Laslo Boyd

Laslo Boyd

Laslo Boyd's professional experience includes serving as education advisor to the Governor of Maryland, Acting Secretary of Higher Education, senior administrator in several higher education institutions and university professor.  His work in political campaigns has involved strategic communications, public opinion polling, and development of position papers.  Dr. Boyd has consulted for a wide range of clients in higher education, government, and business.  He has provided political commentary and analysis in both print and electronic media.

Laslo Boyd: Boondoggle

Larry Hogan’s announcement that his administration is pulling the plug on the proposed Red Line in Baltimore has provoked quite a set of reactions.  For all those citizens who didn’t bother to vote last November, it is a vivid reminder that elections do indeed have consequences.  For those who supported the Republican governor, it justifies their view that things would be different in Maryland with Hogan rather than Anthony Brown in charge. The Governor previewed his skepticism about the project while still a candidate last year, but then put off making an official decision for the first few months of his administration.  His rationale was that he wanted to do a careful study of both the Red Line and the proposed Purple Line in Montgomery and Prince George’s Counties.  Many observers noted that the transit projects had the added weight of being in three of the four jurisdictions that Hogan lost... Continue reading
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Laslo Boyd: Politics, Patriotic Symbols, and the Fourth of July

The Fourth of July is the quintessential American holiday.  Even as it literally celebrates the completion of the Declaration of Independence, its broader context is the panoply of values that we see as defining the nation.  And while we might not always agree on the meaning of some of those values—equality, liberty, opportunity—we certainly pay homage to the symbols that we have adopted to represent them. A number of forms of celebration have come to characterize the Fourth, including parades, fireworks, picnics, and displays of the flag.  Interestingly, those forms vary from the grandest of scale—from fireworks on the National Mall and in the downtowns of many large cities—to the pageants in communities that are homemade, casual and as local as you imagine. A unifying element, regardless of location and size of the event, is the prominent display of the American flag.  In a country where we often disagree about where... Continue reading
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Laslo Boyd: Racism, Hatred, & Guns

The volatile mix of these three elements led directly to the tragedy at Mother Emanuel A.M.E. Church in Charleston last week.  Until we as a society are willing to acknowledge and talk about all three, we will not be able to deal with their corrosive impact on America.   Don’t tell me that now is not the time to have that discussion.  There is no better time than now.  For those of us who want to focus on just one of these causes or to try to explain why one or another wasn’t critical to the deadly rampage by Dylann Roof, you are sticking your head in the sand and ignoring reality. At times like this, and they are way too frequent, it’s hard to know whether to scream or to cry.  And yet, despite the pain and sadness felt by many of us, we are living in a country where... Continue reading
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Laslo Boyd: Gun Stupidity

An incident last weekend in New York City may lead to new language being added to wedding invitations.  Just to play it safe, wedding planners may want to add the initials “DBYG” to the more traditional “RSVP”. During a wedding reception at the Waldorf Astoria, a guest was, according to news accounts, “playing” with his gun and managed to shoot four other guests at the event.  You might have thought that the admonition “Don’t Bring Your Gun” wouldn’t be necessary, but in this age of gun stupidity, you can’t be sure. News stories appear all too often about parents failing to safeguard their weapons from small children with horrific results.  The ready availability of firearms has also resulted in deadly outcomes in cases of road rage, simple neighborhood disagreements, domestic disputes, and unfavorable personnel actions at work. Those examples don’t even address guns in the hands of people with emotional or... Continue reading
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Laslo Boyd: The Diversion of Sports

In a world where so much of the news is bad and so much of politics is a mix of divisive and irrelevant, finding a distraction can be very appealing.  Even if you believe that sports is too dominated by money and receives a level of attention from the public that should be focused instead on issues of substance and policy, it’s still tempting to escape from time to time to an alternate reality where the outcomes are clear and unequivocal and the level of skill is astonishing. Take this past weekend as a prime example.  We had the incredible sadness of Beau Biden’s funeral and the ridiculous spectacle of Republican presidential candidates riding motorcycles and cavorting with hogs in Iowa.  Violence and destruction continued to characterize the Middle East while fighting in the Ukraine intensified.  In Baltimore, the deadly violence of May continued without anyone having formulated a clear way... Continue reading
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