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  • A better way to reform pensions

    A better way to reform pensions
    After much haggling, Maryland took a tentative step this spring toward strengthening its state employee pension system, which is estimated to be underfunded by at least $19 billion. By raising the amount state workers must pay toward their own pensions,...
  • Delay in prosecuting killers of officer McGuinn shows need to abolish capital punishment

    All of us mourn the senseless killing of Maryland corrections officer David McGuinn, who was murdered at the Maryland House of Correction in 2006. ("New death penalty law, appeals delay trials in killing of correctional officer," July 25.) The article...
  • Group alleges housing discrimination at Balto. Co. complex

    For the second time in less than a year, a fair-housing advocacy organization has filed suit in U.S. District Court claiming racial discrimination by a company that owns 24 apartment complexes in the Baltimore region. Baltimore Neighborhoods Inc. is...
  • Privatizing retirement benefits is a mistake

    Thomas Firey of the Maryland Policy Institute offers a libertarian approach to economic security in retirement ("Better pension reform," July 27). Mr. Firey argues that because some Illinois teachers chose in 1998 not to take a "buy-in" for increasing...
  • Contractors grounded by FAA shutdown

    Contractors grounded by FAA shutdown
    When Kathleen Thompson learned this week that her Forest Glen engineering firm would not receive payment from its biggest client, the Federal Aviation Administration, the decision she had been dreading suddenly became inevitable: She told employees that...
  • Customers protest fund switch by Constellation suitor Exelon

    The dismantling of Exelon Corp.'s Zion Station nuclear power plant near Chicago is setting several remarkable precedents. It's the biggest-ever nuclear decommissioning job in the United States, says Exelon, which is seeking permission to buy...
  • Teacher pension study based on incomplete science

    Thomas A. Firey's recent suggestion in The Sun ("Better pension reform," July 27) of a statewide "buy-back" program for public employees to reduce Maryland's future public pension should be vetted very closely by citizens and officials, given the...
  • City schools with federal turnaround grants have mixed results

    City schools with federal turnaround grants have mixed results
    Once students hurled computers out the windows at Calverton Middle School, but today they are learning on state-of-the-art technology that has flooded into the West Baltimore school. Once teachers couldn't wait to transfer out of a place where students...
  • Kenneth L. Webster, state delegate, dies at 76

    Kenneth L. Webster, state delegate, dies at 76
    Former Del. Kenneth L. Webster, who led the battle for and wrote the historic legislation that made the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday a legal state holiday in Maryland, died Friday of kidney failure at the Baltimore Veteran Administration Medical...
  • Rick Perry: And so, TV news begins the takedown of a new GOP candidate

    Rick Perry: And so, TV news begins the takedown of a new GOP candidate
    There is no media process more fascinating to watch this week than the one unfolding around Texas Gov. Rick Perry, the newest GOP presidential candidate. The process involves network news and cable channels trying to take the candidate down a peg --...
  • Irene's aftermath claims second Marylander as utilities work to restore power

    Irene's aftermath claims second Marylander as utilities work to restore power
    As the pace of electricity restoration slowed Tuesday, the aftermath of Hurricane Irene continued to frustrate thousands of utility customers and officials announced another storm-related death in Maryland. More than 165,000 customers remained without...
  • BGE head: Thank you for your patience

    As BGE continues Hurricane Irene restoration efforts, we want to thank our customers for their patience and understanding. This storm, which is similar to 2003's Hurricane Isabel, caused nearly the same amount of power outages resulting from massive trees...