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'The Keepers' victims: a daughter's view

We moved from Baltimore to a small suburb in Pennsylvania when I was 7 years old. I remember the day my mom enrolled me in public school. I was upset. I wanted to go to Catholic school like my friends and cousins back in Maryland. Today, I understand. My mother is one of the women featured in the...

  • We should research our health care at least as well as our cars

    We should research our health care at least as well as our cars

    As consumers, we spend more time researching television, vacation and vehicle purchases than making health care spending decisions. That's according to an insurance industry survey that finds analyzing health coverage comes in far behind the time Americans consider other purchases. The implications...

  • Baltimore public housing plan needs scrutiny, oversight

    Baltimore public housing plan needs scrutiny, oversight

    The $27 million renovation and reopening of the city's Allendale public apartment complex was described as "hallelujah" moment by Carol Payne, the Director of the Baltimore Region for the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development. But a hallelujah moment for whom? Should public...

  • Horsey: Trump may be in trouble, but his appointees advance his startling agenda

    Horsey: Trump may be in trouble, but his appointees advance his startling agenda

    Cable news is consumed with wall-to-wall coverage of every new development in Donald Trump's political implosion, and liberals, still stunned by Trump's rise to the White House, cannot get enough of it. For them, this national nightmare can't be over soon enough. Nevertheless, one disturbing reality...

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Are Confederate monuments 'our story?'

In January of last year, a seven-member mayoral commission recommended the removal of two of four Confederate era monuments from Baltimore's public parks. Sixteen months later, the offending statues haven't budged. While some "interpretive" signage has been added, they remain where they are and...

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  • Blame Baltimore's politicians for its shrinking population

    Blame Baltimore's politicians for its shrinking population

    It's clear that Baltimore has a number of systemic government issues, including mismanagement, that have resulted in a decades-long exodus out of the city. From 1970 to 2000, Baltimore's total population declined nearly 30 percent. That hemorrhaging of population continues, as evidenced by more...

  • Tiffany Trump will fit right in at Georgetown Law

    Tiffany Trump will fit right in at Georgetown Law

    Law students like myself who matriculated into Georgetown Law last August are crowding into libraries and cafes to write briefs and memorize outlined notes for final exams, finally ending our tumultuous first year, only to find out amid all our studying that Tiffany Trump will be walking our halls...

  • Cardin bill could undermine Iran nuclear deal

    Cardin bill could undermine Iran nuclear deal

    The Senate is poised to approve new legislation that would hand President Donald Trump ammunition he could use to erode the 2015 nuclear deal with Iran, despite the fact that the agreement is working and that keeping it intact benefits U.S. national security. Currently Iran is complying with the...

  • Question of the week responses

    Question of the week responses

    Was the abrupt firing of FBI Director James Comey, who reportedly learned about his termination from a TV news report while speaking to agents in Los Angeles, appropriate? Why or why not? President Trump is within his rights to fire the director of the FBI, however as he is the leader of this country,...

  • Social Security's gender gap

    Social Security's gender gap

    This is addressed to all readers, but especially young women, who are enjoying prime working years, developing skills, acquiring friends and contacts, and making money. You may be delighted with your income, even if it's not quite as high as you believe (or know) your male colleagues earn. You're...

  • Trumped-up claims against Trump

    Trumped-up claims against Trump

    The Washington establishment rejoiced last week over what seemed to be a windfall "gotcha" moment, as President Donald Trump said he had fired FBI Director James Comey over "this Russia thing, with Trump and Russia." The president labeled it a "made-up story" and, by all appearances, he is mostly...

  • Finding common political ground for the common good

    Finding common political ground for the common good

    We are a Democrat and a Republican, members of the Maryland Senate from different parts of the state who serve together on the Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee. The most important word in that first sentence is "together." Not Democrat. Not Republican. Because we believe that even in this...

  • Immigrants need sanctuary — and lawyers

    Immigrants need sanctuary — and lawyers

    Ali, a green card holder and father of three young daughters in Baltimore, was driving his friend home when they were pulled over by police in a routine traffic stop. Ali's friend, who was undocumented, had a baggie of marijuana in his possession, and Ali, wanting to save his friend, took the blame....

  • Robert B. Reich: A roadmap to the end of Trump's presidency

    Robert B. Reich: A roadmap to the end of Trump's presidency

    The question is no longer whether there are grounds to impeach Donald Trump. The question is when enough Republicans will put their loyalty to America ahead of their loyalty to their party. Mr. Trump's statements last week about his firing of former FBI Director James Comey provide ample evidence...

  • HHS secretary misunderstands addiction

    HHS secretary misunderstands addiction

    While Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price was in West Virginia last week, he described methadone and buprenorphine treatment for opioid use disorders as just "substituting one opioid for another." This statement swiftly drew widespread criticism from the medical community, including former...

  • A policy of severance pay in Baltimore County

    A policy of severance pay in Baltimore County

    The Baltimore County government has gained a reputation as being the place where openness and transparency in government have gone to die. The county's so-called "Executive Benefit Policy" and how it feathers the nests of high-ranking county officials already eligible for lucrative county pensions...

  • Don't let 'Trumpitis' consume your summer

    Don't let 'Trumpitis' consume your summer

    Unless one is committed to living under a rock, it is pretty much impossible to avoid the 24/7 bombardment of disquieting news emanating from Washington with the 45th president at the center of it all. In casual conversations with strangers or around the dinner table or even in church sermons,...

  • Horsey: Donald Trump is too inept to conduct a successful cover-up

    Horsey: Donald Trump is too inept to conduct a successful cover-up

    Donald Trump built his overblown image as a brilliant boss on a TV show where he fired contestants in a televised game. His real-world firing of FBI Director James Comey, though, is a demonstration of the obtuse ineptness that is the true hallmark of his executive style. Many pundits and politicians...

  • Could Pat Benatar unite us?

    Could Pat Benatar unite us?

    I was born in Baltimore just a few miles from where Francis Scott Key witnessed the bombardment of Baltimore and then wrote a song about it. It's a good song as songs go, but nobody seems to understand it nowadays. Nobody seems to be able to sing it correctly, either. For a time, some football...

  • The contours of consent: the Rockville High rape case

    The contours of consent: the Rockville High rape case

    One evening in December 2003, two teenage boys were riding around in a car with a girl they knew, vaguely, from their Montgomery County high school. What happened next was, like much of teenage sex itself, vague, uncomfortable and ugly. Portions of it were criminal. The whole messy encounter was...

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