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Confederate monuments represent more than racial divide

Mon, 21 Aug 2017 08:55:00 PDT

Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh’s removal of all Confederate monuments within the city — and Councilman Brandon Scott’s call for their destruction — are emotionally-charged reactions to the events in Charlottesville and without founding.

Yes, those events were terrible and unnecessary. One person...


Witcover: Two parties and a president, all at sea

Mon, 21 Aug 2017 08:15:00 PDT

The latest breakdown in American law and order, seen in the Charlottesville, Va., street violence, parallels a broader political breakdown in the country. The two major parties are simultaneously struggling to restore their traditional roles in our democratic system under an outsider president...


Smart growth is still smart

Mon, 21 Aug 2017 09:45:00 PDT

If you want to be on the receiving end of cheers and a nice round of applause at a Maryland Association of Counties meeting, tell local officials that they should be in charge of land planning decisions and not the state. That’s what Gov. Larry Hogan did last Saturday in Ocean City, and, predictably,...


Hogan and Taney

Mon, 21 Aug 2017 09:20:00 PDT

Mayor Catherine Pugh is getting heaped with praise for her swift action in removing Confederate statues from Baltimore in the middle of the night, including one of Roger B. Taney, the Supreme Court chief justice who wrote the Dred Scott decision, which, in effect, rendered blacks as sub-human in...


Goldberg: Alt-right's despicability doesn't make 'antifa' the good guys

Mon, 21 Aug 2017 03:00:00 PDT

Fighting Nazis is a good thing, but fighting Nazis doesn't necessarily make you or your cause good. By my lights this is simply an obvious fact.

The greatest Nazi-killer of the 20th century was Josef Stalin. He also killed millions of his own people and terrorized, oppressed, enslaved or brutalized...


Pugh and Baltimore's new civil rights movement

Mon, 21 Aug 2017 07:45:00 PDT

Outside of City Hall, about 30 tents have sprung up. On a rainy afternoon last week, the bright red structures stood in sharp contrast to the gray buildings and the gray day.

One of the organizers, Kenneth Gwee of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, whose bright red hoodie matched the...


What about an Internet sales tax?

Mon, 21 Aug 2017 10:05:00 PDT

When things aren’t going well, President Donald Trump likes to go on Twitter and attack those who sees as adversaries. On Aug. 16, he directed his ire toward Amazon in an apparent effort to stick it to CEO Jeff Bezos (most likely because Mr. Bezos owns The Washington Post, which has closely covered...


Taylor Swift sets example for women by refusing to 'shake it off'

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 11:25:00 PDT

I wish Taylor Swift had taken him to the cleaners.

David Mueller — a 51-year-old DJ — had the gall to not only grab her 23-year-old behind during a photo op in 2013 (standing next to his then-girlfriend, no less), but to also sue the world-famous pop star for losing his radio job because of it.



Love and non-violent resistance are our best weapons against hate

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 07:50:00 PDT

I’ve been struggling for days with how to properly hold all the thoughts and emotions swirling around the disgusting displays of hatred, violence, intolerance and racism in Charlottesville last weekend — compounded by our president’s failure to properly condemn the domestic terror of the white...


Alternative Fact of the week: Alt-right alt-facts full meltdown edition

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 09:20:00 PDT

There’s a saying in politics that the first thing you should do if you find yourself in a hole is to stop digging. On the issue of Charlottesville and Civil War statues, Donald Trump is approaching Luray Cavern depth, and he’s still shoveling away. What began as a foolish reaction Saturday, an...


Pugh's commitment on crime

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 09:00:00 PDT

Mayor Catherine Pugh says the pieces are nearly in place for Baltimore to start reducing its rate of violent crime. More resources are coming from the federal and state governments. Recruiting in the police department is up. The city is on the verge of selecting a monitor for its consent decree...


Confederate statues symbolize and elevate racism

Mon, 21 Aug 2017 08:30:00 PDT

Through their words and deeds, the Germans have proven they have neither forgotten nor denied their role in causing World War II or the unimaginable horror that was the Holocaust. In addition to Holocaust memorials, such as the poignant one in Berlin and the preservation of the Dachau concentration...


Pitts: Sadly, America is not 'better than this'

Sun, 20 Aug 2017 03:00:00 PDT

It has become the go-to cliche for moments like this.

We whisper it when someone breaks the mosque window or scrawls hatred on the synagogue wall. It is our assurance and our hope.

"We are better than this," we say. "This is not America."

So it is no surprise to be hearing that sentiment days after...


Cal Thomas: Tragedy in Charlottesville

Sat, 19 Aug 2017 03:00:00 PDT

In the South during the Jim Crow era, the "one-drop rule," codified into law, asserted that if a person had just one drop of African-American blood, they were considered "black." I wonder what we'd learn if we gave former KKK leader David Duke and the "white nationalists" who caused havoc in Charlottesville...


Witcover: Trump's transparent doubletalk further erodes his credibility

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 03:00:00 PDT

The naked hatred displayed by white nationalists in Charlottesville, Va., last weekend served one revealing and useful purpose. It unmasked President Trump's ugly notion that the racist protestors and those who turned out to counter-protest them were equally culpable for the deadly mayhem.



Pitts: With this president, subtlety would be the greater sin

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 03:00:00 PDT

A few words on trash-talking the president.

Said words are occasioned by emails from a large number of readers who have noted an increased propensity toward that practice in this space. Many found that rather ironic in light of an admonition that appears in the auto response received by any person...


'Overcome with emotion' as Baltimore's Confederate statues come down

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 08:20:00 PDT

Entering the area Baltimore police had cordoned off last night as contractors prepared to take down the Lee-Jackson Monument in Wyman Park Dell felt like walking into a dream.

First my husband and I had to move past an officer standing guard at the intersection of 29th and Howard streets, the light...


'It's the eye of God looking down on you'; confessions of an eclipse chaser  

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 03:00:00 PDT

On Monday, I will log my 17th total solar eclipse, a rare occasion when the paths of moon and sun are in alignment, and the new moon covers the view of the sun from certain parts of earth.

I’m what we call an “eclipse chaser.” It’s a self-appointed title and means I’m among those who spend all their...


Baltimore removes a stain from our public square

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 07:15:00 PDT

After years of foot-dragging, Baltimore is finally rid of its Confederate statues. Their removal in the dead of night — a surprise move by Mayor Catherine Pugh — does not erase the legacy of racism they represented, but it does reflect our rejection of it. Monuments to those who fought to split...


Gauging the real risks and benefits of a medical procedure

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 07:40:00 PDT

As Republicans assail the Affordable Care Act but find nothing to replace it, as Democrats seek Medicare for all, both are failing to address the most salient problem crippling our health care system: wasteful spending.

The Institute of Medicine estimates that we squandered $750 billion in unnecessary...


Republicans have a new reason to support Obamacare

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 10:10:00 PDT

President Donald Trump’s threat to “let Obamacare implode” took on a whole new meaning this week with a report released by the Congressional Budget Office that found such a strategy could lead to, among other things, bigger federal deficits in future years. Congressional Republicans are desperate...


Plank gave Trump a pass on racism before, he shouldn't again

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 06:00:00 PDT

For too many people, President Donald J. Trump’s racism is not a deal-breaker when it comes to supporting him.

Under Armour CEO Kevin Plank is but one high-profile example of this phenomenon. Mr. Plank joined Mr. Trump’s business advisory board and praised him in February, stating, “To have such...


Baltimore kids give back when you give to them

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 08:25:00 PDT

Over the past few years, Baltimore has struggled under the weight of record high murders. My community in Southeast Baltimore has seen a spike in property crime. The violence is stifling. But for me, the worst part is that many of these crimes have been committed by young people who look like me.


Political victories can't justify alt-right presence in conservative movement

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 03:00:00 PDT

Last year around this time (and the year before that), I was arguing with some of my fellow conservatives about the insanity of finding any common cause whatsoever with the so-called alt-right. The issue wasn't that every avowed nationalist who claimed membership in the alt-right was a Nazi or...