MARYLAND VOICES

Bob Timberg's storied life [Commentary] 

In 1970, American blood was being shed on the killing fields of Vietnam. Congress lowered the voting age from 21 to 18. Richard Nixon's Oval Office conversations were being recorded. And in Annapolis, a cub reporter was hired by the Evening Capital. He was nearly 30 years old, borderline ancient for a beginning daily newspaper reporter. Unlike other Capital staffers, he was a Naval Academy graduate with a master's degree in journalism, and he was a Vietnam war combat veteran. And he could not type.

The mind and soul need treatment along with the body [Commentary]

While the roles of depression and addiction in Robin William's suicide were the focus of most news stories about his death, perhaps the headlines should have...

The disease of American democracy [Commentary]

The disease of American democracy [Commentary]

Americans are sick of politics. Only 13 percent approve of the jobĀ CongressĀ is doing, a...

Balto. Co. schools' song and dance  [Editorial]

Balto. Co. schools' song and dance [Editorial] 

If Baltimore County residents had any doubts about the wisdom of moving toward a hybrid appointed/...

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Two brothers, two Baltimores [Commentary]

Two brothers, two Baltimores [Commentary]

I returned to my old community of West Baltimore, under the shadow of Bon Secours Hospital near the intersection of West Fayette and North...

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Hogan/Rutherford offer best hope for Md. jobs [Letter]

The news about Maryland's rather disastrous economy is not at all surprising ("Maryland sees one of nation's...

Ferguson shooting does not justify criminal behavior [Letter]

What is happening now in Ferguson is just unnecessary ("Baltimore...

A cheaper alternative for developing new teachers [Letter]

I read with great interest your article, "Residency program tries to solve...

Why we'll never cheer Ray Rice again [Letter]

We hereby call upon the editor of The Sun op-ed page to suspend Susan Reimer

Penmanship is a basic skill students still need to master [Letter]

My oh my, schools have cut out handwriting. What do they think they are doing? How are children going to sign their name?

Another round of city incompetence before 26th Street collapse [Letter]

Like most Marylanders and American taxpayers, I have grown tired of government workers never being held accountable for the job they are hired to do. Who were the city engineer and city official who...

Minor privilege tax also affects residential property owners [Letter]

I could not agree more with your editorial regarding the minor privilege tax ("Minor...

Place focus on reading [Letter]

In your editorial, "Ready to learn more" (Aug. 18), you correctly pointed out the vicious...

Rioting requires police response [Letter]

As an Army officer in the late 1960s, I was trained in riot control, responding to the race riots in Washington, D.C. after the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. and just before my departure...

Ocean City's slippery slope [Letter]

I must say I agree with your recent editorial on Ocean City

Spin v. reality in Md. job numbers [Editorial] 

The headline on the news release out of Maryland's Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation yesterday sounded pretty great: "Private Sector Gains 18,700 Jobs Over-the-Year."

Taking responsibility for the 26th Street collapse [Editorial] 

It's commendable that, in the face of litigation from residents of East 26th Street over this spring's collapse of a retaining wall abutting a rail line, Baltimore officials are clearly admitting to have made mistakes in their responses to the repeated complaints about the soundness of the roadway...

Ready to learn more [Editorial] 

Baltimore City schools chief Gregory Thornton says making sure every student is ready for college or work when they graduate from high school will be his Job No. 1 when classes begin next week. For Mr. Thornton, college readiness is a quick shorthand for all the things that need to be done long-term...

Ocean City's rental rage [Editorial] 

Summer vacations can be like overly long parties — fun for the invited but not always for neighbors and other bystanders. That has always been the challenge for those who live year-round in popular vacation destinations — tourists can simultaneously be loved and loathed.

Eastern Shore wind farm: Let the Navy decide [Editorial]

The wind-power power struggle at the highest levels of Maryland's Democratic Party seemed to have been decided in May when Gov. Martin O'Malley bucked Rep. Steny Hoyer to veto legislation that would have essentially killed a green energy project on the Eastern Shore. But it's only gotten hotter this...

Baltimore's moment of silence [Editorial] 

This week, Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon ordered state troopers to take over responsibility for maintaining order in the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson, following several days of unrest sparked by the killing of an unarmed black teenager by a local police officer. Mr. Nixon waited far too long to bring in...

Solving murders [Editorial] 

City police officials have replaced the department's homicide chief in the wake of a string of unsolved murders this summer that shattered what had been a period of relative calm. Maj. Stanley Brandford will take over the homicide unit from Maj. Dennis Smith, who had been running homicide along with...

Water worries [Editorial] 

If Baltimore were actually considering privatizing its water system, the 50 or so people who were protesting outside City Hall on Wednesday would have had a strong case to be upset. But it's not. Rather, Baltimore is looking for a consultant to evaluate the operation and maintenance of its aging...

Minor privilege, major disincentive [Editorial] 

"Charge 'em for the lice, extra for the mice

A victory for public safety [Editorial] 

U.S. District Judge Catherine C. Blake's decision Tuesday upholding Maryland's ban on assault weapons and large-capacity ammunition magazines almost certainly won't be the last word on the subject. The gun advocates who sued to overturn the ban won't be satisfied until they've heard from the Supreme...

'Another senseless death' [Editorial] 

The shooting of an unarmed black teenager by a police officer in a suburb of St. Louis over the weekend has evoked a repeat of the turmoil that followed the killing of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin by a neighborhood watch volunteer in Florida two years ago. In both cases young African-American men just...

Pension pandering [Editorial] 

In a particularly naked bit of pandering, Republican gubernatorial candidate Larry Hogan appeared before the state Fraternal Order of Police this week as part of its process of determining its endorsement in the fall election and promised to exempt law enforcement officers' pensions from the state...

Chaos in Baghdad [Editorial] 

Just when it seemed the situation in Iraq couldn't get any worse, the government moved a step closer to collapsing into chaos on Sunday when its president, Fuad Masum, formally nominated a candidate to replace the country's authoritarian prime minister, Nouri al-Maliki, in an effort to break the...

Smart meter apathy [Editorial] 

The smart meter conspiracy theorists are no doubt buoyed by the news that BGE has been unable to secure appointments to replace the old, analog meters in the homes of some 350,000 customers. But there is no reason to think this reflects some groundswell of opposition to the new technology; on the...

Turning point in Iraq [Editorial] 

After months of hesitation, President Barack Obama has authorized the use of U.S. military force, including limited airstrikes, against Islamic militants in Iraq who in recent months have overrun large parts of the country and now threaten the northern city of Erbil as well as tens of thousands of...

New direction for BDC [Editorial] 

Whatever the reason for Brenda McKenzie's decision to leave as head of the Baltimore Development Corporation after just two years, Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake made a shrewd move by recruiting City Councilman William H. Cole IV to take her place. Ms. McKenzie never fully gelled with the downtown...

Best foot forward [Editorial] 

Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake's plan to beautify the approaches to Baltimore for visitors arriving by rail may seem like a triumph of style over substance in efforts to revitalize the city's image. But first impressions really do count, and the mayor is right that it doesn't have to be the...

The taxi wars [Editorial] 

The Maryland Public Service Commission's decision this week to classify the ride-sharing service Uber as a common carrier is probably not the end of the story as to whether the company will continue its operations in Baltimore City and Annapolis. Uber has said it will appeal the decision, and the...

End the city pension fight [Editorial] 

Their loss Wednesday in a federal appeals court left Baltimore's police and fire unions with a few options to continue the fight over Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake's 2010 pension reform law, but none of them look promising. Rather than subject themselves and the taxpayers to potentially years...

Walgreens: The exception that proves the rule [Editorial] 

Today's announcement by Walgreens that it would not seek to move its corporate headquarters (for tax purposes, anyway) out of the United States may well be the exception that proves the rule of an inexorable trend toward so-called "corporate inversion." Though some have speculated that potential...

OPINION POLL

Chancellor Hrabowski? [Poll]

Should UMBC President Freeman A. Hrabowski III, who has said he's not interested in becoming the state university system's chancellor, reconsider?

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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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