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Parkinson's takes a toll on families too [Commentary]

Parkinson's takes a toll on families too [Commentary]

This year, approximately 60,000 Americans will be diagnosed with Parkinson's, joining the 1 million people already living with the disease in the United States and the 4 million to 6 million diagnosed with it worldwide. Their painful struggle is one that I know all too well.

The PARCC test is a welcome change [Commentary]

While no standardized test can ever truly measure all that a child has learned or can do, the new Partnership for the Assessment of Readiness for College and...

Ad hominem attacks [Commentary]

Ad hominem attacks [Commentary]

The next governor of Maryland has big shoes to fill. He or she will follow an administration that...

Obama's pivot to Asia [Pictures]

Cartoons of the day: Obama's pivot to Asia [Pictures]

President Obama is headed to Asia. Problems await.

America's white supremacist problem [Commentary]

America's white supremacist problem [Commentary]

How does a home-grown terrorist like Frazier Glenn Cross Jr. end up in the back of a police car...

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Parkinson's takes a toll on families too [Commentary]

Parkinson's takes a toll on families too [Commentary]

This year, approximately 60,000 Americans will be diagnosed with Parkinson's, joining the 1 million people already living with the disease...

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City taxpayers will pay — and pay and pay — for the Red Line [Letter]

It's a fact politicians who support the Red Line don't want you to know. When all the money is counted — a maximum of $900 million from the Federal Government and $1.2 billion from the state...

What about those hurt by Obamacare? [Letter]

Maryland Citizens Health Initiative President Vincent DeMarco's heartwarming example of two people who have benefited greatly from the Affordable Care Act somehow morphed into the conclusion that...

The Republicans like their 'wedgies' [Letter]

For me, Robert L. Ehrlich Jr.'s weekly columns are tiring. I now only read the headlines to get their general gist. One can generally figure out from them the content of his rhetoric because they...

Is there an unlocked gun in the house? [Letter]

Every time we lose another child to gun violence, we hear outrage about the senselessness of the tragedy and any proposed solutions often devolve into a polarizing debate over gun regulation. This...

Was Easter the right time for a two-page spread on burlesque in The Sun? [Letter]

Would it not have been possible (and prudent) for Chris Kaltenbach

Questioning Brown on Obamacare website isn't 'negative campaigning' [Letter]

Regarding your front page story about the Democratic campaign for governor turning negative ("Race for Maryland governor turns negative," April 19), I have only one question: Why is negative to ask an...

Detecting Alzheimer's early [Letter]

I am responding to the letter from Dr. Andy Lazris entitled "Screening for Alzheimer's carries...

Infighting at the port [Editorial]

Now should be the time for the Port of Baltimore to show the world that it's open for business. Work resumed in February on the expansion of the Panama Canal, which is now expected to be completed in 2015. When that happens, super-sized cargo ships will be able to traverse that century-old...

The Keystone delay [Editorial]

Last week's announcement by the U.S. State Department that a decision over the controversial Keystone XL Pipeline will be delayed pending a legal challenge in Nebraska was a prudent step that was also politically convenient for President Barack Obama and certain incumbent Senate Democrats. But...

Baby steps on public ethics

Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake's announcement last week that Baltimore would put public officials' financial disclosure statements online was both a welcome step forward and a sign of just how far Maryland has to go to be truly transparent. The city's forms — which include things such as...

Gone with the wind farm?

For Southern Maryland, the Patuxent River Naval Air Station is an economic engine like no other. It accounts for $6.6 billion in economic activity, including 41,185 jobs, so it's small wonder that elected leaders from that region of the state are extremely protective of it, and that includes House...

Climate change demands action [Editorial]

The latest findings from the Intergovernmental Panel for Climate Change are not as bad as some may have expected. Not that climate change isn't worsening — it is. The window to do something about it is still closing, and the potential impact on human life from harsher weather, coastal flooding...

Newsmaker Forum: Larry Hogan [Editorial]

The Sun continues its 2014 Newsmaker Forum series with Larry Hogan, a businessman and former state cabinet official who is seeking the Republican nomination for governor. Mr. Hogan will join in a conversation with Sun readers about issues in the upcoming the gubernatorial race, moderated by Sun...

The NRA's challenger [Editorial]

This week, Michael R. Bloomberg announced he would be writing a check to support a grass-roots get-out-the-vote effort to counteract the National Rifle Association. This is hardly a shock as Mr. Bloomberg has supported the fight against gun violence before, but the amount involved was eye-opening &#...

Patching a broken immigration system [Editorial]

President Barack Obama has come under fire from Hispanic groups who say he hasn't done enough to enact comprehensive immigration reform and that his administration has deported record numbers of undocumented immigrants. Neither charge is wholly justified: Mr. Obama's pleas to House Republican...

Moscow's Achilles heel [Editorial]

With Russian troops amassed along its border and Kremlin-backed separatists in control of major cities in eastern Ukraine, the government in Kiev is facing the gravest threat to its survival since the breakup of the former Soviet Union a generation ago. Unless the U.S. and its allies can convince...

Fresh eyes on the budget [Editorial]

It's tempting to dismiss Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler's proposals to reduce state spending on the basis of his spectacularly bad idea of eliminating the state prosecutor's office. Getting rid of the one semi-independent actor in Maryland's political establishment with the power to investigate...

Setting priorities in Balto. Co. [Editorial]

The prevailing governing philosophy of Baltimore County might well be summed up, with apologies to Henry David Thoreau, as "That government is best which governs least interestingly." As such, County Executive Kevin Kamenetz appeared to go to great lengths in his budget address to the County Council...

The pull of the pool [Editorial]

George Herman Ruth Jr., the pride of Pigtown, stayed in the game too long. In his last season and playing for the Boston Braves in 1935, the legendary Babe batted .181, could barely trot around the bases and stuck around mostly because he thought he'd be offered the manager's job, which he wasn't....

Seeing red over city schools budget [Editorial]

City school officials facing a $31 million budget shortfall next year have proposed dipping into the system's rainy day fund to close the gap. But that's not what those dollars are supposed to be for. The whole point of setting aside emergency funds is to cushion the impact of major unanticipated...

A step toward sanity on marijuana [Editorial]

In 2010, Baltimore City police made 64,525 arrests, and more than 7,000 of them — 11 percent of the total — were for simple possession of marijuana. That represents thousands of man-hours by Baltimore City police, Central Booking officials, prosecutors, public defenders, judges and...

The 55 percent solution

Maryland is already one of the best educated states in the nation, ranking at or near the top when it comes to the percentage of residents with college and post-graduate degrees. But state leaders, looking at an increasingly competitive, knowledge-based global economy, think that's not going to be...

A legislative governor [Editorial]

If voters remember anything from Martin O'Malley's first run for governor eight years ago, it's probably two big promises: to roll back a big increase in BGE rates and to end the culture of divisiveness in Annapolis to bring lawmakers together to get things done. The first promise didn't happen. But...

The ugly Ryan budget [Editorial]

The marvel of Rep. Paul Ryan's budget, which the House of Representatives approved this week, is that for a piece of legislation that's essentially dead on arrival in the Senate, it's going to live on as a political document from now until November. That was the point, of course, but it seems more...

Howard takes the wheel [Editorial]

Easily overlooked in the waning days of the legislative session was a dust-up over how best to manage suburban transit in the Baltimore-Washington corridor. Howard County announced the creation of a Regional Transportation Agency, or RTA, to oversee bus services, and that raised the hackles of those...

OPINION POLL

County executive in contempt of court? [Poll]

Should a judge find Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz in contempt of court for refusing to pay more than $1 million legally owed to several hundred police retirees even though he's not a party in the case?

  • Yes
  • No
  • Not sure

THE EDITORIAL BOARD


Andy Green, the opinion editor, has taken the "know a little bit about everything" approach in his time at The Sun. He was the city/state editor before coming to the editorial board, and prior to that he covered the State House and Baltimore County government.

Tricia Bishop, the deputy editorial page editor, was a reporter in the business and metro sections covering biotechnology, education and city and federal courts prior to joining the board.

Peter Jensen, former State House reporter and features writer, takes the lead on state government, transportation issues and the environment; he is the board's resident funny man and capital schmooze.

Glenn McNatt, who returned to editorial writing after serving as the newspaper's art critic, keeps an eye on the arts, culture, politics and the law for the editorial board.

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