Winston Smith Everyone is on their best behavior when the cameras are running. The officers, the public—everyone. – Ron Miller, Chief of Police, Topeka (Kansas) Police Department In the previous installment of this series, I explored the broad historical … Continue reading Police Use of Force: Body Cameras
Tom Warwick “The test of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much; it is whether we provide enough for those who have too little.” – FDR Almost a quarter of all American … Continue reading Taking on Child Poverty: A Policy Brief
Winston Smith An act of violence against any innocent person eludes moral justification, disgraces the millions of Americans and people throughout the world who have united in peaceful protest against police brutality, and dishonors our proud inheritance of nonviolent resistance. … Continue reading Police Use of Force: Brutality
Winston Smith Editor’s Note: Since we are nerds, and nerds like to read, the staff at the Finest Bagels Blog have decided to introduce a new set of featured articles reviewing books we’ve read lately. Out of fairness to our … Continue reading FBB Book Review: “The Moral Case for Fossil Fuels”
John O. Sullivan “Look, we play the Star Spangled Banner before every game. You want us to pay income taxes, too?” -Bill Veeck, MLB Franchise Owner It seems every fall and spring is punctuated with the same cycle for sports … Continue reading Why do cities pay for stadiums?
All too often, interns who complain about not getting paid are not viewed as exploited labor, but rather as the stereotype of lazy millennials. This Catch-22 scenario leads to coexisting yet antithetical perceptions of college labor; privileged if they expect their parents to support them and ungrateful if they ask their employer to pay them. But, the truth is that working the what is truly a full time job for free presents a significant burden for students. Continue reading Why We Need to Pay Our Interns
While huge strides have been made in terms of ensuing everyone has the right to vote, there are those who in the name of partisan politics would try and construct barriers to voting. Both major political parties are guilty of such manipulation, and their two most popular “tricks” today are the introduction of voter ID and early voting laws. Continue reading Manipulating the Right to Vote
“Equal pay for equal work. It’s common sense. It’s also overdue. Let’s close the gap and let’s do it now.” -Vice President Joe Biden Winston Smith When President John F. Kennedy signed the Equal Pay Act of 1963 into law … Continue reading The Equal Pay Act: Is It Working?
John O. Sullivan The General Assembly may continue its session so long as in its judgment the public interest may require, for a period not longer than ninety days in each year. The ninety days shall be consecutive unless … Continue reading Marylands Crazy Part Time Legislature
The framers of the Constitution were so clear in the federalist papers and elsewhere that they felt an independent judiciary was critical to the success of the nation. – Sandra Day O’Connor By Winston Smith Our governmental institutions have become … Continue reading Judicial Independence and the Selection of Judges