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  • Right-to-die is next civil rights frontier

    Not just Maryland, but every single state needs and deserves the Aid in Dying option ("Right-to-die legislation needed in Maryland," July 1). It seems ludicrous to me that only Oregon, Washington, Montana and now Vermont have this civil right. Where...
  • Replacing Waxter

    Replacing Waxter
    Youth advocates are questioning whether the Department of Juvenile Services needs to build a new 48-bed detention facility in Carroll County for girls awaiting assignment to one of the state's juvenile treatment centers. At a time when the state should be...
  • Carroll County commissioner wants to restrict drone use

    Carroll County commissioner wants to restrict drone use
    Carroll County Commissioner Robin Frazier said Thursday that she will draft a resolution restricting drone use in the county by government agencies to protect citizens' Fourth Amendment rights. Frazier's comment came after a more than 30-minute long...
  • ACLU says license plate readers violate drivers' privacy

    ACLU says license plate readers violate drivers' privacy
    The American Civil Liberties Union says police are violating drivers' rights with license plate scanners that can be used to track their whereabouts with little oversight on how such data is used or stored. The ACLU on Wednesday announced the results...
  • Spying on motorists

    Spying on motorists
    Americans are increasingly resigned to the fact that huge government and corporate bureaucracies can gather vast amounts of information about us without our knowledge or consent. Recent reports of the massive telephone and email data collection programs...
  • Diversion, not mass incarceration, will reduce crime

    If the state of Maryland is serious about reducing crime, we need to be more proactive about preventive programs and seriously consider diversion programs for our youth. The recent ACLU report on arrests for marijuana possession and The Sun's June 8...
  • Looking Out: Pa. county defies state's same-sex marriage ban

    Looking Out: Pa. county defies state's same-sex marriage ban
    The fight for marriage equality in Pennsylvania just got mighty interesting. Despite the Keystone State's ban on same-sex marriage, at least five same-sex couples were issued marriage licenses in a suburban Philadelphia county where local Register of...
  • Security vs. privacy

    Security vs. privacy
    The latest open debate over security and privacy is a welcome pivot from the irksome father-knows-best attitude that has prevailed too long regarding the government's contention of superior judgment in the realm of national security. As with most...
  • Abortion rights not synonymous with women's health

    Abortion rights not synonymous with women's health
    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...
  • Court ruling gives U.S.-foreign couples new hope

    Court ruling gives U.S.-foreign couples new hope
    Outside the Supreme Court on Wednesday, Joseph O'Farrell searched the crowd of cheering same-sex marriage proponents for his husband. Before the couple connected, O'Farrell sent Rafael Ramirez a quick text message: "Yay!" For the Laurel couple, the...
  • Two federal cases against Anne Arundel can head toward trial, judge says

    Two federal cases against Anne Arundel can head toward trial, judge says
    A federal judge ruled Monday that claims by two former Anne Arundel County employees, who allege they lost their jobs because of retaliation by the administration of former County Executive John R. Leopold, can advance to trial. U.S. District Judge...
  • Time to re-think U.S. use of drones

    Time to re-think U.S. use of drones
    Drones over Syria? Hold on! ("CIA eyes drone strikes in Syria," March 16). The whole business of drone strikes on nations with whom we are not at war gets murkier and more distasteful daily — and cries out for transparency from the Obama...