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  • Ending judicial elections

    Electing judges by popular vote is a bad idea. Experience has taught this lesson over and over again. If you want judges to be impartial and fair (or at least appear to be), you don't force them to act like politicians making promises and seeking campaign contributions from the very people...

  • Absurdity at the heart of the latest Obamacare challenge

    The determined opponents of the Affordable Care Act lost their legal fight on the merits three years ago when the Supreme Court ruled that one of its central provisions — the requirement that most individuals buy health insurance or pay a penalty — was constitutional. Now they're...

  • Police and mental health
    Police and mental health

    Baltimore City Police Commissioner Anthony Batts plans to send mental health professionals to accompany police officers responding to emergency calls involving people suspected of mental illness, an initiative we hope could prevent more tragedies when difficult situations turn violent. More...

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  • Why ruin Garrett County?
    Why ruin Garrett County?

    As a retired couple, one of many living in Garrett County, my wife and I find the possibility of fracking wells and all that comes with them completely distressing ("The risks of fracking outweigh the potential benefits," March 3). Having come from a metropolitan area industrialized to the...

  • Why is the city paying for snow removal workers' food?
    Why is the city paying for snow removal workers' food?

    Many a young entrepreneur has turned a snowfall into an opportunity to earn money while performing a valuable service for their neighbors by shoveling driveways and sidewalks.

  • Public has a right to see police audit
    Public has a right to see police audit

    The Baltimore City Police Department's leaders wonder why so many people do not have faith or trust in them, yet they do what they can to keep that lack of trust in place ("Police fight audit's release," March 2). An audit dated April 2014 that shows officers receiving pay benefits for unearned...

  • Boycotting Netanyahu's speech was shameful
    Boycotting Netanyahu's speech was shameful

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu came here to give a very important speech to a joint session of Congress upon being invited by the Speaker of the House John Boehner. The boycott by President Barack Obama and about 34 Democrats is a shameful disgrace.

  • 'Rain tax' has a bad rap
    'Rain tax' has a bad rap

    The so-called "rain" tax was a practical approach to reducing pollution in the Chesapeake Bay, but it got twisted around to be seen as another liberal agenda tax ("End 'rain tax' ridicule rap, repeal and replace law," Feb. 28).

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  • Tea party legislators oppose teaching complexities of U.S. history
    Tea party legislators oppose teaching complexities of U.S. history

    The burgeoning ranks of tea party "patriots" who have gotten themselves elected to Congress and state legislatures have identified yet another threat to the soul of America: Advanced Placement U.S. history guidelines.

  • 'My Girl': 50 years and counting
    'My Girl': 50 years and counting

    There are sounds it feels like you've known forever, sounds that have been in your ear so long, it's hard to believe they were ever new. One of those sounds is this:

  • Is liberalism exhausted?
    Is liberalism exhausted?

    Canaries are not very formidable birds, but they have their uses. For instance, coal miners learned over a century ago that when canaries gag and drop dead at the bottom of the cage, it's a sign that maybe there's something wrong with the air in the mine.

  • Cal Thomas: Stop the immigration flood
    Cal Thomas: Stop the immigration flood

    Washington is such a phony city. Maybe that's why it has such a good relationship with Hollywood.

  • Giuliani sucker punches Obama on patriotism
    Giuliani sucker punches Obama on patriotism

    In the dustup over Rudy Giuliani saying he doesn't believe that the president loves America, it's a tossup who deserves more to be sent to the woodshed, him or the fellow Republicans who rushed to justify his remark.

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