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The fine print in Maryland's gambling expansion bites us again

In November, Marylanders voted overwhelmingly to erase some of the fine print they had missed when they voted 10 years before to legalize slot machine gambling. It seems people had gotten the impression that this new money would go toward enhancing Maryland’s public schools — understandable given...

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  • 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...

  • Restoring the Chesapeake Bay: a decades-old bipartisan effort

    Restoring the Chesapeake Bay: a decades-old bipartisan effort

    Over the past two years, I have been asked the same question over and over again: “How are we able to continue to fund the Chesapeake Bay restoration effort in the current political climate?” This question has merit, since President Donald Trump’s first proposed budget completely eliminated the...

  • Empowering girls makes them safer

    Empowering girls makes them safer

    Late last month — on the International Day to End Violence Against Women — the U.N. released a study with a shocking but unsurprising conclusion: The most dangerous place for a woman is inside her home. This conclusion is not surprising because data from the World Health Organization tells us that,...

  • Becoming a mother in an instant, the phone call that changed a couple's life

    Becoming a mother in an instant, the phone call that changed a couple's life

    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. It was during a fire drill at work that...

  • Entering foster care: one of 'my most traumatic memories'

    Entering foster care: one of 'my most traumatic memories'

    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. I was 6 years old — just finishing getting...

  • How to help foster parents help foster kids

    How to help foster parents help foster kids

    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. Picture for a moment a child or teenager...

  • 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,...

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