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The Daily Record welcomes letters to the editor and opinion columns on public policy issues that affect Maryland businesses and the legal community. Letters to the editor should be 300 words or less. Columns can be up to 800 words. All are subject to editing for length or clarity. Submissions must include the writer’s name, address and a daytime phone number for confirmation. They can be sent to Editor Thomas Baden Jr. at

Learning the secrets of persuasion

Many of us spend significant time in our daily lives attempting to convince others to “see it our way.” Often these efforts are in a courtroom, boardroom, office, or with family and friends. The secret to succeeding in these persuasive ...

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Being able to afford groceries is not just a problem for the poor

When I teach undergraduate and graduate students about food insecurity, I sometimes mention that my perspective is based not only on professional expertise but also on my personal experience. Food insecurity might sound like the same thing as hunger, but ...

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What we learned from Judge Barbera

This week, Chief Judge Mary Ellen Barbera, the first female chief judge of the Maryland Court of Appeals, will retire from the bench. Her legacy will be partially defined by her dual roles of chief judge and chief administrator. As ...

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You can offset inflation with reinvention

For those of you with a swimming pool, you’ll remember the shortage of chlorine tablets this past spring as the result of a Louisiana factory fire. Prices for the tabs soared — if you could find them at all. But ...

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Continued population loss for Baltimore is troubling and unacceptable

According to 2020 census figures released recently, Baltimore city’s population fell to 585,708, down from 620,961 in 2010. That’s a loss of roughly 35,000 residents or 5.7%. To put this loss in context, the counties that surround Baltimore in the ...

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Another take on the 2020 Census

The 2020 U.S. Census data release, known as P.L. 94-174, made headlines locally and nationally when it was made available earlier this month. Attention has rightfully focused on the use of the data for its intended purpose – the drawing ...

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Editorial Advisory Board: CDC eviction moratorium is unconstitutional

On Aug. 3 the Biden administration, through Dr. Rochelle Wallensky, director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, issued a new eviction moratorium that, like the previous one and its three extensions, is unconstitutional. Even the president agrees. ...

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