The Daily Record: Public safety remains priority No. 1 in Baltimore

Editor’s note: The following commentary appeared on thedailyrecord.com on April 27, 2017. A few weeks ago we celebrated a beautiful Easter weekend. But once again the weekend was marred by the disturbing fact that more than a dozen people were either wounded or killed in the continuing plague of violent crime in the city. Four of the shooting victims died, including a 28-year-old woman and her unborn child. These deaths … Continue reading

Baltimore Business Journal: Proposed federal budget threatens economic growth

Editor’s note: This commentary appeared on www.bizjournals.com on March 28, 2017. It has taken Baltimore City and Maryland longer to recover from the Great Recession of 2007 to 2009 than much of the nation, but jobs and economic growth are looking bright again. Employment in much of the state has bounced back, housing sales in Greater Baltimore for 2016 were strong and business investment in new projects or expansion is … Continue reading

The Daily Record: How Baltimore can remain a ‘Knowledge Capital’

Editor’s note: The following commentary appeared on TheDailyRecord.com on October 20, 2016. The Brookings Institution recently ranked the Baltimore metro area as one of the world’s “knowledge capitals,” an impressive list that includes such well-known economic power hubs as San Jose, Seattle and Zurich. The goal of the Brookings researchers was to identify the most productive innovation centers with talented workforces and elite research universities in the United States and … Continue reading

The Daily Record: A turning point for transformative change?

Editor’s note: The following commentary appeared on TheDailyRecord.com on August 18, 2016. If for some reason you missed the recent release of the U.S. Department of Justice’s report from a 15-month investigation of the Baltimore Police Department, it can be summed up this way: The findings are damning and, in more than a few respects, appalling. As chapter and verse of the report makes abundantly clear, systemic patterns of excessive … Continue reading

The Daily Record: The future at the end of the tunnel

Editor’s note: The following commentary appeared on TheDailyRecord.com on July 21, 2016. A giant cargo container ship – almost four football fields long – eased into the Port of Baltimore earlier this week and was met by a number of high ranking Maryland officials, including U.S. Sen. Barbara A. Mikulski. The state leaders were excited to welcome and celebrate the ship’s arrival. The reason: The Ever Lambent – all 1,095 … Continue reading

WYPR: Timing isn’t right for Baltimore’s minimum wage proposal

Editor’s note: The following commentary aired on WYPR.org on June 28, 2016. A proposal to raise the minimum wage in Baltimore City to $15 per hour will hurt businesses and could lead to job losses. Members of the Baltimore City Council would be wise to defeat this proposal for many reasons. First, it is estimated that Baltimore City government’s personnel costs would increase by over $150 million over a five … Continue reading

Center Maryland: Six top reasons to toast Baltimore this summer

Editor’s note: The following commentary appeared on CenterMaryland.org on July 1, 2016. If you live in the Baltimore region or most likely anywhere in the state, chances are that you are well aware that Baltimore’s image has taken it on the chin. The tragic death of Freddie Gray, the ensuing civil unrest, and the criminal trials in connection with the Gray incident have all been an unfortunate negative drumbeat. For … Continue reading

Center Maryland: Police are not alone in fight to stop gun violence in Baltimore

Editor’s note: The following commentary appeared on CenterMaryland.org on June 10, 2016. By Donald C. Fry On Memorial Day five people were shot in broad daylight during a cookout in front of a home near Greenmount Avenue in North Baltimore. Thankfully, the victims, aged 25-60, survived the attack. When the suspect was arrested he had not one but two guns in his possession, said T.J. Smith, a spokesman for the Baltimore … Continue reading

Center Maryland: A boost for Baltimore: “Meet Local”

Editor’s note: The following commentary appeared on CenterMaryland.org on May 30, 2016. By Donald C. Fry In August the National Urban League will hold its annual conference in Baltimore, an event that will provide a huge economic boost to the city. An estimated 8,000 to 10,000 people will attend the event, August 3-6, fueling an estimated $4.2 million into the local economy. The civil rights organization’s executive leadership and Board of … Continue reading

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