| Sep 17, 2013
| 10:11 AM
A federal grand jury in Maryland has indicted nine Baltimore business owners alleging almost $7 million in food stamp fraud.
The scheme, called "food stamp trafficking," involved the store owners redeeming food stamp benefits in exchange for cash and...
| 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 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...
| Mar 15, 2013
| 7:10 PM
A federal court in Virginia was asked Friday to determine the proper ownership of a miniature landscape painted by Pierre-Auguste Renoir and allegedly purchased for $7 in a box of odds and ends in a rural flea market.
The complaint filed in U.S....
| 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...
| Sep 3, 2013
| 9:11 AM
Perhaps you've heard the fascinating story of Hungarian mathematician Abraham Wald, who during World War II distinguished himself by helping the British Air Ministry analyze damages to their fleet of bomber planes.
The ministry had done an initial...
| Apr 30, 2013
| 9:22 AM
The most common complaint from people who email me about my columns is that the federal government is horrible: Too big and growing too fast, too corrupt and wasteful, and providing too many benefits to too many Americans. If we just shrink the...