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Public Commentary


Spring 2019 commentaries from community leaders around the Baltimore Metropolitan Region:

  • Bob Atlas, President and CEO, Maryland Hospital Association
  • Michael Curley, Environmental Lawyer and Author 
  • Jacqueline Copeland, Executive Director of the Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History and Culture
  • José  Bowen, President of Goucher College 
  • Bishop Frank Madison Reid III, African Methodist Episcopal Church


Archive prior to October 2013

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
Seth Sawyers/flickr

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
Seth Sawyers/flickr

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
Victoria Reay/flickr

"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
Dafne Cholet/flickr

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.

Addressing Addiction in the City

Jan 17, 2017

Sarah Hemminger, Thread co-founder and Chief Executive Officer, comments on the relationship between environment, connection and addiction.

Chet Burrell 1/10/17

Jan 10, 2017

Chet Burrell became President and Chief Executive Officer of CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield in December 2007.

In this Public Commentary, Dr. Karsonya 'Kaye' Wise Whitehead wrestles with the question "How does it feel as a black person in America to be seen by the world as a problem?"

Josh Fidler

Dec 20, 2016

Josh Fidler on the importance of acknowledging white privilege.

Sarah Hemminger

Thread CEO Sarah Hemminger ponders about the future of the "heirs of our city." 

Chet Burrell 12/6/16

Dec 6, 2016

Chet Burrell became President and Chief Executive Officer of CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield in December 2007.

Karsonya Wise Whitehead, Ph.D. - 11/22/16

Nov 22, 2016

Karsonya ("Dr. Kaye") Wise Whitehead, Ph.D., is an associate professor of Communication and African and African American Studies at Loyola University Maryland and the award-winning author of Notes from a Colored Girl: The Civil War Pocket Diaries of Emilie Frances Davis; a K-12 master teacher in African American History and an award-winning former Baltimore City middle school teacher; and, a three-time New York Emmy-nominated documentary filmmaker.

Josh Fidler - 11/15/16

Nov 15, 2016

Josh Fidler is a respected member of the Maryland business community. He is Co-Chairman of Chesapeake Realty Partners, a diversified real estate development business, and Founding Partner of Boulder Ventures, a venture capital fund active in the Mid-Atlantic and Colorado.

Sarah Hemminger - 11/8/16

Nov 9, 2016

In 2004, Sarah Hemminger and her husband Ryan co-founded Thread, a non-profit organization that engages underperforming high school students confronting significant barriers outside of the classroom. Currently the CEO, Sarah has extensive experience in nonprofit management and expertise in the development, expansion, and replication of innovative, paradigm-shifting models of mentoring.

Sarah received her undergraduate degree, as well as her Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering, from the Johns Hopkins University. Prior to pursuing her PhD, she worked as an engineer for Medtronic XOMED.  She has been awarded fellowships from Ashoka, Echoing Green Foundation, Open Society Institute, and the Albert Schweitzer Fellows Program, which support social entrepreneurs with innovative ideas.

Chet Burrell

Nov 1, 2016

Chet Burrell became President and Chief Executive Officer of CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield in December 2007.