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Clarke: Pugh is right; city's corner stores are often a crime problem

Thu, 26 Apr 2018 12:45:00 PDT

Mayor Catherine Pugh is right. Many corner stores in our hardest-hit neighborhoods serve as magnets for takeover by drug-trafficking gangs, especially where drive-by customers have easy “buy and fly” access to what serve as well-patronized trafficking “headquarters” (“Pugh’s war on corner stores,”...

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Debate over 8 hours for Balto. Co. schools shows students aren't ready for working world

Thu, 26 Apr 2018 10:30:00 PDT

If it is so easy to waive eight hours of class, shouldn't be that easy to find a way to complete the eight hours (“State school board approves waiver request for Baltimore County, but denies others,” April 24)? Yes, it's only eight hours, but what does it teach the student? What will happen when...

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The Sun's readers deserved to see Trump-Macron photograph

Thu, 26 Apr 2018 10:10:00 PDT

Before I picked up my copy of The Baltimore Sun Wednesday morning, I knew that a picture of President Donald J. Trump of the United States and President Emmanuel Macron of France and their wives surrounded by the color guard in front of the White House would take up the top half of the front page.

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Don't turn college tuition into a handout for poor

Thu, 26 Apr 2018 10:00:00 PDT

If college going to be free, it has to be free for everyone, not just "those who can't afford it." I'm sick and tired of people who work for, and make a decent living, being discriminated against (“Thousands of Maryland community college students could get free tuition under last-minute bill,”...

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Stop ignoring the Obama-Clinton scandal

Thu, 26 Apr 2018 09:45:00 PDT

While David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun’s editorial writers are focusing on the trees (Sean Hannity and non-disclosure and alternative facts, for example) they may be missing the forest (“Alternative Fact of the Week: Truth is swampier than fiction,” April 26).

Emerging daily are details of possibly...

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Finding answers for flood of mental health, substance abuse cases

Thu, 26 Apr 2018 09:00:00 PDT

The recent article, “Some patients crowd ERs” (April 22), describes how hospitals struggle to handle mental health and substance use cases. We agree, as most everyone interviewed in this article does, that yes, Maryland has a problem. We know that there are many committees, task forces, legislation,...

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Pruitt is correct to question secret science

Thu, 26 Apr 2018 08:30:00 PDT

Regarding U.S. Environmental Protection Agency regulations and bringing secret science to an end, Administrator Scott Pruitt has stated that regulators must utilize only factual data. That certainly seems sensible to me (“Scott Pruitt’s ‘transparent’ attack on science at the EPA,” April 24).

Some...

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Whose best on minimum wage in Baltimore Co.?

Wed, 25 Apr 2018 10:45:00 PDT

The Sun recently reported that current Baltimore County Councilwoman Vicki Almond, a candidate for county executive, announced at a candidate forum that she supported the Fight For $15 campaign and having Baltimore County adopt a $15 an hour minimum wage by 2023 (“Baltimore County executive candidates...

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Roland Park bike lane is a well-intended disaster

Wed, 25 Apr 2018 10:30:00 PDT

Liz Cornish’s commentary in The Baltimore Sun reflects her thinly-veiled personal animosity toward Roland Park (“Baltimore needs a citywide approach to street design,” April 24). She demands a Complete Streets one-size-fits-all bill for all of Baltimore. She justifies her demand by implying that...

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When bicyclists claim redlining, they've gone around the bend

Wed, 25 Apr 2018 10:20:00 PDT

Liz Cornish's commentary, “Baltimore needs a citywide approach to street design” (April 24), was truly stunning. I reread it several times to confirm my worst suspicions. While the "Great bike path debate of 2018" is certainly of note — to some — to wantonly equate safety concerns of residents...

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Maryland needs more psychiatric hospital beds

Wed, 25 Apr 2018 10:05:00 PDT

The article (“Too few state psychiatric hospital beds endangers all Marylanders,” April 24) on long emergency room (ER) waits correctly concluded that more psychiatric hospital beds are needed. So many state-run beds have been closed that the state hospitals no longer accept involuntary ER patients,...

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College profs don't create Trump supporters

Wed, 25 Apr 2018 09:55:00 PDT

I appreciate Bradley Schober’s distaste of super-liberal professors with “my way or the highway” attitudes (“Liberal professors push conservative students toward Trump,” April 24) and his anger at his school’s ban on American flags. I agree that is just wrong in so many ways. However, I take issue...

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The shameless seek victory at all costs

Wed, 25 Apr 2018 09:45:00 PDT

As usual, Dan Rodricks is absolutely correct (“Expressing shame in an era of shamelessness,” April 24).

Today, winners and association with winners trumps shame. As long as you win — however winning is defined — there is no need to be ashamed of how you got there. And those who boost their fragile...

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Trump, the great divider — on campus or off

Tue, 24 Apr 2018 11:30:00 PDT

I read the beginning of the commentary, “Aggressively liberal professors are pushing conservative students toward Trump” (April 23), with nodding agreement. College campuses should provide a free open exchange of ideas because racism, for example, does not always appear obvious like a burning a...

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McCarthy did not fake Tydings photograph

Tue, 24 Apr 2018 11:15:00 PDT

G. Jefferson Price III's review of Joseph Tydings' new autobiography ("Joseph Tidings, the anti-Trump,” April 23) included a usual smear of Sen. Joseph McCarthy that needs correction.

Mr. Price writes that Joe Tydings father, Millard Tydings, lost his fifth term bid in 1950 after Senator McCarthy,...

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De Sousa had no right to apologize for city police

Tue, 24 Apr 2018 11:05:00 PDT

I agree with the letter written by retired Major Wesley Wise (“Retired cop: De Sousa owes police an apology,” April 20).

As a retired lieutenant colonel with 38 years in the Baltimore City Police Department, I was appalled by Commissioner Darryl De Sousa's apology for 200 years of policing in Baltimore....

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De Sousa apology in order

Tue, 24 Apr 2018 10:20:00 PDT

I read Wesley Wise’s letter with great interest and agree wholeheartedly with him (“Retired cop: De Sousa owes police an apology,” April 20). I also retired from the Baltimore City Police Department, and my service time overlapped Major Wise’s — I served from 1962 until 1995. I was a member when...

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ER woes transcend deinstitutionalization, start with homelessness

Tue, 24 Apr 2018 09:30:00 PDT

Thanks to Meredith Cohn and Andrea K. McDaniels for compelling coverage of pressing behavioral health needs in Maryland’s emergency departments (“Some patients crowd ERs: Hospitals struggle to handle mental health, substance abuse cases,” April 22).

Yes, hospitals are experiencing the consequences...

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A potentially lifesaving outreach to drug users

Tue, 24 Apr 2018 09:20:00 PDT

We commend Mike Benusic for his recent commentary advocating for safer consumption spaces (SCS) in Maryland (“Safe consumption sites save lives,” April 18). Baltimore has been ravaged by the racist “War on Drugs” for decades, and while SCS would not fix that, it would offer a ray of hope that we...

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Why, Dallas Dance, why?

Mon, 23 Apr 2018 11:45:00 PDT

During Dallas Dance’s incarceration, he should check out a laptop and write his book: “Why I Did It” (“Dallas Dance was going places, now he’s going to jail,” April 20).

What would prompt a rising star to sacrifice career and demoralize a family? Since he had first-hand experience in this practice,...

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Must every green space be used as a canine toilet?

Mon, 23 Apr 2018 11:30:00 PDT

I can already hear the howls of indignation sure to be unleashed (both puns, regrettably, intended) by Patrick D. Hahn's recent commentary, “‘Dog lovers’: a city menace?” (April 22). Lest anyone dismiss this as simply a cosmetic issue confined to the leafy environs of Roland Park, I invite readers...

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'Free' college is actually a good deal for Maryland

Mon, 23 Apr 2018 11:20:00 PDT

In his commentary, “The case against 'free' college tuition” (April 23), conservative Towson University Professor Richard E. Vatz flunked his own course in persuasion.

First, he argues that free tuition to community colleges is not really free because taxpayers would foot most of the bill. But...

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O.C. windmills welcome

Mon, 23 Apr 2018 10:40:00 PDT

The letter to the editor, "Do not support O.C. attack on wind energy" (April 18), makes good sense.

I'd rather see windmills than another power plant belching smoke or worse, an offshore oil rig with its risk of spills. Plus, from the current proposed distance, the windmills would only appear a...

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Learning is about teaching, not devices

Mon, 23 Apr 2018 10:20:00 PDT

An entire article regarding education and conversation appears along with a photograph of a teacher providing instruction to a group of young children (“Talking to toddlers: It isn’t the words, it’s the conversation,” April 13). The hope is that they are present, listening, watching, thinking and...

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Proposed pay in Havre de Grace goes way too far

Mon, 23 Apr 2018 09:20:00 PDT

The Sun wrote a rather flattering editorial praising the novel idea of Mayor William T. Martin of Havre de Grace to put the question of pay increases for himself and the City Council on the ballot for voters to decide (“What happens when voters set salaries of their elected leaders?” April 4)....

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Retired cop: De Sousa owes police an apology

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 11:20:00 PDT

Last week Baltimore Police Commissioner Darryl De Sousa made a brief speech to say he’s sorry about how police have treated black communities since the nation’s founding (“Baltimore police chief apologizes for 200 years of policing at Eric B & Rakim show, gets frosty reception,” April 19). The...

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It's not police but city leaders who are failing

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 11:05:00 PDT

When Mayor Catherine Pugh replaced Police Commissioner Kevin Davis with Commissioner Darryl De Sousa, it was her attempt to pass on blame on the numerous shootings and murders in Baltimore. Commissioner De Sousa said shootings and murders were going to get reduced, but every day the local news...

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Brochin a 'tireless advocate' for Balt. Co.

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 10:40:00 PDT

It was with alarm that I read Barrie Friedland's letter to the editor misrepresenting my state senator, Jim Brochin (“Vote Johnny O for the sake of your wallet,” April 17). As a longtime constituent, I feel the need to set the record straight. For the past 16 years, Senator Brochin has voted for...

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Senate's newest arrival might be its biggest star

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 10:35:00 PDT

The presence of Sen. Tammy Duckworth’s 10-day-old baby in the Senate did more than bring the Senate into the 21st century (“Duckworth’s baby helps bring the Senate into 21st century,” April 20). It undoubtedly raised the intellectual and common-sense level of that body by a considerable margin.

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A child's view of Baltimore integration

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 10:00:00 PDT

I enjoyed the article, “Area students use video to explore civil rights era” (April 18) by Talia Richman in which she chronicled the efforts by students from the Park School and City Neighbors High, apparently partly under the auspices of the “Baltimore Civil Rights Experience” to learn more about...

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More about North Korea, less about Stormy

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 09:50:00 PDT

Stormy Daniels’ strip club appearances in Baltimore made the front page of The Baltimore Sun (“In Baltimore, in the flesh, Stormy Daniels,” April 20). Mike Pompeo’s historic meeting with Kim Jong Un in North Korea is covered on page 8 (“Trump leaves open possibility of bailing on meeting with Kim,”...

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Children have a right not to be forced into marriage

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 07:05:00 PDT

Diana Philip’s commentary, “Marriage is a human right, don’t strip it from teens” (April 16), mischaracterizes the three-year campaign to end child marriage in Maryland and ignores the compelling drivers behind it. The Tahirih Justice Center, which has served Maryland survivors of violence since...

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The Sun enables union-backed John Olszewski Jr.'s 'thug politics'

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 06:40:00 PDT

In recent months, The Baltimore Sun has chosen to publish letters to the editor disparaging Sen. Jim Brochin and buttressing Johnny Olszewski's false credentials (“Vote Johnny O for the sake of your wallet,” April 17). The labor unions have endorsed and invested in "Johnny O," and this is thug...

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Will Baltimore succumb to 'Stormy' onslaught?

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 06:20:00 PDT

Wow! Just when I thought Baltimore couldn’t get any more acclaim, along comes Stormy Daniels (“In Baltimore, in the flesh, Stormy Daniels,” April 20).

I couldn’t care less if she, or anyone else had an “affair” with President Donald Trump, but the way this porn star is cashing in should be a lesson...

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Flood of mental health patients goes beyond Md.

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 06:00:00 PDT

The mental health care crisis in Maryland mirrors what is seen around the nation (“Hospital emergency rooms in Maryland struggle with flood of patients with mental health, substance-use issues,” April 18). Millions of people are in emergency departments with psychiatric emergencies because there...

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Hogan administration's highway boondoggle

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 05:45:00 PDT

Starting a $9 billion road construction boondoggle by awarding a fast-track sweetheart contract to an old pal without transparency or public input is scandal enough (“Ethics worries delay state contract to oversee part of $7.6 billion Maryland highway expansion plan,” April 17). But the real scandal...

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Don't 'block box' is great but will police enforce it?

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 05:35:00 PDT

I read with interest that Baltimore is planning on enforcing the “don’t block the box” law and will fine drivers who block intersections causing traffic back ups and other issues (“Get in the way and you’ll pay, city warns,” April 19). The article also refers to the campaign to include safety messages...

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Oriole Park is greener than ever — so brag a little

Wed, 18 Apr 2018 14:50:00 PDT

The assumption is that a local paper wants to make its city shine. Accepting this premise, why would The Baltimore Sun bury on the fifth page of the sports section an announcement that Oriole Park at Camden Yards was the first Major League Baseball stadium to win the Leadership in Energy and Environmental...

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Do not support O.C. attack on wind energy

Wed, 18 Apr 2018 14:10:00 PDT

Here are the top 10 reasons why people should not sign the petition recently sponsored by Ocean City to extend the distance planned wind turbines would have to be located off the coast of Maryland to beyond 26 miles (“Ocean City’s effort to keep windmills far offshore fails as Maryland delegates...

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Psst, great things are happening in Baltimore

Wed, 18 Apr 2018 14:05:00 PDT

I was very proud, as a Park School alum, to read Talia Richman’s article about the work that Park and City Neighbors High School are doing to learn about the civil rights movement in Baltimore (“Baltimore public and private school students team up to explore the local civil rights movement,” April...

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'Free' college isn't free

Wed, 18 Apr 2018 13:25:00 PDT

Just in case no one realizes it, "free college" is not free (“Maryland proposal for free community college follows national trend. But results aren’t clear,” April 13). Someone has to pay for it. That someone would be the hardworking taxpayers of Maryland.

College is not a requirement for being...

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Don't allow Congress to chop SNAP

Wed, 18 Apr 2018 10:25:00 PDT

Thank you so much for highlighting the erroneous reasoning behind new efforts to create work requirements for Americans collecting SNAP (food stamp) benefits (“Workfare push suffers from a flawed premise,” April 13).

SNAP is an incredibly effective program that lifted more than 8 million people...

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Who is Donald Trump to call anyone else a liar, let alone a 'slimeball?'

Tue, 17 Apr 2018 11:30:00 PDT

I dislike using a hackneyed expression but it truly is “the height of hypocrisy” for President Donald Trump, who is known for his endless stream of unsubstantiated claims, to call former FBI Director James B. Comey or anyone else a “liar” and a “slimeball” (“Trump v. Comey media war opens with...

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De Sousa: Predictive policing is useful - if handled judiciously

Tue, 17 Apr 2018 11:20:00 PDT

I am writing in response to Michael Pinard’s commentary, “Predicting more biased policing in Baltimore” (April 10), in which he raises concerns about predictive policing technology. As Mr. Pinard correctly notes, we are planning to adopt a predictive policing software platform in Baltimore.

Predictive...

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Cappuccino, extra hot, with a climate of bias

Tue, 17 Apr 2018 11:05:00 PDT

The recent incident at a Philadelphia Starbucks coffee shop is indicative of several related things (“Starbucks faces image crisis after arrest of 2 black men,” April 17). First, it tells us just how sour is the state of race relations in this country. The fact that the store was in a salubrious...

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Wind, not fossil fuels, is Maryland's energy future

Tue, 17 Apr 2018 10:55:00 PDT

Offshore wind energy will likely become real in Maryland, boosting the economy and reducing the severe impacts of climate change (“Ocean City’s efforts to keep windmills far offshore fails as Maryland delegates reject proposal,” March 12). Carbon emissions will be reduced by 19,000 tons per year....

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New gun law can prevent suicides like my father's

Tue, 17 Apr 2018 09:25:00 PDT

In regard to the recent rally by gun rights advocates outside the State House, I am the mother who asked Del. Geraldine Valentino-Smith to introduce the Extreme Risk Prevention Orders bill to temporarily remove firearms from those who show signs they might harm themselves or others (“Gun rights...

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Vote Johnny O for the sake of your wallet

Tue, 17 Apr 2018 08:55:00 PDT

Sometimes choosing a candidate comes down to common sense. Or dollars and cents. It is clear why Johnny Olszewski Jr. is best for Baltimore County (“Olszewski criticizes teachers union endorsement of Almond in Baltimore County executive race,” March 29).

In 2007, the Maryland General Assembly had...

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Be kind to a vegan

Tue, 17 Apr 2018 08:40:00 PDT

I am writing because I concerned about the attitude most people take toward the practice of veganism. Many dismiss those who abstain from the use of animal products as sanctimonious radicals, and, in my experience as a student at an all-boys high school, proceed to make fun of their beliefs. In...

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Maryland has had progressive leadership — that's the problem

Mon, 16 Apr 2018 14:10:00 PDT

Larry Ottinger’s commentary, “What if Maryland had a progressive governor?” (April 9) would be laughable if not for the fact that the state has been living his dream for decades with economically disastrous results.

Baltimore City, for example, continues to shed people and jobs and for the last...

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BMA's effort to be diverse is good but selling off paintings isn't

Mon, 16 Apr 2018 13:50:00 PDT

My father, the late Herman Maril, was one of the first artists to serve on the Baltimore Museum of Art Board of Trustees. He is included in the Cone Collection and had a long association with the museum. He would have applauded the BMA announcement that it intends to put more emphasis on diversity...

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School year is one day short? Add it to next

Mon, 16 Apr 2018 13:30:00 PDT

Gov. Larry Hogan’s executive order on the school year start and end dates demonstrated that the administration does not know how schools are impacted to make up for missed instructional time as demanded by the state (“Snowed: How a silly political gimmick is causing havoc for Maryland teachers,...

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Here's how to keep an addict in recovery

Mon, 16 Apr 2018 13:00:00 PDT

I am a person in long-term recovery from drugs and alcohol. I am writing in response to the editorial, “Taking addicts out of ER into treatment” (March 28). I would like to offer a model for helping people who struggle with addiction that focuses on the positive qualities of recovery instead of...

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Fair housing is about freedom, not government

Mon, 16 Apr 2018 12:50:00 PDT

I celebrate the accomplishment of fair housing for all that has largely been achieved over the past 50 years. Compare the present to the past's outright blatant discrimination, and our society has achieved much. We have achieved equal access to housing based on the protected classes.

The largest...

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Sun lacks serious coverage of candidates

Mon, 16 Apr 2018 12:40:00 PDT

The Sun’s article on the strategies of Maryland’s Democratic gubernatorial candidates is no use at all to voters (“Fewer TV ads, microtargeting: crowded race for Maryland governor candidates yields unusual strategies to win,” April 15).

I can't even remember the last time I saw The Baltimore Sun...

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A day in the life - of food

Fri, 13 Apr 2018 08:45:00 PDT

People who walk in the Towson Town Center in the morning are interested in two subjects — the weather and where did you eat (and what did you have)? These topics are the King and Queen of the Round Table where the knights and princes sit. The people at this particular table are Marty, Don and Betty,...

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'Witch hunt' claims ignore facts about raid

Fri, 13 Apr 2018 08:25:00 PDT

I applaud The Baltimore Sun for publishing letters to the editor that present both sides of today's divided political landscape. However, as I read some of these letters, I find it incomprehensible how so many can ignore the facts before them.

Now, it is the "witch hunt' concerning the searches...

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Why must city tow cars of Md. hospital patients?

Fri, 13 Apr 2018 08:05:00 PDT

Recently, my friend and I drove from Cambridge on the Eastern Shore to the R. Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center in downtown Baltimore. He had been smashed between a trash truck and telephone pole a week before and had been airlifted for care. This was a follow-up.

We parked on the street. Our appointment...

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Earth Day: Time to take action on climate change

Fri, 13 Apr 2018 07:45:00 PDT

I have seen much of the Earth in a half-century of living on three different continents, as well as the West Coast, the Midwest and the East Coast of the United States.

The past decade has brought crazy weather to all of my past and present homes; disappearing villages in Myanmar from heavy storms...

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Trump's right - it sure looks like a witch hunt

Fri, 13 Apr 2018 07:30:00 PDT

Total witch hunt! Absolutely. Donald Trump is not my favorite but he is still president of the United States and deserves the respect of that office (“Trump may realize that firing Mueller would be bad, but firing Rosenstein might be worse,” April 11).

He did not send millions of dollars in cash...

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Real fix for health care mess: Medicare for all

Thu, 12 Apr 2018 11:25:00 PDT

Congress has managed to mess up our complicated, dysfunctional health care system so badly that states are left to come up with temporary patches to stave off disaster ("Maryland’s year of health care,” April 6), ("New tax on insurers to help stabilize Obamacare market,” April 5).

Meanwhile, we...

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Orioles treat fans badly - that's why baseball attendance is off

Thu, 12 Apr 2018 10:55:00 PDT

Friday morning, a radio station was asking listeners to call in and tell them why they don't go to the games (“Orioles not alone: Monday a rough attendance night around baseball,” April 10). Since I no longer go, and no one else was calling in, I thought I'd give it a try. Got right through. When...

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Larry Hogan is a RINO

Thu, 12 Apr 2018 10:15:00 PDT

I'm a Republican, I've been a Republican since I first registered to vote prior to the 1984 presidential election, and I'm quite certain that I will always be a Republican. That said, I would like to urge Republican voters to stay home during the next Maryland gubernatorial election. Gov. Larry...

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Cohen raid was legal, proper and likely justified

Thu, 12 Apr 2018 09:40:00 PDT

The reader who complained in The Baltimore Sun about the FBI raid on President Donald J. Trump’s personal attorney’s home and office being Gestapo-like is misinformed and misses key facts (“Mueller’s ‘Gestapo’ tactics on display,” April 10).

Special Counsel Mueller properly asked Deputy Attorney...

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Paul Ryan will not be missed in Washington

Thu, 12 Apr 2018 09:15:00 PDT

Good riddance to House Speaker Paul Ryan (“Ryan’s GOP swept away by a Trumpian revolution,” April 11). This purported policy wonk and deficit hawk is leaving us with a huge deficit. At least he has achieved one of his major goals: The uber rich will be even richer as a result of the efforts of...

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Trump is right - there's a witch hunt

Wed, 11 Apr 2018 09:00:00 PDT

It’s The Baltimore Sun editorial board’s opinion that President Donald J. Trump's response to investigation of Michael Cohen is inappropriate and unconvincing (“The ‘total witch hunt’ that clearly isn’t,” April 10). The fact of the matter is that, according to the Sun (aka “The Calvert Street Democratic...

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The heave-ho for Maryland's tax-and-spend miscreants

Wed, 11 Apr 2018 08:50:00 PDT

Under federal tax reform, the state of Maryland gets a big windfall. Gov. Larry Hogan wanted to give it back to the state taxpayers, but under the leadership of Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller and House Speaker Michael E. Busch, the state decided to keep most of it and give us a pittance...

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Don't give Verletta White a free pass

Wed, 11 Apr 2018 08:25:00 PDT

School board candidate Pete Fitzpatrick excuses Verletta White, Baltimore County’s acting superintendent, for her “error in judgment” when filling out her disclosure forms concerning accepting paid outside employment while working full time by Baltimore County because a “…review panel found that...

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In Md., 'progressive' just means you admit liberalism erred

Wed, 11 Apr 2018 08:15:00 PDT

I’m thinking the word for Larry Ottinger’s commentary is “arrogance:” an attitude of superiority manifested in presumptuous claims or assumptions (“What if Maryland had a progressive governor?” April 9). Mr. Ottinger complains of corporate giveaways as if this has never been done by Democrats when...

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What would Md. be under a progressive? That's what we've had.

Wed, 11 Apr 2018 08:00:00 PDT

In his commentary, Larry Ottinger asks, “What might have been were our state to be led by a bold, progressive governor?” (“What if Maryland has a progressive governor?” April 9).

Since 1992, Democrats have controlled the governorship 70 percent of the time (18 of 26 years) and controlled the Maryland...

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Sun abhors non-Democrats in office

Wed, 11 Apr 2018 07:45:00 PDT

In the editorial, “Larry Hogan: Closet Democrat?” (April 10), I’m wondering why The Baltimore Sun’s editorial board didn’t just come out and say that any governor who is not a Democrat is anathema to them. They should also state that they abhor the word “bipartisanship” unless it is used when those...

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Olszewski can't hide from pro-NRA votes

Tue, 10 Apr 2018 10:10:00 PDT

In John “Johnny O” Olszewski Jr.'s rebuttal to my commentary recently published in The Sun, he claims that that I falsely implied that he received funding from the NRA (“Olszewski: I support common sense gun laws,” April 9). To be clear, I did not do that. I claimed that "Mr. Olzsewski was the...

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Mueller's 'Gestapo' tactics on display

Tue, 10 Apr 2018 09:55:00 PDT

The FBI’s raid on Donald Trump attorney Michael Cohen’s office, apparently triggered by Robert S. Mueller III, is nothing short of Gestapo tactics (“The ‘total witch hunt’ that clearly isn’t,” April 10). It has as much to do with the “Russia investigation” as lightning bugs have to do with lightning.

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Baltimore City is failing its children

Tue, 10 Apr 2018 09:35:00 PDT

In a recent front page article, The Sun reported that Baltimore school students scored near the bottom in reading and math compared to children in other cities and large urban areas on an important national assessment given in 2017 (“Baltimore students trail in key U.S. assessment,” April 10)....

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Olszewski hasn't voted like a progressive

Tue, 10 Apr 2018 09:25:00 PDT

While I appreciate that Johnny Olszewski needed time to come to the conclusion that domestic abusers should not have guns, I find it unforgivable (“Big stakes in the Baltimore County executive’s race,” April 10). As a Democrat, I would like to ask, will we being receiving an apology for the fact...

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Towson University wants to be a good neighbor

Tue, 10 Apr 2018 09:15:00 PDT

Towson University is delivering on its commitment to be a good neighbor through service, engagement and investment. We don’t simply enjoy the safe, beautiful community we call home — we take pride in being part of the effort to make it such a special place.

Over the years, Towson University has...

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Cuts to pediatrics at Franklin will hurt

Tue, 10 Apr 2018 09:00:00 PDT

Your article on the closing of pediatric services at MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center made it sound like it was no big deal (“Baltimore’s MedStar Franklin Square hospital closing some pediatric services,” April 4). In truth, the closing of a dedicated Pediatric Emergency Room and inpatient...

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Taxpayers get tossed under the school bus

Tue, 10 Apr 2018 08:50:00 PDT

Well, I see the double talk continues in Annapolis, and this time it is on both sides of the aisle.

First, we really don't know what we are doing because of the federal tax law change, then, oh yes, we will keep $400 million. But because we do not know what we are doing, we are going to set aside...

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Health care: Account for race and income

Mon, 9 Apr 2018 11:10:00 PDT

To improve health, we must recognize the impact of race and poverty. Race and poverty are not fake news. Many health laws do not consider race even though research shows that race plays a key role in one’s health (“Geography masks impact of race and poverty on health in Maryland, report finds,”...

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Lawmakers invested in government, not better health care

Mon, 9 Apr 2018 11:00:00 PDT

A “year of health care” should not create a century of bigger government (“Maryland’s year of health care,” April 6). Nor should a new tax on health insurance be considered a good way to sustain it.

Is more government the only way to improve health insurance? How has that been working out for the...

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General Assembly — too taxing for Md.

Mon, 9 Apr 2018 10:35:00 PDT

I do not think I can afford to have our legislators stay in session any longer. Lets see, they raised my taxes because they could not figure out how not to raise my taxes (“Maryland lawmakers’ tax relief plan leaves many with higher state tax bills,” April 9). Pure genius. They agreed that Baltimore...

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Addiction: Prevention, not just medication

Mon, 9 Apr 2018 09:45:00 PDT

The Sun’s brief item describing a frightening new threat in Maryland's drug addiction crisis ("Person who used synthetic marijuana suffers bleeding," April 6) reveals the necessity of a renewed focus on substance abuse prevention and public education.

On April 4, the National Drug Early Warning...

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Olszewski: I support common sense gun laws

Mon, 9 Apr 2018 09:10:00 PDT

Recently, gun violence has come increasingly into focus — and rightfully so. As a former teacher of high school students, I am proud of how our young people — from Parkland High School and across the country — have become engaged in this important issue. I am proud because it's exactly what I taught...

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Sun goes hysterical over mere Sinclair ad

Mon, 9 Apr 2018 08:50:00 PDT

The Sun performed a full court press against the Sinclair Broadcast Group. Lorraine Mirabella wrote an editorial disguised as a news article (“Sinclair Broadcast Group defends promotional message, read by local anchors nationwide, that went viral,” April 7), ably assisted by the always helpful...

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Tidy lessons about picking up your litter

Fri, 6 Apr 2018 11:15:00 PDT

Eli Pousson is my hero, and I applaud his mission to clean up Maryland this month (“Baltimore man behind a trashy statewide challenge to make April #30daysofpickinguplitter,” April 6). However, if we are really serious about the environment, we need to teach children that they should never litter.

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Ivy acceptances happen when education dollars aren't wasted

Fri, 6 Apr 2018 11:05:00 PDT

Mekhi Johnson is to be commended for being accepted into eight Ivy League colleges (“Baltimore student accepted into all eight Ivy League colleges: ‘I just felt extraordinary,’” April 4). That obviously took talent, hard work and dedication. It also required being adequately nurtured throughout...

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Brochin has been a friend to the NRA

Fri, 6 Apr 2018 10:50:00 PDT

In his recent commentary, Firmin DeBrabander tries to portray state Sen. Jim Brochin as a strong advocate for gun violence prevention when nothing could be further from the truth (“Could the Baltimore County executive race come down to NRA support?” April 5). As the lead advocate for the 2013 Firearm...

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Maryland's tax increase is shameful

Fri, 6 Apr 2018 09:10:00 PDT

I just had my taxes completed with a projection of what they will be when we file our tax return next year for the 2018 tax year. No doubt the next time we move it is definitely, good-bye Baltimore and most likely, hello, Delaware. If not for family reasons, I might have left sooner (“Maryland...

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Don't bury news of Ivy League acceptances

Fri, 6 Apr 2018 08:45:00 PDT

We were delighted to read about Mekhi Johnson (“Gilman student admitted to all 8 Ivy League schools,” April 5) and his amazing achievement of being admitted to all eight Ivy League schools and the University of Chicago! In addition to his academic prowess, the 17-year-old participated in a variety...

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The real lessons of Parkland shooting

Fri, 6 Apr 2018 08:00:00 PDT

The latest massacre in Parkland, Fla. highlighted four failures: First, if you see something, say something. What was seen was ignored and what was said was ear piercing but ignored. Second, it was a failure of government across the board from the county police to the county school up to the venerable...

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Charging stations needed for electric cars

Thu, 5 Apr 2018 13:55:00 PDT

Electric vehicles (EVs) are coming to Maryland’s roads — and that’s a good thing. But the proposal from utility companies to have their customers foot the bill to build charging station infrastructure is bad for ratepayers and could undermine the blossoming electric vehicle marketplace. We agree...

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Hogan is no environmental leader

Thu, 5 Apr 2018 13:35:00 PDT

As many have noted, Maryland recently marked the one-year anniversary of one of the state’s top environmental victories: the fracking ban bill being signed into law by Gov. Larry Hogan. How did his administration decide to honor this milestone? By promoting fracked gas infrastructure in our state....

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County school board should hire Verletta White without delay

Thu, 5 Apr 2018 13:28:00 PDT

Let’s get this done.

Verletta White had an error in judgment when filing her disclosure forms. A review panel found that the forms could have been confusing and accepted her amended forms as a resolution. That this issue has lingered this long is only the result of the intent of some to hammer...

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Most restaurateurs oppose $15 minimum wage

Thu, 5 Apr 2018 12:55:00 PDT

A recent letter to the editor regarding the proposed $15 minimum wage (“Atwater: $15 wage is good for business,” March 28) compels me to clarify that the writer’s perspective on this issue does not reflect the broader restaurant industry’s views.

Most restaurants strongly oppose a $15 starting...

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Supporting fracked gas is a problem

Thu, 5 Apr 2018 11:10:00 PDT

Defending fracked gas as something environmentally positive is an absurd proposition, especially in a state that has banned fracking and especially from Ben Grumbles, secretary of the Maryland Department of the Environment. But that’s what Mr. Grumbles did in his recent commentary, “Maryland is...

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Isn't time for a post-racially divided U.S.?

Thu, 5 Apr 2018 10:55:00 PDT

As we commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.’s death, many are speaking to the great strides in those 50 years toward economic equality. They talk as if that financial gain was at the heart of King's vision for the future between the races. I believe that it was only...

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Maryland is giving a tax increase to all

Thu, 5 Apr 2018 10:40:00 PDT

The Maryland Senate has guaranteed a tax increase to every taxpayer in Maryland by passing Senate Bill 318. How much of increase? It comes out to $748 for single filers and $1,476 for married (“Negotiators reach deal in principle to alleviate expected Maryland income tax increase,” April 3).

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Frosh's actions are guided by the law

Wed, 4 Apr 2018 12:25:00 PDT

It is the judiciary’s duty to “say what the law is,” declared Chief Justice Marshall in 1803. The lawsuits brought by Attorney General Brian Frosh in response to the questionable actions of the Trump administration further that bedrock principle (“Maryland attorney general joins suit against Trump...

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Why all the fuss about citizenship question?

Wed, 4 Apr 2018 12:00:00 PDT

Why the big fuss about asking if an an individual is a citizen (“Maryland attorney general joins suit against Trump administration over Census citizenship question,” April 3)? It's not likely to result in a fair count anyway.

A person who has broken into the country illegally and stolen someone...

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