD can be done. Here's how.

    Disbanding and restarting the BPD can be done. Here's how.

    Eighteen months ago I suggested in these pages that the only way to fix the Baltimore Police Department might be to disband it and start over (“Disband the BPD and start over,” Aug. 31, 2016). At the time, it seemed like an outlandish idea. Now, after a series of revelations about corruption in...

  • Baltimore police commissioner: Rooting out corrupt officers 'one of my highest priorities'

    Baltimore police commissioner: Rooting out corrupt officers 'one of my highest priorities'

    As a proud resident of Baltimore and a 30-year veteran of the Baltimore Police Department (BPD), I was profoundly disturbed to learn about the deplorable accounts of police corruption described during the trial of two members of BPD’s Gun Trace Task Force. Justice was served by Monday’s guilty...

  • Reich: Trump's tax cut is fueling stock buybacks, not wage increases

    Reich: Trump's tax cut is fueling stock buybacks, not wage increases

    Donald Trump’s promise that corporations will use his giant new tax cut to make new investments and raise workers' wages is proving to be about as truthful as his promise to release his tax returns. The results are coming in, and guess what? Almost all the extra money is going into stock buybacks....

  • Is Md.'s governor undermining attempts to thwart Trump's overreach?

    Is Md.'s governor undermining attempts to thwart Trump's overreach?

    As we knock on doors in Baltimore City and County asking what issues are on the minds of voters, there is a common question: What are we doing to protect Maryland from the Trump administration? That’s why we were surprised by the recent Sun editorial, Hogan v. Frosh, that makes the budget struggle...

  • Black lives matter everywhere, especially schools

    Black lives matter everywhere, especially schools

    The Black Lives Matter at Schools movement is a natural outgrowth of Black Lives Matter (BLM), which has provided critical action toward social justice in America. In the schools, its mission is three-fold: end zero tolerance discipline and implement restorative practices, hire more black teachers,...

  • A man's hearing problem renders others blind

    A man's hearing problem renders others blind

    In my mid-40’s, I met my husband, who happens to have a hearing disability. He’s had it since birth, and while he is not deaf, he is profoundly hard of hearing. Without hearing aids he has to read lips, and with them he hears some words and misses others. One of the many interesting things about...

  • Horsey: Checks and balances

    Horsey: Checks and balances

  • Lice in the Chipmunks' class, one dad's story

    Lice in the Chipmunks' class, one dad's story

    The text landed with a thud. Our daughter “has lice,” it said. “You need to go pick her up from school.” Ooph. A gut punch. Can't be a joke. Not an auto-correct error. This is happening. Twenty minutes later, I'm in the pre-school director’s office getting an informal training. “You see this, here....

  • Legislation aims to improve public safety in Baltimore

    Legislation aims to improve public safety in Baltimore

    As I’ve knocked on thousands of doors and spoken with constituents over the past few months, one theme has consistently emerged: Baltimore residents do not feel safe in their city. This theme is one that crosses income, racial, gender and social lines. This fact, though disheartening, should not...

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