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Author Archives: Donald C. Fry

Baltimore police reform is progressing (access required)

It was disappointing to read in a recent news article that there is a perception among some in Baltimore that reforms called for in a 2015 consent decree between the Department of Justice, the City of Baltimore and the Baltimore ...

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The leadership qualities needed in Baltimore’s next mayor (access required)

In 2016, after candidate Donald Trump won the presidency, President Barrack Obama said, “Elections matter.” Those words are worth considering again as the 2020 General Election nears on Nov. 3. The words of advice are not just relevant for the ...

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5G technology is Maryland’s future (access required)

While the way we communicate, work and live has evolved in recent years, the rate of change has accelerated dramatically in the last few months. The novel coronavirus has forced us to stay home and revealed just how much we ...

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Mayoral candidates weigh in on fighting crime (access required)

While COVID-19 dominates the attention of many these days, there is a pivotal and transformative primary election coming up in Baltimore City on June 2. Seats up for election include those for mayor, city council president, comptroller and city council. ...

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New General Assembly leadership shone in first year (access required)

Talk about trial by fire. The presiding officers of the Maryland General Assembly, Senate President Bill Ferguson and House Speaker Adrienne Jones, had their plates full during this year’s legislative session even before the outbreak of COVID-19. There was a ...

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Thanks to these generous businesses (access required)

In less than a week, millions will travel near and far to celebrate one of the truly great American traditions, Thanksgiving. But there are many who do not have the financial or social resources to celebrate the holiday with a ...

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Using innovation to fight violent crime (access required)

The headline of a recent newspaper editorial reads, “Aerial surveillance is not the answer to Baltimore’s crime problem.” The headline gets it right, but the harsh wording of the editorial completely misses the point of the technology. It certainly will ...

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The business case for diversity, equity and inclusion (access required)

The 2018 State of the Region Report released by the Greater Baltimore Committee (GBC) and the Baltimore Metropolitan Council highlighted the rapid pace at which the Baltimore region is increasing in racial diversity. Since 1998, the white population in the ...

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All hands on deck in Baltimore (access required)

As the drumbeat of daily news reminds us, Baltimore continues to see high rates of violent crime for yet another year, especially shootings and homicides. In the past seven days, a 36-year-old man was killed by gunfire in Cherry Hill ...

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