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Maryland school grading system: Better but imperfect

Wed, 28 Jun 2017 10:25:00 PDT

If we were to rank Maryland’s proposed new school grading system based on improvement, it would get five stars for sure — though that’s mainly a reflection of how terrible the old No Child Left Behind-based system was. If we were ranking it on its own merits, the results would be mixed. The new...


Pitts: 'Must black death be broadcast, consumed to be believed?'

Thu, 29 Jun 2017 03:00:00 PDT

I wasn't going to write this.

On this subject, I felt I had already spilled enough outrage onto enough pages to last a lifetime. I needed a break from the emotional carnage.

Then I saw the dashcam video that was released last week.

Granted, it told me nothing I didn't already know. I knew how a...


When did it become cool to accommodate polluters?

Wed, 28 Jun 2017 12:30:00 PDT

Our view: Rescinding an executive order promoting more trash recycling is an odd, perhaps even Donald Trump-like way, to curry favor with civic leaders - or voters

Toward the end of his administration, Gov. Martin O’Malley signed an executive order formally setting a “zero waste” goal for Maryland....


Hate parades? Me too, until I attended one last July 4th

Tue, 27 Jun 2017 13:45:00 PDT

I never liked parades, especially the July 4th parade. In grade school and high school, I got burned out marching and playing trumpet in parades year after year. Marching and playing is hard work, and the July 4th parade was hardest: big, long and exhausting.

As an adult, I never considered attending...


Government will foot the bill for religious activities more than ever, per Supreme Court ruling

Wed, 28 Jun 2017 03:00:00 PDT

The Supreme Court just made a major mistake in its 7-2 opinion in the Trinity Lutheran Church case. In holding that the state of Missouri must provide a grant for playground equipment to a church under the Free Exercise Clause, the court overturned the constitutional provisions of over 30 states,...


Robert B. Reich: Health-care bill is a giant wealth transfer to the rich

Wed, 28 Jun 2017 03:00:00 PDT

The Senate's bill to repeal the Affordable Care Act is not a health-care bill. It's a tax cut for the wealthiest Americans, paid for by a dramatic reduction in health-care funding for approximately 23 million poor, disabled and working middle-class Americans.

America's wealthiest taxpayers (earning...


Senate health care bill: What's worse than 'mean'?

Tue, 27 Jun 2017 09:30:00 PDT

If President Donald Trump thought the House's health care bill was "mean," what's the right word for the Senate version? Brutal? Heartless? Cynical? The bill Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell wrote in secret and wants to vote through his chamber within the week is in virtually every respect...


How the drug industry blew it in Md.

Tue, 27 Jun 2017 07:40:00 PDT

Over the last decade, the prescription drug industry has spent $2.3 billion in federal lobbying, plus more in the state capitals. According the Center for Responsive Politics, the pharmaceutical and health products industry spent more on federal lobbying in 2015 than any other industry. No wonder...


#BaltimoreCeaseFire effort sad, yet necessary

Tue, 27 Jun 2017 07:25:00 PDT

If you don’t have to be on constant alert the way soldiers are as they tread through danger zones, mindful that bullets could come from any direction, then Baltimore can be a lovely city. But for too many Baltimoreans this city might as well be Aleppo in Syria or Kabul in Afghanistan or Mosul in...


What has MTA wrought?

Tue, 27 Jun 2017 12:35:00 PDT

Our view: Angry riders say BaltimoreLink has been a disaster while MTA says it's been great. Missing from the debate? Sufficient evidence to judge which side is correct

One can scarcely imagine a more yawning chasm than the difference between the Maryland Transit Administration’s public assessments...


At 51, FOIA is still relevant, maybe more than ever

Tue, 27 Jun 2017 07:00:00 PDT

Next week, the Freedom of Information Act will be 51 years old. July 4th marks the birthday of the law that, for the first time in U.S. history, gave all persons a sweeping right to obtain government records. FOIA may be middle aged, but it is still very relevant. In fact, the advent of the Trump...


Mitch McConnell's health care rewrite looks as 'mean' as House version

Tue, 27 Jun 2017 03:00:00 PDT

After throwing a celebratory garden party outside the Oval Office with all those white guys in suits who passed an Obamacare repeal plan that would take away the health care of 24 million Americans, Donald Trump seems to have had a change of heart. He began characterizing the scheme as "mean" and...


The Supreme Court's uneasy compromise on Trump's travel ban

Mon, 26 Jun 2017 11:25:00 PDT

President Donald Trump called the Supreme Court’s decision to hear cases related to his ban on travel from six Muslim nations and to allow it to go into partial effect in the meantime “a clear victory.” But there’s nothing clear about it, either for his administration or for those who could be...


Health care reform, cloaked in secrecy, gets lukewarm reception

Mon, 26 Jun 2017 09:50:00 PDT

After weeks of closed-door deliberations on their version of Obamacare repeal and replacement legislation, Senate Republicans and Majority Leader Mitch McConnell are peddling it to a reluctant flock, amid solid Democratic opposition.

Needing 50 Republican votes of the 52 available (plus Vice President...


Face it: Boys learn differently than girls, and that's OK

Mon, 26 Jun 2017 09:45:00 PDT

International studies have long shown that the achievement of girls outpaces boys in English, reading and language performance. The achievement of girls also now surpasses boys in science and math, according to a University of Missouri study.

Boys do outpace their female counterparts in some areas,...


The Senate health care bill is bad for everyone — but especially Maryland

Mon, 26 Jun 2017 09:20:00 PDT

From a political standpoint, Gov. Larry Hogan’s swift statement of disapproval for the Senate’s Obamacare repeal-and-replace bill was remarkable. Mr. Hogan, a moderate Republican, opposed President Donald Trump in last year’s election but has sought assiduously to stay out of national politics...


Costs too great in Senate health care bill

Mon, 26 Jun 2017 07:55:00 PDT

The U.S. Senate’s health care bill, set to be voted on this week, carries worrisome ramifications for every one of us in Maryland — not just for those who will lose their health care coverage.

Health care reform under the Affordable Care Act meant an additional 450,000 Marylanders over the past...