A flawed, inconsistent police response to sexual assault in Maryland


  • Don, the builder

    Don, the builder

    If President-Elect Donald J. Trump is the dealmaker that he claims to be, sometime between now and Jan. 20, he ought to stop by the Longworth House Office Building's Room 1632 and ask for John. The two men might find they have a few things to talk about. That's because Maryland's 6th District Rep....

  • A practical ID

    There's a favorite saying among local government officials that their work is where the "rubber meets the road," meaning that they are the ultimate pragmatists — making sure trash is picked up, traffic signals work, schools open on time. Theirs is not a matter of soaring speeches or partisan one-upmanship...

  • When will Trump wake up and realize he's the next president?

    When will Trump wake up and realize he's the next president?

    The effort by Green Party presidential nominee Jill Stein to force recounts of the vote in Wisconsin, Michigan and Pennsylvania is almost certainly a waste of time, effort, money and emotional energy by Hillary Clinton supporters who haven't managed to get past denial in the stages of grief. But...

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Trump HHS pick could shred the safety net

I commend The Baltimore Sun for exposing the radical ideas of President-elect Donald Trump's choice for secretary of Health and Human Services ("Trump's radical health care team," Nov. 30). As a resident physician in Baltimore, I am deeply concerned about the effects Rep. Tom Price's proposals...

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  • Racing's resurgence

    Racing's resurgence

    Seven years ago, a colossal screw-up by the company that owned Maryland's thoroughbred tracks looked like it might threaten not just the future of Laurel Park and the Preakness but also the state's storied horse industry more broadly and the thousands of jobs that depend on it. But it turns out...

  • Helping the hungry

    Helping the hungry

    As Americans settle down for their annual Thanksgiving meals on Thursday, they ought to take a moment to give thanks — not just for the bounty on their own tables but for those who make combating hunger a year-round job or avocation. It is a fact of life that even in the most powerful and most...

  • The for-profit presidency

    The for-profit presidency

    As tempting as it may be to once again be horrified by Donald Trump's Twitter ramblings — the most recent having demonstrated that the president-elect likes his Broadway performers to sing and dance but not participate in democracy, and the rapt attention he pays to Alec Baldwin, his Saturday Night...

  • Wealth shouldn't determine freedom

    Wealth shouldn't determine freedom

    Friday's decision by the Maryland judiciary's rules committee to recommend a change in how judges set bail is being opposed by the bail bonds industry as a mortal threat and by some lawmakers as a usurpation of legislative power. But as far as reforms go to this generally irrational and unjust...

  • Rats in the White House

    Rats in the White House

  • Driving while black

    Driving while black

    The news that black motorists in Maryland are more likely to be pulled over than their white counterparts, and are more likely to be subject to a search yet are less likely to be caught with contraband, is disturbing but not surprising. It was Maryland, after all, where Robert Wilkins, a Harvard-educated...

  • Flying the friendlier skies

    Flying the friendlier skies

    With the election of Donald Trump as president, we're probably about to hear a lot more complaining about the evils of government regulation, perhaps as Ronald Reagan famously did when he said, "The most terrifying words in the English language are: I'm from the government and I'm here to help."...

  • Imagining Trumpcare

    Imagining Trumpcare

    President-elect Donald Trump says the top of his agenda will be repealing the Affordable Care Act, better known as Obamacare. His campaign manager even suggested recently that he might call a special session of Congress to do it. He didn't get into the weeds during the campaign about what he has...

  • The limits of a Trump EPA

    The limits of a Trump EPA

    The Hogan administration's petition filed this week urging the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to crack down on 19 out-of-state, upwind coal-fired power plants that pollute Maryland's air is certainly a welcome development. Maryland's environment secretary had more or less promised such action...

  • Your own facts

    Your own facts

    "Everyone is entitled to his own opinion, but not to his own facts." —Daniel Patrick Moynihan A letter from a reader caught my eye this week. "I'm having trouble trying to understand some of the writings that folks are sending in regarding the voting count," the reader wrote. "In the popular vote...

  • Protecting rural Arundel

    Protecting rural Arundel

    Anne Arundel County, on the border of the Baltimore and Washington regions, is likely to face intense development pressure in the years ahead. As the two big metropolitan areas grow, Arundel is likely to see more people, more cars, more houses, more roads, more stores, more offices and more of...

  • Deportation hysteria

    Deportation hysteria

    Since Donald Trump's election victory, the rhetoric over his hard line stance on immigration policies hasn't cooled a bit. In a recent interview on "60 Minutes," the president-elect vowed to deport or incarcerate as many a 3 million immigrants. Not to be outdone, some big city mayors from Seattle...

  • Rawlings-Blake's parting gift

    Rawlings-Blake's parting gift

    Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake's idea to sell four city-owned parking garages and to use the proceeds to pay for recreation centers was an intriguing one when she proposed it, and it has remained so for the last two years. Whether it can be said to be anything more than "intriguing," we can't tell...

  • Trump's alt-right-hand man

    Trump's alt-right-hand man

    In an interview that aired Sunday on "60 Minutes," Donald Trump looked into the camera and announced "Stop it!" to those who are committing hateful, harassing or violent acts in his name. It was intended as a definitive repudiation by a president-elect. Perhaps he might have done better to look...

  • School suspensions solve nothing

    School suspensions solve nothing

    We have a great deal of sympathy for teachers and administrators who must cope with disruptive students in class. The job of providing a high quality education to all the children in their care is hard enough, and behavioral problems among a few students can make it nearly impossible. But suspending...