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Maryland Voices

Finding a fair jury for Freddie Gray

Each time the attorneys for the six officers indicted in connection with the death of Freddie Gray have raised questions about their ability to get a fair trial in Baltimore, Judge Barry Williams has demurred, saying the jury selection process will serve to determine whether its possible to assemble...

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  • Mr. Putin's sharp elbows

    For months the U.S watched uneasily as Russia built up its military presence in Syria with shipments of sophisticated weaponry and military aircraft. Russian President Vladimir Putin insisted that his main goal in Syria was to defeat the Islamic State, not prop up the beleaguered regime of Syrian...

  • Mass shootings in our midst

    Mass shootings in our midst

    Last Thursday, a gunman opened fire on students and an instructor at a community college, seemingly indiscriminately, causing mass casualties. On Friday, witnesses reported a burst of gunfire outside a strip mall. When the dust settled, five people had been shot, including a 71-year-old man. Another...

  • What's possible for Afghanistan?

    What's possible for Afghanistan?

    The unintentional U.S. airstrike on a hospital in Afghanistan over the weekend was a terrible tragedy that highlighted the problems facing the American commanders attempting to support local Afghan government troops against a growing Taliban insurgency. The attack killed 22 people, including 12...

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  • Rodricks manipulates the Gray jury pool

    Rodricks manipulates the Gray jury pool

    Recently, columnist Dan Rodricks suggested several ways for potential jurors to answer voir dire questions in the Freddie Gray case so as to avoid being excused from jury duty ("Three questions for prospective Freddie Gray jurors," Sept. 10). This was a stunning violation of journalistic standards...

  • Betrayal from Md.'s college trust

    Betrayal from Md.'s college trust

    One of the first purchases made for our newborn son was a Maryland Prepaid College Trust. As its name implies, we trusted that we were making a financially wise investment in his future. Two years later we bought another prepaid trust for our second child. We read over the contracts carefully and...

  • Ben Carson's misguided view of the Second Amendment

    Ben Carson's misguided view of the Second Amendment

    While most people bemoan the mind-numbing toll that gun violence takes on innocent children in our communities, there is one person from whom we are unlikely to find support: Hometown fellow, Republican presidential candidate and world-famous pediatric neurosurgeon Ben Carson feels that the violence...

  • Obama's blunders in Syria

    Obama's blunders in Syria

    In light of Russia's recent military actions in Syria it has become clear that we have been relegated to a minor role not only there but throughout the Middle East and the world ("Putin cutting Obama down to size," Oct. 5). With a long list of bowing to the wishes both of Russia and Iran, now culminated...

  • 'Rough rides' in police vans are nothing new

    'Rough rides' in police vans are nothing new

    The Sun only recently covered the history of punitive, so-called "rough rides" in police vans, but the practice has been going on for many years ("Baltimore approves $95,000 settlement in 'rough ride' lawsuit," Oct. 7). In 2004, example, the city settled a $39 million lawsuit related to the issue,...

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  • Bush family's war on English

    Bush family's war on English

    And the Bush family's War on English continues. You are, by now, familiar with the astonishingly tone-deaf response by Jeb Bush, the nation's would-be 45th president, to last week's shooting at a community college in Oregon in which a gunman killed nine people. "Look," said Mr. Bush, "stuff happens."...

  • Bernie Sanders and the free market

    Bernie Sanders and the free market

    Crass distortions of the choices facing the nation sometimes come masked in the media as "political analysis." But whatever they're called, they can't be allowed to stand. Such was the Washington Post's front-page piece last week, ostensibly an analysis of the policies proposed by Sen. Bernie Sanders...

  • Raw politics drives GOP probes of Benghazi, Planned Parenthood

    Raw politics drives GOP probes of Benghazi, Planned Parenthood

     It was nice of House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy to clarify that a primary goal of the Republicans' never-ending investigations into the Benghazi terror attack was to do damage to the leading Democratic candidate for president, Hillary Clinton. Now, if he would just acknowledge that the current...

  • Putin cutting Obama down to size

    Putin cutting Obama down to size

    If the humiliation of the Obama administration continues at this rate, you should soon expect to see Secretary of State John Kerry on all fours at the United Nations, getting paddled by the Russian foreign minister and shouting, "Thank you, comrade! May I have another?" Last Monday, President Obama...

  • We need cops with people skills

    We need cops with people skills

    What can I do? Not quite six months ago, a reader named Tracy posed that question to me, and I, in turn, posed it to you. Tracy, a 55-year-old white woman from Austin, said she was sick of hearing about unarmed African-American men being injured or killed by police. "What can be done?" she asked....