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Security is key to ending uncontrolled migration

With all the breaking news flashed on TV during these days of Donald Trump, it is hard to focus on events taking place among 6 billion people in the Third World from Africa to Asia to Latin America. It seems the newspaper and TV editors and producers are putting two, three or four Trumpian articles...

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News media won't back down under pressure from president

Last week, The Baltimore Sun’s editorial board, like many editorial boards across the country, received a message from The Boston Globe asking us to join with them and “publish an editorial on August 16 on the dangers of the [Trump] administration's assault on the press.” “This dirty war on the...

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  • Pitts: 'Nothing that boy did could ever justify what happened to him'

    Pitts: 'Nothing that boy did could ever justify what happened to him'

    "Nothing that boy did could ever justify what happened to him." So says Carolyn Bryant Donham in historian Timothy B. Tyson's 2017 book, "The Blood of Emmett Till." You keep hoping for more, hoping to hear her wrestle with her crime, explain how she could have done what she did -- and how she lives...

  • Cowardly leadership put America in this state

    Cowardly leadership put America in this state

    In the aftermath of the assassination of John F. Kennedy, the city of Dallas gained the label of “the City of Hate.” Ironies abound from that label, as the city was the site of horrid right-wing fear and loathing, but JFK was murdered by a left-wing radical who previously tried to kill Gen. Edwin...

  • Genomics-based medicine improving patient lives

    Genomics-based medicine improving patient lives

    Cell-killing chemotherapy drugs, the mainstay of cancer treatment, are among the most toxic instruments in the clinician’s toolbox. These drugs are associated with a myriad of side effects, ranging from hair loss and infections to neurotoxicity or even induction of new cancers. Thus, doctors and...

  • Cal Thomas: Advice for the president

    Dear Mr. President, "Would you take this advice I hand you like a brother"? It's a song lyric from the musical "The Pajama Game," but fitting here. There is a way you can hang onto your base, keeping them engaged, energized, without the constant Twitter assaults on those who criticize you for attacking...

  • Goldberg: We're all living in Trump's kayfabe world

    Goldberg: We're all living in Trump's kayfabe world

    President Donald Trump's demonization of the media as the "enemy of the people" is mostly kayfabe. A professional wrestling term, "kayfabe" means presenting staged events as if they're real. Pro wrestling is theater, not sport. But it thrives on the illusion that it is the latter, not the former....

  • Six decades at The Sun: newspaper librarian recalls changes to business, building on Calvert Street

    Six decades at The Sun: newspaper librarian recalls changes to business, building on Calvert Street

    As I sit at my desk looking out my window for one of the last times (I have a direct view of the dome of Johns Hopkins hospital and Old Town and the tower of old Engine House No.6 and cars whizzing up and down the Jones Falls Expressway), memories of The Baltimore Sun on Calvert Street flash through...

  • Witcover: Had enough of Trump?

    Witcover: Had enough of Trump?

    Some irate Donald Trump supporters have had enough. Enough, that is, of my columns harping on the damage their man has done and is doing to American democracy by attacking the press and Special Counsel Robert Mueller, who is investigating possible obstruction of justice by him that could lead to...

  • More transparency needed to change Baltimore

    More transparency needed to change Baltimore

    In Baltimore — for our children — it is imperative that we all stand together as we work in changing the future. We know the issues facing our city. And we know the strategies that have been used, misused, overworked and unsuccessful in addressing the issues we face: racialized poverty, wealth...

  • The inferiority of supremacists           

    The inferiority of supremacists           

    Supremacists of various stripes continue to resurrect. Neo-Nazis in Europe are reviving anti-Semitism, while the Taliban in the Middle East charge all other faiths to be infidels. And in Southeast Asia and Central Africa mini-genocides of some supposedly evil or inferior group of humans has become...

  • Freshman year can be free online for anyone

    Freshman year can be free online for anyone

    The American system of higher education is unparalleled. Our public and private institutions — including many right here in Baltimore— offer world-class opportunities in the sciences, humanities and arts, and prepare students for vibrant intellectual and professional lives. However, the benefits...

  • Zurawik: Sinclair's grab for power, glory leaves it a badly damaged brand facing $1 billion lawsuit

    Zurawik: Sinclair's grab for power, glory leaves it a badly damaged brand facing $1 billion lawsuit

    Baltimore-based Sinclair Broadcast Group’s now-failed takeover bid for Tribune Media brought it a kind of national scrutiny it had never faced in its history, particularly for its conservative politics. From the moment it was announced, I predicted the deal would make Sinclair the most hated company...

  • Pitts: Jeffrey Whitman thinks he got a raw deal

    Jeffrey Whitman feels like he got a raw deal. It's true that Mr. Whitman, a contractor in central Ohio, has had a rough last few days. His life, he says, has been "completely and thoroughly ruined." He doubts he'll ever work in Columbus again. That may be an accurate prediction, given the scalding...

  • Politics have no place in the judiciary

    Politics have no place in the judiciary

    If the only consequence of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s 293-day delay in scheduling a consent hearing for Judge Merrick Garland’s nomination to the U.S. Supreme Court by President Obama was that a conservative rather than a moderate Supreme Court justice would replace Justice Anthony...

  • Kirwan Commission wrestles with best way to teach struggling learners

    Kirwan Commission wrestles with best way to teach struggling learners

    Sometimes to solve a problem of the present you need to look to the past. We members of the Maryland Commission on Innovation and Excellence in Education — also known as the Kirwan Commission — have come to our first major philosophical juncture as we address the question of how to best help struggling...

  • Design Baltimore County streets for people, not just vehicles, to make everyone safer

    Design Baltimore County streets for people, not just vehicles, to make everyone safer

    On a late July morning, an out-of-control SUV speeding down Girdwood Road in Lutherville veered off the road and onto the sidewalk, careening into the bodies of an intensive-care nurse and her 5-year-old granddaughter out for a morning walk, killing both. This tragedy was no anomaly. Just 10 hours...

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