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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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America's refugee crisis  [Editorial]

America's refugee crisis [Editorial]

The flood of unaccompanied minors from Central America across the United States' southern border in recent months has raised a knotty problem for Congress and President Barack Obama: What do you call thousands of children illegally entering the...

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Government out of sorts  [Editorial]

Government out of sorts [Editorial]

It's a pretty safe bet that the year and month a vehicle registration is due for renewal is unknown to the average car owner living in Maryland or anywhere else for that matter. Most of us probably can't recall our tag number (even though it's a...

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Allowing bias by faith groups [Poll]

Allowing bias by faith groups [Poll]

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Hogan and Hobby Lobby [Letter]

Hogan and Hobby Lobby [Letter]

Within hours of the Supreme Court's decision last week that closely-held corporations could deny coverage for contraceptives through their employees' health insurance policies if doing so violated the owners' religious convictions, Gov. Martin O'...

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A win-win for Hopkins  [Editorial]

A win-win for Hopkins [Editorial]

The tentative contract reached early Tuesday between Johns Hopkins Hospital and the labor union representing about 2,000 of its service workers represents a victory not only for the hospital and members of 1199 SEIU United Healthcare Workers East but...

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State's attorneys -- elected or appointed? [Poll]

State's attorneys -- elected or appointed? [Poll]

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Anne Arundel Medical Center smoking policy [Poll]

Anne Arundel Medical Center smoking policy [Poll]

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Fireworks in Howard County  [Editorial]

Fireworks in Howard County [Editorial]

In Howard County, it's perfectly legal to consume the biggest, most gargantuan family-size bag of barbecue-flavored potato chips at one sitting and wash it down with a case of the most sugary soda ever made. Or, if that's not your taste, perhaps...

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A dangerous turning point in Israel  [Editorial]

A dangerous turning point in Israel [Editorial]

As the situation in Israel threatens to spiral out of control, that nation's leaders took important steps on Sunday to rein in a cycle of violence that began with the kidnapping and killing of three Israeli teens last month. The arrest of six...

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The Cheney tour

The Cheney tour

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The Harris boycott  [Editorial]

The Harris boycott [Editorial]

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Sticking to their guns [Editorial]

Sticking to their guns [Editorial]

It's a mystery why Anne Arundel County school officials are insisting on digging themselves deeper into the hole they're already in over the suspension last year of 7-year-old Joshua Welch, a Park Elementary student who allegedly nibbled his...

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BGE rate hike request [Poll]

BGE rate hike request [Poll]

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Guarding local swimmers  [Editorial]

Guarding local swimmers [Editorial]

The Maryland and Delaware Atlantic Ocean beach resorts got a bit of good news to kick off the summer season this past week. The latest survey by the National Resources Defense Council rates both states as having some of the cleanest beach water in...

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Exposing predators  [Editorial]

Exposing predators [Editorial]

Victims advocates are expressing dismay over a decision this week by Maryland's highest court that could lead to the removal of hundreds of names from a list of registered sex offenders in the state. The advocates say removing names from the registry...

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Warning signs for Md.'s budget  [Editorial]

Warning signs for Md.'s budget [Editorial]

Gov. Martin O'Malley's decision to seek $77 million in cuts to a budget that's barely 24 hours old is a sobering reminder that the state's economic recovery is tenuous at best. Maryland experienced no gross domestic product growth last year, and...

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Decline in city killings [Poll]

Decline in city killings [Poll]

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Pumping up gas prices  [Editorial]

Pumping up gas prices [Editorial]

The Fourth of July weekend is traditionally one of the busiest travel times of the year, and it's a safe bet that a lot of Marylanders will hit the roads to Ocean City and beyond. As often...

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Stacking the deck  [Editorial]

Stacking the deck [Editorial]

A year after Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake pledged to reinvigorate the city's civilian police review board, panel members say nothing much has changed. That's hardly surprising. The board still lacks the power to investigate citizens'...

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Sex offender registry [Poll]

Sex offender registry [Poll]

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Corporations trump people in Supreme Court's Hobby Lobby decision [Editorial]

Corporations trump people in Supreme Court's Hobby Lobby decision [Editorial]

In recognizing that for-profit corporations like Hobby Lobby can hold religious beliefs that trump secular laws like the Affordable Care Act's requirement that women have access to contraceptives without out-of-pocket costs, the Supreme Court has...

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Public unions at risk  [Editorial]

Public unions at risk [Editorial]

The Supreme Court didn't kill a key underpinning of public sector unionism Monday, but it surely put it on life support. The court's ruling in the Illinois case Harris v. Quinn, which related to the mandatory collection of so-called "fair share" fees...

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More than 'growing pains' at Morgan [Editorial]

More than 'growing pains' at Morgan [Editorial]

In a recent commentary published in The Sun, Morgan State University President David Wilson described in glowing terms a multimillion-dollar NASA grant his institution won three years ago to conduct advanced climate and Earth sciences research. Mr....

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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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