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Trump HHS pick could shred the safety net

Fri, 2 Dec 2016 11:50:00 PST

I commend The Baltimore Sun for exposing the radical ideas of President-elect Donald Trump's choice for secretary of Health and Human Services ("Trump's radical health care team," Nov. 30). As a resident physician in Baltimore, I am deeply concerned about the effects Rep. Tom Price's proposals...

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Terp women deserve to be seen

Fri, 2 Dec 2016 11:50:00 PST

Thank you to reporter Jonas Shaffer for bringing to everyone's attention the lack of respect for the University of Maryland's women's basketball team ("Maryland-Louisville women's game is must-stream TV," Nov. 30). It is disappointing when the No. 5 ranked women Terps games are not televised. How...

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Trump, the ultimate name-caller

Fri, 2 Dec 2016 11:50:00 PST

Letter writer Tom Shettle's assertion that "Name calling is what the political left and children do best" is laughable ("Sun sinks with Trump-Mencken vitriol," Nov. 30). Just ask "Lyin'" Ted Cruz, "Crooked" Hillary Clinton, "Little" Marco Rubio, and Jeb "Low Energy" Bush how they feel about that...

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Managing a mental health crisis

Fri, 2 Dec 2016 11:50:00 PST

It was with extreme sadness that I read "The case for crisis responders" (Dec. 2). My dear mother was a victim of mental illness until her death in 1997. She had her first major break in the early '70s but she was a gentle soul, and the voices that she heard always put the blame of the Apocalypse...

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Will The Sun apologize for Mencken?

Fri, 2 Dec 2016 11:50:00 PST

A contributor to The Baltimore Sun gleefully invokes a famous H.L. Mencken's quote to jab Donald Trump: "As democracy is perfected, the Presidency represents, more and more closely, the inner soul of the people. We move toward a lofty ideal. On some great and glorious day the plain folks of the...

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Trump is no Harry Hughes

Fri, 2 Dec 2016 11:50:00 PST

Thanks to John Frece for his wonderful tribute to former Gov. Harry R. Hughes ("Harry Hughes' 90th birthday reminds attendees what the country has lost," Dec. 1).

Those of us who followed the 1978 gubernatorial primary election could scarcely forget the derogatory comment by then-Senator Harry...

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Baltimore is missing the point of Columbus day

Fri, 2 Dec 2016 11:50:00 PST

I write to express the strong opposition of the National Christopher Columbus Association to City Councilman Brandon Scott's proposed legislation to designate the second Monday of October — the federal Columbus Day holiday — as "Indigenous Peoples and Italian-Americans Day." ("City Council moves...

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Wagner needs monitoring

Fri, 2 Dec 2016 10:04:00 PST

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency designated North Anne Arundel County, Baltimore and portions of Baltimore County as being in a sulphur dioxide non-attainment zone in July of this year. Emissions from the local Herbert A. Wagner coal-fired plant are blamed, and it apparently is one of the...

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Northrop's corporate welfare

Fri, 2 Dec 2016 10:04:00 PST

The Sun rightly gave the article, "Hogan, leaders OK deal on loan" (Nov. 30), front-page coverage. A mega-corporation which makes billions of dollars on manufacturing weapons of war is to receive a $20 million loan, which is to be forgiven, from Maryland taxpayers. Imagine what could be done with...

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Trump moronic? He's certainly a charlatan

Fri, 2 Dec 2016 10:04:00 PST

Letter writer Norman Wolfe, in response to a commentary that suggested Donald Trump was a moron, responds by calling our current president a moron ("Mencken was right about a moron in the White House; his name is Obama," Nov. 28). This is absurd, of course, since President Barack Obama, aside from...

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Let's stop name-calling

Fri, 2 Dec 2016 10:04:00 PST

The U.S. presidential campaign has been marked by harsh and pervasive invective of the type that adds to division within our nation rather than helping us to come closer to each other. In fact, there were claims that much of the trolling online was sponsored by Russia's Vladimir Putin to help undermine...

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Words, spoken and unspoken, that decided the election

Fri, 2 Dec 2016 10:04:00 PST

There is a lot of soul searching by political analysts in trying to figure out what went wrong with the presidential election ("Why Clinton lost," Nov. 11). Specifically, why did the Democrats lose? I am not an analyst but have an opinion: the great loss could have been attributed to four words...

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Democrats need a message

Fri, 2 Dec 2016 10:04:00 PST

The Democratic Party's problem isn't that we don't have the right message. It's that we have dozens of messages, and we drown ourselves out while Republicans have a clear and simple message that everyone recognizes. Most of our messages are pretty good, but we need to pick one common baseline message...

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Will somebody take away Trump's smartphone?

Thu, 1 Dec 2016 08:40:00 PST

Once again I awoke thinking we must be living in a bad dystopian movie or some type of parallel universe. The president-elect of The United States recently tweeted that 2 million people illegally voted (apparently all against him) in the presidential election — a claim that is patently false. Then...

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Now we see what happens when the Voting Rights Act is gutted

Thu, 1 Dec 2016 08:40:00 PST

Since Jill Stein announced her request of a vote recount in certain states, there have been numerous op-eds and letters regarding this announcement ("Jill Stein explains rationale of Michigan presidential recount request," Nov. 30). I have seen interviews with Ms. Stein who has stated her reason...

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Oysters can't reverse poultry manure pollution in the bay

Thu, 1 Dec 2016 08:40:00 PST

Jim Perdue is reported to have said that chickens are not the greatest threat to Chesapeake Bay water quality, but oysters might be the solution ("Perdue: More oysters, not less fertilizer, are solution for bay cleanup," Sept. 27). He is wrong.

Removal of nitrogen and phosphorus by harvesting oysters...

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Leave Columbus Day alone

Thu, 1 Dec 2016 08:40:00 PST

The Baltimore City Council is making yet another attempt to sabotage an icon by eliminating the celebration of "Columbus Day" ("City Council moves to replace Columbus Day with Indigenous Peoples and Italian-Americans Day," Nov. 24)

It's been a long tradition to celebrate Columbus day by many Italian...

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Who wins with BGE city conduit deal?

Thu, 1 Dec 2016 08:40:00 PST

I had to read the article "BGE settles lawsuit with Baltimore, plans to seek rate hike" (Dec. 1) several time to believe it. Last year the mayor proposed tripling the rate BGE pays for using city underground conduits to $3.33 per foot. BGE files suit to get the price lower. The settlement lowered...

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$15 isn't enough

Thu, 1 Dec 2016 08:39:00 PST

I agree that workers should be paid a "living wage." My question is, exactly what is a living wage? The promise of a $15 minimum wage by 2022 leaves the worker with a wage beneath that for five years ("New effort to raise Baltimore's minimum wage to $15 begins," Nov. 29).

If a person now makes...

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Muslims condemn Ohio attack

Thu, 1 Dec 2016 08:39:00 PST

Recently, Abdul Razak Ali Artan, a Muslim-American college student, drove his car into pedestrians at Ohio State University, exited his car and began cutting other students ("Trump says Ohio State attacker shouldn't have been in US," Nov. 30). As a member of the Muslim Writers Guild of America,...

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Mencken lives

Thu, 1 Dec 2016 08:39:00 PST

I write to commend the G. Jefferson Price III on his outstanding thesis regarding the observations of H.L. Mencken, the "Sage of Baltimore" ("'The White House will be adorned by a downright moron,'" Nov. 25). Mr. Price's piece was both prescient and hilarious. (In fact, I am still laughing about...

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Fighting against hunger

Thu, 1 Dec 2016 08:39:00 PST

Thank you for highlighting the importance of addressing food insecurity among Maryland's children ("Parent tackles 'food insecurity' at Towson High," Nov. 28). I am truly inspired by the work of Cheri Pegues and Food for Thought, especially given my personal experience as a child who relied on...

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Spanish boosts Cuban literacy

Thu, 1 Dec 2016 08:39:00 PST

In his recent letter ("Echoes of Castro in America's liberals," Nov. 29), the Rev. Michael T. Buttner mentions our American "education system that is not as good as Cuba's in teaching reading."

It is far easier for a Spanish-speaking child to learn to read Spanish than for an English-speaking child...

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All-or-nothing politics

Thu, 1 Dec 2016 08:39:00 PST

There are several points I could debate with letter writer Rev. Michael Buttner ("Echoes of Castro in American liberals," Nov. 28), but I will focus on the primary one: the tendency of many conservatives (please note I did not say "all" conservatives) to paint issues with an all-or-nothing brush...

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Stop tweeting, Trump

Wed, 30 Nov 2016 09:14:00 PST

For over a year, I feared that Donald J. Trump, absolutely the least qualified and most emotionally volatile candidate ever to be nominated by a major political party, would win the presidency. After he, in fact, did triumph, I have been cautiously optimistic as his manner and speech as well as...

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Sugar drink tax won't help

Wed, 30 Nov 2016 09:14:00 PST

The Baltimore Sun's recent editorial regarding taxing sugary drinks ("A healthy tax plan," Nov. 28) buys into the flawed argument that common grocery items like sweetened teas, sports drinks and sodas are driving obesity and that slapping consumers with a tax will reduce consumption and improve...

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Md. should commit to 100 percent renewable energy

Wed, 30 Nov 2016 09:14:00 PST

Even though the election is over, we have a lot of work left to do. Burning oil, gas and coal has not only polluted our air, water and land for decades here in Maryland. Now it's changing our climate even faster than scientists feared it would.

We can have healthier communities and a livable future...

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Sun sinks with Trump-Mencken vitriol

Wed, 30 Nov 2016 09:14:00 PST

The Baltimore Sun has sunk to a very low and uncivilized level with the commentary, "Mencken predicted Trump" (Nov. 27).

Name calling is what the political left, and children, do best. What kind of an example is set by this oped? Also, you may want to check the U.S. Census and you will see that...

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Kamenetz stands by students

Wed, 30 Nov 2016 09:14:00 PST

I wish to congratulate and support Kevin Kamenetz ("Kevin Kamenetz offers support for 'sanctuary campuses,' pokes at Larry Hogan on immigration," Nov. 28) for his sturdy and morally sound call to higher education institutions not to act on any efforts to identify and thus deport immigrant students,...

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Maryland's windy bounty

Wed, 30 Nov 2016 09:14:00 PST

Hurray for Maryland as it progresses toward making 20 percent of its energy renewable by 2022. Two federal leases for wind farms have already been awarded — one for 187 offshore turbines near Ocean City that will produce 750 megawatts and one 17 nautical miles northeast of Ocean City that will...

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Electoral College madness

Wed, 30 Nov 2016 09:14:00 PST

The presidency is the only office in America you can compete for that doesn't determine its winner by a popular vote. Understanding that, Hillary Clinton lost Wisconsin by 22,000 votes, Michigan by 10,000 votes and Pennsylvania by 68,000 votes. Those combined 100,000 votes, located in those three...

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An honorable elector

Wed, 30 Nov 2016 09:14:00 PST

Texas elector Art Sisneros was trying to do the honorable thing ("Trump opponents try to beat him at the Electoral College," Nov. 20). He decided to resign his position because he could not in good conscience vote for Donald Trump. While Art was trying to do the right thing, he accidentally dishonored...

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Hogan burns his bridges

Mon, 28 Nov 2016 11:03:20 PST

I am writing in response to Gov. Larry Hogan's recent actions regarding the replacement of the Harry Nice Bridge. While I applaud any progress we can make in replacing this bridge, it is dismaying to see Governor Hogan attack the legislature in general and in particular Sen. Thomas M. "Mac" Middleton...

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Alt-right sneers at WWII vets

Mon, 28 Nov 2016 10:43:00 PST

Of the 405,000 American soldiers who died in World War II, 294,000 were killed by soldiers of the Third Reich. These were Nazi soldiers whose uniforms bore the swastika and who raised their arms using the Nazi salute. So one wonders why Richard B. Spencer, members of the National Policy Institute...

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Unions and the middle class

Mon, 28 Nov 2016 10:43:00 PST

Most people today don't seem to know that sick and vacation leave, pensions, safe work places, etc. came from the work done by union members in the early 1900s. Many companies are proud to live in America and pay no corporate taxes.

The "great wealth" of this country in the past 60 years came about...

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Trump's rigged election

Mon, 28 Nov 2016 10:43:00 PST

Donald Trump has special information that millions of illegal votes were cast even though none of his special poll watchers seem to have reported detecting such widespread fraud ("When will Trump wake up and realize he's the next president?" Nov. 28). He thinks he'd have won the popular vote (which...

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Democrats are rabble-rousing

Mon, 28 Nov 2016 10:43:00 PST

I'm crazy about Jill Stein and admire her moxie in challenging some election results. As a fringe guerrilla warrior, she has to fight asymmetrically. Good for her ("When will Trump wake up and realize he's the next president?" Nov. 28).

That said, the pathetic Democrats are playing a very dangerous...

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The rich man's diet

Mon, 28 Nov 2016 10:43:00 PST

How facile it is for a resident of Roland Park who has the luxury of being able to walk "at least 90 minutes a day" in his safe, leafy, pedestrian-friendly neighborhood to declare other people's struggles with obesity a matter of mere "willpower" ("Can't fit into your jeans? Don't blame your genes,"...

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Rawlings-Blake's legacy: Robbing retirees

Mon, 28 Nov 2016 10:07:00 PST

Via her action breaking the police retirees' pension contract in 2010, Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake has ensured the agency will never get the best hires ("Rawlings-Blake says she's leaving Baltimore in better shape than she found it," Nov. 27). She stole money owed retirees, and she instituted...

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Mencken was right about a moron in the White House; his name is Obama

Mon, 28 Nov 2016 10:07:00 PST

H.L. Mencken said one day the "White House will be adorned by a downright moron," and he was right ("Mencken predicted Trump," Nov. 25). The moron is leaving the White House on Jan. 20, 2017, hopefully never to be heard from again. My question is: When are the morons at The Sun going to start printing...

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With the Electoral College, your vote might not count

Mon, 28 Nov 2016 10:07:00 PST

David Holstein, in his Nov. 19 response to the Baltimore Sun editorial "One person, one vote," suggests that scrapping the Electoral College or otherwise changing it would be the same as ceding a portion of our state's sovereignty. He's correct that we are a nation of 50 sovereign states, but how...

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Echoes of Castro in America's liberals

Mon, 28 Nov 2016 10:07:00 PST

The death of Fidel Castro provides the opportunity to observe similar behaviors between the American left and Mr. Castro's reign of terror. It is all about keeping power in order to achieve some small benefits to some of the people. Yes, Castro did create a country with great reading ability (better...

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Maryland's unconstitutional bail reality

Mon, 28 Nov 2016 10:07:00 PST

Recent action by the state's judiciary rules committee seeks to address the fact in Maryland that pretrial freedom is often tied to one's ability to pay bail, which the state's attorney general has concluded is likely constitutional ("Wealth shouldn't determine freedom," Nov. 21).

The purpose of...

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Jody Albright: A quiet force in Md. arts

Fri, 25 Nov 2016 00:00:00 PST

Jody Albright died last week. After the funeral, the four of us who had worked with her, got together over coffee and told stories about the important role she had played in promoting the arts in Baltimore and the state of Maryland. We remembered her as an indomitable person who was never afraid...

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Stopping traffic deaths

Wed, 23 Nov 2016 09:43:00 PST

Every year, more than 30,000 people are killed on our nation's roads and highways, and nearly one-third are the result of drunk driving. We can dramatically reduce these tragedies with better drunk driving and occupant protection laws, more public education and enforcement of traffic safety laws...

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Political correctness is killing American schools

Wed, 23 Nov 2016 07:05:00 PST

It's ironic that you placed two articles on education side by side on The Sun's op-ed page on Nov. 22. The first one, written by Jonathan David Farley ("Urban schools will fail if disruptive students remain" deals with the negative impact a couple of disruptive students can have by wasting classroom...

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Dallas Dance has nothing to apologize for

Wed, 23 Nov 2016 07:05:00 PST

I am appalled by people who think Baltimore County Superintendent Dallas Dance should be fired for retweeting, "Educators: tomorrow pls show your muslim, black, latino, jewish, disabled, or just non-white St's, that you love them and will protect them!" ("Superintendent Dallas Dance's retweet controversy...

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Talk to Clinton, Obama about hateful rhetoric, not Trump

Tue, 22 Nov 2016 13:26:00 PST

I was distressed and dismayed at the article announcing that six local university presidents have signed a letter to President-elect Donald Trump calling on him to respond to the rash of violence erupting after his victory ("Maryland university presidents among 110 to sign letter to President-elect...

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Trump is better than the alternatives

Tue, 22 Nov 2016 13:26:00 PST

What Donald Trump will actually do as president is very much an open matter. But I have a simple question for those who chose to protest his victory by taking to the streets virtually the minute the election results were clear: Where on earth have you been for the last 16 years?

Under the Bush-Cheney...

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'Post-truth' won the presidency, but it won't help Trump govern

Tue, 22 Nov 2016 13:26:00 PST

"Post-truth" is a newly coined word in the 2016 Oxford dictionaries. It is related to Andrew A. Green's idea of the 2016 election as the possible end of objective reality ("Your own facts," Nov. 18). Post-truth as a political strategy involves trying to shape public opinion more by emotions and...

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What about Hanover Street?

Tue, 22 Nov 2016 13:26:00 PST

Gov. Larry Hogan wants to replace the Harry W. Nice bridge at a cost of $1 billion because when a car gets a flat tire on it, major traffic jams occur on the span which has one lane for traffic in each direction. And he wants to do this in part with money from increased toll income that has resulted...

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Teen should be tried as an adult in fatal stabling of cyclist

Tue, 22 Nov 2016 13:26:00 PST

I am always amazed as to how the criminal justice system functions. The first tragedy is there were witnesses who opted not to intervene to rescue bicyclist Robert Ponsi while he was attacked. The second is that the juvenile who police say admitted stabbing Ponsi 11 times is then sent to the juvenile...

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Hogan won't stand up to hate

Tue, 22 Nov 2016 13:26:00 PST

Recently, The Baltimore Sun ran an article, "Hogan suggests Maryland take 'deep breath' after election" (Nov. 22). I, for one, condemn Gov. Larry Hogan's comments.

Governor Hogan's office has been the recipient of many calls asking him to follow the vast majority of Maryland's senators and representatives...

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Hogan's timid views

Tue, 22 Nov 2016 13:26:00 PST

It shouldn't be an act of political courage to strongly condemn hate crimes, to be concerned that many of President-Elect Donald Trump's cabinet appointments are extremists or to acknowledge the real, actual fear felt by many Marylanders after this election.

But judging by Gov. Larry Hogan's tepid...

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Disruptive students aren't the problem with American education

Tue, 22 Nov 2016 13:26:00 PST

I am not surprised that Jonathan David Farley quit teaching after one week. From reading his Nov. 21 op-ed ("Urban schools will fail if disruptive students remain" I know why: he has contempt for his students. A good teacher does not lord it over children. A good teacher is a coach who brings out...

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Put disrupters in reform school

Tue, 22 Nov 2016 13:26:00 PST

Jonathan David Farley obviously doesn't get it ("Urban schools will fail if disruptive students remain," Nov. 21). No student should ever be expelled from school. That is their goal, and suspending them plays right into their hands.

Oh, they definitely need to be removed from the environment that...

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The problem with problem students

Tue, 22 Nov 2016 13:26:00 PST

The Sun recently published three compelling commentaries on systemic issues in our educational system ("Urban schools will fail if disruptive students remain," "Finding teachers who care," and "Equality in education may suffer under Trump," Nov. 22). The first two spoke to the disruptive behavior...

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Blame schools for disruptions

Tue, 22 Nov 2016 13:26:00 PST

I am writing in response to Jonathan David Farley's commentary, "Urban schools will fail if disruptive students remain" (Nov. 21). As a Baltimore resident and a social worker who has worked with children and families both in Baltimore and the surrounding counties, I argue that the opposite is true....

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The real problem with Dance's adjunct teaching job

Tue, 22 Nov 2016 13:26:00 PST

When Dallas Dance was hired to be superintendent of Baltimore County Public Schools, I had reservations due to his lack of classroom experience, which did not meet the job description's minimum requirements. However, I wished for his success, not least because I have two daughters in the system....

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Who needs experience in government?

Tue, 22 Nov 2016 13:26:00 PST

I read the article which stated that Dr. Ben Carson said he would give any offer concerning a position in the Trump administration "serious consideration" ("Trump says he is considering Ben Carson to lead U.S. housing department," Nov. 22)

Several days before, Dr. Carson's spokesman told several...

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Be like Obama: Pardon a turkey

Mon, 21 Nov 2016 13:40:00 PST

President Barack Obama took a break from Trump transition to pardon two turkeys. Every one of us can exercise that presidential pardon power on Thanksgiving by giving thanks for health and happiness while skipping gratuitous violence.

The 235 million turkeys killed in the U.S. this year have nothing...

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Homeless aren't going away

Mon, 21 Nov 2016 13:40:00 PST

Last week, news organizations around the country, including The Baltimore Sun, reported on U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development figures suggesting that homelessness has declined ("Homelessness declines by 8 percent in Maryland," Nov. 18).

To paraphrase Mark Twain, rumors of the demise...

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Traffic stops don't show police bias

Mon, 21 Nov 2016 13:40:00 PST

With the election of the abominable Donald Trump, instances of actual racism will not be difficult to find. The Baltimore Sun need not try so hard ("Driving while black," Nov. 20). It recently reported, for example, that in Baltimore County, "black drivers were targeted in 50 percent of reported...

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Wonder women

Mon, 21 Nov 2016 10:54:00 PST

The Sunday before Election Day, I bought a book "Wonder Women: 25 Innovators, Inventors and Trailblazers Who Changed History" for a very special, intelligent, and curious 9-year-old girl. I planned to give it to her for Christmas so she could see that Hillary Clinton was part of a long line of...

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Even under Trump, U.S. must remain the indispensable nation

Mon, 21 Nov 2016 10:54:00 PST

What would our world be like without U.S. leadership and presence around the globe? With the War on Terror contained, many Americans feel it is time to reclaim the billions spent to police the world and reinvest it in our own country. It's a tempting idea. Imagine redirecting the billions of dollars...

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Finding teachers who care

Mon, 21 Nov 2016 10:54:00 PST

I applaud the mother of the student who was ejected by a teacher who used a racial epithet ("Parent who posted video of Baltimore teacher wishes she hadn't been fired," Nov. 19). Erica Deminds was accurate in her observation of what may have caused the confrontation. She obviously is aware of what...

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Enough about Clinton's votes

Mon, 21 Nov 2016 10:54:00 PST

Recently, The Sun published an editorial that touched on Hillary Clinton's over 1 million vote lead in the popular vote for president. A check of any of the traditional media websites coving the election will confirm the truth of that ("Your own facts," Nov. 18). It does not matter! Why is Donald...

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Jody Albright: A quiet force in Md. arts

Mon, 21 Nov 2016 10:54:00 PST

Jody Albright died last week. After the funeral, the four of us who had worked with her, got together over coffee and told stories about the important role she had played in promoting the arts in Baltimore and the state of Maryland. We remembered her as an indomitable person who was never afraid...

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No, Baltimore homelessness isn't dropping, and no, what we're doing isn't helping

Mon, 21 Nov 2016 10:54:00 PST

As fairly well known homeless outreach workers, hardly a week passes when we are not asked if we are seeing more people on the streets these days. The answer is, unfortunately, yes. Then this morning via The Sun, the Federal government informs us that homelessness is on the decline throughout the...

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Will Hogan stand up to hate?

Mon, 21 Nov 2016 10:54:00 PST

We are Maryland voters from all over our state writing to request that Gov. Larry Hogan make a statement publicly and clearly condemning racial and religious hatred and extremism in our state ("Frosh launches Maryland hate crime hotline," Nov. 17). These acts are inconsistent with our deeply held...

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Trump won't grow up

Mon, 21 Nov 2016 10:54:00 PST

So Donald Trump is upset that a cast member of the show "Hamilton" used the privilege of free speech to respectfully address Vice President-elect Mike Pence and quickly began to rant and rave and tweet ("'Hamilton' actor: 'There's nothing to apologize for,'" Nov. 21). Did anyone really expect him...

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Save the John W. Brown

Mon, 21 Nov 2016 10:54:00 PST

The Baltimore Sun article, "Journalist and author Ruth Gruber dies in NY at age 105" (Nov. 18th) should be of interest to Baltimoreans and Marylanders for a number of reasons. Gruber's book, "Haven: The Dramatic Story of 1,000 World War II Refugees and How They Came to America," depicted her conducting...

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Scale the climate cliff

Mon, 21 Nov 2016 10:54:00 PST

The steep hill that climate and environmental advocates have previously faced now looks more like a sheer cliff after the election of President-elect Donald Trump ("The limits of a Trump EPA," Nov. 17). But cliffs are scalable. We may need to trade in our walking sticks for ropes, but we must not...

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Resist Trump respectfully

Fri, 18 Nov 2016 12:19:00 PST

I agree that the "new regime" in Washington, as Maryland Treasurer Nancy Kopp put it, should be opposed ("Maryland treasurer asks Larry Hogan to continue 'open opposition' to Donald Trump," Nov. 16), but it needs to be done in a respectful way. The hate speech that has begun in Maryland is unacceptable;...

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To support a bullied child doesn't equate to exclusion

Fri, 18 Nov 2016 12:19:00 PST

I thought common sense would prevail; therefore, while I shared my opinion with my constituents and others who asked, I assumed it was unnecessary to publicly comment about Baltimore County Public Schools' Superintendent Dallas Dance's post-election retweet was unnecessary ("The Dance tweet," Nov....

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No sanctuary for illegal immigrants

Fri, 18 Nov 2016 12:19:00 PST

Declaring that the election of President-elect Donald Trump creates "a very scary environment for new Americans," Baltimore City Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake reaffirmed Baltimore City as a sanctuary city for illegal immigrants ("Mayor: Baltimore is a 'welcoming city' for immigrants and refugees,"...

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Speak up, Gov. Hogan

Fri, 18 Nov 2016 12:19:00 PST

Never before in my life have I been ashamed to be a Marylander. But the silence of our state's executive in the light of racist incidents in our region following the election of Donald J. Trump to the presidency has changed that ("Maryland treasurer asks Larry Hogan to continue 'open opposition'...

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Tweet-gate obscures real issues in BCPS

Fri, 18 Nov 2016 12:19:00 PST

I've witnessed the backlash and support for Baltimore County Superintendent Dallas Dance's recent retweet that made a poor use of words such as "non-whites" being shown love and protection after the presidential election ("The Dance tweet," Nov. 14). I read the bantering opinions of two school...

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Forget regulation, a carbon tax will clean the air

Fri, 18 Nov 2016 12:19:00 PST

Scott Dance's article, "Maryland asks EPA to crack down on pollution from Midwest coal plants" (Nov. 16), highlights the problem with regulation. Rules seem like a smart fix, but businesses do the bare minimum to comply because of costs. Now a slurry of states are suing the EPA over air pollution....

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38 BCPS parents: Dance should stay, Miller should resign

Fri, 18 Nov 2016 10:06:00 PST

As parents of Baltimore County Public Schools students we write to express our support for Superintendent Dallas Dance against school board member Ann Miller's absurd demand for his resignation ("BCPS board member: Dallas Dance must go," Nov. 15). Ms. Miller wrote that Mr. Dance should step down...

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Paul Ryan is a pragmatist

Fri, 18 Nov 2016 09:47:00 PST

In her recent commentary, E.R. Shipp labeled House Speaker Paul Ryan as one of the "worst sort of sycophants" ("We must 'agitate, agitate, agitate' in the Trump era," Nov. 15). Why?

In his capacity as Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, one of Mr. Ryan's important functions is to work...

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Dance should stay, Miller should go

Fri, 18 Nov 2016 09:47:00 PST

Ann Miller, a member of the Baltimore County Board of Education, should be required to take and pass a sensitivity training course if she is allowed to remain on the board ("BCPS board member: Dallas Dance must go," Nov. 15). Of course, a better choice would be for her to resign.

We really do not...

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Miller ignores minority concerns

Fri, 18 Nov 2016 09:47:00 PST

The Baltimore Sun recently published a commentary by Ann Miller, a Baltimore County Board of Education member, concerning the "controversial" retweet by Superintendent Dallas Dance ("BCPS board member: Dallas Dance must go," Nov. 15).

Ms. Miller explains why she opposed Mr. Dance's contract renewal,...

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One person, one vote

Fri, 18 Nov 2016 09:47:00 PST

Your editorial regarding the Electoral College ("Ditch the Electoral College? Yes we can," Nov. 13) appeared in The Meadville (Pa.) Tribune. For those of us who advocate for election reform, a way to rid the country of the archaic college was a relief.

With today's communications abilities, there...

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Electoral College serves a purpose

Fri, 18 Nov 2016 09:47:00 PST

Calls for scrapping the Electoral College or making an end run around it via the Electoral College compact are ill advised ("One person, one vote," Nov. 14). The Sun states that, "the biggest reason to ditch the Electoral College is that it violates the principle that each American voter should...

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Bishops should support female priests, same-sex marriage

Fri, 18 Nov 2016 09:47:00 PST

I am grateful that The Baltimore Sun has been giving coverage to the Catholic bishops' annual fall assembly as this is an important gathering. It was reported, "The bishops have made it clear they view refugees and immigrants from a pastoral, not a political, perspective, welcoming them as a matter...

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If you're angry, take action, but be nice

Wed, 16 Nov 2016 13:45:00 PST

I write not to spout pro-Hillary or pro-Trump rhetoric, but to offer some reflective positivity. The election is over, and Donald Trump has won. I realize it is not the result that many people wanted or expected, and I was shocked by this outcome as well. This was a close race and probably one...

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The dreadful campaign solicitations are over - for now

Wed, 16 Nov 2016 13:45:00 PST

Two blessed results of the election: (1) it's over, and (2) the spigot of personal email solicitations has been shut off — for now.

Starting in the summer and continuing until election day, I heard almost daily from five Democratic candidates and organizations (two in my native Montana, where of...

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Why Trump opponents can't move on

Wed, 16 Nov 2016 12:29:00 PST

Since the election, many of those who supported Donald Trump and are pleased with the outcome seem perplexed as to why we who didn't, and aren't, don't seem able to move on ("We must 'agitate, agitate, agitate' in the Trump era," Nov. 15). Why are the progressives protesting, picketing and otherwise...

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Voters aren't racists

Wed, 16 Nov 2016 12:29:00 PST

Regarding Dan Rodricks recent column ("A vote against as much as a vote for," Nov. 8), the level of his ignorance knows no limits. As the saying goes, you are entitled to your own opinion but not your own facts.

I will acknowledge that many voters cast their ballot on their hatred of Donald Trump's...

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Sun wrong to publish Miller 'screed'

Wed, 16 Nov 2016 12:29:00 PST

I read Ann Miller's commentary ("BCPS board member: Dallas Dance must go," Nov. 15) and then I watched her talk on Vimeo about the five things most important to her. The Sun gave her long piece prominent display, and Ms. Miller revealed her own very conservative, right wing stance on the threat...

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Baltimore County 'ax-grinding'

Wed, 16 Nov 2016 12:29:00 PST

The Sun's headline on the commentary by Ann Miller about Dallas Dance refers to an "uproar" that I have heard about only from Ann Miller ("Dallas Dance retweet causes uproar," Nov. 16). In fact, her rant against Mr. Dance seems even more politically motivated than she regards his Twitter post.

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Question Trump, not Dance

Wed, 16 Nov 2016 12:29:00 PST

As a former Baltimore County Public Schools educator and parent of a scholar-athlete BCPS graduate, I am responding to Ann Miller's commentary ("BCPS board member: Dallas Dance must go," Nov. 15). She obviously has questioned Dallas Dance on several occasions and has finally found a cause which...

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We need better candidates

Wed, 16 Nov 2016 12:29:00 PST

The article, "Trump victory sparks activism" (Nov. 12), touches on many points but leaves out one massive change. This change is in how easily we the voters will accept and support those seeking to be elected or re-elected. If this election is proof of anything, it's that it is long past time for...

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Stop using 'racist' label

Tue, 15 Nov 2016 12:27:00 PST

Regardless of where one stands in today's divisive political climate. it should be apparent that the need to talk things out is more important than ever. Unfortunately, reasoned dialogue in the middle ground has been replaced by the shouting from the extreme wings of both parties. There is plenty...

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Is Trump trying to make America white again?

Tue, 15 Nov 2016 12:27:00 PST

Not a week after the election and already in the I-really-didn't-mean-exactly-what-I-said phase (the wall, the Affordable Care Act), President-elect Donald Trump has certainly provoked his base ("Trump selection draws fire," Nov. 15). On the other hand, his appointments guarantee a Make-America-white-again...

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Electoral College is unfair

Tue, 15 Nov 2016 12:27:00 PST

The Founding Fathers were brilliant in forming the rules for our new nation, and most of them still hold true. However, given the advancement in communications, transportation and the development of the once barren, far reaching areas, the Electoral College has become an unfair vehicle that usurps...

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Staying wary of marijuana

Tue, 15 Nov 2016 12:27:00 PST

It comes as no surprise that Maryland physicians are reticent to sign up for the state's marijuana program ("Few doctors sign on to recommend medical marijuana in Maryland," Nov. 14). Unlike states that were early entrees into this market, the medical community in Maryland has learned something...

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Hogan lost Md. the FBI headquarters

Tue, 15 Nov 2016 12:27:00 PST

On Nov. 11, The Sun printed an article headlined "Gov. Larry Hogan says Donald Trump could help Maryland land FBI headquarters." I disagree. Because Governor Hogan insulted President-elect Donald Trump by not supporting him and not going to the Republican National Convention, there is little hope...

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The left's hate-filled narrative

Tue, 15 Nov 2016 12:27:00 PST

Since Donald Trump's victory last week, media outlets have been reporting on an uptick in "hate speech" and incidents in which Donald Trump supporters are targeting minorities ("Frosh: 'upwelling' of hate speech in Maryland should be reported," Nov. 14). Although it should be shocking that this...

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