| Oct 10, 2013
| 9:38 AM
For all the acrimony in Washington over Obamacare, there's an intriguing consensus around one issue: the ratchet effect. Neither side uses the term, but both the right and left treat it as an article of faith.
The term was coined by the libertarian...
| Oct 12, 2013
| 6:09 PM
HAVRE de GRACE — Harford County Executive David R. Craig describes himself as a moderate by temperament, but he is staking out positions that seem certain to appeal to the Republican party's hard-core conservative base as he seeks the 2014...
| Oct 5, 2013
| 11:38 AM
In a research lab in East Baltimore, rats that provide clues to how the brain degenerates with age could grow too old or even die before scientists can complete their experiments.
At a homeless shelter, a Baltimore mother feeds her underweight toddler...
| Sep 30, 2013
| 1:18 PM
It's Obamacare activation and government "shutdown" week in Washington, where the consequences of misplaced faith in government are everywhere. Still, "true believers" remain faithful that Obamacare will be the exception to government's past failures in...
| Oct 21, 2013
| 2:03 PM
Two narratives about the recent partial government shutdown are popular.
The Obama administration and its supporters in the media blame all on the tea party, which they see as the illegitimate offspring of gerrymandering and the Supreme Court's campaign...
| Oct 24, 2013
Here we go again, with another call for a crackdown on panhandlers in Baltimore. The City Council, which recently provided millions of dollars in public financing for the big private development at Harbor Point — offices, hotels, residences —...
| Oct 23, 2013
| 10:17 AM
We will try not to judge too harshly those on the Baltimore City Council who are supporting a crackdown on panhandling — just as they should not judge too harshly those who are doing the panhandling. A poverty of ideas is just another form of...
| 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 23, 2013
| 12:37 PM
A Harford County zoning hearing examiner has issued a ruling supporting a zoning special exception for a controversial project to build 198 apartments in Bel Air South.
Robert F. Kahoe Jr. ruled the site plan for the apartment complex, which would be...
| Jul 21, 2013
| 5:00 AM
My new book concerns the countercultural views of today's progressive Democrats. This is not your father's liberalism, and it is certainly far removed from the local Democratic Party I was exposed to as a young kid growing up in Arbutus. That Democratic...
| Aug 8, 2013
| 8:48 AM
It is time for our state to have independent audits of all departments and agencies.
The appalling misuse of federal education funding discovered earlier this year is already well known. Baltimore City and Prince George's County schools wasted over...
| Aug 10, 2013
| 11:54 AM
There are any number of ways to view last week's raucous City Council committee meeting, where by a 3-0 vote, members approved a $107 million public financing deal for the Harbor Point development.
It was theater, for sure, with drama and high dudgeon...