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The Great Debate
from Data Dive:
Is libertarianism a growing trend or a red herring?
As this Reuters graphic shows, a Reuters/Ipsos poll conducted earlier this month found that one in five Americans self-identify as libertarian, with percentages skewing higher the younger the cohort. One in three respondents aged 18-29 consider themselves libertarian, but just 12 percent of those 60 or older similarly self-identify. Additionally, 25 percent of independents consider themselves libertarian, a rate considerably higher than that of either major party.
The fires, vandalism and hundreds of arrests in Baltimore on Monday night played dramatically on television screens across the nation as a major American city seemed out of control. But the day after, as thousands of people returned to protest at the intersection of Pennsylvania and West North Avenues in West Baltimore, peace and calm had returned — and not only because thousands of National Guard soldiers were deployed to the streets.
from Data Dive:
As this Reuters graphic shows, in 2013 Baltimore had 2,829 police officers serving a community of 622,671 residents, according to the FBI's Uniform Crime Report. That equals one police officer for every 220 people, a significantly higher ratio than the national average for cities of that size. Despite this, Baltimore saw 233 murders in 2013, and the rate of 37 murders per 100,000 residents was fifth-worst in the nation. Overall, crime in the city fell, mimicking the national trend.
I came to Baltimore 35 years ago from my native state of Maine, a world only about 600-miles and a solar system removed. Baltimore grows on you. But it’s not always an easy fit.