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Immigration must follow rules

Mi, 22 Feb 2017 11:36:00 PST

Our family came to this country in 1952 from England. My father had served in the Royal Air Force during World War II and had seen England flattened out by the bombings of the Germans during that time.

Not too many people know, but England was still on rations in 1952, and because of this my father...

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Baltimore's 'welcoming' obligations

Mi, 22 Feb 2017 10:48:00 PST

In recent days, Mayor Catherine Pugh has spoken with forceful compassion about the city's approach to immigrants and refugees, stating unequivocally that "we're a welcoming city. We want to help people become productive members of our community" ("Trump's sanctuary bullying," Feb. 5)

Given Mayor...

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Leave school board appointments alone

Mi, 22 Feb 2017 10:46:00 PST

As one who served eight years as a member of the Baltimore City Board of School Commissioners (2007-2014) and also as chairperson of the Maryland Association of Boards of Education's legislative committee for two years (2010-12), I read Michael Dresser's article concerning school board appointment...

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Trump and the ladder to success

Mi, 22 Feb 2017 10:44:00 PST

I am very, very interested in the very, very terrific wall that President Donald Trump proposes to build along our very, very porous border with Mexico. However, I need to know a very, very important piece of information about the very, very terrific wall, namely how high it will be ("House speaker...

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A nation of immigrants - lawful ones

Mi, 22 Feb 2017 10:43:00 PST

We are a nation of immigrants. Properly stated, we are a nation of lawful immigrants. I too am descendent from immigrants who came into this country lawfully in the early 20th century. They may have been refugees from oppression or catastrophe, although they were not officially classified as refugees...

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Kevin Plank doesn't value diversity; he exploits it

Mi, 22 Feb 2017 10:39:00 PST

I've lost respect for Under Armour, and Kevin Plank's full page advertisement did not help win it back ("Under Armour CEO Kevin Plank responds to Trump tempest with letter to Baltimore," Feb. 15). Instead of an apology, Mr. Plank issued an explanation. The inference being, there is nothing to change,...

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Ed Hale: Who has done more for Baltimore than Kevin Plank?

Mi, 22 Feb 2017 10:13:00 PST

When I read the many negative comments about Kevin Plank, founder of Under Armour, I was shocked ("Under Armour CEO Kevin Plank responds to Trump tempest with letter to Baltimore," Feb. 15). How do people not appreciate Mr. Plank's success in business and his commitment to Baltimore? In my lifetime,...

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Harris turns back on childhood hunger

Di, 21 Feb 2017 11:54:10 PST

How ironic that Rep. Andy Harris, a physician who complained when his government health insurance did not start immediately after he was elected, refuses to meet his constituents now to discuss health care ("Harris faces criticism for not holding an in-person meeting on Obamacare," Feb. 15). Dr....

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Polystyrene is no health hazard

Di, 21 Feb 2017 11:52:56 PST

In writing about polystyrene foam in food packaging, Dr. Richard Bruno failed to mention that said packaging is regulated by the Food and Drug Administration and must pass rigid testing before it is approved ("Polystyrene foam is bad for your body and the environment," Feb. 16). Dr. Bruno also...

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Past allegations should stay inadmissible

Di, 21 Feb 2017 11:51:30 PST

The sexual assault bill being pushed by Baltimore City State's Attorney Marilyn Mosby is a double-edged sword that can slice either way ("Marilyn Mosby, with growing coalition, pushes sexual assault legislation for fourth year," Feb. 20).

A charge in court should stand on the evidence presented...

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ACA can work - if Congress allows it

Di, 21 Feb 2017 11:47:03 PST

A reader writes that the Affordable Care Act (also known as Obamacare) doesn't work and needs more than a tweaking because it has caused financial difficulties to insurance companies. ("Obamacare just doesn't work," Feb. 17). I don't agree. The ACA has worked just fine in that it provides health...

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Bel Air clergy rejects white supremacist fliers

Di, 21 Feb 2017 11:45:11 PST

In Harford County, we are proud to stand together to denounce the hate-filled, anti-Semitic, anti-police, white supremacist fliers that were distributed in our community this past week ("Harford executive calls racist, anti-police fliers left in Bel Air area neighborhood 'disgraceful,'" Feb. 17).

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Youth fund can start with abstinence education

Di, 21 Feb 2017 11:43:48 PST

Thank you for the article on the Baltimore City Youth Fund ("Baltimore prepares to launch $12 million youth fund," Feb. 20). I hope that the people convened will consider programs such as natural family planning and chastity as part of their work.

The youth of Baltimore must learn respect for themselves...

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The real risk of Trump's fake news about Sweden

Di, 21 Feb 2017 10:45:00 PST

At this point, we are becoming conditioned to hearing alternative facts emanating from the Trump White House, but the fake news about Sweden uttered by a sitting president is anything but funny ("Swedes scratch heads after Trump says 'look what's happening last night in Sweden,'" Feb. 19). In an...

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Septics aren't a big threat to the bay

Di, 21 Feb 2017 10:19:00 PST

I believe that septic systems are getting a bum rap from the Baltimore Sun ("The 'lost' tier map law," Feb. 19). A properly designed and maintained septic system poses no real hazard to the Chesapeake Bay. According to the EPA, one quarter of all American homes have a septic system. If all the...

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The truth about opiate addiction in Baltimore

Di, 21 Feb 2017 10:16:00 PST

I thank The Sun for its interest in my new book "Pill City," but I hope the paper will delve deeper into the troubling issue of opiate addiction in communities of color ("Baltimore officials question claims in new book about 2015 pharmacy thefts," Feb. 10).

In the first nine months of 2016, the...

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Why is Sen. Conway afraid of her constituents?

Di, 21 Feb 2017 10:11:00 PST

The Sun recently printed a letter from Brigitte Jacobson of Baltimore ("Ban harmful fracking, Senator Conway," Feb. 16). Ms. Jacobson and a group of like minded friends had a meeting scheduled with their state Senator, Joan Carter Conway of Baltimore's District 43, to talk about the fracking issue...

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McDonough: Sun is in denial about Md. sanctuary policies

Di, 21 Feb 2017 09:57:00 PST

Sun Reporter John Fritze deserves a Pulitzer Prize for "fake news" story of the year. He recently penned an article claiming Maryland, Baltimore and other areas would not be punished by the federal government because they were not actually sanctuary jurisdictions ("Trump order punishing 'sanctuary...

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Costello and Hayes: Don't give up on State Center

Mo, 20 Feb 2017 05:05:00 PST

The Sun hit the nail on the head in its editorial last month bemoaning the effect on the city of Gov. Larry Hogan's decision to cancel Maryland's contracts for the renovation of the State Center office complex on Baltimore's West Side. We share The Sun's view, and add our voices to the chorus by...

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Here's where the casino money went

Fr, 17 Feb 2017 11:15:00 PST

If you really want to educate your readers on what happened to the education funds from the casino revenue, you should do an in-depth article on how it was manipulated by Gov. Martin O'Malley's administration and House Speaker Michael E. Busch and Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller. As a former...

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Immigrant protests miss the point

Fr, 17 Feb 2017 11:03:00 PST

Not one legal immigrant has been picked up to deport in this country ("'A Day Without Immigrants' movement spurs march, business closures in Baltimore," Feb. 16).

The only immigrants that have been picked up are illegal and have committed a crime. They interviewed an 11-year-old boy who was born...

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Will backers see through Trump's fakery?

Fr, 17 Feb 2017 11:01:00 PST

Let's get this straight ("Trump bashes leaks, media and judges, calls administration 'a fine-tuned machine,'" Feb. 16). Every story critical of President Donald Trump or his policies is "fake news," but his Electoral College victory was the biggest since Ronald Reagan (when actually Barack Obama,...

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Frosh should investigate casino money

Fr, 17 Feb 2017 10:56:00 PST

I find it ironic that articles about Baltimore's schools needing millions of dollars and the expanded power for Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh shared the same page Thursday ("Maryland attorney general Frosh awarded expanded power to sue Trump administration," Feb. 16).

I suggest our attorney...

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Obamacare just doesn't work

Fr, 17 Feb 2017 10:54:00 PST

Unfortunately, Rosalia Scalia's sad anecdotal stories are not enough to justify what is clearly the Unaffordable Care Act ("ACA 'repair' is really a repeal," Feb. 15).

Aetna lost $430 million in the first half of 2016. Now comes news that Molina Healthcare lost $110 million on the exchanges last...

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Union head: Customs agents did their best to carry out immigration order professionally

Do, 16 Feb 2017 12:51:00 PST

As the president of the union which represents 25,000 Customs and Border Patrol employees at airports, seaports and land border crossings, I want to caution about accepting unverified reports as facts ("Ordinary Americans carried out inhumane acts for Trump," Feb. 6). Our CBP officers are good...

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Plank deserves praise, not scorn

Do, 16 Feb 2017 12:42:00 PST

I think the people who are upset over Kevin Plank's comments about President Donald Trump are left wing idiots who cannot accept they lost the election ("Plank controversy overblown," Feb. 14). They will not even give President Trump a chance to make this world safer and better. He is trying to...

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Hating Trump isn't hysterical, it's a rational response

Do, 16 Feb 2017 12:39:00 PST

On Wednesday, a week after praising President Donald Trump as "passionate" and an "asset for the country" who "wants to build things" versus "think, think, think," Under Armour CEO Kevin Plank issued an open letter to Baltimore intended to "clarify to our hometown exactly the values for which Under...

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To save money, Baltimore should shrink council

Do, 16 Feb 2017 12:36:00 PST

Although the Biennial Audits Oversight Commission's work is needed, having Baltimore City Council members on the board damages its creditability ("Baltimore launches new audits commission," Feb. 16).

The purpose of an audit is to evaluate cost-effectiveness and efficiency in order to improve the...

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One hundred more cops isn't enough

Do, 16 Feb 2017 12:35:00 PST

I am outraged that Mayor Catherine Pugh did not have a plan ready to go for dealing with the crime problem in Baltimore City when she took office in December 2016. In the article, "Pugh wants crime plan" (Feb. 9), she asserted, two months into office, that the current strategy is not working. For...

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Flynn no worse than Obama

Do, 16 Feb 2017 11:30:00 PST

Regarding the departure of National Security Adviser Michael Flynn, the episode was not handled very well by President Donald Trump's administration, but it was no worse than when President Barack Obama said to Russian President Dmitry Medvedev in 2012 that "After my election, I have more flexibility"...

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Andy Harris needs a reminder of who he works for

Do, 16 Feb 2017 09:43:00 PST

I'm a citizen. Nobody funds me. But I fund the governments of Baltimore County, the State of Maryland and the United States through my taxes — a fact I don't hide like the current president.

We live in a representative democracy founded on specific principles. One of these is "No taxation without...

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Give Trump a chance

Do, 16 Feb 2017 09:17:00 PST

Time Magazine named Donald J. Trump the "2016 Person of the Year of Theses Divided States of America."

I am reminded of another controversial Republican candidate who weathered the political storm rather well and became president of a divided nation His name was Abraham Lincoln.

In the 1860 presidential...

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Sun silences our voices

Do, 16 Feb 2017 09:01:00 PST

I was disappointed when I read you will discontinue "What Maryland Thinks" poll (Editor's note, Feb. 17). I was very excited to participate in the polls every day. I am a homemaker in Lansdowne, and I don't stand around a water cooler at the office talking about the events of the day nor do I discuss...

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The Sun doesn't want our opinions

Do, 16 Feb 2017 08:59:00 PST

My wife and I have been loyal customers to the Sunpapers for many years. We are not in total agreement with many of the articles that are written, but we try to keep an open mind. Today the editor's note states that you have discontinued the "What Marylanders Think" poll. You state that the results...

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Sun cuts its online poll, silences conservatives

Do, 16 Feb 2017 08:55:00 PST

Debunking "fake news" and "alternative facts" is a great goal for the Sunpapers; however, let's be real about why the "What Maryland Thinks" poll is being discontinued (Editor's note, Feb. 17). This section was one way that the "minority" of us in this overly progressive, blue state —mainly the...

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Reflections on love, the ultimate gift

Do, 16 Feb 2017 07:41:00 PST

Valentine's Day is now over, but many of our minds continue wander to the hopes, dreams, trials and tribulations of romantic love — this timeless, boundless phenomenon that somehow has the power to transcend and supersede all others in affecting our behavior. At the same time, this elusive yet...

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BDS needed to pressure Israel to do what's right

Mi, 15 Feb 2017 10:15:00 PST

Thank you for posting Rachel Roberts' strong op-ed ("Md. Anti-BDS bill stifles freedom," Feb. 14).

I am a Jewish Baltimorean who supports Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions, following the lead of Palestinian organizations of people who have been suffering under occupation for 50 years. Ending the...

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Israel isn't the only democracy in the Middle East

Mi, 15 Feb 2017 10:05:00 PST

In their February 14th op-ed "BDS movement demonizes Israel," Howard Libit and Ron Halber say that Israel is "the only democratic nation in the Middle East." This is empirically false.

Freedom House ranks both Cyprus and Tunisia — other Middle Eastern countries — as "free." This is the same ranking...

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Hold Trump's feet to the fire - and Kevin Plank's, too

Mi, 15 Feb 2017 09:54:00 PST

Under any other administration, I might concede that Douglas MacKinnon has a point when it comes to the apocalyptic rhetoric regarding the president and the stand that many are taking against public figures and businesses that support him ("Plank controversy overblown," Feb. 14). The Trump administration,...

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Maryland's anti-BDS bill tramples on the Bill of Rights

Mi, 15 Feb 2017 09:46:00 PST

I am a student in college who has studied civics in both high school and college. We are consistently taught that our Bill of Rights allows individuals freedom to express their beliefs and that no government can infringe on that or try to punish them financially or otherwise.

If Del. Benjamin...

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Hitler-Trump comparisons are getting too scary

Mi, 15 Feb 2017 09:25:00 PST

We need to look at 1930s Germany and how Hitler convinced the people that he would make Germany great again. He then entered into a treaty with Stalin (about how to divide Poland). Not long after that he executed his plan and declared war on Russia. We now have a president who seems to be taking...

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Reefer madness in Arundel

Mi, 15 Feb 2017 09:18:00 PST

I read the Feb. 12 Baltimore Sun report "D.C. man arrested after chase ends at casino" about a lengthy car chase involving multiple law enforcement agencies. It said that "six people suffered minor injuries, apparently as they tried to flee the [Maryland Live] casino."

I was looking for the suspected...

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White House lies and lies and lies

Di, 14 Feb 2017 12:53:46 PST

The parade of lies continues. President Donald Trump raised the art of urban legend to an art form with his one-man birther movement campaign against former President Barack Obama. Now that he is president of the greatest nation in the world, it is high time to start respecting the office and acting...

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Internet makes Trump dangerous

Di, 14 Feb 2017 12:49:37 PST

In the commentary, "Presidential checks and balances do work" (Feb. 10), Syl Sobel makes the point that the American people should not be alarmed by the drastic executive actions President Donald Trump is making regarding immigration and other issues. He illustrates this point by reminding the...

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Anti-BDS bill is legally suspect

Di, 14 Feb 2017 12:42:30 PST

The effort in Annapolis to penalize Maryland businesses that boycott Israeli companies located in the occupied Palestinian territories is not the way I want elected officials spending their time. Their personal views about the Middle East conflict are irrelevant and belong at home, not in the state...

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Lacks family diagnosed with a touch of greed

Di, 14 Feb 2017 12:41:00 PST

I find it incredibly inconsiderate that a family would seek to siphon as much money as possible out of Johns Hopkins, a hallmark medical institution that treated their deceased family member to the best of its ability ("Henrietta Lacks' family wants compensation for her cells," Feb. 13). It is...

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Protect Maryland's trees

Di, 14 Feb 2017 12:40:00 PST

Clear cutting of forested land should not be permitted ("Environmentalists propose strict new measures to curb Maryland forest loss," Feb. 13). The best biggest trees should be saved. Developments should be built around groves of trees. Indeed, a permit should be required to remove hardwood trees...

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Boycotting Israel is our right

Di, 14 Feb 2017 09:01:00 PST

In the 1920s a Jewish boycott was (rightly) waged against the Ford Motor Company because of Henry Ford's heinously anti-Semitic activities. To my knowledge, there was no government crackdown against this boycott. All of us, regardless of ethnicity, have the basic right to select those with whom...

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Annapolis should stay out of the Israel BDS fight

Di, 14 Feb 2017 08:50:00 PST

The article "Bill brings Middle East boycott conflict to Annapolis" (Feb. 9) describes attempts by state lawmakers to punish companies that take part in a boycott of Israel. The Boycott, Divest and Sanction (BDS) movement is a worldwide, non-violent resistance to Israel's 50-year brutal occupation...

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Finally, the press is waking up and calling Trump on his lies

Di, 14 Feb 2017 08:36:00 PST

It is refreshing to see the media finally realizing the importance of the free press. In the weeks after the election, the media normalized the election of Donald Trump as president of the United States as if all was right as rain. I remember seeing The Baltimore Sun front page the day after the...

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Hey Maryland Democrats, what about me?

Di, 14 Feb 2017 08:22:00 PST

All the rage in Maryland lately is giving Attorney General Brian Frosh, the power to sue President Donald Trump's administration ("Assembly moves quickly to give Frosh authority to sue Trump administration," Feb. 10). He personally disagrees with Mr. Trump's plans for America, yet, his job description...

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Protesters have the wrong target

Mo, 13 Feb 2017 12:13:32 PST

It seems to me that the immigration protesters in Baltimore are protesting the fact that America is actually enforcing its laws ("Demonstrators at Baltimore's Patterson Park march in defense of immigrants," Feb. 12).

If you are here illegally, you broke American laws, and one of the punishments...

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Don't penalize those who rightly boycott Israel

Mo, 13 Feb 2017 11:45:00 PST

Two bills (House Bill 949 and Senate Bill 739) pending in the General Assembly would penalize any company from doing business with the state that supports the Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions (BDS) initiative that challenge Israel's 50-year occupation of Palestine's West Bank and continued construction...

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Hogan ignores public's concerns

Mo, 13 Feb 2017 11:45:00 PST

My goodness, Gov. Larry Hogan is a private man. He holds a Facebook account but doesn't want anyone commenting on it ("Hogan deletes public opinion," Feb. 6). He finally holds a town hall on Feb. 10 but only for 160 invited guests. Rep. Jamie Raskin held a real town hall on Feb. 12, and 500 people...

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Real conservatives should abhor Trump

Mo, 13 Feb 2017 11:44:00 PST

I was surprised to read Jonah Goldberg's assertion that most conservatives can support President Donald Trump's "big policy moves … fairly easily" ("GOP can't defend Trump," Feb. 12). In fact, everything that President Trump has said or done repudiates fundamental conservative principles of individual...

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Plank deserves better treatment

Mo, 13 Feb 2017 11:44:00 PST

It is obvious that no one, even Kevin Plank who wants to bring Baltimore out of the ashes of segregation, riots, murders, carjackings and epidemic drug use, is allowed to give President Donald Trump a good word ("Dorsey: Plank, Port Covington and Baltimore's history of white supremacy," Feb. 13)....

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Give animals used in research a chance to find a home

Mo, 13 Feb 2017 10:30:00 PST

Care for animals can come in many different forms. As president of Johns Hopkins University's Pet and Animal Welfare Society, I believe that every animal deserves a chance at a loving home.

Recently there has been debate over The Humane Adoption of Companion Animals Used in Research Act (SB 420/...

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City schools left fighting for crumbs

Mo, 13 Feb 2017 10:23:00 PST

It has been several weeks since Baltimore City Schools CEO Sonja Santelises announced that the school district's projected $130 million budget gap for next year would lead to 1,000 or more layoffs, and the finger-pointing is now in full swing. Some are faulting Gov. Larry Hogan, who has funded...

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Dorsey: Plank, Port Covington and Baltimore's history of white supremacy

Mo, 13 Feb 2017 09:39:00 PST

On Feb. 3, The Baltimore Sun devoted an article to comments I made in the Baltimore City Voters Facebook group, criticizing Under Armour CEO Kevin Plank's decision to become an adviser in President Donald Trump's administration. I compared that decision to his company's Port Covington deal ("Baltimore...

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Szeliga is one to talk about road safety

Mo, 13 Feb 2017 09:17:00 PST

Republican Del. Kathy Szeliga's attempt to promote highway safety in her op-ed lacks transparency regarding her voting record regarding highway safety ("Szeliga: state 'Road Kill Bill' reveals Dems' arrogance," Feb. 8).

In the General Assembly sessions of 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014, Delegate Szeliga...

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DeVos' wealth isn't the problem; it's what she does with it

Mo, 13 Feb 2017 09:09:00 PST

In a letter dated Feb. 9, L. Eskowitz asserted that Betsy de Vos' wealth doesn't disqualify her from serving as Secretary of Education ("Education Secretary Betsy DeVos' wealth doesn't disqualify her from serving"). It's not her wealth that disqualifies her. It's what she does with her money.

In...

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Stand up for $15 an hour

Fr, 10 Feb 2017 12:12:00 PST

When it comes to improving pay and benefits for low-wage workers, The Sun puts its faith in the magic of the free market ("No to $15 an hour in Baltimore," Feb. 7). The editorial against a $15 minimum wage calls for the city to do exactly nothing for underpaid residents of the city. We are too...

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Don't judge Plank on a single observation

Fr, 10 Feb 2017 12:12:00 PST

The lack of intellectual candor — and en masse rush to judgment — displayed on social media following Kevin Plank's remarks praising Donald Trump's pro-business agenda is staggering but hardly surprising ("Kevin Plank, Donald Trump and the fallacy of the businessman president," Feb. 8). Not only...

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Keep offenders off streets

Fr, 10 Feb 2017 12:12:00 PST

I just read the article about Judge Nicole Taylor putting that criminal out on the streets again even considering his history ("18-year-old's fatal shooting by Baltimore police becomes flashpoint in debate over repeat offenders," Feb. 9). Given her history as a public defender, it was not unusual.

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City needs a crime plan

Fr, 10 Feb 2017 12:12:00 PST

In the article, "Pugh wants crime plan" (Feb. 9), Mayor Catherine Pugh notes that "police shot and killed an 18-year-old man on Tuesday, one day after he was released from jail." It also stated that the "unidentified teen was out on bail after being charged with gun and drug felonies."

The question...

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Say it ain't so, Kevin

Fr, 10 Feb 2017 12:12:00 PST

I haven't told my 11-year-old son about what Kevin Plank said about Donald Trump ("Kevin Plank, Donald Trump and the fallacy of the businessman president," Feb. 8). He thinks the world of the Under Armour CEO. He met Mr. Plank this August at Rehoboth Beach. My son was selling lemonade at the end...

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The Sun's alternative facts on Trump's immigration order

Fr, 10 Feb 2017 12:12:00 PST

Anyone with a non partisan view (so not The Sun) would recognize that President Barack Obama's "six month slow down" in allowing Iraqi refugees to enter the U.S. is almost the same as President Donald Trump's "3-4 month temporary ban" on allowing residents of seven nations to enter, especially...

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Unions should oppose fracking

Fr, 10 Feb 2017 12:12:00 PST

As a union member who would like to see those without jobs get them soon, I would like to state that bringing hydraulic fracturing for natural gas to Maryland is not the way to do this. Why? Because hydraulic fracturing will not bring a windfall jobs to Maryland and it threatens the health of all...

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Same old social programs won't fix Baltimore's murder rate

Fr, 10 Feb 2017 12:12:00 PST

Regarding The Sun's "Alternative fact of the week" (Feb. 10) about Baltimore's alarming murder rate, like most liberal commentaries on the subject, it cites as the "real causal factors" for our city's war zone environments the "high concentration of poverty, its drug addiction epidemic, our poor...

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Sessions the latest 'deplorable'

Do, 9 Feb 2017 11:33:08 PST

Hillary Clinton had it right when she said a "basket of deplorables" was associated with Donald Trump, yet she caught all kinds of verbal abuse for that generalization. As it turned out, we now see this nation's new cabinet under Donald Trump and without exception, Ms. Clinton's prophecy is likewise...

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Long term care for seniors on Medicaid is lacking

Do, 9 Feb 2017 11:33:08 PST

I urge The Sun newsroom to examine the length of time, the processes and the qualifications necessary for senior citizens to be accepted under the Medicaid Long Term Care and Waiver Program.

According to Census data, Anne Arundel County currently has more than 65,000 seniors aged 65 or over. But...

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State provides for city schools

Do, 9 Feb 2017 11:33:00 PST

While few argue against the importance of great schools to every community, Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz ignores a salient fact ("Make Maryland education great again," Feb. 8). The state is meeting its funding obligation under the Thornton formula. It appears that, in spite of new...

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Hogan turns his back on public schools

Do, 9 Feb 2017 11:33:00 PST

Gov. Larry Hogan was elected to represent all constituents in our proudly blue state of Maryland.

Sadly, his record of late skews to constituents who have deep pockets and special interests. He has been silent on the election results and even more distressing, silent on hate crimes and provocative...

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Plank shortchanges city schools

Do, 9 Feb 2017 11:33:00 PST

Kevin Plank has more than just admiration for President Donald Trump's business skills ("Under Armour reckons with backlash to CEO's comments on Trump," Feb. 9), like Mr. Trump, Mr. Plank seeks to pay as little taxes as possible, no matter what.

Take the $660 million in tax increment financing...

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Plank can praise for Trump if he wants

Do, 9 Feb 2017 11:33:00 PST

I find it strange that The Sun criticizes Under Armour CEO Kevin Plank for his praise for President Donald Trump while ignoring Mr. Plank's other comments indicating his disagreement with some of the president's policies ("Kevin Plank, Donald Trump and the fallacy of the businessman president,"...

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Immigrants made America great

Do, 9 Feb 2017 11:33:00 PST

I have trouble understanding many of my fellow Americans' positions on immigration. Like a lot of Americans, both sides of my family can only trace our American roots to around 1900, when they came from Ireland, Germany, Wales and Scotland.

Yes, I am a true American, a mutt who remembers his roots....

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Education Secretary Betsy DeVos' wealth doesn't disqualify her from serving

Do, 9 Feb 2017 11:33:00 PST

I have noticed that The Sun frequently refers to the Trump administration's new secretary of education as "billionaire Betsy DeVos."

Ms. DeVos' first name is not "billionaire." It's apparent that by continuing to refer to her that way The Sun is attempting to evoke readers' negative reactions against...

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Get the right Cross Street developer

Do, 9 Feb 2017 11:33:00 PST

There's good news for Cross Street Market ("Firm planning overhaul of Cross Street Market in Federal Hill walks away," Feb. 8).

Two important next steps: First, get Graul's Market to explain how (because they do it all the time) you can renovate a food facility without closing it down. And then...

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Trump the prevaricator

Mi, 8 Feb 2017 12:20:00 PST

Our prevaricator-in-chief, Donald J. Trump, is making abundant use of the Joseph Goebbels playbook — yes, that guy who served as Hitler's propaganda minister and the master of "the big lie."

Goebbels once said that "a lie told once remains a lie, but a lie told a thousand times becomes the truth."

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Mosby fails again

Mi, 8 Feb 2017 12:20:00 PST

Regarding your report "18-year-old man shot and killed by Baltimore police during pursuit" (Feb. 7), the teen had been arrested three times in the past month on drug and gun charges and had just been released from jail on for felony gun and drug charges.

Being arrested three times and released...

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Trump presidency grows even worse

Mi, 8 Feb 2017 12:20:00 PST

Lordy, Lordy, what have we done? Is this why we elected Donald Trump as president? Sure, we wanted a shake-up, but look what he has done ("As judges weigh travel ban, Trump asserts that courts are 'so political,'" Feb. 8).

His cabinet choices are for the most part horrible. He has demeaned the...

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Why we now boycott Under Armour

Mi, 8 Feb 2017 12:20:00 PST

We were heartbroken and distraught to read that Under Armour CEO Kevin Plank praised Donald Trump and called him "a real asset." For people who may say "that's his opinion and he has every right to express it," we would agree, but there are consequences for what you say and do ("Kevin Plank, Donald...

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Trump's hidden agenda

Mi, 8 Feb 2017 12:20:00 PST

The Sun recently opined that "it's not every day that a new U.S. president seeks to undermine the republic he is supposed to be leading, or is it? ("America is just like Russia?" Feb. 6).

No, it's not! But our inexperienced ex-president Barack Obama surely claimed that accomplishment when almost...

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Trump's travel ban and how ordinary people become monsters

Mi, 8 Feb 2017 12:20:00 PST

I was very surprised to read of the unprofessional behavior of federal immigration employees working to carry out President's Donald Trump's travel ban at U.S. airports ("Ordinary Americans carried out inhumane acts for Trump," Feb. 6).

I am a retired Customs and Border Protection officer who worked...

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Hogan should oppose Trump's immigration ban

Mi, 8 Feb 2017 12:20:00 PST

As a proud Marylander who lives abroad and has had the honor and privilege to visit many countries, I recently wrote to Gov. Larry Hogan to express my great dismay at the Trump administration's executive order which bars people from seven predominantly Muslim Middle Eastern and African countries...

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A century of immigration discrimination

Mi, 8 Feb 2017 12:20:00 PST

On Feb. 5, 1917, Congress passed the Immigration Act of 1917 to bar entry of Asian, Mexican and Mediterranean people, poor people and those with mental or physical disabilities or criminal records.

We can once again quote William Faulkner who said, "The past is not even past." In this case, almost...

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Why millions voted against Trump

Mi, 8 Feb 2017 12:20:00 PST

When millions of people marched against Donald Trump and his agenda the day after he was sworn into office the president sent out a tweet asking why all those people hadn't voted. What a strange question. Here is the answer:

Mr. Trump, we did vote. We didn't vote for you. In fact, you lost the...

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Murder is murder, even if you're a minor

Mi, 8 Feb 2017 12:20:00 PST

Civility in our cities has all but vanished. Teenagers are committing murders. What are we supposed to do when a 16-year-old or 17-year-old "kid" robs the corner store and shoots and kills someone in that establishment ("Children accused of crimes are still children," Feb. 7)?

Murder by a "kid"...

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Parents and charter schools

Mi, 8 Feb 2017 12:20:00 PST

One issue haven't heard discussed much about charter schools is that beside leading to the public schools losing money, they also lead to the loss of concerned, involved parents in public school systems ("A shallow victory for DeVos," Feb. 7).

Yet these are the very parents who force change, set...

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Cruelty to immigrants

Mi, 8 Feb 2017 12:20:00 PST

The guards at the concentration camps were tried and convicted. They only did "what they were told to do." Any person who details a 5-year-old child and keeps him from his mother for several hours is performing child abuse. If he did this on direct orders of a supervisor, so is the supervisor....

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800-plus Marylanders ask: Will Hogan answer our questions about Trump?

Di, 7 Feb 2017 14:02:00 PST

Gov. Larry Hogan's recent State of the State speech was remarkable for its failure to explain his position on a number of vital issues for Maryland voters, despite thousands of calls, Facebook posts, letters and emails from his constituents ("Hogan's alternate reality," Feb. 1). In response, over...

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Dorsey makes some good points

Di, 7 Feb 2017 10:58:00 PST

I applaud and support Baltimore City Councilman Ryan Dorsey. He is my councilman. His honesty is refreshing in this new post-Donald Trump election era. Thanks to Mr. Trump, Mr. Dorsey can likewise free himself from over-burdensome “political correctness” and “political speak.” He is young, but...

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Here's what Trump could do to win my support

Di, 7 Feb 2017 10:37:00 PST

Wouldn't it be nice if you let Native Americans have their water and sacred grounds and let the pipeline go around the reservoir?

Wouldn't it be nice if you let the streams be pollution-free?

Wouldn't it be nice if you had programs in Kentucky and West Virginia to train the people for other jobs...

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Dorsey right about inequity, wrong to attack Plank

Di, 7 Feb 2017 10:37:00 PST

It doesn't take a lifetime of residence in Baltimore to recognize the inequities that drive our politics and economic life. Nor has Councilman Ryan Dorsey done much to correct them by attacking Kevin Plank and "newcomers" generally ("Baltimore City Councilman under fire for attacks on Under Armour...

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Clean energy is good business

Di, 7 Feb 2017 10:37:00 PST

Overriding Gov. Larry Hogan's veto of the Clean Energy Jobs Act was the right move and an economic boost ("After veto override, renewable energy sourcing accelerates in Maryland," Feb. 2). According to The Baltimore Sun, Republicans view the bill as a tax on consumers. The Clean Energy Jobs Act...

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Obstructionism is not praiseworthy

Di, 7 Feb 2017 10:37:00 PST

Frederick Hill and James Goodbye encourage "moderate" Republicans to stand up to President Donald Trump and oppose his radical ideas ("GOP should choose country before party," Feb. 5). Apparently, the authors believe that every single initiative of President Trump's including his cabinet appointments...

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America needs a kinder, gentler media

Di, 7 Feb 2017 10:37:00 PST

It was refreshing to read the paper today and hear an appeal for calm ("Amid storm of Trump developments, a call for calmer, more centrist media," Feb. 3).

The mainstream media have been unchecked in their attacks on President Donald Trump. I agree with columnist David Zurawik that the press should...

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How long can Hogan keep mum about Trump?

Di, 7 Feb 2017 10:37:00 PST

The recent letter to the editor "Let Hogan stay mum" (Feb. 6) underscores the need for a state that voted overwhelmingly for Hillary Clinton to be vigilant about its governor.

Governor Hogan's silence tells us he is afraid to say something he knows will anger voters. He either lacks the courage...

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Port Covington a 'boondoggle'

Di, 7 Feb 2017 10:37:00 PST

Mayor Catherine Pugh and members of the City Council should not be "shocked" or "saddened" by Councilman Ryan Dorsey's observations concerning the Port Covington boondoggle ("Baltimore City Councilman under fire for attacks on Under Armour CEO Kevin Plank," Feb. 3). I agree that it is always more...

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