MARYLAND VOICES

Disruptive democracy in Towson  [Editorial]

Disruptive democracy in Towson [Editorial] 

We take the Baltimore County Police Department at its word that its officers were just trying to give some helpful tips to a pair of Dundalk activists about the rules of decorum at County Council work sessions and not trying to intimidate them into silence about their opposition to County Executive Kevin Kamenetz's proposed redevelopment of a government building in the community. Even if the meeting earlier this month between three officers and a pair of community activists really was intended as a "polite and friendly way to discuss concerns about protocols," as the police department's...

Ryan's safety net  [Editorial]

It didn't take Democrats much time to denounce Rep. Paul Ryan's latest plan for addressing poverty in this country. The main feature of the Republican's...

Goodbye, HSA  [Editorial]

Goodbye, HSA [Editorial] 

The Maryland state board of education's decision this week to replace the English and Algebra I High...

Football and going too far  [Editorial]

Football and going too far [Editorial] 

Just as NFL training camps were opening this week, the over-the-top football fan season kicked off...

Obamacare subsidy rulings highlight GOP intransigence  [Editorial]

Obamacare subsidy rulings highlight GOP intransigence [Editorial] 

On Tuesday, one federal appellate court read the Affordable Care Act to, rather nonsensically,...

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Bergdahl swap troubling amid recent violence [Commentary]

Bergdahl swap troubling amid recent violence [Commentary]

The violence erupting on the former battlefields of Operation Iraqi Freedom coupled with the planned withdrawal from Afghanistan raises...

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We need undocumented immigrants as much as they need us [Letter]

Commentator Jonathan David Farley feels as sanguine about detaining immigrant children in prisons before sending them back to the squalor from which they came as he does informing us of his academic...

#SendFarleybackandkeepthekids [Letter]

In reading Jonathan David Farley's hateful and factually inaccurate piece (

Len Bias' admission to Hall of Fame sends the wrong message [Letter]

The announcement of basketball star Len Bias' induction into the University of Maryland's Hall of Fame certainly recognizes his athletic gifts, but it ignores his misuse of drugs, his failure to use...

We have a moral responsibility to treat child migrants humanely [Letter]

Commentator Jonathan Farley's call for the deportation of more than 50,000 young refugees from Central America is so infused with misinformation, vitriol and thinly veiled xenophobia as to preclude...

Do what is right for children [Letter]

Jonathan David Farley, shame on you ("#Sendthemback," July 22). Your vitriol against...

Protests are not a sign of hate [Letter]

The headline of Susan Reimer

A case for the death penalty [Letter]

There is a reason even some libertarians support the death penalty, albeit in highly restricted cases. That's because of situations just like this — a brutal and thoroughly unjustifiable...

U.S. kids shortchanged by immigrants [Letter]

The 50 children headed for St. Vincent's Villa ("Standing up for children," July 21) will...

Beretta's back story [Editorial] 

Beretta U.S.A.'s decision to move all of its American manufacturing facilities from its long-time home in Prince George's County to a new facility it's building in Tennessee has immediately put Maryland's new gun control law in the spotlight and has become a political football in the governor's...

Kids count; so do parents [Editorial] 

The Baltimore-based Annie E. Casey Foundation is out with its 25th Kids Count data book, measuring the wellbeing of children nationwide across a variety of health, economic, educational and community measures. In some ways, kids are much better off than they were in 1990, when the first book was...

Putin on the hot seat [Editorial] 

Russia's President Vladimir Putin was once lauded by supporters for his brilliance in cynically calling for a negotiated end to Ukraine's civil war while simultaneously escalating the conflict through secret shipments of arms and equipment to Russian-backed separatists there. Now that stratagem...

Standing up for children [Editorial] 

Another proposal to house undocumented children in Maryland and another shameful response. This time it wasn't rural Carroll County blasting the prospect of "illeagles" living outside Westminster, but a Baltimore County councilman decrying the potential presence of a mere 50 youngsters at St....

Iran talks must continue [Letter]

I want to thank you for the editorial regarding negotiations with Iran ("Keep talking with Iran," July 20). It is extremely important that the U.S. and Iran keep...

Protecting all crime victims 

City Police Commissioner Anthony Batts set an example for his fellow officers when he met recently with Baltimore's transgender community to discuss the murder of a 26-year-old transgender woman whose body was found in a Northwest Baltimore alley last week. The death of Mia Henderson on Wednesday,...

An appeal to women voters [Editorial] 

It should come as no surprise that Democrats are looking to women voters for help this fall and plan to use the Hobby Lobby decision — and an assault of women's reproductive rights generally — as part of their rallying cry. In a meeting Friday with The Sun's editorial board, House...

Another war in Gaza [Editorial] 

The five-hour cease fire between Hamas and Israel in the Gaza Strip was the calm before the storm. Hamas rockets began raining down on Israel at the moment the United Nations-requested lull ended on Thursday afternoon. Israel waited a bit longer — three hours or so — before resuming...

Keep talking with Iran [Editorial] 

President Barack Obama and officials in Iran have suggested that they will extend current talks about the Islamic State's nuclear program beyond Sunday's deadline if no agreement is reached. It is essential that they do so and that hard-line voices on both sides continue to give negotiators the...

Md. should stay the course on Obamacare fix [Editorial] 

Pardon us if we are not completely reassured by officials' insistence that glitches recently discovered in the Connecticut Affordable Care Act health insurance exchange that Maryland is in the process of adapting will be fixed well before the site goes live here in November. To learn that a coding...

Holder and race [Editorial]

For those not attuned to such things, the right-wing media has spent much of the week jumping up and down about Attorney General Eric Holder's appearance on ABC-TV last Sunday morning. His offense? He dared suggest that there was a "racial component" from "some people" who have criticized him and...

The Orioles' perch [Editorial]

The Baltimore Orioles have passed the mid-season mark sitting on a comfortable perch — first place in the American League East with a four game lead (five in the loss column) over the Toronto Blue Jays. It's difficult to know whether to be overjoyed or deeply suspicious.

Carroll's revealing 'illeagle' graffiti [Editorial]

We thank the nameless graffiti artist in Carroll County who spray painted a denunciation of an aborted plan to house some of the thousands of unaccompanied minors who have crossed the southern U.S. border in recent months at a military facility near Westminster. He or she has told us all we need...

The death of Damaud Martin: Looking but not seeing [Editorial]

The death of a severely disabled foster child earlier this month while under the care of a group home in Anne Arundel County that Maryland health regulators were in the process of shutting down inevitably raises the question of whether the boy's life could have been saved if state officials had...

Red Line roadblock [Editorial]

Last month, Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz wrote a letter to Maryland Transportation Secretary James T. Smith Jr. indicating his displeasure with certain aspects of the proposed Red Line light rail project. He doesn't want the county to contribute nearly as much as the state has proposed,...

MSA warning signs [Editorial]

State education officials told us that scores on this year's Maryland School Assessment exams would go down, and that they most certainly did. Schools state-wide embarked last fall on their first full year of instruction tied to the Common Core standards, but the tests this spring were still tied to...

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-way ticket to a shrunken future that slams the door on opportunities for the rest of their lives. Being arrested as a teen increases a...

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 slowly toward its own version of a cold patch that would maintain funding for highway and transit projects for no more than now until the end of...

OPINION POLL

O'Malley and migrant children [Poll]

Gov. Martin O'Malley met again Monday with faith leaders to discuss housing for undocumented minors crossing the U.S. border. Was he hypocritical to urge the government to treat the children as refugees while discouraging the Obama administration from housing them at a facility in Carroll County?

  • 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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