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Tribal law in America [Commentary]

Tribal law in America [Commentary] 

An anthropologist looking back from some more enlightened future at American values and gender roles in this young century would learn much from the cases of Shaneen Allen and Ray Rice, concluding that we remain a highly patriarchal, tribal and violent society not much more advanced in our legal or governing systems than our most primitive ancestors.

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...

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 abused their kids.

Immigrant city  [Editorial]

Immigrant city [Editorial] 

Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake's report on strategies to attract immigrants to Baltimore offers...

UMUC should focus on education, not business [Commentary]

UMUC should focus on education, not business [Commentary] 

The University of Maryland University College (UMUC) is in crisis with declining student numbers....

The 'American Dream': ¿paraíso artificial? [Commentary]

The 'American Dream': ¿paraíso artificial? [Commentary] 

It sounds great on the surface that there would actually be a place in the world where opportunity...

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Tribal law in America [Commentary]

Tribal law in America [Commentary] 

An anthropologist looking back from some more enlightened future at American values and gender roles in this young century would learn...

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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.

Baltimore has Birds to crow about [Letter]

O's fans know anthem is not a prayer [Letter]

I read with interest Roy Valiant's letter ("Stop desecrating the anthem,"...

Does Larry Hogan not have an agenda, or is The Sun just not reporting it? [Letter]

Nice of you to write an editorial calling on Larry Hogan to define his agenda ("The Hogan...

Is Larry Hogan a politician or not? [Letter]

Larry Hogan, the Republican gubernatorial candidate, presents himself as someone who is strongly against politics as usual. To strengthen this claim he asserts that he is a small businessman "not a...

Get flu shot, then worry about Ebola [Letter]

It may be reasonable to be prepared in case Ebola presents in the U.S., but would our population not do better to listen to rational information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and...

We should respect our National Anthem at Orioles games [Letter]

Congratulations to letter writer Roy Valiant for saying what a lot of us think. Our National Anthem should be treated with respect, not just to honor a song, a flag and our country but also to honor...

Hildebrand & Co. concert a rare treat [Letter]

David and Ginger Hildebrand, founders of the Colonial Music Institute, have a rare but obvious talent that facilitated a musical program that includes historical information about our city and state...

Constructive criticism [Letter]

I am one of the millions of Americans whose family came to the U.S. with two suitcases and debt for their safe passage into the U.S. Fast forward a few decades and you see they have fulfilled the...

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"...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Star-spangled predictions [Editorial] 

One hundred years ago today, The Sun's editorial board commemorated the centennial of the defense of Fort McHenry and Francis Scott Key's writing of what would become the national anthem by offering predictions of what the world — and Baltimore — would be like a century hence. The...

Reckless and callous [Editorial] 

The Ravens insist they had not seen the video taken by an Atlantic City casino elevator security camera showing Ray Rice knock out his then-fiancée, now wife, Janay Palmer, until it was posted Monday morning by the website tmz.com. Ditto the National Football League. Thus, we are expected...

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...

Women's rights upheld [Editorial] 

The veritable tidal wave of abortion restrictions pushed by fundamentalist Christians and other socially conservative groups at the state level in recent years has run into a formidable sea wall in the nation's federal courtrooms. Judges are standing up for women's reproductive rights and setting...

OPINION POLL

Ruling out 'boots on the ground' [Poll]

Has President Obama made a mistake promising that there will be no ground troop combat forces deployed to defeat the Islamic State?

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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.