| Jan 6, 2014
| 3:00 AM
Today, the U.S. Senate is scheduled to consider whether to reinstate the Federal Unemployment Insurance (UI) program, which provided an average of 29 weeks of benefits past the 26 weeks states provide. A decision to discontinue this program will...
| 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....
| Dec 2, 2013
| 8:11 AM
Efforts to raise Maryland's minimum wage received a big boost last week with the decisions in Montgomery and Prince George's counties to raise the minimum hourly pay to $11.50 in four years. Since about 1.9 million of Maryland's 5.8 million residents live...
| 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...
| Dec 3, 2013
| 10:30 AM
It was a bit sad to read about Baltimore City's homeless on the front page ("City's homeless line up, even as count is down" (Dec. 2) and then right underneath a story about Columbia spending more than $5 million to create a new park ("Columbia park...
| 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...
| 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...
| Nov 12, 2013
| 2:06 PM
Sister Irene Marshiano, a nun who offered sandwiches and coffee "with respect" at the Franciscan Center she founded 45 years ago, died of complications from diabetes Oct. 31 at her order's Clare Court Convent in Northeast Baltimore. She was 70.
| Nov 10, 2013
| 12:30 PM
In all levels of all programs and institutions, public or private, big or small, government or corporate, there is some degree of fraud or mismanagement ("Food stamp fraud is real and must be stopped," Nov. 6). There is no way to have a program like the...
| 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 29, 2013
| 2:05 PM
Grocery prices may be rising — 1.5 to 2.5 percent next year, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture — but the ability of poor people to buy them is about to shrink. On Friday, benefits for 47.6 million Americans participating in the...