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The GOP is divided over 'Ex-Im' [Commentary]

Most people have never heard of it. Fewer still understand how it operates. But it is the focal point of a (mostly) intramural Republican fight playing out in...

An enemy revisited [Commentary]

With the meteoric rise of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), the United States and Iran find themselves in the peculiar position of seeing their...

Broadband lessons from Europe [Commentary]

Broadband lessons from Europe [Commentary]

As the Federal Communications Commission considers whether to regulate the Internet as a public...

Hillary's money 'problem' [Commentary]

Hillary's money 'problem' [Commentary]

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's much-publicized book tour has kicked off...

Keep them in class  [Editorial]

Keep them in class [Editorial]

It's heartening that Baltimore City's new schools CEO, Gregory Thornton, has made limiting the...

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The GOP is divided over 'Ex-Im' [Commentary]

Robert L. Ehrlich Jr.: The GOP is divided over 'Ex-Im' [Commentary]

Most people have never heard of it. Fewer still understand how it operates. But it is the focal point of a (mostly) intramural Republican...

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Towson misrepresented plans for softball stadium [Letter]

One would hope that our state universities and their leaders would possess high integrity. The Rodgers Forge community has found that not to be the case in its recent dealings with President...

What inspires you to vote? [Letter]

Dan Rodricks' column "Excuses aside, Maryland...

Border crisis is Obama's mess [Letter]

President Barack Obama first gives the "come on" signal to these Central American countries. So they take him up on it and overwhelm our already overworked border patrol. Now Mr. Obama is asking for...

Let's fire the Balto. Co. Council [Letter]

Speaking on behalf of myself and not the new Norwood Holabird Community Association, I think people should be aware of what went on at the Baltimore County Council work session on July 1. I went...

City could host immigrant children [Letter]

Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake and Maryland's federal delegation should be ashamed at themselves to block a plan by the Obama administration to shelter for immigrant children at the recently closed...

Clean up the bay before it's too late [Letter]

I am writing in response to Chris Wood's commentary about pollution in the Chesapeake Bay ("Trout, the bay — and your drinking water — at risk in the Senate," June 18).

Global needs: food and birth control [Letter]

While writer Mike Gesker ("U.S. food aid still critical abroad," July 10) rightly...

Md.'s public financing resurrection [Editorial]

Republican gubernatorial candidate Larry Hogan's decision to accept public campaign financing for the general election is both good and bad for democracy in Maryland. It's good in that it validates the notion that our prospective leaders can and should seek to gain public office without being...

America's refugee crisis [Editorial]

The flood of unaccompanied minors from Central America across the United States' southern border in recent months has raised a knotty problem for Congress and President Barack Obama: What do you call thousands of children illegally entering the country without their parents — a failure to...

Government out of sorts [Editorial]

It's a pretty safe bet that the year and month a vehicle registration is due for renewal is unknown to the average car owner living in Maryland or anywhere else for that matter. Most of us probably can't recall our tag number (even though it's a useful bit of information when registering at a hotel)...

Hogan and Hobby Lobby [Letter]

Within hours of the Supreme Court's decision last week that closely-held corporations could deny coverage for contraceptives through their employees' health insurance policies if doing so violated the owners' religious convictions, Gov. Martin O'Malley took to Twitter to decry the verdict: "No woman...

A win-win for Hopkins [Editorial]

The tentative contract reached early Tuesday between Johns Hopkins Hospital and the labor union representing about 2,000 of its service workers represents a victory not only for the hospital and members of 1199 SEIU United Healthcare Workers East but for Baltimore. The contract raises wages, in some...

Fireworks in Howard County [Editorial]

In Howard County, it's perfectly legal to consume the biggest, most gargantuan family-size bag of barbecue-flavored potato chips at one sitting and wash it down with a case of the most sugary soda ever made. Or, if that's not your taste, perhaps something more along the lines of the Homer Simpson...

A dangerous turning point in Israel [Editorial]

As the situation in Israel threatens to spiral out of control, that nation's leaders took important steps on Sunday to rein in a cycle of violence that began with the kidnapping and killing of three Israeli teens last month. The arrest of six Israelis in the killing of a Palestinian teenager, who...

Maryland's road to independence [Editorial]

The Free State was not so keen to free itself of Great Britain, holding out until the last hour before agreeing to support a declaration that would change history.

Sticking to their guns [Editorial]

It's a mystery why Anne Arundel County school officials are insisting on digging themselves deeper into the hole they're already in over the suspension last year of 7-year-old Joshua Welch, a Park Elementary student who allegedly nibbled his breakfast pastry into the shape of a gun. At a time when...

Guarding local swimmers [Editorial]

The Maryland and Delaware Atlantic Ocean beach resorts got a bit of good news to kick off the summer season this past week. The latest survey by the National Resources Defense Council rates both states as having some of the cleanest beach water in the country.

Exposing predators [Editorial]

Victims advocates are expressing dismay over a decision this week by Maryland's highest court that could lead to the removal of hundreds of names from a list of registered sex offenders in the state. The advocates say removing names from the registry could put women and children at greater risk by...

Warning signs for Md.'s budget [Editorial]

Gov. Martin O'Malley's decision to seek $77 million in cuts to a budget that's barely 24 hours old is a sobering reminder that the state's economic recovery is tenuous at best. Maryland experienced no gross domestic product growth last year, and job creation here has been far from steady so far in...

Pumping up gas prices [Editorial]

The Fourth of July weekend is traditionally one of the busiest travel times of the year, and it's a safe bet that a lot of Marylanders will hit the roads to Ocean City and beyond. As often happens when mid-summer vacations beckon, gas...

Stacking the deck [Editorial]

A year after Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake pledged to reinvigorate the city's civilian police review board, panel members say nothing much has changed. That's hardly surprising. The board still lacks the power to investigate citizens' complaints of police misconduct in a timely fashion,...

Public unions at risk [Editorial]

The Supreme Court didn't kill a key underpinning of public sector unionism Monday, but it surely put it on life support. The court's ruling in the Illinois case Harris v. Quinn, which related to the mandatory collection of so-called "fair share" fees from home health care workers whose wages are...

Corporations trump people in Supreme Court's Hobby Lobby decision [Editorial]

In recognizing that for-profit corporations like Hobby Lobby can hold religious beliefs that trump secular laws like the Affordable Care Act's requirement that women have access to contraceptives without out-of-pocket costs, the Supreme Court has moved the nation in an unwelcome direction....

More than 'growing pains' at Morgan [Editorial]

In a recent commentary published in The Sun, Morgan State University President David Wilson described in glowing terms a multimillion-dollar NASA grant his institution won three years ago to conduct advanced climate and Earth sciences research. Mr. Wilson called the contract, which could total $28.5...

Walk this way

At the urging of fire and rescue personnel upset by continuing roadway carnage, Baltimore County's top officials recently announced an effort to reduce pedestrian accidents and fatalities. If anything, the campaign is overdue given that the county recorded 22 pedestrian crash fatalities last year...

OPINION POLL

GOP suing Obama [Poll]

Should the GOP sue President Obama over his failure to enforce certain provisions of the Affordable Care Act, as they've promised to do?

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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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