MARYLAND VOICES

Overdose deaths are preventable [Commentary]

Overdose deaths are preventable [Commentary] 

Last year, 858 Maryland residents died due to alcohol or drug intoxication; that's enough to replace the entire University of Maryland football team more than eight times. This year is on track to be even more deadly, with a 33 percent increase in accidental opioid overdose deaths recorded in the first three months of 2014 alone. We do not want any more families, friends and communities to grieve their fallen loved ones. It is time for all of us to call this problem what is: an epidemic.

Moving Baltimore forward [Commentary]

Baltimore City elicits genuine pride from its residents. Every neighborhood is unique, and generations of families have stayed here because they were not...

Police in Faisalabad, Pakistan's third largest city, tortured more than 1,400 people during a six-year period, according to a report researched and written by...

Syria's slippery slope  [Editorial]

Syria's slippery slope [Editorial] 

President Obama's decision last weekend to launch U.S. surveillance flights over Syria in...

Back to school and to widening inequality [Commentary]

Back to school and to widening inequality [Commentary]

American kids are heading back to school. But the schools they're heading back to differ...

Baltimore's casino reality  [Editorial]

Baltimore's casino reality [Editorial] 

Tonight, Baltimore becomes a casino town. With the opening of the $442 million Horseshoe Casino...

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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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Nice to see rich gamble [Letter]

I don't know about anyone else but I was heartened to see all those "1 percenters" lined up ready, willing and happy to throw away their money and pay their fair share toward further bloating...

Democrats like gambling with other people's money [Letter]

Lay off Richard Nixon, you've got Obama to kick around now [Letter]

It seems columnist Jules Witcover is more concerned about former President Richard Nixon, who has not been in the White House for 40 years, than he is about the current administration's problems, such...

Proposed Dominion LNG plant threatens Lusby community [Letter]

Last week there was a gas leak on Solomon's Island. The authorities didn't shut down the island and evacuate residents because it was believed driving by the leak could be more harmful that staying...

Riots, not demonstrations [Letter]

Here's a question: Why do reporters continue to call what is happening in Ferguson, Mo., a demonstration?

Carbon fees are our payback to ourselves [Letter]

Regarding Bob Bruninga's recent letter, "Carbon fees are a payback to Mother...

Well-trained teachers are an asset to city [Letter]

Many thanks to reporter Liz Bowie

VA saved my dad's sight [Letter]

I've been wanting to write a thank-you note to the Veterans Health Administration. My father is a veteran and has macular degeneration he has been treated at the VA for over five years. Without all...

State should clean up its act [Letter]

I can't recall the last time that a commercial real estate development site spilled more than 3 million gallons of raw sewage into the Maryland waterways but that's what the state of Maryland did last...

Ocean City needs to enforce its laws [Letter]

As a former Ocean City rental property owner — and thank God I got rid of it recently — the problem posed by ill-behaved...

Ferguson shooting does not justify criminal behavior [Letter]

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

Terps and scholarships [Editorial] 

To those who follow college athletics only casually, the announcement last week that the University of Maryland will henceforth award athletic scholarships on a multi-year basis instead of year-to-year may sound like a minor change. But in fact, it's a major reform that is not only welcome but is...

Tracking the Red Line [Editorial]

Baltimore's proposed Red Line passed a significant milestone this week with mixed results. The good news is that officials in Baltimore and Baltimore County pledged a combined $280 million to help build the 14-mile light rail project, less enthralling is that the total cost has risen a quarter-...

The $1,070 message [Editorial] 

One of the first traits police recruiters ought to look for in their candidates is empathy. After all, at the heart of law enforcement is understanding the behavior of human beings and without some insight into what motivates their actions — for good or ill — it would be impossible to...

Enemy at the gates [Editorial] 

Like the arrival of a Medieval plague, alien invaders are knocking on Baltimore's door. No, we are not talking about foreign armies storming the beaches or bug-eyed creatures from outer space bent on global domination. But it's almost as bad.

Failing grades for school bus safety [Editorial] 

This week, youngsters across Maryland will board the "big yellow cheese wagon," as it's sometimes called, and head back to school. And chances are high (aside perhaps from those teary-eyed moms and dads waving good-bye to their kindergartners for the first time), the school bus commute from home...

Time to talk teacher tenure [Editorial]

Across the nation, the topic of teacher tenure has gotten much attention of late and not only because students are returning to school. In Republican controlled states, there have been numerous efforts to limit such employment guarantees, and even in Democratic-leaning states like Maryland there has...

Mission accomplished [Editorial]

The announcement this week that scientists from Aberdeen Proving Ground have successfully completed the destruction of Syria's most dangerous chemical weapons has left the whole world breathing a little easier. If nothing else it ensures these cruel instruments of mass destruction will never be used...

Draft Freeman [Editorial]

University of Maryland Baltimore County President Freeman A. Hrabowski III says he is not interested in becoming chancellor of the University System of Maryland. That is a shame. He is extraordinarily qualified for the job, and if he could do for the entire system what he has done for UMBC, Maryland...

The virtue of video 

Demonstrators in Baltimore are planning to return to the streets tonight in support of residents of Ferguson, Mo., where marchers have been protesting the fatal shooting by police of an unarmed black teenager since Aug. 9. The death of Michael Brown, 18, has become a touchstone for concerns about...

Getting steamed [Editorial] 

Residents of the neighborhoods around the soon-to-open Horseshoe Casino in downtown Baltimore are right to be upset that the city is diverting $3 million of the money set aside in state law to help mitigate the impact of casinos on the surrounding communities to instead move a steam pipe under the...

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

If Baltimore County residents had any doubts about the wisdom of moving toward a hybrid appointed/elected school board rather than the all-appointed version we have now, they were likely erased last week when the board voted to hand Superintendent Dallas Dance what amounts to a $27,000 raise. Not...

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."

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...

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...

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...

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...

OPINION POLL

City police commissioner confirmation [Poll]

Should the Baltimore City Council vote to give Police Commissioner Anthony W. Batts a new, six-year contract?

  • 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.

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