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School resource officers can help prevent shootings

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 12:35:00 PST

In 1998, Baltimore County was experiencing a sharp spike in crime, nearly one-third of it committed by juveniles. As Baltimore County executive, I met with our police chief and pitched an idea to put police officers in our public schools. I was met with resistance from the county school board,...


Bravo to Hogan for sticking up for EPA

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 12:25:00 PST

We thank Gov. Larry Hogan for opposing a provision in the U.S. House appropriations bill that would sabotage the clean-up plan of the Chesapeake Bay (“Hogan asks U.S. Senate leaders to kill House plan to strip EPA of Chesapeake cleanup authority,” Feb. 16).

The regional plan to clean up the Chesapeake...


There are always lunatics; why should they be armed?

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 11:20:00 PST

Here we go again. One sad, alienated individual armed with a legally purchased semi-automatic weapon wreaks havoc upon a community, in this case of school children, in the case of Las Vegas, concert-goers, ad infinitum, and in all cases with the rest of us as there but for the grace of God or circumstance...


We need a MADD for school gun violence

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 10:40:00 PST

The Parkland school tragedy reminds us that when drunk driving deaths became intolerable, a group of Texas women formed Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD). State by state, MADD advocates influenced new and strengthened laws against drunk driving. The tide of public opinion was turned, and none...


No more crude oil terminals in Baltimore

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 10:15:00 PST

I write this letter in support of Baltimore City Council’s legislation to prohibit the expansion of Baltimore City’s two existing crude oil terminals and any new ones so as to minimize crude-by-rail trafficking through local neighborhoods (“Baltimore council members propose ban on new crude oil...


On climate, Slutsky earns failing marks

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 09:55:00 PST

Harford County Council President Richard Slutsky did the public a disservice by wrongly denying the reality of the climate crisis (“Harford council president says he’s a human climate change denier,” Feb. 15). Despite his four decades as educator, he gets an "F" for his homework. He dismissed the...


Lori can help atone for the racism of past

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 09:05:00 PST

Archbishop William E. Lori should be congratulated for reminding us of the non-violent principles set forth by Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. (“Baltimore archbishop’s letter touts King’s nonviolence principles as message for Lent,” Feb. 14). We need to be reminded of these principles as Baltimore...


Baltimore just lost a retailing legend

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 12:10:00 PST

Monday night I learned Elsie Fergusson, my first and most important style icon/past employer/mentor/sometimes (in my own head) tormentor was in the ICU and fading fast. I awoke a few hours later at 1:06 a.m., heartsick that she would exit this life in a drab hospital gown. I heard she passed right...


Disband Baltimore police: Let's see what happens

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 12:00:00 PST

Finally, someone in the city has come up with a great idea, that being to disband the Baltimore City Police Department (“Disband the Baltimore Police Department? After corruption trial, Maryland official proposes it,” Feb. 14).

I agree and am in full support, although for a different reason. I...


After Florida, can we fix our gun problem?

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 11:50:00 PST

The thing I find most sickening about these repeated mass shootings is the lack of desire to fix the problem (“In a Florida high school, another tragedy; let’s not let it be another missed opportunity,” Feb. 15). I am currently in high school, and the idea that something like this can happen in...


Frosh can sue Trump on his own dime

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 11:35:00 PST

Dels. Maggie McIntosh and Shelley Hettleman write in an op-ed that when they go knocking on doors, they are asked what are they doing to protect Maryland from the Trump administration. Upon this laughable premise, they maintain that the $1 million slush fund that they and their fellow Democrats...


Dealing with lice? Don't be embarrassed

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 10:40:00 PST

In response to the commentary, "Lice in the Chipmunks’ class, one dad’s story" (Feb. 12), I have a lot of compassion for this family's lice ordeal. First, I want to give this dad a loud shout-out for writing publicly about lice and not furthering their stigma. The good news is lice are not a real...


A pharmacy with compassion to spare

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 10:20:00 PST

The Klein's ShopRite's decision to offer free, life-saving opioid-reversing Narcan is compassionate and courageous in many ways ("Some pharmacies in Harford offer free Narcan doses," Feb. 15).

First, from a health care, addiction treatment perspective, Narcan, also known as naloxone, provides another...


Protecting NRA after Fla. shooting is evil

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 09:40:00 PST

Florida Gov. Rick Scott's, Florida Sen. Marco Rubio's and President Donald Trump's "prayers and condolences" are part of the very "evil" that Governor Scott identified at his TV news conference as being at the heart of school shootings (“Trump addresses Florida high school shooting without mentioning...


Don't embolden Iran by tossing nuclear deal

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 09:30:00 PST

A reader urges Sen. Ben Cardin to support the views of his constituents and oppose the Iran nuclear agreement (“Cardin should stick to his opposition to the Iran deal,” Feb. 13). I am a Cardin constituent who vigorously supports that agreement that has successfully stopped Iran from developing...


The hearing impaireds' world

Wed, 14 Feb 2018 11:15:00 PST

Being a hearing-impaired person myself, I read with great interest the commentary by Kim Flyr (“A man’s hearing problem renders others blind,” Feb. 13).

This is a "silent disability" and many times it is hard to navigate the world. One can feel like others think you are unfriendly, which has happened...


Don't blame riders for MTA's shortcomings

Wed, 14 Feb 2018 10:45:00 PST

A recent letter writer in a screed against public transit cajoles transit riders to "take responsibility" and stop whining because transit fares are too low (“Stop whining, transit riders,” Feb. 13). I don't know what form this responsibility takes in his entitled suburban outlook. I know if all...


Ocean City mayor skipped over facts

Wed, 14 Feb 2018 10:30:00 PST

I read with interest Ocean City Mayor Rick Meehan's letter regarding his town’s support of clean energy (“OC Mayor: We support clean energy,” Feb. 12). He made a few errors which I believe to be important.

First, he said the polls showing support for the projects were sponsored by the developers....


Metro shutdown was badly handled

Wed, 14 Feb 2018 09:15:00 PST

That was some nice spin put out from Annapolis regarding the emergency closing of the entire Baltimore Metro subway (“Baltimore Metro shutdown frustrates riders, politicians,” Feb. 13). The article quotes Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan as saying: “We were scheduled to do the maintenance, but in the...


More employee ownership is needed

Wed, 14 Feb 2018 09:00:00 PST

The purpose of a standard corporation is to make money, not to consider humanity, ecology or even fairness. Corporations that dare place any value above profit may even be subject to legal recourse. Many people have pointed out that in their rabid observance of this priority, standard corporations...


'Pill City' author: Police corruption trial a reminder of how much the cops aren't telling us about the aftermath of the riots

Tue, 13 Feb 2018 11:22:00 PST

Your story about looted drugs allegedly being sold by police ("GTTF testimony draws link back to drugs looted from Baltimore pharmacies in 2015 riot after Freddie Gray funeral, Feb. 2), made mention of my book "Pill City," which chronicled in detail the trafficking of looted opioids in Baltimore....


Outrageous water bill mistakes are easily avoidable

Tue, 13 Feb 2018 07:50:00 PST

Baltimore City says despite “extensive testing” water bills for ridiculous amounts were sent to over 500 customers recently (“When the water bill is $50,000: Hundreds of Baltimore customers hit with incorrect bills,” Feb. 8). As a software engineer I just had to shake my head and ask, “Really?”...


Stop whining, transit riders

Tue, 13 Feb 2018 07:45:00 PST

To the riders of public transportation, stop your complaining! (“Baltimore Metro shutdown frustrates riders, politicians,” Feb. 12) What do you expect? You are practically getting a free ride. Fares only account for a fraction of the operating costs. The rest comes from the taxpayer, mostly gasoline...


Cardin should stick to his opposition to the Iran deal

Tue, 13 Feb 2018 07:39:00 PST

I do not know, as your opinion writer suggests, whether Sen. Ben Cardin is “critical” to the continuation of the Iran nuclear agreement (“Sen. Cardin critical to preserving Iran nuclear deal,” Feb. 11), but I hope he is at least consistent in his position. I was disappointed that the senator did...


County Council wrong to criticize new Dulaney High School plan

Tue, 13 Feb 2018 07:12:00 PST

As the mother of three children in the Baltimore County School system — none of whom go to Dulaney High School — I am extremely disappointed that the Baltimore County Council is criticizing County Executive Kevin Kamenetz’s decision to replace the aging high school. Some County Council members...


Old, failed remedies won't reduce Baltimore crime

Tue, 13 Feb 2018 07:04:00 PST

There is no denying that last year was a historically violent year in Baltimore. A shift in crime patterns meant that portions of the city not accustomed to high rates of crime saw increases in both crimes and arrests. The narrative around this increase in crime quickly focused on “out of control...


Trump is right about innocent until proven guilty in abuse cases

Mon, 12 Feb 2018 11:55:00 PST

President Donald Trump came under fire this past weekend simply by pointing out the fundamental right of all Americans to be considered innocent until proven guilty (“As domestic abuse claims roil White House, Trump says lives are being ruined ‘by a mere allegation,’” Feb. 10).

As a people Americans...


How did subway system get this bad?

Mon, 12 Feb 2018 11:30:00 PST

The emergency shutdown of the entire Baltimore MetroLink for at least the next month leaves riders with two questions (“Baltimore Metro shutdown leaves riders waiting in the rain: ‘It’s very confusing and frustrating,’” Feb. 12).

The first is: Why has the Metro subway been allowed to spiral into...


Mediation with liquor licensees a good idea

Mon, 12 Feb 2018 11:15:00 PST

In her recent commentary, Community Law Center lawyer Becky Lundberg Witt raises objections to proposed legislation which would provide a sensible option in license renewal cases where there is community opposition (“Mandatory liquor license mediation harmful to Baltimore and its residents,” Feb....


Baltimore subway woes are no surprise

Mon, 12 Feb 2018 10:35:00 PST

The news of the Baltimore's Metro SubwayLink needing extensive repairs is not surprising by those who ride it everyday (“Baltimore Metro shutdown leaves riders waiting in the rain: ‘It’s very confusing and frustrating,’” Feb. 12). Maryland's lack of investment in public transportation shouldn’t...


OC Mayor: We support clean energy

Mon, 12 Feb 2018 10:25:00 PST

It is unfortunate that despite making it very clear through our resolution that Ocean City supports responsible clean energy, including wind turbines, our stance is being referenced in your publication as “galling.” What was glazed over in your recent editorial, “Ocean City finds wind turbines...


Fondly recalling a city library of years past

Mon, 12 Feb 2018 09:40:00 PST

Susan Gauvey's celebration of our city's public libraries ("Loyalty to city libraries," Feb. 12), reminded me of how the branch at 25th and St. Paul Street (now the Village Learning Place) came up repeatedly in oral histories that Morgan State University students and I conducted several years ago...


What's the harm in Trump's military parade? Plenty.

Fri, 9 Feb 2018 09:11:00 PST

Michael Cromwell should be thanked for his service to our country, and for doing the hard work of teaching English, but he is wrong to think that the military parade President Donald Trump desires would be "a one-day event at most" (“Let Trump have his military parade,” Feb. 9). It will take weeks...


Don't delay Maryland sick leave law

Thu, 8 Feb 2018 12:55:00 PST

Over the objections of advocates who worked nearly six years to pass a law requiring most Maryland businesses to allow workers to earn paid sick leave, the state Senate has passed emergency legislation to suspend the effective date of the new law by five months until July 1 (“Maryland Senate votes...


What do women's breasts and wind turbines have in common?

Thu, 8 Feb 2018 12:53:00 PST

The answer, it would appear to me, is that the Ocean City Maryland City Council doesn't oppose them but just doesn't want to see either. (“Ocean City finds wind turbines too gauche,” Feb. 6 and “OC officials: The boobies are coming!,” June 13).

I'm not sure how the community at large feels about...


Ocean City is right to fight wind turbine plan

Thu, 8 Feb 2018 12:45:00 PST

I have investigated the issue of wind turbines off the coast of Ocean City in detail in my leadership role for two Maryland based environmental groups. O.C’s. resolution is reasoned and provides a successful blueprint for wind farms off resort beaches worldwide (“Ocean City finds wind turbines...


Ocean City Council's unfair fight against wind power

Thu, 8 Feb 2018 12:25:00 PST

I applaud your recent editorial on the proposed offshore wind projects near Ocean City (“Ocean City finds wind turbines too gauche,” Feb. 6). As a citizen concerned about environmental stewardship, I attended the recent meeting of the Ocean City Town Council. To say that the meeting was disheartening...


Invest in military veterans, not parades

Thu, 8 Feb 2018 11:55:00 PST

I've read your editorial, “Trump wants a military parade down Pennsylvania Avenue. Does this look like America?” (Feb. 7), and have a suggestion for President Donald Trump and our military leaders. Please take the budget you're proposing for the parade and use our tax funds to honor our service...


Don't call Donald Trump a draft dodger

Thu, 8 Feb 2018 11:25:00 PST

I really don't care too much about your editorial opinions and meaningless drivel, but before you call anyone a draft dodger, you should look in the mirror (“Trump wants a military parade down Pennsylvania Avenue. Does this look like America?” Feb. 7).

How many on your vaunted editorial board have...


Kamenetz moves forward with Dulaney

Thu, 8 Feb 2018 11:10:00 PST

Finally, the Dulaney High School community will be moving forward. Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz, along with his dedicated staff, has placed DHS in the next planning budget to build a new school (“Baltimore County executive approves building a new Dulaney High School,” Feb. 7).



Vive la France

Thu, 8 Feb 2018 11:05:00 PST

Our president wants to have a big military parade in Washington, supposedly because the French have one (“Trump wants a military parade down Pennsylvania Avenue. Does this look like America?” Feb. 7).

While we are copying France, I suggest a national health care system and long paid vacations.


Let's not celebrate the tools of warfare

Thu, 8 Feb 2018 10:45:00 PST

In reference to reports on President Donald Trump’s desire to hold a military parade in D.C. (“Trump wants a grand military parade. Some veterans say that won’t fix their problems,” Feb. 7) and leaving aside the comparisons one could make to countries and regimes that have mounted this kind of...


What little kid doesn't want a parade?

Thu, 8 Feb 2018 10:30:00 PST

I completely understand the president's desire to hold a military parade at the cost of millions (“Trump wants a grand military parade. Some veterans say that won’t fix their problems,” Feb. 7).

When I was 10, I loved military parades. I think that there is a parallel here.

Alan L. Katz, Owings...


OC wind is part of clean energy future

Wed, 7 Feb 2018 11:05:00 PST

The Sun was right to criticize the vote by the Ocean City Council to oppose offshore wind development any closer than 26 miles off-shore (“Ocean City finds wind turbines too gauche,” Feb 6). The council’s decision was exactly the kind of short-sighted approach to energy that has left us with an...


Don't let Airbnb be a 'stealth business'

Wed, 7 Feb 2018 10:50:00 PST

Jack Reilly has a host of terrible things to say about the proposed ordinance regulating Airbnb and its ilk (“Baltimore should encourage Airbnb, not discourage investment,” Feb. 6). It is unclear whether any of them are true or whether we should care if they are.

The Sun’s article on the proposed...


Football's future appears in doubt

Wed, 7 Feb 2018 10:35:00 PST

The proposed legislation restricting tackle football for kids may prove to be the first step in a possible domino effect that could ultimately be felt all the way up to the National Football League (“Maryland bill would bar tackle football for kids on public fields until high school,” Feb. 6)....


Don't pass judgment on all city police

Wed, 7 Feb 2018 10:10:00 PST

To condemn the entire Baltimore City Police Department due to the corruption of seven police officers is an irresponsible action. This is what E.R. Shipp is doing in her latest commentary (“With law enforcement on trial, whom do we trust?” Feb. 7).

I am sorry, Ms. Shipp, but all police officers...


BCPS finances deserve a broader audit

Wed, 7 Feb 2018 09:15:00 PST

A recent article in The Baltimore Sun (“Baltimore county senators want a more extensive audit of school system,” Jan. 26) noted that legislators are debating whether to formally request a legislative audit of Baltimore County Public Schools. The question is: Why not? A BCPS-proposed audit is insufficient,...


The U.S. needs refugees from corrupt, war-torn countries

Wed, 7 Feb 2018 08:55:00 PST

At age 18 months, I was a refugee. My parents were missionaries in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and my mother had to flee with three children when the Katanga province tried to secede after independence. I am so grateful that Zambia (then Northern Rhodesia) welcomed us.

I question our...


In praise of wind turbines

Tue, 6 Feb 2018 12:35:00 PST

The public is currently being treated to an organized, partisan propaganda campaign against the establishment of a wind farm off the Maryland coast (“Ocean City finds wind turbines too gauche,” Feb. 6). I would like to offer a few words in praise of wind turbines. They are stately, gently turning...


UM diversity: Why won't Loh invest in what works?

Tue, 6 Feb 2018 11:40:00 PST

I read with interest the recent article, “Black student enrollment lags at the University of Maryland” (Jan. 29) and a subsequent op-ed written in response submitted by University of Maryland President Wallace D. Loh (“UMD: We are committed to black student enrollment, success,” Feb. 2). I write...


Baltimore should encourage Airbnb, not discourage investment

Tue, 6 Feb 2018 11:10:00 PST

As the owner of a house near Patterson Park who rents two rooms through Airbnb, I'm quite disturbed to read of Baltimore City Councilman Eric Costello's over-reaching proposal to regulate Airbnb and presumably all other short-term rentals available through the Internet (“Baltimore City Council...


UM not doing enough on racial disparity

Tue, 6 Feb 2018 10:50:00 PST

There are four words that I’ve been conditioned to accept here at the University of Maryland. Whether it’s a campus-wide Wi-Fi outage or another discrepancy pertaining to New Leonardtown’s water supply, these same four words still stand: “We’re working on it.” This is a fitting response in minuscule...


Why Democrats oppose transparency

Tue, 6 Feb 2018 10:20:00 PST

Regarding the House Intelligence Committee memo and its implications for the U.S. Department of Justice, ABC News reported a memo from Attorney General Jeff Sessions stating: “Concerns have been raised about the Department’s performance. … I am determined that we will fully and fairly ascertain...


Baltimore still needs a jail of its own

Tue, 6 Feb 2018 10:10:00 PST

Gov. Larry Hogan's plan to address addiction is on the right track, but the governor and The Baltimore Sun ("Hogan's right to focus on addiction in prison, but he can do more,” Feb. 2) have forgotten an ongoing problem needing to be solved simultaneously: There is no Baltimore jail facility.



Merit-based migration is the American way

Mon, 5 Feb 2018 11:40:00 PST

I found the recent letters from Sheldon Laskin (“Immigration lies and bigotry imperil U.S.,” Feb. 1) and Dr. Leon Reinstein (“Without chain migration, my parents would have been Holocaust victims,” Jan. 30) very informative. Their stories actually support the history of merit-based visas and the...


Recognize rights of a 'fetal individual'

Mon, 5 Feb 2018 11:20:00 PST

Mark and Gwen Wallen (“Parents seek to widen law on fetal homicide,” Jan. 30) have my support in their just effort to have state legislators define, in law, a fetus as a human being — contrary to a recent letter writer’s opinion (“A fetus is not the same as a child,” Feb. 3) that the fetus is not...


What Donald Trump has accomplished

Mon, 5 Feb 2018 11:05:00 PST

President Donald Trump often complains that he doesn’t get enough credit for the important things he does. He’s right; so here are a few things that we need to thank him for.

The American public thought that, after Richard Nixon’s humiliation and disgrace, no president being investigated for wrong-doing...


Baltimore needs housing, not dorms

Mon, 5 Feb 2018 10:35:00 PST

We couldn't agree more with Lauren Siegel and Jeff Singer when they wrote: "Leave encampments alone; focus on developing affordable housing in Baltimore (“Leave Baltimore's encampments alone,” Jan. 23).

Baltimore City government acted with urgency last Friday when it cleared the encampment on Guilford...


Trump rules; Sun lies

Mon, 5 Feb 2018 09:55:00 PST

Whoever the morons on The Baltimore Sun’s editorial board who keep writing the “Alternative Fact of the Week” editorials, I have news for them: The only “alternative fact” is that The Sun is a valid newspaper. The Sun is nothing more than left-wing garbage written by left-wing nut-jobs who refuse...


Involve public in state song replacement

Mon, 5 Feb 2018 09:20:00 PST

I certainly hope the answer is "yes" to the question Sean Tully asks, "Is Md.'s state song the next relic to go?" (Feb. 1), but I am puzzled that he, a musician and member of the Baltimore Songwriters Association, opposes a process that would result in an open submission of "lyrics, melodies and...


De Sousa's 1995 shooting requires greater scrutiny

Fri, 2 Feb 2018 13:30:00 PST

“The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends towards justice.” The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. often used Theodore Parker’s reflection in his speeches. It is pertinent today as we choose a new police commissioner. Justice and good common sense should always be of primary consideration,...


A bipartisan approach to DACA needed now

Fri, 2 Feb 2018 10:50:00 PST

Both major political parties are after the Latino vote, but neither one truly understands the diversity of the Latino community and their values and aspirations (“On immigration, Trump has come with an idea even worse than the wall,” Jan. 29). Here is an urgent issue that will test how much they...


Stop comparing Hogan to Trump

Fri, 2 Feb 2018 09:10:00 PST

Why is The Baltimore Sun’s editorial board insisting on connecting Gov. Larry Hogan with President Donald Trump in “Hogan’s State of the State speech was boring. That’s its genius.” (Jan. 31)? Your editorial states that Governor Hogan’s State of the State was similar to his last two State of the...


A timely lesson in the importance of the humanities

Fri, 2 Feb 2018 08:55:00 PST

As a nonprofit organization devoted to providing lifelong learning in the humanities to all Marylanders, we are thrilled to hear about Bill Miller’s transformational investment in the philosophy department at Johns Hopkins University (“Investor Bill Miller promises $75 million to Johns Hopkins...


Canton has a vibrant public school; come join us

Thu, 1 Feb 2018 13:55:00 PST

In his op-ed last on Saturday, Canton resident Roland Moskal mourned the death of his old school, Canton P.S. 230, and the network of childhood connections it supported in the neighborhood (“Growing up and growing old in Canton,” Jan. 27). Ten blocks to the west, Hampstead Hill Academy fosters...


Witcover goes too far condemning Trump

Thu, 1 Feb 2018 11:30:00 PST

It is likely because The Baltimore Sun’s Jules Witcover himself is “bereft of many tangible assets of political survival including deep knowledge, openness to others’ views and wisdom, and above all a compassionate heart,” that he fails to recognize that President Donald Trump is trying to move...


Starving the underground economy

Thu, 1 Feb 2018 11:10:00 PST

As a long time addictions counselor and someone who is intimately experienced in black market activities, I have one thing to say about destabilizing the underground economy by boosting the minimum wage: Eliminate cash and the black market and all peripheral entities will fold up like a house of...


White House appears to fear the truth

Thu, 1 Feb 2018 10:40:00 PST

In the article about the FBI pushing back against the release of the “secret memo” about covert surveillance during the 2016 campaign (“FBI pushes back at Trump,” Jan. 31), it would appear the Republicans are as adept at flavoring the news to make President Donald Trump look better as he claims...


Immigration lies and bigotry imperil U.S.

Thu, 1 Feb 2018 10:20:00 PST

In 1906, my great-grandfather immigrated to the United States from Russia to escape anti-Semitic pogroms and to make a better life for his family. He worked for a year until he had saved enough money to bring his oldest adult son — my grandfather — to the U.S. Five years after that, they had saved...


Democrats looked foolish during speech

Thu, 1 Feb 2018 10:05:00 PST

As a Democrat, I was truly disappointed with members of my party who serve in Congress. They sat there like bumps on a log during the State of the Union address (“Trump falsely claims his was the most-watched State of the Union speech,” Feb. 1).

If they did not want to participate in some of the...


Diversity is essential for Towson University

Thu, 1 Feb 2018 09:05:00 PST

When I was named president of Towson University two years ago, building a more diverse and inclusive campus became one of my first presidential priorities.

I was dean of the College of Business at the University of Michigan Dearborn when the university defended the use of affirmative action in...


White's ethics lapse can't be overlooked

Wed, 31 Jan 2018 10:00:00 PST

In a recent commentary, interim Superintendent Verletta White says that she still wants the job as Baltimore County Public Schools’ next permanent leader. She states that she is sure that people will continue to question her ethics and will think that her commentary is contrived (“BCPS interim...


City needs better schools, not TV studios

Wed, 31 Jan 2018 09:40:00 PST

Cue music and lights as Mayor Catherine Pugh enters from stage left. Bring in recording of people cheering and yelling. The 3-piece accordion band starts playing. I thought nothing could beat the the proposed new look on Baltimore consultant, but City Hall did (“Mayor’s office planning TV studio...


Decades-old shooting isn't relevant now

Wed, 31 Jan 2018 08:55:00 PST

Your front page article by Kevin Rector, “Shootings bring up concerns from past” (Jan. 28), gave me concerns about your journalistic judgment. While I thought Commissioner Kevin Davis was a decent man trying to do a near impossible job, I thought Mayor Catherine Pugh had the right to appoint a...


Why did Verletta White sign that form?

Wed, 31 Jan 2018 08:45:00 PST

I have to believe that then-Superintendent Dallas Dance was leading now-Interim Superintendent Verletta White down the garden path of thinking that it was unnecessary to disclose income earned from consulting opportunities that were available to her precisely because of her position at Baltimore...


Sorry but a fetus is not the same as a child

Wed, 31 Jan 2018 08:30:00 PST

I offer my condolences to the Wallen family. (“Parents seek to widen law on fetal homicide,” Jan. 30.) However, I am energized to protest any opinion that the fetus is a human being until fetal birth occurs and the potential human draws it first independent breath.

This event gets its energy from...


City needs police to be less confrontational

Wed, 31 Jan 2018 08:05:00 PST

Reporters Kevin Rector and Jessica Anderson write of Acting Commissioner Darryl De Sousa: “Today, he talks about de-escalation, and the sanctity of life, as top priorities to stress to every officer in the department. He wants his officers to de-escalate all confrontations as much as possible”...


Why Baltimore needs civilian review board

Wed, 31 Jan 2018 07:55:00 PST

Former Det. Maurice Ward's recent testimony about the Baltimore Police Department's internal affairs division highlights two important things (“Former detective testifies that Baltimore Police gun unit was tipped off to investigations into its misconduct,” Jan. 25). First, there’s an inherent conflict...


Reducing Baltimore crime is good for business

Tue, 30 Jan 2018 13:10:00 PST

Earlier this month, the Baltimore City Chamber of Commerce held its 2018 State of Baltimore Business: Legislative Reception, at which Maryland Secretary of Commerce, Mike Gill, delivered poignant remarks. The 200 members of Charm City’s business community in attendance were captivated as Secretary...


Time to defend Medicaid and the ACA

Tue, 30 Jan 2018 12:05:00 PST

In September of last year, The Baltimore Sun published a commentary by Rep. C.A. “Dutch” Ruppersberger warning of the burden states will adopt if cuts to Medicaid are made (“Medicaid cuts shift burdens to states,” Sept. 17).

“Medicaid saved my daughter’s life.”

“For me, Medicaid is the difference...


Turning back the Doomsday Clock

Tue, 30 Jan 2018 11:45:00 PST

As a student living in the United States, I support William Lambers’ call for diplomacy in “Rewinding the Doomsday Clock” (Jan. 29). As Mr. Lambers points out, 2018 is the closest we have come to nuclear midnight since 1953. For me and other millennials, it is the first time we have felt the very...


Balt. Co. needs a new superintendent

Tue, 30 Jan 2018 11:30:00 PST

Baltimore County Public Schools interim Superintendent Verletta White may have made an honest mistake in not disclosing personal income from a company that doesn't do business with her school system, but she remains an opportunist all the same, just like her recently indicted predecessor. Her self-serving...


Here's what UMD needs to do to help more black students attend and succeed

Tue, 30 Jan 2018 11:15:00 PST

The reason there’s a disparity between the percentage of black students who graduate high school in Maryland and the percentage that end up in University of Maryland’s freshman class is social stratification (“Black student enrollment lags at University of Maryland,” Jan. 29). It’s the same reason...


Without chain migration, my parents would have been Holocaust victims

Tue, 30 Jan 2018 10:45:00 PST

On Feb. 13 of last year, Sen. Tom Cotton of Arkansas introduced Senate Bill 354, the Reforming American Immigration for Strong Employment or RAISE Act. This bill, which is working its way through Congress, would “amend the Immigration and Nationality Act to eliminate the Diversity Visa Program”...


Is Baltimore Governor Hogan's Haiti?

Tue, 30 Jan 2018 10:30:00 PST

Now that the city-wide "unrest" of April 2015 is way back in the rear-view mirror, and just as far back in the memories and priorities of some of our state political leaders, it appears that much of the programming that was addressing city needs is being proposed for substantial cuts — 54 percent...


Taxpayers should not pay for Frosh to posture

Mon, 29 Jan 2018 11:05:00 PST

Maryland Attorney General Brian and the General Assembly should be ashamed of themselves for the horrific waste of our state’s resources pursuing 18-and-counting frivolous lawsuits against President Donald Trump (“Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan withholds money to sue Trump administration,” Jan. 23)....


Housing inspections are good for everyone

Mon, 29 Jan 2018 10:55:00 PST

In response to the letter from Denise Cellinese (“More housing inspections won’t help,” Jan. 26), I also am first and foremost a citizen of Baltimore in addition to being a landlord not only in Baltimore City but in Hyattsville and New Carrollton in Prince George’s County. I have been fortunate...


Post-Amazon, Baltimore still has something to offer

Mon, 29 Jan 2018 10:40:00 PST

It was heartening to read The Sun’s excellent independent analysis (“Did Baltimore really have a shot at Amazon HQ2? In a word, yes,” Jan. 24) showcasing how Baltimore fared compared to the 20 finalists selected by Amazon in its search to build a new second headquarters. The Greater Baltimore Committee...


A simple fix for Md.'s complex tax problem

Mon, 29 Jan 2018 10:25:00 PST

The Baltimore Sun published a very informative editorial about the complications that Maryland taxpayers will face when the file their tax returns for 2018 (“Thanks to Trump and the GOP, Marylanders will have to do their taxes four times,” Jan. 26). Yes, Gov. Larry Hogan's proposal to allow itemized...


Morhaim: Get rid of nuclear weapons

Mon, 29 Jan 2018 10:05:00 PST

William Lambers’ commentary, “Rewinding the Doomsday Clock” (Jan. 29), is absolutely correct. Nuclear weapons can never be used strategically. Their awesome destructiveness would harm both those who were targeted and the ones who sent the weapons because nuclear fallout knows no boundaries.



Needed: female candidates for office

Mon, 29 Jan 2018 09:10:00 PST

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg said, "There will be enough women on the Supreme Court when there are nine." The last line of John Fritze's article (“Amid national surge of women candidates, Maryland wrestles with all-male representation in Washington,” Jan. 27) was a quote from Emily's List, saying...


Baltimore's future could turn on a wheel

Fri, 26 Jan 2018 09:45:00 PST

My daughter attends Baltimore City College High School and studies French there. A recent assignment required the students to create a video montage promoting visitors to the French town of the student’s choosing, and a lovely montage of Lille was created. My daughter mentioned, in passing, while...