MARYLAND VOICES

Stop inversions now  [Editorial]

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 be tax reform, but right now the leaks have to be plugged.

Robert B. Reich: The rise of the non-working rich [Commentary]

In a new Pew poll, more than three-quarters of self-described conservatives believe "poor people have it easy because they can get government benefits without...

Summer jobs prepare the next generation [Commentary]

I landed my first summer job when I was 16.

A fairer (small) business environment  [Commentary]

Thomas F. Schaller: A fairer (small) business environment [Commentary] 

Is there a way to actually unite economic populists on the liberal left and libertarian right? Maybe...

Kids count; so do parents  [Editorial]

Kids count; so do parents [Editorial] 

The Baltimore-based Annie E. Casey Foundation is out with its 25th Kids Count data book, measuring...

Putin on the hot seat  [Editorial]

Putin on the hot seat [Editorial] 

Russia's President Vladimir Putin was once lauded by supporters for his brilliance in cynically...

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Critics of 'Alternative Response' are misinformed [Commentary]

Over the past year Maryland's Department of Human Resources has begun implementing a different approach to families reported for child abuse...

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Do what is right for children [Letter]

Jonathan David Farley, shame on you ("#Sendthemback," July 22). Your vitriol against...

Protests are not a sign of hate [Letter]

The headline of Susan Reimer

A case for the death penalty [Letter]

There is a reason even some libertarians support the death penalty, albeit in highly restricted cases. That's because of situations just like this — a brutal and thoroughly unjustifiable...

U.S. kids shortchanged by immigrants [Letter]

The 50 children headed for St. Vincent's Villa ("Standing up for children," July 21) will...

Spend money on Baltimore, not illegal immigrants [Letter]

I do not understand why President Barack Obama wants to spend taxpayer money providing for illegal immigrants. Whether children or adults, illegal immigrants should be deported. If our immigration...

When will Palestinians stand up to Hamas? [Letter]

In response to the letter to the editor from Lena Kahlaf Tuffaha in Wednesday's Sun ("...

Race and the response to the Central American immigrants [Letter]

Matters of race continually percolate to the top of our daily discourse. It is the unstated backdrop behind much of the attitudes surrounding the influx of illegal immigrant youth from our Central...

Putin is a thug, get used to it [Letter]

I almost thought your editorial on Russian President Putin and Ukraine was a joke ("Putin on the...

Our brothers' keepers [Letter]

The discussion about the immigrant children illegally crossing our borders illustrates the three faiths of the U.S. ("Mikulski, Democrats cut immigrant funding proposal," July 22).

We're spending money on child immigrants in the wrong place [Letter]

I'm familiar with St. Vincent's Villa's facilities and the great work they do. Theirs is the first location, in Maryland at least, that makes sense as a place to house the children illegally...

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...

Holder and race [Editorial]

For those not attuned to such things, the right-wing media has spent much of the week jumping up and down about Attorney General Eric Holder's appearance on ABC-TV last Sunday morning. His offense? He dared suggest that there was a "racial component" from "some people" who have criticized him and...

The Orioles' perch [Editorial]

The Baltimore Orioles have passed the mid-season mark sitting on a comfortable perch — first place in the American League East with a four game lead (five in the loss column) over the Toronto Blue Jays. It's difficult to know whether to be overjoyed or deeply suspicious.

Carroll's revealing 'illeagle' graffiti [Editorial]

We thank the nameless graffiti artist in Carroll County who spray painted a denunciation of an aborted plan to house some of the thousands of unaccompanied minors who have crossed the southern U.S. border in recent months at a military facility near Westminster. He or she has told us all we need...

The death of Damaud Martin: Looking but not seeing [Editorial]

The death of a severely disabled foster child earlier this month while under the care of a group home in Anne Arundel County that Maryland health regulators were in the process of shutting down inevitably raises the question of whether the boy's life could have been saved if state officials had...

Red Line roadblock [Editorial]

Last month, Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz wrote a letter to Maryland Transportation Secretary James T. Smith Jr. indicating his displeasure with certain aspects of the proposed Red Line light rail project. He doesn't want the county to contribute nearly as much as the state has proposed,...

MSA warning signs [Editorial]

State education officials told us that scores on this year's Maryland School Assessment exams would go down, and that they most certainly did. Schools state-wide embarked last fall on their first full year of instruction tied to the Common Core standards, but the tests this spring were still tied to...

Breaking a vicious cycle [Editorial]

For far too many young people who get caught up in the criminal justice system, an arrest or conviction for even a minor, non-violent offense can become a one-way ticket to a shrunken future that slams the door on opportunities for the rest of their lives. Being arrested as a teen increases a...

A temporary patch [Editorial]

In the world of highway repairs, the term "cold patch" refers to an asphalt mix that's used to temporarily fill potholes. Congress appears to be inching slowly toward its own version of a cold patch that would maintain funding for highway and transit projects for no more than now until the end of...

O'Malley's fiscal legacy [Editorial]

When the three major Wall Street bond rating agencies reaffirmed Maryland's AAA rating last week, Gov. Martin O'Malley issued a news release crediting his administration's "fiscally responsible approach" to budgeting. Given the extent to which Mr. O'Malley's fiscal stewardship has come under...

Keep them in class [Editorial]

It's heartening that Baltimore City's new schools CEO, Gregory Thornton, has made limiting the number of out-of-school suspensions for the system's youngest children a priority in his first weeks on the job. In doing so he has sent a strong signal to principals and teachers that they need to find...

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...

OPINION POLL

Ray Rice [suspension]

Was the 2-game suspension without pay lodged against Ravens running back Ray Rice for violating the National Football League's personal-conduct policy by allegedly striking his then fiancee (now wife) too lenient?

  • Yes
  • No
  • Not sure

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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