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Supreme Court's immigration failure

This week's Supreme Court deadlock on immigration was unfortunate for a number of reasons, beginning with how it ensures the nation's dysfunctional immigration system remains in full, chaotic status quo for the near-term. But it also accomplishes something else — it should focus voter attention...

  • Progress in Chesapeake Bay cleanup

    Progress in Chesapeake Bay cleanup

    Last week, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency released its latest evaluation of how Maryland and other jurisdictions in the Chesapeake Bay watershed are doing to meet their long-term water quality goals. The one-word summary? So-so. All six states and the District of Columbia are likely to...

  • Gender-neutral draft

    The march toward gender equality in this country may soon pass a milestone that, while not attracting nearly as much attention as Hillary Clinton earning enough votes to be regarded as the presumptive nominee of a major political party, might be just as significant: Soon, women may have to register...

  • Can Evergreen force Obamacare to live up to its promise?

    Can Evergreen force Obamacare to live up to its promise?

    The lawsuit Baltimore's Evergreen Health Cooperative filed this week against the federal government over its implementation of the Affordable Care Act isn't a matter of whether the fledgling company survives — officials insist it will make it either way — or even when it will turn a profit. It's...

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The BSO's big plan to foster diversity

Baltimore Symphony Orchestra Music Director Marin Alsop is deservedly lauded as a brilliant conductor, the leader of the innovative program Orchkids, and a deeply concerned citizen who came out to do everything possible to heal the community following the death of Freddie Gray. She is also addressing...

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  • Making Americans cringe again

    Making Americans cringe again

    Rarely, if ever, has a major party's presidential nominee disgraced himself in the face of public tragedy as Donald Trump has done in the wake of the Orlando nightclub shooting. That the New York billionaire might one day be called upon to make serious decisions about national security is simply...

  • Sanity prevails at City Hall

    Sanity prevails at City Hall

    The idea that Baltimore would cut from next year's budget the $4.2 million in funding for youth services Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake provided after last year's riots was unconscionable. The idea from City Council President Bernard C. "Jack" Young and Councilwoman Helen Holton to shut down the...

  • A manufacturing agenda

    Given that it's an election year, it's not surprising to hear candidates for office describe U.S. manufacturing as being in decline. Donald Trump isn't the first to pledge a turn-around or to make "America great again." The reality of U.S. manufacturing is, however, quite different: Job openings...

  • Bernie's exit strategy

    Bernie's exit strategy

    Tomorrow's election in Washington, D.C., marks the official end of the Democratic presidential primary season, though Hillary Clinton has already sewn up the nomination with big wins in California, New Jersey and other states earlier this month. Nonetheless, her only remaining rival, Vermont Sen....

  • How can we respond to Orlando?

    How can we respond to Orlando?

    Are we so inured to mass shootings that when the worst one in American history occurs on an early Sunday morning in Orlando that we don't bother to pause for even a moment to consider the enormity of the tragedy and horror? It's not just Donald Trump's self-congratulatory tweets about his supposed...

  • Why are Baltimore's violent repeat offenders getting away with murder?

    Why are Baltimore's violent repeat offenders getting away with murder?

    The sharp spike in homicides and shootings in Baltimore City since the unrest sparked by Freddie Gray's death in police custody last year has left police and prosecutors scrambling to contain the violence. Many of the people involved in such crimes are well known to police, who are frustrated by...

  • The Trump card

    The Trump card

    It's not hard to sympathize with Gov. Larry Hogan when the subject of his party's standard-bearer comes up. Superman and kryptonite have more in common than Maryland's pragmatic governor and the flamboyant reality TV star, yet Mr. Hogan is clearly uninterested in publicly criticizing (or praising...

  • Hogan's PSC

    Hogan's PSC

    Throughout his more than two decades in the Maryland House of Delegates, Del. Anthony O'Donnell has been a reliable skeptic of climate change. As House Minority Leader in 2009, he was a floor leader in the Republican effort to turn back or neuter a law requiring utilities to reduce greenhouse gas...

  • Diversifying the classical music world

    Diversifying the classical music world

    The League of American Orchestras is meeting in Baltimore this week to talk about how to foster greater diversity in its industry. This is the first time the group, which represents the major symphony orchestras in the U.S., has devoted its yearly conference to the subject, and it comes not a moment...

  • Maryland's psychiatric backlog

    Maryland's psychiatric backlog

    There has long been a tension between the state's judiciary and the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene over how best to deal with individuals who are mentally ill and have been charged with crimes. The latest "crisis," as recently detailed by The Sun's Michael Dresser, is a chronic...

  • Kicked out of preschool?

    Kicked out of preschool?

    The national conversation about racial disparities in school suspension and expulsion rates was amplified this week by the release of a U.S. Department of Education report showing that not only are minority students more likely to be kicked out of school for disciplinary reasons but that the discrimination...

  • The shattered ceiling

    The shattered ceiling

    The glass ceiling metaphor is going to be invoked a lot this week and rightly so. With her double-digit victory in California and her overwhelming lead in both the popular vote and the delegate tally, Hillary Rodham Clinton has broken a 240-year-old barrier to become the first woman to hold the...

  • City Hall's self-inflicted wounds

    City Hall's self-inflicted wounds

    The City Council leaders' threat this week to shut down Baltimore's government unless Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake restores $4.2 million in funds for youth programs that were cut from next year's budget is, simply put, a ridiculous idea — one we hope is just an ill-conceived bluff. No one is...

  • A tale of two tunnels

    A tale of two tunnels

    Two events of the past week perfectly illustrate the contrasting circumstances of public transportation in the United States and in the rest of the industrialized world. In Switzerland, authorities opened the world's longest and deepest rail tunnel, while just 40 miles south of Baltimore, officials...

  • The problem with Victor Cullen

    The problem with Victor Cullen

    For years the Victor Cullen Center, Maryland's high security youth detention facility for boys in Frederick County, has been the problem child of the state's juvenile justice system. The Department of Juvenile Services, which operates the center, recently made some progress toward reducing the...

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