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Gene editing raises host of possibilities

There’s another half to the recent article, “U.S. scientists try gene editing inside a person for first time, aiming to cure a disease” (Nov. 15), which rightly points to currently promising prospects for gene editing. As the science matures longer term, gene editing with tools like CRISPR and,...

  • Md. veteran retirees deserve lower taxes

    Md. veteran retirees deserve lower taxes

    In the editorial, “Military pensions — haves or have-nots?” (Nov. 20), The Sun states that the elimination of the taxes on military pensions would cost the state $100 million over a 5-year period. That, according to my math, means the retired military veterans pay $20 million a year to the state....

  • Don't deny police officers their rights

    Don't deny police officers their rights

    I see now that the Baltimore Civilian Review Board feels that the police are overly protected by the Law Enforcement Officer’s Bill of Rights (“Baltimore Civilian Review Board: We need more authority to oversee police,” Nov. 17). One might think that they are so hungry to extract their pound of...

  • Last thing needed is more government

    Last thing needed is more government

    Government workers are telling politicians that they need more government workers (“Maryland government needs more staff to perform mission, analysts say,” Nov. 20). The fact is, we should be moving in the exact opposite direction. Do we really need an administrative assistant to the assistant...

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  • Thankful for small things

    Thankful for small things

    It’s that time of year again, Thanksgiving, and I wonder how many people are truly thankful. Says Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s “Ancient Mariner”: “He prayeth best, who loveth best/All things both great and small.” Of course, if I won the lottery, a “great thing,” I’d be very thankful and probably...

  • Md. will protect health care even if U.S. won't

    Md. will protect health care even if U.S. won't

    As we watch President Donald Trump and his Republican Congress sabotage Obamacare, many Marylanders have asked “What does this mean for us?” The short answer: We aren’t sure. But while the proposals coming out of Washington seem to change every hour, the Maryland General Assembly is leading an...

  • Certain herbicides hurting Md. crops

    Certain herbicides hurting Md. crops

    Increasing use of certain herbicides — such as dicamba and “2,4-D,” which is short for 2,4-dicholorphenoxyacetic acid — is resulting in significant damage on Maryland farms and loss of wine grape, nursery, orchard and vegetable crops. It is time to protect agriculture by improving education, surveillance,...

  • John Kass: Sen. Franken should take a long walk

    Those popping sounds you hear aren't light bulbs breaking as they hit the frozen surface of Lake Wobegon. Instead, that sound comes from political heads exploding in the Democratic Media Complex. Because liberal Democratic Sen. Al Franken of Minnesota was exposed, completely, for what he really...

  • The tale of two Targets, a Baltimore segregation story

    The tale of two Targets, a Baltimore segregation story

    Like many patrons, I felt devastated and blindsided by Target’s recent announcement that it would shutter its Mondawmin Mall location in February, apparently with little conversation or negotiation with their development partners or the city. While a closure anywhere would likely have a negative...

Editorials

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  • Elephants' reprieve: How about the rest of the animal kingdom?

    Elephants' reprieve: How about the rest of the animal kingdom?

    There is no shortage of cute elephant videos on YouTube, and the millions of views they’ve recorded demonstrate why. Elephants are exceptionally smart. They can use tools. They respond to the human voice, and they demonstrate empathy toward other creatures. And, frankly, there are few sights more...

  • How to judge judges

    How to judge judges

    If there was any Circuit Court judge Baltimore voters might have been expected to have an opinion about, it was Alfred Nance. When he ran for re-election in 2014, he had long since been investigated by the Judicial Disabilities Commission on complaints of inappropriate courtroom behavior and had...

  • Wall isn't a lifesaver, it's a boondoggle

    Wall isn't a lifesaver, it's a boondoggle

    A border patrol agent was killed and his partner seriously wounded in the line of duty Sunday in West Texas. Few of the details of the incident have been released by U.S. Customs and Border Protection or the Federal Bureau of Investigation, but Border Patrol Agent Rogelio Martinez, 36, and his...

  • Beware all two-headed beasts!

    Beware all two-headed beasts!

  • Bridging the meal gap

    Bridging the meal gap

    In a year that has seen it share of disasters from hurricanes and floods, wildfires to mass shootings, Carmen Del Guercio frets that an outreach as basic as combating hunger may be shortchanged. For the president and CEO of the Maryland Food Bank, this is no idle thought. With Thanksgiving approaching,...

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  • Wanted: More in GOP like Larry Hogan

    Wanted: More in GOP like Larry Hogan

    Maryland not only boasts the coolest flag among the 50, but a governor who provides a template for moderate governance, personal integrity and principled leadership that the nation desperately needs. A proud, avowed liberal of Mountain Maryland, I was nevertheless offended when a post appeared...

  • An unearned excuse from Verletta White

    An unearned excuse from Verletta White

    The Baltimore Sun reported earlier this month that Baltimore County Public Schools interim superintendent Verletta White failed to disclose the payments she has received since 2013 as a consultant for the Education Research & Development Institute or ERDI. In a recent article regarding an ethics...

  • When should juveniles be tried as adults?

    When should juveniles be tried as adults?

    Your editorial “How not to solve Baltimore’s problem of juvenile crime” (Nov. 13) seems to contend that youth offenders, even repeat violent ones, should be returned to the juvenile system partly because of that system’s rehabilitative focus. That conclusion rests on the premise, however, that...

  • Verletta White must go

    Verletta White must go

    The Baltimore County School Board needs to do their due diligence and fire Interim School Superintendent Verletta White (“Ethics complaint filed against Baltimore County school superintendent Verletta White,” Nov. 15). Ms. White’s failure to report income she earned while working for the same company...

  • We need to invest more in rural kids' early years

    I was pleased to read Andrew Yarrow's op-ed highlighting the need for Maryland to invest more in early childhood education (“Early childhood care undervalued in Md.,” Nov. 12). Recently, the International Commission on Financing Global Education Opportunity confirmed the economic and health benefits...

  • Trump thinks he has a mandate. He doesn't

    Trump thinks he has a mandate. He doesn't

    Members of the House of Representatives are elected to their positions based on many factors, often dealing with issues from their own district and rarely because of a national issue. Members of the Senate are usually chosen due to state and sometimes national issues. So to hear House Speaker Paul...

  • Call mass shootings what they are: Murder

    Call mass shootings what they are: Murder

    Lately I’ve grown increasingly disheartened with the news media, particularly when the words used fail to identify the elephant in the room. In the last few years people have taken a gun, it doesn’t matter what type, and murdered dozens of innocent human beings. The news folks say “it was a mass...

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