| Dec 14, 2012
SINGAPORE -- While the U.S. unemployment rate "dropped" to 7.7 percent last month -- a figure even The Washington Post acknowledged was due "in large part because the labor force fell by 350,000" -- here in this modern and prosperous city-state of...
| Sep 25, 2013
| 6:00 AM
I wish to ask those who oppose raising the minimum wage to think back to when they first had a job, full- or part-time. I'm a senior citizen, and my first job was in the 1950s. I worked full-time and was paid $1 an hour, with no benefits. So between the...
| Oct 20, 2012
| 4:00 AM
In form, President Barack Obama came back strongly in Tuesday's debate with Mitt Romney, but substantively he continues to lag behind the Republican candidate. That's because the president has a record to defend, and it isn't a good one.
| May 4, 2013
| 4:00 AM
There's the story of a woman with five kids who was asked: If she had to do it all over again, would she have five children?
"Yes," she said, "just not these five."
That's the way I feel about the immigration "reform" bill introduced by the Senate's...
| Jul 2, 2013
| 6:00 AM
Happy Independence Day.
I am not talking about the one we celebrate on July 4 but the other that happens each month in grocery stores across the United States. Let me paint the picture.
My husband and I work 40-plus hours a week and stop into the...
| Jul 9, 2013
| 8:11 AM
Can government solve the problem of poverty in America? It is a question worth asking because partisan politics is eroding the federal government's lead role in developing the social welfare policies that have defined much of the country's domestic agenda...
| Jul 28, 2013
| 9:30 AM
Earlier this month, the U.S. House of Representatives, on a party-line vote, broke with tradition by stripping from the farm bill the Supplementary Nutrition Assistance Program, also known as food stamps. What's left in the bill is billions of dollars...
| Aug 10, 2013
| 8:00 AM
Requiring a photo ID is frequently, and inaccurately, said to be a method of suppressing minority votes. Walmart requires a photo ID to exchange a purchase. Not to get a refund, but simply to trade a purchase for something of the same price for a...
| Aug 13, 2013
| 5:39 AM
It is a Wednesday evening in Lansdowne and the Washington Avenue campus of St. Clement Church is bustling with activity.
Both Baltimore County and Baltimore City residents file through the front doors, down the entry hallway and into the church's...
| Aug 14, 2013
| 10:00 AM
As The Sun recently noted, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued a report explaining that obesity rates in the nation have declined ("Tide may be turning on U.S. childhood obesity — CDC," Aug. 6). Hooray! But if you look beneath that...
| Aug 15, 2013
| 12:18 PM
Having visited the farmers market recently for the first time, I was thrilled to see the featured article, "Too many fruits and vegetables?" in the July 25 issue. I had been discouraged to find just a few vendors, situated in a sweltering parking lot, the...
| Aug 22, 2013
| 1:21 PM
As an infant born in Waterville, Maine, to a single, teenage mother, I relied on food stamps for the first four months of my life. My family's economic status later required me to participate in other federal assistance programs like Head Start and the...