Baltimore-area journalist Marta H. Mossburg writes biweekly for the Sun’s op-ed page. Mossburg, formerly editorial page editor of the ...

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Marta H. Mossburg

Marta H. Mossburg

The 'threat' of free services for pregnant women

The 'threat' of free services for pregnant women

July 16, 2013

It's not enough to tell a woman who enters a crisis pregnancy clinic in Baltimore City that she will not be able to have an abortion there. A center must post a sign to share the information — or at least that is what City Council members voted for in 2009.

  • Teaching kids to love what they eat

    July 2, 2013

    I don't think about food, except in the sense that when my kids are hungry, they need it fast. I know that's bad.

  • Why is O'Malley silent on NSA spying?

    June 18, 2013

    As it turns out, we are "one" Maryland, as Gov. Martin O'Malley likes to say — one Maryland under surveillance by thousands of people who live and work in this state.

  • Maryland's Fair Share Act is misnamed

    June 4, 2013

    Maryland's Fair Share Act is to fair what Liberace is to understated.

  • Good intentions don't create jobs

    May 21, 2013

    Baltimore City Council members confused caring about unemployment with abating it by giving preliminary approval to a local hire law last week.

  • After Gosnell, Maryland should reconsider late-term abortion

    May 7, 2013

    To those who support "choice" at all costs: Read the grand jury report on Kermit Gosnell.

  • Forcing landlords to accept vouchers won't help the poor

    April 23, 2013

    Human nature frequently disproves theories. Conventional wisdom, for example, says that open office space plans with workers grouped like cattle encourage creativity and collaboration. But study after study shows that people are more inventive, productive and healthy with more privacy.

  • Pit bull compromise fails, trial lawyers win

    April 9, 2013

    People say dogs look like their owners. That may not be true, but they certainly look and act like we want them to, as breeds are a construct of generations of culling for certain aesthetic and other traits, including hunting ability, intelligence and, in some cases, viciousness.

  • Religion and the Ravens: Faith fuels Baltimore's 'mighty men'

    March 12, 2013

    The media cover Ray Lewis' faith and his role as spiritual leader of the Ravens frequently.

  • Democrats' hypocrisy on voter access

    February 26, 2013

    Many Maryland politicians spritz on Eau de Hypocrisy at least occasionally. But Gov. Martin O'Malley and fellow Democrats bathed in it with their support for the inaccurately labeled Referendum Integrity Act, an effort to make it harder for citizens to petition a law to referendum.

  • On state pensions, 'Everyone else is doing it' is no excuse

    February 12, 2013

    In 1931, economist John Maynard Keynes lamented, "A sound banker, alas, is not one who foresees danger and avoids it, but one who, when he is ruined, is ruined in a conventional way along with his fellows, so that no one can really blame him."

  • In E-ZPass crackdown, punishment doesn't fit the crime

    January 29, 2013

    The O'Malley administration is all for enforcing infractions on state residents — but holds itself to an entirely less stringent moral and legal standard.

  • A controversial speaker's right to speak

    January 15, 2013

    Maybe it was too nice out to protest. Or maybe no one cared what a few hundred conservatives were talking about in this one-party state. But only about 10 people convened Saturday with signs outside the DoubleTree Hotel in Annapolis to oppose Pamela Geller, best known for her opposition to the Ground Zero mosque and her ad campaigns linking the concept of jihad with mass murder. She was the opening speaker at the Maryland Conservative Action Network (MDCAN) conference held the same day at the hotel.

  • O'Malley's thuggish side

    January 3, 2013

    Attention national media: You know Martin O'Malley, defender of the underdog. It's time to get to know Martin O'Malley, thug.

  • Speed camera fiasco shakes faith in government

    December 18, 2012

    Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake became Mayor Speed Camera last week in the eyes of the nation.

  • Maryland's debt bomb

    December 4, 2012

    State media keep talking about the fiscal cliff as if it will obliterate Maryland's wealth if Congress does not reach a compromise on debt talks. The truth is, cuts are far down the road if they happen, and Maryland will continue to thrive as an extension of Washington's bureaucratic complex.

  • A grass-roots cure for the Maryland GOP

    November 20, 2012

    Mark Twain supposedly quipped, "The reports of my death are greatly exaggerated."

  • Gorbachev, railing against capitalism, sounds a lot like Obama

    November 6, 2012

    Less than a week before the U.S. election, former president of the USSR Mikhail Gorbachev berated America and all but endorsed the sitting president and fellow Nobel Peace Prize winner at an event I attended in Houston.

  • With Republicans like these, who needs Democrats?

    October 23, 2012

    Republicans in Maryland often wonder why they lose. The letter sent last week by Michael Steele and Audrey Scott to Maryland Republicans urging them to vote for expanded gambling is a perfect example of how the party solidifies its minority status.

  • Is O'Malley annoyed that he's still governor?

    October 9, 2012

    Somewhere on his path to Washington Gov. Martin O'Malley tired of the little people.

  • Kamenetz's risky pension bet

    September 25, 2012

    Would you borrow money to pay off your mortgage and instead risk it in the market?

  • Baltimore City schoolchildren deserve a real choice

    September 11, 2012

    "Greetings from Maryland, home of the number one public school system in America for four years in a row!" That is how Gov. Martin O'Malley opened his speech at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C., last week to a roar of applause.

  • O'Malley might look to his own finances instead of Romney's

    August 28, 2012

    Mitt Romney's tax returns are a distraction. The Republican presidential candidate should release them for the sake of transparency.

Portland's potty water problem [Poll]

The Portland (Oregon) Water Bureau ordered 38 million gallons of clean, potable water drained after a smirking teen-ager urinated in a reservoir. Was that an overreaction?

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