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Standing up to Moscow  [Editorial]

Standing up to Moscow [Editorial] 

After months of resisting U.S. calls for tougher economic sanctions against Russia in response to its support for separatist rebels in Ukraine, the major European powers agreed yesterday on a package of measures targeting Russia's financial, energy and military sectors that in some cases go even farther than the actions the U.S. itself has taken. Whether that will be enough to alter Russian President Vladimir Putin's calculations in the covert war he is waging in Ukraine remains to be seen. But it at least shows that Europe is finally waking up to the fact that it can't stand idly by as Mr....

Baltimore's parking economics  [Editorial]

Chicago's 2008 privatization of its municipal parking assets is widely considered to be a colossal boondoggle. Los Angeles considered selling off a few of its...

Don't pave paradise [Commentary]

Two years ago I moved to Baltimore, where the roads are littered with pot holes (and litter) — I should know because I've had to circle them to find...

Robert B. Reich: The rise of the non-working rich [Commentary]

Robert B. Reich: The rise of the non-working rich [Commentary]

In a new Pew poll, more than three-quarters of self-described conservatives believe "poor people...

Summer jobs prepare the next generation [Commentary]

Summer jobs prepare the next generation [Commentary] 

I landed my first summer job when I was 16.

#Sendthemback [Commentary]

#Sendthemback [Commentary] 

I was on my way to a meeting on the campus of the University of California at Berkeley years ago...

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U.S. labor numbers don't tell the labor story [Commentary]

U.S. labor numbers don't tell the labor story [Commentary]

The Labor Department is expected to report this week that the economy added 235,000 jobs in July, and the unemployment rate remained...

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Lethal injections don't have to be botched [Letter]

Having just read your latest editorial about an inmate's execution ("Another botched injection,http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/opinion/bs-ed-lethal-injection-20140725%2C0%2C1958095.story...

Hamas is not interested in peace [Letter]

Your recent editorial on the conflict in Gaza is at best naive and misinformed ("The way...

Superstition complicates fight against Ebola in Africa [Letter]

A recent report that a runaway Sierre Leone Ebola patient had been located but died in the ambulance on the way to the hospital is good news for the wrong reasons. Maybe this incident will help...

U.S. should stay out of Ukraine [Letter]

President Barack Obama is right to refrain from action against Russia ("...

Peroutka got smeared by Hogan and Sun [Letter]

The recent attack on Mike Anthony Peroutka by the political establishment as well as The Baltimore Sun and its subsidiary publications is nothing less than character assassination in an attempt to...

Archdiocese should focus on suffering kids in Baltimore [Letter]

It is heartening to hear Archbishop William E. Lori express so much concern for the mostly Catholic children arriving illegally by the tens of thousands from across our borders ("O'Malley seeks to...

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...

The way forward in Gaza [Editorial] 

More than two weeks into the latest round of fighting in Gaza neither Israel nor Hamas, the militant Islamic group that controls the territory, have shown any sign of backing off from the confrontation. So far, more than 800 Palestinians, most of them civilians, have been killed, as well as more...

Another botched execution [Editorial] 

Arizona's execution this week of convicted double-murderer Joseph R. Wood III took so long that his attorneys had time to file another request for a stay and get a Supreme Court justice on the phone while it was going on. According to an Arizona Republic reporter who witnessed the execution, Mr....

Goodbye, HSA [Editorial] 

The Maryland state board of education's decision this week to replace the English and Algebra I High School Assessments with new tests tied to the Common Core curriculum predictably has sparked complaints that educators are moving too quickly to adopt the more rigorous standard. But we've known...

Obamacare subsidy rulings highlight GOP intransigence [Editorial] 

On Tuesday, one federal appellate court read the Affordable Care Act to, rather nonsensically, prohibit the federal government from providing subsidies to consumers in states that chose not to set up their own health insurance exchanges and to use the federal one instead. Another federal appellate...

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...

OPINION POLL

Selling city garages [Poll]

Should Baltimore sell four of its 17 parking garages to raise money for city recreation centers?

  • Yes
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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.