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The health care crisis you don't know about

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 10:18:00 PDT

With the apparent resurrection of efforts to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA) — also known as Obamacare — health care policy once again is poised to dominate the 2017 Congressional agenda.

But throughout the ups and downs of the anti-Obamacare effort this year, another health care...


Repeal and replace redux

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 09:37:00 PDT

Just when you thought the Republican plot to destroy the Affordable Care Act had been thwarted, Senate Republicans are angling to swing the ax again. Their new proposal is, if anything, even more draconian than their previous attempts to strip millions of Americans of health insurance coverage....


Amazon HQ2: Et tu, Rushern?

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 09:10:00 PDT

Dear Rushern,

Why you gotta be that way? We understand you’re the Prince George’s County executive and that you’ve spent two terms working to improve your county’s reputation as a place to do business. We applaud you for it, and we in Baltimore have had your back in your effort to lure the FBI’s...


Only morons don't make the wealthy pay taxes

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 03:00:00 PDT

National Economic Council Director Gary Cohn, former president of Goldman Sachs, said recently that "only morons pay the estate tax."

I'm reminded of President Donald Trump's comment that he didn't pay federal income taxes because he was "smart." And billionaire Leona Helmsley's comment that "only...


Who's the madman, Kim or Trump?

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 09:35:00 PDT

President Donald Trump has hurled plenty of harsh words at North Korea before, but nothing approaches his promise at the United Nations today that if forced to defend itself or its allies, the United States would “totally destroy” the country. He did not promise a military response of unprecedented...


We are responsible for the balance of history

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 08:25:00 PDT

I recently heard a well-intended white person explaining that she had to try to understand black people’s general wariness about police because she always assumed that the police were the good guys. I thought about what a wonderful privilege that is because, even if you are a law-abiding child...


Rosh Hashana: The Super Bowl of brisket

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 13:55:00 PDT

The start of the football season is always a cause for celebration in my house. Not only do we get to experience the thrills and anguishes of NFL games, we nostalgically enjoy special foods this time of year, like brisket for the Jewish holidays such as Rosh Hashana, the new year we celebrate starting...


The Ravens' privacy disaster

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 13:20:00 PDT

When I heard about Ravens DNA Day that was scheduled during the Browns game, I decided to review the promotion’s fine print. Immediately, I become alarmed with the rights that fans were required to relinquish to participate, so I was appreciative that federal and state regulators stepped in to...


Trump at the UN

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 12:15:00 PDT

President Donald Trump will take center stage tomorrow when he delivers his first address to the United Nations General Assembly in New York. It’s an opportunity for Mr. Trump to lay out his ideas about the role the U.S. intends to play in addressing global problems and, equally important, a chance...


Hogan and the CJCC: Lots of politics, not much policy

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 04:30:00 PDT

Gov. Larry Hogan’s decision to de-fund the Criminal Justice Coordinating Council — a nearly two-decade-old body that brings together all the top players in Baltimore law enforcement — took many who have been involved off guard, and it’s led to some grumbling that he is grandstanding. But it hasn’t...


How about saving the Earth rather than moving to Mars?

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 03:00:00 PDT

On Friday morning, scientists at the Jet Propulsion Lab in Pasadena watched their Cassini spacecraft take a suicide dive into Saturn's atmosphere, thus ending two decades of spectacular exploration of the giant planet and its multiple moons.

Cassini was about to run out of fuel and, though it could...


Baltimore County police brutality: What's the standard?

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 07:40:00 PDT

Thirty minutes.

That’s approximately how long it took a Baltimore County jury last week to acquit on all charges Christopher M. Spivey, the 29-year-old police officer charged with kicking and spitting on 20-year-old Diamontae Tyquan Farrar after he led police on a chase with a stolen car and then...


Rescuing animals is not for the weak

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 03:00:00 PDT

Recently, I said goodbye to a perfect damaged creature of a dog named Baby Boo. He was a genetically challenged, behavioral nightmare who came into my life as a rescue from the Baltimore Animal Rescue and Care Shelter (BARCS) three years ago. Because of his extensive medical needs — which included...


Preparing for hurricanes should not fall to ratepayers

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 03:00:00 PDT

The full scope of the heartbreaking devastation wrought by hurricanes Harvey and Irma — the human, economic and environmental toll — may not be completely understood for years. As we do what we can to help the victims, it is also time to think about how we can prepare for the inevitable here in...


Teaching civic engagement

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 03:00:00 PDT

“Democracy needs to be born anew every generation, and education is the midwife.”

As we start a new school year amid protests and serious questions about the state of our democracy, this sentiment expressed by John Dewey in 1916 holds particular poignancy. It reflects growing urgency to consider...


Baltimore must lead the way on environmental advocacy

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 03:00:00 PDT

I didn’t come to Baltimore to address the health consequences of our environmental policy, it just happened that way. As a recent Howard graduate with degrees in biology and community health, I thought health policy, not environmental advocacy, would be the tool I would use to address the issues...


An alternative to impeachment? Not likely

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 03:00:00 PDT

Amid the growing cries for the removal of President Donald Trump, a University of Chicago Law School professor has come up with a new scheme beyond impeachment. It proposes a new process of recall, but not (as some states do with their governors) directly by the voters. It's an interesting but...


I wasn't black until I came to America

Sun, 17 Sep 2017 21:00:00 PDT

I did not know I was black until I came to America 17 years ago. And even then, it did not click immediately. And even now, I sometimes have to have a mental battle to decipher if I'm receiving a certain kind of treatment because I'm black or because I'm an immigrant, or both.

In my country, Nigeria,...


David Warnock offers a 'Pugh Plan' for economic revitalization in Baltimore

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 03:00:00 PDT

Baltimore needs a “Pugh Plan” for economic revitalization of Baltimore now. While crime is top of mind in Baltimore, we are simply not going to police our way to prosperity. In addition, despite all the good work of grant makers, we will also not create a robust job creating economy off philanthropy...