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Mosby puts ambition over justice

My reaction to your report "Outcome of officers' trials could impact prosecutor Marilyn Mosby's political career, observers say" (June 23) was visceral: I sure hope so. Demagogues like Ms. Mosby are the reason why young people vote anti-establishment, why Bernie Sanders beat Hillary Clinton 84 to...

  • Closed primaries don't deny independents their right to vote

    Commentator David Bittle decried how as an independent voter he was denied the opportunity to cast a ballot in Maryland's primary election this year ("Independent voters have a voice, too," June 14). Nothing could be further from the truth. He chose to exclude himself from the primary process by...

  • Md. should ban fracking

    Gov. Larry Hogan's administration has just begun the process of developing fracking regulations, and they've already bungled it ("Proposed rules to govern fracking in Maryland draw criticism from environmentalists and energy industry," June 22). The first public meeting to discuss a set of issue...

  • Finally, a modicum of sanity on guns

    I commend Rep. John Lewis of Georgia, Rep. Dutch Ruppersberger and other congressional Democrats who have shown the courage to stand up for the American people ("Md. Democrats join House sit-in over gun control; protest gets heated in chamber," June 22). One of the chief responsibilities of government...

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  • Can anyone save the Republican Party?

    Can anyone save the Republican Party?

    Donald Trump's stranglehold on the Republican Party as it plunges headlong toward its national convention in mid-July imperils the party's very survival 162 years after its emergence from the withered skeleton of the Whig Party. The Grand Old Party was born in 1854 in the crucible of an approaching...

  • Baltimore prosecutor's office should be investigated for Gray-related murder charge

    Baltimore prosecutor's office should be investigated for Gray-related murder charge

    The disturbing revelation by The Sun this weekend that Baltimore State's Attorney Marilyn Mosby or one of her prosecutors may have used a misleading summary of evidence to persuade a grand jury to indict the six Baltimore police officers charged in the death of Freddie Gray demands a formal investigation....

  • Trollishness pervades American politics in 2016

    Trollishness pervades American politics in 2016

    Once upon a time, only billy goats and hobbits had to worry about trolls. Now, they are a problem for all of us. Narrowly defined, trolls are the anonymous, nasty-spirited provocateurs who roam the Internet dropping incendiary messages into the middle of online discussions, getting their kicks...

  • Smart guns are a smart choice

    Smart guns are a smart choice

    As the debate over access to guns in America rages in the wake of the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history, we aren't loudly discussing one thing we really should be, despite a presidential push to do so: smart guns. They may not stop a committed killer, but they could save a child's life. With...

  • Don't save the monarch -- please

    Don't save the monarch -- please

    Monarch butterflies have become iconic in a way no other insect has. What grade-schooler hasn't had the obligatory unit on butterfly metamorphosis, illustrated by a zebra-striped caterpillar and robin's-egg-blue chrysalis and capped with a fast-forward movie of the adult butterfly struggling out,...

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  • Abortion rights affirmed

    Abortion rights affirmed

    The Supreme Court's Whole Woman's Health v. Hellerstedt decision striking down key provisions of a Texas anti-abortion law — an effort to shutter abortion clinics in the name of "safety" and "women's health" — is a victory for reproductive rights with broad implications. One can only hope the first...

  • The FOP's offensive tweets

    The FOP's offensive tweets

    Baltimore Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 3 President Lt. Gene Ryan says he did not authorize two gloating tweets the union sent out over the weekend in the wake of Officer Caesar Goodson Jr.'s acquittal on charges related to Freddie Gray's death. As soon as he found out about them, he said, he...

  • Supreme Court's immigration failure

    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...

  • An early head start

    It's no secret why children from poor and minority communities often start school at a substantial disadvantage compared to their peers from more affluent backgrounds. The reasons for the disparities are well known: poverty, family instability, lack of access to health care services and regular...

  • HUD's mistake

    HUD's mistake

    To anyone familiar with the plight of Baltimore's poor, a recent announcement by the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development may seem like a bit of a head-scratcher. Baltimore has been omitted from a list of metropolitan areas slated for a new program designed to help Section 8 recipients...

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  • The crybaby Democrats

    Democrats and liberals have in the past several decades taken the position that they are the ones who know what the ideal form society should take and that everyone should do as they tell them. This has become more and more evident with the violent demonstrations against anyone who supports Donald...

  • Let voters decide on guns

    Here is what you hear out of Washington: The NRA is a formidable lobby; the Second Amendment is impenetrable, the trouble is mental illness or terrorists on watch lists should not be able to buy guns. Are you kidding me? The dribble goes on and on ("No one needs assault rifles for home defense,"...

  • President: Do you want awful or worrisome?

    Many decades ago, the great Winston Churchill stated that "Russia is a riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma." In our time, Donald Trump appears to be a mental midget wrapped in a cloak of bigotry inside an outer layer of absurdity. Never has a candidate for president been less qualified...

  • Mental illness and crime

    On a single day this week three Sun articles triangulated the problem with mental health treatment in Maryland: the lack of inpatient beds for dangerous, mentally ill individuals. "Sharfstein leaves Sheppard Pratt, an expanded mental health system, after 30 years" (June 22) recounts Dr. Steven Sharfstein's...

  • Stand up for our rights, sit-in over guns

    In the aftermath of the massacre at the gay nightclub Pulse in Orlando, Fla., the gun lobby and its pet politicians persist in repeating ad nauseam the usual slogans about Americans' constitutional right to keep and bear arms ("Md. Democrats join House sit-in over gun control; protest gets heated...

  • Keep guns away from terrorists

    As the Sun's reader "polls" of the day ("What Maryland thinks," June 20) have no statistical validity whatsoever, I have tried to dismiss it as a safety valve for the tiny minority who are otherwise voiceless. However, when 497 responders think that Maryland should not ban people on federal terrorist...

  • Become a single-issue voter for gun control

    What will it take to reverse the killing fields of America — the streets of our urban centers, schools, churches, clubs, workplaces and military bases ("Maryland Democrats among those at House gun control 'sit in,'" June 22). Arguments starting with "a good guy with a gun" and "slippery slope"...

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