MARYLAND VOICES

Housecleaning at the Secret Service  [Editorial]

Housecleaning at the Secret Service [Editorial] 

Secret Service director Julia A. Pierson did herself no favors this week when she appeared before a House subcommittee to explain why her agency so badly bungled the job of protecting the president. There's no excuse for the repeated lapses in security that put the president's life at risk, nor for the agency's attempts to hide the seriousness of the incidents afterward. Ms. Pierson finally acknowledged that today when she submitted her resignation as head of the agency.

How Phelps can earn a measure of redemption  [Editorial]

Michael Phelps was largely forgiven for driving drunk near Salisbury University in 2004 because...

It's time to prioritize intervention programs for at-risk youth [Commentary]

The number of young people arrested and brought to the Maryland Department of Juvenile Services (DJS) is down drastically over the past 10 years. Fewer...

The Islamic State's false promise [Commentary]

Thomas F. Schaller: The Islamic State's false promise [Commentary] 

The political practices of the Islamic State are terrifying: kidnapping, ransoming, ethnic cleansing...

Guns and the governor's race  [Editorial]

Guns and the governor's race [Editorial] 

Wednesday marks the anniversary of Maryland's tough new gun control law going into effect, and...

Keeping secrets  [Editorial]

Keeping secrets [Editorial] 

Last week, Gannett Co. Inc., owner of The Daily Times in Salisbury, filed a lawsuit in Worcester...

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Congress is not transparent enough about its intelligence oversight [Commentary]

Congress is not transparent enough about its intelligence oversight [Commentary]

Congress is currently debating changes to the legally authorized, court-supervised and administration-managed bulk records collection...

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Where is concern for crime-related violence? [Letter]

I just finished reading the article, "Michael Brown's parents come to Baltimore...

Newspaper has no right to personal information [Letter]

I'm tired of newspaper people hiding behind the "people have the right to know" line because no, they don't — especially if the parents of a minor have requested the information not be...

Expect Friday job numbers to be fixed [Letter]

President Barack Obama's modus operandi is to do what he always does. This Friday will be the last unemployment rate released until after the November election. The next numbers come out three days...

Obama's disrespectful salute [Letter]

There should be no doubt that President Obama's disgusting and disrespectful salute to the Marines saluting him as he exited Marine One with a cup of coffee in his hand is actually how Mr. Obama...

Israel committed war crimes during its invasion of Gaza [Letter]

Letter writer Irwin E. Weiss could not be further from the truth when he refers to Israel's recent invasion of Gaza as its "recent war of defense" ("Compare and contrast: Israel in Gaza, U.S. in...

District 11 needs a do-over [Letter]

Every so often a vote is cast that defines a politician, and one is about to be cast.

Suicide is best explained with science, not Sartre [Letter]

Most people who kill themselves do so from a place of great pain, hopelessness, self-worthlessness and despair. But suicide is best explained not with reference to the concepts of philosopher Jean-...

Misbehaving cops [Editorial] 

Taking their queue from the classic movie "Casablanca," some city officials are declaring themselves "shocked, shocked!" to learn that police brutality is a serious problem in Baltimore. An investigative report on Sunday by The Sun'...

Making the most of teacher evaluations [Editorial] 

The good news from a study of Maryland's transition to a new teacher evaluation system is that we are doing better than perhaps any other state. The bad news is something just about every parent, student and educator in the state probably already know: The pace of school reforms in recent years...

The Holder legacy [Editorial] 

Of all the offices in the federal government, the job of attorney general may be one of the toughest as well the most thankless. Eric H. Holder, who announced last week that he is stepping down as the nation's top law enforcement official six years after becoming the first African-American ever to...

The transportation lockbox [Editorial] 

On the November ballot, voters across Maryland will face Question 1, a proposed constitutional amendment that places restrictions on the ability of the next governor and General Assembly to use transportation money to help balance the general fund. The so-called "lockbox" amendment deserves to be...

'Jews, Jews, Jews' [Editorial] 

In Yiddish you might call the perpetrator a paskudnik. In the street parlance of Baltimore, the term "dirt bag" comes to mind — as do some descriptions less appropriate for polite conversation. In any case, the driver who shot at several pedestrians with an air rifle or BB gun Thursday...

Our murky mission in Syria [Editorial] 

President Barack Obama went to the United Nations this week to rally the world against what he called "the network of death" embodied by the Islamic State and other extremist groups that have captured large parts of Iraq and Syria in recent months. Mr. Obama said that such groups only understand...

The budget apocalypse that isn't [Editorial] 

Maryland's revised budget estimates projecting collections of $405 million less than previously expected this year and next, coming as they are in the middle of a gubernatorial election, have prompted two politically charged questions. First, should Gov. Martin O'Malley seek additional budget cuts...

Cops and cameras [Editorial] 

Legislation introduced Monday in the City Council would require every Baltimore police officer to wear a body camera within a year. Though the proposal leaves many questions unanswered regarding how evidence from the devices could be used, who would have access to it and, not insignificantly, how...

Harford pay wars [Editorial] 

For most of Maryland, David R. Craig might be remembered best as the candidate for governor who finished second to Larry Hogan in the Republican primary earlier this year. But there's another title the outgoing Harford County Executive ought to have wrapped up — the elected official least...

Don't shut off the White House [Editorial] 

There's simply no excuse for the Secret Service to have allowed an apparently deranged man to vault over the White House fence on Friday then sprint across the lawn and actually enter the president's residence through an unlocked door before he was tackled and apprehended. Heads should roll for a...

The Ravens' story shifts [Editorial] 

During a lengthy and wide-ranging news conference Monday, Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti said one thing that is indisputably true: that both his competence and his integrity are being questioned in the wake of the Ray Rice domestic abuse scandal. They are, and quite rightly so. For all his...

License to deport [Editorial] 

Maryland's decision to join a handful of states that allow undocumented immigrants the chance to obtain driver's licenses was a pragmatic one designed to keep residents safe. Border security, deportation policy and pathways to citizenship are not within Maryland's purview, but ensuring that...

Perdue's ruffled feathers [Editorial]

Last week, Jim Perdue spoke at a Maryland Chamber of Commerce event to complain about the regulatory environment in the state where his company roosts. "The problem is, we have no seat at the table in Maryland," the Perdue Farms chairman said, according to the Baltimore Business Journal. "Even if we...

More talk, more action [Editorial]

Monocles are off to the New Yorker for the best headline we've seen yet regarding climate change, this week's United Nations summit in New York and the large-scale demonstrations that have accompanied it: "Largest Climate-Change March in History Unlikely to Convince Idiots." It's harsh but fair.

An alternative to fat-cat politics [Editorial] 

Seemingly little noticed outside Rockville was a Montgomery County Council subcommittee's decision this week in support of public financing of local political campaigns. If, as expected, the legislation is approved by the full council, Montgomery County would become the first subdivision in Maryland...

Immigrant city [Editorial] 

Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake's report on strategies to attract immigrants to Baltimore offers dozens of recommendations, but for those who are not immigrants or connected to the immigrant community, it may raise two big questions. First, at a time when the national debate about immigration...

Changing politics of health care [Editorial] 

A former Arizona state senator named Russell Pearce resigned as vice chairman of the state's Republican Party recently because he suggested that if he ran Medicaid, the first thing he'd do would be to put female recipients on birth control implants or require tubal ligation. Then he'd test all...

Risks of war [Editorial] 

Members of both parties in the House of Representatives held their noses this week to pass legislation authorizing the president to train foreign forces to confront the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, and the Senate is due to vote on the same measure today. Many Republicans have reluctantly...

Bad cops and videotape [Editorial] 

The suspension of a Baltimore City police officer this week after a videotape surfaced showing him violently assaulting a citizen in June appears to confirm what has become a depressing pattern: A brutal attack that should have merited a swift response from authorities was instead met with a passive...

OPINION POLL

34th Street residents are threatening to pull the plug on the annual Christmas light display in Hampden for safety's sake amid an uptick in area crime. Should they call it quits?

34th Street residents are threatening to pull the plug on the annual Christmas light display in Hampden for safety's sake amid an uptick in area crime. Should they call it quits?

  • Yes
  • No
  • Not sure

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.