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GOP tax bill is a loser

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 12:35:00 PST

The “tax cut” bill currently before the Senate helps big corporations and wealthy people but does little or nothing for the middle class (“As clock ticks on tax bill, White House signals a compromise,” Nov. 19). Some people will see a small, temporary decrease in their taxes, but that decrease...

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Time to end solitary confinement in Md.

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 12:25:00 PST

The recent editorial about the tragic death of Emily Butler, who died by suicide while in solitary confinement, highlights for the public the hidden story behind a cruel practice (“The lonesome death of Emily Butler,” Nov. 20). Isolated confinement goes by many names. No matter what it is called,...

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A place where Baltimore still cares

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 12:15:00 PST

Given the desperate state of our city, it's difficult to sort through and process all of the negative news coverage. I'd like to offer readers a break from all of the death and decay and focus on a bright spot within Baltimore.

Over the past several months, I've had the privilege to serve meals,...

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Giving thanks

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 12:10:00 PST

The annual turkey feast will soon be upon us. Yet somehow, that same growl you usually feel — the one for the food, the family, the one for the thought and the thanking — seems to be missing. Or maybe just unconvincing.

It's hard to be thankful when you're sad. It seems that we are at a war with...

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Cardin right to fight EPA dismantling

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 11:25:00 PST

The EPA’s mission is simple: to protect our health and environment. The Trump administration, however, has done just the opposite – it recently repealed the landmark Clean Power Plan and is moving to confirm nominees with strong polluter-industry ties to top posts at the U.S. Environmental Protection...

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Keep net neutrality

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 11:15:00 PST

The FCC will soon vote to kill net neutrality. This is problematic because there are Internet service providers (ISP) that own media companies. Killing net neutrality would allow ISPs to slow speeds for rival companies, or even charge extra to allow access to rival media/entertainment outlets (...

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Trump to Franken: pot lecturing kettle

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 10:30:00 PST

The pot refused to call the kettle black. Our self-admitted Molester-in-Chief has declined to take a stand on the suitability of Roy Moore to become a member of the United States Senate. "Let the voters decide," is his guidance on the matter.

The Donald did jump all over Sen. Al Franken with his...

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Md. veteran retirees deserve lower taxes

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 10:25:00 PST

In the editorial, “Military pensions — haves or have-nots?” (Nov. 20), The Sun states that the elimination of the taxes on military pensions would cost the state $100 million over a 5-year period. That, according to my math, means the retired military veterans pay $20 million a year to the state....

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Don't deny police officers their rights

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 10:00:00 PST

I see now that the Baltimore Civilian Review Board feels that the police are overly protected by the Law Enforcement Officer’s Bill of Rights (“Baltimore Civilian Review Board: We need more authority to oversee police,” Nov. 17). One might think that they are so hungry to extract their pound of...

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Last thing needed is more government

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 08:30:00 PST

Government workers are telling politicians that they need more government workers (“Maryland government needs more staff to perform mission, analysts say,” Nov. 20). The fact is, we should be moving in the exact opposite direction. Do we really need an administrative assistant to the assistant...

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How to make our streets safer

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 08:00:00 PST

As we all are aware, homicides, drug use and distribution, gang-related crimes and juvenile crimes are the biggest social problems that we face today in our cities. I see an immediate solution that will have impact on these crimes: Spend more money on technology. Video cameras are essential; install...

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Don't water down high school graduation standards

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 08:20:00 PST

As a citizen keenly interested in our educational system, I feel compelled to respond to the Maryland State Board of Education’s decision to reduce the passing score needed by graduating students because too many of them are currently failing them (“Maryland revises high school graduation requirement,...

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Mosby needs to produce results, not photo ops

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 07:40:00 PST

A little less than three years ago, Baltimore City State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby, in all her ineptness and incompetence, aggressively charged six Baltimore police officers for their involvement in Freddie Gray’s death (“Freddie Gray case: Baltimore Police Lt. Brian Rice cleared of all administrative...

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Andy Harris is no friend of the middle class

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 07:05:00 PST

On Thursday the GOP-controlled House of Representatives passed “The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act,” which President Donald Trump says will be the largest tax cut in history for the middle class (“The House just passed its big tax bill. Here's what is in it and what deductions vanish,” Nov. 17).

Except...

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Let's take a look at White's tax returns

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 06:55:00 PST

It would be very informative if Baltimore County Public Schools’ Verletta White provided a copy of the portion of her federal tax returns for the years she received payments from outside sources that she failed to disclose on her financial disclosure forms (“Ethics complaint filed against Baltimore...

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Wanted: More in GOP like Larry Hogan

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 06:35:00 PST

Maryland not only boasts the coolest flag among the 50, but a governor who provides a template for moderate governance, personal integrity and principled leadership that the nation desperately needs. A proud, avowed liberal of Mountain Maryland, I was nevertheless offended when a post appeared...

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An unearned excuse from Verletta White

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 06:25:00 PST

The Baltimore Sun reported earlier this month that Baltimore County Public Schools interim superintendent Verletta White failed to disclose the payments she has received since 2013 as a consultant for the Education Research & Development Institute or ERDI. In a recent article regarding an ethics...

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When should juveniles be tried as adults?

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 14:35:00 PST

Your editorial “How not to solve Baltimore’s problem of juvenile crime” (Nov. 13) seems to contend that youth offenders, even repeat violent ones, should be returned to the juvenile system partly because of that system’s rehabilitative focus.

That conclusion rests on the premise, however, that...

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Verletta White must go

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 14:15:00 PST

The Baltimore County School Board needs to do their due diligence and fire Interim School Superintendent Verletta White (“Ethics complaint filed against Baltimore County school superintendent Verletta White,” Nov. 15).

Ms. White’s failure to report income she earned while working for the same company...

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We need to invest more in rural kids' early years

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 14:00:00 PST

I was pleased to read Andrew Yarrow's op-ed highlighting the need for Maryland to invest more in early childhood education (“Early childhood care undervalued in Md.,” Nov. 12).

Recently, the International Commission on Financing Global Education Opportunity confirmed the economic and health benefits...

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Trump thinks he has a mandate. He doesn't

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 13:25:00 PST

Members of the House of Representatives are elected to their positions based on many factors, often dealing with issues from their own district and rarely because of a national issue. Members of the Senate are usually chosen due to state and sometimes national issues. So to hear House Speaker Paul...

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Call mass shootings what they are: Murder

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 13:20:00 PST

Lately I’ve grown increasingly disheartened with the news media, particularly when the words used fail to identify the elephant in the room.

In the last few years people have taken a gun, it doesn’t matter what type, and murdered dozens of innocent human beings. The news folks say “it was a mass...

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Seniors lose out in GOP tax overhaul

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 11:20:00 PST

Seniors beware! The proposed federal tax overhaul provides for doubling the basic standard deduction, which would reportedly replace and offset canceled exemptions and exceptions. In so doing, the law would eliminate valuable age and vision-related exceptions, costing seniors thousands in deduction...

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Teach youngsters how to deal with violence

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 10:50:00 PST

I'm sure what most of the city's juvenile street criminals have in common is they are Baltimore City Public Schools students. Another is that they are products of extremely poor parenting. At this point in time, there is probably not much that can be done to reverse the latter. However, something...

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Have a slaughter-free Thanksgiving this year

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 10:35:00 PST

President Trump is said to be getting his pardon pen ready as the Robert Muller investigation starts indicting his associates. This Wednesday, he plans to practice his pardon-granting technique on two very innocent Minnesota turkeys (“Be like Obama: Pardon a turkey,” Nov. 21, 2016).

The other 244...

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Big winner in tax plan? Donald Trump

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 10:10:00 PST

As the Republican-backed tax overhaul makes its way through Congress (“GOP pushes tax bill toward House OK, Senate faces problems,” Nov. 16), there is much speculation on its impact on various groups. We know there will be a significant reduction in the corporate tax rate, which is sure to please...

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Tax plan is an attack on home ownership

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 10:00:00 PST

The tax plan before Congress is seriously flawed. Despite the obvious heavy benefits toward the very upper echelon of income (individual rate cuts, elimination of estate tax, lowering of corporate rates, etc.), the remaining “benefits” offered to middle class and lower class appear to be nominal...

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Don't blame victim for his murder

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 08:55:00 PST

When The Baltimore Sun or other media uses the headline, “Man shot to death resisting robbery” (Nov. 15), to describe a senseless killing, there is a between-the-lines message that the victim and his actions were to blame. Please consider this when writing headlines.

A more apt headline would have...

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Why isn't bartender's death a hate crime?

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 11:45:00 PST

Two African Americans shoot and kill a white man? I say it's a hate crime and when they are caught, that's what they should be charged with (“Three suspects wanted in South Baltimore killing apprehended in Georgia,” Nov. 15).

If it were the other way around, I could just see the reactions of the...

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GBC head: Baltimore's businesses support anti-crime efforts

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 11:25:00 PST

Mayor Catherine Pugh’s public pronouncement last week that crime in Baltimore City is “out of control” resonates with many including the Baltimore business community. The Greater Baltimore Committee has expressed concerns about the level of homicides since 1999 when its report “First Things First”...

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With mass shooters, gun control won't help

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 11:00:00 PST

As a Las Vegas native, I am truly sickened by the terrorist attack at the Route 91 Country Music Festival (“After Las Vegas, don't tell Americans gun control is off the table,” Oct. 2). I attend Colorado University Boulder, and when I woke on the morning of Oct. 2 to hear about the shooting, I...

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Hold U.S. intelligence accountable, too

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 10:50:00 PST

Most Americans know that the U.S. intelligence agencies are just more government employees who are never held accountable for the work they do (“Taking Putin’s word,” Nov. 13). Maybe the news media should find out how many of these employees lost their jobs over weapons of mass destruction, the...

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Clinton the queen of memory lapses

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 10:35:00 PST

Do not forget that the "I cannot remember" record still belongs to Hillary Clinton (“Sessions’ dubious promise to be apolitical,” Nov. 15). And The Sun’s editorial board must have its head in the sand if it thinks a special counsel is not needed.

Maybe research the dossier of research about then-candidate...

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Kids turn criminal when others stop caring

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 09:25:00 PST

In a recent commentary in The Baltimore Sun (“Baltimore can’t jail its way out of juvenile crime crisis,” Nov. 14), the question that is posed is "How did 13-, 14-, 15-year old kids become hardened criminals with no fear of consequences or even fear of harm to themselves?" In my limited experience...

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Shop 'small' to celebrate small business

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 05:00:00 PST

I’d like to encourage my fellow Catonsville residents to “shop small” on Small Business Saturday, Nov. 25 – a day to celebrate and support small businesses and all they do for their communities.

Small Business Saturday has been celebrated annually since 2010 on the day after Black Friday. The small...

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Roy Moore is a rat

Tue, 14 Nov 2017 13:30:00 PST

Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore is a hypocritical, deranged, whack-job pervert whom Republican Sen. Cory Gardner says should be denied a seat in the Senate (if Judge Moore wins the special election) because he "does not meet the ethical and moral requirements of the United States Senate." But...

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The Sun's alternative (not funny) outlook on China relations

Tue, 14 Nov 2017 13:15:00 PST

I hereby propose a small change in the latest installment of your ongoing “Alternative Fact of the Week” editorial series (“Alternative Fact of the Week: That Xi Jinping is a great guy,” Nov. 10). “Alternative Spin of the Week” would have been a far more appropriate title.

Your editors take an...

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A glaring omission

Tue, 14 Nov 2017 13:00:00 PST

The KAL cartoon Nov. 12 was quite poignant but there was one glaring omission: Where was Bill Clinton, our ex-groper/abuser-in- chief?

Theodore F. Mariani, Woodbine

Send letters to the editor to talkback@baltimoresun.com. Please include your name and contact information.

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Sun disrespects unborn babies

Tue, 14 Nov 2017 12:55:00 PST

How dare The Baltimore Sun’s editorial board refer to fetuses as just "clusters of cells in women's bodies" (“GOP war on women: Operation 529,” Nov. 9). Every one one of us (including the despicable employees of this newspaper) were, at one time, just a "cluster of cells" rightly identified as...

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How to prevent crime? Teach reading, writing

Tue, 14 Nov 2017 12:35:00 PST

I write to express my concern for Baltimore's rise in violence this past year. I believe we can stop it over time through a focus on literacy in our public school system (“Baltimore can’t jail its way out of juvenile crime crisis,” Nov. 14). As a former Baltimore city public school teacher, I found...

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Offering kids a 'way out' of crime and grime

Tue, 14 Nov 2017 12:25:00 PST

It seems to me that the overriding issues in Baltimore are three-fold — crime, grime and education.

Crime in the city is certainly out of control, generated predominately by the drug trade and uncontrolled juveniles (“How not to solve Baltimore’s problem of juvenile crime,” Nov. 9). Regarding the...

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Catholicism in crisis

Tue, 14 Nov 2017 12:00:00 PST

Your front-page photo of the Catholic bishops meeting in Baltimore and the obfuscating story about their concern about illegal immigrants should prompt some soul-searching among the faithful (“Immigration leads agenda as U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops turns 100,” Nov. 12).

First, the bishops’...

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Baltimore can follow Denver's example

Tue, 14 Nov 2017 11:55:00 PST

I recently saw the newscast about the mayor of Denver who initiated a program to streamline many city services (“Denver mayor talks traffic, Amazon’s HQ2 and speedy city service on ‘CBS This Morning,’” Nov. 13). It apparently has been successful using city employees instead of outside consultants...

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Putin tells Trump: 'Who, me?'

Tue, 14 Nov 2017 11:10:00 PST

It is heartwarming to see how sincere President Donald Trump has been with Russian President Vladimir Putin, and how sincere Mr. Putin has been with Mr. Trump. Russia didn't really interfere in the U.S. elections after all (“Taking Putin’s word,” Nov. 13)!

Mr. Putin’s sincerity in reassuring our...

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'Extreme patriarchy' at heart of Moore scandal

Tue, 14 Nov 2017 11:00:00 PST

Alabama’s former Chief Justice Roy Moore protests that it is not just he who is on the defensive in the wake of recent allegations of sexual “improprieties” but that those who scrutinize his alleged behavior are doing so intending to castigate the so-called “Christian” right as a whole. In his...

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Birds of a feather: Moore, Thomas and Trump

Tue, 14 Nov 2017 10:30:00 PST

Will the Alabama Senate race featuring Judge Roy Moore be a referendum on whether a history as a sexual abuser disqualifies a person from high public office in this country?

Not at all. We already have the answer to that question — in sexual abuser Clarence Thomas, who sits on the Supreme Court,...

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Hold parents of criminals accountable

Tue, 14 Nov 2017 10:00:00 PST

The plague of violence by young people in Baltimore must come to an end. This will not be achieved by throwing more money at the problem ("Baltimore Mayor Pugh says crime ‘out of control,’ orders agencies to meet with police every morning,” Nov. 9). It can only be achieved proactively with parents...

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Rally against racism year-round

Tue, 14 Nov 2017 09:00:00 PST

While I certainly commend the efforts made by Roland Park Country School and Gilman in their “Rally Against Racism” (“North Baltimore private school community rallies against racism,” Nov. 7), we shouldn’t wait for youth to wear racially-charged Halloween costumes to speak out against racism in...

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Putin can undermine the next election, too

Tue, 14 Nov 2017 08:00:00 PST

Vladimir Putin’s hi-tech Russian attack on our democracy is potentially more dangerous and destructive to the United States than the other sneak attack on December 7, 1941 (“Taking Putin’s word,” Nov. 13).

There’s no doubt about the identity or the motive of either attacker. Their purpose was to...

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Murder rate worsened by civilian interference

Tue, 14 Nov 2017 08:00:00 PST

Baltimore’s homicide problem is even worse than it seems. Based upon a per capita analysis, Baltimore is actually worse than Chicago! So, what have the administrations in Baltimore done to attempt to solve their homicide problem? Well, handcuffing their police by making them the problem rather...

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Don't ignore African-American success

Tue, 14 Nov 2017 07:00:00 PST

Thank you, E.R. Shipp, for acknowledging that there even is a black middle class (“What about the black middle class?” Oct. 31).

I am white, but as some of my black acquaintances say, "Why aren’t the media and society, in general, celebrating all the blacks who made it out, who have high school...

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Early childhood educators are vital

Tue, 14 Nov 2017 05:00:00 PST

I was pleased to see the discussion of the Child Development Associate credential in the recent commentary, “Early childhood care undervalued in Md.” (Nov. 12). Given the need for many new early childhood education workers, it is especially important to emphasize the importance of a recognized,...

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Andy Harris is no fan of free speech

Tue, 14 Nov 2017 03:00:00 PST

After a long wait, Rep. Andy Harris finally had another “town hall” from the one last year in Wye Mills (“Maryland Democrats call on Rep. Harris to denounce Roy Moore,” Nov. 10). This time it was on the tax plan, and quickly we realized Mr. Harris was his spineless self. He spent the week doing...

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On taxes, GOP has embraced extortion

Fri, 10 Nov 2017 10:05:00 PST

It is without argument why the Senate wants to take away the state and local tax deduction. But beyond that, I love the strategy. We will trade. Take away the state and local tax deduction and we won’t take away the other deductions that we propose like the medical deduction (“The Senate sets up...

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In fighting crime, government has limits

Fri, 10 Nov 2017 09:15:00 PST

The out-of-control crime in Baltimore (“Baltimore Mayor Pugh says crime ‘out of control,’ orders agencies to meet with police every morning,” Nov. 9) brings to mind the following quote by John Adams, one of our founding fathers: “Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people....

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Don't hire Balt. Co.'s interim superintendent

Fri, 10 Nov 2017 09:05:00 PST

Thank goodness for the interim designation for Baltimore County schools superintendent Verletta White. Ms. White has been getting consulting fees from Chicago-based Education Research & Development Institute since 2013. She failed to list this income on her financial disclosure forms because she...

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Sick of county workers who don't do their jobs

Fri, 10 Nov 2017 08:55:00 PST

As a taxpayer in Baltimore County for 50-plus years, I am sick and tired of government employees not doing their jobs (“State officials want review of Baltimore County school leaders’ ties to tech firms,” Nov. 9). They waste our tax dollars daily. We see every day that politicians and their appointees...

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Foreigners can't understand our obsession with guns

Thu, 9 Nov 2017 12:25:00 PST

Thank you, Dan Rodricks, for your plea to stop the gun madness, and for The Sun’s editorial published the same day (“America: We have to stop here and turn it around,” Nov. 6).

I feel so voiceless in trying to fathom Americans’ obsession with guns. I have a collection of articles, editorials and...

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Goodson's good outcome

Thu, 9 Nov 2017 12:10:00 PST

May I suggest that the people opposing the outcome of Officer Caesar Goodson’s trial board hearing remember the maxim “before you judge a person, walk a mile in their shoes” (“Baltimore police van driver Caesar Goodson not guilty on all 21 administrative charges in Freddie Gray case,” Nov. 7)?

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Do PARCC scores really predict student success?

Thu, 9 Nov 2017 11:55:00 PST

A recent article about the PARCC assessment stated that "a score of four is considered passing and indicates that a student will be ready to do college-level work or to get a job that can sustain a family" (“State delays diploma standard,” Oct. 28).

I must ask the reporter, as I do my students:...

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Climate change is still on the table despite Trump

Thu, 9 Nov 2017 11:20:00 PST

The Sun is absolutely right that we can still make progress on climate change even with a climate denier in the White House (“Progress is still possible on climate change — even with Donald Trump in the White House,” Nov. 7).

And Baltimore is at the forefront of local leadership in the fight to...

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Why must school year be 180 days long?

Thu, 9 Nov 2017 10:35:00 PST

It seems the biggest problem with starting school after Labor Day is getting all the other competing needs for days off to fit in the 180-day mandated school year (“Baltimore County’s ‘common sense’ school calendar,” Nov. 8). Why is 180 days required? Illinois requires 175 days, Michigan 165 days....

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Marylanders should be skeptical of tax plan

Thu, 9 Nov 2017 10:15:00 PST

The Republican Congress is now attempting to rush its tax reform bill through the legislative process by Thanksgiving, hoping that Americans will not wake up to the turkey that is being served until it is too late (“Election losses could snarl GOP’s tax reform push, a top GOP senator says,” Nov....

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U.S. overrated? Not if you look more closely

Thu, 9 Nov 2017 10:10:00 PST

Syl Sobel's nicely written swipe at American exceptionalism (“‘Here’s the problem with you Americans,’” Nov. 6) relies heavily on a Bosnian official whose view is that we overrate our American achievements and that his culture will unquestionably outlast ours.

I would invite Mr. Sobel's attention...

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Coverage of BCPS has gotten too political

Thu, 9 Nov 2017 09:40:00 PST

We live in a hyper-partisan age in which politics has oozed its way into every corner of our world. While it’s foolish to assume there are still precious spaces unaffected by political motivations, it’s completely practical and necessary for us to recognize its presence. It is also incumbent upon...

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Verletta White should not be given top BCPS job

Thu, 9 Nov 2017 09:00:00 PST

Both former Baltimore County superintendent Dallas Dance and now his interim replacement, Verletta White, failed to report monies received from Education Research & Development Institute as required by Baltimore County schools. Ms. White says she didn’t consider those funds “earned income” and...

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Baltimore County breaks your heart

Thu, 9 Nov 2017 08:50:00 PST

At this frenzied time in Baltimore County Public Schools, the conversations are dire (“Baltimore County school leaders Verletta White, Dallas Dance were paid by tech industry group,” Nov. 8). A friend reiterated my thoughts: “Every time we put faith in Baltimore County, they break our hearts.”

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'Black inferiority'? Hardly

Wed, 8 Nov 2017 13:50:00 PST

I read with interest the commentary “The myth of black inferiority” (Oct. 24). You may wonder why a 73-year-old white woman would be interested in it. Of particular interest is the quote "one thinks that massive racial inequality is the normal consequence of deficiencies in character and ability...

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Hey Franchot, what about fixing Md.'s screwy wine laws?

Wed, 8 Nov 2017 13:41:00 PST

I enjoyed reading the story about Comptroller Peter Franchot’s efforts to make headway in getting more craft beer to Maryland’s consumers (“Work of beer booster Peter Franchot's task force coming to a head,” Nov. 9). Kudos for that.

But why be satisfied with just the good progress in the hops and...

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Eliminating AMT is a boondoggle, too

Wed, 8 Nov 2017 12:05:00 PST

I'm curious why The Sun’s recent editorial critical of the Republican tax plan didn't mention the elimination of the Alternative Minimum Tax (“GOP tax plan offers costly table scraps for the middle class,” Nov. 2). As we learned from Donald Trump's last available tax return, the AMT was the source...

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Goodson deserved not guilty verdict

Wed, 8 Nov 2017 11:55:00 PST

While there is no doubt that the Freddie Gray tragedy has nudged Baltimore and even the entire country toward needed reduction in police arrogance toward its citizens and helped spawn the justified Black Lives Matter movement, I am nevertheless delighted that Officer Caesar Goodson Jr. has again...

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Democrats must run fair primary elections

Wed, 8 Nov 2017 11:40:00 PST

Maybe former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton would have won the nomination without bailing out the Democratic National Committee, but Latia Hopkins’ arrogant, belittling tone toward Democrats like myself, who have voted Democratic in every election since 1960, does nothing to assuage our suspicions...

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Less name-calling, please

Wed, 8 Nov 2017 11:30:00 PST

I was disheartened by The Sun's choice of words in creating the subhead for Jules Witcover's recent commentary ("Trump takes on Schumer," Nov. 7): "No line of attack is too low for our vile president." Mr. Witcover uses the word "vile" in his first sentence to describe the terrible events that...

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Baltimore must copy NYC crime strategies

Wed, 8 Nov 2017 11:20:00 PST

Former New York City Police Commissioner Howard Safer outlined the key tactics that reduced the New York’s murder rate by 85 percent, a strategy that could work in Baltimore (“Former NYC police commissioner lays out to reduce Baltimore crime,” Nov. 6). But this will never work as long as Mayor...

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Protect yourself from online dangers

Wed, 8 Nov 2017 11:10:00 PST

Isn’t it time we recognize the dangers of the Internet? The obnoxious Freddie Gray Halloween costume is a perfect example of how a private moment can be widely projected (“Racially charged photos of Baltimore private school students in Halloween costumes create stir online,” Oct. 30). While I find...

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Sky high premiums on Md.'s health exchange

Tue, 7 Nov 2017 12:10:00 PST

Health care insurance is unaffordable on the Maryland health exchange.

I suggest we rename President Obama’s Affordable Care Act (ACA) to the “Unaffordable Care Act” (UCA).

This is my first year seeking individual medical coverage on the Maryland Health Connection website, and the premiums are...

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Republicans choose to soak middle class

Tue, 7 Nov 2017 12:00:00 PST

With the recent tax reform proposal, the Republican Congress has revealed its agenda to be a massive reduction in corporate taxes paid for by any means possible including soaking the middle class (“Fact check: Trump and the not-so-middle-class tax cut,” Nov. 6). So much for revenue neutrality and...

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GOP sides with the 'super wealthy' over the sick

Tue, 7 Nov 2017 11:50:00 PST

The Republican House tax reform bill is being sold as a boon to the middle class (“Lawmakers bicker over the tax bill’s effect on the middle class,” Nov. 6). In fact, it is designed primarily to cut taxes of the super wealthy and large global corporations and does little to help the middle class...

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We need more than another candlelit vigil

Tue, 7 Nov 2017 11:45:00 PST

Congratulations, America. Another mass shooting, and instead of making the hard, adult decisions that could stop these horrors, you have become experts in candlelit vigils and sanctimonious, post-shooting speeches (“Texas church shooter checked each aisle, shot babies at point-blank range,” Nov....

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A personal violation

Tue, 7 Nov 2017 11:40:00 PST

Maria Garriott’s commentary "It was just a purse — or was it more?" (Nov. 1) described having her car broken into and her purse stolen. I can identify with her experience and her feelings.

My wife and I recently returned from a three-week visit to Madrid and surrounding cities in Spain, including...

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Why what happened in Texas won't be the last mass shooting

Tue, 7 Nov 2017 11:40:00 PST

The latest mass-murder shooting at a church in Texas joins a long list of atrocities (“Domestic violence may have been at the heart of the Texas shootings; federal law does far too little to stop it,” Nov. 7).

Where is it safe? Church, school, concerts, the workplace — just about anywhere could...

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'Good guys with guns' are not the answer

Tue, 7 Nov 2017 11:35:00 PST

President Donald Trump and the National Rifle Association not withstanding, the widespread prevalence of guns in the hands of our "good" citizenry doesn't seem to be doing much to dissuade would be mass murderers from shooting up our churches, schools, concert halls or movie theaters (“Texas church...

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Trump has little care for shooting victims

Tue, 7 Nov 2017 11:20:00 PST

Has anyone else noticed that President Donald Trump reacted to the killing of eight people by a Muslim terrorist in New York with a flurry of demands for legislation banning immigrants, but after the killing of a total of 84 people by non-Muslim terrorists in Las Vegas and Texas he had no proposals...

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Private schools are not your enemy

Tue, 7 Nov 2017 11:05:00 PST

A recent commentary in The Baltimore Sun criticizing private schools is both contradictory and nonsensical (“An ‘endemic toxin’ in Baltimore’s private schools,” Nov. 2). The writer, an attorney, speaks disparagingly of the privileged “white boys” sitting next to her son in an “elite” school. Is...

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