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Tag Archives: C. Fraser Smith

Commentary: The iceberg of our discontent

Tea party activists are learning fast, generating “earned media,” staying on message, turning out the faithful. In fact, they’re acting almost mainstream, of all things. And don’t think the mainstream political world hasn’t noticed. Both major parties — in somewhat ...

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Commentary: Searching for the essence of Chautauqua

Chautauqua, N.Y. — My kids think of it as nerd camp, that place Dad goes every summer. Like almost every description of Chautauqua, it falls well short of the mark. It’s not a serious effort, of course, and yet it ...

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Commentary: Budgets, politics and slots

My, my just look at the emperor’s new slots machines! What taste, what élan, what a guy! We, of course, are bankrolling the deal. We just laid out $50 million for 1,000 machines — $46,542 per. We were led to ...

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Commentary: How we got to be who we are

When he left The Sun five years ago, he admitted to a certain loss of enthusiasm. The “Hey, Martha!” reflex had gone a’ glimmering. (This refers to the idea that a newspaper reader or reporter, learning something new, calls out ...

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Drowning in a tide of problems

I feel like we’re drowning: in oil, in debt, even in (gulp) opinion. I give you these examples: BP and the Gulf of Mexico; Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake and the Baltimore budget, and this column. As to the oil, I’ve been ...

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Ready to run, he says, and to listen

Hope lives. Despite the drumbeat of talk radio dystopia, despite the job-resistant economic recovery and despite often venomous political language, the can-do spirit of America endures. And election season can bring with it a burst of patriotic risk-taking. As a ...

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It’s time for real debate about real issues

Campaign 2010 and a real stock-taking are — or should be — upon us. Having tiptoed around reality for 90 days, the General Assembly left the heavy lifting to the men who are offering themselves as governor for post-recession Maryland. ...

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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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