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City rats not so easily deterred

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 11:18:00 PST

While I am mostly happy with the "big, green and ugly" trash cans the city has provided to residents ("They're big, green and ugly, but they discourage the rats," Jan. 18), I am afraid that the containers are not the panacea for pest control that the article makes them out to be.

The main problem...

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Single-payer is best option

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 11:18:00 PST

The editorial, "Health care magic" (Jan. 18), offers the solution to the problems in our health care system, and it is not magic.

A single-payer national health care program would greatly simplify our health care system, provide universal coverage and lower costs for both health care providers...

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Why are blacks so prejudiced against Trump?

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 11:18:00 PST

I'm still scratching my head over Rev. Raphael Warnock's praise of outgoing President Barack Obama, saying "Thank you, Barack Obama. I'm sad to see you go" — while at the same time disparaging President-elect Donald Trump by refusing to even mention his name ("Martin Luther King Jr. Day highlights...

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Don't underestimate Morgan

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 11:18:00 PST

It may well be true, as letter writer William Rothstein claims, that eliminating duplication of programs between state universities is not good for students at schools that drop their programs ("Transferring programs to Morgan won't work," Jan. 17). Unless there is easy cross-registration between...

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Lewis is a hero and a hack

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 11:18:00 PST

Most of the media, all liberals, and the entire Democratic Party have come to the defense of Rep. John Lewis despite his unsubstantiated claim that Donald Trump is not a legitimate president ("Trump undeserving of respect," Jan. 17). Their reasoning is that Congressman Lewis is a civil rights hero,...

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Inauguration 'boycott' is counterproductive and wrong

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 11:18:00 PST

I'm saddened and deeply disappointed that our elected leaders are "boycotting" the inauguration of our next president.It's divisive, counterproductive, and childish.

Half of the people in this country, and a substantial percentage of Marylanders, voted for Mr. Trump. We expect our elected leaders...

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Best to fawn over Trump

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 11:18:00 PST

It's not a good idea for members of Congress to skip the inauguration ("Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh to attend Donald Trump's inauguration," Jan. 18). Donald Trump is so petty and juvenile that he will probably have a list drawn up of non-attendees and do anything possible to deny aid to their...

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MLK Day meals

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 11:18:00 PST

On behalf of the staff and Board of Directors of the Community Action Council of Howard County, I wish to thank the many county residents who took time during the Martin Luther King holiday to volunteer at the Howard County Food Bank or hold food drives that raised awareness about the issue of...

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Fire extinguishers save lives

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 11:18:00 PST

After a crisis, people often embark on a mission to help others learn from the experience. I am on such a mission. We had a small fire in our home on New Year's Day that could have cost us our home and contents. My husband put it out with a small fire extinguisher, limiting the damage to one closet....

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Trump's pick to head EPA would be laughable if it weren't so irresponsible

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 11:18:00 PST

It is amazing and totally unacceptable that the incoming president has nominated a man who has shown consistent disregard for the threat of climate change as head of the Environmental Protection Agency ("Sen. Cardin has 'major concerns' with Pruitt for EPA," Jan 10).

Countless highly respected,...

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Trump won; get used to it

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 11:18:00 PST

Our general election offered two candidates for president, neither one of which I was fond of. Yet the system gave us Donald Trump, and on Friday our new president will be sworn into office.

I find President-elect Trump arrogant, obnoxious and crude. I simply do not care for the man. But our elected...

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Trump inauguration boycott is unwise

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 11:18:00 PST

There is a saying in the Talmud that "one should not throw a stone into the well from which he drinks." There is another that says: "One who is wise sees the results of his actions."

As a life-long Democrat, I feel abandoned by my party. Boycotting the peaceful transfer of power from one president...

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The Manchurian Trump

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 13:03:00 PST

If a foreign country, say Russia, for instance, were able to create a mole in order to infiltrate our government at the highest possible level, that mole would behave pretty much like President-elect Donald Trump ("Democrats press FBI to investigate Trump-Russia ties," Jan. 13).

He would sow discord...

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Middle East peace talks a waste of time

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 13:03:00 PST

On Sunday, Jan. 15, 70 countries met in Paris to chew again the Israeli-Palestinians conflict and the "two state solution" ("Paris draft: 2 state solution best for Israel, Palestinians," Jan. 13). Why is there such an obsession to discuss this conflict when, in fact, there are numerous other urgent...

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Trump undeserving of respect

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 13:03:00 PST

We need to thank Rep. John Lewis for having the courage he has shown before in saying what needed to be said. How many times have we heard the same words about an illegitimate president from Trump supporters about Barack Obama ("After feuding with civil rights leader John Lewis, Trump meets with...

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Maryland can't afford fracking

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 13:03:00 PST

I agree with Dr. Dan Morhaim's analysis that fracking rules are inadequate to protect water quality, health and the environment ("Maryland delegate: fracking regulations 'wholly inadequate,'" Jan. 12). The facts speak loudly that this is the case, as seen in neighboring Pennsylvania where fracking...

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Blame Foose, not school board

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 13:03:00 PST

The editorial, "Howard needs a timeout" (Jan. 17), suggests that conflict resolution sessions could help solve problems between the Howard County Public Schools Board of Education and Superintendent Renee Foose. On the surface, that solution sounds reasonable, except that the superintendent has...

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Marching for women's rights

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 13:03:00 PST

The Women's March on Washington takes place on January 21, and I plan to be there ("Maryland preps for a busy inauguration and protest weekend in January," Jan. 8). I have read opinions that the march is only for elitist white women and that it will not make a difference. I have spent a lot of...

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Transferring programs to Morgan won't work

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 13:03:00 PST

In the lawsuit on college programs at the historically black colleges, the plaintiffs' lawyer was quoted in The Sun of Jan. 9 as saying: "If you have a program at Morgan, there is really no reason to have the exact same program at Towson or UMBC" ("Decade-long legal battle to scrub segregation...

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Johnson sacrificed for Kamenetz

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 13:03:00 PST

A national study by the Pew Research Center indicates that police officers are hesitant to use force or stop suspicious persons in the line of duty ("Majority of police in the U.S. say their jobs have gotten harder," Jan. 11). Is the "Ferguson Effect" behind the recent increases in robberies and...

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When the circus was at Pimlico

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 13:03:00 PST

With the news of the impending closing and demise of the Ringling Brothers Barnum and Bailey Circus this spring ("The big top comes down: Ringling Bros. circus is closing," Jan. 16), the memories of my early encounters with the circus come to the fore.

I grew up in Pimlico. In the '30s, the circuses...

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Carson doesn't understand FHA

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 13:03:00 PST

I take issue with reporter John Fritze's characterization of Dr. Ben Carson's "approach on Federal Housing Administration Loans" as "centrist" in the article that reported on his appearance before the Senate Banking Committee ("Pointing to experience in Baltimore, Carson sails through HUD confirmation...

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The 'fake' IRS scandal

Fri, 13 Jan 2017 06:25:00 PST

In regard to "The Trump tax brouhaha" (Jan. 7), I must take exception to a statement made by letter writer Charlene Cowan of the Baltimore City Republican Central Committee. She states: "… readers should know that the Obama administration effectively weaponized the IRS for use against groups with...

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Trump unfit for office

Fri, 13 Jan 2017 06:25:00 PST

After witnessing Wednesday's press conference, I feel compelled to say that Donald Trump is an embarrassment to the office of President of the United States ("Trump concedes for first time Russia likely responsible for hacking DNC: 'As far as hacking, I think it was Russia,'" Jan. 11).

How a man...

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Don't kill the ACA

Fri, 13 Jan 2017 06:25:00 PST

Donald Trump has promised to "repeal and replace" the Affordable Care Act "almost simultaneously." Beware that qualification of "almost" which can mean "not quite." Given the complex nature of the health care plan and the tens of millions of people who rely upon it, adequate "replacement" will...

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Civilians evaluate lawyers and judges, too

Fri, 13 Jan 2017 06:25:00 PST

Lt. Gene Ryan, president of the Fraternal Order of Police, should have done his homework before asserting that no one would want someone like him sitting on a "medical malpractice board." He was reacting to the debate about whether a "civilian" should be included as a member of a police trial board...

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Divorce hampers child development

Fri, 13 Jan 2017 06:25:00 PST

I am a 44-year veteran public school teacher, and I am addressing this letter to all parents. It is with a heavy heart that I write this letter, but if just one child, one parent or one family is helped by these words from personal insight, then my efforts are not in vain. I, as well as the vast...

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Public financing of candidates won't help

Fri, 13 Jan 2017 06:25:00 PST

As someone who has been trying to get rid of corruption in Maryland government since 1992, it would be irresponsible on my part to bypass the editorial, "Term limits won't help" (Jan. 10).

I agree with the premise expressed in the headline. It says it all. Term limits will neither be a forceful...

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The Sun is hypocritical on Trump

Fri, 13 Jan 2017 06:25:00 PST

It is very interesting that after The Sun diminished and trivialized the Obama administration's lies and incompetence such as Benghazi, Fast and Furious, the Affordable Care Act (not to mention its ridiculous roll-out), the Syria red-line, Russia re-set, drone killings (wonder what the Nobel Peace...

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Maryland drug treatment deficit

Fri, 13 Jan 2017 06:25:00 PST

Meredith Cohn's article ("Opioid users filling Maryland hospital beds and emergency rooms," Jan. 7) highlighted Maryland's highest-in-the-nation rate of opioid-related hospitalizations. The opioid crisis is putting incredible demand on our health care system and dramatically increasing state Medicaid...

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Protect food stamps from cuts

Fri, 13 Jan 2017 06:25:00 PST

Kudos to the USDA for doing a pilot program exploring ways to allow people struggling with poverty to more easily access healthy food ("USDA makes way for food stamp recipients to buy groceries online," Jan. 6). Having the option of ordering food online using their SNAP benefits may ease the burdens...

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Obama made us proud

Fri, 13 Jan 2017 06:25:00 PST

The world needs to remember everything President Barack Obama has done for our country and the world. Some of the hallmarks of his presidency include his environmental accomplishments. He signed the Paris climate change agreement, invested in renewable energy and green jobs, banned oil and gas...

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Trumpcare must copy Obamacare

Fri, 13 Jan 2017 06:25:00 PST

Your article, "Republicans uneasy over repeal of Obamacare" (Jan. 10), correctly points out the difficulties facing the GOP in its efforts to undo the Affordable Care Act. I cannot imagine that Republicans are prepared to take health care away from 20 million Americans who received health care...

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Gladden gave 'voice to the voiceless'

Fri, 13 Jan 2017 06:25:00 PST

It was sad to read about the resignation of Sen. Lisa Gladden ("Baltimore Sen. Lisa Gladden resigns from General Assembly," Jan. 11).

As a fellow former assistant public defender, she and I enjoyed many conversations on my visits to her Annapolis office. She was so friendly and welcoming, especially...

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Attack on federal workers

Fri, 13 Jan 2017 06:25:00 PST

The recent article, "Eyeing the new boss warily, federal workers prepare for deep cuts under Trump" (Jan. 7), rightly pointed out that Congress' newly restored power to cut the salaries of individual federal workers could be used for political retribution. One can almost admire the incoming regime's...

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Thanks, President Obama

Fri, 13 Jan 2017 06:25:00 PST

I wish to thank President Barack Obama for his dedicated service to our country these past eight years ("A historic presidency," Jan. 10). There are partisan folk reading this letter who will scoff and wish him good riddance as they will wish upon me, eschewing the fundamentals of Christian respect...

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Hold Trump nominees accountable

Fri, 13 Jan 2017 06:25:00 PST

Cabinet nominations have always been vetted by the Office of Government Ethics before their confirmation hearings ("Cabinet picks must do more than Trump to avoid conflicts," Jan. 11). The U.S. Office of Government Ethics stated in a letter on Jan. 7 that the Donald Trump transition team has not...

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How to fight opioid abuse

Fri, 13 Jan 2017 06:25:00 PST

Dr. Amar Setty's frank analysis of the medical side of the epidemic of substance use disorder ("Opioid abuse cause for pause," Jan. 12) describes one of many insidious aspects of opioid, heroin and prescription painkillers. Dr. Setty itemizes real world actions and strategies that doctors, hospitals,...

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Trump embarrasses - again

Wed, 11 Jan 2017 12:03:00 PST

Let's see, there were thousands of Muslims cheering as the Twin Towers burned, the New York Times is "failing," Hamilton is "highly overrated" and Meryl Streep is "one of the most overrated actresses in Hollywood" (only the most decorated actor or actress in history). Just because President-elect...

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Trump: Overrated and unprecedented

Wed, 11 Jan 2017 12:03:00 PST

The most overused adjectives throughout this election process, yet the most anemic, have been "unprecedented" and "overrated," the first by the media, the second by the nation's soon-to-be president.

"Overrated" is laughable, applied as it has been to a master work on stage ("Hamilton") and a master...

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Baltimore's 35,000 outstanding warrants? It's been worse

Wed, 11 Jan 2017 12:03:00 PST

My kudos to the Baltimore City Police Department. Police Commissioner Kevin Davis informs us that he has 35,000 active warrants in Baltimore, and that is good news ("Court offers help clearing warrants for failing to appear in court," Jan. 9). When I was the director of the Central Records Division...

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Rally around Brooklyn

Wed, 11 Jan 2017 12:03:00 PST

Thank you so much for the column by Dan Rodricks ("A fear grows in Brooklyn," Jan. 7). When I moved to Brooklyn 10 years ago, I loved it. My street was nice, clean and quiet. The neighbors grew to know and care for one another and their properties. Now, I'm afraid to leave my house like I used...

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Walk in police officers' shoes

Wed, 11 Jan 2017 12:03:00 PST

Whenever I pass police officers on the street, I make it a point to thank them for serving and offering to cover their backs if and whenever possible. After more than 23 years in military service, I understand their plight. They are doing a thankless job, too often seen as the "bad guy" by those...

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Harris wrong on health protections

Wed, 11 Jan 2017 12:03:00 PST

Rep. Andy Harris failed to prioritize the health of Marylanders when he voted for the so-called Midnight Rules Relief Act and REINS Acts last week. These dangerous bills could roll back or simply halt public health protections that would otherwise prevent premature death and disease from air pollution...

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Brooklyn looks for answers

Wed, 11 Jan 2017 12:03:00 PST

It was great to see the column by Dan Rodricks ("A fear grows in Brooklyn," Jan. 7) addressing several issues that have been increasing in recent years. So often Brooklyn/Curtis Bay is a part of the city people are unaware of, and it can often feel forgotten.

As the principal of Maree G. Farring...

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The point of Meryl Streep's speech

Tue, 10 Jan 2017 10:34:00 PST

As soon as I opened my Facebook page Monday morning, I knew there would be a lot of posts regarding Meryl Streep's acceptance speech of the Cecil B. DeMille award Sunday night at the Golden Globes. And they were pretty even in their responses: about half supportive and about half negative. Then...

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Unanswered hacking questions

Tue, 10 Jan 2017 10:34:00 PST

I would like to commend The Sun for being pretty much the only mainstream news source with the courage to publish dissenting views — in this case, from William Binney and Ray McGovern — regarding the alleged Russian hacking of U.S. elections ("Emails were leaked, not hacked," Jan. 5). In the interests...

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Obamacare misinformation abounds

Tue, 10 Jan 2017 10:34:00 PST

A recent letter from a reader ("Obamacare won't be missed," Jan. 7) exemplifies the disinformation that is so prevalent among opponents of the Affordable Care Act.

The writer asserts that the ACA was passed with little knowledge of its contents based on an out-of-context 2010 statement from Nancy...

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Nursing instructors deserve to be paid more

Tue, 10 Jan 2017 10:34:00 PST

I read Jane Kirschling's commentary with great interest ("Well educated RNs are critical to country's future," Jan. 7). As a registered nurse retired after 33 years of practice, half of that in Baltimore, I am in total agreement.

In 1983, I graduated from the University of Maryland School of Nursing....

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Look more critically at downtown's impact

Tue, 10 Jan 2017 10:34:00 PST

The article regarding Baltimore's downtown looks like a minor rewrite from a press release ("Report: Downtown Baltimore plays big economic role," Jan. 9). It provides no context such as economic data for the rest of the city or a rough estimate of taxes paid relative to assessed value of property...

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Trump's cabinet of losers

Tue, 10 Jan 2017 10:34:00 PST

This January 20 brings us a new president who doesn't need intelligence briefings because "you know, I'm, like, a smart person," as he told Fox News on Dec. 11. Be afraid, be very afraid.

More frightening are his cabinet appointments: a health secretary who wants to repeal the Affordable Care Act...

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Opiate addiction should be at the top of the legislature's agenda

Tue, 10 Jan 2017 10:34:00 PST

The editorial regarding the General Assembly session failed to mention the detrimental impact of every phase of our lives that the opiate crisis is having ("A 2017 General Assembly preview," Jan. 9).

In fact, every topic heading you specify is touched directly or indirectly by the havoc the abuse...

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The Trump tax brouhaha

Fri, 6 Jan 2017 13:04:00 PST

Upon reading The Baltimore Sun editorial about a proposal by two Prince George's County lawmakers to require presidential candidates to release five years of tax returns if they want to be on Maryland's ballot ("Want to run for president? Show us your taxes," Jan. 4), I became confused. Was it...

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Needed: technical training

Fri, 6 Jan 2017 13:04:00 PST

Thank you for publishing Professor William G. Durden's commentary ("Creating a credible alternative to college," Jan. 1).

Technical schools are a great alternative to high schools and are very popular in Europe. Poland, for example, has many, offering 50 different technical majors (few at any particular...

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Deport Howard criminals, don't grant them sanctuary

Fri, 6 Jan 2017 13:04:00 PST

I fear the Democrats in Howard County, by putting forth a sanctuary bill, are misguided ("Proposal to make Howard a 'sanctuary' stirs confusion, controversy in teaser of future immigration debate," Jan. 4). Look no further than the crime-ridden sanctuary cities like Chicago, San Francisco and Baltimore...

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Where's the proof of Russian hacking?

Fri, 6 Jan 2017 13:04:00 PST

It is astonishing that in a day and age of myriad information and 24-7 global surveillance, there has not been one shred of solid evidence linking the Russian government to the hacking scandal that destroyed Hillary Clinton's presidential ambitions and exposed the high level of corruption in her...

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Can we deter cyber attacks?

Fri, 6 Jan 2017 13:04:00 PST

I happened to turn my television on as an interesting program was being aired. It was the nation's intelligence chiefs testifying before Congress on Russian hacking ("Before seeing classified intelligence, Trump publicly sows doubt about Russian interference," Jan. 6). If there is one major fear...

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Why cyberattack is dangerous

Fri, 6 Jan 2017 13:04:00 PST

One of the ways to be more effective responding to cyberattacks is to understand the dangers of our Internet dependency ("Intelligence officials: U.S. needs to rethink how to respond to hacks," Jan. 5). Years ago, visionary Marshall McLuhan began the study of media theory and coined the phrase...

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Clinton can hold head high

Fri, 6 Jan 2017 13:04:00 PST

There is no time like the present for Hillary Clinton to come out of hiding with her head held high ("Clintons will attend inauguration," Jan. 4). After all, she has nothing to be ashamed of. The Democratic Party is depending upon her outspoken voice and watchful eye after Donald Trump takes office.

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Why stop with requiring tax returns?

Fri, 6 Jan 2017 13:03:00 PST

I see The Baltimore Sun is in favor of requiring presidential candidates to make public the last five years of tax returns for ballot access ("Want to run for president? Show us your taxes," Jan. 4). Why stop there?

Shouldn't we also require birth certificates and college transcripts? A birth certificate...

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City police are overworked

Fri, 6 Jan 2017 13:03:00 PST

The report that police officers who have already put in 10-hour shifts are being put on second shifts is disturbing ("Police union: Baltimore at 'tipping point' because of too few cops on the streets," Jan. 4). I wouldn't want to deal with a doctor who's that tired, and I certainly don't want to...

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Obamacare won't be missed

Fri, 6 Jan 2017 13:03:00 PST

The headline of your front page article regarding the repeal of the Affordable Care Act, "No specific plans; concern voiced about disruption" (Jan. 5), harks back to those heady days during which Obamacare was enacted when then-House Speaker Nancy Pelosi told us that it had to be passed to find...

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Keep addicts out of jail

Fri, 6 Jan 2017 13:03:00 PST

The recent article, "Heroin epidemic to blame for increasing thefts in Harford, police say" (Dec. 28), highlights increased thefts that police attribute to people's efforts to feed their drug addiction. We applaud the efforts of Harford County government officials to reduce the prevalence of drug...

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Don't call it a 'begathon'

Fri, 6 Jan 2017 13:03:00 PST

Let's find a way to eliminate the use of the word "begathon" by anyone responding to Gov. Larry Hogan's request to Maryland school superintendents to appear before the Board of Public Works to justify money they're seeking from the state ("Hogan plans to continue summoning school leaders for 'Begathon,'"...

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Poll understates impact of addiction

Fri, 6 Jan 2017 13:03:00 PST

If there is anything the media must learn from the recent election, it is how to report poll results accurately. That is not the case in The Baltimore Sun's Jan. 5 article about the percentage of Marylanders affected by opioid addiction ("Poll: 41 percent of Maryland residents personally touched...

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Amtrak has been starved to death

Fri, 6 Jan 2017 13:03:00 PST

I read with interest a letter writer's suggestion that we stop funding Amtrak ("Defund Amtrak," Jan. 5). He goes on to point out the lack of modern equipment, infrastructure, poor defense against terrorism, etc. All of these arguments have been made since Amtrak's inception in 1976.

In 2002, Amtrak...

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ACA rollback hits GOP states, too

Fri, 6 Jan 2017 13:03:00 PST

Do members of the middle class in "red" states want to see their 21-year-old college student saddled with an expensive individual health care plan that can run as much as 500 percent more than their family's plan? Do they want to see their parents or children with pre-existing conditions not able...

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Hogan's 'road kill bill' lie

Thu, 5 Jan 2017 10:05:00 PST

I am prompted to write after reading a shaky commentary from the new chair of the Maryland Republican Party. It is precisely this sort of disingenuous narrative that led me to change my party affiliation from Republican to independent just over a year ago ("Md. 'road kill bill' example of partisan...

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Gerrymandering requires a national solution

Thu, 5 Jan 2017 10:05:00 PST

Your recent editorial regarding non-partisan election redistricting, as well as Gov. Larry Hogan's ideas, are misdirected ("Hogan wants redistricting reform; here's why Democrats should allow it," Dec. 31).

Yes, Maryland's districts are gerrymandered, but Maryland is certainly not alone. Gerrymandering...

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Call out National Guard to stop Baltimore violence

Thu, 5 Jan 2017 10:05:00 PST

Your article ("Bullets claim targets and bystanders alike," Jan. 2) about the 318 murders in Baltimore in 2016 sent me to my files for the "History of Murder in Baltimore" chart that you ran in The Sun on Jan. 1, 2001.

It reveals that the last time Baltimore had a similar population of about 622,000,...

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Nonpartisan redistricting needed

Thu, 5 Jan 2017 10:05:00 PST

Partisan districting on the state level by the GOP has given control of the U.S. House of Representatives to the Republicans. To change that dynamic, many Democrats say their party should focus on gaining control of state legislatures so they can redistrict states in their favor. That's certainly...

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Don't target responsible drinkers

Thu, 5 Jan 2017 10:05:00 PST

Rep. Norman Thurston's proposal to lower the legal blood alcohol content (BAC) limit is misguided ("Utah may lower the legal alcohol limit to .05% — a first in the nation," Jan 1).

A 120-pound woman could be over the .05 threshold after consuming as little as one drink.

Lowering the BAC limit targets...

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Lifesaving and life-taking drones

Thu, 5 Jan 2017 10:05:00 PST

I noticed the feel-good article on the front page, "Drones could save lives" (Jan. 2). I realize that the headline was not meant to be ironic. However, that is what came to my mind.

Yes, unmanned aerial vehicles can save lives. Sadly, though, more often killer drones take lives, including hundreds,...

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State Center plan didn't work

Wed, 4 Jan 2017 12:08:00 PST

I disagree with the premise in the editorial, "State Center's departure" (Jan. 2), that the cost to the state in rental payments and the garage for the redevelopment of the state's Baltimore office complex, as well as the strong possibility that the lease payment would count against the state's...

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Rabid anti-Semitism

Wed, 4 Jan 2017 12:08:00 PST

Please, you must exercise some editorial control over your letters to the editor. The letter "What Israel's settlements really are"" "forced confiscation," and "facts-on-the-ground" — all meat for the rabid anti-Israel minions.

But the truth never made an appearance. If the writer had substituted...

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Irvington monastery needs preservation

Wed, 4 Jan 2017 12:08:00 PST

I was heartened to see in Jacques Kelly's end-of-year article ("Baltimore landmarks take a turn for the better," Dec. 30) that so many positive steps were taken in 2016 toward preservation of our city's treasured buildings. I wish the same could be said of a designated historic landmark in the...

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Who is better for Michael's 891 days in youth lockup?

Wed, 4 Jan 2017 12:08:00 PST

Michael's first offense as a juvenile was stealing a cellphone. For this he was sentenced to a 90 day "wilderness" program at the age of 13 ("One misstep leads to a years-long fall," Dec. 30). Michael did not complete the program so he was re-sentenced to another. It took Michael eight programs...

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Israel is no South Africa

Wed, 4 Jan 2017 12:08:00 PST

I am writing to object to the glib use of the term, apartheid, when talking about Israel ("What is a 'one-state solution' in Israel? Some Palestinians are calling for it," Dec. 31).

The Arab citizens of Israel have full rights. There are Arab members of the Knesset. Arab doctors work alongside...

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Israel isn't at fault for failure of the peace process

Wed, 4 Jan 2017 12:08:00 PST

Commentator Richard Gross's latest missive misleads through omissions, applauding the most recent anti-Israel U.N. vote and blaming Israel for the lack of a peaceful "two state solution" to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict ("No chance for peace," Dec. 30).

Mr. Gross claims that Israel ignored Egyptian...

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Making America great

Wed, 4 Jan 2017 12:08:00 PST

What did America do that made it great ("As Trump administration nears, his priorities raise doubts," Jan. 2)?

Did America legislate to attend to the needs of those born into difficult circumstances? Did America create a magnificent and well-funded public education system? Did America rally to...

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Md. Democrats shouldn't capitulate to Hogan on redistricting reform

Wed, 4 Jan 2017 12:08:00 PST

Your editorial of Jan. 1 entitled "No more gerrymandering" correctly points out that the percentage of Republicans in the House of Representatives "presents a distorted reflection of the political will of the people." As indicated, they have way more numbers in the House than their percentage of...

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Driverless cars save lives

Wed, 4 Jan 2017 12:08:00 PST

As a traffic and transportation planner, I thought it was important to weigh in on the driverless vehicle discussion based on the article, "Maryland proposes I-95 as testing ground for driverless cars" (Dec. 21).

One topic the article highlighted was the safety aspect of driverless cars. Self-driving...

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Defund Amtrak

Wed, 4 Jan 2017 12:08:00 PST

The Federal Railroad Administration is recommending an upgrade for Amtrak ("Upgrade Amtrak, agency urges," Dec. 28), but I'm suggesting another point of view. The article only reaffirms the stance I've taken as an observer and critic of this railroad passenger service for almost 30 years. Amtrak's...

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Money bail extracts too high a toll

Tue, 3 Jan 2017 10:58:00 PST

Accused of stealing where she worked as a housekeeper in Baltimore County, a woman I'll call "Lisa" — three months pregnant and the caretaker for her 2-year old son — could have assured her freedom if she could have afforded bail. The prosecutor in her case had yet to submit evidence that a theft...

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Balto. Co. officials ignore the people (again)

Tue, 3 Jan 2017 06:07:00 PST

Many Baltimore County residents invested a lot of time and effort in protesting the construction of a Royal Farms store and gas station on the corner of York Road and Bosley Avenue. The protests were futile from the beginning as this project was probably a foregone conclusion ("Over neighbors'...

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On Israel, Kerry, Obama aren't helping

Tue, 3 Jan 2017 06:07:00 PST

About 500,000 Syrians have been killed in the last five years in their civil war, and over 10 million people have been displaced. The response of the United States and United Nations has been negligible and ineffective.

Israel builds homes, schools, clinics, parks, roads, office buildings, child...

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To lower Baltimore's violent crime, raise the minimum wage

Tue, 3 Jan 2017 06:07:00 PST

Mayor Catherine E. Pugh and Police Commissioner Kevin Davis have each recently addressed Baltimore City's number of homicides, now over 300 for 2016 ("Baltimore's homicide rate is down from 2015 — but up over every other year on record," Dec. 21).

Each offered crime-fighting strategies but didn't...

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No fracking in Western Md.

Tue, 3 Jan 2017 06:07:00 PST

In 2009, my wife and I retired to western Maryland. Though we knew little about natural gas drilling, or fracking, we understood that an oil and gas company might want to lease our property to extract gas. After learning about this process (water contamination, unhealthy air pollution and landscape...

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Uber, Lyft are safer than cabs

Tue, 3 Jan 2017 06:06:00 PST

The recent op-ed by a taxicab lobbyist on why he believes Uber drivers should be fingerprinted was erroneous and misleading ("Md. Uber and Lyft drivers should be fingerprinted," Dec. 20). First, he points to several anecdotes of violent crimes committed by people who happen to be Uber drivers (although...

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Arguments against solar farms fall flat

Tue, 3 Jan 2017 06:06:00 PST

As a former member of the Pennsylvania Agricultural Land Preservation Board and having been involved in the solar industry for the past nine years, I have a few comments to share regarding the efforts currently under consideration by a number of Maryland counties to regulate location and size of...

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PSC erred on Uber, Lyft fingerprinting

Tue, 3 Jan 2017 06:06:00 PST

A recent letter to the editor by a Lyft driver illustrates perfectly why ridesharing companies should be required to perform fingerprint based background checks ("Don't fingerprint me," Dec. 23).

The writer had to leave Austin, Texas because "bad regulations requiring fingerprint background checks...

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Md. continues to lead on health policy

Tue, 3 Jan 2017 06:06:00 PST

Earlier this week, Maryland finalized and had an important plan approved with the federal government to continue to make progress with our life-saving Medicaid program ("State reaches agreement with feds to allow Medicaid to pay for more services," Dec. 27). This five-year agreement will be critical...

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Md. Medicaid waiver will fight drug addiction

Tue, 3 Jan 2017 06:06:00 PST

Kudos to Gov. Larry Hogan and Dennis Schrader, the governor's newly-appointed secretary for the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, for their leadership and vision in negotiating significant improvements with our state's Medicaid services ("Md. reaches agreement with Medicaid," Dec. 28). Especially...

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Md. must do better to keep troubled kids in class

Tue, 3 Jan 2017 06:06:00 PST

The Sun investigation "Girls receive stiffer punishment" (Dec. 18) details the inequitable treatment that African-American girls face at the hands of Maryland's juvenile justice system.

One of the best ways to serve this population is by keeping them out of the juvenile justice system in the first...

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Sun ignored a local hero

Tue, 3 Jan 2017 06:06:00 PST

I was surprised and dismayed that your year in review section contains no mention of Destiny Watford, winner of the Goldman Environmental Prize for North America. Where is your civic pride? And where are your values?

A young woman from Curtis Bay was selected for a $175,000 prize given to only...

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Talk to kids early about career training

Wed, 28 Dec 2016 09:03:00 PST

I read with great interest your article "HVAC program at Dulaney High introduces students to a thriving trade" (Dec. 21). While the outlook for HVAC careers is growing in Maryland, so is interest in other skilled trades, including automotive technology, drafting, cosmetology and the graphic arts....

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Hogan's State Center decision will hurt Baltimore's West Side

Wed, 28 Dec 2016 09:03:00 PST

Last Wednesday, Gov. Larry Hogan used the authority of the Board of Public Works to lead the dismantling of a community-supported project to redevelop the State Center complex and add thousands of jobs to an underserved community ("Maryland voids leases for long-stalled State Center project, plans...

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Rather than solar farms, how about islands?

Wed, 28 Dec 2016 09:03:00 PST

Your recent coverage of pending regulations for large solar arrays on Baltimore County farmland ("Baltimore County weighs restrictions on rural 'solar farms,'" Dec. 26), and your related editorial generally supporting them ("Letting the sun shine," Dec. 26), have prompted a thought that might lead...

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Put solar panels on parking lots, not farm land

Wed, 28 Dec 2016 09:03:00 PST

I'm not an environmental engineer, but it seems totally wrong-headed to cover beautiful farm land with solar panels ("Baltimore County weighs restrictions on rural 'solar farms,'" Dec. 26). Surely this is environmentally stupid, as the panels would cover land that acts as a sponge for rainfall....

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What Israel's settlements really are

Wed, 28 Dec 2016 09:03:00 PST

There has been a lot of media coverage on the United Nations Security Council's resolution against Israeli settlements ("Obama is at fault in Israel settlement mess,"Dec. 27). But often these reports don't explain what settlements really are. They are Jewish-only communities with Jewish-only roads...

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