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Kids count; so do parents  [Editorial]

Kids count; so do parents [Editorial]

The Baltimore-based Annie E. Casey Foundation is out with its 25th Kids Count data book, measuring the wellbeing of children nationwide across a variety of health, economic, educational and community measures. In some ways, kids are much better off...

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Johns Hopkins settlement [Poll]

Johns Hopkins settlement [Poll]

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Putin on the hot seat  [Editorial]

Putin on the hot seat [Editorial]

Russia's President Vladimir Putin was once lauded by supporters for his brilliance in cynically calling for a negotiated end to Ukraine's civil war while simultaneously escalating the conflict through secret shipments of arms and equipment to...

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Standing up for children  [Editorial]

Standing up for children [Editorial]

Another proposal to house undocumented children in Maryland and another shameful response. This time it wasn't rural Carroll County blasting the prospect of "illeagles" living outside Westminster, but a Baltimore County councilman decrying the...

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Cutting drug prison terms [Poll]

Cutting drug prison terms [Poll]

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Anti-immigration police

Anti-immigration police

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Protecting all crime victims

Protecting all crime victims

City Police Commissioner Anthony Batts set an example for his fellow officers when he met recently with Baltimore's transgender community to discuss the murder of a 26-year-old transgender woman whose body was found in a Northwest Baltimore alley...

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Catholic Charities housing immigrant children [Poll]

Catholic Charities housing immigrant children [Poll]

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An appeal to women voters  [Editorial]

An appeal to women voters [Editorial]

It should come as no surprise that Democrats are looking to women voters for help this fall and plan to use the Hobby Lobby decision — and an assault of women's reproductive rights generally — as part of their rallying cry. In a meeting...

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Another war in Gaza  [Editorial]

Another war in Gaza [Editorial]

The five-hour cease fire between Hamas and Israel in the Gaza Strip was the calm before the storm. Hamas rockets began raining down on Israel at the moment the United Nations-requested lull ended on Thursday afternoon. Israel waited a bit longer...

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Keep talking with Iran  [Editorial]

Keep talking with Iran [Editorial]

President Barack Obama and officials in Iran have suggested that they will extend current talks about the Islamic State's nuclear program beyond Sunday's deadline if no agreement is reached. It is essential that they do so and that hard-line voices...

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Hampden parking problems [Poll]

Hampden parking problems [Poll]

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Md. should stay the course on Obamacare fix  [Editorial]

Md. should stay the course on Obamacare fix [Editorial]

Pardon us if we are not completely reassured by officials' insistence that glitches recently discovered in the Connecticut Affordable Care Act health insurance exchange that Maryland is in the process of adapting will be fixed well before the site...

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Holder and race  [Editorial]

Holder and race [Editorial]

For those not attuned to such things, the right-wing media has spent much of the week jumping up and down about Attorney General Eric Holder's appearance on ABC-TV last Sunday morning. His offense? He dared suggest that there was a "racial component"...

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The Orioles' perch  [Editorial]

The Orioles' perch [Editorial]

The Baltimore Orioles have passed the mid-season mark sitting on a comfortable perch — first place in the American League East with a four game lead (five in the loss column) over the Toronto Blue Jays. It's difficult to know whether to be...

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Iran nuclear talks [Poll]

Iran nuclear talks [Poll]

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The death of Damaud Martin: Looking but not seeing  [Editorial]

The death of Damaud Martin: Looking but not seeing [Editorial]

The death of a severely disabled foster child earlier this month while under the care of a group home in Anne Arundel County that Maryland health regulators were in the process of shutting down inevitably raises the question of whether the boy's life...

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Closing school for Muslim holidays [Poll]

Closing school for Muslim holidays [Poll]

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Carroll's revealing 'illeagle' graffiti  [Editorial]

Carroll's revealing 'illeagle' graffiti [Editorial]

We thank the nameless graffiti artist in Carroll County who spray painted a denunciation of an aborted plan to house some of the thousands of unaccompanied minors who have crossed the southern U.S. border in recent months at a military facility...

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Red Line roadblock  [Editorial]

Red Line roadblock [Editorial]

Last month, Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz wrote a letter to Maryland Transportation Secretary James T. Smith Jr. indicating his displeasure with certain aspects of the proposed Red Line light rail project. He doesn't want the county to...

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Maryland MSA score decline [Poll]

Maryland MSA score decline [Poll]

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MSA warning signs  [Editorial]

MSA warning signs [Editorial]

State education officials told us that scores on this year's Maryland School Assessment exams would go down, and that they most certainly did. Schools state-wide embarked last fall on their first full year of instruction tied to the Common Core...

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A bad sign

A bad sign

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Breaking a vicious cycle  [Editorial]

Breaking a vicious cycle [Editorial]

For far too many young people who get caught up in the criminal justice system, an arrest or conviction for even a minor, non-violent offense can become a one-way ticket to a shrunken future that slams the door on opportunities for the rest of...

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A temporary patch  [Editorial]

A temporary patch [Editorial]

In the world of highway repairs, the term "cold patch" refers to an asphalt mix that's used to temporarily fill potholes. Congress appears to be inching slowly toward its own version of a cold patch that would maintain funding for highway and transit...

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O'Malley's fiscal legacy  [Editorial]

O'Malley's fiscal legacy [Editorial]

When the three major Wall Street bond rating agencies reaffirmed Maryland's AAA rating last week, Gov. Martin O'Malley issued a news release crediting his administration's "fiscally responsible approach" to budgeting. Given the extent to which Mr. O'...

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GOP suing Obama [Poll]

GOP suing Obama [Poll]

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Keep them in class  [Editorial]

Keep them in class [Editorial]

It's heartening that Baltimore City's new schools CEO, Gregory Thornton, has made limiting the number of out-of-school suspensions for the system's youngest children a priority in his first weeks on the job. In doing so he has sent a strong signal to...

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Md.'s public financing resurrection  [Editorial]

Md.'s public financing resurrection [Editorial]

Republican gubernatorial candidate Larry Hogan's decision to accept public campaign financing for the general election is both good and bad for democracy in Maryland. It's good in that it validates the notion that our prospective leaders can and...

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Disabled driver parking spots [Poll]

Disabled driver parking spots [Poll]

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THE EDITORIAL BOARD


Andy Green, the opinion editor, has taken the "know a little bit about everything" approach in his time at The Sun. He was the city/state editor before coming to the editorial board, and prior to that he covered the State House and Baltimore County government.

Tricia Bishop, the deputy editorial page editor, was a reporter in the business and metro sections covering biotechnology, education and city and federal courts prior to joining the board.

Peter Jensen, former State House reporter and features writer, takes the lead on state government, transportation issues and the environment; he is the board's resident funny man and capital schmooze.

Glenn McNatt, who returned to editorial writing after serving as the newspaper's art critic, keeps an eye on the arts, culture, politics and the law for the editorial board.

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