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Tax credits aren't enough to relieve burden of organ donation

When I was 4 years old, my grandfather was diagnosed with an aggressive form of hepatic cancer after contracting hepatitis C. He would have benefited from a partial liver transplant but was unable to find a donor match in time to save his life. In 2017, Maryland House Speaker Michael E. Busch received...

  • You know of Johns Hopkins, but do you know 'Johnsie'?

    You know of Johns Hopkins, but do you know 'Johnsie'?

    People around the globe are conversant with Johns Hopkins Hospital and its university and medical school in Baltimore, but almost no one is conversant about the man. Of course, that’s how “Johnsie,” as he was known to family and friends (“Mr. Johnsie” to servants), wanted conversations to be directed...

  • Pitts: George H.W. Bush is gone, and so is his vision of 'a kinder, gentler nation'

    Pitts: George H.W. Bush is gone, and so is his vision of 'a kinder, gentler nation'

    On the last night of the Republican National Convention in 1988, the candidate sought to impart to the country a vision of the America it could be. "Some," he said, "would say it's soft and insufficiently tough to care" about troubled children. "But where is it written, that we must act as if we...

  • UMD students deserve better

    UMD students deserve better

    Like countless other parents of college-bound high school seniors living in Maryland, I started steering my daughter toward her state’s flagship university last year, when we began talking about college options. The University of Maryland, College Park, with its strong academic reputation — it...

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Alternative Fact of the Week: Muzzle the riffraff

For President Donald Trump and his appointees in Washington, it’s likely there are few everyday experiences more annoying than walking into the office and listening to your underlings chatter, share notes or author anonymous New York Times op-eds about impeachment or “the resistance,” as opponents...

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  • Transracial adoption: seeing beyond race

    Transracial adoption: seeing beyond race

    Editor’s note: This op-ed was written in conjunction with Baltimore Sun reporter Yvonne Wenger’s series and podcast, called “The Wait,” about her family’s experiences with infertility and Baltimore’s foster care and adoption systems. Read the series here. When my husband and I decided to adopt...

  • Robert B. Reich: A tip for Tariff Man

    Robert B. Reich: A tip for Tariff Man

    “I am a Tariff Man,"President Trump tweeted last week. "When people or countries come in to raid the great wealth of our Nation, I want them to pay for the privilege of doing so. ... We are right now taking in $billions in Tariffs. MAKE AMERICA RICH AGAIN." I'm sorry, Mr. President, but you got...

  • Baltimore City Council's 'bold leadership' includes bans on cat and dog sales and sugary drinks

    Baltimore City Council's 'bold leadership' includes bans on cat and dog sales and sugary drinks

    FBI data indicate that Baltimore City’s 342 homicides in 2017 translated into a gruesome rate of 56 murders per 100,000 residents. That represented a record per capita rate for this community and rendered Baltimore’s homicide rate well above that of any other large American city. One might have...

  • Applying the Eisenhower principle to paid family leave

    Applying the Eisenhower principle to paid family leave

    House Democrats have various options for how they wish to approach their legislative agenda. In addition to their oversight agenda, they can pass laws they believe in (like strong gun control laws), which the Republican Senate will reject; pass very mild bills, which their constituencies will reject,...

  • Cesareans are over performed, here's why

    Cesareans are over performed, here's why

    The medical journal The Lancet recently condemned unnecessary cesarean section surgery as a “global epidemic.” In the U.S., almost one in three births today is by cesarean section — a dramatic change from a even a few decades ago. In the early 1970s, fewer than one in 20 births was by cesarean...

  • Ugly emails reveal 'conviction without facts' regarding substance use disorder

    Ugly emails reveal 'conviction without facts' regarding substance use disorder

    I’ve been speaking out about the escalating overdose death toll and the impediments to needed reform, enough to have accumulated numerous email responses from people I don’t know. Because my perspective is that of a mother whose son struggled with a substance use disorder and died of a mixed drug...

  • Witcover: George H.W. Bush's virtues brought honor to an office now sullied

    Witcover: George H.W. Bush's virtues brought honor to an office now sullied

    The warm and genuine public outpouring of appreciation for the 41st president in services in Washington, D.C., and Texas reflected the authenticity and good will of the man. With these qualities, he brought honor not only to himself but also to the high office in which he served, where it is so...

  • Goldberg: Ocasio-Cortez is borrowing from the Trump playbook

    Goldberg: Ocasio-Cortez is borrowing from the Trump playbook

    One of the most comforting talking points in politics is to claim that your political opponents are irrationally obsessed. I'm sure this is as old as time, but I first noticed it in the late 1990s. Many of Bill Clinton's most ardent supporters responded to every new criticism by claiming the president's...

  • Pitts: 'There is no such thing as a child prostitute'

    Pitts: 'There is no such thing as a child prostitute'

    No one even knows how many girls there were. Federal prosecutors identified 36. In “Perversion of Justice,” a stunning piece of investigative work by Julie K. Brown that was published last month, the Miami Herald reported that it has found 80. But accounts given by the girls themselves suggest...

  • The problem with 'us vs. them'

    The problem with 'us vs. them'

    It’s Us or Them. America seems settled into the notion that there are only two kinds. We are the good people. They are the bad ones. Once you find out who’s who, the issue is settled — whatever the topic, from politics to sex to sports to raising your kids. Amazingly, during the past year, grown-up...

  • Cal Thomas: A powerful lesson as we remember President Bush

    Cal Thomas: A powerful lesson as we remember President Bush

    The scene at the U.S. Capitol on Monday as former President George H.W. Bush lay in state presented a tableau and a lesson for those who seek earthly power and believe it can change things. As the TV cameras panned the crowd, I was struck by how many aging "formers" there were, men (and they were...

  • HIV may not discriminate, but structural inequalities do

    HIV may not discriminate, but structural inequalities do

    The term acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS) was used for the first time more than 35 years ago. This new disease was gripping the nation, causing a wave of unprecedented stigma and discrimination, especially for gay and bisexual men. In 1982, President Ronald Reagan’s press secretary made...

  • Morgan president: We're open for billions

    Morgan president: We're open for billions

    Johns Hopkins University was in the news recently as the result of a $1.8-billion gift from one of its alumni, Michael Bloomberg. When I read about the gift, I immediately emailed my friend, Hopkins President Ron Daniels, and joked that perhaps Mr. Bloomberg should have invested at least $100 million...

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