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  • Purging voter rolls to suppress turnout

    Purging voter rolls to suppress turnout

    Last week, the U.S. Solicitor General took the unusual step of reinterpreting a 24-year-old federal statute specifically designed to convenience voting in order to switch sides in a pending Supreme Court case that centers on Ohio’s aggressive purging of voter rolls. The Trump Justice Department...

  • The debt ceiling train wreck

    The debt ceiling train wreck

    With a Republican president and a Republican Congress, raising the debt ceiling should be no big deal. But what about this Republican president and this Republican Congress? In a battle of dysfunction, America’s economy stands on the brink. President Donald Trump has asked Congress to pass a “clean”...

  • An 'update' on Baltimore violence prevention strategies: They're not working

    An 'update' on Baltimore violence prevention strategies: They're not working

    On its glossy, full-color cover, Mayor Catherine Pugh’s long awaited crime plan announces that it is not, in fact, a plan. Rather, it is titled a “Violence Reduction Update” Ms. Pugh made clear in releasing it on Wednesday that she has had a plan all along. This document, she said, represents a...

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Honor the Great Chlorinator

I would like to suggest that a statue of Abel Wolman be erected as a replacement for the recently removed statue of Stonewall Jackson and Robert E. Lee in the Wyman Park Dell (“Trump ‘sad’ to see ‘history… being ‘ripped apart’ with Confederate monument removal,” Aug. 17). If you ask 100 people...

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  • Baltimore's ceasefire weekend was just a beginning

    Baltimore's ceasefire weekend was just a beginning

    Were lives saved by Baltimore’s grassroots campaign for a murder-free weekend on Friday, Saturday and Sunday? Were the four shootings, two of them fatal, a sign of failure, or might the violence have been worse if not for the thousands of city residents who marched, rallied, stood together and...

  • New sanctions on North Korea: Only choice available

    New sanctions on North Korea: Only choice available

    North Korea’s latest overwrought and cartoonish rhetoric issued today, a promise of “thousands-fold” retaliation against the United States for punishing trade sanctions approved by the United Nations Security Council over the weekend, is oddly comforting. The U.S.-sponsored resolution, which passed...

  • Free speech and Hogan's Facebook page

    Free speech and Hogan's Facebook page

    Shortly before the ACLU of Maryland filed suit against Gov. Larry Hogan for erasing comments and banning some users from his Facebook page, a federal judge in Virginia found that a Loudoun County supervisor had violated the First Amendment by blocking one constituent from her page for all of 12...

  • Justice Dept. to Baltimore: Do the impossible illegally

    Justice Dept. to Baltimore: Do the impossible illegally

    Baltimore is in the midst of a murderous year, perhaps its worst ever, so you will pardon us if we find little amusing about the recent letter from U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions warning Baltimore Police Commissioner Kevin Davis that the city will be ineligible for federal aid under the National...

  • The inconvenient science of Tangier Island

    The inconvenient science of Tangier Island

    Tangier Island Mayor James “Ooker” Eskridge’s 15 minutes of fame went into overtime this week when he appeared on a CNN town hall to tell former Vice President Al Gore that it isn’t sea-level rise but erosion that is destroying his Chesapeake Bay island. Mr. Gore, the nation’s best-known climate...

  • Governor Hogan's 'volunteer' cabinet secretaries

    Governor Hogan's 'volunteer' cabinet secretaries

    It was inevitable that Gov. Larry Hogan’s secretaries of planning and health would sue over their strange predicament: The attorney general’s interpretations of Maryland’s constitution and language in the state budget produced a paradox by which Mr. Hogan had the right to appoint them to their...

  • Another chance for Kamenetz to do the right — and politically expedient — thing

    Another chance for Kamenetz to do the right — and politically expedient — thing

    Our view: The Baltimore County executive should support legislation to abolish a sweetheart pension deal that will net him $384,000 when he leaves office Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamentz did the right thing recently in rescinding a policy that allowed a small circle of his top aides and...

  • Do Baltimore police not realize they're being watched?

    Do Baltimore police not realize they're being watched?

    Police and prosecutors ask us not to rush to judgment about a second series of police body camera videos that raise questions about officers planting drugs during a search. Fine. But it certainly looks fishy, and it reinforces concerns raised by the Department of Justice’s report into the Baltimore...

  • Md. should take its time on medical marijuana changes

    Md. should take its time on medical marijuana changes

    Our view: Amid litigation and controversy, the legislature should wait until January to reform the medical marijuana program The quagmire that is Maryland’s medical marijuana program keeps getting deeper and deeper. Litigation over the awards of licenses to grow the drug is undergoing more twists...

  • What Congress needs to do now on health care

    What Congress needs to do now on health care

    Our view: Out of the ashes of Republicans’ ‘repeal and replace’ efforts on Obamacare come some reasonable, bi-partisan ideas for shoring up the health insurance system For once, we have to agree with President Donald Trump: It is not yet time for Congress to move on from health care. Granted, we...

  • Hogan VEIP regs: Clean air, less hassle

    Hogan VEIP regs: Clean air, less hassle

    Our view: Governor Hogan is removing a bit of arbitrariness from a biennial interaction with state government Every two years the notice comes in the mail — time to get your car’s emissions test. You find time to drive to a Vehicle Emissions Inspection Program station somewhere, sit in line, drive...

  • We need Colin Kaepernick's voice (and maybe his arm)

    We need Colin Kaepernick's voice (and maybe his arm)

    Our view: The Ravens and other NFL teams consider the QB’s social activism a liability, but in the Trump era, it’s an asset While Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti may have gone a little over the top with his request that Ravens fans “pray for us” as team officials decide whether to sign former San...

  • Solving Baltimore's crime puzzle

    Solving Baltimore's crime puzzle

    Our view: Baltimore is at risk of sleepwalking its way through a year that will approach 400 homicides; we have to try a new strategy Baltimore is ending July with more than 200 homicides. In the first seven months of this year, the city has already exceeded the total from all of 2011, and it is...

  • The top issue in the 2018 governor's race

    The top issue in the 2018 governor's race

    Our view: Education funding, while not yet a factor on the campaign trail, will be a dominant question for the next governor and General Assembly The candidates in Maryland’s increasingly crowded race for governor have spent a lot of time recently denouncing President Donald Trump’s efforts to...

  • Trump's transgender military ban: Wrong on politics, policy and principle

    Trump's transgender military ban: Wrong on politics, policy and principle

    Our view: The president’s tweets kicking openly transgender people out of the military are unbecoming of a commander in chief President Donald Trump’s announcement-by-tweet that he will not allow transgender men and women to serve in the armed forces in any capacity was not about costs or military...

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