Trump reverses plans to host G-7 at Doral, but his bad instincts — and their consequences — remain in plain sight

Trump will never admit a mistake, never own up to doing wrong. Even in reversing the decision to host next year’s G-7 summit at his Doral country club -- a blatant example of the self-dealing that Rep. Elijah Cummings, among others, warned us about after Trump’s election -- this corrupt president can’t concede bad judgement. … Continue reading Trump reverses plans to host G-7 at Doral, but his bad instincts — and their consequences — remain in plain sight

An ovation for Elijah Cummings on the Day of the Rat

That hot Saturday in July started with Trump’s ugly tweet-storm about Baltimore and rats. It ended with a standing ovation for Elijah Cummings. The story by now is familiar: Trump saw a typically distorted and simplistic FOX report that included video of trash and rats in Baltimore, so he decided that the nation needed to … Continue reading An ovation for Elijah Cummings on the Day of the Rat

Next time she’s tempted to zing, Elizabeth Warren might want to ask: What would the Obamas say?

There is a lot to like about Elizabeth Warren as a presidential candidate. She's well-versed in facts and policy and understanding problems. She’s right about income inequality, financial corruption and the need to expand health insurance to every American. Her rise in polling of likely Democratic voters suggests she could be the one who surpasses … Continue reading Next time she’s tempted to zing, Elizabeth Warren might want to ask: What would the Obamas say?

Betrayal of Kurds by Trump will beget more refugees that we won’t take in

Hard to say when we've reached bottom, isn't it? There are so many things about the Trump administration that offend human sensibilities, our sense of American decency and our understanding of Democratic principles that it's hard to single out one of Trump’s actions or one of his tweets as the worst. Separating migrant children from … Continue reading Betrayal of Kurds by Trump will beget more refugees that we won’t take in

Catching (but not so much eating yet) fish from urban waters

We caught rockfish on the fly last fall along the rocky banks of West Covington Park in South Baltimore, to the east of the Hanover Street Bridge. To be more specific, that’s the Middle Branch of the Patapsco River, and I'll probably hit it again this month and next. When I mention this, people ask … Continue reading Catching (but not so much eating yet) fish from urban waters

More info: Maintaining the trout fishery in the Youghiogheny River in Maryland; hearing on water releases coming up Oct. 15

On October 3, Ken Pavol, a river guide and former Maryland fisheries biologist, wrote this letter to fellow members of the Trout Unlimited Youghiogheny chapter in western Maryland with regard to the debate over cold-water releases from Deep Creek Lake: Alan Klotz, DNR Fisheries Service Regional Manager, addressed our chapter meeting last evening with an … Continue reading More info: Maintaining the trout fishery in the Youghiogheny River in Maryland; hearing on water releases coming up Oct. 15