| Mar 24, 2014
| 10:49 AM
The owners of the arts and crafts chain Hobby Lobby have a right to their religious beliefs. So do their 28,000 employees. And the citizens of the United States also have a right to a government that protects their health and welfare.
| Jan 13, 2014
| 6:36 PM
Senior lawmakers unveiled a $1.1 trillion spending bill late Monday that would keep the federal government running for most of this year while directing hundreds of millions of dollars to Maryland interests — from the James Webb Space Telescope to...
| Dec 27, 2013
| 9:00 AM
It was a year of significant changes in how health care is delivered in Maryland. Here are some highlights:
Rocky rollout for Obamacare
Years of effort preparing for the Affordable Care Act culminated with the opening of state and federal health...
| Mar 27, 2013
We're still legislating and regulating private morality, while at the same time ignoring the much larger crisis of public morality in America.
In recent weeks, Republican state legislators have decided to thwart the Supreme Court's 1973 decision in...
| Sep 19, 2013
| 6:45 PM
ROME — In an extraordinary, wide-ranging interview, Pope Francis expressed frustration that the Catholic Church is “obsessed” with issues such as abortion, homosexuality and contraception, and called instead for a focus on healing and...
| Sep 24, 2013
| 5:15 AM
I agree with Professor Jeffrey Ian Ross that new laws against guns are not enough to end the mass shootings ("Ending mass shootings: It's not just about more or better laws," Sept. 22). We do have to figure out what actions, values and moral standings are...
| Mar 19, 2013
| 7:05 AM
The Maryland legislature recently voted to abolish capital punishment in the state, making Maryland the sixth state in the last six years to eliminate the death penalty.
The primary argument for repealing the law is that our justice system is...
| Jul 3, 2013
| 5:44 PM
The U.S. 4th Circuit Court of Appeals overturned Wednesday a lower court ruling striking down a Baltimore ordinance that required pregnancy clinics to post signs stating if they do not provide abortions.
Judge Robert B. King wrote in a majority opinion...
| Jun 12, 2013
Conservative Republicans in our nation's capital have managed to accomplish something they only dreamed of when tea partiers streamed into Congress at the start of 2011. They've basically shut down Congress. Their refusal to compromise is working just...
| Aug 3, 2013
| 8:00 AM
As a registered unaffiliated voter, it is reassuring to see the Maryland Republican Party beginning the process of reaching out ("Time to open up," July 22). Chairman Diana Waterman recently indicated that the GOP is establishing a committee to...
| Oct 30, 2012
| 3:00 AM
Indiana Senate candidate Richard Mourdock, the Tea Party usurper who took down Sen. Richard Lugar in the Republican primary, created the biggest political buzz last week by uttering the following sentence in a televised debate: "I think even when life...
| Jul 1, 2013
| 4:00 AM
When your grandmother gets some bad news, do you tell her: "Well, at least you have your abortion rights"?
Why not? Maybe it's because whatever you think of abortion, the right to have one is not synonymous with a woman's health.
But don't tell that...