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  • Alternative Fact of the Week: Rod Rosenstein, Baltimore liberal

    Alternative Fact of the Week: Rod Rosenstein, Baltimore liberal

    Our view: President Trump openly despises independent law enforcement and prosecutors from Baltimore Actor John Astin is from Baltimore. So is author John Barth. Any number of famous people from Alger Hiss to Ogden Nash can claim to be born and raised here. Who can forget H.L. Mencken or Frank...

  • Baltimore police's integrity problem

    Baltimore police's integrity problem

    Let’s accept, for the sake of argument, the most innocent possible explanation for the Baltimore police officer whose body camera footage appears to show him planting drugs in a trash strewn alley that he “finds” shortly thereafter. Let’s consider the additional context that Commissioner Kevin...

  • Westeros on the Potomac

    Westeros on the Potomac

    Our view: Well-established ethical norms have been all but ignored by Donald Trump; it’s time to set some tougher rules In “Game of Thrones,” the popular HBO series that returned for a seventh season this week, the kings and queens of mythical Westeros have a brazen disregard for anything that...

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Council passed a 'useless' gun bill

I decided to wait a day and calm down before deciding on whether to write this letter. Basically, what the City Council Judiciary and Legislative Committee did was make the bill they approved worthless. They will, in effect, allow someone to carry a gun provided it was not “in connection with”...

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  • Honoring Rosewood's past by creating a better future for Maryland's intellectually and developmentally disabled

    Honoring Rosewood's past by creating a better future for Maryland's intellectually and developmentally disabled

    Our view: Stevenson University and the state need to provide the opportunities for the developmentally disabled that were denied to Rosewood residents Stevenson University’s purchase for $1 of most of the former Rosewood Center campus in Owings Mills is without question a good deal for the state....

  • Fine line between firebrand and gadfly

    Our view: City councilman must learn to be a little more constructive and a little less outrageous if he truly wants to promote social justice in Baltimore Baltimore Police Commissioner Kevin Davis this week called “outrageous” City Councilman Ryan Dorsey’s sharp criticism of his officers, and...

  • Brian Frosh, 'grandstander'

    Brian Frosh, 'grandstander'

    Our view: Maryland’s attorney general may infuriate Republican lawmakers but his lawsuits against federal authorities are legally justified — so far Some Republican lawmakers in Annapolis this week sent a letter of complaint to Attorney General Brian E. Frosh over the half-dozen lawsuits he’s filed...

  • Alternative fact: Putin likes Clinton better

    Alternative fact: Putin likes Clinton better

    Our view: Contradicting his own son’s email, President Trump says top Russians didn’t want him to win; their heart belonged to the woman they hacked During a week in which Donald Trump Jr.’s story about meeting with a Russian government representative last summer (along with his brother-in-law...

  • Haters of higher education

    Haters of higher education

    Our view: Forget campus politics, colleges and universities have become increasingly essential to U.S. economic growth so why must Republicans wage war on them? The Pew Research Center recently polled Americans about their views on some major societal institutions, and much of the results were...

  • Truck trailers can (easily) be made safer

    Truck trailers can (easily) be made safer

    Our view: Crash tests show that hundreds of lives might be saved if future truck trailers were required to have relatively inexpensive underride guards along their sides The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), a widely-respected safety advocacy organization financed by the insurance...

  • FBI HQ: A lost opportunity

    FBI HQ: A lost opportunity

    Our view: Abrupt cancellation of FBI project is a politically-suspect blow to public safety, to Prince George’s County, to Maryland, and to the politicians who backed the project A long-planned public works project with the potential to be transformative for a community facing economic challenges...

  • Treatment here, not Timbuktu

    Treatment here, not Timbuktu

    Our view: The mayor needs to champion efforts to create more neighborhood-friendly drug treatment, not undermine the premise Mayor Catherine Pugh’s recent musings that drug addicts should be put “on a plane to Timbuktu or somewhere” rather than receive treatment where they live misunderstands the...

  • Hogan's constitutional crisis

    Hogan's constitutional crisis

    Our view: Whatever the courts may decide in a dispute over whether two cabinet secretaries can be paid, the legislature needs to close a loophole in the Constitution The situation regarding two members of Gov. Larry Hogan’s cabinet is murky, indeed, with members of the executive and legislative...

  • Trump-Russia: Donald Jr. goes rogue

    Trump-Russia: Donald Jr. goes rogue

    Our view: Maybe it’s a family thing but Trumps appear unable to provide a straight story about their encounters with Russians It doesn’t take a $500-an-hour criminal defense lawyer to recognize that President Donald Trump and his family need to get their stories straight about Russia. Whatever...

  • Will GOP accept a 'hair cut'?

    Will GOP accept a 'hair cut'?

    Our view: Republicans — and the country — are better off by keeping Obamacare’s tax on investment income of the rich As a candidate for president, Donald J. Trump rejected hardline conservative orthodoxy on taxes, embracing a more populist view that had hedge fund managers taking a “hair cut” on...

  • Hogan joins the crime fight

    Hogan joins the crime fight

    Our view: The governor is right that there are limits to what the state can do to solve Baltimore’s violence epidemic, but we haven’t yet approached them Baltimoreans may well have been nonplussed by Gov. Larry Hogan’s proclamation that he wants “any kind of possible solutions” to the violent crime...

  • Alternative fact of the week: Trump's uncertainty principle

    Alternative fact of the week: Trump's uncertainty principle

    Our view: Claiming that ‘nobody really knows’ whether countries other than Russia interfered with the election takes alternative facts to a higher level of fuzziness President Donald Trump’s first face-to-face meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin must have caused some serious night-before...

  • We can't protect the West's values by abandoning them

    We can't protect the West's values by abandoning them

    At a speech in Poland today, President Donald Trump returned to his apocalyptic mode, describing the struggle against what he calls “radical Islamic terrorism” as an existential one for the West. “The fundamental question of our time is whether the West has the will to survive,” he said. “Do we...

  • Fraudulent voting fraud

    Fraudulent voting fraud

    Our view: Fledgling federal inquiry into alleged voter fraud is already proving to be an exercise in deception and dishonesty Nothing telegraphs a federal commission’s basic incompetence quite like having 44 states refuse to cooperate with its inquiry. But that’s the running total, according to...

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