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Tag Archives: C. Fraser Smith

Joe Tydings’ lessons from then and now

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Ex-U.S. Sen. Joe Tydings was not born with a silver spoon in his mouth, but within a few years he was blessed with a table setting of good fortune, political as well as financial. His adoptive grandmother, Marjorie Merriweather Post, ...

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A farewell, and a thank you

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For nearly a decade now, The Daily Record has been fortunate enough to feature a weekly column from C. Fraser Smith on our opinion pages. Those columns were always thoughtful, often prescient and invariably infused with a passion for democracy, ...

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Farewell column: Ring the bells while we can

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Ring the Bells that still can ring                Forget your perfect offering                There is a crack in everything                That’s how the light gets in     — Leonard Cohen Newspapers find the cracks. That’s how the light of democracy ...

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Hogan, Pugh need to work together

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Programs come and go. Our desperate city welcomes anything with a promising track record. Anything that might slow the surge in murder and mayhem would be cause for celebration. Murder passes the 300-mark without slowing down, leading to  conversations about ...

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Drug price gouging? It’s personal

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As a professional observer of public affairs, I should avoid commenting on issues that affect me personally. Full disclosure in such situations seems prudent. Herewith some thoughts on the General Assembly’s anti-drug price gouging bill. I am, of course, affected ...

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Football and the human body

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  For some reason, various expert observers, coaches and physicians wonder why football causes so many gruesome injuries — the torn ACL and concussions in particular. The variety of grass, artificial turf, the wrong shoes, less-than-serious pre-season conditioning, head-to-head tackling ...

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Md. Democrats in a pickle

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There’s been just a bit of a buzz recently about new hope for Democrats taking back the governorship in 2018. That very conversation, the buzz, would make some Democrats (and Republicans) wonder if they had fallen into a time warp. ...

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City IT boss gets big bucks? Hooray!

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Wow, big headline, big scandal? Do we need to be thinking about a recall? Did you know the new information technology guy pulls down more than the mayor, more than the police commissioner, more than the state’s attorney? Maybe you ...

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You can walk in Douglass’ shoes

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Thanks to his fourth-grade teacher, Thelma Jones, Walter Black knew that Frederick Douglass was born in Talbot County. Tuckahoe to be specific. You must be proud of that, she instructed. Born a slave, Douglass became an international leader of the ...

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