Guest Commentary

What does it mean to be a reporter today?

Press Hat TypewriterWhat does it mean to be a reporter in today’s world?
For decades, individuals picked up their newspapers for information on current or historical events. Among those events covered included social, political and sports activities. And you could always count on an opinion page with editorials and letters on the state of these affairs.
Our industry has grown from communication via a printed document to include radio, television, and now the Internet via computers and cell phones.
In many cases today individuals employ a multitude of means to obtain information previously supplied only by a printed newspaper. Still that information is provided by a writer - a journalist.


Debunking the “Asian Penalty” in affirmative-action college admissions

undergrad admissionsWhere do Asian Americans stand when it comes to race and higher education? This question is driving much of the news coverage related to race and college admissions now that Students for Fair Admissions, led by Edward Blum (a conservative activist who has also advocated rolling back voting rights for minority voters) is suing Harvard University for discrimination against Asian Americans. Underlying the suit is a questionable assumption: that Asian Americans face a systematic penalty in admissions processes that use “holistic review” processes to admit students.
Holistic review – an approach to admissions that emphasizes the importance of many factors (including, sometimes, race) in addition to traditional academic measures – is used by most colleges and universities. But this case is not really about the 2,000 undergraduates admitted to Harvard each year. Blum’s organization is behind several recent and pending anti-affirmative action cases, some of which have made it to the Supreme Court. This case is about pitting one community of color against others to dismantle holistic review and affirmative action across the country.
With the Harvard case, Blum is offering a new twist from his past assaults on civil rights. By claiming Asian Americans are the victims, Blum attempts to shield Students for Fair Admissions from accusations of hoarding privilege for whites, potentially disarming some groups who have fought against exclusionary admissions policies in the past.


Welcome to a brand new scary game

DD At Klan Rally in MarylandDaryl Davis with a member of the Ku Klux Klan. COURTESY PHOTO  The country that created and popularized such seasonal sports games as football, baseball, and basketball, has now created an all-season game, impervious to any type of weather. Its participants are obsessed with playing it seven days per week and twenty-four hours per day. It's called The Blame Game.
For the last eight years, anything and everything that was wrong in our country or in our own personal lives was blamed on President Obama. It became so ridiculous that if someone stepped of the sidewalk the wrong way and twisted their ankle, they blamed Obama.
Today, while some are still playing the old Obama version, others have moved on to the new Trump version. Ironically, the Donald himself prefers to play the old version which expired on January 20th of this year, and he does so every time he has the opportunity. In fact, it's become addictive for him.
What is sad is that the United States, once a very proactive country, leading the world has become complacent and reactive in taking steps to find solutions rather than cast aspersions. Our citizens' reaction has been to blame the country's leaders. There are those who say race relations in America are the worst they've seen and eight years of President Barack Obama is to blame. Others claim that the blame for a rise in extremist hate groups and the violent and deadly event which recently took place in Charlottesville, Va., lies squarely on the shoulders of President Donald Trump.


Waking up Republican - the American Nightmare

DeBellisIt started out like every other morning: I spent most of it sleeping. Then it all changed, I woke up and for the first time I noticed how disgusting my room was; clothes, mostly t-shirts and jeans lying everywhere. Not one suit, tie or even a white shirt. As I started to rise from the bed I tried to cover my eyes, luckily I followed my middle finger and noticed a few garments hanging neatly in my closet, all separated evenly, two inches apart: a blue jacket, matching pants, a starched white shirt, and a red tie. As I examined them closely I felt a surge of pride grow inside me when I saw that on the jacket’s lapel was a small flag pin (I swear I could hear Rush Limbaugh making a racist remark with Ann Coulter harmonizing in the background). Tears marched from my eyes, but I quickly made them retreat, for I am an American male, we don’t cry, it just uses fluid that could be made into testosterone.


Drawing on Faith and Citizenship to Build a More Perfect Union

Muslim Jewish  American symbols

In the United States of America, it is essential to exercise one’s fundamental rights and responsibilities as a citizen to ensure the health and vibrancy of our democracy.
The two of us take our responsibilities to be good citizens seriously, but differently. One of us is an elected official, believing that serving his state and now also his nation, is the best use of his talents and the surest way to effect change. The other is a philanthropist supporting causes that best reflect his values.
Both of us, one Muslim, one Jewish, strongly favor building bridges among communities of faith — and of no faith — of breaking down barriers, and promoting dialogue and understanding.


Updating the nuclear power problems



The good—the very good—energy news is that the Indian Point nuclear power plants 26 miles north of New York City will be closed in the next few years under an agreement reached between New York State and the plants’ owner, Entergy.

     New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has long been calling for the plants to be shut down because, as the New York Times related in its story on the pact, they pose “too great a risk to New York City.” Environmental and safe-energy organizations have been highly active for decades in working for the shutdown of the plants. Under the agreement, one Indian Point plant will shut down by April 2020, the second by April 2021.


This head sergeant knows how to stay jolly while keeping his clients ready and fit

BETHESDA – Head Sergeant Chuck Dyson runs the show at Sergeant’s Fitness Concept.

A military veteran, his boisterous songs, chants, and exercise have earned him quite a following with the boot camp programs located in the Metro area, including many parts of Montgomery County. 

The camp meets mostly around 5:30 a.m. for a strenuous hour of push-ups, sprints, sit-ups and planks to name a few.

I had completed this program prior and had seen my body change.


Money Matters: Special needs planning can be a burden on any family

Roll of CashJill Snyder of the Law Offices of JIll A. Snyder, LLC was recently interviewed on our show on the issue of special needs family planning.

She provided her expertise regarding planning ahead for situations where a special needs family member may not be able to live independently, may have costly future medical expenses or may have special needs that a parent or other caregiver or family member would like to ensure are taken care of if that parent or caregiver unfortunately passed away or becomes unable to care for the special needs family member.


Business Matters: Doomsday predictions for Social Security examined

Social Security and its future have been a topic of widespread speculation among experts for quite some time.

Doomsday forecasters have predicted for years that the Social Security trust fund will run dry well before the last of today’s working adults will get to enjoy the program.

However, as Carissa Miller of Transamerica recently pointed out on our show, fears of Social Security drying up altogether are likely unfounded.


Five Reasons Why I Am Running To Be Your Congressman

The Olympics just ended, and if you watched like we did you heard the Maya Angelou poem on commercial breaks, “We are more alike, my friend, than we are unalike.” That is true for Congressional District 8 as well, for in our diversity we are united and share similar desires and needs.

For instance, as parents who just returned from dropping our sophomore off at college, Valerie and I identify with every parent who believes their child can accomplish great things. 

We all want the next generation to believe that they have a great purpose, to do good things in our country and world. We want them to hope, believe, dream, work hard and aspire to accomplish goals.

All this is our common interest, yet it is not guaranteed. Without freedom, the human condition goes dry.

That is why I am running to fill the open seat in Congress in Maryland's District 8 and I am asking for your vote.