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Public Commentary


Commentaries from community leaders around the Baltimore Metropolitan Region:

Marc Terrill – President, The Associated

Al Hutchinson – CEO, Visit Baltimore

Dr. Kimberly Moffitt – Chair, Language Literacy and Culture PhD Program (UMBC)

Dr. Francesca Gamber – Principal, Bard High School Early College Baltimore

Rev. David J. Ware – Rector, Church of the Redeemer


Archive prior to October 2013

Bowen: Discovering Your Accent in Study Abroad

Jan 15, 2019
Rob Ferrell

Here at Goucher, we require all students to study abroad before they graduate. We do this in part because employers want graduates who can navigate working with people from different cultures and backgrounds, but also because study abroad provides an almost unique opportunity for self-discovery, reflection, and growth.

Curley: Doing Your Part to Eliminate Global Warming

Jan 8, 2019
Noel St. John

Michael Curley comments on simple things we can do to reduce global warming, like using less electricity. 

Draper: The Disappearance of Civility

Jan 2, 2019

Wanda Draper comments on the importance of civility in our society. 

Bishop Reid III: Make Room for Justice and Joy

Dec 25, 2018
Bishop Frank Reid III/Facebook

In this Christmas commentary, Bishop Frank Reid III encourages us to make room for justice, and to make room for joy. 


Bob Atlas, president and CEO of the Maryland Hospital Association, comments on what hospitals are doing to stem the opioid crisis.

Bowen: Self-Regulated Learning

Dec 11, 2018
Rob Ferrell

Goucher College president Jose Bowen comments on the new science of learning, and preparing graduates to think for themselves. 

Curley: Making the Most of the 'Flush Tax'

Dec 4, 2018
Noel St. John

Michael Curley tells us where the 'Flush tax' has gone, and how the money can be used to better clean up the Chesapeake Bay. 

Draper: Why do Museums Matter?

Nov 27, 2018

Wanda Draper, CEO of the Reginald F. Lewis Museum says that there are more museums than there are McDonald's and Starbucks in the United States, but only 18 percent of Americans are visiting them. Draper tells us why museums are important to visitors, and to our future. 

Bishop Reid III: How to Keep Hope Alive

Nov 20, 2018

In his study of America's struggle for racial justice, journalist Charles M. Blow discovered some reoccuring themes. In this week's Public Commentary, Bishop Frank Madison Reid, III shares these themes to "encourage, equip and empower us in our fight for a better life, a better Baltimore, and a better world for all." 


As we know, our life experiences are, in many ways, shaped by the differences that make us each unique. Health is no exception. We know that groups from different socioeconomic backgrounds, education levels, and race or ethnicity exhibit different health patterns. 

A couple of examples: National statistics reveal that people with no more than a high school education smoke cigarettes for twice as many years as those with at least a bachelor's degree. And here in Maryland, African-Americans are more than three times as likely as whites to be admitted to a hospital for complications of diabetes. Diabetes is a largely preventable condition, and for those who have it, it can be managed. 

Bob Atlas, president and CEO of the Maryland Hospital Association comments on the complex reasons for these differences. 

Bowen: The Entire Toolbox

Nov 7, 2018

Goucher College president Jose Bowen comments on why we should consider moving away from the traditional major structure and allow students to pick a focus based on what interests them, and what might prepare them for jobs of the future. 

Curley: Cleaning Up Water Pollution

Oct 30, 2018
Noel St. John

Michael Curley comments on what should be done to address the problem of agricultural runoff. One thing he says shouldn't be done is passing the buck to farmers. 

Draper: the Vision of Romare Bearden

Oct 23, 2018

I’m Wanda Draper, executive director of the Reginald F. Lewis Museum. For generations visual artists have told stories of American history and culture and Romare Bearden was at the forefront of his time. He was a visionary artist who used a variety of media to showcase his influence as an artist of social conscience. Bearden encountered racial stereotypes with images drawn from history, literature, the Bible and the free world of his imagination.

An upcoming exhibit 'Romare Bearden Visionary Artist' features his works and examines how he agitated for change throughout his prolific career creating amazing images. Included are a diverse collection of original collage, watercolor, limited edition prints, reproductions, and rare archival items. Also magazine covers and editorial cartoons done while he was employed right here at the Baltimore AFRO-American Newspapers from 1935 to 1937.

Bishop Reid III: Baltimore Will Do Better When Each of Us Does Better

Oct 15, 2018

Bishop Frank Madison Reid, III of the African Methodist Episcopal Church tells us how Baltimore's voter turnout, police department, healthcare and education system can do better and be better. 

Maryland Hospital Association

Bob Atlas, the president and CEO of the Maryland Hospital Association, comments on Maryland's new arrangement with the federal government that gives the state more freedom to control how it transforms health care. 

Jose Bowen: Learn to Change your Mind

Oct 2, 2018
Rob Ferrell

Jose Bowen, president of Goucher College comments on the new learning economy, and how technology has changed our relationship to knowledge.  

How to Be a Real Friend of the Chesapeake Bay

Sep 18, 2018
Noel St. John

Environmental lawyer and author Michael Curley comments on why "the number one environmental problem in the Chesapeake Bay is us." 

The Power of the Ballot

Sep 11, 2018

Wanda Draper, Executive Director of the Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African-American History and Culture reminds us of the importance of voting. She implores us that this "is not a time to be silenced by fear or deadly apathy."

Baker: Dolphins and the Health of the Bay

Aug 28, 2018
Michael Busada

Good news: Bottlenose dolphins are back in the Chesapeake! Will Baker, president of the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, tells us how the dolphins' presence signals positive changes in the Bay. 

Mount Vernon's Wonders

Aug 21, 2018
The Walters Art Museum

Julia Marciari-Alexander, executive director of the Walters Art Museum comments on the importance of Baltimore's Mount Vernon neighborhood. 

Uniting Community

Aug 14, 2018

Rev. Alvin C. Hathaway of Union Baptist Church tells us about some of the good things happening in Baltimore, and how we must continue to work together to create the community we desire. 

Miller: Redesigning Healthcare

Jul 24, 2018

Dr. Redonda Miller, president of The Johns Hopkins Hospital, tells us why it's important that health systems "think in nontraditional ways to create more value for patients" and what that means for Hopkins. 

Hoi: The Value of Artscape

Jul 17, 2018

MICA president Samuel Hoi tells us how Artscape is a prime example of the power of the arts bringing people together and bringing revenue into the city. 

Marciari-Alexander: 1 West Mount Vernon Place

Jul 10, 2018
The Walters Art Museum

Julia Marciari-Alexander, executive director of the Walters Art Museum talks about the re-opening of 1 West Mount Vernon Place, a 19th century mansion for contemporary audiences.

Conversations that Build a Better Baltimore

Jul 5, 2018

Rev. Hathaway talks about Union Baptist's idea to call into conversation gang leaders and officials in the criminal justice system to identify problems that fuel anti-social behaviors and offer options to those who are in gangs.

Baker: Celebrating the Crab

Jun 26, 2018
Chesapeake Bay Foundation

Scientists are telling us that the blue crab population  remains modestly healthy and sustainable. Will Baker, President of the Chesapeake Bay Foundation says we should celebrate this, but remember that blue crabs depend on a healthy bay and recovery can be fragile. 

Hankin: Closer to a Swimmable Inner Harbor

Jun 19, 2018

Michael D. Hankin, President and Chief Executive Officer of Brown Advisory, tells us about the efforts that are getting the Inner Harbor closer to the 2020 goal of being swimmable and fishable. 

Hoi: Building for Success

Jun 13, 2018

MICA President Samuel Hoi encourages us to become "bridge builders for our city's youth, so that every Baltimore child has the best chance to succeed and to become the builders of their and our future."

Miller: Always Ready

Jun 5, 2018

Dr. Redonda Miller, president of The Johns Hopkins Hospital discusses how the hospital has been preparing for an ebola outbreak. 

Marciari-Alexander: Finding and Creating Community at the Walters

May 29, 2018
The Walters Art Museum

Julia Marciari-Alexander, Executive Director of the Walters Art Museum, discusses how providing free access to the Walters allows visitors to connect to the art, and each other.