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Sponsored Content | Doug Bradley: A Belated ‘Welcome Home’ for Vietnam Vets

I have to admit that for me — and I daresay for many of my fellow Vietnam veterans — two of the hardest days of the year are Memorial Day and Veterans Day. While much of the country goes overboard for those 48 hours, heaping abundant amounts of praise, gratitude and salutations upon us, we are haunted by the memories of those fellow soldiers and Marines we’ve lost and those who, even after they came back to America, never really made it home. Maybe that’s why tens of thousands of Vietnam veterans and their family members from across Maryland, Delaware, Pennsylvania and Virginia will gather at the Maryland State Fairgrounds in Timonium, Md., for Father’s Day weekend 2016 (June 18 and 19). There, a two-day tribute event, dubbed LZ Maryland (LZ stands for Landing Zone in Vietnam parlance), will be held as part of a Vietnam War 50th anniversary observance coordinated by of the... Continue reading
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Dr. Leana S. Wen: Tackling the Roots of Inequality in Baltimore

One year ago, following the tragic death of 25 year-old Freddie Gray and the period of civil unrest that followed, many were telling a “tale of two Baltimores:” the story of a city that epitomized urban inequality, where residents saw a 20-year gap in life expectancy between neighborhoods just a few miles apart. But there is another story too often left untold—one of intervention, prevention, and early investment—that is changing outcomes for young people and redefining Baltimore as a city of recovery and resilience. In the immediate aftermath last April, we at the Baltimore City Health Department, like many, spurred to immediate action. We set up a prescription medication and food delivery program to assist vulnerable individuals impacted by 13 burned, looted and closed pharmacies. We canvassed senior buildings and provided outreach at more than 150 churches for social services. We provided transportation to chemotherapy and dialysis appointments, and coordinated emergency... Continue reading
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Josh Kurtz: We Need Something Special

Sometime late this year, barring impossible-to-imagine political developments, two Maryland state senators will be moving on: Sen. Catherine Pugh (D) is almost certain to be elected mayor of Baltimore in November, and Sen. Jamie Raskin (D) is highly likely to go to Congress. And if the Annapolis rumor mill is to be believed, at least two more senators could be departing sometime soon: Sen. Lisa Gladden (D), who is struggling with MS, and Sen. Ulysses Currie (D), who, at the age of 79, is battling a variety of ills. In all cases, if these senators resign, Gov. Larry Hogan (R) will appoint their replacements – after a recommendation from local Democratic central committees. And in each case, there’s a pretty good chance that the senators could be replaced by a member of the House of Delegates. That, of course, would create additional vacancies, necessitating the same process to fill those House... Continue reading
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Donald C. Fry: Police Are Not Alone in Fight to Stop Gun Violence in Baltimore

On Memorial Day five people were shot in broad daylight during a cookout in front of a home near Greenmount Avenue in North Baltimore. Thankfully, the victims, aged 25-60, survived the attack. When the suspect was arrested he had not one but two guns in his possession, said T.J. Smith, a spokesman for the Baltimore Police Department.  In addition, the suspect was well known to police, having a lengthy criminal record. Prior to the Memorial Day melee, prosecutors and judges had plenty of opportunities to put the suspect behind bars for a long time, which is a source of frustration to law enforcement, Smith noted. The suspect's criminal history, according to a report in The Baltimore Sun, includes: attempted first-degree murder, armed robbery, and illegal possession of a gun. His record now includes five counts of attempted murder for the Memorial Day shootout, according to Smith. Elected officials, business leaders and... Continue reading
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Josh Kurtz: A Conversation With Ben Cardin

Poised to become Maryland’s senior senator in the next Congress with the looming retirement of Sen. Barbara Mikulski (D), Sen. Ben Cardin (D) is increasingly confident that he’ll also be serving in the majority come 2017. “Definitely,” he said in a recent interview, ticking off the Democrats’ expanding list of pickup opportunities in the fall. Democrats need to flip four seats -- five if they lose the White House -- to be back in control of the Senate. Many nonpartisan analysts believe there is a good chance of that happening. Donald Trump is only part of the reason why. With 30 years in Congress under his belt, Cardin has proven he can be effective in a variety of roles – and while serving in both the majority and the minority. And regardless of whether the Democrats are running the Senate chamber next year, Cardin may have several appealing options to ponder.... Continue reading
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