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  • Earthquake in Nepal

    Government and private aid groups are still tallying the number of people killed by the powerful earthquake that struck Nepal on Saturday. The official death toll of 3,700 is sure to rise as more victims are discovered in the rubble of collapsed buildings in the capital, Kathmandu, and in villages...

  • Sobering view of binge drinking

    Some years ago in the long-running animated TV show, "The Simpsons," Homer Simpson offered a simple toast that accurately captures modern sentiments toward drinking as well as any we've heard. "Here's to alcohol," he says lifting his mug of beer to a crowd. "The cause of, and solution to, all of...

  • No 'lynch mobs' here
    No 'lynch mobs' here

    Given the circumstances of Freddie Gray's death, it's hardly a surprise that many in this city are justifiably concerned about the behavior of the Baltimore Police Department and the six officers who had contact with the 25-year-old when he was arrested and placed in custody and who have since...

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  • 'American Sniper' should be screened in UM film series
    'American Sniper' should be screened in UM film series

    I am a 1973 graduate of the University of Maryland and a Marine Corps veteran of the Vietnam War who lived through the anti-war protests on the school's campus in the early 1970s.

  • Israeli rule of Palestine is unsustainable
    Israeli rule of Palestine is unsustainable

    All the talk in the world couldn't prevent Israel from annexing Palestinian land and driving the Palestinians into tiny enclaves like Gaza and the West Bank. So why oppose the Boycott, Divest and Sanctions movement that demands immediate, concrete action against Israel's numerous violations of...

  • Don't blow it, Mr. Kamenetz
    Don't blow it, Mr. Kamenetz

    My father once told me that "if you can't save your employer a dollar, then you're not worth your paycheck." It's an old-fashioned idea, laughable these days, considering the amount of money that's squandered on unproductive programs and consequently, unproductive employees.

  • VA has responded to criticism
    VA has responded to criticism

    It's unfortunate that The Baltimore Sun failed to contact anyone at the VA Maryland Health Care System when reporting on the recent report by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs' Office of Inspector General ("Report details problems at the VA," April 19). The VA Maryland Health Care System...

  • Racism killed Freddie Gray
    Racism killed Freddie Gray

    Freddie Gray's death is a tragedy for his family, a wound in Baltimore's social fabric and another reminder of the systemic racism that has oppressed people of color in America for some 400 years. Hopefully a full and fair investigation will determine how and why he died ("Preventing the next death...

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