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Maryland Voices

Common sense sentencing

The federal prison system holds thousands of inmates who probably don't need to be there, either because they received unduly long sentences for low-level, nonviolent drug offenses committed decades ago, or because they're now simply too old to represent much of a threat (crime being overwhelmingly...

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  • What's possible for Afghanistan?

    What's possible for Afghanistan?

    The unintentional U.S. airstrike on a hospital in Afghanistan over the weekend was a terrible tragedy that highlighted the problems facing the American commanders attempting to support local Afghan government troops against a growing Taliban insurgency. The attack killed 22 people, including 12...

  • Let the trade debate begin

    Let the trade debate begin

    We live in an age of near-instantaneous information in which the noise of mayhem on a city street can echo around the globe before the first responders arrive on the scene. Combine this with special interest politics and modern brass-knuckle partisanship and there is a danger many Americans expect...

  • Is Gov. Hogan unbeatable?

    Is Gov. Hogan unbeatable?

    Let's say you're a Democrat in Maryland's legislature, faced with the seemingly unthinkable situation that your party's anointed candidate for governor managed somehow to lose to a Republican. A year into his term, you're already well into plotting his downfall in the next election when a poll...

Readers Respond

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  • Liberalism's dependence on the racism narrative

    Liberalism's dependence on the racism narrative

    I most appreciate The Baltimore Sun's publication of Liz Copeland's op-ed ("Baltimore's woes have liberal roots," Sept. 29), particularly as it deviates dangerously from the paper's liberal agenda. Perhaps the letter avoided suppression because it did not delve deeply into how and why liberal leadership...

  • Bring back the Public Safety Compact

    Bring back the Public Safety Compact

    The Public Safety Compact has been proven as a viable reinvestment strategy ("Maryland should revive anti-recidivism program," Oct. 2). This program has clients who have never been out of prison for more than one year in the past but are now becoming productive members of society. These men and...

  • Kamenetz's irresponsible A.C. ploy

    Kamenetz's irresponsible A.C. ploy

    Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz says he has a plan to place air conditioning in all Baltimore County schools, but there are several problems with his idea ("Kamenetz says state needs to help accelerate school air conditioning," Oct. 7). Mr. Kamenetz wants the state to provide school money...

  • City charters right to sue over funding

    City charters right to sue over funding

    It does not come as a shock that more charter schools have joined the legal battle for equitable funding ("More charter schools join funding lawsuit, as City Council plans to probe issue," Oct. 7). Charter schools are public schools, and students who choose to leave their traditional public school...

  • Liquor board should listen to Dr. Wen

    Liquor board should listen to Dr. Wen

    Kudos to Baltimore Health Commissioner Leana S. Wen for her recent op-ed ("City liquor board should safeguard residents' health," Sept. 29). This ongoing issue of bars and other liquor outlets and the Baltimore City liquor board's decisions regarding them has several parts to it. There are different...

Online-Only Op-Eds

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  • Raw politics drives GOP probes of Benghazi, Planned Parenthood

    Raw politics drives GOP probes of Benghazi, Planned Parenthood

     It was nice of House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy to clarify that a primary goal of the Republicans' never-ending investigations into the Benghazi terror attack was to do damage to the leading Democratic candidate for president, Hillary Clinton. Now, if he would just acknowledge that the current...

  • Putin cutting Obama down to size

    Putin cutting Obama down to size

    If the humiliation of the Obama administration continues at this rate, you should soon expect to see Secretary of State John Kerry on all fours at the United Nations, getting paddled by the Russian foreign minister and shouting, "Thank you, comrade! May I have another?" Last Monday, President Obama...

  • We need cops with people skills

    We need cops with people skills

    What can I do? Not quite six months ago, a reader named Tracy posed that question to me, and I, in turn, posed it to you. Tracy, a 55-year-old white woman from Austin, said she was sick of hearing about unarmed African-American men being injured or killed by police. "What can be done?" she asked....

  • To replace Boehner, why not Newt Gingrich for speaker?

    To replace Boehner, why not Newt Gingrich for speaker?

    Almost exactly seven years ago, House Speaker John Boehner said of the Wall Street bailout bill, "I think this thing is a crap sandwich" — but he'd vote for it anyway. I remarked at the time, "It's crap sandwiches for as far as the eye can see" — and I was right. Mr. Boehner finally had his fill...

  • Bob Iger for president?

    Bob Iger for president?

    Early in Donald Trump's time on NBC's The Apprentice, I wrote a column for The New York Times wondering why the network had cast someone with such a spotty business record (especially from the perspective of his casino shareholders) in the role of successful business tycoon. Mr. Trump called me...