June 14, 2013
The op-ed pieces that are occasionally presented by local professors are eye opening, not for their insight but for their lack thereof. If professor Don Norris ("Flacco's contract shows America's skewed priorities," June 121) had taken an Economics 101 course, he would have certainly studied the paradox of value. In the Wealth of Nations, Adam Smith wrote, "The things which have the greatest value in use frequently have little or no value in exchange; on the contrary, those which have the greatest value in exchange frequently have little or no value in use. Nothing is more useful than water: but it will purchase scarce anything; scarce anything can be had in exchange for it. A diamond, on the contrary, has scarce any use-value; but a very great quantity of other goods may frequently be had in exchange for it. " Smith's solution to this apparent paradox was that the value in exchange of a thing is determined by its supply relative to its demand.
January 28, 2013
For critics of gun control, Maryland, and particularly Baltimore, are proof of the pointlessness and even dangerousness of seeking to make legal access to firearms more difficult. Maryland has some of the strictest gun control laws in the nation, particularly in Baltimore, yet it also has high rates of gun crime, especially in its largest city. Even those who are inclined to support gun control may ask what the point is of trying to tackle it on a state level. If Maryland is sandwiched between Pennsylvania and Virginia, with their relatively lax laws, does it make any difference if we enact stricter standards here?
September 19, 2012
A hard truth about being Baltimore's mayor is that there is almost never a good time to declare progress. Whenever there is good news to report, it will almost inevitably collide with a fresh tragedy. That's what happened to Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake this week, when she pointed to the city's success in drawing crowds to a series of major public events downtown - despite warnings this spring from a pair of Baltimore County lawmakers that people should stay away in the wake of high-profile incidents of violence.
April 18, 2012
At 2 a.m. last Saturday, small clusters of people - young, old, black, white, suburbanites and city dwellers - made their way to a cavernous warehouse underneath the Baltimore-Washington Parkway. It was the same excursion thousands of others have made over the past 21 years to the Paradox, the 13,000-square-foot renovated warehouse in the outskirts of Baltimore. The club, alongside Club Fantasy (since closed) and Club Choices, is where B-more Club music, the furiously aggressive strain of hip-hop and house, was cultivated and finessed - where DJs K-Swift and Ultra Nate got started.
February 12, 2012
One of my favorite activities this primary season is to read the seemingly endless analyses of former House Speaker Newt Gingrich. The profiles run the gamut from glowing to scathing; just about every Washington pundit has a strong opinion of "Mr. Speaker. " Yet, most of the talking heads have not worked with the man or known him very well. I have worked with Newt, consider him a friend, but also understand the eccentricities of this fascinating leader. (I am also Maryland chairman of Mitt Romney's presidential campaign.)
December 14, 2011
The Paradox, the sprawling dance club near M&T Bank Stadium, will close temporarily for renovations in January. The club will close the third weekend in January for four to five weeks, said promoter Lisa Suit. It plans on upgrading the sound system, DJ booth, and adding new seating, an outside deck, and a lounge area. The club will still host parties until late January, including a recently announced dance marathon January 14. The party is in honor of the 20th anniversary of Murk, the Miami house music production team that has had several hits on the Billboard dance charts.