Second Opinion - Headlines from en ©2014, Fri, 19 Sep 2014 13:14:00 -0400 An alternative to fat-cat politics [Editorial],0,1778688.story?track=rss Our view: Proposed public financing of political campaigns in Montgomery County offers a model that the rest of Maryland should copy<br/><br/>Seemingly little noticed outside Rockville was a Montgomery County Council subcommittee's decision this week in support of public financing of local political campaigns. If, as expected, the legislation is approved by the full council, Montgomery County would become the first subdivision in Maryland to offer public financing to qualified candidates for political office. Fri, 19 Sep 2014 11:45:00 EDT Changing politics of health care [Editorial],0,7151430.story?track=rss Our view: GOP attacks on Obamacare have subsided thanks to its successes, but that doesn't mean U.S. health care system is in good shape<br/><br/>A former Arizona state senator named Russell Pearce resigned as vice chairman of the state's Republican Party recently because he suggested that if he ran Medicaid, the first thing he'd do would be to put female recipients on birth control implants or require tubal ligation. Then he'd test all recipients for drugs and alcohol. If you want to reproduce or use drugs or alcohol, he reportedly told listeners on his radio show, "then get a job." Thu, 18 Sep 2014 14:24:14 EDT Immigrant city [Editorial],0,1656828.story?track=rss Our view: Mayor's effort to attract non-natives to Baltimore deserves residents' support<br/><br/>Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake's report on strategies to attract immigrants to Baltimore offers dozens of recommendations, but for those who are not immigrants or connected to the immigrant community, it may raise two big questions. First, at a time when the national debate about immigration policy focuses on what to do about those who entered the country illegally, the report makes no distinction whatsoever between immigrants who are citizens, those who are legal aliens or those who have no documentation at all. Is that in our best interests? And second, given that the existing population of Baltimore has challenges enough of its own, why should the city be devoting resources to helping those who don't even live here yet? Thu, 18 Sep 2014 12:08:00 EDT The Ebola threat [Editorial],0,1439571.story?track=rss Our view: President Obama's pledge of stepped-up aid is welcome, but alone it may be too little and too late to prevent the epidemic's spread<br/><br/>President Barack Obama announced today that he will send up to 3,000 health workers and military personnel to Liberia to help stem the outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus in West Africa that has paralyzed the health system there and threatened the lives of millions of people in the region. It's about time. The epidemic represents a crisis of global dimensions, and the fight against it requires the U.S. to take a leadership role if the effort is to succeed. We can only wonder how many lives could have been saved if the Obama administration had taken these steps &mdash; and more &mdash; weeks ago. Tue, 16 Sep 2014 13:25:00 EDT The Hogan agenda, according to Brown [Editorial],0,2540939.story?track=rss Our view: Hogan needs to flesh out his platform, lest his opponent do it for him<br/><br/>Last week, the Maryland Democratic Party crowed about a poll showing Lt. Gov. Anthony G. Brown with a 14-point lead over Republican Larry Hogan. The Hogan campaign, the state GOP and others -- including the American Association of Public Opinion Research -- have questioned that poll's methodology, but the biggest reason to doubt its veracity is the behavior of the Brown camp itself. If Mr. Brown and his fellow Democrats think that poll is accurate, they're sure not acting like it. Since last week, Mr. Brown and the state Democratic Party have only intensified their attacks on Mr. Hogan &mdash; some of them fair game, some not. That suggests this race is still competitive. But unless Mr. Hogan finds a more effective way to respond, it won't be for long. Tue, 16 Sep 2014 17:05:00 EDT NFL now must tackle child abuse [Editorial],0,2105158.story?track=rss Our view: Arrest of Minnesota's star running back raises broader questions about society's outdated views on corporal punishment<br/><br/>The National Football League received more domestic violence-related bad news last week with the arrest of Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson, who was charged over the weekend in Texas with reckless or negligent injury to a child. The allegation is that he used a tree branch or "switch" to spank his 4-year-old son, who suffered cuts and bruises to his back, buttocks, ankles and legs. Mon, 15 Sep 2014 15:32:00 EDT A spectacular weekend for Baltimore [Editorial],0,6180735.story?track=rss Our view: We can't have the bicentennial of a major historical event here every year, but we can take steps to replicate the vibrancy the Star Spangled Banner anniversary produced<br/><br/>After something of a rough week, the city showed off its best to a national audience with this weekend's Star Spangled Spectacular, packing downtown with residents and tourists alike to celebrate a singular moment in American history. The rain cleared in time for the Blue Angels, the Orioles took three out of four from the Yankees to inch closer to a division title, and the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and its dynamic conductor, Marin Alsop, showed off for a national television audience. Mon, 15 Sep 2014 13:27:00 EDT Birth control bait-and-switch [Editorial],0,3336574.story?track=rss Our view: GOP candidates are touting their newfound support for expanded access to contraceptives, but the ploy could backfire<br/><br/>In what on the surface seems like a remarkable turnaround, a number of conservative Republican Senate candidates this year are supporting a proposal to expand access to birth control by making it available without a prescription as an over-the-counter medication. Wider access to birth control traditionally has been a Democratic issue, so Republicans' sudden embrace of it seems almost too good to be true. Unfortunately, it is. Sun, 14 Sep 2014 00:00:00 EDT O, say can you still see? [Editorial],0,6224741.story?track=rss Our view: At age 200, the national anthem still speaks to a nation's perseverance, pride and gratitude<br/><br/>Whether "Baltimore &mdash; Birthplace of the Star-Spangled Banner" is destined to become the city's official motto, as the City Council recently endorsed, is less important than a troubling bit of information that arose during the council's debate over the matter. Polls suggest only about one in five people living in Baltimore know of the city's link to the national anthem and even fewer are aware of it outside this state. Sun, 14 Sep 2014 06:00:00 EDT Hooked on pills [Editorial],0,4339184.story?track=rss Our view: Preventing prescription drug abuse requires a multi-pronged approach to the problem of addiction<br/><br/>State officials are hoping a new public health initiative to track the distribution and sale of highly addictive prescription drugs in Maryland can help reduce the number of people who abuse such medications. The initiative, inspired by a program originally developed in Kentucky 15 years ago, has led to a drastic drop in prescription drug abuse there, and it has the potential to become an important element in Maryland's overall effort to reduce overdose deaths from both legal and illegal drugs. Sun, 14 Sep 2014 00:00:00 EDT