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Alternative fact of the Week: Conspiracy theorists go nuts on a murder victim

Thu, 25 May 2017 09:30:00 PDT

Alternative facts come in all shapes and sizes. Sometimes, they are relatively benign, as when President Donald Trump insisted his inauguration drew record crowds when photographs show that no, it didn't. At other times, they are a cynical attempt to affect policy, such as the gross exaggeration,...


The poverty 'mind-set'

Thu, 25 May 2017 09:20:00 PDT

There's a grain of truth and a mountain of myopia in Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson's assertion during a radio interview that having the "right mind-set" can bring a person out of poverty and the "wrong mind-set" can condemn him or her to it despite all the advantages in the...


'The Keepers' victims: a daughter's view

Sat, 27 May 2017 00:00:00 PDT

We moved from Baltimore to a small suburb in Pennsylvania when I was 7 years old. I remember the day my mom enrolled me in public school. I was upset. I wanted to go to Catholic school like my friends and cousins back in Maryland. Today, I understand. My mother is one of the women featured in the...


Md. gubernatorial race could foretell 2020

Wed, 24 May 2017 11:44:00 PDT

Maryland rarely is the main dish in national politics. Yet our gubernatorial race is set to answer some of the most persistent and important political questions generated by the 2016 presidential election. This midterm election cycle, the country would be wise to pull up a chair and dig in.



Don't trash Maryland

Wed, 24 May 2017 11:44:00 PDT

When you discard trash from your vehicle on one of Maryland's highways, do you ever wonder where it goes? One cigarette butt flicked out of the window, a fast food bag, a small plastic wrapper.

Take a moment and think about where it goes. It has to go somewhere. Now I ask you to think about the...


Way to mess up the future, Baltimore County Baby Boomers

Wed, 24 May 2017 11:44:00 PDT

Dear Baltimore County Baby Boomers,

Thank you for all you have done over the past 50 years to reduce taxes. Government programs just make people lazy and weak. Take your parents for instance. Sure they won World War II — but boy did they love a handout.

Before the war, they helped to build the...


Legislation would limit Trump's nuclear option

Thu, 25 May 2017 03:00:00 PDT

Since President Trump took office, military posturing and bellicosity between the United States and North Korea has escalated. In recent weeks, it has grown to include reciprocal threats of the use of nuclear weapons.

North Korean officials warned in mid-April that "a thermonuclear war may break...


Heroism, terror part of Manchester's history

Wed, 24 May 2017 11:55:00 PDT

The tragic news from Manchester breaks one's heart. The targeting of children marks a new level of depravity by ISIS, one that sickens the civilized world.

Manchester is an ancient city, founded by Roman legionnaires less than 80 years after the birth of Christ. Yet in the 19th century, it became...


Question of the week responses

Thu, 25 May 2017 03:00:00 PDT

Should Preakness stay in Baltimore at Pimlico Race Course, or move to Laurel Park, where it would be a more upscale affair with no infield party? Why or why not?

Wrong question. Where you put the Preakness is of no importance to most people anywhere. Whether to spend millions in public money to...


Are Confederate monuments 'our story?'

Wed, 24 May 2017 13:57:59 PDT

In January of last year, a seven-member mayoral commission recommended the removal of two of four Confederate era monuments from Baltimore's public parks. Sixteen months later, the offending statues haven't budged. While some "interpretive" signage has been added, they remain where they are and...


Trump fills the swamp

Wed, 24 May 2017 09:57:00 PDT

President Donald Trump isn't draining the swamp in Washington. He's shrouding it in a veil of secrecy and pumping in more slime.

Among his first acts in office was to rescind President Barack Obama's executive order limiting the revolving door between government service and lobbying and issuing...


Pitts: Celebrating the rituals of spring

Thu, 25 May 2017 03:00:00 PDT

I've been meaning to write this column for years.

The inspiration will invariably come some warm May evening as I am standing in the lobby of a downtown hotel and, suddenly, a limousine sweeps up and disgorges these boys in crisp tuxes, these girls in sparkly dresses, T-shirts and hoodies abandoned...


Maryland procurement reform could save millions

Tue, 23 May 2017 10:37:00 PDT

In the 2017 Maryland legislative session, major changes were taken to save taxpayers millions of dollars and increase state revenues without raising taxes or cutting programs.

The state, along with counties and school systems, spends billions of dollars each year purchasing good and services via...


Thanks and advice for President Trump

Tue, 23 May 2017 10:38:00 PDT

Dear President Trump,

My, what a couple of weeks you've had!

But, before I offer psychological advice, first I'd like to say thanks again for the stock market boom last week. Unfortunately, this special prosecutor thing may change lots of things for both you and the market.

Second, thanks for agreeing...


Voting rights tool buried in Supreme Court ruling

Tue, 23 May 2017 10:37:00 PDT

Sometimes the most important stuff in Supreme Court opinions is hidden in the footnotes. In Monday's Supreme Court ruling striking down two North Carolina congressional districts as unconstitutionally influenced by race, the majority buried a doozy: a potentially powerful new tool to attack voting...


John Kass: Harvard study: Media has been largely negative on Trump

Wed, 24 May 2017 03:00:00 PDT

Whenever I mention that the news media leans ridiculously far to the left, that it has lost half the country with its attitude and that the tone of the coverage of President Donald Trump is over-the-top hostile, I get the same darn reaction.

The eye roll.

That big Anderson Cooper CNN eye roll,...


To judge Gray officers, go outside BPD

Tue, 23 May 2017 13:01:56 PDT

Though we still don't know the details of what investigators from the Howard and Montgomery county police departments found in their lengthy review of the arrest and transport of Freddie Gray two years ago, the potential discipline faced by the officers involved tracks with what we do know about...


A stabbing in College Park

Mon, 22 May 2017 10:35:00 PDT

The University of Maryland is often referred to as the state's flagship, meaning its most prominent university, but it is really more than that. It is not just some high-profile taxpayer-subsidized enterprise but a repository of the state's culture, its aspirations and heritage, representing in...


Trump's assault on working voters

Mon, 22 May 2017 10:23:00 PDT

The budget outline President Donald Trump issued in March was horrifying, with massive cuts to everything from the Environmental Protection Agency to the National Institutes of Health. The detailed proposal he is expected to release tomorrow is even worse, driven by wildly unrealistic assumptions...


Baltimore public housing plan needs scrutiny, oversight

Mon, 22 May 2017 10:01:00 PDT

The $27 million renovation and reopening of the city's Allendale public apartment complex was described as "hallelujah" moment by Carol Payne, the Director of the Baltimore Region for the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development. But a hallelujah moment for whom? Should public...