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  • Marijuana decriminalization: Proceed with caution

    Marijuana decriminalization: Proceed with caution
    A recent ACLU study that found disparate enforcement of marijuana laws in Maryland and throughout the nation raises important and difficult questions about how we use our resources to combat crime, generally, and the possession and sale of marijuana,...
  • NSA surveillance: What's one more Big Brother?

    NSA surveillance: What's one more Big Brother?
    In principle, the National Security Agency's vast data collection operation is troubling, but in the age of Google and Facebook, it feels like having just one more Big Brother in a growing family of Big Brothers. In response to the revelation that the...
  • Racial profiling provision of immigration bill scrutinized

    Racial profiling provision of immigration bill scrutinized
    A coalition of civil liberties and immigrant-rights advocates led by Sen. Ben Cardin of Maryland wants to strengthen a provision in the Senate's sweeping immigration bill that would prohibit law enforcement agencies from racial profiling. The 867-page,...
  • The case against NSA's phone record surveillance

    The case against NSA's phone record surveillance
    The American Civil Liberties Union's lawsuit against the National Security Agency, seeking an end to the collection of data about nearly every phone call made by Americans, provides an almost unprecedented opportunity for the public to challenge the...
  • Marijuana arrests not necessarily biased

    Marijuana arrests not necessarily biased
    I read with astonishment The Sun's recent editorial concerning the arrest rates of whites versus blacks for marijuana possession in Baltimore City ("Md.'s new Jim Crow," June 9). Apparently, the ACLU feels that there is some sort of conspiracy at work...
  • The red herring of human gene patents

    The red herring of human gene patents
    The greatest dangers to liberty lurk in the insidious encroachment by men of zeal, well meaning but without understanding. — Louis D. Brandeis Just a few words and little thought separate yet another stronghold of the American economy from ruin....
  • Maynard praised as tough, capable prison administrator

    Maynard praised as tough, capable prison administrator
    In a career that's spanned more than four decades in four states, Gary D. Maynard has dealt with inmate sex scandals, prison riots, suicides and shrinking public safety budgets. Last week, the Maryland corrections secretary faced a bank of TV cameras...
  • Did that really happen? In America?

    Did that really happen? In America?
    My periodic "Did You Know" columns tend to raise the blood pressure of more conservative readers who are embarrassed/angry/frustrated by the increasingly aggressive counter-cultural policies of the hard left and their allies in Hollywood, on campus, and...
  • Ban on patenting DNA cheers researchers

    Ban on patenting DNA cheers researchers
    Researchers hailed the Supreme Court ruling Wednesday that bans the patenting of human DNA, saying it would expand access to genetic testing for disease at lower cost to patients. In a unanimous decision, the justices said Myriad Genetics did not have...
  • Privacy advocates outraged, but lawmakers defend collection of phone records

    Privacy advocates outraged, but lawmakers defend collection of phone records
    Privacy advocates expressed outrage Thursday over revelations that the National Security Agency has been collecting telephone records of virtually every phone call made in the United States for seven years, but the Obama administration and a bipartisan...
  • When liberals and libertarians unite

    When liberals and libertarians unite
    We can't tell the real Americans who love and defend our country from the liberals who hate America anymore ("Paul's victory," March 8). When Barack Obama became president liberals thought that he would close Guantanamo and stop drone strikes. President...
  • Decorated officer at center of police custody death investigation

    A decorated officer who was shot in the line of duty and testified before lawmakers about tightening gun laws is one of three officers being investigated in the death of an East Baltimore man during a drug arrest. Police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi...