It’s Time for Paid Leave in D.C.

According to published reports, the city is experiencing a population boom for the first time in decades. With this comes a baby boom. Young people are moving to the city and they will want...

Baltimore City Needs Smarter Solutions for Bridging the Digital Divide

It’s 2015 and Baltimoreans still don’t have access to high-speed Internet. Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake recently issued the Smarter City Task Force Broadband Report, detailing how the city should move ahead in developing high speed...

The State of Race Relations

Sometimes when I think of where America stands as it relates to race relations, I’m reminded of a marriage in crisis. The root of the problem is this: One spouse is committed to making...

An Economics Lesson on Deficit, Debt

Republicans in the House of Representatives recently caved and allowed a simple vote on raising the debt limit of the United States. Their hand-wringing about the debt is disingenuous, but more importantly, it is...

Fanning the Flames of ISIS is Not the Answer

Protecting the people of the United States from and defeating an organization such as the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant or ISIL, is only made more difficult and dangerous for those charged...

Leadership Should Reflect the Racial Composition of our Communities

The shooting of a young African-American teenager, Michael Brown, by a White Ferguson, Missouri law enforcement officer has pushed that St. Louis suburban area to the boiling point.  It also contains many lessons for...

When Truth Overshadows Polished Testimony

Author James Baldwin said: “It is not the black child’s language that is in question, it is not their language that is despised. It is their experience.” This telling quotation about the racial divide in...

Giving Thanks for Black History Month

The following are remarks Congressman Steny H. Hoyer (MD-D) delivered at the 37th annual Black History Month breakfast at Camelot by Martin’s in Upper Marlboro, Maryland. They have been lightly edited and condensed for...

Knockout

Thank you for the excellent front page story on the second Presidential Debate between President Barack Obama and challenger Governor Mitt Romney. Editor Ronald Taylor’s story is factual, accurate and excellent. However, the “Knockout!”...

Fired Up and Ready to Vote in 2014

Why? Because your rights are under attack from a group of radical Republicans, if you are: a minority (African American, Hispanic American, etc.) a woman a poor person a member of the middle class an elderly...

Ben Carson Should Drop Out of the 2016 Presidential Race.

Carson came in a distant fourth place in the Monday Iowa caucuses with 10 percent, behind Republican Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas and Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida. Carson, the brilliant neurosurgeon-turned-terrible-presidential candidate, has never...

Why Maryland Needs Medicare for All

Right now in 2017, we live in the state with the highest median income in the richest country in the history of the world. At the same time, more than 350,000 of us lack...
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