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Tag Archives: C. Fraser Smith

Hard times in the Old Line State (access required)

Gov. Martin O’Malley says he’s ready to make the 2010 election a referendum on government. He rejected the idea, popular in some quarters, that government should stand aside. “If you want to do nothing and you think that things will ...

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What is justice for Mayor Dixon? (access required)

A great clamor calls in some quarters for Mayor Sheila Dixon to be treated before the law as any of us would be. That is, without regard to her title. Actually, it may be precisely that — her position of ...

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Baltimore’s leadership vacuum (access required)

Who will lead? The question might not have been different if the verdict in the trial of Baltimore Mayor Sheila Dixon had been not guilty. The case against her was decried as picayune. In dollar terms, it surely was — ...

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A day of dashed hopes, deep disappointment

As the pols-in-trouble script goes, there was no Richter Scale reading in the case against Mayor Sheila Dixon. She hadn’t left someone to drown after driving her car off a bridge. She hadn’t tried to sell a U.S. Senate seat. ...

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Fraser Smith: Time for a difficult conversation (access required)

If image is everything, the conversation about how to treat the mentally ill just got more difficult. Army Major Nidal Malik Hasan took care of that when, allegedly, he killed 13 soldiers and wounded dozens more at Fort Hood in ...

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Where will these kids go? (access required)

He walked into the classroom with his black floppy hat on. He didn’t take it off. He slouched into his seat as if he expected aggravation from the visitors who greeted him. He spoke in monosyllables, “Yes” and “No” and ...

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Shadow government redux (access required)

Things happen. You wake up some morning and you’ve got a complex web of half-city and half-private corporations taking on a variety of government projects. There’s even a $100 million city-run bank. Only a handful of people know anything about ...

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Voter shift in Baltimore County? (access required)

The day of the Yellow Dog Democrat (who’d vote for a yellow dog if the dog was a Democrat) continues to fade. The same may be true of the GOP’s canine counterpart if there is one. Party loyalty is out ...

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Transforming a hospital system (access required)

It was not an easy birth. The attending physician, a visionary doctor named Albert Farmer, died in the process. Turf battles between opposing forces within the old University of Maryland Hospital produced a kind of fight-to-the death struggle that startled ...

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