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O'Malley's fiscal legacy  [Editorial]

O'Malley's fiscal legacy [Editorial]

When the three major Wall Street bond rating agencies reaffirmed Maryland's AAA rating last week, Gov. Martin O'Malley issued a news release crediting his administration's "fiscally responsible approach" to budgeting. Given the extent to which Mr. O'Malley's fiscal stewardship has come under attack during the race to succeed him — even in the Democratic primary — that may strike many Marylanders as laughable. But the agencies' letters explaining their decisions are worth a closer look for what they say about the state's underlying fiscal strength and the ways Mr. O'Malley has...

Breaking a vicious cycle  [Editorial]

For far too many young people who get caught up in the criminal justice system, an arrest or conviction for even a minor, non-violent offense can become a one-...

A temporary patch  [Editorial]

In the world of highway repairs, the term "cold patch" refers to an asphalt mix that's used to temporarily fill potholes. Congress appears to be inching...

America's refugee crisis  [Editorial]

America's refugee crisis [Editorial]

The flood of unaccompanied minors from Central America across the United States' southern border...

Government out of sorts  [Editorial]

Government out of sorts [Editorial]

It's a pretty safe bet that the year and month a vehicle registration is due for renewal is...

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Broadband lessons from Europe [Commentary]

Broadband lessons from Europe [Commentary]

As the Federal Communications Commission considers whether to regulate the Internet as a public utility, it should look to the real-world...

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Sun offers false equivalence between Israelis and Palestinians [Letter]

The Sun's editorial, "A dangerous turning point in Israel" (July 8) notes the arrest of six Israelis for the killing of a Palestinian teenager and "strong words from Prime Minister Benjamin...

Marylanders: Vote Republican this November [Letter]

It is after the primary election, now we need to prepare for the general election. Only 20 percent of registered voters exercised their freedom to vote. Statewide, Democratic voters outnumber...

Why does Md. subsidize non-public schools? [Letter]

I'd feel better about Maryland's budget if the outgoing governor had not kept putting millions of dollars into aiding non-public schools over which we have little to no control and which serve...

Police need to deal swiftly with officers in dog killing [Letter]

I have seen an overwhelming response in both the Baltimore Sun and online condemning the actions of the two officers responsible for the killing of the dog Nala ("Lessons from Nala," June 30). The...

Free to eat badly [Letter]

Regarding letter writer Barbara P. Wasserman's support for Howard County's limits on sugary drinks and junk food at county-sponsored events from a medical point view, she missed one very salient point...

Hogan short on family planning specifics [Letter]

Maryland's next governor will have great control over our tax rate as well as how that money is spent. Larry Hogan, the Republican candidate, does not want to discuss the latter in the context of...

Harm reduction a key strategy in drug treatment [Letter]

After reading Mike Gimbel's letter criticizing harm reduction programs ("...

Marijuana isn't as harmless as people think [Letter]

The important news about marijuana isn't that it now can be bought in Washington state, it's in the research that's showing up in publications like the April 2014 Journal of the American Heart...

Hogan and Hobby Lobby [Letter]

Within hours of the Supreme Court's decision last week that closely-held corporations could deny coverage for contraceptives through their employees' health insurance policies if doing so violated the owners' religious convictions, Gov. Martin O'Malley took to Twitter to decry the verdict: "No woman...

A win-win for Hopkins [Editorial]

The tentative contract reached early Tuesday between Johns Hopkins Hospital and the labor union representing about 2,000 of its service workers represents a victory not only for the hospital and members of 1199 SEIU United Healthcare Workers East but for Baltimore. The contract raises wages, in some...

Fireworks in Howard County [Editorial]

In Howard County, it's perfectly legal to consume the biggest, most gargantuan family-size bag of barbecue-flavored potato chips at one sitting and wash it down with a case of the most sugary soda ever made. Or, if that's not your taste, perhaps something more along the lines of the Homer Simpson...

A dangerous turning point in Israel [Editorial]

As the situation in Israel threatens to spiral out of control, that nation's leaders took important steps on Sunday to rein in a cycle of violence that began with the kidnapping and killing of three Israeli teens last month. The arrest of six Israelis in the killing of a Palestinian teenager, who...

Maryland's road to independence [Editorial]

The Free State was not so keen to free itself of Great Britain, holding out until the last hour before agreeing to support a declaration that would change history.

Sticking to their guns [Editorial]

It's a mystery why Anne Arundel County school officials are insisting on digging themselves deeper into the hole they're already in over the suspension last year of 7-year-old Joshua Welch, a Park Elementary student who allegedly nibbled his breakfast pastry into the shape of a gun. At a time when...

Guarding local swimmers [Editorial]

The Maryland and Delaware Atlantic Ocean beach resorts got a bit of good news to kick off the summer season this past week. The latest survey by the National Resources Defense Council rates both states as having some of the cleanest beach water in the country.

Exposing predators [Editorial]

Victims advocates are expressing dismay over a decision this week by Maryland's highest court that could lead to the removal of hundreds of names from a list of registered sex offenders in the state. The advocates say removing names from the registry could put women and children at greater risk by...

Warning signs for Md.'s budget [Editorial]

Gov. Martin O'Malley's decision to seek $77 million in cuts to a budget that's barely 24 hours old is a sobering reminder that the state's economic recovery is tenuous at best. Maryland experienced no gross domestic product growth last year, and job creation here has been far from steady so far in...

Pumping up gas prices [Editorial]

The Fourth of July weekend is traditionally one of the busiest travel times of the year, and it's a safe bet that a lot of Marylanders will hit the roads to Ocean City and beyond. As often happens when mid-summer vacations beckon, gas...

Stacking the deck [Editorial]

A year after Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake pledged to reinvigorate the city's civilian police review board, panel members say nothing much has changed. That's hardly surprising. The board still lacks the power to investigate citizens' complaints of police misconduct in a timely fashion,...

Public unions at risk [Editorial]

The Supreme Court didn't kill a key underpinning of public sector unionism Monday, but it surely put it on life support. The court's ruling in the Illinois case Harris v. Quinn, which related to the mandatory collection of so-called "fair share" fees from home health care workers whose wages are...

Corporations trump people in Supreme Court's Hobby Lobby decision [Editorial]

In recognizing that for-profit corporations like Hobby Lobby can hold religious beliefs that trump secular laws like the Affordable Care Act's requirement that women have access to contraceptives without out-of-pocket costs, the Supreme Court has moved the nation in an unwelcome direction....

More than 'growing pains' at Morgan [Editorial]

In a recent commentary published in The Sun, Morgan State University President David Wilson described in glowing terms a multimillion-dollar NASA grant his institution won three years ago to conduct advanced climate and Earth sciences research. Mr. Wilson called the contract, which could total $28.5...

Walk this way

At the urging of fire and rescue personnel upset by continuing roadway carnage, Baltimore County's top officials recently announced an effort to reduce pedestrian accidents and fatalities. If anything, the campaign is overdue given that the county recorded 22 pedestrian crash fatalities last year...

In defense of Common Core [Editorial]

This fall, Maryland's public schools will start their second year under the Common Core Standards, and the controversy sparked by last year's rocky roll-out appears far from dying down. Parents, teachers, students and political leaders have all questioned the state's implementation of the standards,...

Incompetence at the IRS [Editorial]

Take a minute and Google the term "Internal Revenue Service" or "IRS," and you will find no shortage of famous quotes from people who are fearful of it. The federal agency has been compared to the Gestapo, the Mafia and the Lord Almighty. Such is the power of the tax collector to strike terror...

OPINION POLL

GOP suing Obama [Poll]

Should the GOP sue President Obama over his failure to enforce certain provisions of the Affordable Care Act, as they've promised to do?

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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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