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Why must taxpayers foot the bill for riot damage?

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 10:40:00 PDT

While I have no problem with the owners of businesses destroyed in the riots suing to cover their damages, I do question why Baltimore City and not former Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake or former Police Commissioner Anthony Batts will bear financial responsibility (“Riot lawsuit offers look inside...

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Stop discouraging food trucks

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 10:25:00 PDT

The article on Baltimore County’s food truck laws highlights the huge benefits food trucks and vendors can have on the community (“Baltimore County is ‘wide open’ territory for food trucks and entrepreneurs,” June 20). But Baltimore County should do even more to promote mobile vending by eliminating...

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Put an end to water bill tax sales

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 10:00:00 PDT

Over the last month, The Baltimore Sun's Yvonne Wenger and Ian Duncan have delivered a thorough investigation of the city's water bill and tax sale crisis which has further revealed the enormity of the problems that our city faces. Recently, they reported on the Department of Public Works’ water...

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Time to treat Baltimore's murder epidemic as a true disaster

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 12:15:00 PDT

Recently, I heard a dialogue on a local radio talk show that compared Baltimore’s continuing spate of violence to that of an emergency. This suggests that the nation’s emergency management doctrine might be a useful construct for addressing the city’s unremitting violence. Upon reflection and given...

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Baltimore doesn't deserve Trump's support

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 11:55:00 PDT

Thanks for the laugh in The Sun editorial board’s response to President Donald Trump and his lack of support for the city (“Trump’s convenient target,” June 21). I hope he keeps it up, and the best will be when he puts the new Federal Bureau of Investigation building in Virginia or Pennsylvania.

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Baltimore must fix its own police department

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 11:45:00 PDT

Reporter John Fritze writes that the latest federal anti-crime effort will not be available to Baltimore (“Feds pass over Baltimore for help with new crime initiative,” June 20). This should surprise no one. Why should the federal government help Baltimore any more than it already has?

How many...

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Raising awareness of pollinators

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 11:20:00 PDT

It’s National Pollinator Week, a week dedicated to celebrating bees and other pollinators that make our foods, farms and flowers possible. And we need to do more to protect these pollinators (“UMass professor gets $1M grant to study bee health,” June 11).

Environment Maryland launched the Bee Friendly...

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Bishops must support Catholic teachings

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 11:15:00 PDT

Jon O'Brien represents Catholics for Choice. In his recent commentary (“Catholic bishops’ agenda hurts families,” June 20), he criticizes the United Stares Conference of Catholic Bishops for supporting the teachings of the Catholic Church.The Catholic Church has always opposed artificial birth...

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Spitting in the eyes of Donald Trump

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 11:05:00 PDT

I am so overwhelmed by the constant barrage of hate by this newspaper! Baltimore and Maryland expect help from the federal government when they practically spit in the eyes of our current administration (“Trump’s convenient target,” June 21). It is disgusting. It's always "what can they do for...

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Trump's infrastructure plan won't help Baltimore much

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 10:25:00 PDT

I applaud the efforts of City Council President Bernard C. “Jack” Young to lobby the White House for investments in Baltimore's sewer and water infrastructure (“Council president pitches Baltimore to White House as good choice for pilot programs,” June 20). I know first hand that strong advocacy...

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MTA's bus plan has hit a pot hole

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 10:15:00 PDT

I was taken aback by the comments that Kevin Quinn made at the Greater Baltimore Committee regarding the recently launched BaltimoreLink program. He stated that the rollout has gone "pretty smoothly.” His claim that the “buses show up every ten minutes" is a farce (“Acting MTA chief: BaltimoreLink...

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Steam pipe explosion another example of Baltimore leaders' failure

Wed, 21 Jun 2017 11:25:00 PDT

The sink hole/explosion on Eutaw Street is a sign of the failure of Baltimore City leadership over the years to take care of one of their major tasks: constantly updating the infrastructure (“Downtown Baltimore street still closed after steam pipe explosion,” June 21). Instead what have they given...

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Will Mayor Pugh side with the neighborhoods in the fight over a new apartment tower?

Wed, 21 Jun 2017 11:00:00 PDT

By now it must be abundantly clear to all that every neighborhood near the proposed Blue Ocean Overlook project opposes it (“Baltimore City Council passes deal on controversial Northern Parkway apartments,” June 19. There are signed letters in opposition from 70 percent of the neighbors in North...

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Baltimore needs an anti-violence summit

Wed, 21 Jun 2017 10:41:00 PDT

I read with great sadness about the lives cut short by violence on the streets of Baltimore every day (“Recent homicide victims in Baltimore include mother of bullied boy, bartender at Ryleigh's,” June 14). The Sun reports about the important efforts by various individuals and groups working each...

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Why are we applauding weapons contractors?

Wed, 21 Jun 2017 10:35:00 PDT

It was with great disappointment that I read “Maryland firms at Paris Air Show” (June 20). Two of Maryland’s largest corporations, Lockheed Martin and Textron Systems, are in France peddling killing machines. And Gov. Larry Hogan was tagging along.

What is most galling to me in the article is the...

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Bike reflectors save lives

Wed, 21 Jun 2017 10:20:00 PDT

The hit-and-run killing of bicyclist Aaron Laciny (“Cyclist fatally struck by two cars in Towson hit-and-run,” June 21) was an inexcusable tragedy, and the driver of the car responsible should be arrested and punished. More and better bike lanes, public awareness and police enforcement of the laws...

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We should rethink the rules of the road for bike safety

Wed, 21 Jun 2017 10:10:00 PDT

The tragic death of another cyclist prompts me to question the regulation that cyclists have to go with the traffic rather than against it, as it was some time ago (“Cyclist, 20, killed in Towson hit-and-run crash wanted to 'make the world a better place,'” June 21). I think that was much safer....

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Let's not get carried away with bicycle lanes

Tue, 20 Jun 2017 11:40:00 PDT

It appears that the bicycle lobby is well organized in a letter writing campaign to protest the decision to revamp bicycle lanes in Canton. One proponent even claims millennials will abandon Baltimore if the new bike lanes are not honored (“Baltimoreans can share the road — and prosper,” June 19)....

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Fight violence from the inside out

Tue, 20 Jun 2017 11:00:00 PDT

There has been a lot of publicity in The Baltimore Sun and other media about the challenges of stemming the tide of violence that continues to sweep across our city (“Davis says special deployments helped stall violence — and showed need for more officers on Baltimore’s streets,” June 19). A lot...

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Make city water more affordable for residents

Tue, 20 Jun 2017 10:50:00 PDT

The recent article, “Baltimore water discount program short of meeting needs of tens of thousands of families” (June 17), does a good job of highlighting the dire state of the current water billing system used by the Department of Public Works. Baltimore City residents are losing their homes over...

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BaltimoreLink is too small to make a difference

Tue, 20 Jun 2017 10:40:00 PDT

Could someone tell me how the $135 million BaltimoreLink could possibly be transformative (“Some bumps in the road for bus riders as BaltimoreLink hits city streets,” June 19)? In the context of what other big league cities get, an extra $135 million looks chintzy.

Denver area voters have chosen...

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What about runoff from apartment building?

Tue, 20 Jun 2017 10:30:00 PDT

In all the criticism of the proposed apartment building on a previously wooded hill in north Baltimore, I have seen almost no reference to the effects on rainwater (“Baltimore City Council passes deal on controversial Northern Parkway apartments,” June 19).

These would be significant and harmful....

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Trump's Cuba policy a major mistake

Tue, 20 Jun 2017 09:00:00 PDT

President Donald Trump is hell bent on destroying everything Barack Obama has done without regard for the damage he is doing to America and Americans.

Mr. Trump’s latest blunder is reneging on Mr. Obama’s Cuban policy (“U.S. must continue its engagement with Cuba,” June 15). He has stated the reason...

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Baltimore needs more cops on the street

Tue, 20 Jun 2017 08:50:00 PDT

It was with some satisfaction that I read the Sun article on how increased “on the street” policing by going to 12-hour shifts has had a positive effect on stemming the horrific homicide and crime rates this year (“Extra police patrols stall violence,” June 20). I have held a strong belief for...

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Needed: Citizens willing to fight crime

Mon, 19 Jun 2017 11:35:00 PDT

Two women were shot early Monday morning, and neither the victims nor any witnesses offered the detectives information ("18-year-old killed Sunday in West Baltimore was dirt bike rider who appeared in rap video,” June 19). Our police department is attacked for not getting resolution to these crimes,...

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Let's do more for Baltimore's retailers

Mon, 19 Jun 2017 11:20:00 PDT

It’s about time we recognize the plight of the retail worker and of retailers in general (“If Trump wants to save jobs, what about retail?” June 18). I live in downtown Baltimore, shop locally and understand the difficulties retailers face. One of the complications are the fees — fees for everything....

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Computer programming isn't the only skill kids need

Mon, 19 Jun 2017 10:50:00 PDT

I completely agree with Alec Ross’s assertion that Maryland students need — and deserve — a well-rounded education that includes computer science (“Md. needs coding classes starting in kindergarten,” June 14). However, as more and more schools today move toward prioritizing educational opportunities...

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Baltimoreans can share the road — and prosper

Mon, 19 Jun 2017 10:40:00 PDT

We are dismayed and frustrated by the latest developments in the efforts to create a bike infrastructure in Baltimore (“Bike routes aren’t paths to harmony,” June 18).

Having just returned from a weekend in New York, we were impressed to see the thriving bike community utilizing its protected bike...

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Hogan should join in climate struggle

Mon, 19 Jun 2017 10:30:00 PDT

Maryland Is an East Coast state, but that does not prevent us from taking cues from California or joining in the Climate Alliance with a dozen other states. President Donald Trump may be honoring his pledge to withdraw from the Paris climate agreement and embrace a policy of isolation, but our...

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Don't give up on bike lanes

Mon, 19 Jun 2017 10:00:00 PDT

I have regularly commuted by bicycle and/or bus for over six years — ever since my kids could get to school on their own. Occasionally, I need to drive or I rent a Zipcar. It may not be for everyone, but it works for me. The expansion of bicycle lanes has been encouraging and more are needed. I...

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The Founding Fathers didn't expect the NRA

Fri, 16 Jun 2017 04:07:00 PDT

Hearing that President Donald Trump rose to the occasion by saying soothing words after the Scalise shooting — that he didn't tweet — does not impress me. If he doesn't come to the realization that his propensity to foment the worst instincts in many people, we're in for more tragedy.

The founding...

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EPA must enforce ozone standards

Fri, 16 Jun 2017 03:58:00 PDT

On Tuesday, my children and I traveled to Washington with a group of other concerned moms, public health physicians and faith leaders to fight the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s decision to delay a stronger ozone standard and other attacks on the Clean Air Act.

Ozone pollution, or smog,...

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Giffords, Alexandria shootings are not comparable

Fri, 16 Jun 2017 03:45:00 PDT

The depths of your calumny know no bottom. To in any way, by inference, compare the Gabby Giffords shooting in 2011 to what took place on that baseball field in Virginia on Wednesday sheds a glaring light on your editorial board and news staff’s ignorance of facts (“Violence through a partisan...

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Maryland can't improve literacy without trained teachers

Fri, 16 Jun 2017 03:41:00 PDT

In Maryland, 63 percent of 4th grade students are below proficient in reading. Scientific research has provided us the "vaccination" to prevent illiteracy, but we are not using this research because some people do not believe in "immunology."

It is fiscally beneficial to prepare our elementary...

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OC topless ban: What would Zappa think?

Fri, 16 Jun 2017 03:30:00 PDT

Your editorial concerning the issue of women going topless in Ocean City (“OC officials: The boobies are coming!” June 13) brought to mind the comments of a Baltimore born song writer and performer, Frank Zappa. He came to Annapolis and testified before a state Senate committee against legislation...

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Kittleman ignores the will of the voters

Fri, 16 Jun 2017 03:25:00 PDT

Howard County executive Allen Kittleman has ignored the will of county voters by vetoing Council Bill 30, which 70,000 county voters approved last November, and the county council also approved June 5 by a 4-1 margin (“Government by the people,” June 7).

This is the bill that would get big special...

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The Sun shares the blame for the Alexandria shooting

Fri, 16 Jun 2017 03:16:00 PDT

According to the Sun editors, partisanship and violence are part of the reason a liberal Bernie Sander's supporter decided to shoot Republicans on a ball field this past Wednesday morning (“Violence through a partisan lens,” June 15).The Sun pretended to be anguished about real people with real...

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Cycle tracks aren't necessarily the answer for Baltimore

Wed, 14 Jun 2017 13:00:00 PDT

Being an enthusiastic road bicyclist, I feel that Baltimore City's bicycle program should be more flexible and select what works best, rather than squeezing in separate cycle tracks where there's no room (“Pugh to review Baltimore bike lanes, parking spaces to see if they comply with fire code,”...

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Banning campaign contributions from developers is unconstitutional

Wed, 14 Jun 2017 12:29:00 PDT

A blanket ban on all political fundraising during Baltimore County’s Comprehensive Zoning Map Process (CZMP) makes sense, as it is similar to the state law that prohibits legislators in Annapolis from raising money during the 90-day legislative session. However, a ban solely on "developer contributions"...

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Trump rejects our moral leadership in dumping Paris accord

Tue, 13 Jun 2017 12:34:00 PDT

President Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw my country from the Paris Climate Agreement was, according to Mr. Trump, a "reassertion of our sovereignty." (“Poll: Most Americans oppose Trump's decision to withdraw from Paris climate deal,” June 5.) Really? This act shows our "supreme and independent...

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Frosh, Ginsburg should recuse themselves from Trump-related litigation

Tue, 13 Jun 2017 12:10:00 PDT

Most of the preliminary injunctions issued by federal courts against President Donald Trump’s executive order on immigration are based on the issue of religious discrimination as evidenced by the supposed discriminatory intent of statements by Mr. Trump during his presidential campaign in advocating...

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Hogan must join climate alliance

Tue, 13 Jun 2017 12:05:00 PDT

Michael Dresser helpfully reported that so far Gov. Larry Hogan has not told the world and President Donald Trump in particular that Marylanders care about the climate and the environment (“Hogan holds back on joining Virginia, other states in climate alliance,” June 6).

Maryland and its governor...

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Murder is business as usual in Baltimore

Tue, 13 Jun 2017 11:55:00 PDT

Fourteen separate shootings occurred in Baltimore City during the weekend of June10th and 11th. This criminal activity only rated a few paragraphs on page 3 of the Sunpaper on June 12th. (“Weekend violence — 15 shot, just one fatally — breaks with Baltimore's pattern of death”). Most folks are...

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What's gotten into Brian Frosh?

Tue, 13 Jun 2017 11:50:00 PDT

Brian Frosh was a deliberate and considered thinker and actor when he served in the Maryland legislature. But the spotlight has obviously gotten to him. With this ridiculous suit against Donald Trump, he has become a showman (“Frosh sues Trump over foreign, domestic payments, alleges 'constitutional...

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Navy grad: I hate to say it, but Prof. Fleming has a point

Tue, 13 Jun 2017 11:46:00 PDT

I am a former student of Naval Academy Professor Bruce Fleming, and I am not proud of it. I am ashamed to say I spent most of my time in his class rolling my eyes at his grandiose, narcissistic comments describing his personal fashion, physical condition, or self-sacrificing Messiah-like role at...

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Coast Guard academy is working hard to diversify

Tue, 13 Jun 2017 11:25:00 PDT

Chris Soto’s recent op-ed regarding the racial diversity of Coast Guard Academy cadets highlights an important issue for the academy and the Coast Guard (“U.S. Coast Guard Academy blindingly white,” June 10). The very fact that I am the superintendent — a first generation college graduate and a...

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No, soldiers aren't the only ones who serve

Tue, 13 Jun 2017 04:30:00 PDT

Last week, U.S. Naval Academy professor Bruce Fleming described the circumstantial pomp of this year’s graduation day. He “usually love[s] it.”

This year was different. It “wasn’t fun,” because Fleming felt the event’s speeches “portrayed a vision of the Navy as a self-serving, closed entity.”...

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Trump's Cuba hypocrisy

Tue, 13 Jun 2017 04:15:00 PDT

President Donald Trump says that he is changing President Barack Obama’s policies toward Cuba because that nation hasn’t improved on human rights or expanded on political freedoms. Yet he loves North Korea, Russia, China and the Saudis and respects their leadership to the point of adulation (“Trump...

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Brian Frosh must have a lot of time on his hands

Tue, 13 Jun 2017 03:55:00 PDT

Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh apparently has a lot of time on his hands. Rather than spending time on such mundane legal matters as protecting consumers or defending Maryland in lawsuits, Mr. Frosh has decided that taxpayer dollars and legal resources are better spent on political cases...

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Trump infrastructure plan is woefully inadequate

Mon, 12 Jun 2017 08:35:00 PDT

I was fascinated by Peter Morici's column in which he advises the Republican Party how to become effective despite the machinations of President Donald Trump (“How Republicans can survive Trump,” June 10). Perhaps a more useful subject would have been how America can survive Trump. Some of Professor...

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Is Mayor Pugh trying to drive out the millennials?

Mon, 12 Jun 2017 08:16:00 PDT

Listening to a few vocal bicycle NIMBYs instead of following her own transition report, Mayor Catherine Pugh carelessly consented to remove the protected bike lane on Potomac Street (“City plans to tear out protected bike lane on Potomac Street in Canton,” June 8).

As a millennial with disposable...

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Even if Comey is to be believed, there's no obstruction case against Trump

Mon, 12 Jun 2017 08:01:00 PDT

The headline “Comey lays out a case of possible obstruction” (June 9) seriously misrepresents reality, as does the tenor of the accompanying article. I am a retired career federal prosecutor who prosecuted white-collar crimes in 34 federal districts across the nation, and the simple fact is that...

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What Morici misses about Trump and the GOP

Mon, 12 Jun 2017 07:49:00 PDT

Three things are striking about Peter Morici’s commentary (“How Republicans can survive Trump,” June 9).

First, he never mentioned Russia once throughout his piece as if that cloud suddenly disappeared.

The Russian meddling in our election and President Donald Trump’s at best indifference to it...

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Service academies are a terrible deal for taxpayers

Mon, 12 Jun 2017 07:33:00 PDT

In response to Bruce Fleming’s article about the excessive cost of service academies (“Naval Academy graduates no better than the civilians they defend,” June 5), he presents a valid fact.

It cost three times the amount to produce an officer at an academy versus one produced by a ROTC or OCS program....

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Trump, GOP Congress would set back women's health

Mon, 12 Jun 2017 06:45:00 PDT

Last week, a leaked rule appeared to unveil the Trump administration’s intent to significantly roll back access to birth control through the Affordable Care Act. This rule comes as the Senate considers the Affordable Health Care Act — the worst legislation for women’s health in a generation. This...

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Pugh's bike lane debacle

Fri, 9 Jun 2017 10:53:00 PDT

In response to the recent Canton bike lane controversy (“City decision to reconfigure Canton bike lane prompts outrage from bicycling advocates,” June 2), I am once again amazed at the decisions that city hall makes when business owners squawk or a few folks complain. Change is hard, but if we...

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Even if jurors aren't called, their time isn't wasted

Fri, 9 Jun 2017 10:20:00 PDT

When ordinary citizens walk past the imposing bronze doors of the Mitchell Courthouse as prospective jurors, they fulfill one of the fundamental obligations of citizenship and make possible the constitutional right to trial by jury in both criminal and civil cases. It is a burden. All jurors are...

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Maryland abandons disabled, helps Stevenson

Thu, 8 Jun 2017 12:13:12 PDT

Let me get this straight, our state is supposed to be in the middle of a financial crisis and thousands of people from vulnerable populations (addicted, mentally ill, homeless, veterans, seniors, developmentally disabled, etc.) have sparse services, yet we, the taxpayers of Maryland, are going...

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Safe Streets a 'failed experiment'

Thu, 8 Jun 2017 12:11:45 PDT

About 15 years ago, a visitor from Chicago gave a seminar at the Hopkins School of Public Health on the alleged success of Chicago's new Safe Streets Program. Chicago. Yes, Chicago. His data was full of holes, but as respectful hosts, the audience let it slide. After all, crime in cities had become...

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State police fight human trafficking

Thu, 8 Jun 2017 12:11:43 PDT

In their commentary regarding human trafficking ("Transportation officials have a role in human trafficking battle," June 7), the authors stated the "Maryland State Police should reach out to transportation authorities to include them in ongoing training conferences and coordination." Please be...

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Poor U.S. funding is sending scientists overseas

Wed, 7 Jun 2017 12:06:00 PDT

I would like to expand on the excellent Commentary by Dr. Peter Agre (“A bleak future for science in the U.S.” (June 4). As in 1957, we are threatened with the loss of preeminence in science, but this time our response is quite different. For the past decade, we have been witnessing a shift of...

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Rosewood deal points shows the value of bipartisanship

Wed, 7 Jun 2017 12:00:00 PDT

There is a key line in your recent article, "State plans to sell former Rosewood hospital to Stevenson University” (June 5) in which Sen. Bobby Zirkin, a Democrat, praised Republican Governor Larry Hogan for working to secure the deal.

Aside from the fact that growing Stevenson University will...

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Who impedes entitlement reform?

Wed, 7 Jun 2017 11:49:43 PDT

In response to a letter to The Sun from Robert Erlandson ("KAL distorts Trump's budget choices," May 31) in which he criticizes the cartoonist KAL, I would like to say a few things.

First of all, Mr. Erlandson is correct that the issue of entitlement reform is a huge one and it is a category that...

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Naval Academy grads are not so cavalier

Wed, 7 Jun 2017 11:46:16 PDT

For several years now, we have observed various articles or commentaries from Bruce Fleming, a civilian professor at the U.S. Naval Academy. Virtually all of them have been negative. Although he has made a few observations about the sports program (which he apparently hates) that have some merit,...

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What Baltimore 'needs' to end violence

Wed, 7 Jun 2017 11:44:15 PDT

I agree with letter writer Lissa Abrams on the majority of what we need to reduce Baltimore homicide rate ("Wanted: A plan to curtail killings," June 6). However, what Baltimore and Maryland needs more is the necessary revenue to pull off some of those needs. For example, double the surcharge or...

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Council isn't cutting the budget at all

Wed, 7 Jun 2017 11:44:13 PDT

In the editorial, "Council gets a backbone" (June 6), there is good news and bad news. First, the Baltimore City Council proposed $26.5 million in budget cuts that they don't really want and, in the case of the budget office cut, will not get. They plan to redirect money from the "cuts" to fund...

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Forget Paris, let's adopt carbon pricing

Wed, 7 Jun 2017 05:40:00 PDT

Archimedes said, “Give me a lever long enough and a fulcrum on which to place it, and I can move the world.” We have the lever and fulcrum that can save the world. We just need to start using it.The threat is global warming. The Paris Climate Agreement was always going to be too little too late,...

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Fight crime in Baltimore by providing opportunity

Tue, 6 Jun 2017 13:55:00 PDT

In reading your June 4th article, "Citizens see a city in crisis," I agree that a comprehensive crime fighting strategy is warranted to curb the violence we are facing in Baltimore City, but it is only one part of the solution. The mayor is also right to seek economic development and jobs opportunities...

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A Marshall Plan for climate?

Tue, 6 Jun 2017 13:42:42 PDT

This week marks the 70th anniversary of George Marshall, President Harry Truman's secretary of state, making a short speech at Harvard laying out a plan to assist allies and foes alike in Europe with $17 billion to help them recover from World War II. This international multilateralism worked splendidly...

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School system requires audit, too

Tue, 6 Jun 2017 13:41:02 PDT

While I applaud the men and women of the Baltimore City Council for their recent budget action that sought to cut Mayor Catherine Pugh's proposed budget in order to fund youth-related activities, I'm wondering if it's the most fiscally responsible plan that the council could come up with ("City...

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Potomac Street held hostage by bikers

Tue, 6 Jun 2017 13:36:39 PDT

When did the cycling public start to pay gas tax on their cycles? When did the cycling people have to park their vehicles blocks from their homes because there were no parking spots left on their street? Within one week of the installation of the bike lane on Potomac Street, four homes went on...

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Wanted: A plan to curtail killings

Tue, 6 Jun 2017 11:14:00 PDT

Thank you to The Baltimore Sun for the excellent article about the escalating rates of murders in Baltimore ("Amid record violence, worried Baltimoreans see a city in crisis," June 3). Where is the outrage over the murders in Baltimore? I am outraged and I am sad. So many young people dead.

We...

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A shameful barrage on Brits

Tue, 6 Jun 2017 11:09:00 PDT

I just want to commend The Baltimore Sun's editorial board for "Trump's London attack" (June 6). It articulated exactly what I and I imagine many others have felt about President Donald Trump's comments since the London attack. Keep up the good work.

Rob Preston, Timonium

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Maryland schools must divest

Tue, 6 Jun 2017 11:06:00 PDT

With President Donald Trump's recent announcement that he will pull the United States from the Paris climate agreement, it is more important now than ever that academic institutions demonstrate their commitment to climate action through investments in clean renewable energy and divestment from...

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Churchill might fire-bomb terrorists

Tue, 6 Jun 2017 11:00:00 PDT

The Baltimore Sun's editorial board has to be living in some fantasy when they mention Winston Churchill ("Trump's London attack," June 6). I can bet he is turning over in his grave at the way his country is being smothered.

If you want to mention him then you have to be ready for the consequences...

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Good riddance to Paris accord

Mon, 5 Jun 2017 10:55:29 PDT

Robert C. Orr's socialist hatred of Donald Trump blinds the dean of the University of Maryland's School of Public Policy from reality. The Paris climate agreement lives on and will continue as there is no mechanism to force a country to set a specific target by a specific date for greenhouse gas...

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Baltimore, home of chess royalty

Mon, 5 Jun 2017 10:53:11 PDT

What a joy it was to see the picture of 12-year-old Cahree Myrick on the front page of The Sun as "the first individual national youth chess champion in the history of Baltimore." How proud his mom must be and how proud Cahree should be for his dedication and achievement ("Baltimore chess champion...

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Trump ignored Pope Francis

Fri, 2 Jun 2017 11:22:36 PDT

Did President Donald Trump read Pope Francis's climate encyclical as he said he would in his recent trip ("Trump's foolish withdrawal," June 3)? I forgot, President Trump doesn't read, and he must have lied right to Pope Francis' face.

This man has no shame, so why do some people think he is concerned...

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Trump is a destabilizing force

Fri, 2 Jun 2017 11:21:04 PDT

President Donald Trump's Rose Garden speech announcing the U.S. pullout of the Paris climate accord was pathetic, rambling and incoherent ("Trump's foolish withdrawal," June 3). Many elementary school students would be able to do much better. Was the speech about climate change, the economy, jobs...

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Trump is no Underwood

Fri, 2 Jun 2017 11:12:19 PDT

For several weeks, I have been thinking I should drop my subscription to The Baltimore Sun, and tomorrow I may. In a very biased and disrespectful column by David Zurawik ("'House of Cards' Season 5 speaks to Trump's America for better and worse," May 25), two sentences compel me: "But the greatest...

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Fixing broken schools and leadership

Fri, 2 Jun 2017 11:12:00 PDT

My neighbors have grandchildren living in Finland, and I'm told they're receiving a spectacular free education. That little country enjoys the finest public schools in the world. Other places are also doing great jobs in this area. So instead of spending more money trying to fix Baltimore's "achievement...

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Trump hits a new low

Fri, 2 Jun 2017 11:12:00 PDT

I continue to be outraged in many ways by the disgusting behavior and policies of Donald Trump. The latest action in dropping out of the Paris agreement on climate change is absurd ( "Trump's foolish withdrawal," June 3).

Serious climate change by man has been a scientific reality for decades....

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Balt. Co.'s needless attack on immigrants

Thu, 1 Jun 2017 10:31:00 PDT

My grandfather was an undocumented immigrant. As were all my ancestors who came to this country, fleeing pogroms and anti-Semitism, in search of a better life. In fact, most Americans are the descendants of undocumented immigrants because visas were generally not required to come here until the...

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Choose reconciliation, not slander

Thu, 1 Jun 2017 10:30:00 PDT

I'm sorry that Jonathan David Farley apparently hasn't recovered from the trauma of receiving hateful responses 15 years ago to his newspaper essay criticizing a publicly-maintained statue of Confederate Nathan Bedford Forrest — the soldier after whom fictional character Forrest Gump was named....

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Birth control debate is about control

Thu, 1 Jun 2017 10:08:00 PDT

I am so exhausted with the GOP's efforts to deny birth control to women and President Donald Trump's latest efforts to allow businesses to make these health care decisions for their employees ("Will Trump kill the ACA contraceptive mandate?" May 31). It still makes no sense to me that people who...

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Shipp is blinded to her own hate

Thu, 1 Jun 2017 10:06:00 PDT

E.R. Shipp's commentary, "Don't let hate consume our country" (May 30), contained a great irony. While mentioning the the victims of two disgusting racially motivated murders, she shows her own animus and takes the opportunity to take a shot at President Donald Trump.

Ms. Shipp calls out President...

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Pugh is legally (or ethically) blind

Thu, 1 Jun 2017 10:05:00 PDT

Did Mayor Catherine Pugh attend the Sheila Dixon School of Ethics?

Mayor Pugh has shown that she supports illegal immigrants, and she does not care about election laws ("Mayor Pugh says aide found guilty of election violation 'a good employee,' stands by him," May 31). What kind of message is she...

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Black caucus should sustain Hogan's sick leave veto

Wed, 31 May 2017 12:35:30 PDT

I would like to challenge the 48 members of the Legislative Black Caucus of Maryland to not override Gov. Larry Hogan's veto of the paid sick-leave bill to show that they actually care about the communities they represent ("Hogan vetoes Maryland Democrats' paid sick leave bill," May 25). If they...

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Don't try to erase Baltimore's past

Wed, 31 May 2017 12:35:25 PDT

Several weeks ago, I learned that New Orleans was removing a statue of Jefferson Davis, the former president of the Confederate States of America who believed in the right of states to remove themselves from the United States of America. As a historian, I wrote a letter to the American Historical...

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Stench of corruption hangs around Jared Kushner

Wed, 31 May 2017 12:35:24 PDT

The stench of greed, dishonesty, and illegality is growing around Jared Kushner, the president's son in law and top adviser ("As White House defends Kushner, experts question his back-channel move," May 28). It is beyond belief that Mr. Kusher met with Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak (with Michael...

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Russia is manipulating Kushner, Trump

Wed, 31 May 2017 12:35:21 PDT

When I first heard the report of a conversation between Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak had with his superiors in Moscow regarding a meeting with Jared Kushner, I was skeptical. Why would he report that Mr. Kushner wanted to set up a secret way to communicate directly with the Russians over a...

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Baltimore County should welcome immigrants

Wed, 31 May 2017 12:35:19 PDT

A reader urges the Baltimore County Council to enact legislation under which county personnel will check the immigration status of those with whom they come in contact ("Almond and Jones must be ousted," May 25). I strongly oppose any efforts by the council to spend our tax dollars in support of...

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Baltimore must pursue discipline for Gray officers

Wed, 31 May 2017 12:35:17 PDT

In the Sunpaper dated May 26, R.F. Ruhr of Laurel opined in a letter, "Don't fire Gray Officers," deeming it "nonsense" that they are facing internal discipline. In another letter on May 27, Ralph Jaffe of Baltimore, opines, we should "stop harassing Freddie Gray Officers!"

To both, I say, it is...

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Trump budget a blow to air safety

Wed, 31 May 2017 12:35:14 PDT

The article, "Kelly says U.S. might widen laptop ban on airlines" (May 29), about Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly's concerns regarding extremists targeting airlines is disturbing to say the least. What's most troublesome is the very last paragraph of the article: "While Kelly referred to...

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Good or bad, monuments have their place

Wed, 31 May 2017 12:35:00 PDT

In the center city of Padua in Italy stands the Gattamelata, an equestrian statue of the Italian condottiero Erasmo di Narni. It is one of the treasures of the city. Tourists come from all over to see the city and this, one of its major attractions. It shows a man who was strong, determined, powerful...

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Why not add a Tubman statue?

Fri, 26 May 2017 11:41:24 PDT

If the basis of The Baltimore Sun's aversion to Confederate monuments, the suppression of outdated morality standards, were applied to the art in the city's museums, one wonders what would be left for citizens to see. Far better than using the taxpayers' money to remove the Lee-Jackson monument...

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