MARYLAND VOICES

Gone, never forgotten [Commentary]

Gone, never forgotten [Commentary] 

Maryland native Joseph Gantt joined the Army at 18, serving with distinction as a Sergeant First Class in the South Pacific during World War II, even though the military segregated him because of the color of his skin. Gantt had redeployed to the front lines of Korea in December 1950 as a field medic with the 2nd Infantry Division when his unit was overrun by enemy forces. Gantt was thrown into a prison camp and reportedly died there in March 1951. But his wife, Clara Gantt, refused to lose faith. She never remarried, hoping that he would come home someday.

Transforming UMUC  [Editorial]

The University of Maryland University College has long been at the forefront of online continuing education and job training for its mostly adult student body,...

Medicare's pleasant surprise  [Editorial]

Between the crises in the Middle East and Ukraine and the outbreak of Ebola in West Africa, it's difficult to get domestic news on the front page this week, let...

Manage student debt with public-private partnerships [Commentary]

Manage student debt with public-private partnerships [Commentary] 

Student debt has grown to over $1 trillion in the United States and is continuing to climb. In fact,...

U.S. labor numbers don't tell the labor story [Commentary]

U.S. labor numbers don't tell the labor story [Commentary] 

The Labor Department is expected to report this week that the economy added 235,000 jobs in July,...

Disruptive democracy in Towson  [Editorial]

Disruptive democracy in Towson [Editorial] 

We take the Baltimore County Police Department at its word that its officers were just trying to...

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Reserve H1B visas for U.S. firms [Letter]

I help run a consulting services company founded and run by American citizens and headquartered in Northern Virginia.

Build on rising consumer confidence [Letter]

Does the recent uptick in consumer confidence indicate that the agendas of the White House and Congress are misaligned with middle class aspirations? The U.S. consumer confidence index jumped to 90....

Double jeopardy for Ray Rice? [Letter]

Here's what bothers me about the Ray Rice punishment: Don't we already have a criminal-justice system?

Reimer shows prejudice in immigration demonstration column [Letter]

Susan Reimer's op-ed about a peaceful demonstration in Annapolis lacked any substance. She repeatedly referred to the demonstrators as "hateful"...

Want to expand the EITC? Cut fraud first [Letter]

It is not surprising that The Sun would want to spend even more money on the Earned Income Tax Credit, despite the fact that the Treasury Department reports that one-fourth of the recipients get the...

Spare the Dumbarton trees [Letter]

I know there has been a lot of controversy about the plan for Baltimore County Public Schools to destroy huge, century-old trees behind Dumbarton Middle School and an effort to save the Dumbarton...

O'Malley jumps to a pro-fracking conclusion [Letter]

I was surprised to see in Tim Wheeler

Privatization not the answer to Social Security's computer woes [Letter]

Letter writer Thomas F. McDonough has it all wrong ("Social Security boondoggle proves conservatives' point," July 29).

Ryan's safety net [Editorial] 

It didn't take Democrats much time to denounce Rep. Paul Ryan's latest plan for addressing poverty in this country. The main feature of the Republican's proposed "Opportunity Grant" would be to roll a lot of social welfare programs together and leave it mostly to states to decide how the money is...

The way forward in Gaza [Editorial] 

More than two weeks into the latest round of fighting in Gaza neither Israel nor Hamas, the militant Islamic group that controls the territory, have shown any sign of backing off from the confrontation. So far, more than 800 Palestinians, most of them civilians, have been killed, as well as more...

Are phosphorus rules in trouble? 

If all went as planned, Gov. Martin O'Malley spent this past weekend in Iowa, his second trip to the state in a month, which puts him about two visits ahead of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton this year. His purpose is hardly a secret as he's considered a likely Democratic candidate, albeit...

Another botched execution [Editorial] 

Arizona's execution this week of convicted double-murderer Joseph R. Wood III took so long that his attorneys had time to file another request for a stay and get a Supreme Court justice on the phone while it was going on. According to an Arizona Republic reporter who witnessed the execution, Mr....

Goodbye, HSA [Editorial] 

The Maryland state board of education's decision this week to replace the English and Algebra I High School Assessments with new tests tied to the Common Core curriculum predictably has sparked complaints that educators are moving too quickly to adopt the more rigorous standard. But we've known...

Obamacare subsidy rulings highlight GOP intransigence [Editorial] 

On Tuesday, one federal appellate court read the Affordable Care Act to, rather nonsensically, prohibit the federal government from providing subsidies to consumers in states that chose not to set up their own health insurance exchanges and to use the federal one instead. Another federal appellate...

Beretta's back story [Editorial] 

Beretta U.S.A.'s decision to move all of its American manufacturing facilities from its long-time home in Prince George's County to a new facility it's building in Tennessee has immediately put Maryland's new gun control law in the spotlight and has become a political football in the governor's...

Stop inversions now [Editorial] 

If your roof starts leaking live a sieve, it's not only prudent to get a new roof but to install a short-term fix — buckets to catch the water, perhaps, or a tarp — before your house is ruined. So should it be with so-called tax inversions by U.S. corporations. The long-term answer may...

Kids count; so do parents [Editorial] 

The Baltimore-based Annie E. Casey Foundation is out with its 25th Kids Count data book, measuring the wellbeing of children nationwide across a variety of health, economic, educational and community measures. In some ways, kids are much better off than they were in 1990, when the first book was...

Putin on the hot seat [Editorial] 

Russia's President Vladimir Putin was once lauded by supporters for his brilliance in cynically calling for a negotiated end to Ukraine's civil war while simultaneously escalating the conflict through secret shipments of arms and equipment to Russian-backed separatists there. Now that stratagem...

Standing up for children [Editorial] 

Another proposal to house undocumented children in Maryland and another shameful response. This time it wasn't rural Carroll County blasting the prospect of "illeagles" living outside Westminster, but a Baltimore County councilman decrying the potential presence of a mere 50 youngsters at St....

Iran talks must continue [Letter]

I want to thank you for the editorial regarding negotiations with Iran ("Keep talking with Iran," July 20). It is extremely important that the U.S. and Iran keep...

Protecting all crime victims 

City Police Commissioner Anthony Batts set an example for his fellow officers when he met recently with Baltimore's transgender community to discuss the murder of a 26-year-old transgender woman whose body was found in a Northwest Baltimore alley last week. The death of Mia Henderson on Wednesday,...

An appeal to women voters [Editorial] 

It should come as no surprise that Democrats are looking to women voters for help this fall and plan to use the Hobby Lobby decision — and an assault of women's reproductive rights generally — as part of their rallying cry. In a meeting Friday with The Sun's editorial board, House...

Another war in Gaza [Editorial] 

The five-hour cease fire between Hamas and Israel in the Gaza Strip was the calm before the storm. Hamas rockets began raining down on Israel at the moment the United Nations-requested lull ended on Thursday afternoon. Israel waited a bit longer — three hours or so — before resuming...

Keep talking with Iran [Editorial] 

President Barack Obama and officials in Iran have suggested that they will extend current talks about the Islamic State's nuclear program beyond Sunday's deadline if no agreement is reached. It is essential that they do so and that hard-line voices on both sides continue to give negotiators the...

Md. should stay the course on Obamacare fix [Editorial] 

Pardon us if we are not completely reassured by officials' insistence that glitches recently discovered in the Connecticut Affordable Care Act health insurance exchange that Maryland is in the process of adapting will be fixed well before the site goes live here in November. To learn that a coding...

OPINION POLL

Selling city garages [Poll]

Should Baltimore sell four of its 17 parking garages to raise money for city recreation centers?

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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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