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...
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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

WYPR: Streamlining state government

Editor’s note: The following commentary aired on WYPR.org on May 24, 2016. Governor Larry Hogan’s recent decision to establish an office to update and streamline state government is welcome news. The governor should be applauded for recognizing the importance of taking a hard look at the government’s existing structure and operations and finding ways to improve efficiency and customer service. If you’ll recall, Governor Hogan was swept into office on … Continue reading

Center Maryland: A $15 minimum wage and the law of unintended consequences

Editor’s note: The following commentary appeared on CenterMaryland.org on April 22, 2016. By Donald C. Fry Back in the 1930s a Harvard-trained sociologist named Robert K. Merton published a paper that examined why deliberate acts intended to cause change (typically intended for the good) sometimes result in unintended (bad) outcomes. The result of Merton’s work has since been referred to as the “law of unintended consequences.” More than a few books on … Continue reading

WYPR: Primary election voter turnout critical to Baltimore’s future

Editor’s note: The following commentary aired on WYPR.org on April 19, 2016. One week from today, on April 26, Baltimore City voters will determine much about the future direction of the city. A number of important elected seats are at stake in the primary election that day: mayor, city council president, comptroller and 14 seats on the Baltimore City Council. By any measure this is a pivotal primary election, especially … Continue reading

The Daily Record: A glimmer of hope for Penn Station

Editor’s note: The following commentary appeared on TheDailyRecord.com on April 15, 2016. By Donald C. Fry When it comes to customer traffic for rail service, Baltimore’s Penn Station sits pretty high on the list. In fact, it’s the eighth-busiest in the Amtrak network with about 1.1 million riders a year coming and going from the station, many of them commuters shuttling between Baltimore and Washington, D.C., and other stops along the Northeast Corridor. But … Continue reading

Center Maryland: Baltimore’s pivotal election and why every vote will matter

Editor’s note: The following commentary appeared on CenterMaryland.org on April 8, 2016. By Donald C. Fry “Elections belong to the people. It’s their decision. If they decide to turn their back on the fire and burn their behinds, then they will just have to sit on their blisters.” In today’s scrambled campaign landscape where politics and entertainment seem sorely intertwined, one might think that’s a remark from a late-night TV talk show … Continue reading

Center Maryland: Should Baltimore alter its “strong executive” form of government?

Editor’s note: The following commentary appeared on CenterMaryland.org on March 11, 2016. By Donald C. Fry Try to strike up a conversation about city charters or charter amendments to the average citizen and you’re likely to be met with a blank stare and everyone’s rapid departure from your company. But the recent passage by the Baltimore City Council of a charter amendment to earmark spending for youth programs and a subsequent … Continue reading

Center Maryland: Reconnecting Baltimore by giving ex-offenders a second chance

Editor’s note: The following commentary appeared on CenterMaryland.org on February 24, 2016. By Donald C. Fry Each year thousands of men and women who have been convicted of crimes are released from incarceration and return to Baltimore City to start their lives over. Irrespective of the length of their incarceration it’s not an easy road to get back on their feet and become integrated as productive members of society. Most will … Continue reading

Center Maryland: Light and a turning point for Baltimore

Editor’s note: The following commentary appeared on CenterMaryland.org on February 10, 2016. By Donald C. Fry Winter’s gloom will eventually give way to spring in the region, and soon afterward another turning point could be in the cards for Baltimore. In just about six weeks, a switch will be thrown and the Inner Harbor waterfront will light up the night in a way no U.S. city has seen before when the … Continue reading