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No looking backward [Commentary]

No looking backward [Commentary]

Americans should not be deterred from working to improve our health care system despite difficulties with implementing the websites of the health insurance exchanges as part of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Our resolve for improved health care should be stronger than ever. The U.S. has the best doctors and nurses in the world, and they work very hard, but they work every day in a broken system.

Will 'House of Cards' fold? [Commentary]

The debacle regarding film tax credits at the recent legislative session could potentially cause Maryland to lose one of the finest TV programs around today,...

Public financing leads to public accountability [Commentary]

For many years, special interests — particularly the development industry — have played an inordinate role in financing the campaigns of county...

Google cartoons

Cartoons of the day: Google [Pictures]

In this week's news, Google Glass went on sale for a day, and Google drones may soon be in the sky...

Robert B. Reich: The distributional games [Commentary]

Robert B. Reich: The distributional games [Commentary]

Every year I ask the students in my "Wealth and Poverty" class to play a simple game. I have them...

Setting priorities in Balto. Co.  [Editorial]

Setting priorities in Balto. Co. [Editorial]

The prevailing governing philosophy of Baltimore County might well be summed up, with apologies to...

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Public financing leads to public accountability [Commentary]

Public financing leads to public accountability [Commentary]

For many years, special interests — particularly the development industry — have played an inordinate role in financing the...

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Brown must face the music [Letter]

To vote in November for Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown for governor of our state will likely mean MOTS (More Of The Same) from Annapolis.

Credit has its advantages [Letter]

I was surprised that Thomas F. Schaller didn't mention that some of us who "diligently pay the full monthly balance" on our credit cards receive rewards on some cards that can be redeemed as cash or...

Thanks to The Sun for going after city schools' red ink [Letter]

The Sun's editorial page is not the part of the newspaper that normally gives me comfort; however, the paper's opinion on the deficit facing the city schools was a good job ("Seeing red over city...

McCormick building should never have been demolished [Letter]

It is unclear why Dan Rodricks would insult historic preservationists by dismissing our efforts in 1988-1989 to save the beloved, completely reusable...

Buried on page eight [Letter]

Years ago Joseph N. Welch, then a defense attorney for the U.S. Army during the Army-McCarthy hearings in Washington, sharply questioned Wisconsin Sen. Joseph McCarthy, who was leading the...

Baltimore could use some dumpsters [Letter]

Letter writer Raymond Bahr ("City cleanup requires more than sweeping," April...

Screening for Alzheimer's carries its own risks [Letter]

I write in response to Susan Peschin's recent commentary on Alzheimer's disease ("Alzheimer's again gets the short shrift," April 14).

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...

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...

Lost in jail [Editorial]

In Maryland, those arrested on the street or after police have obtained a warrant must be given a court hearing within 24 hours of being taken into custody. At that initial hearing they have a chance to learn the charges against them and to request their release pending trial.

An artful education [Editorial]

There's a very good reason Baltimore's incoming schools CEO, Gregory Thornton, worked so hard to restore music and art programs in the Milwaukee schools during his three-year tenure as superintendent there: Kids who learn to draw, dance, play an instrument or act on stage are more focused, get...

A win for the billionaires [Editorial]

In the world of John G. Roberts Jr., it appears the only true case of government corruption is the "American Hustle" style of handing over a pile of money to a congressman in some smoke-filled backroom deal. Yet here in the real world, we've come to understand that corruption is a subtler evil where...

OPINION POLL

Jailed police officer [Poll]

Did a Baltimore judge make the right call in sentencing a city police officer to 45 days in jail for beating up a drug suspect who had broken into the home of the officer's girlfriend? Another officer set the stage for the attack.

  • 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.

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