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Hopkins policing makes a lot of sense

Tue, 20 Mar 2018 11:50:00 PDT

Baltimore’s high crime rate impairs consumer spending, stunts job growth and impairs the operating performance of Johns Hopkins’ main campus in Homewood. And yet, we are reminded far too often, the concerns students have expressed about racial profiling are shamefully real concerns in Baltimore...


Mueller inquiry has gone off the rails

Tue, 20 Mar 2018 11:30:00 PDT

Can any intelligent and unbiased person tell me what special counsel Robert Mueller III and his staff are up to? Besides wasting $50 million of taxpayers’ money on smoke screens and a witch hunt (“McCabe firing: Witness intimidation?” March 19).

It’s a group made up of 13 Democrats, six of whom...


A chance to reshape Maryland's schools

Tue, 20 Mar 2018 11:05:00 PDT

Maryland has a once-in-a-generation opportunity to reshape our system of public education to ensure that it serves every student and every family in our great state. The Kirwan Commission is the most important event in public education in the last 15 years. The commission is meeting to decide how...


The 'despot's heel' still exists in Annapolis

Tue, 20 Mar 2018 10:45:00 PDT

"The despot’s heel is on our shore, Maryland, my Maryland."

There is an effort at place now in our General Assembly session to, at the very least, decertify our official state song (“Senators pass bill stripping ‘Maryland, My Maryland’ of ‘official’ status,” March 16).

It is wrongheaded.

The despot’s...


Invest in schools and jobs, not prisons

Tue, 20 Mar 2018 09:35:00 PDT

As we already know, United States incarceration rates are disproportionally higher than anywhere else in the world. According to recent statistics, there are 2.3 million people incarcerated in this country. Now, if we look at racial and ethnic backgrounds of inmates currently confined, we will...


BCPS needs full and independent audit

Mon, 19 Mar 2018 12:35:00 PDT

We trusted that the Baltimore County Board of Education would select a qualified superintendent. Instead, a special dispensation had to be given to allow Dallas Dance to serve as superintendent because he didn’t meet the set minimum standards.

We trusted that the superintendent would follow the...


More guns in schools is never the answer

Mon, 19 Mar 2018 11:55:00 PDT

I am responding to two recent letters to the editor regarding guns and gun control, “We should arm teachers” (March 15) and “Tough sentencing is the answer” (March 16). In the former, the author argues that arming teachers is the best answer to safe schools. It’s interesting how quickly those actions...


Md. beer reform failure is reason to boycott Guinness

Mon, 19 Mar 2018 11:45:00 PDT

The Maryland General Assembly has given me reason once again to be glad I no longer live in that corrupt state. Small breweries were built by people who have spent their whole lives in Maryland, raised families, paid taxes, pushed all of their chips to the middle of the table to build on their...


Don't ignore Md.'s history - or anthem

Mon, 19 Mar 2018 11:20:00 PDT

The Sun's recent article covering a bill that would do away with “Maryland, My Maryland” as the state's official anthem appears to represent the latest unmerited example of history being deleted in the name political correctness. The article, meanwhile, failed to include key historical context...


Does climate factor in new Bay bridge plan?

Mon, 19 Mar 2018 11:00:00 PDT

I note the need for a new third span of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge. But, after five to ten years of “study,” a site may be found. Then there will be another five to 10 years of fighting as no one wants it there. If eventually a site is decided upon, there will be more fighting. Then it has to be...


City police misconduct requires an independent review

Mon, 19 Mar 2018 10:05:00 PDT

Maryland Sen. Bill Ferguson deserves kudos and special thanks for proposing legislation and leading the call for an independent commission intended to restore public trust and the integrity of Baltimore's police (“Baltimore senator proposes commission to investigate police corruption surrounding...


Don't use lanternfly as an excuse to permit dangerous pesticide

Fri, 16 Mar 2018 08:35:00 PDT

Maryland failed to ban a harmful pesticide in this year’s General Assembly session because of fears pushed by the golf course, agriculture and chemical lobbyists (“Fears of lanternfly invasion cause Maryland lawmakers to abandon pesticide ban,” March 15). Sadly, these powerful industries won out...


The most effective U.S. foreign policy: economic development

Fri, 16 Mar 2018 08:20:00 PDT

Nikki Haley, U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, informed the Security Council on March 12 that the U.S. is prepared for military action in Syria if the United Nations fails to stop indiscriminate bombing there (“US ‘prepared to act’ if Russia doesn’t cooperate on Syria cease-fire,” March 12)....


What The Sun leaves out when it talks about Donald Trump

Fri, 16 Mar 2018 08:00:00 PDT

Dan Rodricks’ ad nauseam attacks on President Donald Trump have become — nauseating. In a recent column, he continued to bash President Trump (“More than guns, WalkoutWednesday is about the future of the country,” March 13). Let’s review the facts after one year in office.

Under President Trump,...


Litterers are the problem, not the polystyrene

Fri, 16 Mar 2018 07:35:00 PDT

Once again the Baltimore City Council has decided to blame the inanimate object, not the actual criminal and The Sun is all in favor of it (“Baltimore City Council to pass new regulations, including Styrofoam ban,” March 12).

People in Baltimore throw trash in the streets because that is their...


Stricter gun control is not the answer, tougher sentencing is

Fri, 16 Mar 2018 07:20:00 PDT

Stricter gun control is not the answer. In 2016, more than 40,000 people died in auto accidents in the United States. No march was made on Washington. No mass assemblies were held. No one ever said that we should ban or somehow restrict the automobile. It,however, was the “tool” used to cause those...


Voters identify with Bobby Zirkin

Fri, 16 Mar 2018 07:00:00 PDT

The age of Donald Trump has descended upon Baltimore County politics. A "progressive" candidate is challenging Sen. Bobby Zirkin in the June Democratic primary ("Zirkin facing 1st challenge since '06,” March 13). The progressive wing of the Democratic Party, spearheaded by U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders,...


Mayor rises to Baltimore's defense

Thu, 15 Mar 2018 11:40:00 PDT

It was clear from David Zurawik’s harsh critique of Mayor Catherine Pugh’s appearance on Laura Ingraham’s “Ingraham Angle” show who he believed delivered the winning performance. Regrettably, Mr. Zurawik — a self-described “hometown booster” — gave the award to Ms. Ingraham, despite our mayor’s...


The kids are right: keep guns from school

Thu, 15 Mar 2018 11:20:00 PDT

The Sun carried two articles that speak volumes to the gun violence issues our country faces. Harford county school administrators forbade student gun violence protests, ostensibly to protect the students' safety. Meanwhile, a student at Joppatowne High in Harford County was assaulted by four non-students...


Biased reporting misrepresents students

Thu, 15 Mar 2018 10:50:00 PDT

The liberal far left leaning of The Sun continues to shape the so-called reporting. The Sun dedicated 15 reporters to cover the school gun violence protests (“‘We’re alive. They’re dead.’ Baltimore-area students join nationwide demonstration against gun violence,” March 14). One must assume that...


Child abuse reporting: Let's get the standard right

Thu, 15 Mar 2018 10:05:00 PDT

Neither Shanta Trivedi (“Abuse reporting bills would criminalize teachers,” March 12) nor Joyce Lombardi (“Punish those who knowingly fail to report,” March 14) gets it right. I agree with Ms. Lombardi in her response to Ms.Trivedi that the knowing failure to report child abuse should be punished....


Peaceful protest - an important lesson

Thu, 15 Mar 2018 09:45:00 PDT

On March 24, students around the country will be marching in protest to gun violence in schools (“House passes first school violence bill since massacre, but gun limits not included,” March 15). I congratulate and thank them for their initiative in taking a stand and demonstrating to adults that...


Plastic foam is harmful to Maryland's environment

Thu, 15 Mar 2018 09:15:00 PDT

As advocates for clean water and strong communities, Blue Water Baltimore is delighted to see the passage of Baltimore City Bill 17-0117, which will eliminate the use of expanded polystyrene (EPS) foam food service packaging (“Baltimore City Council to pass new regulations, including Styrofoam...


Parkland students deserve to be heard

Wed, 14 Mar 2018 13:20:00 PDT

Two major factors have contributed to gun violence in America. The first is the proliferation of guns, especially automatic weapons of war guns. The second is the ease with which mentally deranged or criminally intent individuals can access these guns. Our elected representatives at the national...


It's not crazy to arm teachers, it's prudent

Wed, 14 Mar 2018 13:00:00 PDT

The Baltimore Sun’s Dan Rodricks writes: “This talk of arming teachers strikes me as cavalier leaping toward insane” (“The 22 things needed for a good guy (armed teacher) to stop a bad guy with a gun,” March 6). I ask: What’s insane about arming qualified classroom teachers, our “first responders,”...


BCPS doesn't need an audit, it needs a leader like Dallas Dance

Wed, 14 Mar 2018 12:40:00 PDT

I totally disagree with the Baltimore County Board of Education chairman’s call for reform and the Baltimore County delegation’s demand for an audit including Baltimore County Public Schools contracts, procurement practices, or relations with vendors (“Baltimore County school board chair assures...


Punish those who 'knowingly' fail to report abuse

Wed, 14 Mar 2018 12:05:00 PDT

Attorney Shanta Trivedi recently made the claim that the Maryland Senate passed legislation that would turn trusted community members into criminals and that the House should not follow suit. The new bills propose criminal penalties for people required to report child abuse or neglect who “knowingly”...


Reduce gun violence, don't raffle them off

Wed, 14 Mar 2018 11:45:00 PDT

March 14 was the day school students left classes for 17 minutes of remembrance (or were prevented from doing so in Harford County schools) for shooting victims in a Florida high school. Seven thousand pairs of children’s and youth sized shoes were left outside the United States Capitol. The shoes...


Shame on Balt. Co.'s fallen school leaders

Tue, 13 Mar 2018 13:35:00 PDT

As a retired employee of the Baltimore County Public Schools and a resident of the county, I am writing to express outrage with the confessed illegal behaviors of former Superintendent of Schools Dallas Dance and a minor official, Robert Barrett. Both have entered guilty pleas in the court system...


Can we have honest talk about Dulaney?

Tue, 13 Mar 2018 12:40:00 PDT

How do we digest the odd news that Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz reconsidered and finally decided to approve a new Dulaney High School only to have the County Council very publicly chastise him? The Council voted 6-1 to issue a letter of strong opposition, saying it preferred to leave...


Keep city safe from crude oil spills

Tue, 13 Mar 2018 10:25:00 PDT

I am so glad to learn that Baltimore City Council passed Bill 17-0150 which would prohibit building new crude oil terminals within the city limits (“Baltimore council passes bill targeting crude oil terminals,” March 12). This bill is a very important step to protect me and my neighbors in various...


Post-Dance, some school board members should be resigning

Tue, 13 Mar 2018 09:15:00 PDT

Now that the boy wonder former Baltimore County Public Schools superintendent Dallas Dance has pleaded guilty to four counts of perjury, the taxpayers of Baltimore County are left with the question, "How could this have happened?" (“Dallas Dance and the loss of trust,” March 9). The answer can...


Student rally in D.C.: Where do I send a check for the buses?

Tue, 13 Mar 2018 09:10:00 PDT

I don't fault Mayor Catherine Pugh for providing school buses for our students to go to the march in D.C. (“Here’s what we know about Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh’s plan to bus students to a gun control march,” March 8). This is important for all of us, but most of all our students, whose lives...


With BCPS superintendent, don't make same mistake

Tue, 13 Mar 2018 09:00:00 PDT

The Baltimore County Board of Education is faced with making a critical and crucial decision — again. As much as I recognize many of Verletta White's accomplishments, let's not make the same mistake as was done hiring Dallas Dance as superintendent in Baltimore County (“What about Baltimore County...


Drag Maryland 911 into the 21st century

Mon, 12 Mar 2018 11:10:00 PDT

Thank you for your concern about upgrading Maryland’s 911 system (“Md.'s outdated 911,” March 4). As I tell my colleagues, “When 911 fails, people die.” That’s how three Marylanders in my district have passed away and why I have introduced a package of five bills to improve this fundamental, life-saving...


Blame criminals, not their guns

Mon, 12 Mar 2018 10:10:00 PDT

I have had enough of House Speaker Michael E. Busch and I can't take it any longer. Why is it always the gun and never the person holding the gun (“If federal government won’t control guns, Md. will,” March 7)? The politicians love to say how much they are for the rights of gun owners and sportsmen...


Maryland needs more wind and solar power

Mon, 12 Mar 2018 09:45:00 PDT

Letter writer Jamie DeMarco (“Renewable energy plan is working in Md.,” March 7) notes that of the renewable energy credits (RECs) that have been given to facilities built after the Renewable Portfolio Standard was created, “95 percent have gone to wind and solar.” This statement has been echoed...


Md.'s backdoor tax increase isn't right

Mon, 12 Mar 2018 09:15:00 PDT

So, The Baltimore Sun’s editorial board agrees that the federal tax law changes should not make any Marylander’s state and local taxes go up (“Protecting taxpayers from bad federal policy, the Maryland way,” March 7). But this belief quickly dissolves for those with higher incomes who will see...


Sin taxes save lives

Mon, 12 Mar 2018 08:50:00 PDT

Thank you for publishing the commentary by Bob Embry of the Abell Foundation about the positive long-term public health gains resulting from increasing Maryland's taxes on alcohol and tobacco products (“Boost Md. taxes to improve public health?” March 8).

As a board member of the Maryland Citizens'...


Lock 'em up

Mon, 12 Mar 2018 08:25:00 PDT

I thoroughly agree with Baltimore County State's Attorney Scott Shellenberger's outlook with regard to punishing violent crime offenders (“Shellenberger: Keep violent offenders locked up,” March 9). Too many innocent victims have been killed or maimed, their families brokenhearted, yet this violent...


Md. must protect hospital patients

Mon, 12 Mar 2018 08:15:00 PDT

Scott Dance lays out the controversy surrounding the Maryland Hospital Patient’s Bill of Rights (“Patient dumping incident spurs Maryland Senate to pass Patient’s Bill of Rights, but House leaders leery,” March 9). Following the inhumane treatment of a vulnerable patient who was left out on the...


Reduced carbon footprint not 'far off'

Fri, 9 Mar 2018 07:30:00 PST

In response to the recent letter to the editor, "A carbon free world is far off” (March 7), I, as an individual living in a green house in Baltimore County, disagree.

Much of the heat in my small, well insulated home is provided though passive solar power. I am off the grid because all my electrical...


Mayor wrong to finance political indoctrination of kids

Fri, 9 Mar 2018 07:20:00 PST

If I was a mayor of a city and supplied funds to take the school system’s students for a pro-gun or right-to-life rally, would you write the same exact editorial for me that you wrote in support of Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh? Somehow I doubt that very much. But what is good for the goose is...


Reverse mortgages have their place

Fri, 9 Mar 2018 07:00:00 PST

In his recent commentary, “Don’t fall victim to the reverse mortgage con” (March 1), Art Ernst shows a fundamental misunderstanding of how reverse mortgage loans work and the long-term financial benefits of incorporating home equity into an overall retirement financial plan. Research published...


Let's put Florida and Excel students together to talk about violence

Fri, 9 Mar 2018 06:50:00 PST

The mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida last month has fueled the first real movement toward gun control. I thought if the mass murder of small children at Sandy Hook couldn't move Congress, nothing could. I have been so impressed with the students from this school...


Take guns from bad guys? Stop and frisk

Fri, 9 Mar 2018 06:45:00 PST

I will totally agree with House Speaker Michael Busch’s commentary that we need common sense legislation to keep dangerous weapons out the hands of people who should not posses them (“If federal government won’t control guns, Md. will,” March 7).

How about allowing electronic pat-down of truants...


Shellenberger: Keep violent offenders locked up

Fri, 9 Mar 2018 06:30:00 PST

I read with great interest your editorial concerning the Comprehensive Crime Bill of 2018 (Senate Bill 122) (“Annapolis needs to take a time-out on Hogan-Zirkin crime bill,” March 6). What caught my attention was this sentence, “The advocates’ argument, and one that animated the Justice Reinvestment...


Marjory Stoneman Douglas would approve

Thu, 8 Mar 2018 12:10:00 PST

The articulate students at the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School are a credit to the school's namesake (“Florida students not backing off their push for gun regulations: ‘They’ve got fire in their eyes,’” Feb. 22). Their impressive commitment to crusade for long overdue gun reform legislation...


Trump no longer shocks, he's just awful

Thu, 8 Mar 2018 11:50:00 PST

I believe that the continuing day-to-day shocked and astonished analyses are becoming so consistent that their usefulness is questionable other than as a record. The record is important, of course, but the daily white, male, Trump World nonsense should no longer shock, and the strained attempts...


Canton once again on the cutting edge

Thu, 8 Mar 2018 10:45:00 PST

Rapid acceleration is taking place in the field of medicine as evidenced by the recent article regarding Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center (“$469M Bayview upgrade planned,” March 1). What makes this intriguing news even more so is the rapid acceleration of technology companies expanding just...


Judges need the power to get offenders into drug treatment

Thu, 8 Mar 2018 09:55:00 PST

The headline, "A Maryland law lets offenders convicted of violent crimes leave prison early for drug treatment. Prosecutors are pushing against it" (March 7), may befit Gov. Larry Hogan's draconian crime plan aimed directly at Baltimore and squaring with the misinformed rhetoric of Donald Trump's...


Hopkins police plan raises an army of issues

Thu, 8 Mar 2018 09:15:00 PST

Two Johns Hopkins institutions, both the hospital and the university, are seeking changes in the laws that govern the state of Maryland in order to create Hopkins’ own police department (“Johns Hopkins University pushing bill to create its own police force in Baltimore,” March 5). If approved,...


Renewable energy plan is working in Md.

Wed, 7 Mar 2018 11:45:00 PST

The commentary, “Two clean energy bills in Md.; one clear choice” (March 4), fails to recognize the success of Maryland’s Renewable Portfolio Standard. Lawrence Livermore Laboratories recently concluded that in 2016, 70-90 percent of the renewable capacity added to the Mid-Atlantic was installed...


General Assembly Democrats raise taxes

Wed, 7 Mar 2018 11:05:00 PST

The Annapolis Democrats must have thought they woke up in heaven. They get a $200 million tax windfall from President Donald J. Trump’s tax plan, will not consider Gov. Larry Hogan’s plan to make Maryland taxpayers whole and achieve one of their party’s top priorities by increasing taxes (“Maryland...


Gun-toting monster kids don't just appear

Wed, 7 Mar 2018 10:40:00 PST

I am not writing this letter in support of guns, I am writing this because I am against simplistic answers to complex issues (“Baltimore student protests and the $100,000 field trip,” March 7). I think back to my days as a student, and I can remember two troubled kids who just did not "fit in.”...


Cutting class, taking selfies — gun protests are hardly educational

Wed, 7 Mar 2018 09:40:00 PST

Look at your front page photo. What’s wrong with this picture (“March for gun safety,” March 6)? As a community organizer and activist, I’m appalled you’d select a closeup of kids engrossed in taking selfies while protesting gun violence. They’re otherwise engaged and out of touch. Kim Hairston...


Pugh wastes taxpayer funds again and again

Wed, 7 Mar 2018 09:15:00 PST

Isn’t it great to see the lack of leadership in City Hall? First, Mayor Catherine Pugh hires 20 new people at a taxpayer cost of $1.6 million (“Baltimore Mayor Pugh adds 20 positions as mayor’s office continues to expand,” Feb. 28) then encourages city students (those with a passing grade of 11-to-18...


Baltimore can't justify deportation lawyer fees

Wed, 7 Mar 2018 09:05:00 PST

How can the city can justify spending $200,000 on attorneys while under-funding our schools and public safety (“Baltimore spending board to approve $200,000 for lawyers to fight deportations,” March 6)? Baltimore area politicians are willing to spend taxpayers' money and support sanctuary city...


Zirkin wrongly supports mandatory minimum sentencing

Wed, 7 Mar 2018 08:45:00 PST

In 2015, the Justice Reinvestment Act was a piece of legislation that aimed to address some of the harm that the Maryland criminal justice system has had on people of color (“Annapolis needs to take a time-out on Hogan-Zirkin crime bill,” March 6). While there were many people who pushed forward...


Sarbanes: How many ways has Trump filled the swamp? About 400, so far

Tue, 6 Mar 2018 11:53:00 PST

The Sun’s Feb. 28 editorial, “Ben Carson and the Trump lifestyle,” brings deserved attention to the Trump Administration’s pervasive ethical blindness. With each passing day, it seems, there is a new report of how one Trump appointee or another is disregarding the basic norms and guidelines that...


Do this twice a year to help your kids avoid opioid addiction

Tue, 6 Mar 2018 11:39:00 PST

I remember the morning I brought my son home from the hospital, looking at his face and knowing that everything was different now, that my first job in the world is to protect him. As parents, keeping our children safe is second nature: car seats, bicycle helmets, vaccinations against disease.


Why can't BGE restore power?

Tue, 6 Mar 2018 11:25:00 PST

As of Tuesday morning, my electrical service had not been restored by the time I was promised. I have lived thru real hurricanes in this area for over 70 years. This last storm was not even a real hurricane, and the performance of BGE in providing a decent level of dependable service was ridiculously...


A carbon free world is far off; in the meantime, there's natural gas

Tue, 6 Mar 2018 11:00:00 PST

A local climate scientist recently wrote of the need to eliminate fossil fuels from the earth (“Embrace policies that address climate change,” March 2). Any sane person can understand that such a world is hundreds of years away. Why spend our wealth searching for Utopia? Natural gas is a usable...


Museums are thriving

Tue, 6 Mar 2018 10:55:00 PST

I am writing in response to a recent the series of articles about art museums in The Baltimore Sun. The thrust of the series was that museums were in “decline” because they failed to be relevant, especially to younger audiences, and the solution is the rapid adoption of new technologies (“In Baltimore...


CSX derailment into bay makes the case for city crude oil train bill

Tue, 6 Mar 2018 10:45:00 PST

The derailment of four CSX cars into the Susquehanna River during Friday’s wind storm is just the latest example of the risks inherent in transporting hazardous cargo by rail (“CSX train derailed, four cars fell into Susquehanna River amid wind storm,” March 4). Thankfully, none of the four cars...


Voter ID isn't about fraud, it's to discourage minority turnout

Mon, 5 Mar 2018 11:40:00 PST

The self-appointed expert writing a detailed letter on voter IDs and voter fraud is deceptively avoiding the elephant in the room (“Voter ID would prevent fraud,” March 2). How can anyone discuss the impact of voter ID laws without mentioning the landmark decision of North Carolina NAACP v. McCrory?...


Going to 100 percent wind and solar wouldn't be so easy

Mon, 5 Mar 2018 11:30:00 PST

Why don't you give both sides of this subject of renewable energy to the public instead of only the proponents’ (“Two clean energy bills in Md.; one clear choice,” March 4)?

There are many serious problems when you take hundreds of sources and try to connect them to the electrical grid at the same...


Lack of support staff is hurting schools

Mon, 5 Mar 2018 10:45:00 PST

Talia Richman’s story on the 30 percent drop in school counselors in Baltimore (“Baltimore sees decline in school counselor positions,” March 1) investigates the major crisis in the lack of support staff for students in the city system. This critical problem also exists in Baltimore County Public...


Teachers can't solve a gun control problem

Mon, 5 Mar 2018 10:25:00 PST

To secure the schools, President Donald Trump would arm certain teachers. He says that, knowing this, a gunman would be afraid to invade. Wrong. Most such assassins are willing and expect to die in the attempt (“GOP cautious, Dems elated, by Trump’s stance on guns,” March 5).

Moreover, teachers...


Hogan is inconsistent on fossil fuel emissions

Mon, 5 Mar 2018 09:10:00 PST

Scott Dance reports environmentalists “say it’s hypocritical for [Gov. Larry] Hogan, who has backed programs to fight global warming, to expand the use of natural gas” (“A year after fracking ban, Maryland Gov. Hogan’s support for natural gas sparks new battle,” March 3). What’s most hypocritical...


Rodricks doesn't understand Hungary

Mon, 5 Mar 2018 08:55:00 PST

Dan Rodricks’ recent column, “Harris takes strange stance on Hungary” (March 4), is, indeed, weird. The writer summarizes the anti-Prime Minister Viktor Orban and anti-Hungarian propaganda of the elites who supported those who lost the last two elections in Hungary. Many of their charges are unsubstantiated...


Maryland must resist more gas pipelines

Fri, 2 Mar 2018 11:25:00 PST

I agree with the editorial that signing a contract with Altra Gas Ltd to expand natural gas services in Maryland will hurt our state (“Is a $103 million expansion of natural gas service the best Md. can do?” Feb. 26). Gov. Larry Hogan is playing both sides of the coin. In 2017, he supported a statewide...


Embrace policies that address climate change

Fri, 2 Mar 2018 10:50:00 PST

The Sun’s editorial board rightly called out Gov. Larry Hogan’s hypocrisy on climate (“Is a $103 million expansion of natural gas service the best Md. can do?” Feb. 26). To uphold our commitments in the U.S. Climate Alliance and ensure that Maryland does not miss out on the renewable energy economy,...


Quirk to Dulaney High: Drop dead

Fri, 2 Mar 2018 10:00:00 PST

As Tom Quirk bulldozes the Dulaney community with this sudden halt to the County Executive Kevin Kamenetz's intention to place Dulaney High School in the new school planning budget, he has no plan (“Baltimore County Council opposes building new Dulaney High School,” Feb. 13). Mr. Quirk has never...


Voter ID would prevent fraud

Fri, 2 Mar 2018 09:25:00 PST

The state is trying to look like they are combating voting fraud by examining electronic tampering, enhancing audits and creating rules for social media. They should already be doing the tampering examinations and auditing, which was found to be deficient by experts, for several reasons. The most...


Ban 'conversion' therapy, protect LGBTQ

Thu, 1 Mar 2018 10:55:00 PST

Imagine being an LGBTQ teenager who is told by a so-called professional counselor that something is wrong with you and you need to be fixed. Accredited medical and mental health organizations have rejected the premise and the effectiveness of “conversion therapy” which has been linked with shame,...


Why do civilians need assault weapons?

Thu, 1 Mar 2018 10:35:00 PST

Am I the only grandmother who doesn’t get the Second Amendment of the Bill of Rights? It gave all United States citizens the right to bear arms, but why do citizens need to have an AR-15, semi-automatic weapons and assault weapons on our streets and in there neighborhoods? Do we need these types...


Ben Carson must go

Thu, 1 Mar 2018 10:20:00 PST

Yes, Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson and the $31,561 dining table are small potatoes in the Donald Trump swamp stew (“Ben Carson and the Trump lifestyle,” Feb. 28). Dr. Carson is just one example of "the incompetence, erratic behavior and frequent lies" of this president and...


Climate change denial is a serious business

Thu, 1 Mar 2018 09:50:00 PST

I read with all-too-recurrent dismay the article, “North Pole surges above freezing in the dead of winter, stunning scientists” (Feb. 26). I also read that Harford County Council President Richard C. Slutzky is promoting the ostrich approach proffered by the White House, denying that warming is...


Invest more in solar or wind, not gas

Thu, 1 Mar 2018 09:40:00 PST

The Baltimore Sun was right to criticize Gov. Larry Hogan’s plan to invest millions in natural gas (“Is a $103 million expansion of natural gas service the best Md. can do?” Feb. 26). It would be wrong to lock our state in to a fuel whose byproduct is dirty climate-warming methane, which as The...


Maryland should expand natural gas

Thu, 1 Mar 2018 09:25:00 PST

Congratulations to The Sun’s editorial board for pioneering new frontiers in NIMBY-ism. Unsatisfied that Maryland has banned fracking in the state — along with the opportunity to create jobs and supply our own affordable, clean energy — The Sun now wants to curtail the transport and use of natural...


See a tyrant, say it's a tyrant

Wed, 28 Feb 2018 11:40:00 PST

Great umbrage was taken concerning KAL's cartoon regarding the arming of teachers and President Donald Trump’s desire for a military parade published in the Feb 25th edition of The Sun. The letter writer ("KAL's outrageous, disrespectful parade,” Feb. 27) has obviously not been paying attention...


Regulating social media won't help

Wed, 28 Feb 2018 11:10:00 PST

The last thing we need is governmental regulation of social media or other digital platforms. The effort to referee cyberspace would be an expense to the taxpayer and an unrecompensed waste of time. Instead, we should hold everyone who views social media accountable when they become gullible, naïve,...


Certain gun control measures can be counter-productive

Wed, 28 Feb 2018 10:55:00 PST

On the subject of what I consider common-sense gun regulation, I regret that some proposals strike me as being cosmetic or even counter-productive. I'm referring to the proposal of raising the age limit to 21, as well as the issue of mental-health screening. I have nieces and nephews who are conscientious...


Weakening of ACA hurts businesses, too

Wed, 28 Feb 2018 09:50:00 PST

Lost in the debate about the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) is its role in helping aspiring entrepreneurs build businesses (“Trump’s latest effort to undermine the ACA makes Maryland action all the more crucial,” Feb. 20). Consumer Health First has heard from many entrepreneurs...


Spector: Give surveillance crime-fighting a chance

Wed, 28 Feb 2018 09:30:00 PST

I am writing as a retired member of the Baltimore City Council. Since retiring, I have been involved in several civic activities which will assist all the citizens of Baltimore. Baltimore remains a city that I love. With all of our warts and possibilities, no issue is as important as crime reduction....


Aerial surveillance is what Baltimore needs

Wed, 28 Feb 2018 09:15:00 PST

Over the past three years, more than 1,000 people have been murdered, tens of thousands have been shot and the situation in our city is only getting worse. The economic impact of this violent crime costs our city $3.6 billion per year, which is $6,300 for each resident. Crime is devastating our...


Case to eliminate Md. handgun appeals board hasn't been made

Tue, 27 Feb 2018 10:00:00 PST

Letter writer Roslyn Zinner emotionally argues that Gov. Larry Hogan made a poor decision to oppose a "worthy" bill to eliminate the Handgun Permit Review Board (“Hogan ignores Md. gun safety failures,” Feb. 26).

Her proposition is that the board "frequently overturns denials of handgun permits"...


Why on earth allow assault weapons?

Tue, 27 Feb 2018 09:45:00 PST

I challenge the National Rifle Association to justify what useful purpose assault rifles have in America (“How one Florida Republican came to support a ban on assault weapons after the Parkland shooting,” Feb. 27).

The Second Amendment was adopted in 1791 before the U.S. had an established military...


Hogan allows development that pollutes the Bay

Tue, 27 Feb 2018 09:30:00 PST

The recent disclosure that the massive Four Seasons project on Kent Island is polluting nearby marshes and waters that feed into the Chesapeake Bay proves that previous state administrations were correct in withholding approval of this project (“Long-scrutinized Four Seasons at Kent Island project...


KAL's outrageous, disrespectful parade

Tue, 27 Feb 2018 09:05:00 PST

The recent cartoon by Kevin Kallaugher left me stunned and irritated (“Trump’s military parade,” Feb. 25)! Yes, the old cliché, “It’s only a cartoon” is unacceptable.

Week after week, “KAL’s View” has expressed his personal disdain, hate and vitriol for President Donald Trump. His most recent cartoon...


Maryland's next lieutenant governor should be a woman

Tue, 27 Feb 2018 08:55:00 PST

With regard to the best pick for lieutenant governor, I believe your editorial, "What the candidates for lieutenant governor tell us about the fight to beat Larry Hogan" (Feb. 23), misses the mark on the value of this year's selections.

While women voters are not always reliable votes for women...


The dangers of adding guns to the classroom

Tue, 27 Feb 2018 08:40:00 PST

I am responding to several letters which concern President Donald Trump’s proposal to arm teachers in the classroom (“The absurdity of arming teachers,” Feb. 25). In addition to the reasons given by your readers, there are two additional ones that would result in more deaths rather than fewer ones.


Sarbanes: Lift gun research ban

Mon, 26 Feb 2018 12:00:00 PST

Alexandra Sowa’s commentary, “Treat gun violence like the public health epidemic it is and lift research ban” (Feb. 22), is absolutely right to call for more scientific analysis and research on gun violence.This public health epidemic — which claims the lives of tens of thousands of Americans every...


Climate change is real, Slutzky maybe not

Mon, 26 Feb 2018 11:50:00 PST

I was deeply concerned by the article, “Harford council president says he’s a human climate change denier” (Feb. 15). Council President Richard C. Slutzky made several conclusions that contradict what I have learned from my climate change policy course at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County.