MARYLAND VOICES

Spare the rod? [Commentary]

Susan Reimer: Spare the rod? [Commentary]

Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson has been charged in Texas with felony child abuse for allegedly beating his 4-year-old son so badly with a switch that it left welts, bruises and cuts on his back, buttocks, legs and scrotum and defensive wounds on his hands.

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...

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...

Baltimore's Revolutionary jewel [Commentary]

Baltimore's Revolutionary jewel [Commentary]

Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake is right. We will not succeed in growing Baltimore's future by...

Reality impinges on Obama's Middle East strategy [Commentary]

Reality impinges on Obama's Middle East strategy [Commentary]

The strategy President Barack Obama has laid out to "degrade and ultimately destroy" the new...

Birth control bait-and-switch  [Editorial]

Birth control bait-and-switch [Editorial] 

In what on the surface seems like a remarkable turnaround, a number of conservative Republican...

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Our family's restaurant [Commentary]

Susan Reimer: Our family's restaurant [Commentary]

In the middle of a day of errands, I did what I have done for years. Found a parking spot in front of Mamma Lucia's in Annapolis to grab a...

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Confederate flag an emblem of Southern gentility, refinement [Letter]

Michael Foucault, the French philosopher who wrote on asylums, hysterical administrators and irrational bureaucrats, allegedly asked his host when he visited America to show him a high school. After...

Violent behavior extends far beyond NFL [Letter]

I just finished Scott Green's excellent letter regarding the Ray Rice story and the public's reaction to recently aired video of Mr. Rice striking his then-fiancée, Janay Palmer, in a hotel...

Ray Rice and wife need the public's love and support [Letter]

I would like to thank Paul McCardell for doing the research and Susan Reimer

Pre-K doesn't help children learn [Letter]

Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown says Larry Hogan doesn't care about children and that is why he is against Mr. Brown's pre-K plan for everyone in the state. But what Mr. Brown doesn't say is how he proposes to...

Sun wrong on OTC birth control [Letter]

As regards the figures quoted in your "bait-and-switch" editorial ("Birth control bait-and-...

A banner weekend for Baltimore [Letter]

I wonder how many Baltimoreans recognize how special this past weekend was ("A...

Media mishandled Rice episode, too [Letter]

I have been disappointed in the media for years because they seem to try to make the news instead of reporting it. Recently, I have become particularly annoyed with the self-righteous busy bodies...

Firing Ray Rice does not fix the problem [Letter]

America, it's time to call it quits on the witch hunts. As my husband wrote on Facebook recently, more people have spent way more time hating Ray Rice than they have spent hating the ISIS folks who...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Crime and rehabilitation [Editorial] 

Last month a Howard County judge handed down a curious ruling in the case of a disturbed teenager charged with conspiring to murder her father. Circuit Judge William Tucker acknowledged that Morgan Lane Arnold, who was 14 at the time of the killing, suffers from a serious mental disorder. Yet he...

A speed bump for marriage equality [Editorial] 

The air of seeming inevitability that had developed around the idea of a successful constitutional challenge to state bans on gay marriage was punctured Wednesday by a federal judge in Louisiana. After 21 consecutive decisions favoring marriage equality in federal district and appellate courts since...

The Tell-Tale Heart [Editorial]

Edgar Allan Poe once wrote that those who dream during the day "are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night." So it seems entirely fitting that Baltimore can spend the first Purple Friday — or dare we say, Orange-Purple Friday — of September daydreaming of a...

Shadow boxing in the Md. governor's race [Editorial]

Those who thought that Lt. Gov. Anthony G. Brown would seek to ignore the fact that he faces competition in November's general election appear to be wrong. But to say that he is engaging with Republican nominee Larry Hogan isn't exactly right either. Rather, the Democrat and presumed front-runner...

The Tallinn declaration [Editorial] 

In the wake of Russia's increasingly belligerent behavior in Ukraine, President Barack Obama delivered a ringing declaration of NATO's support for the Baltic countries Wednesday in the capital of Estonia, a former Soviet Republic and current NATO member that also has reason to fear Russian...

The looming immigration fight [Editorial] 

The Department of Homeland Security reported recently that the flood of unaccompanied minors from Central America illegally crossing into the U.S. from Mexico has slowed to a trickle compared to just a few months ago. The reason? Mexican authorities, at the urging of the Obama administration, are...

Double voting? Not necessarily [Editorial] 

The recent report by Election Integrity Maryland that there may be as many as 164 individuals who voted in both Maryland and Virginia in the 2012 election hasn't exactly caused the Maryland Board of Elections to press the panic button. There's a reason for that: The numbers don't prove fraud and...

Obama in the lion's den [Commentary]

Addressing the annual American Legion convention in Charlotte last week, President Obama sugar-coated his defense of selective use of military force by reciting what's been done to cope with the Department of Veterans Affairs' failures to deliver promised benefits to returning troops.

OPINION POLL

U.Md.'s poetic uniforms [Poll]

Are you a fan of the new, poetry covered "Star-Spangled" uniforms created by Under Armour for the University of Maryland football team?

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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.