| 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 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...
| Dec 23, 2013
| 2:36 PM
Olivia Griffin gets to her job at Johns Hopkins Hospital an hour early each work day just to make sure she isn't late.
It's not an easy feat for the 25-year-old mother of two who relies on the bus and subway for transportation from her West Baltimore...
| Dec 24, 2013
| 3:49 AM
| Dec 25, 2013
Picture a young, newly divorced mom in the early 1970s, with three young children and hopes and dreams, trying desperately to make it on her own but finding life impossible. Imagine not having enough money to buy food for your children, or to afford to...
| Nov 19, 2013
| 2:00 AM
Tracey Coleman understands that many people are skeptical about the federal food stamp program, and she agrees that some reform may be needed.
But the 43-year-old Essex woman also knows food stamps have kept her family fed since her husband was laid off...
| 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...
| May 25, 2013
| 4:00 AM
President Barack Obama gave two commencement addresses in one to graduates of Morehouse College in Atlanta, Ga., last weekend. It would be easy for this conservative to critique the political and social elements of his speech. Instead, I choose to focus...
| Jun 13, 2013
| 8:54 AM
Recently I have made some very interesting observations about people and politics. I have noticed a significant contrast between conservative Republicans and the liberal Democrats in the light of two fairly recent weather events.
The first incident...
| May 28, 2013
| 11:10 AM
As the five-year anniversary of the Lehman Bros. bankruptcy and the collapse of the mortgage market approaches, Americans are still struggling to cope with the consequences of the Great Recession. More than 4 million households have lost their homes to...