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Author Archives: C. Fraser Smith

C. Fraser Smith's column appears on Fridays.

Police reform, without delay

In the matter of police reform, after Freddie Gray and after more than a dozen city police officers were indicted, we were told by the Trump Administration that 90 more days were needed to see if we really need a ...

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Growing Baltimore from its center

If you wonder which Baltimore neighborhood is growing – and you’re in view of the Inner Harbor – you’re probably standing in that neighborhood. OK, so you know this. You see the cranes. You see the young people, the bike ...

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Wanted in Baltimore: New ideas

It’s time for Baltimoreans and friends of the city to think radically about its future. Everything should be on the table. Should another study of tax-exempt status for various institutions be underway? With the city looking more and more unsustainable, ...

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Maryland vs. Trump

Maryland Democrats’ effort to derail President Donald Trump moves now into a higher gear. From concerns about his relationship with Russia to health care and the travel ban punching bag, Maryland Democrats have challenged Trump where he lives politically. His ...

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Health insurance vaudeville

First-draft efforts to kill Obamacare are stumbling in Washington because not enough people are being hurt. Not enough of the poor would lose their Medicaid coverage. Not enough money is being saved. Not enough government would shrink. Not enough liberals ...

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Passing the collection basket

  Plaintive cries from City Hall suggest Baltimore realizes a new reality. Call it, “Baltimore, A Public Private Partnership.” Or “Adopt an Agency” – an extension of adopting highways. Anybody want to sign up for the school department or part ...

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