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Election 2016: Who's scarier?

I have usually dismissed as willfully ignorant and downright irresponsible those people who tune out the news and eschew politics. But as we find ourselves in a pitched battle for the United States presidency, I am beginning to understand them. Each side — the Republicans and the Democrats — is...

  • A broad community is a healthy community

    A broad community is a healthy community

    As I reflect upon the state of our country, and recent events that have left us feeling at best discouraged and, at worst, completely helpless and angry, I see some unfortunate parallels between the increasing polarization of our society and the endless, ancient and tribal strife in the Middle...

  • The 'golden years' lack luster

    The 'golden years' lack luster

    As his ailments piled up on the approach to his final age of 89, my father often suggested that people live too long. Elders lamenting the inexorable march of years that record how long they have been alive, and the aches and pains that accompany them, often try to amuse each other, and themselves,...

  • The big man and the little dog

    The big man and the little dog

    My husband, Charles, is a 6-foot, 1-inch bearded and burly man. The other day I found him sitting on the sofa stroking a pillow embroidered with the face of a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel. He looked up at me and said, "It looks just like Simba, doesn't it?" Simba, our 15-pound rebound dog, passed...

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Clinton's bet

One hundred and two days from now, Americans will go to the polls to choose between two candidates who would have been inconceivable for almost all of the nation's history, Democrat Hillary Clinton and Republican Donald Trump. The reason Ms. Clinton would have been inconceivable is a simple one:...

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  • Trump channels 1968 Richard Nixon

    Trump channels 1968 Richard Nixon

    Any hopes that Donald Trump would soften his image and rhetoric upon becoming the Republican presidential nominee were dashed by his acceptance speech declaring himself "the law-and-order candidate." Seizing on the combined domestic and foreign reign of fear generated by the shootings involving...

  • 50 years after the Coleman Report

    Fifty years ago this month, the U.S. Department of Health, Education and Welfare rocked the nation's education establishment by releasing an 800-page report by James Coleman, a little known Johns Hopkins professor, and his team of researchers finding that the socioeconomic status of a child's family...

  • Harvard law professor: criticism of Mosby over Gray trials is 'wholly unfounded'

    Harvard law professor: criticism of Mosby over Gray trials is 'wholly unfounded'

    Baltimore City State's Attorney Marilyn Mosby is the subject of intense yet wholly unfounded criticism for her office's decision to prosecute six police officers for the death of Freddie Gray. Significantly, a George Washington University law professor, John Banzhaf, has gone so far as to file...

  • The point of preservation

    The point of preservation

    Thanks to the recent press coverage in The Baltimore Sun and elsewhere, the issue of the Bel-Loc Diner has raised some important issues regarding historic preservation ("Preservation group launches petition to reuse, rather than demolish, Bel-Loc Diner," June 27). Indeed, over the last few weeks,...

  • Twice victimized: once by a man, once by the system

    Twice victimized: once by a man, once by the system

    As a seasoned social worker I've accompanied more women than I care to remember to report sexual assault, domestic violence or other abuse perpetrated against them or their children. Inevitably, the response we receive varies dramatically depending on the race, immigration status, socioeconomic...

  • The wrong way to select a vice president

    The wrong way to select a vice president

    No tradition in the history of American political party conventions is more sorely needed than the one abandoned in the mid-20th century — namely, the selection of a vice presidential nominee solely by the convention. Until the era of President Franklin D. Roosevelt, the vice presidential selection...

  • Political parties split in attitudes toward Israel

    Political parties split in attitudes toward Israel

    Today's Republican and Democratic platforms amply illustrate serious divides between the two major parties' attitudes toward Israel, a factor that could play a major part in determining who wins the presidency. Foreign policy continues to be a pivotal point in many voters' minds — particularly...

  • Federal judges often let bad cops slide

    Federal judges often let bad cops slide

    Latonya Davis, a disabled African-American woman, was too terrified to get out of her car. The police had pulled her over, surrounded her with four cruisers, and were pounding on her vehicle with their batons. She slid her window open slightly and told Lakewood, Colo., Officer Todd Clifford and...

  • College collaboration will boost low-income enrollment

    College collaboration will boost low-income enrollment

    It's been over a decade since Harvard began allowing students from lower income families to attend for free. Many other prestigious colleges have followed suit, eliminating all fees for students whose families make less than $65,000 per year. Yet the number of low-income students at top educational...

  • A recommendation for Baltimore's white liberal establishment

    A recommendation for Baltimore's white liberal establishment

    As could be predicted, given all of the attention and national spotlight focused on Baltimore as a result of the uprising and the unfortunate death of Freddie Gray, the city's public and private "white liberal establishment" has moved with amazing velocity to convene task forces, commissions and...

  • Do you know where your fruit's been?

    Do you know where your fruit's been?

    A plump, juicy peach; an ear of crisp sweet corn; a ruby red tomato just picked from the vine — summer produce abounds on Maryland dining room tables this time of year. Fresh fruits and vegetables are important parts of our diets and an important part of our Maryland heritage. But do you know where...

  • GOP convention has become a stomach-churning affair

    GOP convention has become a stomach-churning affair

    It was reported late in the second day of the GOP convention that a large number of Republican National Committee staffers were stricken with the norovirus. Most commonly associated with the sorts of gastrointestinal crises aboard cruise ships that attract wall-to-wall CNN coverage, the norovirus...

  • Repairing our fractured country

    Repairing our fractured country

    On July 9, 1991, I was one of the newly minted plebes of the United States Naval Academy's Class of 1995. As we stood in formation in Tecumseh Court to take the oath of office as midshipmen in the U.S. Navy, we chose as our class motto: Non sibi sed patriae — "Not for self, but for country." We...

  • Ginsburg's right not to remain silent

    Ginsburg's right not to remain silent

    When Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg publicly revealed her negative opinion of Donald Trump, I posted the interview on my daughter's Facebook wall with the caption, "she never disappoints." Even before the backlash from liberals and conservatives, however, I had second thoughts: As a Supreme Court...

  • Baltimore County bill would end income discrimination against renters

    Baltimore County bill would end income discrimination against renters

    Myesha Allender was hit and paralyzed by a drunk driver in 2005, changing her life forever. She now uses a wheelchair and faces the great challenge of finding a suitable home for her family in a neighborhood connected to good schools for her four children. Ms. Allender is unable to work and relies...

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