Commentary: In Baltimore and across America, bills coming due for long neglected problems

Americans have always lived with risk. We risk our lives every time we drive a car or eat food and drink water we assume to be safe. But I’m not talking about the risk of accidents or the risks that rise from unhealthy personal habits. I’m talking about a feeling that we’re living among time bombs, problems that threaten the quality of life for all of us.

America is well past middle age and, if we’re honest, we have to acknowledge that we have big domestic problems, most of them exacerbated by neglect.