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Fracking poses problems for Western Md.

Last week, a Garrett County resident testified in Annapolis that Maryland should proceed with fracking, the dangerous industrial practice recently banned in New York. He claimed that Western Maryland needs the jobs. I ask, what jobs?

Op-eds

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  • A lifetime spent in service
    A lifetime spent in service

    After 30 years in the Senate and a half-century of public service to Maryland and the nation, Barbara Mikulski will retire from elected politics next year. She will leave a legacy as one of the state's most admired politicians and among the most influential women ever to serve in Congress.

  • Legislation needed to protect foster kids' personal funds
    Legislation needed to protect foster kids' personal funds

    Our state foster care agencies are apparently so underfunded that they are taking resources from abused and neglected children. The agencies are taking control over foster children's Social Security benefits (when the children are disabled or have deceased parents) and using the children's...

  • Contenders for Mikulski's seat
    Contenders for Mikulski's seat

    Political observers in Maryland will soon be treated to a rare phenomenon: a battle royal for an open United States Senate seat.

  • Community development works
    Community development works

    Across the state, local efforts are quietly strengthening Maryland communities.

  • Better births at home
    Better births at home

    I am one of those women, fighting for home birth in Maryland.

Editorials

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  • Police and mental health
    Police and mental health

    Baltimore City Police Commissioner Anthony Batts plans to send mental health professionals to accompany police officers responding to emergency calls involving people suspected of mental illness, an initiative we hope could prevent more tragedies when difficult situations turn violent. More...

  • Hail Baltimore's happy warrior
    Hail Baltimore's happy warrior

    Barbara Mikulski's surprise announcement that she does not intend to seek a sixth term in the U.S. Senate is going to take time for her constituents to process. That Maryland's favorite daughter, its self-effacing and outspoken champion of the underdog, will not be on the ballot in 2016 (or...

  • KAL wins Herblock award
    KAL wins Herblock award

    Kevin Kallaugher, better known as KAL, is the 2015 winner of the Herblock Prize, among the most prestigious awards for editorial cartooning. Awarded annually since 2004 by the Herb Block foundation, it aims "to encourage editorial cartooning as an essential tool for preserving the rights of the...

  • Hogan's school reform has potential — and pitfalls

    There's a lot of good in Gov. Larry Hogan's proposal to reform Maryland's charter school law. It provides additional flexibility for charters to pursue innovative academic models, allows the possibility that the schools could be established in districts that have not welcomed them and...

  • How to reduce drunk driving
    How to reduce drunk driving

    People who have never been tested on a Breathalyzer are often surprised by just how intoxicated a person has to be to register a blood alcohol concentration of .08. It is enough to slur speech, impair vision, and dangerously alter perception and reaction time. You are, in a word, drunk and...

More letters to the editor

  • Columba Bush got what she was after
    Columba Bush got what she was after

    Any woman lucky enough to snag a politician, a football coach or any high profile husband should count her blessings. I've no compassion for Columba, wife of Jeb Bush, or any lucky ladies who won the husband lottery. Latching onto a high profile guy takes talent and determination.

  • Go slow on fracking
    Go slow on fracking

    Fracking is a hot topic in Annapolis this year, with bills in the legislature that would hit the pause button and impose strict liability standards on companies that want to drill in the state before the oil and gas industry starts fracking in Western Maryland ("Frosh wades into fracking...

  • Md.'s 'low' speed limits aren't the problem
    Md.'s 'low' speed limits aren't the problem

    I am always amazed to find someone who thinks the current Maryland speed limits are too slow ("Pick up the pace of Md.'s absurdly slow speed limits," Feb. 27). The problem is not the speed limit. The problem is the fact that too many vehicles occupy a limited driving area.

  • Cancel the Netanyahu speech
    Cancel the Netanyahu speech

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu intends to go ahead with his speech to Congress on Iran's nuclear program despite the accusation by Deputy Foreign Minister Tzachi Hanegbi that House Speaker John Boehner misrepresented the invitation. The whole thing is so disingenuous given the...

  • How to fix Md.'s aging infrastructure
    How to fix Md.'s aging infrastructure

    Recent Sun articles and editorials have pointed the way forward for Maryland's aging infrastructure ("States scramble as federal highway funding erodes," Feb. 21).

  • Don't send $1B to Central America
    Don't send $1B to Central America

    The Obama administration has a plan to pour $1 billion of U.S. taxpayer money into Central America "to try to slow the flow of unaccompanied minors and other migrants without documentation" to the U.S. ("Democrats press Kerry on $1B Latin aid request," Feb. 25). Just wondering, wouldn't $1...

  • Md. needs more clean energy
    Md. needs more clean energy

    Maryland currently ranks fifth in the nation for worst air quality and produces over 60 percent of its energy from dirty sources like coal and natural gas. Immediately after his inauguration, Gov. Larry Hogan rolled back coal regulations that would have greatly improved air quality conditions...

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