Op-Eds

The case for keeping Baltimore's Roots and Branches charter school open

Roots and Branches is a progressive charter school in West Baltimore. Recently, the school system’s Office of New Initiatives recommended non-renewal of the school’s charter. Next month, the Board of School Commissioners will vote on the fate of this small school, which means so much to the people...

  • Jules Witcover: George H.W. Bush was an almost accidental president who did his best

    Jules Witcover: George H.W. Bush was an almost accidental president who did his best

    President George H.W. Bush, who died last Friday at 94, came to the Oval Office by a circuitous route. He first served eight years as vice president, a job he never wanted. As President Ronald Reagan's steadfastly loyal stand-in, he was nominated to succeed him in 1988 in part amid Republican hopes...

  • Goldberg: George H.W. Bush was a steward of stability

    Goldberg: George H.W. Bush was a steward of stability

    There are a few movie scenes guaranteed to put a lump in my throat every time. Near the top of the list is the end of "Saving Private Ryan," Steven Spielberg's World War II masterpiece. In a climactic battle scene, a dying Capt. Miller (Tom Hanks) tells Pvt. Ryan (Matt Damon) to "earn this, earn...

  • Is the opioid epidemic now the fentanyl epidemic?

    Is the opioid epidemic now the fentanyl epidemic?

    Doctors, once swayed by opioid manufacturer marketing, aren’t overprescribing opioids anymore — that’s all in the past. Right? Wrong. Opioid prescriptions, appropriate or not, are still driving overdose death rates — and records. Opioid overdoses remain so high that they have contributed to an...

Editorials

More editorials

More Op-Eds

  • Can Baltimore's archbishop bring accountability to West Virginia's Catholic Church?

    Can Baltimore's archbishop bring accountability to West Virginia's Catholic Church?

    Pope Francis in late August appointed Baltimore Archbishop William E. Lori to lead an investigation into the alleged “sexual harassment of adults” by former Catholic bishop Michael J. Bransfield of the Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston, which comprises all of West Virginia. However, Archbishop Lori’s...

  • Overcoming the inequity of incentives for electric vehicle ownership

    Overcoming the inequity of incentives for electric vehicle ownership

    The recent National Climate Assessment has made clear that human-induced climate change has devastating effects. Central Maryland for many years has been an “ozone nonattainment area” — meaning it doesn’t meet air quality standards — because of ground-level ozone experienced during our hot summers....

  • School staff attacks in Baltimore draw knee-jerk reactions

    School staff attacks in Baltimore draw knee-jerk reactions

    Recent publicized incidents of students hitting school staff and bullying one another have spurred demands to increase the use of suspension and expulsion to maintain school discipline. The assumption that removing students who act out will make schools safer reflects the knee-jerk approach that...

  • Robert B. Reich: Trump takes on General Motors (and guess who wins?)

    Robert B. Reich: Trump takes on General Motors (and guess who wins?)

    Donald Trump's "America first" economic nationalism is finally crashing into the reality of America's shareholder-first global capitalism. Last week, General Motors announced it would cut about 14,000 jobs, most of them in the politically vital swing states of Michigan and Ohio. This doesn't quite...

  • Baltimore bill would end landlord source-of-income discrimination

    Baltimore bill would end landlord source-of-income discrimination

    As families in Baltimore City and across the nation struggle to find safe, decent and affordable housing, a bill introduced Monday in the Baltimore City Council can play an integral role in eliminating a significant barrier to actualizing this goal for our most vulnerable neighbors — without costing...

  • Rev. Jamal Bryant: 'My heart is forever Baltimore'

    Rev. Jamal Bryant: 'My heart is forever Baltimore'

    I am Baltimore. I am Lexington Market. I am late night walks around Harbor East. I am summer swims at Patterson Park. I am egg custard snowballs. My story is uniquely “Baltimore” like crab cakes and club music. This city is my home and ground zero for the fruition of every dream that God has ever...

  • No farms? No future

    No farms? No future

    Some might not think of it this way, but farmland is critical infrastructure akin to roads and bridges. It is the source of the food that sustains us. In addition, farmland provides open space, areas for recreation and habitat for wildlife. It controls floods, suppresses fires, filters water and...

  • Pitts: A few words about 'us' and 'them'

    Pitts: A few words about 'us' and 'them'

    "All life is interrelated." -- Martin Luther King Jr. "Imagine all the people, sharing all the world." -- John Lennon A few words about "us" and "them." It is, of course, the baseline division of human existence, probably dating from when the first person sparked the first fire. It's a division...

  • Be wary of billionaire beneficence

    Be wary of billionaire beneficence

    If you want to be the skunk at the garden party, tell people we should be very alarmed about billionaire donations. Michael Bloomberg just gave $1.8 billion to Baltimore's Johns Hopkins University, establishing a fund that will provide financial aid to thousands. While this is an act of visionary...

  • Ending mass incarceration: lessons from the 'Ungers'

    Ending mass incarceration: lessons from the 'Ungers'

    Recent headlines suggest that we’ve finally decided to address mass incarceration. We all know the statistics. Over the past three decades, the number of people jailed in America has tripled to almost 2.3 million, more per capita than any other country in the world. The racial disparities in our...

37°