WBAL News Radio 1090: State of Baltimore’s transit system

Editor’s note: The following commentary was recorded at WBAL News Radio 1090 on February 26, 2018. Listen to the commentary. Baltimore got a rude awakening regarding the dire condition of its Metro system when the MTA abruptly shut it down because portions of the track are unsafe. The Metro will remain closed for repairs until mid-March. It’s unconscionable that this critical link in Baltimore’s mass transit network was allowed to fall … Continue reading

The Daily Record: Hogan’s plan to fight Baltimore violence deserves support

Editor’s note: The following commentary appeared on thedailyrecord.com on February 15, 2018. Baltimore has experienced some good news of late in the fight against violent crime. No homicides were reported for 12 days, the longest streak since 2015, according to news reports. Mayor Catherine Pugh attributes the public safety initiatives that she has implemented to this welcome break in tragic killings. Others have said that it is not entirely clear … Continue reading

The Daily Record: Restoring trust in the federal legislative process

Editors note: The following commentary appeared on thedailyrecord.com on December 28, 2017. As I read a recent article on the tax bill approved by the U.S. Congress, one line in particular caught my attention. “Drilling would be allowed in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.” The bill’s other provisions are related to taxes, deductions, exemptions and credits. But the drilling provision, on its face, has nothing to do with a taxation bill. Such unrelated amendments, or … Continue reading

WBAL News Radio 1090: Baltimore and Amazon – The Perfect Pair

Editor’s note: The following commentary was recorded at WBAL News Radio 1090 on October 27, 2017. Listen to the commentary. Fifty-thousand employees, 8 million square feet of office space, thousands of highly paid well-educated residents relocating to the community – that is what Baltimore and 237 other jurisdictions are competing for in the economic development sweepstakes called Amazon HQ2. Naysayers scoff at the thought of Baltimore as a serious contender. But no … Continue reading

Baltimore Business Journal: Could Maryland weather the tax cuts proposed by Washington?

Editor’s note: The following commentary appeared on bizjournals.com on October 17, 2017. Mention tax policy and most people roll their eyes or scowl. But if you care about how much money you earn from a hard day’s work and have available for spending and savings it might behoove you to pay close attention to the contentious discussions unfolding in the White House and halls of Congress regarding taxes. Details are a … Continue reading

The Daily Record: Pass a tougher illegal handgun law in city

Editor’s note: The following commentary appeared on TheDailyRecord.com on July 20, 2017. There’s been a flurry of recent activity from Baltimore’s elected officials and citizens launching initiatives aimed at helping to stem the shootings and killings that have literally spiraled out of control. Not all of these efforts will be adopted, but they are an indication that not only has the frustration level peaked but that solutions to address this daunting issue are … Continue reading

The Daily Record: Solving the public safety crisis in Baltimore

Editor’s note: The following commentary appeared on TheDailyRecord.com on June 15, 2017. As I read a headline in one of the local newspapers this past weekend, I had a sense of déjà vu. It read: “Amid record violence, worried Baltimoreans see a city in crisis.” This view is shared widely in the article — by residents, community leaders, police and others — as they reflect on the terrible violence, largely gun-related, … Continue reading

The Daily Record: Rod Rosenstein and courage in public service

Editor’s note: The following commentary appeared on thedailyrecord.com on May 18, 2017. If you were not familiar with who Rod J. Rosenstein was a few weeks ago, chances are you certainly are now. He is, of course, the deputy attorney general for the U.S. Department of Justice who on Wednesday shook up Capitol Hill and the White House by naming former FBI Director Robert Mueller III as a special prosecutor … Continue reading

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