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Cecil exec: Tier map protects local authority

Fri, 28 Apr 2017 10:27:00 PDT

In 2012 my predecessor, County Executive Tari Moore, adopted a growth tier map proposal as required by the Sustainable Growth and Agricultural Preservation Act of 2012 (SB 236) passed by the General Assembly and signed into law by then-Gov. Martin O'Malley. This version was formally adopted by...

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Sun's attack on Trump is sophomoric

Fri, 28 Apr 2017 10:48:02 PDT

Wow, such an intellectual analysis regarding President Donald Trump's first 99 days in office ("Ninety-nine outrageous, disturbing, sad, inconsistent, false and astonishing days of Trump," April 27).

You may as well have written: "Trump sucks, Day 99. Trump sucks, Day 98. Trump sucks, Day 97."

Why...

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Trump is good for 99 chuckles, at least

Fri, 28 Apr 2017 10:46:00 PDT

Imagine my laughter when I turned the page of The Sun and was met with "Ninety-nine days of Trump" (April 28). And to think he and his administration assume we're not paying attention. Not! Thank you. I needed that. What a way to start the weekend.

Anne Lansey, Baltimore

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Bravo for the '99 days'

Fri, 28 Apr 2017 10:44:00 PDT

Great job on "Ninety-nine days of Trump" (April 28)!

I'm sure you will get push back from the other side, but putting it all on one page will hopefully educate those who voted for Donald Trump. It only shows how truly terrifying this administration is. Thank you for your reporting.

Mary Lohmann...

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Shame on The Sun

Fri, 28 Apr 2017 10:43:00 PDT

I just read the editorial, "Ninety-nine days of Trump" (April 28), and I am speechless! A full page in The Sun to insult our president. You may not like Donald Trump and you may not agree with a lot of what he has done, but at least show some respect for the office of the president of the United...

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The problem with open parole hearings

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 13:17:00 PDT

Dan Rodricks' recent column, "Pain, anger, and a plea for parole" (April 26), offered a rare glimpse into the emotionally charged environment of open parole hearings, but it failed to provide the larger context in which these exchanges take place. The Maryland Parole Commission's procedures for...

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Finding forgiveness for Carleana Kirby

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 13:14:00 PDT

What a sad story in Dan Rodricks' column about Carleana Kirby's appeal for parole from a 50-year sentence for, as a 15-year-old gang member, shooting and killing a person during a robbery in 1998 ("Pain, anger and a plea for parole," April 26). The real blame falls on Ms. Kirby's original family...

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Trump's hard-to-believe tax plan

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 13:13:00 PDT

Here's a great new idea from President Donald Trump: We'll give a huge tax break to corporations and, mainly, wealthy people ("Trump's tax plan: A shiny object of distraction," April 26). That will give such a gigantic boost to the economy that we won't need new taxes or spending cuts to offset...

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The Sun's editorials are biased? Well, yes

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 13:06:00 PDT

I always find it highly amusing when right wingers complain about the "bias" in The Baltimore Sun's "reporting" such as in Michael Ernest's recent letter ("Sun is as anti-Trump as The Washington Post and New York Times," April 24). Unfortunately, these folks have been listening to too much Fox...

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Why not call out the National Guard?

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 13:02:00 PDT

How many more people have to get killed or shot up before the Mayor Catherine Pugh and members of the Baltimore City Council resort to the only measure that will really make a significant difference in stopping the horrific shootings taking place every day and night in Baltimore City ("Baltimore...

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Baltimore's unhappy legacy of police brutality

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 13:01:00 PDT

On April 24, 1942, over 2,000 Baltimore African-Americans drove to Annapolis to lodge a protest over police brutality with Maryland's then-Gov. Herbert O'Conor. The impetus for their demonstration was the murder of an unarmed African-American soldier by a police officer over a petty dispute. This...

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West Baltimore is traffic-stalled

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 13:54:00 PDT

I appreciate the recent article about the light rail not living up to its potential and the excellent letter in response written by Ryan Lang ("Light rail works — but can be better," April 24). I agree with Mr. Lang's assessment that an east-west light rail would help matters, so I decided to test...

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Trump richly deserves all the criticism

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 13:54:00 PDT

In response to Michael V. Ernest's comments in The Sun ("The Sun is as anti-Trump as The Washington Post and New York Times," April 24), perhaps The Sun seems to criticize President Donald Trump simply because he is such a despicable person.

Mr. Trump is a prevaricator, a bully, an abuser and possessed...

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Trump isn't responsible for city's woes

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 13:50:00 PDT

Blaming President Donald Trump or the U.S. Department of Justice for impeding Baltimore's efforts to rebuild after Freddie Gray's death is ridiculous ("Freddie Gray and Donald Trump," April 15) President Trump has been in office for only four months and now is being accused of contributing to Baltimore's...

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Carjacking suspect should not go free

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 13:49:00 PDT

A young man was taken into custody by police for stealing a car, and it was not his first ("Teen arrested after spate of carjackings in Northwest Baltimore," April 24).

In addition, he has been arrested several times for armed robbery. I can't wait for the bleeding hearts to claim he's had a rough...

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Drugs require price controls

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 13:48:00 PDT

I am writing in response to Ian Duncan's article regarding the Maryland General Assembly passing a bill aimed at drug "price gouging" ("Maryland General Assembly passes bill aimed at drug 'price gouging,'" April 10).

Prescription drug pricing in America is a complex and multifaceted process that...

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Sun is as anti-Trump as The Washington Post and New York Times

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 12:46:00 PDT

As a longtime subscriber, I get most of my chuckles from the comic pages. However, from time to time I get some laughs from reading letters to the editor. The naive idea that The Baltimore Sun is fair and unbiased in its reporting is nothing short of "Hillary-ous" ("Trump's failures shouldn't be...

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Maryland could face medical disaster

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 12:38:00 PDT

Gov. Larry Hogan's administration should be relatively pleased by Maryland's 7.5 (out of 10) rating in the 2017 National Health Security Preparedness Index developed by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation ("Report: Maryland better prepared than average for public health emergency," April 22).

However,...

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How about solutions to police overtime?

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 12:37:00 PDT

The Sun moaned about the Baltimore police overtime fiasco but did not offer one solution, which is strange since the editorial board has solutions to all of President Donald Trump's problems, which are on a much larger scale ("Baltimore police overtime spending soars as department grapples with...

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Ocean City: Nix flying billboards, keep turbines

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 12:34:00 PDT

When I'm lounging on the Ocean City beach this summer, which do you think I would find more offensive, tiny specks on the horizon 20 miles away or the disgusting flying billboards pulled around by airplanes within hundreds of yards from the beach ("Eye on Ocean City's horizon," April 24)? If beachgoers...

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Light rail works - but can be better

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 12:33:00 PDT

The Baltimore Light Rail may not have reached its full ridership potential ("Light rail's promise remains unfulfilled — except on game days," April 24). However, I still believe that this form of transportation is useful, providing economical access to area businesses for many area residents including...

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Animal cruelty continues to be practiced

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 12:32:00 PDT

The ASPCA has designated April as "Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Month." Lately, much federal legislation has been passed or considered to the detriment of our fellow creatures.

On the first day of his new job, Interior Department Secretary Ryan Zinke lifted the ban on use of lead ammunition...

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Police applicants and the pot standard

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 11:28:00 PDT

Baltimore Police Commissioner Kevin Davis has implemented a new ruling that bars hiring of any prospective officer who has smoked marijuana in the past three years. There is no explanation as to how this standard was determined ("Maryland regulators ease restrictions on past marijuana use by prospective...

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Trump's failures shouldn't be glossed over

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 11:28:00 PDT

A reader takes The Sun to task for favoring Democrats and refusing to acknowledge that President Donald Trump has done anything that warrants praise ("GOP can't catch a break in the Sun," April 19). I, for one, admire the Sun and its fair and unbiased treatment of the news. Exactly what has our...

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Trump's actions judged too harshly

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 11:28:00 PDT

How disingenuous it is that so many people have such contempt for President Donald Trump and basically condemn him for actions taken against Syria, etc ("Military decisions shouldn't be made on impulse," April 20). If Hillary Clinton had been elected president, she would have done the very same...

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Spare others the loss I suffered because of a careless driver

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 11:28:00 PDT

Recently, a fundamental safety conversation was held across the country as Maryland hosted the observance of National Work Zone Awareness Week to promote public awareness of work zone hazards, encourage motorists to drive cautiously through work zones and commemorate lives lost in work zone crashes....

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Worrisome war of words

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 11:28:00 PDT

What really scares me about that now oft-repeated warning from the Trump administration that "all options are on the table" ("Pence warns North Korea: 'The sword stands ready,'" April 19), especially regarding North Korea, is that one of those options could be stupidity.

Herman M. Heyn, Baltimore

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What next, letting heroin users become cops?

Thu, 20 Apr 2017 13:36:00 PDT

The unfolding "reformation" of the Baltimore City Police Department continues to amaze me. When I came on to the Baltimore City Police Department in 1962, a traffic violation was enough to keep you a civilian; how progressive have we become? The ranks of the agency have been decimated, and Baltimore...

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Balto. Co. graduation statistics don't tell the whole story

Thu, 20 Apr 2017 13:26:00 PDT

One success The Sun cites for Superintendent S. Dallas Dance's tenure at Baltimore County Public Schools is the increase in graduation rates, which offer a welcome trend ("Dallas Dance resigns as Baltimore County Schools superintendent," April 18). However, there are limits to this data to keep...

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The Sun is right on in its treatment of Trump

Thu, 20 Apr 2017 13:17:00 PDT

A reader takes The Sun to task for favoring Democrats and refusing to acknowledge that President Donald Trump has done anything that warrants praise ("GOP can't catch a break in The Sun," April 20). I, for one, admire The Sun and its fair and unbiased treatment of the news.

Exactly what has our...

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Superintendent Ann Miller?

Thu, 20 Apr 2017 12:23:00 PDT

Now that Dallas Dance is finally dancing out of town ("Filling Dance's shoes," April 18) and the school board states they may not get a new superintendent in time for the July appointment date, it appears that maybe the school board is looking too far.

Ann Miller, who is a member of the school...

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Baltimore's connection to White House curator

Thu, 20 Apr 2017 12:19:00 PDT

The recent obituary for Lorraine Pearce, the original White House curator, omitted two Baltimore connections "Lorraine W. Pearce, first White House curator, dies at 82," April 20).

First, William Voss Elder III succeeded Ms. Pearce as White House curator. He was widely known in Baltimore from his...

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Foreign visitors shouldn't take U.S. jobs

Thu, 20 Apr 2017 12:00:00 PDT

Yes, H-1B visas are complicated, but they are still harmful ("Trump's not horrible immigration order," April 19). A close family member lost his job to a foreign worker because of this visa. And while we are on the subject, something needs to be said about the J-1 visa program so often used by...

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Sun waits for Trump to shine

Thu, 20 Apr 2017 11:59:00 PDT

So "the editorial board [of the Baltimore Sun] is so far to the left that they have yet to acknowledge that Mr. Trump has done anything that warrants praise" ("GOP can't catch a break in The Sun," April 20).

Perhaps if the writer of this letter could provide something, anything at all, that President...

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More tennis, less surgery

Thu, 20 Apr 2017 11:58:00 PDT

There is another way to look at the closing of Green Spring Racquet Club to "make way" for a Johns Hopkins surgical center ("For tennis players, loss of racquet club is disappointing," April 17). It appears that we have chosen to push aside a facility that promotes a healthy active lifestyle in...

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Dance rushed into unwise decisions

Thu, 20 Apr 2017 11:26:00 PDT

I can't say as I'm sorry to see Dallas Dance leave, as announced in "Dallas Dance resigns as Baltimore County schools superintendent" (April 18). Although it is wonderful that some metrics have improved during his tenure, he has made it a rocky road for Baltimore County Public Schools parents and...

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Pregnant woman's death - one or two murders?

Wed, 19 Apr 2017 11:36:00 PDT

It was interesting to read The Sun's reporting the last two days on the horrible Easter shooting of a pregnant woman "and her unborn child" ("Pregnant woman, unborn child among those killed on violent Easter weekend in Baltimore," April 17). The most recent story reported that the medical examiner's...

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GOP can't catch a break in The Sun

Wed, 19 Apr 2017 11:34:00 PDT

It has become obvious to me that The Baltimore Sun would would have a hard time publishing any more than advertisements and obituaries if their columnists and editors stopped writing negative pieces on President Donald Trump and Gov. Larry Hogan. Between Jules Witcover, E.R. Shipp the editorial...

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Criminals have overrun Baltimore

Wed, 19 Apr 2017 11:29:00 PDT

Teens arrested for gun theft, and at least one is released with no bail ("Six Baltimore teens indicted in 2015 theft of guns, carjackings," April 17). His attorney claims his client was not accused of crimes related to the thefts. Gee, I'm sure the young man is a model student, lovable son and...

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Marijuana is no panacea

Wed, 19 Apr 2017 11:29:00 PDT

As I have been reading about the frustrations regarding the legal sales of pot in Maryland, I find it silly, stupid and sad. On one hand, we have a drug epidemic throughout America, especially our urban centers, and Maryland's legislative black caucus is upset because there are no minority businesses...

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Oriole Park is still subsidized

Wed, 19 Apr 2017 11:29:00 PDT

So Orioles rent and ticket taxes have covered the original $225 million capital cost of Oriole Park at Camden Yards ("Orioles payments to stadium authority exceed original cost of Camden Yards," April 17). What relevance does that statement have to anything? The real takeaway should be that $450...

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U.S. needs better, less costly health care

Wed, 19 Apr 2017 11:28:00 PDT

In the otherwise admirable editorial, "Don't hate Tax Day" (April 17), you imply that health care in the U.S. might be more effective if we spent more public dollars in that arena. No one could argue that the U.S. has the world's best health care system — for example, we rank near the bottom in...

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Baltimore schools and the danger of the status quo

Wed, 19 Apr 2017 11:28:00 PDT

I am responding to Helen Atkinson's April 14 commentary, "Public schools anchor communities." In doing this, I am also responding to the many who claim that the only alternatives to an unacceptable status quo are unacceptable privatization schemes, faith in incremental improvement which we've spent...

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AG has a greater voice but is not unchecked

Tue, 18 Apr 2017 12:49:01 PDT

Authorizing Maryland's attorney general to seek a court's judgment as to whether the federal government has violated the law — to the detriment of Maryland residents — furthers a fundamental principle of our system of checks and balances.

"It is emphatically the province and duty of the judicial...

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United acted in 'belligerent' manner

Mon, 17 Apr 2017 11:18:00 PDT

United Airlines CEO Oscar Munoz accused his company's "customer" of being belligerent.

Really? When United picked four customers at random and told them they had to leave the plane, who was being belligerent? The Baltimore Sun reports that David Dao was pulled down the aisle on his back, and footage...

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Hogan's support of open space shows vision

Mon, 17 Apr 2017 11:18:00 PDT

Gov. Larry Hogan has once again demonstrated strong leadership to conserve our natural resources by staying true to his campaign promise to restore Program Open Space. This year's approved state budget includes a total of approximately $127 million for land conservation and recreation programs....

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Why Baltimore is shrinking

Mon, 17 Apr 2017 11:16:00 PDT

Elected officials have long bemoaned Baltimore's multi-decade population decline, blaming first "white flight" and more recently "middle class (black and white) flight." This is an old hackneyed explanation that no longer holds up to scrutiny ("Baltimore population falls, nearing a 100-year low,...

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Trail project deserves scrutiny

Mon, 17 Apr 2017 11:15:00 PDT

The goal of making Baltimore a city "that is nationally known for its trail system" is a commendable vision ("Advocates push for 35-mile trail loop in Baltimore," April 14). For it to become a reality, it will have to be embraced by not only the bikers who are so anxious for it but also by a good...

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Support campaign finance reform in Howard Co.

Mon, 17 Apr 2017 10:50:00 PDT

Editor's note: This letter has been updated to reflect the correct hearing date before the Howard County Council. 

The news outlets have been quiet in Howard County these days. Perhaps the "sanctuary bill" debate was an anomaly ( "After immigration bill fails, Kittleman and Weinstein call for county-wide...

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Two years after Freddie Gray

Mon, 17 Apr 2017 10:47:00 PDT

Two years after the death of Freddie Gray, where are we ("Two years after Freddie Gray's death, Baltimore residents say they're still waiting for change," April 9)? My golfing foursome this morning included a black judge, a black surgeon and a black money manager, all from Charlotte, N.C. We could...

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Pence's faith should be applauded

Fri, 14 Apr 2017 11:30:36 PDT

Praises to Vice President Mike Pence for holding to his position of not dining alone with a woman other than his wife ("Faith often fails women," April 12). What a lucky woman she is to have a husband who honors her in such a way, even as his beliefs and behaviors are exposed on the world stage....

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Help needed for pregnant students

Fri, 14 Apr 2017 11:29:39 PDT

The $130 million budget shortage in Baltimore City Public Schools is forcing schools to make serious budget cuts which will greatly affect the academic opportunities for some of Maryland's most vulnerable students. Among those who will be greatly affected are those pregnant and parenting students...

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EMT vests aren't a wise investment

Fri, 14 Apr 2017 11:28:22 PDT

Spending $100,000 to provide protective vests for Baltimore City emergency medical service employees is a waste of money ("Baltimore fire union calls for protective vests for medics, citing uptick in attacks," April 12). Medics encounter patients on a daily basis who are high on drugs, drunk and...

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Trump mangles the English language

Fri, 14 Apr 2017 11:23:55 PDT

President Donald Trump's use of the English language is stunningly incoherent. In a recent article ("Trump says China won't be labeled a currency manipulator," April 13) about Trump's negotiations with China and his switch from saying that China manipulates its currency to saying that it is not...

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Dulaney High needs to be replaced

Fri, 14 Apr 2017 11:22:50 PDT

Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz should make no mistake — his claim that only Dulaney High School "parents want a new school" is clearly incorrect ("Dulaney High project bumped in Baltimore County budget plan," April 13). The community of parents, empty-nesters, senior citizens, students,...

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Spicer needs to go

Fri, 14 Apr 2017 08:30:39 PDT

President Donald Trump would be doing himself and our country a favor by removing Sean Spicer as his press secretary. Mr. Spicer's comments in comparing the Holocaust to Bashar Assad's use of poisonous gas as an equal or lesser act of unmitigated terror expose his lack of knowledge and possibly...

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Feed city schools, starve North Avenue

Fri, 14 Apr 2017 08:30:11 PDT

I applaud Gov. Larry Hogan for not putting the students of Baltimore City out on the streets ("Hogan signs bill to help close Baltimore schools budget gap," April 3), but, unfortunately, this is just an adhesive bandage. Baltimore City Public Schools do not need more money. Baltimore schools need...

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Maryland makes progress on addiction

Thu, 13 Apr 2017 10:41:18 PDT

The 2017 Maryland General Assembly session played true to form ("Package of bills to fight heroin crisis passes," April 10). Of the 2,861 bills introduced, about a third passed, most as a result of negotiated compromises among affected parties. Gov. Larry Hogan and legislative leaders rightly praised...

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How did that $130 million deficit happen?

Wed, 12 Apr 2017 11:33:00 PDT

It is appalling to read of a $130 million deficit facing the Baltimore City Public Schools ("After proposals to plug city schools deficit, principals face new decision: What can they expect to restore?" March 21). This tragedy did not occur in the most current fiscal year, nor in the last two or...

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Did racism play role in United incident?

Wed, 12 Apr 2017 11:29:00 PDT

As a former public transportation professional, it was painful to watch a seated airline passenger dragged off his flight. United Airlines CEO Oscar Munoz can apologize all he wants, the facts are out there ("The unfriendly skies," April 12). As an American, I am appalled.

But why have so few raised...

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Organ music essential to church service

Wed, 12 Apr 2017 11:28:00 PDT

Kudos to Jonathan Pitts for his discussion of the importance of organ music to the worship experience and the need for more organists! ("Sound of worship faces a crisis," April 9).

Members and visitors to First Unitarian Church of Baltimore are privileged to hear each Sunday the magnificent tones...

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Fallen veteran deserved greater recognition

Wed, 12 Apr 2017 11:27:00 PDT

I read reporter David Anderson's article, "Slain officer honored in final return home" (April 10), and was touched when reading about our fallen hero from Edgewood who was killed while serving in Afghanistan. What struck me was that the article was relegated to Page 2. Doesn't a local hero who...

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Stop drug price-gouging

Wed, 12 Apr 2017 11:17:00 PDT

A recent article by Erin Cox concerning drug pricing strikes quite a loud chord with me as a physician who treats individuals with devastating mental health conditions, and it should strike a note with every citizen of this country ("House approves drug price-gouging bill," March 20). The Maryland...

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Delegate's efforts for child sex abuse victims is heroic

Wed, 12 Apr 2017 11:12:00 PDT

Del. C.T. Wilson is my hero ("Extend statute of limitations for civil suits against sexual abusers," March 19). Thanks to his brave testimony, Maryland's statute of limitations in cases of child sexual abuse was extended from 25 to 38 years of age. The law now recognizes that victims may need a...

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Amtrak tunnel won't serve port

Tue, 11 Apr 2017 12:05:00 PDT

I read with interest the letter writer's description of the proposed Amtrak/MARC tunnel replacement project and its affect on the city ("Amtrak tunnel will harm neighbors," April 10). My only question is: What does this proposed project have to do with freight trains servicing the port?

The last...

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Balt. Co. went Clinton, not Trump

Tue, 11 Apr 2017 12:04:00 PDT

I am responding to Bea Kallina's letter to the editor regarding Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz's April 5 order regarding immigration enforcement ("Kamenetz's views on immigration aren't shared," April 10). Ms. Kallina states that she is "one of the 394,126 Baltimore County residents...

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Chemical attack remains unproven

Tue, 11 Apr 2017 11:19:00 PDT

Our elected officials and the media are competing as to who is more dumb or corrupt in their approval of military actions against the Syrian government, a government that is simultaneously fighting al-Qaida aligned Jihadists and ISIS ("What's next for Syria?" April 8)! As with the Iraq war, there...

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Earth Day rallies caring communities

Tue, 11 Apr 2017 11:12:00 PDT

As Earth Day 2017 approaches on April 22, I have more hope than I have ever had before in my half-century of life on earth. That's because I spend more time in my community than ever before. Sure, it can be sad to see the state of some of our streams, river, lakes and neighborhoods, but working...

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Trump is right about dumping

Tue, 11 Apr 2017 11:07:00 PDT

Late last month, President Donald Trump issued an executive order focusing on international cheaters who do not pay their debts due to dumping penalties. The order targets the problem of unpaid special customs duties known as "Countervailing Duties" or CVD that are levied on products from companies...

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Muslims decry Syrian chemical attack

Tue, 11 Apr 2017 11:02:00 PDT

On April 4, residents of the Syrian town of Khan Sheikhoun were in a crisis resulting from one of the most devastating chemical bombings in the area. The attack took the lives of 86 people and hundreds were left to suffer, many of whom are innocent and oppose this so-called "war on terrorists."...

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Trump sees horror in Syria? Then welcome refugees

Fri, 7 Apr 2017 06:00:00 PDT

It was reassuring to hear President Donald Trump's appropriate outrage at and condemnation of the "horrific" strike by Syrian President Bashar Assad's regime against "innocent people, including women, small children and even beautiful little babies" ("Death toll rises in Syria as evidence points...

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Fracking ban is a good start

Fri, 7 Apr 2017 05:58:00 PDT

Maryland just took a bold step forward in the name of public health and fighting climate change by banning fracking ("As Hogan signs fracking ban, environmentalists question his record," April 5). While this victory is a testament to the power of thousands of Marylanders speaking out and holding...

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Don't let Sessions hurt Baltimore

Fri, 7 Apr 2017 05:58:00 PDT

Sens. Ben Cardin, and Chris Van Hollen and Rep. C.A. "Dutch" Ruppersberger must make our voices heard in Congress. Attorney General Jeff Sessions has announced he wants to delay the deal made between police and community in Baltimore after Freddie Gray ("Justice Department has 'grave concerns'...

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Giving AG authority to sue Trump is sound policy

Fri, 7 Apr 2017 05:58:00 PDT

As the Maryland legislative session comes to a close, it is important to take note of one of the most significant accomplishments that occurred — the expansion of the Maryland attorney general's ability to challenge perceived unconstitutional and un-American maneuvers taken by the Trump administration...

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Keep slower drivers to the right

Fri, 7 Apr 2017 05:57:00 PDT

I disagree with the letter writer who objected to the "fast lane bill" ("Fast lane bill makes no sense," April 5). After many years of highway driving, I can testify to how often I've seen many in the far left lane on the beltway and other wide roads driving under the posted limits with huge amounts...

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The Donald's deceptions

Fri, 7 Apr 2017 05:57:00 PDT

My high school typing teacher, Sister Alexia, used to tell her students, "Oh, what a tangled web we weave when first we practice to deceive." Reading the April 5 print edition of The Baltimore Sun, I could not miss the deceitful mess created by President Donald Trump and his minions.

It starts...

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Don't shortchange ER coverage

Fri, 7 Apr 2017 05:50:00 PDT

As Congress struggles with efforts at health care reform focused on repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act, there is a key required element the needs to be protected for all citizens but especially for the 140 million patients seen annually in emergency departments nationwide ("New House...

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Pretrial bail serves no purpose

Fri, 7 Apr 2017 05:43:00 PDT

Sean Kennedy's recent commentary regarding bail ( "Don't abolish bail in Md., fix it," April 4) teems with misinformation. Among the worst of it is his use of discredited research. Mr. Kennedy surely knows that the research community long ago noted that Eric Helland and Alexander Taborrok's work...

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Democrats favor unions over students

Wed, 5 Apr 2017 08:00:03 PDT

I write in response to the article, "A full plate in final week" (April 2), and specifically, I want to comment on the education bill affecting the powers of the state board of education. As a lifelong Democrat who did not vote for Gov. Larry Hogan, I continue to be perplexed by the party's positions...

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Fast lane bill makes no sense

Wed, 5 Apr 2017 08:00:00 PDT

I am dismayed to hear that Del. William Folden's House Bill 1451 that proposes ticketing drivers for going too slow in the left lane has passed in the House ("Life in the fast lane," April 2). I hope the Senate has better sense than to pass it. This bill is an obvious attempt by scofflaws, who...

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City Council's potentially dangerous zoning choice

Wed, 5 Apr 2017 08:00:00 PDT

It is interesting that the writer of the letter to the editor, "Is Baltimore safe from rail accidents?" (April 3), brings to the forefront the recent fire at the Baltimore scrap metal site as an example of potential dangers facing Baltimore residents. What is not mentioned is that the owner of...

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Federal health insurance is reasonably priced

Wed, 5 Apr 2017 08:00:00 PDT

One of The Sun's letter writers recently asserted that Obamacare had resulted in health insurance premiums for federal employees to increase by 100 percent over a recent two-year period ("Health care: Nothing is free," March 31). This is truly Fake News and can easily be debunked by an Internet...

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Limiting drug price increases can work

Wed, 5 Apr 2017 08:00:00 PDT

As professor at Johns Hopkins, it is always wonderful to get quoted by a member of the Maryland state Senate in a Baltimore Sun commentary. Sen. Steve Hershey quoted my testimony at the U.S. House of Representatives on the level of competition in the generic drug market ("Md. bill threatens generic...

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Speed cameras are destined to fail

Wed, 5 Apr 2017 08:00:00 PDT

Last Friday's editorial, "Welcome back, speed cameras" (March 31) shows that The Sun's editorial board members have their heads firmly buried in the proverbial sand.

Luke Broadwater's article describing Mayor Catherine Pugh's intention to put this disreputable system back online, published that...

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How the $15 wage hurts workers

Wed, 5 Apr 2017 08:00:00 PDT

Years ago, I was at a seminar about being self-employed. The speaker said that when we complain about what we are earn, we are getting paid exactly what we are worth. He then explained that when you took the job, you knew "exactly" what the pay was so you agreed that the pay was "all you are worth"...

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Save the Bay from climate change

Wed, 5 Apr 2017 07:59:00 PDT

I grew up on the Eastern Shore of Maryland where the Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries shaped the lives of our parents, most of them farmers and fisherman. My adult life has been spent on the other side of the bay, in and near Baltimore. My relationship with the Chesapeake Bay changed to that...

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Md.'s marijuana mess

Wed, 5 Apr 2017 07:53:00 PDT

Officials from some of the companies that were awarded Maryland's valuable licenses to grow and process medical marijuana are complaining about the push in the legislature to expand the number of licenses before the program even gets off the ground. And they're absolutely right; this is no way...

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Health care: Nothing is free

Fri, 31 Mar 2017 14:24:00 PDT

With universal health care a current topic of discussion, we see many ideas proposed by The Sun's readers. Letter writer Alice Cherbonnier proposes ("A health care plan for all," March 29) enrolling all Americans in the same health care options offered to employees of the federal government. As...

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City must fight black flight

Thu, 30 Mar 2017 10:57:00 PDT

Despite Baltimore's population decline, The Sun's editorial board harbors optimism for the city to grow with policies that attract and retain millennials and immigrants ("Baltimore's declining population," March 23). But the primary reason Baltimore is shrinking, as Natalie Sherman reports, is...

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Henderson-Hopkins successes overlooked

Thu, 30 Mar 2017 10:55:00 PDT

I am writing to add an overlooked voice to the editorial, "The hard lessons of Henderson-Hopkins" (March 22). My wife and I live in Baltimore. We have two boys, a first grader and fourth grader. They have been getting and will continue to receive an excellent education at Henderson-Hopkins. The...

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Pugh came up short on minimum wage

Thu, 30 Mar 2017 10:52:00 PDT

I was deeply troubled to see that Mayor Catherine Pugh is vetoing the legislation to increase the minimum wage in Baltimore to $15 over the next several years ("Some Pugh supporters say they feel betrayed by veto of $15 minimum wage," March 27).

This critically important measure promises to give...

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Facts don't support AP 'gatekeeping' claim

Thu, 30 Mar 2017 10:51:00 PDT

In a recent article ("Within integrated schools, de facto segregation persists," March 25), The Baltimore Sun makes more than one serious allegation: That Howard County schools are guilty of systemic segregation and that a teacher in Howard County's Hammond High School chose which students to recommend...

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Segregation coverage offers hope

Thu, 30 Mar 2017 10:49:00 PDT

I'm a devoted reader of The Baltimore Sun, and I often feel like cheering for your good articles and editorials. But your four-part series, "Bridging the Divide" by Liz Bowie and Erica L. Green with photos by Lloyd Fox, was one of your best ever: insightful, deep and sharp.

Every citizen of Baltimore...

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Maryland supports Planned Parenthood proudly

Thu, 30 Mar 2017 10:41:00 PDT

After the discouraging news emanating out of the Trump White House regarding all the cuts and the continued efforts to gut funding for Planned Parenthood, I breathed a sigh of relief that our Maryland General Assembly gave final passage to the bill created to protect this most important organization...

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Children face wifi threat

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 14:02:09 PDT

Thank you for publishing the recent commentary by Devra Lee Davis regarding limiting wifi in schools ("Wifi in Md. schools may put your kid at risk for cancer," March 24). I am pleased that the Children's Environmental Health and Protection Advisory Council looked at the science carefully before...

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Pugh disappoints with reversal on minimum wage

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 14:01:06 PDT

Last year, I was a proud supporter of Catherine Pugh to become the next great mayor of Baltimore. I was a precinct captain, went door-to-door, made phone calls and took her to house parties in the community. One of the main reasons I campaigned so heavily was the thought that she would help the...

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With veto, Pugh did the responsible thing

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 13:59:55 PDT

I commend Mayor Catherine Pugh on her leadership in vetoing the $15 minimum wage bill ("Some Pugh supporters say they feel betrayed by veto of $15 minimum wage bill," March 27). Although she acknowledges the fact that she did support increasing minimum wage as a candidate, she had no idea upon...

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Are city schools wasting money?

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 13:58:27 PDT

Wait a minute, Gov. Larry Hogan. Most Maryland taxpayers have heard that there is a decline in population in Baltimore, so there must have been a decline in the population of children also, so it would make sense that Baltimore City Public Schools should be spending less taxpayer dollars on education...

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Reduce premiums by curtailing coverage

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 13:57:58 PDT

If Rep. Andy Harris would like to see premiums be reduced even more, we would just need to go much further in reducing coverage ("Rep. Andy Harris says health care fight not over," March 27). The House bill excluded maternity and mental health care from the list of mandated coverages. There are...

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A health care plan for all

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 13:57:05 PDT

So Rep. Andy Harris voted against the Trump health care legislation because it "didn't do enough to bring down premiums quickly ("Rep. Andy Harris says health care fight not over," March 27). What planet is this man on? He thinks it's going to be possible to craft health care legislation that will...

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