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Author Archives: C. Fraser Smith

C. Fraser Smith's column appears on Fridays.

Can anti-incumbent anger win for Ehrlich?

Yesterday, upon the stair, I met a man who wasn’t there He wasn’t there again today I wish, I wish he’d go away … Hughes Mearns If you’re Bob Ehrlich, it’s too late for the man to go away. The ...

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Academic freedom vs. budget ax

The General Assembly of Maryland finds itself in a scuffle with its highly regarded law school, defenders of academic freedom around the country and a handful of environmentalists. Unhappy about a clean-water suit lodged against a contract chicken farm near ...

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Do the right thing even if it hurts

I know it’s the right thing to do, a member of the House of Delegates told me 25 years ago on the eve of a critically important vote, but I like it down here. A yes vote — the right ...

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Ignoring reality in election year

If the economy weren’t in hourly need of fiscal smelling salts, if there weren’t so much unemployment, now would be the time for all good public servants to take a risk, It’s time for the state’s elected officials to get ...

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Judgeships and high dudgeon

Howls of protest greeted news this week that Thomas V. Miller III’s appointment to the state’s district court had been approved. Surely the fix was in! Miller is the son of Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller. Protest was inevitable. ...

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History falls victim to budget cuts

BENSON, Ariz. — This is a story of countervailing forces locked in a struggle for the hearts and minds of our countrymen — Arizonans in this instance. Out here, beyond the paralyzing power of snow, even more lethal forces threaten ...

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Remembering Jim Crow’s foes

This message came with the endless snow via e-mail. “During the Blizzard(s) of 2010, I finally got around to reading my autographed copy of ‘Here Lies Jim Crow,’ the writer began, referring to my book on civil rights in Maryland. ...

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Still running after all these years

Seismic news broke last week — almost. A blogger, citing unnamed sources, reported that Sen. Barbara A. Mikulski was stepping down. She wasn’t running for re-election. She was retiring. A 9 on the political Richter Scale — had it been ...

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Our leaders can’t win in deep snow

A political truism: When it’s all snow all the time, you can’t win if you’re a government leader. This year’s serial onslaught uncovers the dark side of what has been the political upside of natural disaster. It’s great if the ...

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Fraser Smith: Wanted: new city fathers, mothers

As Baltimore welcomes its second female mayor, it may seem jarring to ask the following questions: Who are the city fathers? To preserve my politically correct credentials, let me quickly add city mothers. “City fathers,” of course, is a term ...

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