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Cost of health insurance is sickening

Wed, 19 Jul 2017 11:20:00 PDT

My health insurance with CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield increased 60 percent from 2016 to 2017. Now, I read that CareFirst wants an increase up to 58 percent for 2018 (“Consumer advocacy groups protest CareFirst rate increase proposal,” June 20).

How much more am I expected to pay before my monthly...


Health care can benefit from a bipartisan approach

Wed, 19 Jul 2017 10:25:00 PDT

Thank you for clearly articulating that the way forward to a better national health care system is for both parties to sit down and discuss facts and meet on common ground. The Sun pointed out that if Congress sat down to talk, members would discover that “the contours of debate about ACA replacement...


U.S. needs a carbon fee

Wed, 19 Jul 2017 11:15:00 PDT

The one policy that could improve the prospects for both nuclear and renewable energy is putting a price on carbon ("The need for nuclear,” July 15). Carbon-based fuels benefit from government subsidies at the same time as they fail to pay for the damages they cause to public health and our environment....


Understanding sentencing decisions

Wed, 19 Jul 2017 11:10:00 PDT

Violent crime in Baltimore is understandably a source of concern to all residents of the city and others. The Maryland judiciary, especially judges who work and live in Baltimore, share in this concern.

Recent public discussion makes it important to remember that legal and ethical rules restrict...


Solving the health care morass

Tue, 18 Jul 2017 12:00:00 PDT

I want to congratulate Dr. Dan Morhaim on a well-written and focused commentary, “No meaningful progress on health care until you address these issues” (July 14). Dan has outlined several major health care issues making progress in reform of the health care system so difficult and contentious,...


Time to crack down on illegal gun possession

Tue, 18 Jul 2017 11:30:00 PDT

When Mayor Catherine Pugh, City Council President Bernard C. “Jack” Young and Police Commissioner Kevin Davis proposed a novel way to address the carrying of illegal guns within a 100-yard radius of the church where I serve, I stood in support of the proposed ordinance (“Baltimore City Council...


U.S. lacks the universal health care it deserves

Tue, 18 Jul 2017 11:20:00 PDT

Dan Rodricks’ excellent column, “Ten years since ‘Sicko,’ still seeking a cure” (July 11), provides a wonderful perspective on the progress — and lack thereof — that our nation has made in making health care available to the citizenry. Since the passage of the Affordable Care Act, 20 million Americans...


Maryland losing its voice on Conowingo's future

Tue, 18 Jul 2017 11:05:00 PDT

Maryland Department of the Environment Secretary Ben Grumbles says that Maryland is “gaining momentum” as it takes up the challenge of pollution at the Susquehanna River’s Conowingo dam (“Scientists say Conowingo dam no longer stopping pollution; Hogan seeks solutions,” July 16). But legislation...


Stopping the dam pollution at Conowingo

Tue, 18 Jul 2017 10:50:00 PDT

I applaud the article by Erin Cox, “Scientists say Conowingo dam no longer stopping pollution; Hogan seeks solutions” (July 16) and the attention it brings to the single largest point source of pollution loading to the Maryland portion of the Chesapeake Bay — the Susquehanna River. Since 2012,...


David Simon: Teaching music, teaching love

Mon, 17 Jul 2017 12:42:00 PDT

David Simon’s passing is profoundly heartbreaking, firstly to his family and countless friends, but nearly so to the many students he guided during his years as the first director of the Baltimore School for the Arts (“David Simon, founding director of the Baltimore School for the Arts,” July 13)....


Offshore wind makes sense for Md.

Mon, 17 Jul 2017 12:08:00 PDT

I take objection to Robert Borlick’s op-ed about offshore wind in Maryland (“Md. offshore wind projects may hurt, instead of help, environment,” July 12). I have 38 years of experience in high voltage test, maintenance and repair and am a strong supporter of offshore wind coming to Maryland — both...


U.S. is falling behind on nuclear power

Fri, 14 Jul 2017 12:54:00 PDT

Nuclear power produces 20 percent of electricity consumed in the U.S., and over 30 percent in New York. That’s about three quarters of the nation’s emission-free generation. Despite successful energy efficiency efforts, our increasingly “wired” economy is projected to grow U.S. electricity demand...


Flawed criticism of wind farms

Fri, 14 Jul 2017 11:50:00 PDT

The recent commentary on offshore wind (“Md. offshore wind projects may hurt, instead of help, environment,” July 13) contains some unsupported statements that no environmental benefits will be delivered and the projects will contribute to global warming. Even though the contentions are attributed...


Pimlico is still in the race

Fri, 14 Jul 2017 11:20:00 PDT

Since we attended our first race at Pimlico, we have learned that the horse in the lead on the backstretch is often not the horse who gets his nose in front at the finish. That maxim also applies to the policy-making process.

Both state and city governments funded a study by the Maryland Stadium...


Baltimore faces an affordable housing crisis

Fri, 14 Jul 2017 10:30:00 PDT

Baltimore, along with other parts of the nation, is confronting a housing crisis — not the crisis that a decade or so ago caused the collapse of home ownership and mortgage lending. This is a rental crisis. The rent affordability gap means that 25 percent of Maryland renters spend 50 percent or...


Understanding the role of drug treatment

Fri, 14 Jul 2017 09:30:00 PDT

Thank you for two uplifting, well-informed articles about the statewide epidemic of opioid addiction and substance use disorder. Dr. Peter Beilenson's commentary, "Bring addiction treatment into mainstream care" (July 12), provides a clinician's overview of the vale of evidence-based treatment,...


How to deal with addiction

Fri, 14 Jul 2017 05:45:00 PDT

To Dr. Peter Beilenson’s excellent recommendations for treating epidemic substance addiction and abuse (“Bring addiction treatment into mainstream care,” July 12), let me add that decriminalizing heroin would cut the bottom out of the black market and greatly reduce the availability of illicit...


BaltimoreLink transformed bus rides into something worse

Thu, 13 Jul 2017 13:50:00 PDT

“Transformative.” That’s what Governor Hogan promised BaltimoreLink would be. And it is — but not in the way he meant. BaltimoreLink has “transformed” riding a bus in Baltimore into something much worse than it was before. It didn’t have to be this way. Groups like the Central Maryland Transportation...


Ending price gouging is the correct prescription

Thu, 13 Jul 2017 13:25:00 PDT

In his commentary, “Marylanders misled by drug pricing bill” (July 12), Chester “Chip” Davis Jr. complains that generics are unreasonably targeted by the new bill. His claim is wrong. Contrary to the generic manufacturers saying that they are the “good guys,” they’re not.

I just bought a generic...


Wise will be a solid citizen

Thu, 13 Jul 2017 12:40:00 PDT

Dennis Wise was one of the leaders of the Alternatives to Violence Project self-help group at the Maryland House of Correction in the mid 1990's (“Dennis Wise, notorious Baltimore crime figure referenced in ‘The Wire,’ released after decades in prison,” July 11). I was trained to be an AVP facilitator...


City still lacks a viable plan to combat violence

Thu, 13 Jul 2017 11:05:00 PDT

I’ve just returned from a 10-day trip to Scotland where the police carry no guns except in extreme conditions. The first time I saw police officer carrying guns was at the airport in Glasgow when I was leaving. I did follow The Baltimore Sun on the Internet while I was there, and two things appear...


Wrong to release Wise

Thu, 13 Jul 2017 10:25:00 PDT

The front-page article on the release of criminal Dennis Wise under the Unger ruling is worrisome (“Dennis Wise, notorious drug figure referenced in ‘The Wire,’ released after decades in prison,” July 11). I regard the life of Dennis Wise to be a complete tragedy. I know little of his past, but...


Fighting for fair drug prices

Thu, 13 Jul 2017 10:05:00 PDT

Contrary to Chester Davis Jr.’s recent commentary in this esteemed newspaper, Maryland’s new price-gouging law, which passed with overwhelming bipartisan support, will help thousands of Marylanders as they struggle to afford to pay for their prescription drugs (“Marylanders misled by drug pricing...


Hogan gets a taste of his own medicine

Wed, 12 Jul 2017 12:25:00 PDT

It seemed like justice that Gov. Larry Hogan had a small taste of the bitters associated with losing a long-sought project as we learned the FBI headquarters plan was trashed (“Trump administration scraps plans for new FBI headquarters,” July 10). Certainly, that taste doesn’t begin to compare...


Help needed for people with kidney disease

Wed, 12 Jul 2017 12:25:00 PDT

I was diagnosed with kidney failure at age 12, and I undergo long hemodialysis treatments multiple times per week. Dialysis costs an average of $89,000 per year and, although Medicare pays 80 percent of the costs, the remaining amount is more than I can afford.

I am fortunate that Maryland allows...


Baltimore must get tougher on violent criminals

Wed, 12 Jul 2017 12:20:00 PDT

Gov. Larry Hogan met with Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh earlier this week to discuss crime in Baltimore (“Amid violence, Pugh seeks state help for Baltimore,” July 10). The focus was on violent crime. Specifically on gun violence and murder. Our governor has stated that the judiciary is responsible...


Supply side parking

Wed, 12 Jul 2017 12:15:00 PDT

The recent article about changes to downtown parking prices, “Downtown Baltimore parking rates to be set based on demand for spots” (July 6), presents a widely-accepted solution in economics as the “cutting edge of parking thought.” In economics, increasing prices to discourage demand is widely...


Stop and metal detect

Wed, 12 Jul 2017 12:05:00 PDT

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan is looking for ideas to stem Baltimore violence (“Hogan weighing ‘probably more than 100’ ideas to stem Baltimore violence,” July 11). Stop and scan would be a place to start. High crime areas should start a system of scanning people for weapons with metal detectors as...


Drug treatment not the same as recovery

Wed, 12 Jul 2017 12:05:00 PDT

I have one basic premise and it is very simple: Treatment is not recovery.

Mayor Catherine Pugh and most uninformed people are laboring under the mistaken belief that after drug treatment, "everything is all better" (“Treatment here, not Timbuktu,” July 11). Nothing could be more ridiculous. Addicts...


Trust government to screw up marijuana business

Tue, 11 Jul 2017 10:00:00 PDT

Am I the only reader who finds the article, “Pot vendors to get training” (July 10), humorous, to say the least, and predictably frustrating?

As a baby boomer raised in the 1960s (along with many of your dwindling number of readers), I find myself reading and laughing. Your article has so many...


Don't blame Trump for FBI decision

Tue, 11 Jul 2017 09:50:00 PDT

Sen. Chris Van Hollen is continuing to show that he has no clue as to what's going on just as he did when he was an insignificant member of the U.S. House of Representatives.

Congress has failed for years to fully fund a new FBI facility that would hopefully be built in Maryland ("U.S. scraps plans...


Access to early education can reduce city violence

Tue, 11 Jul 2017 09:35:00 PDT

Gov. Larry Hogan said recently that he would consider “any kind of possible solutions that anyone wants to talk about” to stem the violence and drug-related crime in Baltimore (“Hogan seeks ‘any kind of possible solutions to Baltimore violence,’” July 6). Violence, crime and drug addiction are...


Why car drivers just lost my support for city streets

Tue, 11 Jul 2017 09:25:00 PDT

As a Baltimore resident, I have been somewhat skeptical of this whole car and vehicle lane investment the city has been building for the last 200 years (“How city bicyclists just lost my support for bike lanes,” July 3). They’ve built them in front of my home and my neighbors’ homes. My first thought,...


Md. needs grown-ups to settle appointments dispute

Mon, 10 Jul 2017 11:10:00 PDT

Regarding the disputes among Gov. Larry Hogan, members of the General Assembly, Attorney General Brian Frosh and Comptroller Peter Franchot over paying appointed but not confirmed cabinet secretaries (“Frosh says no to pay for two," July 8), it’s time to put some adults in the room. There are serious...


How the West can survive

Mon, 10 Jul 2017 10:55:00 PDT

Your long editorial addressed the implications of whether we have the “will to survive” as expressed by President Donald Trump in his Poland speech about an existential struggle for the West (“We can’t protect the West’s values by abandoning them,” July 6). Allow me to answer some of the questions...


Make drug makers pay for their role in opioid crisis

Mon, 10 Jul 2017 10:45:00 PDT

Opioid addiction is a growing crisis in our country. The effects are devastatingly personal but also challenge us as a people. Lives are being ruined and entire communities destroyed. Congress continues to grapple with how to fund the treatment of this disease. Recent news reports cite the role...


MTA bus routes are running out customers

Mon, 10 Jul 2017 09:35:00 PDT

The cancellation of the Red Line was a disheartening decision. One hoped that the changes proposed in the BaltimoreLink system would result in service enhancements. I found that the dramatically defective rollout over the first two days was not resolved by the time I returned from vacation (“Some...


Photograph reveals Trump-Putin relationship

Mon, 10 Jul 2017 09:05:00 PDT

The body language of the two world leaders in the photograph on page one speaks volumes (“Scenes from the G-20 summit in Germany,” July 7).

Vladimir Putin, in this captured moment, is undoubtedly focused on taking the measure of his counterpart: the Russian leader’s arms tightly positioned in front...


Safe drinking water ought to be available in all schools

Mon, 10 Jul 2017 08:45:00 PDT

Thank goodness Baltimore City officials are taking action to provide safe drinking water for the students and staff (“Do drink the water: Baltimore school system aims to make the fountains safe again,” July 8). Make no mistake, this is a Baltimore County issue too. Numerous schools including Dulaney...


Sorry to see cops indicted

Fri, 7 Jul 2017 10:40:00 PDT

I am very saddened as I watch the current situation in the Baltimore City Police Department. Several officers have been indicted for some very serious crimes including drugs and assault and robberies (“Federal grand jury indicts Baltimore police officers on additional robbery charges,” July 6)....


Fight crime by reducing out-of-wedlock births

Fri, 7 Jul 2017 10:10:00 PDT

The article, “Hogan seeks solution to Baltimore violence” (July 7), quotes Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan: “We have invested a tremendous amount of money in Baltimore City, more than any other place in the state. It hasn't really worked. We're open to any kind of possible solutions that anyone wants...


Maryland must protect private voter information

Fri, 7 Jul 2017 09:25:00 PDT

In the article, "State denies Trump request” (July 5), reporters Luke Broadwater and Talia Richman write about the Trump administration’s request for personal information about Maryland’s voters. As a young person who will be eligible to vote for the first time in 2018, I want to make sure my vote...


Sun's anti-Trump paranoia: Please stop it

Fri, 7 Jul 2017 09:15:00 PDT

I very much agree with Drage Vukcevich's letter to the editor that is summarized in his observation that The Sun “has given up its basic journalistic integrity in favor of a bizarre anti-Donald Trump paranoia” (“The Sun’s anti-Trump bias has gone too far,” July 3).

As a Democrat and moreover a...


Election integrity commission on right track

Fri, 7 Jul 2017 08:45:00 PDT

Once again, The Sun’s editorial board has justified its bias with misinformation concerning the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity or the gathering of information on "sham" voter fraud (“Fraudulent voting fraud,” July 5). The editorial says that state laws forbid election agencies...


A common sense approach to health insurance

Fri, 7 Jul 2017 08:25:00 PDT

Common sense says that, like auto insurance, everyone must carry health insurance, thus spreading the risk and lowering the cost for everyone (“Don’t rob the poor of health care to cut taxes for the rich,” July 6). As with any insurance, one cannot wait till they need it before buying it.



Hogan's support for sound climate policy is lackluster

Thu, 6 Jul 2017 11:15:00 PDT

Gov. Larry Hogan’s inaction and reluctance to join the multi-state Climate Alliance clearly shows that he is not the strong environmental leader Maryland deserves (“Why Hogan should join the climate alliance,” June 9). Although Governor Hogan did not vote for President Donald Trump, nor openly...


Baltimore deserves better than the BRESCO incinerator

Thu, 6 Jul 2017 10:58:00 PDT

Baltimore deserves better than dirty BRESCO stacks as the iconic “Welcome!” to the southern entrance to the city (“Maryland moving to cut emissions from BRESCO trash incinerator,” July 5). BRESCO, a trash-incinerator, received 161,000 tons of trash last year. This trash is burned and converted...


Maryland must not abandon zero-waste efforts

Thu, 6 Jul 2017 10:55:00 PDT

Gov. Larry Hogan is moving in the wrong direction on the issue of solid waste ("Hogan cancels O'Malley-era 'zero waste' plan,” June 27) by lifting the moratorium on new landfill sites and by canceling Maryland’s already compromised and modest zero waste goals. How do I know? I am the owner of a...


When will GOP concede Trump has no clothes?

Thu, 6 Jul 2017 09:55:00 PDT

Our ship of state is currently being commanded by a spoiled 5-year-old vulgar narcissist without relevant experience, knowledge, interest in learning or in others (“Something is very wrong with the GOP,” July 6).

By contrast, 150 years ago the first Republican president, and last year’s Democratic...


Single payer is a far better choice for health care

Thu, 6 Jul 2017 09:50:00 PDT

Trumpcare will kill seniors and poor people (“GOP activists warn Congress of 2018 peril if Republicans fail to repeal Obamacare,” July 5). It will take away cancer screenings and contraceptives for women from Planned Parenthood. It is a bill written by a few white rich men in Congress who must...


Don't rob the poor of health care to cut taxes for the rich

Thu, 6 Jul 2017 09:40:00 PDT

The Senate plan is not a health care bill (“Witcover: Trump’s Obamacare nightmare,” July 3). It is a massive transfer of wealth from working people to Wall Street. Twenty-two million Americans would lose their insurance under the Senate bill. The Senate bill eliminates working people’s health benefits...


There's another early Carroll to remember

Thu, 6 Jul 2017 09:30:00 PDT

I appreciated The Sun’s recent editorial on Samuel Chase (“‘Our people have fire,’” July 4). It was a pleasure to read. As a buff of Maryland history, it was nice to see Chase get his due.

In the interest of completeness, I want to mention that the delegation to Canada also included John Carroll,...


Developers and campaign contributions (continued)

Wed, 5 Jul 2017 10:35:00 PDT

Michael Ertel recently responded to a letter to the editor that I wrote concerning Sen. Jim Brochin's failed attempt to pass legislation banning campaign contributions from developers and their agents in Baltimore County (“Stop pay-to-play politics in Baltimore County,” June 26). I would first...


Baltimore's bike lanes should not be such a hassle

Wed, 5 Jul 2017 10:15:00 PDT

At the risk of being accused of piling on, I would like to add a few comments to the ongoing discussion about bike lanes (“Bike lane in Canton is the wrong fight for bikers,” June 30). I have been riding a bicycle in Baltimore for 50 years. It's a great way to travel and get exercise at the same...


Disrespect threatens the 'chair rule' in Catonsville

Wed, 5 Jul 2017 10:00:00 PDT

Lining chairs along Frederick Road well in advance of the Catonsville Fourth of July parade has been a long-standing practice (“Despite the heat, there are parades to watch,” July 5). This collective patriotism, blooming in anticipation, has been a quaint tradition reminiscent of small town America....


Medicaid projections have been accurate

Wed, 5 Jul 2017 09:10:00 PDT

Letter writer Robert Erlandson may prefer not to pay taxes for Medicaid, but he is not entitled to claim "alternative facts" about government projections of Medicaid spending. He writes: "If you believe [government projections], I will be happy to sell you the Chesapeake Bay Bridge" (“Sun offers...


We are not the country the founders envisioned

Wed, 5 Jul 2017 08:50:00 PDT

Now that all the bread and circuses are over and many millions have been spent celebrating the Fourth of July, it might be good to remember what we really are celebrating. This is especially important as many change history to suit their agendas.

The Founding Mothers and Fathers believed in a religious...


Maryland correct to protect voter information

Wed, 5 Jul 2017 08:35:00 PDT

What is with Rep. Andy Harris suggesting that the Trump administration withhold money from Maryland if state officials don't comply with their request for voter information (“State denies Trump request,” July 4)? The only thing this will do is hurt the people and the state that he is supposed to...


The Sun's anti-Trump bias has gone too far

Mon, 3 Jul 2017 10:00:00 PDT

There have been many letters from The Sun’s readers complaining about how the newspaper has given up its basic journalistic integrity in favor of a bizarre, anti-Donald Trump paranoia. The most recent front page makes me agree.

In the article, “Official to join election panel," the first sentence...


Frosh wrong to ignore ills of gerrymandering

Mon, 3 Jul 2017 09:50:00 PDT

Attorney General Brian E. Frosh and the Democratic Party have taken the position that “a voter isn’t entitled to be represented in Congress by someone of a like mind” (“Maryland argues Republicans not hurt in redistricting case,” June 30). That’s a debatable point in my opinion. I wonder if their...


Hey Towson, what's so bad about Royal Farms?

Mon, 3 Jul 2017 09:28:00 PDT

I have worked in Towson since 1986 and lived in Towson for the past five years and have been extremely puzzled by the opposition to the proposed Royal Farms project (“End the Towson Royal Farms debate,” June 30). Due to Towson’s recent growth, especially with the apartment developments, the residents...


Trump embarrasses the U.S.

Mon, 3 Jul 2017 09:21:00 PDT

Enough is enough! It is disgusting that the president of the United States shows the world that violence is an acceptable way to settle a disagreement. President Donald Trump's lack of respect for the free press and his inflammatory tweet attacks are unacceptable (“Nothing funny about Trump's CNN...


How city bicyclists just lost my support for bike lanes

Mon, 3 Jul 2017 09:20:00 PDT

As a Potomac Street resident, I have been somewhat on the fence concerning the bicycle lane which the city has constructed in front of my and my neighbors’ homes. My first thought, naturally, was of the inconvenience and safety issues this construction causes residents. They are many. But I also...


Maryland is no 'laggard' on recycling

Mon, 3 Jul 2017 09:14:00 PDT

On behalf of the hard working men and women in Maryland’s waste and recycling system I am writing to set the record straight (“When did it become cool to accommodate polluters?” June 29). Maryland’s recycling rate approaches 45 percent, and it is not a laggard compared to peer states. Also, no...


Md. must take another look at end-of-life choices

Mon, 3 Jul 2017 09:10:00 PDT

In response to Richard C. Gross’s commentary, “I’m terrified of dying — and, apparently, so are you” (June 30), I can only say that I’m not. I’m only terrified of lingering in either deep psychological and/or physical pain.

Dying is the common denominator for all of us, but it is my hope that I...


Sun offers skewed Medicaid 'facts'

Mon, 3 Jul 2017 08:55:00 PDT

The Sun berates Kellyanne Conway and Senate Republicans concerning the proposed health care bill and alleged "cuts" in Medicaid (“Alternative fact of the Week: No cuts to Medicaid,” June 29). In the world of political hacks and The Sun, an increase in Medicaid spending from $403 billion in 2018...


Baltimore public schools are a good alternative, too

Fri, 30 Jun 2017 11:00:00 PDT

I read with interest the recent commentary by the Boy’s Latin head (“Face it: Boys learn differently than girls, and that’s OK,” June 26) and the response by the Friends School head (“Single –gender schools are not ideal,” June 29). While this debate between two of Baltimore’s private school leaders...


Trump's behavior too much for anyone to stomach

Fri, 30 Jun 2017 10:35:00 PDT

At a time when this country needs a leader with punctilious confidence, genuine compassion and worldly intelligence, I feel we have arrived disappointingly short. I know people wanted change from the establishment and not a good old boy, rich politician who gets nothing done and doesn’t care a...


Bike lane in Canton is the wrong fight for bikers

Fri, 30 Jun 2017 10:25:00 PDT

The bike rider position on the Potomac Street bike lane controversy perplexes me (“Bikemore drops lawsuit after city pledges not to demolish Canton bike lane,” June 28). As a bicyclist in Baltimore, I certainly understand the need for safety. But I was also told long ago to pick my battles.



Must Baltimore County developers call the shots?

Fri, 30 Jun 2017 09:50:00 PDT

Jonathan Herbst’s shot at Sen. Jim Brochin’s bill to restrict developer contributions that garner favor on zoning and other land use matters neglects to mention that a number of county senators would not support this pro-citizen bill (“Banning campaign contributions from developers is unconstitutional,”...


Trump is a danger to the country

Fri, 30 Jun 2017 09:10:00 PDT

I thought I had had my say regarding the incompetence and danger of our unqualified president, but I was wrong. Donald Trump just keeps on throwing more fuel on the fires of resistance. This man is a danger to our country, and many of our citizens are unaware or uncaring (“MSNBC hosts fire back...


Md. insurance exchange would benefit from Senate bill

Fri, 30 Jun 2017 09:05:00 PDT

Maryland's health insurance exchange faces an uncertain future ("State considers rate increases on the insurance exchange as another insurer drops out," June 21). Cigna recently pulled out of the market, and CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield, the largest insurer on the exchange, has asked to increase...


Tweets reveal President Trump's true nature

Fri, 30 Jun 2017 08:40:00 PDT

Keep those tweets coming (“Trump inspires 2-party backlash,” June 30). We Americans frequently display frighteningly short memories. These presidential tweets are needed reminders that the writer is, and always will be, an ill-informed, mendacious, thin-skinned, mean-spirited and egotistical misogynist.


This Independence Day, remember those who protect our freedom

Thu, 29 Jun 2017 12:58:00 PDT

Last month, seven sailors — including one from Baltimore County — were killed in a collision between a U.S. Navy guided-missile destroyer, USS Fitzgerald, and a Filipino merchant ship. Ranging in age from 19 to 37, these sailors represent a cross section of America’s finest, hailing from various...


Obamacare is just too costly

Thu, 29 Jun 2017 11:20:00 PDT

I read with interest the commentary by Carmela Coyle and Hank Greenberg attacking the Senate bill designed to modify the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare (“Costs too great in Senate health care bill,” June 26). While I am not a fan of many aspects of the health care legislation being considered...


Road work is dangerous for motorcycles

Thu, 29 Jun 2017 10:55:00 PDT

Last week, a motorcyclist was killed on Interstate 83 north attempting to change lanes. The lane he was leaving had been recently cut down for repaving. The adjoining lane was not cut down, leaving a large differential between the lanes resembling a curb (“Northbound I-83 to be resurfaced between...


Blame city leaders for crime surge

Thu, 29 Jun 2017 10:35:00 PDT

The spike in Baltimore crime rests solely on the politicians of this city (“Don’t fault police union for city’s woes,” June 28)! How sitting in their seats makes them so blind I'll never know.

The biblical proverb states: "The beginning of wisdom is the fear of the Lord.” I’d venture to say the...


Providing a fresh start for convicts is essential

Thu, 29 Jun 2017 10:25:00 PDT

In response to Hal Riedl's commentary ("Is mass Incarceration necessary to stem violent crime?" June 23), his suggestions for those who are incarcerated have merit, but there must be a real commitment to allow those who have served their time to be reinstalled as complete citizens, including having...


Towson to Kamenetz: We don't want a Royal Farms

Thu, 29 Jun 2017 10:10:00 PDT

As a Towson resident, I find it simply extraordinary that Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz, who does not reside in Towson and will only be in office another 16 months, should impose his will on the residents by his "strong backing" of the proposed gas station development in the face of...


Feds don't care about clean water so now it's up to us

Thu, 29 Jun 2017 09:20:00 PDT

Chesapeake Bay Foundation Vice President Kim Coble is correct: States and localities not only should but must have their own plans for maintaining clean water – especially when a president like the one currently in office doesn’t have a clue (“Trump administration moves to withdraw clean-water...


School rankings will hit property values hard

Thu, 29 Jun 2017 08:35:00 PDT

Now that every public school in Maryland will be assigned a five-star ranking, consider the damage this will do to real estate values. Apparently, that has not been factored in. I’m surprised communities everywhere aren’t fighting this Michelin style evaluation. Anyone who unfortunately owns property...


Single gender schools are not ideal

Wed, 28 Jun 2017 12:25:00 PDT

I enjoyed the commentary by my colleague Christopher Post of The Boy’s Latin School (“Face it: Boys learn differently than girls, and that’s OK,” June 26), but I must respectfully disagree with one important aspect of his argument, namely that “an all-boys approach” is the best way to ensure that...


EPA reversal on Clean Water Rule is disgusting

Wed, 28 Jun 2017 12:15:00 PDT

I am absolutely disgusted after reading that the EPA has just proposed to repeal key protections for the drinking water of close to 4 million Marylanders. After seeing what happened in Flint, Michigan, it is hard to understate the importance of ensuring safe drinking water for all communities (...


Don't fault police union for city's woes

Wed, 28 Jun 2017 12:00:00 PDT

I read City Council President Bernard C. “Jack” Young’s letter in The Sun and while I was wasn't surprised at his attempt to escape his own responsibility for the spike in crime throughout the city, I was disappointed to read of his eagerness to pass that responsibility on to others (“Jack Young:...


The nation needs to hear more from progressives

Wed, 28 Jun 2017 11:50:00 PDT

In a recent letter to the editor ("Blame the press for alienating half the country,” June 28), Dennis Dabrowka excoriated the press for having "over an extended period of time and with growing aggressiveness, promoted progressive values [and] mocked conservative values."

Progressive ideas and values...


The Sun is virulently anti-Trump

Wed, 28 Jun 2017 11:40:00 PDT

When it came to light that Barack Obama knew at least by August of last year of Russian hacking associated with the election and did nothing whatsoever, President Donald Trump understandably chastised that lack of action. But The Sun’s editorial board, rather than also questioning why President...


After Medicaid cuts, will Medicare and Social Security be next?

Wed, 28 Jun 2017 11:25:00 PDT

The GOP Senate health bill got its first official score on June 26 from the Congressional Budget Office. Approximately 22 million Americans are projected to lose health insurance by 2026 with passage of this bill (“Senate health care bill: What’s worse than ‘mean’?” June 27). The bill is a war...


Trump must be held accountable by the press

Tue, 27 Jun 2017 11:45:00 PDT

Thank you, David Zurawik, for calling attention to the secretive, autocratic leanings of the Trump administration — and our president's demonizing of the mainstream press (“Maybe it's time for the press to push harder,” June 25).

“Maybe” is too weak. For some time now, the media should have protested...


Don't toss millions off health insurance rolls

Tue, 27 Jun 2017 11:35:00 PDT

As Republican senators consider whether or not to support their party’s health care bill which will save $321 billion but cause 22 million Americans to lose health insurance (“GOP leaders delay health care vote until after July 4 recess,” June 27), they should recall Matthew 16:26 – “What will...


Make water more affordable in Baltimore

Tue, 27 Jun 2017 11:25:00 PDT

What unjust and nonsensical public policy allows Baltimore to seize people’s homes because they cannot pay ever-increasing water bills? How does creating more homelessness solve anyone's problems? Shouldn't our laws seek to improve lives and communities, keeping people in their homes and invested...


BaltimoreLink is a fiasco

Tue, 27 Jun 2017 11:15:00 PDT

We told them so. Over and over, we told them so. We said there would be problems like this, and we were ignored. Now, there are precisely the kinds of problems we warned about with real people being harmed, telling truths of their lives that will be ignored just as surely as the abstract theoretical...


Baltimore needs a subway, not a bus reboot

Tue, 27 Jun 2017 10:25:00 PDT

It's been a week since BaltimoreLink has gone in effect, and I can only count a few things that have been beneficial to transit. We got bus lanes, which should help with traffic but marginally so because of construction where the bus lanes are located. We got a much needed bus loop at the West...


Jack Young: Police union deserves some blame for crime spike

Mon, 26 Jun 2017 11:30:00 PDT

I read with confusion comments from the president of the union that purports to represent officers in the Baltimore Police Department (Baltimore police union to meet directly with community leaders, says department has no crime plan,” June 21). According to the union’s president, Lt. Gene Ryan,...


Stop pay-to-play politics in Baltimore County

Mon, 26 Jun 2017 10:20:00 PDT

Not long ago, Jonathan Herbst wrote a letter stating that Sen. Jim Brochin's proposal to limit campaign contributions from developers was unconstitutional (“Banning campaign contributions from developers is unconstitutional,” June 14). As an attorney, Mr. Herbst ought to know better. In fact, not...