MARYLAND VOICES

Gone with the wind farm?

For Southern Maryland, the Patuxent River Naval Air Station is an economic engine like no other. It accounts for $6.6 billion in economic activity, including...

A barrage of wedgies  [Commentary]

Social issues are labeled "wedge issues" for a reason. They appeal to emotion. They are easily communicated. They count when ballots are cast....

Easter cartoons

Cartoons of the day: Easter [Pictures]

The Easter bunny gets pulled into politics in this collection of editorial cartoons.

Pulitzer committee makes a stand for free press, accountable government [Commentary]

Pulitzer committee makes a stand for free press, accountable government [Commentary]

The Pulitzer Prizes to two news outlets that cooperated with whistleblower Edward Snowden ...

No looking backward [Commentary]

No looking backward [Commentary]

Americans should not be deterred from working to improve our health care system despite difficulties...

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Race and Obama news coverage [Commentary]

Race and Obama news coverage [Commentary]

I have a question for George Will.

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Maryland needs litter leadership [Letter]

Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown for governor?

Don't shut out home-schoolers [Letter]

The recent commentary regarding home schooling and how students are barred from enrolling in public schools is an amazing article and spot on. I teach at the University of Maryland and see how these...

O'Malley swayed by religion [Letter]

Gov. Martin O'Malley regularly puts millions of public dollars into the state budget to provide textbook and technology aid to non-public schools (many of which are associated with and controlled by...

Rep. Andy Harris should support PAST Act [Letter]

Maryland has a long history of producing some of the nation's finest horses. In 1970, efforts to end the cruel practice of "soring" in horses were led by Maryland Sen. Joseph Tydings.

Minority doctors must lead efforts to reduce health disparities [Letter]

Reducing health disparities is not for the faint-hearted ("Health disparities persist today,...

What has Brown accomplished? [Letter]

I realize Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown is now trying his darnedest not to be seen anywhere near the disastrous roll out of the Maryland health exchange, even though he was supposed to be the lead person...

Gansler's campaign is about more than a teen beach party [Letter]

I normally agree with columnist Dan Rodricks' assertions and conclusions, but I was disappointed with his comments regarding Attorney General Doug...

More research is needed on Alzheimer's screening [Letter]

Commentator Susan Peschin cites a recent statement by the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force that highlights the insufficient evidence around screening for cognitive impairment in older adults,...

The NRA's challenger [Editorial]

This week, Michael R. Bloomberg announced he would be writing a check to support a grass-roots get-out-the-vote effort to counteract the National Rifle Association. This is hardly a shock as Mr. Bloomberg has supported the fight against gun violence before, but the amount involved was eye-opening &#...

Patching a broken immigration system [Editorial]

President Barack Obama has come under fire from Hispanic groups who say he hasn't done enough to enact comprehensive immigration reform and that his administration has deported record numbers of undocumented immigrants. Neither charge is wholly justified: Mr. Obama's pleas to House Republican...

Moscow's Achilles heel [Editorial]

With Russian troops amassed along its border and Kremlin-backed separatists in control of major cities in eastern Ukraine, the government in Kiev is facing the gravest threat to its survival since the breakup of the former Soviet Union a generation ago. Unless the U.S. and its allies can convince...

Fresh eyes on the budget [Editorial]

It's tempting to dismiss Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler's proposals to reduce state spending on the basis of his spectacularly bad idea of eliminating the state prosecutor's office. Getting rid of the one semi-independent actor in Maryland's political establishment with the power to investigate...

Setting priorities in Balto. Co. [Editorial]

The prevailing governing philosophy of Baltimore County might well be summed up, with apologies to Henry David Thoreau, as "That government is best which governs least interestingly." As such, County Executive Kevin Kamenetz appeared to go to great lengths in his budget address to the County Council...

The pull of the pool [Editorial]

George Herman Ruth Jr., the pride of Pigtown, stayed in the game too long. In his last season and playing for the Boston Braves in 1935, the legendary Babe batted .181, could barely trot around the bases and stuck around mostly because he thought he'd be offered the manager's job, which he wasn't....

Seeing red over city schools budget [Editorial]

City school officials facing a $31 million budget shortfall next year have proposed dipping into the system's rainy day fund to close the gap. But that's not what those dollars are supposed to be for. The whole point of setting aside emergency funds is to cushion the impact of major unanticipated...

A step toward sanity on marijuana [Editorial]

In 2010, Baltimore City police made 64,525 arrests, and more than 7,000 of them — 11 percent of the total — were for simple possession of marijuana. That represents thousands of man-hours by Baltimore City police, Central Booking officials, prosecutors, public defenders, judges and...

The 55 percent solution

Maryland is already one of the best educated states in the nation, ranking at or near the top when it comes to the percentage of residents with college and post-graduate degrees. But state leaders, looking at an increasingly competitive, knowledge-based global economy, think that's not going to be...

A legislative governor [Editorial]

If voters remember anything from Martin O'Malley's first run for governor eight years ago, it's probably two big promises: to roll back a big increase in BGE rates and to end the culture of divisiveness in Annapolis to bring lawmakers together to get things done. The first promise didn't happen. But...

The ugly Ryan budget [Editorial]

The marvel of Rep. Paul Ryan's budget, which the House of Representatives approved this week, is that for a piece of legislation that's essentially dead on arrival in the Senate, it's going to live on as a political document from now until November. That was the point, of course, but it seems more...

Howard takes the wheel [Editorial]

Easily overlooked in the waning days of the legislative session was a dust-up over how best to manage suburban transit in the Baltimore-Washington corridor. Howard County announced the creation of a Regional Transportation Agency, or RTA, to oversee bus services, and that raised the hackles of those...

Medicare's open books [Editorial]

This week, America learned what the folks over on Security Boulevard already knew — there's a lot to be learned from Medicare accounting. Medicare paid out $77 billion to health care providers in 2012, according to the long-awaited data coming from the Baltimore-based Centers for Medicare...

Religion and restraint [Editorial]

It's a shame Carroll County's board of commissioners felt it had to hold a formal vote in order to prevent members from violating a federal court order against sectarian or denominational prayers at the opening of its meetings. Is it too much to ask for elected officials to act like grown-ups and...

Ukraine in crisis [Editorial]

The new Ukrainian government in Kiev is under mounting pressure to keep the country from unraveling as pro-Russian demonstrators in Kharkiv, Donetsk, Lugansk and other eastern cities occupy government buildings and demand to be reunited with Moscow. Whether or not this is prelude to a replay of...

The day after graduation [Editorial]

President Barack Obama was in Prince George's County today to tout a new $7 million federal initiative to expand programs that help high school graduates prepare for jobs in the region. In a state whose prosperity depends on a highly educated workforce, Maryland needs to distinguish itself not...

A small win for polluters [Editorial]

Two years ago, the General Assembly passed a law requiring Maryland's 10 largest jurisdictions to begin imposing a stormwater fee to cover the costs of reducing pollution that results when rain sweeps dog droppings, pesticides, motor oil and other harmful muck into streams and rivers. Worsened by...

OPINION POLL

Portland's potty water problem [Poll]

The Portland (Oregon) Water Bureau ordered 38 million gallons of clean, potable water drained after a smirking teen-ager urinated in a reservoir. Was that an overreaction?

  • Yes
  • No
  • Not sure

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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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