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Trump condemns anti-Semitism, finally

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 10:05:00 PST

Even in these politically turbulent and divisive times, there are certain core beliefs that should unite us as Americans. One of these is an embrace of religious freedom and tolerance and a rejection of anti-Semitism. Jews have been victims of too much hate and prejudice over the centuries to ignore...


Guinness, craft brews and the battle between the free market and Md. liquor laws

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 09:37:00 PST

There is virtually no doubt that the proposed Guinness brewery and taphouse in Relay would be a tourism bonanza for Baltimore County. Currently, the biggest attraction in the county draws about 30,000 people a year. Guinness parent company Diageo projects a quarter-million visitors in its first...


Fixing the fixable under Trump

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 09:19:00 PST

Every time President Trump talks about blacks in America, it sounds something like this:

"You go to some of these inner city places and it's so sad when you look at the crime. You know, people — and I've seen this and I've sort of witnessed it; in fact, in two cases I have actually witnessed it...


Trump is waging a war on science

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 08:21:00 PST

Whether you are a scientist or not, you can't dismiss the rigorous way scientists attempt to establish truth. We observe and ask questions based on what we see, including whether the observation is really happening. We make educated guesses about the answers and then have a rigorous method of testing...


Save the trees, Md.

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 08:21:00 PST

For a state that thinks of itself as bulwark of environmental stewardship, Maryland is under serious ecological pressure. It's not just the Chesapeake Bay that's in trouble; the state's trees are, too.

In just the last 50 years, Maryland has lost 500,000 acres of forest (along with 873,000 acres...


Robert B. Reich: Why Trumponomics is a recipe for failure

Wed, 22 Feb 2017 03:00:00 PST

When Donald Trump gave a speech last Friday at Boeing's factory in North Charleston, S.C., unveiling Boeing's new 787 "Dreamliner," he congratulated Boeing for building the whole plane "right here" in South Carolina.

It's pure fantasy. I'll let you know why in a moment.

Mr. Trump also used the...


Get governors out of parole decisions

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 00:00:00 PST

Gov. Larry Hogan has demonstrated a more enlightened, less politically cowardly approach to parole and commutations than either of his two Democratic predecessors, Govs. Martin O'Malley and Parris N. Glendening. That is about the faintest praise anyone could possibly bestow.

Mr. Glendening upended...


The 'lost' tier map law

Sun, 19 Feb 2017 00:00:00 PST

Five years ago, then-Gov. Martin O'Malley convinced members of the General Assembly to limit new subdivisions that rely on septic systems. It was seen as an important weapon in the effort to protect the Chesapeake Bay — counties could still authorize new developments, but they'd have to designate...


A way out for Judge Gorsuch

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 08:45:00 PST

If Judge Neil Gorsuch gets fed up with President Trump, as any good judge should, I offer this as a model resignation latter to opt out of his Supreme Court nomination:

Dear President Trump,

I have made a decision that has been extremely difficult, but which I feel I cannot avoid. I respectfully...


'Middle East conflict' describes more than just Israeli-Palestinian dispute

Sat, 18 Feb 2017 03:00:00 PST

I heard a TV news anchor say that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu came to Washington last week to discuss a path to resolving the "Middle East conflict" with the new American president.

That reminded me: I recently received a review copy of "The Israel-Arab Reader: A Documentary History...


Md. must stop the education funding crisis cycle

Sat, 18 Feb 2017 03:00:00 PST

When they needed citizen support, advocates of casino gambling promised more money— "hundreds of millions" — to improve education for Maryland's children. That promise has not been kept. While $1.7 billion of casino earnings have gone into the Education Trust Fund, much of that has gone out the...


Reform Md. parole to offer a 'meaningful opportunity for release'

Sun, 19 Feb 2017 03:00:00 PST

About a year ago, I started the Juvenile Justice Project at the University of Baltimore School of Law. The clinic represents clients who are serving life sentences for crimes that occurred when they were children. Most of our clients had been in prison for over 20 years when the Supreme Court issued...


In defense of journalism

Sun, 19 Feb 2017 03:00:00 PST

How silly, perhaps, but how hopeful we were that Donald Trump would give up his attacks on the media after he was inaugurated president. But the pivot hasn't happened, and the office hasn't elevated him, as some had predicted. Instead, on his first full day in office, Mr. Trump continued his assault,...


Community colleges can heal a divided America

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 03:00:00 PST

The economic polarization in the country, a national debate too often laden with an undercurrent of racism and infused with xenophobia, has muddled an objective assessment of our nation's actual challenges. Americans live in more segregated communities, and attend more segregated schools now than...


Trump administration is mired in incompetence

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 03:00:00 PST

The Trump presidency continues to unravel, as a transparent mixture of denials and dissembling has plunged its credibility into free fall after less than a month in power.

The rapid-fire accumulation of executive and communications crises in both domestic and foreign policy already has thrust President...


No Md. schoolchild should go hungry

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 03:00:00 PST

As state lawmakers search in earnest for bipartisan ground, hopefully everyone can agree that no child attending school in Maryland should go hungry. In 2015, Gov. Larry Hogan signed into law a bill with unanimous legislative support that goes a long way toward addressing childhood hunger. The...


Horsey: Donald Trump's wounds are all self-inflicted

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 03:00:00 PST

When Barack Obama came into office, George W. Bush left him with two wars and an economy teetering on the brink of colossal disaster. Eight years later, Mr. Obama handed off to Donald Trump a country with challenges, but no immediate crises looming. Less than a month after taking office, though,...


Goldberg: 'Passionate intensity' has brought about political consequences

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 03:00:00 PST

Turning and turning in the widening gyre

The falcon cannot hear the falconer;

Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold;

Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world,

The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere

The ceremony of innocence is drowned;

The best lack all conviction, while the worst



Md. court rules that protect serial rapists over victims must be changed

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 05:45:00 PST

Shatia Lansdowne-Ware says she was raped. I can tell you that because she said it in court. Specifically, according to a recording of her trial testimony, that a man broke into her Baltimore home as she slept in the small hours of Nov. 10, 2011, tied her up, threatened to kill her and raped her...


Allowing telecommuting makes for better employees

Thu, 16 Feb 2017 11:37:00 PST

Almost two decades ago, pregnant with my first child, I asked my then boss for some flexibility in my work schedule once I returned from maternity leave. I proposed cutting back my hours or telecommuting once or twice a week. I was denied.

At the time, my employer did not have a telecommuting policy...


Polystyrene foam is bad for your body and the environment

Thu, 16 Feb 2017 12:02:00 PST

This legislative session, Maryland state Sen. Cheryl Kagan and Del. Brooke Lierman are introducing a ban on polystyrene foam foodservice products, including the trademarked Styrofoam versions, and loose fill packaging (SB186 and HB229, respectively). These containers have significant impact on...


Trump protests aren't fake news

Sat, 18 Feb 2017 00:00:00 PST

Rep. Andy Harris, the lone Republican in Maryland's Congressional delegation, has chosen to hold a telephone town hall meeting rather than the in-person variety in part on the grounds that the protesters he anticipates would show up are "organized." He's not the only one to use the o-word as a...


Sanctuaries on the half-shell

Thu, 16 Feb 2017 08:17:00 PST

Nineteenth century industrialist Andrew Carnegie once observed that the "first man gets the oyster, the second man gets the shell." So it should come as no surprise that last summer's survey results that found Maryland oysters thriving in protected "sanctuary" areas in the Chesapeake Bay and its...


Leonard Pitts Jr.: White terrorism not as bad a Muslim terrorism?

Sun, 19 Feb 2017 03:03:00 PST

White terrorism is not as bad as Muslim terrorism.

That, believe it or not, was the crux of an argument Sean Duffy, a Republican representative from Wisconsin, made last week on CNN. What follows has been condensed for space, but it unfolded like this:

Asked by anchor Alisyn Camerota about the...


Cal Thomas: A new direction on education

Sat, 18 Feb 2017 03:00:00 PST

American public school students fall well behind students around the world in math and science proficiency. This is not debatable. According to the Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study and the Progress in International Reading Literacy Study, both cited in The New York Times in...