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Pitts: LGBTQ pride on 50th anniversary of Stonewall uprising

I am as straight as the crease in George Will's slacks. It's not something I'm particularly proud of. To be clear, it's also not something of which I am ashamed. Truth be told, it's not something I've ever had to think much about, not something I've ever had to defend or deny. You might call that...

  • Analog cops and digital robbers

    Analog cops and digital robbers

    It’s been more than a month since online hackers hijacked Baltimore city government computers, demanding ransom and crippling city services. As the city labors to restore its systems and services, blame and recriminations are flying up and down the B-W Parkway. Some blame the NSA for creating and...

  • Harford County misunderstands drag shows

    Harford County misunderstands drag shows

    As the owner of Maryland’s largest LGBT-friendly tavern and entertainment venue, The Baltimore Eagle, I can understand why gay-friendly business owners felt threatened by the warning they received from Harford County’s Liquor Board regarding the revocation of their liquor licenses should their...

  • Pitts: What they see when they see us

    Pitts: What they see when they see us

    It's a story that will lacerate your heart. Indeed, you'll watch "When They See Us," director Ava DuVernay's new Netflix miniseries, in appalled disbelief and open-mouthed horror. That may sound like a warning. It's actually a recommendation. Ms. DuVernay tells the story of the so-called Central...

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  • Why are we so afraid of single payer in Maryland?

    Why are we so afraid of single payer in Maryland?

    For the last two years, I have sponsored legislation to create a form of single-payer health care in Maryland. My bill is somewhere between Bernie Sander’s “Medicare for All” (which federal law prevents us from doing at the state level) and Obamacare, and nowhere near the Republican version of...

  • Goldberg: Does reality change ideas, or vice versa?

    Goldberg: Does reality change ideas, or vice versa?

    The intellectual right is in the middle of a huge brouhaha, as some prominent right-wing commentators celebrate what they believe is the end of the "conservative consensus" around classical liberalism — free markets, limited government, the sovereignty of the individual and even in some cases free...

  • Pitts: What would you give to save your world?

    Pitts: What would you give to save your world?

    Elmo Cook knew nothing about it. He'd heard the sirens in the middle of the night alerting all of Abilene that something had happened, but when he tried to turn on the radio, he found that his power was out. And when he left for work in the morning, the paperboy had not yet made his rounds. As...

  • Cal Thomas: D-Day's 'forgotten' woman

    Cal Thomas: D-Day's 'forgotten' woman

    Observances of the 75th anniversary of D-Day are properly focusing on the troops and the architect of Operation Overlord, Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower, who freed Europe from Hitler and his Nazi hordes. One person -- a woman -- has not received the credit she deserves for her efforts with the French...

  • Abolish felony murder in Maryland

    Abolish felony murder in Maryland

    On Wednesday, Eugene Genius, Darrell Ward and Derrick Matthews each entered guilty pleas to felony murder in the death of Baltimore County Police Officer Amy Caprio. The teens likely entered guilty pleas because the stakes at trial were so high. In Maryland, felony murder is treated identically...

  • Fish on Fridays at Sparwasser's: a Baltimore story

    Fish on Fridays at Sparwasser's: a Baltimore story

    In the 1960s and ’70s, I was a teacher in Baltimore City Public Schools assigned to the Department of Radio and Television housed in an old Carnegie-endowed public library building on Smith Avenue and Greeley Road in the heart of Mt. Washington. At noon, a fellow teacher and I would eat lunch at...

  • Why is the U.S. waging war on China's Huawei?

    Why is the U.S. waging war on China's Huawei?

    It is unusual for a country to wage war on a company, which makes the ongoing United States-Huawei dispute so strange and disconcerting. The Trump administration has prohibited U.S. firms from doing business with the Chinese tech behemoth and is trying to convince other countries to ban Huawei...

  • Witcover: A criminal president should be indictable

    Witcover: A criminal president should be indictable

    Special Counsel Robert Mueller, in his hand off to Congress to pursue impeachment of Donald Trump, cited a Justice Department edict: No sitting president can be indicted or criminally prosecuted, on grounds that doing so would unduly hamper the executive branch in the immense task of running the...

  • Goldberg: USS John S. McCain episode speaks volumes about Trumpism

    Goldberg: USS John S. McCain episode speaks volumes about Trumpism

    Mick Mulvaney, the acting White House chief of staff, says it's reasonable to think the president should be protected from seeing a warship with John McCain's name on it. The USS John S. McCain, a destroyer named after three generations of McCains — two legendary admirals and the late Arizona senator...

  • Respect for reproductive choice — and my son's dignity

    Respect for reproductive choice — and my son's dignity

    Recently, in Box v. Planned Parenthood of Indiana and Kansas, the U.S. Supreme Court avoided considering the constitutionality of an Indiana law banning abortions due to the race, gender or potential disabilities of the fetus. In a concurring opinion, Justice Clarence Thomas asserted that Indiana...

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