| Feb 22, 2014
| 6:37 AM
Two Korean citizens have been sentenced to prison for their roles in a food stamp fraud scheme and may face deportation, the U.S. Attorney in Baltimore announced this week.
The cases were part of a food stamp fraud sting that implicated 10 convenience...
| Feb 17, 2014
| 6:15 PM
By a wide margin, Maryland voters want to raise the state's minimum wage to $10.10 a hour, a poll conducted for The Baltimore Sun shows.
A majority of voters in every region of the state supports that wage increase, and the proposal has near-unanimous...
| Feb 18, 2014
| 9:00 AM
The deportation of non-violent undocumented immigrants is costly. It tears apart the very fabric of society, the family, thus causing irreparable emotional pain. There are costs in dollars and cents not only for the incarceration, often lengthy, of the...
| Feb 11, 2014
| 5:15 AM
I keep waiting for the Republican Party to show some respect for the poor and to stop doing the bidding of the 1 percent. But then I saw that Republicans cut back funding for food stamps while providing more tax dollars for corporate-operated farms....
| Feb 10, 2014
| 7:30 AM
To be sure, the issue of a minimum wage is a complex one ("State leaders give partial backing to minimum-wage hike," Jan. 27).
Some are convinced that an increase in the minimum wage would result higher costs throughout the U.S. as well as affecting its...
| Jan 28, 2014
| 11:37 AM
Over the past several weeks, I have heard from scores of constituents urging me to support an increase in the federal minimum wage - but none more frequently than Michael O'Hara.
Michael is a retired senior citizen who lives in Randallstown. He's...
| Feb 3, 2014
| 5:57 PM
The U.S. Senate is poised to give final approval Tuesday to a nearly $1 trillion bill that would dictate the nation's agriculture policy for the next five years, reduce how much taxpayers spend on food stamps and alter conservation programs for the...
| Feb 4, 2014
| 8:22 AM
It may be that some minimum wage earners would be harmed by an increase in the minimum wage because they would lose their jobs. But what about those who keep their jobs?
A more surprising result is this: Some minimum wage earners who keep their jobs...
| Feb 4, 2014
| 11:15 AM
The minimum wage is a permanent wage for the undereducated, for whom robots and overseas labor have replaced the unskilled work that once paid a living wage ("Not so fast on minimum wage," Feb. 1). Moreover, by permitting students to leave school at age...
| Dec 19, 2013
| 11:27 AM
Ever interested in the region's troubled youth — although usually in the context of a police crackdown on them — Del. Pat McDonough says he wants Maryland to adopt a "training wage" of $7.25 an hour for businesses of 100 workers or fewer. If...
| Jan 22, 2014
| 9:10 AM
It is certainly not news that obesity is a growing health problem in this country and in the city of Baltimore. What is alarming, however, is that obesity has a disproportionately higher rate and impact on low-income, non-white populations in America. The...
| Dec 23, 2013
| 3:05 AM
In a classroom with an outside door, student-made shelves are filled with canned goods as Manchester Valley High School prepares to open its first food pantry on Jan 7.
The high school will be the 16th school in the county to have a food pantry —...