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Baltimore has it right on cats

Mon, 25 Sep 2017 10:20:00 PDT

This week, a City Council committee is reviewing Baltimore’s landmark Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) program for community cats, sometimes called feral cats. These discussions offer the opportunity to review the success of Baltimore’s 10-year-old TNR program, which has served as a model for the nation.


Ravens players embarrassed the country

Mon, 25 Sep 2017 09:20:00 PDT

Oh, how I’d loved to have been a fly on the wall at Buckingham Palace Sunday (“Ravens national anthem protest — first in a series in NFL — draws praise, anger from fans,” Sept. 24)! What was the reaction of Queen Elizabeth II as the Baltimore Ravens publicly disrespected our national anthem but...


People of color are coddled

Mon, 25 Sep 2017 09:10:00 PDT

On its front page on Monday, The Sun published a photo of a number of Ravens players kneeling down during the playing of our national anthem (“Ravens national anthem protest — first in a series in NFL — draws praise, anger from fans,” Sept. 24).

Why? Apparently it was the players' way of demonstrating...


NFL players have nothing to protest

Mon, 25 Sep 2017 09:05:00 PDT

I “took a knee” on the NFL yesterday and last night and will for upcoming games, boycotting players’ disrespect of our flag (“Ravens national anthem protest — first in a series in NFL — draws praise, anger from fans,” Sept. 24). What are they protesting, only $2.2 million a year as an average income...


Vets fought to protect freedom of speech

Mon, 25 Sep 2017 09:00:00 PDT

Here is my take on the recent events regarding the behavior by NFL players coaches and owners during the national anthem (“Ravens national anthem protest — first in a series in NFL — draws praise, anger from fans,” Sept. 24). First, the contract between the NFL owners and players does not “prohibit”...


No one has a monopoly on patriotism

Mon, 25 Sep 2017 08:55:00 PDT

So you think that your patriotism is better than my patriotism, huh (“Ravens national anthem protest — first in a series in NFL — draws praise, anger from fans,” Sept. 24)? That, as my father would say, is horse hockey.

But, just for the sake of argument, let’s say President Donald Trump is right....


Angry about 'ignorant' Ravens protest

Mon, 25 Sep 2017 08:45:00 PDT

To watch the ignorant Baltimore Ravens players and former players, Ray Lewis, Terrell Suggs and others kneel during the Star Spangled Banner on Sunday showed such disrespect for the men and woman who fought and died that I cannot put it in words (“Ravens national anthem protest — first in a series...


Football protest is a disrespectful distraction

Mon, 25 Sep 2017 08:40:00 PDT

I understand the First Amendment. But, there is a respectful way to express your opinion. It shouldn't be at the expense of others (“Ravens national anthem protest — first in a series in NFL — draws praise, anger from fans,” Sept. 24). And it shouldn't be in a way that minimizes others’ efforts...


NFL players' protest not a sign of disrespect

Mon, 25 Sep 2017 08:35:00 PDT

Thank goodness we live in a country where we can express our differences of opinion without fear (“Ravens national anthem protest — first in a series in NFL — draws praise, anger from fans,” Sept. 24). The kneeling is not lack of respect for our flag or our country but rather a voice of protest...


Baker: Prince George's Amazon bid is good for the entire state

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 14:51:00 PDT

When Amazon announced that it was looking for a place to build its new headquarters and would be accepting proposals, countless states, counties and cities began touting why they are best place for Amazon’s new HQ2. The Hogan administration responded appropriately by instructing all 24 local jurisdictions...


Educators can begin teaching civic engagement right now

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 08:40:00 PDT

In their op-ed, professors Alison Rios Millett McCartney and Elizabeth Matto call for higher education institutions to support the development of students into engaged and active citizens (“Teaching civic engagement,” Sept. 19). They’re right, and their call should echo in the halls of our K-12...


Healthcare bill shows where Republican priorities lie

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 08:30:00 PDT

The Republicans in the U.S. Congress are poised to pass legislation that will bring havoc to the American health care system (“Graham-Cassidy bill would cut funding to 34 states, report shows,” Sept. 20). Many millions of Americans, primarily low income, handicapped and elderly will lose their...


Why does Kamenetz want to be governor?

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 08:10:00 PDT

I guess Kevin Kamenetz wanting to be governor has something to do with him filling more of his bank account with lifetime guaranteed money (“Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz joins Democratic race for governor,” Sept. 18). I am sure he will take all of his partners in crime with him to...


Pursuit of Obamacare repeal goes against Republican ideals

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 07:55:00 PDT

Republican elected officials and their supporters claim to be the party of “personal responsibility.” If that is truly the major plank of their ideological platform, why do they continue to try to repeal and replace Obamacare (“Repeal and replace redux,” Sept. 20)? After all, it mandates that people...


Baltimore County should have pursued circus animal ban

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 09:30:00 PDT

Across the country, diverse cities such as New York and Los Angeles, multiple counties, and even entire states have passed legislation to do away with traveling wild animal acts, yet Baltimore County missed the opportunity to be a leader in Maryland on this important and timely issue (“Councilwoman...


Kamenetz didn't care about overcrowded high schools until he started running for governor

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 09:15:00 PDT

What a coincidence, just days after announcing his plans to run for governor, Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz decides to do something about school overcrowding in North East Baltimore County (“Kamenetz to propose planning money for two new high schools in FY19 budget,” Sept. 19). School...


There is a solution to the North Korean crisis

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 08:15:00 PDT

I pretty much agree with your editorial on the North Korean part of President Donald Trump's UN speech ("Who's the madman, Kim or Trump", Sept. 19). Yes, Mr. Trump is both threatening even greater harm to the North Korean people than its own government has inflicted and increasing the the likelihood...


Buprenorphine not a solution for drug treatment

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 08:05:00 PDT

I have a few questions about the article “Baltimore Health Department seeks to double buprenorphine treatment” (Sept. 19) and a couple of comments.

My first question is, who's paying for this new entitlement to happen? Secondly, what's the cost to the taxpayers? Well, the answer to the first question...


It's time for real solutions at the Department of Public Works

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 07:50:00 PDT

The latest water billing computer glitch seems to be just another day at the Department of Public Works (“DPW announces glitch in latest Baltimore water bills,” Sept. 18). After accidentally shortening the billing cycle for some customers, DPW issued a statement without so much as a short apology...


Graham-Cassidy is bad for Maryland, and the whole country

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 07:35:00 PDT

We at the Maryland Health Care For All Coalition commend our two U.S. senators, Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen, for strongly opposing the disastrous new Senate proposal to gut the Affordable Care Act and deny health care to hundreds of thousands of Marylanders and millions of Americans. We also...


When looking to improve city schools, dig deep

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 13:10:00 PDT

I'm elated our state's Department of Education is putting more emphasis on Baltimore schools (“Maryland education department, Baltimore public schools sign agreement to improve failing schools,” Sept. 19). However, I'm not sure that school leadership, what this article states the endeavor intends...


Kamenetz must replace Dulaney High School

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 11:45:00 PDT

As County Executive Kevin Kamenetz announced funding for two new high schools on Tuesday morning — Towson High and another in the Central Northeast area, (either Perry Hall or Dulaney), he seems to have forgotten the facts corrected and presented over the past four years by the DHS community (“...


UB President Kurt Schmoke stuck to his principles

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 10:10:00 PDT

In reading the vitriolic objections to Secretary of Education, Betsy DeVos, I am proud of the institution of higher learning where I earned my post graduate degree (“University of Baltimore students protest Betsy DeVos as fall commencement speaker,” Sept. 11). The University of Baltimore is an...


Trump is the madman

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 10:00:00 PDT

Clearly Donald Trump is the madman (“Who's the madman, Kim or Trump?,” Sept. 19). Not only is he the "bullying, crybaby adolescent,” he is super thin-skinned, which on its own is problematic. Our allies and foes have seen his total "playbook" of tweets, threats, name-calling and lies. Not to mention...


What is The Sun thinking?

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 09:55:00 PDT

If we waited for the corrupt U.N. to act, we would be fools. Your editorial shows your naive approach to world politics (“Who's the madman, Kim or Trump?,” Sept. 19). You desperately need new blood on your board. I am retired, have several grad degrees, and available to help you out of that narrow...


Trump's United Nations speech will encourage nuclear proliferation

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 09:45:00 PDT

The article “Trump defends ‘America first’ foreign policy at U.N., threatens to ‘totally destroy’ North Korea” (Sept. 19) got it partially right but didn’t complete the circle. North Korea is on an unassailable course to become the world’s 10th member of the nuclear-weapons club. If the United...


Graham-Cassidy is more of the same from the GOP

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 09:40:00 PDT

The Republicans are certainly persistent in their drive to take health insurance away from millions, primarily poor, citizens. And make insurance more expensive for those with preexisting conditions (“Graham-Cassidy bill would cut funding to 34 states, report shows,” Sept. 20). I get the sense...


A word of caution about rescheduled Ravens DNA Day

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 09:30:00 PDT

We read with interest the article (“Promotion offering DNA test kits to Ravens fans to be rescheduled,” Sept. 17) regarding the postponed Ravens promotional direct to consumer (DTC) DNA test kit giveaway. While we were pleased to see that Maryland state officials intervened, the event may still...


A closer look at Baltimore's housing numbers

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 10:35:00 PDT

In response to David Placher’s letter, “Be wary of buying a home in Baltimore” (Sept. 13), I offer insight as to the market dynamics that lowered the median sales price in the city during the month of August. First-time buyers mainly consisting of millennials are a growing market segment, and areas...


Laws against beer and wine in grocery stores have economic repercussions

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 10:25:00 PDT

My husband and I are transplants from California where any liquor can be obtained at all grocery and drug stores (“Should Maryland grocery stores sell beer?,” Sept. 6). There are also liquor stores, which have no trouble staying in business. If a survey were taken here, most likely there would...


"All options" can have dangerous and lasting repercussions

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 10:20:00 PDT

In his approach to the North Korean dilemma, President Donald Trump has repeatedly stated, "all options are on the table.” ("U.S. warns that time is running out for peaceful solution with North Korea," Sept. 17) Based on past history, I worry that "all options" can include doing something terribly...


Maryland can't use noise data to sue FAA

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 10:10:00 PDT

When Attorney General Brian Frosh sues the FAA over NextGen noise, he won’t be able to use noise exposures as a legal argument (“Hogan directs Frosh to sue FAA over BWI noise,” Sept. 12). The FAA sets 65 decibels as a legal noise exposure for areas outside of noise zones. However, the Maryland...


Thanks for the good news

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 10:00:00 PDT

Thanks again for another great front page picture of a Baltimore winner. This time it was not for an individual national championship in chess but one of nine winners of Baltimore's first teen business competition. Sixteen-year-old Sade M. Jackson won for designing her own inspirational t-shirts,...


Kamenetz is running for governor, not president

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 09:50:00 PDT

Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz seemed to be very confused at his kick off for his gubernatorial run (“Kamenetz announces campaign amid question about Baltimore County employee's email,” Sept. 18). Several times Mr. Kamenetz invoked the names of Donald Trump, Paul Ryan and Jeff Sessions....


Hogan's has no credibility on transit

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 09:40:00 PDT

It is amusing to read that the Hogan state government will help lure Amazon to Baltimore with "transit projects" when Gov. Larry Hogan himself smothered the most important, years-planned transit project that would have helped get people from many parts of the city and Baltimore County to a whole...


"Renter Week of Action" calls attention to housing crisis

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 09:35:00 PDT

The advent of a “Renter Week of Action” being held in 45 cities nationally this week, organized by Homes for All, a national non-profit group, had me searching out a Sun article of a few months back which proclaimed “Flood of new apartments in Baltimore raises question: Are there too many?” (June...


Archdiocese must release records related to nun's death

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 11:00:00 PDT

It is standard operating procedure on the part of the Baltimore archdiocese to stonewall a petition requesting records on A. Joseph Maskell (“Baltimore archdiocese responds to petition calling for release of ‘Keepers’ priest Maskell’s files,” Sept. 16). “The Keepers” Netflix documentary is very...


UB's Schmoke must admit he made a mistake

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 10:25:00 PDT

I'm sure the protest movement at University of Baltimore will appreciate The Baltimore Sun's editorial board standing with the principles driving our dissent, even if you believe our preference to rescind Education Secretary Betsy DeVos' invitation is inappropriate (“DeVos’ lesson for UB,” Sept....


Racism is a problem for everyone

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 10:05:00 PDT

I read with interest Kevin Shird’s commentary (“The problem isn’t white nationals, it’s white moderates,” Sept. 15) about how only white moderates are the problem. Had I written the article, I would have called it, “White and black moderates are America’s problem.”

I propose that there are both...


Stop the education blame game

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 09:55:00 PDT

Governor Hogan and the blame game (“Hogan refuses to sign off on Maryland education plan,” Sept. 14) is a great eye opener for pointing out what is wrong with the entire public educational system in Maryland. We learn of Governor Hogan’s disapproval of the Maryland School Board plan, but with all...


Consider the environment before building border wall

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 09:45:00 PDT

It was refreshing to finally see some discussion re: "the wall" and it's environmental impact in the general media (“Border wall endangers animal communities too,” Sept. 13). I worked on the Alaskan pipeline in the 1970s, and not only were there exhausting studies completed prior to the first shovel...


Who decides which politicians are devout?

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 09:35:00 PDT

Why does reporter John Fritze refer to Andy Harris as a "devout Catholic” (“From Baltimore County, Rep. Harris takes an active role in District of Columbia,” Sept. 13)? I think of Dr. Harris as sanctimonious, arrogant, egotistical and authoritarian. Obviously, I can't read Dr. Harris' conscience,...


Remembering William Neill III

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 09:20:00 PDT

The sports medicine community of Baltimore has lost a true pioneer with the passing of Bill Neill. As chief physical therapist at Kernan Hospital for fifty years, he was a legend for his accomplishments and innovations that were truly innovative. More important were his clinical skills, his ability...


Beer sales in groceries has serious downside

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 09:15:00 PDT

Should beer be sold in groceries? Yes, says Wally Knapp of Ellicott City (“Yes, Maryland grocery stores should sell beer,” Sept. 11) based on projected tax revenue and “because many folks these days simply don’t have the time or inclination to make a second trip to a liquor store after already...


Clean energy leadership requires wisdom

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 09:10:00 PDT

Scott Dance wrote about a coalition of special interests who want to mandate that half of Maryland’s electricity to come from renewable sources (“New campaign seeks to require half of Maryland energy to come from renewable sources,” Sept. 13).

Our goal is dramatically different than the coalition’s...


Dear D.C., Sorry about Andy Harris

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 09:10:00 PDT

I would like to extend an apology to the District of Columbia for inflicting Andy Harris on them (“From Baltimore County, Rep. Harris takes an active role in District of Columbia,” Sept. 13). I promise to do my best to get this monumentally obnoxious man out of office as soon as possible. Hang...


Will DeVos do the right thing for UB grads?

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 08:55:00 PDT

The Sun’s editorial Sunday was spot on (“DeVos' lesson for UB,” Sept. 15): several UB students have expressed their views on why they don’t want Betsy DeVos to speak at their commencement, and these views make sense.

I do have two questions, however: First, What is so bad about “disinviting” someone...


The Sun's tax reform hypocrisy

Fri, 15 Sep 2017 12:10:00 PDT

The Tax Policy Center claims the tax cuts President Donald Trump outlined would increase the deficit by $7.2 trillion over the first decade, and The Sun seems to be appalled by that number (“How about Trump-Schumer-Pelosi tax reform?” Sept. 13)! Where was The Sun's outrage when President Barack...


We must do more to fight hunger

Fri, 15 Sep 2017 09:45:00 PDT

Thank you to Andrea McDaniels for her article about food insecurity in Maryland (“Fewer Maryland families going without enough to eat,” Sept. 8). The reported downward trend of Marylanders who face food insecurity — from 13 percent to 10 percent — is great news. The not-great news is that 1 in...


There is no dispute: Comey leaked

Fri, 15 Sep 2017 09:30:00 PDT

Even in this age of nascent Orwellian manipulation of facts and history by formerly respected media organs, where spin that should be labeled as editorial is routinely injected into supposedly factual recitations, The Sun's unequivocal declaration that "no memos were leaked by Comey" is glaring...


Teachers must be tuned in to students

Fri, 15 Sep 2017 08:55:00 PDT

I believe the best description of the current state of schooling appeared in the recent op-ed entitled “Seeing the child in the student,” (Sept. 11). The demands of curriculum have indeed overtaken the demands of community in the schools to the point that teachers feel they have little or insufficient...


Kevin Davis: The commissioner gets jury duty

Fri, 15 Sep 2017 08:30:00 PDT

My recent day of jury duty started off with the typical dread that others undoubtedly experience. How can I be unavailable for an entire day? I can't possibly be without my cell phone for so long! I most certainly will never be chosen to serve on a trial, so what's the point of sitting in a crowded...


Lawmakers must protect horses against slaughter

Thu, 14 Sep 2017 11:00:00 PDT

Last week, the House Rules Committee rejected two bipartisan amendments to government funding bills that would have protected horses. The first would have prevented horse slaughter plants from reopening here in the United States. Horse slaughter is inherently cruel, uses barbaric and painful methods...


Hillary and the Democrats don't get it

Thu, 14 Sep 2017 10:45:00 PDT

After watching Hillary Clinton on the Today Show and reading about her explanations for why she lost last November’s election, I have to conclude that she still doesn’t get it and probably never will. She seems to offer only the same “party line,” corporate-approved reasons that we’ve been hearing...


UB students could benefit from DeVos' ideas

Thu, 14 Sep 2017 10:25:00 PDT

Op-ed writer Alex Robinson ought to look at the U.S. standing in education across the world before throwing stones (and poorly throwing at that) at those who have different ideas (“UB student: Let us graduate in peace,” Sept. 12). The U.S. is not doing very well versus other industrialized nations...


Vandalism of Key statue continues disturbing pattern

Thu, 14 Sep 2017 10:10:00 PDT

The defacing and removal of our historical monuments continues unabated. The latest act of vandalism involved the defacing of a monument representing the War of 1812 (“Baltimore to keep, clean defaced Francis Scott Key statue,” Sept. 13).

The Battle of Baltimore was instrumental in holding off...


Prayers for Marcus Edwards

Thu, 14 Sep 2017 09:50:00 PDT

Tuesday, Sept. 19 is the one-year anniversary of the murder of Marcus Edwards on the corner of Loch Raven Blvd and Woodbourne Ave. (“Justice for McKenzie and Marcus,” Jan. 20). Marcus was a student at Morgan State University. No one has been arrested for this murder yet. Faith Presbyterian Church...


When white privilege is the norm, everybody loses 

Thu, 14 Sep 2017 09:35:00 PDT

Millions were appalled by the intensity of the terroristic violence of the white supremacist demonstrations in Charlottesville. The Sun’s blogger David Zurawik, even cited a “moral outrage when [President Donald] Trump refused to categorically denounce the people carrying those torches and the...


Baltimore's war on statues has begun

Thu, 14 Sep 2017 09:25:00 PDT

Baltimore’s war on statues has begun (“Baltimore to keep, clean defaced Francis Scott Key statue,” Sept. 13), and city officials claim “they know of no way to prevent future vandalism.” I suggest we place a surveillance camera near each and every monument so perpetrators could be caught in the...


Politics is always part of education — and life

Thu, 14 Sep 2017 09:10:00 PDT

After Alex Robinson graduates “in peace” without hearing from Betsy DeVos, who else will he want to shut down to give him his peace (“UB student: Let us graduate in peace,” Sept. 12)? Will he look for work in digital communications with Google? Will he be happy if they shut down ideas to give him...


A Styrofoam ban helps us all

Wed, 13 Sep 2017 12:30:00 PDT

In 1941, Dow Chemical Co. created a light, firm insulation board made of expanded polystyrene (XPS) and called it Styrofoam. It was downhill from there – we know it mostly as packaging noodles and insulation for coffee. Styrofoam is light, holds its shape, and is easy to cut/paint. That is part...


Students should listen to what DeVos has to say

Wed, 13 Sep 2017 12:25:00 PDT

The headline read, “University of Baltimore students protest Betsy DeVos as fall commencement speaker,” (Sept. 11). It looked like a real article. It even showed a picture of Kurt Schmoke, the school’s president. Reading further was Mr. Schmoke's justification for having the U.S. secretary of education...


Obama caused DACA mess, not Trump

Wed, 13 Sep 2017 12:15:00 PDT

According to Jack Kinstlinger (“Trump's DACA decision is destructive,” Sept. 7), President Donald Trump's decision to rescind DACA will be destructive to nearly 1 million immigrants. The one who made this destruction was President Barack Obama because in his own words he said he did not have the...


Leave Boston Street Alone

Wed, 13 Sep 2017 12:10:00 PDT

Having been born and raised on the 2400 block of Boston St. when trains daily ran down the street and Gibbs packing house was across the street and Aliceanna St. was called Alizanne, I have to wonder about the sense of widening it again (“Baltimore council members object to plan to turn Boston...


Affordable housing is a must for Baltimore's most vulnerable citizens

Wed, 13 Sep 2017 12:05:00 PDT

United Way of Central Maryland has a keen interest in the future of affordable housing in Baltimore City. (“Residents, advocates worry Perkins Homes' redevelopment will reduce affordable units,” Aug. 31).

United Way fights for the basic needs of citizens throughout our region — and those needs...


Trump has failed on DACA

Wed, 13 Sep 2017 12:00:00 PDT

The Trump administration has utterly failed to show “great heart” when dealing with “Dreamers,” young immigrants who came to the U.S. as children who have been vetted and granted Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) protection (“Maryland 'dreamers,' officials react to Trump's DACA move...


More reasons to let grocery stores sell beer and wine

Wed, 13 Sep 2017 11:35:00 PDT

The Sun’s editorial board is right to push Gov. Larry Hogan on alcohol sales in grocery stores (“Why not sell beer in Md. grocery stores?” Sept. 7). But they overlook two additional benefits of letting supermarkets sell booze.

First, the change could potentially play a small role in crime reduction....


Be wary of buying a home in Baltimore

Wed, 13 Sep 2017 11:30:00 PDT

Buried within all the positive news in the article, “Baltimore-area home sales and prices rose in August amid falling inventory” (Sept. 12), is an alarming fact for city residents who own homes. Baltimore is the only jurisdiction where the median sales price fell. Although this is good news for...


DeVos an inappropriate choice for commencement

Wed, 13 Sep 2017 10:55:00 PDT

Whenever disputes arise over the choice of university commencement speakers, the term “free speech” gets tossed around like a political football without any reflection on who does, and who does not, have free speech rights in the context of a university commencement.

One thing is clear: a speaker...


Where is foreign help for hurricane victims?

Wed, 13 Sep 2017 10:00:00 PDT

Every time there is a disaster in the world, we are the first country that rushes to everyone's aid. The United States is always there to help. So where is the rest of the world when we have a catastrophe? Where are the help offerings from everyone else (“FEMA estimates one-fourth of Keys homes...


What was Schmoke smoking?

Tue, 12 Sep 2017 12:40:00 PDT

What can University of Baltimore President Kurt Schmoke be thinking? Or is he thinking at all? He heads a school that prides (and markets) itself in preparing students to excel in their chosen careers. Yet he extends a speaking invitation to Betsy DeVos, a woman clearly unqualified for the very...


Will we look back at Trump presidency as the era's 9/11?

Tue, 12 Sep 2017 12:20:00 PDT

Contemplating the 16-year mark since the 9/11 disaster, it is evident that this horrendous event and the murder of President John F. Kennedy were the two biggest news events of my life. After each, I was certain that the world would never be the same again. Political murders led to a lessening...


Circus animals suffer whether you attend or not

Tue, 12 Sep 2017 12:10:00 PDT

The Baltimore Sun paraphrases my Baltimore County Councilman, Julian Jones, as seeing the use of wild animals in circuses as an issue of “personal choice,” observing that if people don’t like the use of animals in the circus, they should not attend. (“Baltimore County weighs ban on circus animals,”...


Baltimore needs real solutions for crime

Tue, 12 Sep 2017 12:05:00 PDT

Open your newspaper, turn your TV news on, and it's just another day in Baltimore. More shooting, another death and still no real cooperation from the public (“Baltimore police: Man, 39, killed, five others wounded in recent gunfire,” Sept. 12).

Obviously, people are frightened and don't want to...


Help available to find affordable health care

Tue, 12 Sep 2017 11:55:00 PDT

Three months ago, The Baltimore Sun published a commentary regarding the importance of making efforts in easing the stress of accessing health insurance (“New report shows strides, setbacks for America’s children,” June 13). With all the coverage of the Affordable Care Act and the prospects for...


Should Styrofoam products be banned?

Tue, 12 Sep 2017 08:30:00 PDT

Some information about polystyrene insulating-foam, food packaging to consider (“Baltimore council members to try again to ban Styrofoam products,” Sept. 11):

Said food packaging is regulated by the FDA and said packaging must pass rigid testing before it is approved. Paper packaging, which also...


Disciplinary trials won't bring justice

Tue, 12 Sep 2017 08:20:00 PDT

The persistence of State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby, with complicit support from Police Commissioner Kevin Davis, to use whatever means possible to punish the five police officers charged in the Freddie Gray case is appalling (“Public disciplinary trials scheduled for five Baltimore police officers...


DACA was a blessing

Tue, 12 Sep 2017 08:10:00 PDT

I do not know if it was constitutional for President Barack Obama to take executive action in establishing the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program (DACA), but it was the right thing to do. I strongly disagree with Tim Robinson’s contention in the letter “President Trump did the right...


World language skills matter for U.S. national security

Tue, 12 Sep 2017 07:35:00 PDT

Sixteen years ago, the U.S. lost almost 3,000 lives to an Al Qaeda-led terrorist attack. Inarguably, these tragic events have had an enormous impact on our daily life at home as well as on the international relations.

As we commemorate the 16th anniversary of the attacks, the first thing we have...


Stop demonizing straight white guys

Tue, 12 Sep 2017 07:30:00 PDT

Your editorial (“Don't open door to sexual assault on campus,” Sept. 11) on alleged campus assaults is a disgraceful, bigoted, anti-male piece of garbage. The existence of kangaroo courts at schools has been well-documented; your ignoring of this puts you on the same level as Fox Noise in terms...


Reaching out to end ignorance of Islam

Tue, 12 Sep 2017 07:25:00 PDT

Despite diversity being a hallmark of our nation, the majority of Americans have never met a Muslim, according to research conducted by the Pew Polling Center. To combat this staggering fact, hundreds of Muslims hit the streets through America's 70 chapters of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Youth Association...


When will we start investing in the future of our planet?

Tue, 12 Sep 2017 07:20:00 PDT

When will we start investing in the future of our planet? The $15.3 billion approved by Senate for aid to the victims of Harvey (“Senate passes $15.3 billion aid for Harvey relief, debt ceiling increase,” Sept. 7) raises the question: how much will the government shoulder in expenses for domestic...


Campus rape policies must be revisited

Tue, 12 Sep 2017 07:10:00 PDT

Your editorial ("Don't open the door to sexual assault on campus," Sept. 11) demonstrates a frightening "ends justifies the means" attitude unworthy of a major metropolitan newspaper. I am certainly no fan of Education Secretary Betsy DeVos or President Donald Trump, but when she suggests that...


Howard County's school redistricting plan is disruptive

Tue, 12 Sep 2017 07:00:00 PDT

Choose Civility is an ongoing community-wide initiative to position Howard County as a model of civility. In recent months, the Howard County school redistricting process has broken the mission of "Choose Civility" by offering no respect, consideration or empathy to the communities' quality of...


Yes, Maryland grocery stores should sell beer

Mon, 11 Sep 2017 13:45:00 PDT

Thanks to The Sun for reporting on the issue of the sales of beer and wine in grocery stores (“Should Maryland grocery stores sell beer?,” Sept. 6). Clearly, Maryland is out of touch with the majority of other states thanks to the power of the liquor lobby in Annapolis.

I have another perspective...


After the storms, praise for lawmakers and responders

Mon, 11 Sep 2017 13:35:00 PDT

Now that the winds of Irma and Harvey have died, thanks are rolling in for first responders, BGE employees, and many volunteers who rescue storm victims and help clean up the mess afterward (“Baltimore Gas and Electric employees go to help fix outages in Florida,” Sept. 10). Their brave actions...


Keep Betsy DeVos away from the University of Baltimore's graduation

Mon, 11 Sep 2017 13:05:00 PDT

University of Baltimore President Kurt Schmoke’s invitation to Education Secretary Betsy DeVos (“Betsy DeVos to speak at University of Baltimore fall commencement,” Sept. 8) to give the commencement address on December 18 is completely contrary to what the University of Baltimore has always stood...


Anger over Towson covenants is much ado about nothing

Mon, 11 Sep 2017 12:50:00 PDT

According to Sun reporter Alison Knezevich's article ("Residents of Towson neighborhood confront racist legacy of covenants," Sept. 10) 75 years or older wording in Rogers Forge original deeds give the moral entrepreneurs' yet another thing to vent an indignation du jour over. Apparently once upon...


We can't erase slavery or the Civil War from American history

Mon, 11 Sep 2017 12:40:00 PDT

I find it hard to believe that it has taken 40 or 50 plus years for some politician and liberals to be offended by Civil War statues and pictures of dead presidents on American money (“Cummings crafts measure to require Harriet Tubman's image on the $20 bill,” Sept. 8). Politicians do not care...