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Conservatives shouldn't throw around 'Republican Obama' label lightly

"The Republican Obama." That's the new hot attack on Sen. Marco Rubio. Ted Cruz leveled the epithet at Mr. Rubio just days before the Iowa caucuses, which is a little ironic since Mr. Cruz has been called the same thing in the past. But the leader of the opposition to Mr. Rubio, at least when it...

  • Healing the community after a student's racist rant

    Healing the community after a student's racist rant

    "Blacks are an inferior race" — a quote from a white student attending the same school my daughter graduated from last year, Mt. Hebron. It's also the same school that my 8th grader will attend in the fall. The teen's hateful rant, captured on video, hits home for us and many others. Over 20 years...

  • Ungag auto dealers

    Ungag auto dealers

    Every time I open up a newspaper or turn on the nightly news there seems to be a new headline positioning General Motors as this decade's "comeback kid." Though GM has returned to profitability, it has done so at an immense expense to those who wrongly trusted this company to provide them with...

  • The failure of multiculturalism

    The failure of multiculturalism

    Just as radar warns of approaching storms, so does the flood of migrants entering Europe warn us of a deluge yet to come, not only for Europeans, if they continue to allow unrestricted immigration, but for the United States. Reports that women in Cologne, Germany, have been groped and robbed by...

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Mayor's race on the issues: Property taxes

With the field now set for Baltimore's mayoral primaries, candidates have begun issuing detailed proposals on the issues facing the city. As they do, we will provide occasional analysis of the pros and cons of their ideas, starting with plans to cut property taxes by Councilmen Nick Mosby and Carl...

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  • High academic achievers need attention, too

    High academic achievers need attention, too

    In many instances, we have difficulty acknowledging students of high achievement. We have no problem identifying, acknowledging and rewarding outstanding athletes, but we are extremely hesitant to identify students with high academic potential in our system, which tends to want to homogenize students...

  • Giving kids a realistic career path

    Giving kids a realistic career path

    You've heard the question dozens of times: "What do you want to be when you grow up?" Children living in poverty have few ideas and even fewer role models to point the way. "Doctor, lawyer, nurse or sports star" are the usual answers. Sports star? Of the 18,300 NCAA men playing basketball in 2013,...

  • Friend's shooting leads to anti-NRA action

    Friend's shooting leads to anti-NRA action

    I just found out that my good friend — a Baltimore City school teacher, a wife, a mother, a smart woman, a smartass, a liberal, a volunteer, a philanthropist, a music lover, a writer and an all-around fun person — was shot in the chest at 8:30 p.m. on Jan. 21st in New York City. Hearing the news...

  • After years of false alarms, the 'conservative crackup' has arrived

    After years of false alarms, the 'conservative crackup' has arrived

    I've been hearing about the impending "conservative crackup" for nearly 25 years. The term was coined by R. Emmett Tyrrell Jr., the founder of the American Spectator. He meant that conservatism had lost its philosophical coherence. But the phrase almost instantly became a catchall for any prediction...

  • The 'hothouse' economy

    The 'hothouse' economy

    This year is starting off with the worst performance of stocks in decades. It has many analysts wondering exactly what's driving it and, more importantly, whether there's an end in sight. For a long time, I have maintained that the U.S. economy has been in a state of "realignment" as opposed to...

  • The millennial work ethic

    The millennial work ethic

    Dear Previous Employer, You may think that you have gotten the best of me, but you have not. I am a millennial. You may think that you have put me in a bad spot, but you have not. I am a millennial. You may think that you can threaten me, but I am not afraid. I am a millennial. I didn't write this...

  • Lawyers will help, not hinder, DOJ's Baltimore investigation

    Lawyers will help, not hinder, DOJ's Baltimore investigation

    Three dangerous storm clouds now hang over Baltimore in the wake of the spring's Freddie Gray riots. First, police/community relations continue to deteriorate seriously. Second, violent crime continues to rise dramatically. Third, there is continued fear about recurrences of the spring disorders...

  • Expand tax credits for those who need it most

    Expand tax credits for those who need it most

    The Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) is one of the most effective anti-poverty programs currently in place in the United States. Maryland's General Assembly should act during this legislative session to expand the credit's proven benefits. Throughout 2015, Sen. Elizabeth Warren and I worked on an...

  • Put Baltimore to work through community benefit agreements

    Put Baltimore to work through community benefit agreements

    More than police officers are on trial in Baltimore. The policies of the city and other municipalities across the country are due for judgment as well. Year after year, and in many cases, generation after generation, mostly young African-American men are forced into sub-economies so desperate and...

  • Why black lives matter to a white guy

    Why black lives matter to a white guy

    What does "Black Lives Matter" mean to you? As a white male, my initial impression was that this was a movement that focused on too narrow an issue. I didn't mean to devalue the tragedies that the black community has been forced to endure, particularly through police brutality in the past few years....

  • Maryland property assessments count air as square footage

    Maryland property assessments count air as square footage

    One third of Maryland homeowners are now dealing with the triennial ritual of reassessment. The Maryland system of keeping assessments in line with market values has many virtues, especially compared with states that reassess only when a property is sold. Nonetheless, individual property assessment...

  • The art of fiction and political lies

    The art of fiction and political lies

    This year we commemorate the 400th anniversary of the death of a man who, more than any other, trained the modern world in the art of fiction. In 2016 we also seem destined to pass another milestone: the low tide mark for truth in politics. While the two points may seem unrelated, it turns out...

  • The myth of more medicine and better health

    The myth of more medicine and better health

    Maryland is the only state testing an "all payer" model for Medicare insurance payments. This model pays hospitals a fixed amount for each patient, in contrast to standard fee-for-service payments for each test or doctor's visit. A recent report in the New England Journal of Medicine showed Maryland's...

  • Ex-offenders and the right to vote in Md.

    Ex-offenders and the right to vote in Md.

    These are probably frightening words to anyone who wants to maintain the political status quo: "I have a criminal record. I pledge to vote in 2016 elections because I care about my neighborhood and want to add my voice to improve everyone's quality of life." Let's just suppose that a significant...

  • Baltimore speaker promotes fear of Islam

    Baltimore speaker promotes fear of Islam

    Our nation suffers from a polarizing public discourse around Islam, supported by an industry of fear and a media that almost exclusively presents Islam and Muslims in the context of violence. The pervasive fear of "all things Muslim" permits presidential candidates to suggest with little public...

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