The virtue of video

The virtue of video 

Demonstrators in Baltimore are planning to return to the streets tonight in support of residents of Ferguson, Mo., where marchers have been protesting the fatal shooting by police of an unarmed black teenager since Aug. 9. The death of Michael Brown, 18, has become a touchstone for concerns about the police use of excessive force against African-American men, and tonight's event will be the second held in Baltimore in solidarity with the demonstrations in Ferguson.

Getting steamed  [Editorial]

Residents of the neighborhoods around the soon-to-open Horseshoe Casino in downtown Baltimore are right to be upset that the city is diverting $3 million of the...


A victory for public safety  [Editorial]

A victory for public safety [Editorial] 

U.S. District Judge Catherine C. Blake's decision Tuesday upholding Maryland's ban on assault weapons and large-capacity ammunition magazines almost certainly won't be the last word on the subject....

Minor privilege, major disincentive  [Editorial]

Minor privilege, major disincentive [Editorial] 

"Charge 'em for the lice, extra for the mice

'Another senseless death'  [Editorial]

'Another senseless death' [Editorial] 

The shooting of an unarmed black teenager by a police officer in a suburb of St. Louis over the weekend has evoked a repeat of the turmoil that followed the killing of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin by...

Pension pandering  [Editorial]

Pension pandering [Editorial] 

In a particularly naked bit of pandering, Republican gubernatorial candidate Larry Hogan appeared before the state Fraternal Order of Police this week as part of its process of determining its...

Chaos in Baghdad  [Editorial]

Chaos in Baghdad [Editorial] 

Just when it seemed the situation in Iraq couldn't get any worse, the government moved a step closer to collapsing into chaos on Sunday when its president, Fuad Masum, formally nominated a candidate...

Smart meter apathy  [Editorial]

Smart meter apathy [Editorial] 

The smart meter conspiracy theorists are no doubt buoyed by the news that BGE has been unable to secure appointments to replace the old, analog meters in the homes of some 350,000 customers. But there...

Two brothers, two Baltimores [Commentary]

I returned to my old community of West Baltimore, under the shadow of Bon Secours Hospital near the intersection of West Fayette and North Payson streets, to visit a native I had not seen for three...

CO2 is not the real problem for Maryland [Commentary]

While Maryland is well positioned for complying with Environmental Protection Agency's preliminary carbon regulations, mandating a 30 percent nationwide reduction in CO2 emissions from power plants by...

The hapless hero of American independence [Commentary]

The celebration of America's birthday rarely includes references to Thomas Paine, the author of the pre-Revolutionary War pamphlet "Common Sense." But Paine's role in the break with...

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 bite to eat.

Susan Reimer: Hobby Lobby: look behind the headlines [Commentary]

The Greens, the evangelical Christians who own 500 craft shops called Hobby Lobby, aren't the people on whom we should be focusing our anger this week.

The bigotry of low expectations [Commentary]

A very unsettling shadow is settling over the whole American educational endeavor. It's largely a consequence of the idea that every child should graduate from high school, be admitted to college...

Celebrating freedoms without exercising them [Commentary]

As the holiday weekend draws to a close, please pause from the cookouts and fireworks to reflect on the meaning of this freedom we've been celebrating, knowingly or not.

Howard Baker, the last of the Republican moderates [Commentary]

At a time when the Republican Party needs a heavy dose of compromise to bring functionality back to government, one of its most admirable models of goodwill and working across the aisle has departed...

Robert L. Ehrlich Jr.: Supreme Court divide riles political parties [Commentary]

"If the Supreme Court will not protect women's access to health care, then Democrats will. ... It's time that five men on the Supreme Court stop deciding what happens to women."

Employers skirt wage requirements [Commentary]

Government leaders at all levels — including President Barack Obama — are pushing to raise the floor on pay, and pundits are lining up on both sides: Will higher minimum wages put more...


Eliminating pension taxes [Poll]

Republican gubernatorial candidate Larry Hogan told a retirement community this week that he wants to eliminate state income taxes on pensions, but offered no plan to do it. Is this a realistic idea?

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