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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

The Fierce Urgency of Now

Aug 29, 2017

Dr. "Kaye" Wise Whitehead on why we should "do more acting than reflecting and more activism than conversation."

Upholding Universal Values

Aug 22, 2017

Josh Fidler reflects on his commentaries and his "communitarian" perspective. 

Improving Educational Outcomes

Aug 18, 2017

Sarah Hemminger of Thread explains why "we need to think about learning as more than just a nine month endeavor."

Burrell: "It Ain't Over 'Till It's Over"

Aug 9, 2017
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Chet Burrell, President and CEO of CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield reflects on what steps can be taken to stabilize the healthcare market.

Creating a Skilled Workforce

Aug 2, 2017

M&T Bank polled small businesses owners about their outlook on the economy and 75% of small business owners say they continue to have problems finding skilled workers to fill their positions.

Augie Chiasera, senior vice president of M&T Bank Corporation, discusses how to create a skilled workforce that meets the demands of current and future employers. 

Making a Radical Change

Jul 26, 2017
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Dr. "Kaye" Wise Whitehead argues that Baltimore is in the midst of a war, but residents can turn things around. 


Jul 19, 2017

Josh Fidler on the 3 factors that make a compelling case for regional cooperation. 

Holding Space

Jul 11, 2017

Sarah Hemminger of Thread explains what "holding space" means, and how it helps in difficult times. 

Healthcare Taking a Step Back

Jul 5, 2017

"The country is dangerously close to taking a major step back in accessibility to healthcare coverage."

Chet Burrell, President and C.E.O. of CareFirst Blue Cross Blue Shield, comments on cuts to Medicaid. 

The Road Ahead

Jun 28, 2017

Augie Chiasera discusses where the Economic Alliance of Greater Baltimore will focus its efforts going forward. 

On Revolutionary Mothering and Loving Baltimore

Jun 19, 2017

Karsonya "Dr. K" Whitehead shares her path to practicing revolutionary mothering and why she continues to do so in Baltimore City. 

Fairness in Markets

Jun 13, 2017

"More diverse participation creates better markets" says Josh Fidler. Listen to this commentary for more of his thoughts. 

The Importance of Relationships

Jun 6, 2017

What predicts healthy, happy aging? Several studies show the answer is relationships. Sarah Hemminger of Thread tells us about the importance of having diverse, quality relationships.

Changing this World, One Student at a Time

May 16, 2017
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Teaching is hard work. Dr. Kaye Wise Whitehead tells us about the challenges she experienced as a Baltimore City public school teacher. 

Has Listening Gone Out of Favor?

May 9, 2017

Josh Fidler discuss how "oral gerrymandering" in public discourse has undermined institutions of civil society. 

Opioid Crisis

Apr 25, 2017

Chet Burrell on the drug abuse crisis of opioids and the steps taken to deter its growth.

An Expansion in Federal Contracts

Apr 18, 2017

Augie Chiasera comments on why Maryland businesses should be gearing up to take advantage of expanded federal contracting work. 

Closing the Gap

Apr 11, 2017
Jonna McKone

In this Public Commentary, Dr. Karsonya Wise Whitehead ("Dr. Kaye") reflects on the crisis in black education and provides ways to close the educational achievement gap. 

Debating the High Cost of Healthcare

Apr 10, 2017

Dr. Margaret Flowers shares this rebuttal commentary about why healthcare is so costly. 

Reward Vs. Likelihood

Apr 4, 2017
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We know that students who attend school regularly are more likely to graduate from high school, but imagine you are one of Baltimore’s young people who wakes up every morning faced with difficult decisions– will I go to school or do I have to watch a younger sibling so mom can go to work or maybe I have to go to work myself? It’s a tough choice. 

Sarah Hemminger, Thread co-founder and Chief Executive Officer has more on how a young person's brain evaluates reward and likelihood. 

Less is Disastrous

Mar 28, 2017

Josh Fidler on President Trump's healthcare overhaul and the possible effect on Maryland. 

Lifestyles and Healthcare

Mar 21, 2017

Chet Burrell on how the way we live our lives affects the healthcare options we seek.

Improving Baltimore's Image

Mar 14, 2017

In this commentary, Augie Chiasera talks about his work on an image and perception task force which will create an action plan for improving Baltimore's overall image.

Women's History is American History

Mar 7, 2017

Dr. Kaye Wise Whitehead shares her reflection on and appreciation of Women's History Month.

Setting Expectations for Government

Feb 28, 2017

Josh Fidler says it's up to the citizenry to be clear about what we want from the government. In this commentary, he shares a proposal for Mayor Catherine Pugh.

Crossing Barriers, Building Relationships

Feb 24, 2017

Sarah Hemminger on the need to form relationships between Baltimoreans and how "TouchPoint Baltimore" seeks to break down barriers.

Explaining Rising Healthcare Costs

Feb 14, 2017
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"The many who are healthy pay for the few who are sick." 

Chet Burrell explains why healthcare is so expensive and how lifestyle choices factor into the equation. 

Supporting Mayor Pugh

Feb 7, 2017
M&T Bank

Augie Chiasera, senior vice president of M&T Bank Corporation on why Mayor Catherine Pugh deserves Baltimoreans' support.

The First 100 Days

Jan 31, 2017
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Dr. Karsonya "Dr. Kaye" Wise Whitehead on the importance of the first 100 days of a presidency and the public's response. 

Creating Change in 2017

Jan 24, 2017

Josh Fidler shares ways to create "collaborative, cross-sector, collective action" this year.