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More talk, more action  [Editorial]

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.

Tolerance in the new year [Commentary]

Jews around the globe will gather in synagogues Wednesday to mark the start of Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year. There is a change in the air as fall...

Has World War III begun? [Commentary]

Has World War III begun? [Commentary]

While recently commemorating the World War I centenary at an Italian military cemetery, Pope Francis declared: "Even today, after the second failure of...

What is and is not child abuse [Commentary]

What is and is not child abuse [Commentary]

My mother was a child abuser. I was, too. In fact, growing up, pretty much every parent I knew...

Why do Americans hate America? [Commentary]

Why do Americans hate America? [Commentary]

After some hand-wringing over British citizens who have chosen to fight with ISIS, Prime Minister&...

It's not just the pay gap [Commentary]

It's not just the pay gap [Commentary]

Women are often the backbones of our families — deftly balancing the needs of the household...

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Howard Baker, the last of the Republican moderates [Commentary]

Howard Baker, the last of the Republican moderates [Commentary]

At a time when the Republican Party needs a heavy dose of compromise to bring functionality back to government, one of its most admirable...

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Sun neglects climate march [Letter]

Immigrants are turned off by Baltimore's schools, too [Letter]

Cheers to O's for fighting lung cancer [Letter]

The Orioles have already given Baltimore much to be proud of this week by clinching the American League East division title. Not as well known is another reason for Baltimore to be proud of this...

Care for God's creation [Letter]

The Ecumenical Leaders Group represents seven denominations of Christian churches in Maryland. We are heartsick about the impact climate change is having on our neighbors close to home and around...

Crisis prompts life lessons from UM health providers [Letter]

It is during times of crisis that we see the very "best" in our fellow Americans. First responders and other heroic professionals routinely surprise us with tremendous and often unexpected acts.

Baltimoreans take pride in anthem and the 'O' [Letter]

Born and raised here, a true "Son of Baltimore," I have witnessed the evolution and controversy of the "O!" sung during "The Star-Spangled Banner" since its origins in the cheap seats of Memorial...

Pollution controls needed for coal-fired plants [Letter]

The Maryland Department of the Environment recently revealed a draft rule that would finally require coal-powered plants in the Baltimore-Washington region to reduce nitrogen oxide emissions by 48...

NFL players also have stories that inspire [Letter]

By now, just about everyone knows how much unwanted publicity the NFL has received recently as it deals with player misconduct. So I want thank reporter Aaron Wilson for choosing to report something...

Hogan's sloppy thinking [Letter]

I have not missed a primary or general election since I was old enough to vote more than 50 years ago. I am well aware that political ads are frequently misleading. However, after teaching mathematics...

The impact of climate change affects us all [Letter]

This weekend, international leaders and more than 100,000 concerned citizens will converge on New York City seeking solutions to the problem of climate change. I'll be there.

Give 16-year-olds the vote [Letter]

On Sept. 17, 1787, the 55 delegates of the Constitutional Convention held their final meeting with one item on the agenda — signing the Constitution.

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...

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...

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...

Orioles magic returns [Editorial] 

Not long ago, it was suggested by more than one sportswriter that the Baltimore Orioles would never again win the American League East. Not merely because they were bad (although during the post-1997 cellar-dwelling years, they certainly were) but because the checkbook-advantaged franchises in New...

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...

The Hogan agenda, according to Brown [Editorial] 

Last week, the Maryland Democratic Party crowed about a poll showing Lt. Gov. Anthony G. Brown with a 14-point lead over Republican Larry Hogan. The Hogan campaign, the state GOP and others -- including the American Association of Public Opinion Research -- have questioned that poll's methodology,...

The Ebola threat [Editorial] 

President Barack Obama announced today that he will send up to 3,000 health workers and military personnel to Liberia to help stem the outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus in West Africa that has paralyzed the health system there and threatened the lives of millions of people in the region. It's about...

A spectacular weekend for Baltimore [Editorial] 

After something of a rough week, the city showed off its best to a national audience with this weekend's Star Spangled Spectacular, packing downtown with residents and tourists alike to celebrate a singular moment in American history. The rain cleared in time for the Blue Angels, the Orioles took...

NFL now must tackle child abuse [Editorial] 

The National Football League received more domestic violence-related bad news last week with the arrest of Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson, who was charged over the weekend in Texas with reckless or negligent injury to a child. The allegation is that he used a tree branch or "switch"...

O, say can you still see? [Editorial] 

Whether "Baltimore — Birthplace of the Star-Spangled Banner" is destined to become the city's official motto, as the City Council recently endorsed, is less important than a troubling bit of information that arose during the council's debate over the matter. Polls suggest only about one in...

Hooked on pills [Editorial]

State officials are hoping a new public health initiative to track the distribution and sale of highly addictive prescription drugs in Maryland can help reduce the number of people who abuse such medications. The initiative, inspired by a program originally developed in Kentucky 15 years ago, has...

Birth control bait-and-switch [Editorial] 

In what on the surface seems like a remarkable turnaround, a number of conservative Republican Senate candidates this year are supporting a proposal to expand access to birth control by making it available without a prescription as an over-the-counter medication. Wider access to birth control...

Be home by curfew [Editorial]

City officials report that Baltimore police picked up fewer children than expected on the streets late at night after the city's new curfew law went into effect last month. Supporters of the tougher curfew say that suggests parents and children have gotten the message that young people need to be...

Too much carbon, too little time [Editorial] 

If increasingly extreme weather events around the world weren't alarming enough, the latest monitoring by the World Meteorological Organization shows last year was the worst ever for rising levels of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. Their report released Tuesday demonstrates why efforts to curb...

Obama's craven delay on immigration [Editorial]

Want to know what average Americans think of a president who makes decisions based on politics and not what he actually believes in? President Barack Obama should rent a copy of "The American President" with friends and listen to the cheers when President Andrew Shepherd as played by Michael Douglas...

The NFL wants you to forget [Editorial]

The Baltimore Ravens will return to the field against the arch-rival Pittsburgh Steelers on Thursday, and the team and the NFL are undoubtedly hoping that football fans here, there and in the nationwide television audience will forget everything they have seen and read in the past few days about Ray...

ISIS is not invincible [Editorial] 

President Barack Obama plans to address the nation tomorrow to lay out his strategy for defeating ISIS, the radical Islamist group whose gruesome beheadings and mass killings have terrorized tens of thousands of Iraqi and Syrian civilians in the areas it controls. The actions he is expected to...

Remember the victim [Editorial]

Janay Rice's public message today about the Ravens' decision to cut her husband, running back Ray Rice, and the NFL's decision to ban him for life after a video was published showing him knocking her unconscious is likely to have precisely the opposite of the effect she desired, drawing more...

Replacing Mr. Cole [Editorial] 

City Council President Bernard C. "Jack" Young is expected Tuesday to formally begin the process of finding a replacement for former Councilman William H. Cole IV, who resigned to become head of the Baltimore Development Corporation. Much is at stake for Mr. Cole's district, which encompasses a...

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Police body cameras [Poll]

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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.