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Legislative Democrats don't understand business

Michael Dresser’s piece on the override of Gov. Larry Hogan’s veto on the sick leave requirement bill demonstrates that the House of Delegates has no idea how the world of business works (“House overrides Hogan veto on sick leave; Miller predicts ‘battle’ in Senate,” Jan. 11). They put the bill...

  • Exelon must upgrade Conowingo dam

    Exelon must upgrade Conowingo dam

    As the Exelon Corporation seeks a new 46-year federal operating license for the Conowingo Dam and a commensurate water quality certificate from the state of Maryland, much of the conversation and press coverage has focused on Exelon’s shared responsibility for managing additional pollution associated...

  • Acupuncture deserves better coverage

    Acupuncture deserves better coverage

    Wow! Meredith Cohn's article on the use of acupuncture at the Baltimore VA Medical Center is about as biased and ignorant of acupuncture as they come, and I have seen too much bias lately in The Baltimore Sun (“Baltimore VA doctors try acupuncture to treat veterans’ pain,” Jan. 5). Who is this...

  • City school spending merits greater scrutiny

    City school spending merits greater scrutiny

    Like most caring taxpayers who support Maryland's public school systems, I am a strong proponent for adequate public school funding, but, quantifying “adequate” can be problematic. The recent turmoil over the condition of Baltimore City Public Schools raises some significant questions that the...

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  • Witcover: The Trump-Bannon explosion

    Witcover: The Trump-Bannon explosion

    The dramatic breakup between Donald Trump and former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon has blown wide open the political direction of the Trump presidency at a particularly inopportune time. It comes just as Mr. Trump is frantically seeking to stabilize a presidency besieged by internal...

  • Rachel Marsden: Where 2017's joyride might lead in 2018

    Rachel Marsden: Where 2017's joyride might lead in 2018

    If 2017 world politics was a car trip, then it consisted primarily of off-roading. In 2018, we're going to find out if some of those abrupt departures from familiar, well-trodden pathways were worth the risk. Here are five adventures that began this year, and the kind of scenery that we might be...

  • Trump vs. Oprah, who would win?

    Trump vs. Oprah, who would win?

  • UMD coach battles Alzheimer's in memory of father-in-law

    UMD coach battles Alzheimer's in memory of father-in-law

    In the six-plus years I have been coaching at the University of Maryland, I have felt blessed in many respects. Working with so many outstanding young men and seeing them not only win basketball games but, more importantly, prepare themselves for successful, fulfilling lives once they leave school...

  • Witcover: Steve Bannon Out; Stephen Miller in

    Witcover: Steve Bannon Out; Stephen Miller in

    Former Trump chief strategist Steve Bannon is out as boss of the Breitbart News website, despite his pledge of continued allegiance to the president. That pledge followed the hullabaloo around Michael Wolff's book, "Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House," which contained numerous scathing...

Editorials

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  • Medicaid and work

    Medicaid and work

    When government handouts go to layabouts, it’s not surprising that some people get angry. That’s why imposing a work requirement on trust fund babies, the next-generation of ultra-wealthy, hedge fund managers, big-oil executives and all the others who just scored big on the Republican tax bill...

  • The Sun and Martin Luther King Jr.

    The Sun and Martin Luther King Jr.

    The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.’s name started appearing in The Sun’s news pages in 1955 and 1956 when the young preacher became a key leader of the Montgomery bus boycott that followed Rosa Parks’ arrest after she refused to give up her seat to a white man. But it would be years before the paper’s...

  • The medical exam Trump always fails

    The medical exam Trump always fails

  • Annapolis' #metoo moment

    Annapolis' #metoo moment

    I was standing in the Governor’s Reception Room on the second floor of the State House on Feb. 15, 2006, when then-Comptroller William Donald Schaefer asked for a cup of tea. A young woman who worked for then-Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. set it down in front of him and wordlessly headed back to the...

  • Alternative fact of the week: Burning politicians in the Netherlands

    Alternative fact of the week: Burning politicians in the Netherlands

    From this day forward, let the Netherlands be known for tulips, windmills, Rembrandt and burning politicians — but not the kind the Trump administration envisioned. And lest our readers believe we only skewer President Donald J. Trump and his minions in our “Alternative Fact of the Week” space,...

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  • The power of restorative justice

    The power of restorative justice

    It was encouraging to read your recent article, “Two boys carjacked an 80-year-old Baltimore City Councilwoman. Now she’s their advocate” (Jan. 3). Restorative justice is a powerful, redemptive tool that helps the victim heal and engages youth, their families and communities in the justice process....

  • Celebrity president? Been there, done that

    Celebrity president? Been there, done that

    Talk of Oprah Winfrey running for president should stop before it becomes a thing (“#oprah2020,” Jan. 8). We've already tried a celebrity president who has no political experience, no concept of the knowledge and expertise it takes to run a government as complex as ours. In 2020, we will need an...

  • Want to help women? Ratify the ERA

    Want to help women? Ratify the ERA

    If the entertainment industry is really passionate about taking on issues such as sexual harassment and equal treatment for men and women, perhaps its members should consider working to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment (“Media miss Oprah’s point, and the movement’s,” Jan. 9). How many of them...

  • McFadden: Let's find the money to fix schools

    McFadden: Let's find the money to fix schools

    Much has been written and discussed the last several days regarding the situation in the Baltimore City Public Schools (“School repair funds sought,” Jan. 6). While there has been finger pointing all over the place and more than enough blame to go around, our students and their families continue...

  • Reparations are not going to happen

    Reparations are not going to happen

    I was disappointed to read the commentary regarding reparations for slavery by Joel N. Morse and Jetaime Ross (“A forensic economics approach to reparations,” Jan. 6). While I’m sure that Mr. Morse found the calculation of the potential amount of reparations due to be an interesting intellectual...

  • Why can't casino dollars heat schools?

    Why can't casino dollars heat schools?

    As a parent of a Baltimore City Public Schools student, the stories of frigid temperatures in classrooms are personal and infuriating (“Debate over responsibility for cold Baltimore schools heats up,” Jan. 4). But it was not an unknown problem, and the lack of leadership from Gov. Larry Hogan and...

  • Lack of heat is mismanagement, not a case of inequality

    Lack of heat is mismanagement, not a case of inequality

    Your recent commentary on Baltimore’s school heating problems (“A chilling cause and effect, Baltimore’s school heating problems highlight inequity,” Jan. 8), attempted to use the tragic lack of heat conditions in Baltimore City Public Schools as a prime example of inequities in school funding...

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