The Daily Record: Watchful eyes and high-tech crime tools for Baltimore

Editor’s note: The following commentary appeared on thedailyrecord.com on January 17, 2019. If you were to travel up North Howard Street in Baltimore you might notice near Lexington Market an office midrise that’s been converted to new luxury apartments. But inside there’s more than apartments and lofts for city dwellers. The...
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WBAL News Radio 1090: Future Employment Centers Need Transit Access

Editor’s note: The following commentary aired on wbal.com on December 17, 2018. Listen to the commentary. State transportation officials recently confirmed what many argued when Baltimore’s Red Line project was killed. The decision to scrap the project, made after 13 years of steady work and progress, was a body blow to Baltimore and would set the city back decades in its quest to expand mass transit. Now, according to a report recently submitted … Continue reading

WBAL News Radio 1090: The selection of Maryland’s Lieutenant Governor

Editor’s note: The following commentary aired on wbal.com on November 3, 2018. Listen to the commentary. Election fever has been upon us and the end is in sight. Among the races that has grabbed the most attention has been the battle for Maryland’s Governor. As voters cast their ballots for Maryland’s highest elected official they are, in fact, voting for both the Governor and Lt. Governor. In Maryland, those two offices are elected as a … Continue reading

WBAL News Radio 1090: Maryland Business Climate Survey

Editor’s note: The following commentary aired on wbal.com on October 5, 2018. Listen to the commentary. A survey of Maryland’s businesses found that a growing number of business executives see sunny skies for the state’s economy. But the skies are cloudy as they seek more skilled workers and move about the state’s transportation infrastructure. The survey, conducted by the University of Baltimore’s Jacob France Institute, found that 46 percent surveyed had a positive … Continue reading

The Daily Record: A better way to select a lieutenant governor

Editor’s note: The following commentary appeared on thedailyrecord.com on July 19, 2018. When then-Democratic presidential nominee Sen. Barack Obama was searching for a running mate, he did not have to look far for qualified candidates. The hard-fought Democratic primary had featured several highly qualified candidates, including Sen. Joe Biden from Delaware and Sen. Hillary Clinton from New York. Biden dropped out of the race following the Iowa caucus but his … Continue reading

The Daily Record: Thinking big about Pimlico

Editor’s note: The following commentary appeared on thedailyrecord.com on June 14, 2018. Justify’s sprint to win the Belmont Stakes and capture the Triple Crown last Saturday was remarkable and uplifting. It once again reminds us of just how fortunate Baltimore is to be home to the middle jewel of the Triple Crown, the Preakness. As such, Baltimore has the distinction of hosting one of the most heralded sporting events in the United … Continue reading

The Daily Record: A look at today’s Greater Baltimore region

Editor’s note: The following commentary appeared on thedailyrecord.com on May 18, 2018. Construction cranes are prevalent throughout the Baltimore region these days — from downtown Baltimore to Towson, Columbia and beyond — and to many they are the most visible sign of changes afoot in Baltimore City and the surrounding counties. But the recently released 2018 Greater Baltimore State of the Region Report makes clear that other changes have occurred during the … Continue reading

The Daily Record: General Assembly delivers on public safety

Editor’s note: The following commentary appeared on thedailyrecord.com on April 20, 2018. Decades ago a member of the Illinois House of Representatives, not known for his colloquy, reportedly rose as the legislative session came to an end and stated: “I have come to the conclusion that the making of laws is like the making of sausage — the less you know about the process the more you respect the result.” That assessment was … Continue reading

WBAL News Radio 1090: Baltimore region’s impact on Maryland’s economy

Editor’s note: The following commentary aired on wbal.com on April 6, 2018. Listen to the commentary. It is disappointing that a recent Goucher College poll found that two-thirds of those surveyed did not think of Baltimore City as “the economic engine of the state.” Disappointing but not totally surprising or inaccurate. Today regions, not individual jurisdictions are the economic drivers. The Greater Baltimore region – Baltimore City, Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Carroll, Harford … Continue reading

Baltimore Business Journal Letter to the Editor: GBC’s Fry says article on crime reduction strategy falls short

Editor’s note: The following Letter to the Editor appeared on www.bizjournals.com on March 15, 2018. Dear Editor: It was concerning to read the Baltimore Business Journal’s story on the Greater Baltimore Committee’s March 8 Newsmaker Breakfast event featuring Drew Vetter, director of the Mayor’s Office of Criminal Justice. The article regrettably focused on comments by one attendee who stated that her organization has employees who are deeply concerned about crime in the city and want to … Continue reading