| Mar 11, 2014
| 8:25 AM
Support for decriminalizing recreational marijuana use and increasing its medicinal availability spreads like an oil spill. Colorado and Washington's decriminalization, coupled with President Barack Obama musing that marijuana is no more dangerous than...
| Mar 13, 2014
| 11:14 AM
Although Harford County Public Schools has not yet met the state's goals for student participation in the Free and Reduced Meals program – to the point they attracted a recent plea from Gov. Martin O'Malley to "feed these kids" – school...
| 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...
| Jan 11, 2014
| 12:30 PM
Fifty years ago this week, in his State of the Union address to the nation, President Lyndon B. Johnson announced a new "War on Poverty." The legislation he proposed and was ultimately passed by Congress made reducing poverty a national priority. As a...
| Jan 12, 2014
Fifty years after the first, it's time to launch a new War on Poverty. But to do it we need to challenge myths about the first that have convinced too many that combating poverty is just one more phenomenon of the '60s that can never happen again....
| Jan 9, 2014
| 12:21 PM
Fifty years ago, President Lyndon Baines Johnson declared a "war on poverty," the consequence of which was a slew of government programs aimed at improving the lives of struggling Americans. It has become fashionable among political conservatives to...
| 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 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...
| 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 —...
| 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...