Letters from Ben

Capital Wheel, National Harbor, Maryland

These are regular letters to constituents about what's happening in Maryland, nationally and around the world. Beginning as a way to share information during the COVID-19 pandemic, they have become a must-read for Marylanders to connect happenings in our nation's capital to daily life.

A Total Eclipse

Dear Fellow Marylanders, We’re just days away from the next total solar eclipse. On Monday, April 8, using appropriate safety glasses, we’ll watch together as the moon crosses the sun’s path and block its light. Those in what is called the path of totality will experience darkness for minutes during the middle of the day. It’s an incredibly rare phenomenon that won’t happen again for another 20 years. Rare events create a sense of unity and solidarity, and that is most apparent in times of crisis. When a section of Interstate-95, one of the country’s busiest interstates collapsed in Philadelphia, repairing the highway was the only topic of conversation. President...

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Black History from Bellevue to Baltimore and Beyond

Last week marked the beginning of Black History Month, a celebration of the important roles Black Americans have played in our country. Paying homage to the richness of Black heritage— including learning about the success and challenges Black Americans have...

Give Us the Ballot

This Monday, January 15, we celebrate the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. as a national federal holiday. More than a day off from work or school, to honor the life and legacy of Dr. King, this day is recognized as a day of service. Many Americans use this day...

Capital Wheel, National Harbor, Maryland