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Who knew presidency could be so complicated?

Wed, 24 May 2017 10:37:00 PDT

Jules Witcover, in his recent column ("Ouster talk premature," May 23), considers the possible impeachment of President Donald Trump. My guess is that the president will resign his position before impeachment steps are initiated. He will conclude before long that the presidency interferes too much...


Trump should get tough on Israel

Wed, 24 May 2017 10:34:00 PDT

The article, "President touts 'rare opportunity'" (May 23), describes remarks by President Donald Trump that are totally divorced from reality. President Trump stressing prospect of peace between Israel and the Palestinians is a farce because Israel doesn't want a peace settlement with the Palestinians,...


Sun's 'ridiculous' Trump bashing

Wed, 24 May 2017 10:32:00 PDT

The Sun's ridiculous Donald Trump-bashing editorials have become more entertaining than President Trump himself! Please continue publishing your predictable and whiny "alternative facts" on Fridays but put them in the comic section where they belong ("Alternative Fact of the Week: Trump as history's...


Put The Sun's editors out to pasture

Wed, 24 May 2017 10:32:00 PDT

It is with dismay that I think that I must comment on The Sun today. President Barack Obama goes on a world "apology tour" and it's front page news, but President Donald Trump goes on an historic trip and gives a very insightful and hard-hitting speech to many Islamic world leaders, and the best...


Pence waits his turn

Wed, 24 May 2017 10:31:00 PDT

In his commentary, "It's time to take stand" (May 21), Jonah Greenberg, a fellow of the conservative American Enterprise Institute and senior editor of the National Review, wonders why Vice President Mike Pence is taking his frequent humiliations from the Donald Trump team so passively. Mr. Pence...


Crosswalks aren't risk-free

Wed, 24 May 2017 10:29:00 PDT

I wish that when a pedestrian is injured or killed by an automobile, The Sun would stop reporting whether the pedestrian was using the crosswalk ("Police: Man charged after fatally hitting pedestrian," May 21).

Many a motorist has pulled their car up to my kneecaps when I was using the crosswalk...


Don't fire Gray officers

Wed, 24 May 2017 10:28:00 PDT

When will all this nonsense about Freddie Gray end ("Five Baltimore officers from Freddie Gray case face internal discipline; three could be fired," May 22)?

It's hard to get police officers these days particularly in a high crime city like Baltimore. No one should be fired. Lets move on and get...


Anne Arundel's all-white bench

Tue, 23 May 2017 12:07:41 PDT

Anne Arundel County has been the ongoing subject of racial controversy. Two white men, Conner Charles Prout and John Adam Haverman, were charged in recent weeks with misdemeanors for allegedly being involved with the hanging of a noose from a light fixture at Crofton Middle School. This past weekend,...


Death of Bowie student is Army's loss

Tue, 23 May 2017 08:28:00 PDT

Rest in peace, Richard Collins III. Your death, allegedly at the hands of a white University of Maryland student, makes no sense ("Police, FBI investigating University of Maryland killing as possible hate crime," May 21). We shall miss the contribution you would have made to military intelligence.


BaltimoreLink will be a fiasco

Tue, 23 May 2017 08:28:00 PDT

I heartily concur in all the criticisms reported on Maryland Transit Administration's "planning" and changes ("Less than a month away, $135 million BaltimoreLink bus overhaul rolling forward," May 22). Less than a month out, they still had not deigned to post detailed maps or schedules for the...


Baltimore County shouldn't overstep on immigration

Tue, 23 May 2017 08:28:00 PDT

The proposed Baltimore County bill to force jail officials to screen for undocumented immigrants should be withdrawn, defeated or vetoed ("Baltimore County Council to consider jail immigration screening," May 1). In the past, the federal "detainer" program has not focused on serious criminals,...


Describing victim as 'not a thug' is a problem, too

Tue, 23 May 2017 08:28:00 PDT

Respectfully, please be more careful when writing about whether or not an African American victim of a hate crime is or is not a "thug" ("Police, FBI investigating University of Maryland killing as possible hate crime," May 21). The thug/not thug narrative is often propounded in the context of...


Cecil ignores comprehensive plan

Tue, 23 May 2017 08:28:00 PDT

I am responding to County Executive Alan J. McCarthy's recent commentary ("Cecil exec: Tier map protects local authority," April 28) regarding Cecil's Tier Map and the Comprehensive Plan on which it is supposedly based.

Rather than being solely about protecting private property rights, the 2010...


McDonough: Save the Preakness, but don't put another dime into Pimlico

Fri, 19 May 2017 09:47:28 PDT

There is a dark cloud hanging over Pimlico Race Track and the Preakness Stakes. The odds of the track and Preakness leaving Baltimore are growing every day. Political leadership is the only remedy that can solve the problem. Gov. Larry Hogan has finally started to stir, Mayor Catherine Pugh is...


Trump invites chaos

Fri, 19 May 2017 09:47:00 PDT

Those who voted for President Donald Trump in the hope that he would shake things up in Washington have gotten their wish. Our government is now tragically dysfunctional. I have no confidence in the integrity of this administration ("Trump claims 'witch hunt,' says he's most hounded president in...


Don't turn back on schools

Fri, 19 May 2017 09:47:00 PDT

The $10.6 billion cut for education in the 2018 Trump budget is irrational and dangerous ("Trump's first education budget: Deep public school cuts in pursuit of school choice," May 17). At the very time that we should be investing in education to prepare students for the high-level jobs in areas...


Overbooking at the Preakness

Thu, 18 May 2017 13:27:00 PDT

Five days before the Preakness, my wife and I received an email informing us that our $200 Clubhouse Turn Reserved tickets are now "first come, first served." With apologies for the inconvenience due to "unforeseen circumstances," they offer us a $15 food voucher as recompense. Their explanation...


Pimlico doesn't deserve Preakness

Thu, 18 May 2017 13:26:00 PDT

I'm going to try this one more time, as it is obvious that The Sun's editorial board is in denial and does not even read its own articles. During an interview I watched on TV, Tim Ritvo of the Stronach Group stated a concern over the safety at Pimlico after a guard got shot and a few years back...


Baltimore needs a downtown track

Thu, 18 May 2017 13:25:00 PDT

I can't believe the obvious solution was not mentioned in the recent article about where to run the Preakness ("If the Preakness stays in Baltimore, it will be at Pimlico, officials say," May 18). Keep the Preakness at Pimlico while a new track is built downtown west of Camden Yards and M&T Bank...


Pimlico needs jobs

Thu, 18 May 2017 13:24:00 PDT

After reading the article concerning Pimlico racetrack's future ("Hogan wants to keep Preakness in Baltimore," May 17), two points come into striking focus.

First, the track's owner, Stronach Group, claims it will cost between $300 million and $500 million to "rebuild" the track to keep the Preakness...


City ignores juvenile offenders

Thu, 18 May 2017 12:23:00 PDT

How thoughtful of Mayor Catherine Pugh and Police Commissioner Kevin Davis to pay a personal visit to the recent crime victims in Homeland ("Young suspects arrested in armed carjacking, robbery in Homeland," May 18). But one has to wonder what prompted such sudden caring when on a daily basis the...


Defense of Trump was nutty

Thu, 18 May 2017 12:23:00 PDT

I was flabbergasted to read the defense of President Donald Trump by Ray McGovern and William Binney ("Trumped-up claims against Trump," May 17). What misguided attempt to show "balance" prompted The Sun to run it? The mere use of the words "Deep State" should have disqualified the piece from publication...


Trump supporters may finally see writing on the wall

Wed, 17 May 2017 12:14:00 PDT

Letter writer Karen Shiflett proudly states that President Donald Trump still has her vote as of Monday; the revelations about Mr. Trump giving confidential information to the Russians in the Oval Office last week were not enough to turn her off from the current occupant of the White House ("Trump...


Disillusioned with Trump? That's a good sign

Wed, 17 May 2017 12:12:00 PDT

As "ecstatic" as letter writer Christian Baran was about Donald Trump's victory, I am elated to to read of his disillusionment with the president's work for the American people thus far ("Trump is losing my vote," May 12).

The teen's burgeoning disappointment and disillusionment regarding President...


Why Trump is losing Christian Baran

Wed, 17 May 2017 11:58:00 PDT

In his thoughtful letter to The Sun ("Trump is losing my vote," May 12) Christian Baran of Parkton expresses his growing disillusionment with President Donald Trump, whom he had supported enthusiastically. In arriving at his conclusions, Mr. Baran cites several national news outlets (NPR, NBC,...


Sorting facts from allegations

Wed, 17 May 2017 11:56:00 PDT

Let's pause for a moment and remove our partisan feelings regarding President Donald Trump and now citizen Hillary Clinton. Unless we, as readers, see the specific names of a leakers of government information, let's use the term, "alleged," or if the leaker is known and the fact can be validated,...


I coach lacrosse, so where's my tax break?

Wed, 17 May 2017 11:55:00 PDT

It was quite generous for Baltimore County politicians to offer a $150,000 annual property tax break to the U.S. Lacrosse organization on their property in Sparks ("US Lacrosse in line for property tax credit from Baltimore County," May 15). But why did they feel the need to offer such a giveaway,...


Water bill tax sales are wrong

Wed, 17 May 2017 11:50:00 PDT

While it turns out that the multi-million dollar teams, the Orioles and Ravens, are exempt from tax sales, thousands of our neighbors who can't afford their water bills aren't so lucky ("Baltimore erred in selling stadiums' debt," May 16). City Council President Bernard C. "Jack" Young hit the...


Trump still has my vote

Tue, 16 May 2017 09:02:02 PDT

Letter writer Christian Baran ("Trump is losing my vote," May 12), you need a wakeup call. Do not listen to CNN. They have been against President Donald Trump and will criticize every move he makes. If you would watch Sean Hannity on Fox News, you would see what the biased media are all about.


Let police be the police

Tue, 16 May 2017 09:02:00 PDT

I thought when reading The Sun's editorial, "Do what works" (May 14) regarding violence in Baltimore that it would spell out the truth, but it could not.

In this age of political correctness and the war on the police department, it seems just too hard to simply say what works to stop the killing:...


Franchot promotes self on taxpayer dime

Tue, 16 May 2017 09:01:00 PDT

Just when you thought that Maryland's two infamous Mikes (Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller and House Speaker Michael E. Busch) had long ago established an impenetrable ceiling for Democratic political arrogance, Comptroller Peter Franchot has crashed through it in stunning fashion ("Common...


The real causes of crime in Baltimore

Tue, 16 May 2017 08:50:00 PDT

The Baltimore Sun mistakenly believes a principal root cause of Baltimore's chronic crime problem is "…the lack of economic opportunities in many poor city neighborhoods" ("Do what works," May 14). I would suggest that The Sun has mistaken an effect for a root cause, of which there are at least...


Phony voter fraud claims

Tue, 16 May 2017 08:36:00 PDT

President Donald Trump's voter fraud claims are similar to those asserted by Maine Gov. Paul LePage about five years ago ("An 'integrity' commission that lacks it," May 15). After wasting $1 million investigating, the commission only found one case of voter fraud — Governor LePage's wife had voted...


Gun tip bounties work, too

Tue, 16 May 2017 08:36:00 PDT

The Sun editorial, "Do what works" (May 14), failed to mention one of the successful strategies and partnerships that worked in the past to get illegally carried guns off the streets of Baltimore — the anonymous tip hand gun bounty program initiated by the Baltimore Police Department in 1974. This...


The reasons behind McCain's climate vote

Tue, 16 May 2017 08:34:00 PDT

Your editorial applauding the Senate's vote to retain Obama methane regulations suggested explanations for Sen. John McCain's willingness to cast the deciding vote in support of the regulations ("Climate change science notches a win," May 15). There are additional plausible reasons.

Perhaps Senator...


Methane rules are good for all

Tue, 16 May 2017 08:32:00 PDT

It's not just environmentalists but everyone who triumphed when the U.S. Senate upheld the rule restricting harmful methane emissions at oil and gas drilling operations. Public health protections provided by the rule deserve more attention than a small nod ("Environmentalists triumph as Senate...


Trump is center of turmoil (again)

Tue, 16 May 2017 08:28:00 PDT

I had to laugh when reading President Donald Trump's assertion that the FBI has been in "turmoil" ("Trump shifts the Comey narrative," May 12).

Talk about the pot calling the kettle black. Since Mr. Trump took office less than four months ago, the White House has been in constant turmoil and has...


Trump's mind-boggling ineptitude and corruption

Tue, 16 May 2017 08:28:00 PDT

President Donald Trump's shocking decision to fire FBI Director James Comey when the FBI investigation of possible White House collusion into Russian interference in our election is heating up is staggering ("Trump tweets fired FBI director 'better hope that there are no tapes' of conversations,"...


Trump is losing my vote

Fri, 12 May 2017 13:18:13 PDT

I am writing to express my disillusionment with the Trump administration, especially following the firing of former FBI Director James Comey ("Alternative facts of the week: The Comey firing," May 11).

As a student at a high school where most people lean Republican (St. Paul's), I had been a staunch...


Comey did not usurp attorney general's authority

Fri, 12 May 2017 13:18:00 PDT

Regardless of what one thinks about James Comey's handling of the Hillary Clinton email investigation, his "original sin," according to Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and other critics, was his publicly announcing the results of the FBI's investigation last July and subsequent announcements...


Landlords: Sun rent court series was unfair

Fri, 12 May 2017 00:00:00 PDT

It's time that the Sunpapers and tenant advocates give Baltimore's professional landlords and hardworking judges in rent court some recognition and support! For over nine months, the judiciary, landlord representatives, tenant advocates, court personnel, housing department representatives and other...


Trump deserves to be impeached

Wed, 10 May 2017 11:11:00 PDT

Donald Trump came into office with a plurality of votes and no mandate. Yet he moved this country to the extremes of the right wing by destroying health care for millions, including likely reductions and cost increases for Medicare, cutting scientific research funding including cancer and other...


Senators, protect us from the ACHA

Wed, 10 May 2017 11:10:00 PDT

I am shocked and dismayed that Rep. Andy Harris supported the American Health Care Act ("Rodricks: Even with vote to repeal Obamacare, Andy Harris' seat appears safe," May 6). As a doctor, did he not take an oath to "first do no harm"? Twenty-four million Americans would lose health care if the...


Think twice before driving recklessly

Wed, 10 May 2017 10:51:00 PDT

It wasn't only the biking community asking that Heather Cook's early parole be rejected ("Early parole rejected for former Bishop Heather Cook," May 9). Many of us who are frightened by reckless speeding and texting drivers whose illegal actions are not stopped and who do not want to be the next...


After Comey firing, how does Trump think he'll get re-elected?

Wed, 10 May 2017 10:50:00 PDT

I was not surprised that President Donald Trump fired FBI Director James Comey ("Comey firing trumps all excuses not to appoint a special counsel," May 10). After all, he had contradicted Mr. Trump publicly, and to someone like the president that is intolerable.

What surprised me was the president's...


Calculating school costs and benefits

Wed, 10 May 2017 10:31:00 PDT

The article, "Small schools, high salaries behind district's budget gap" (May 7), follows a common error in accounting: It only calculates the cost side of the budget sheet. The benefits of the close-knit school and a low suspension rate are mentioned, but they are not assigned a value on the other...


City must hold landlords accountable

Wed, 10 May 2017 10:30:00 PDT

As a former director of the Baltimore City Department of Social Services, I read with interest the investigative report by The Sun's Doug Donovan and Jean Marbella ("Dismissed: Low-income renters in Baltimore become migrants in their own city," May 6). I applaud the thoroughness of their investigation.


Main problem facing city schools? Lack of state funding

Wed, 10 May 2017 10:22:00 PDT

I'm so glad The Sun was able to set this school funding problem straight ("Small schools, high salaries reasons for city district' budget gap," May 7). What's really driving the budget shortfall are incentive programs to retain top teaching recruits, effective albeit underpopulated elementary schools...


When will Hogan apologize for inflammatory, anti-immigrant rhetoric?

Mon, 8 May 2017 13:04:00 PDT

Thank you for the update on the case at Rockville High School ("Charges dropped against 2 Hispanic teens in Rockville High School rape case," May 5). Of course, no one wants public schools to very be a place where sexual predators may roam. Perhaps, however, the media, the public and certain public...


Israel doesn't act in U.S. interests

Mon, 8 May 2017 13:03:00 PDT

I was glad to see that G. Jefferson Price III is still writing for The Baltimore Sun ("We created our enemies: U.S. actions paved the way for extremist rule in the Middle East," May 7).

There is one thing, though, that I take exception to in his article and that is the claim that Israel is our...


Single-payer is the logical answer

Mon, 8 May 2017 13:02:00 PDT

In 2009, the Obama administration embarked on an effort to confront the crisis in our health system. They were right to confront it but wrong not to include everyone in the discussion: single-payer advocates were not only not included, they were, at times, forcibly removed from hearings and proceedings...


How many murders will it take to wake Baltimore up?

Mon, 8 May 2017 10:17:00 PDT

Wake up Baltimore! As of May 5, we had experienced 114 homicides within our city limits. While Luke Broadwater's front page article about the disarray in the Mayor's Office on Criminal Justice did speak to the percentage of increase over last year's homicides, he did not mention that at our current...


Think when you oppose Trump

Mon, 8 May 2017 10:09:00 PDT

A few recent anti-Trump policies are a bit hypocritical. Many people have become so hung up on opposing President Donald Trump, whether it's for political gain, principle or personal distaste, that they've completely ignored endemic systemic problems and local issues just to land on the right side....


Celebrities and the media are failing in the age of Trump

Mon, 8 May 2017 09:56:00 PDT

This letter neither supports nor opposes President Donald Trump. This letter is written to show the negative affects of celebrities and the media speaking based on emotion and not logic ("Everything President Trump has tweeted (and what it was about)," May 7). The celebrities and media complain...


Lawyers make a bad situation worse

Mon, 8 May 2017 09:55:00 PDT

This letter was inspired by several recent articles and letters to the editor having to do with inequities in our state and city legal systems. As reported, advocates are pushing for true justice in repairing housing violations, gaining a fair shake in rent court and allowing for favorable testimony...


Uncivil debate is hurting the country

Mon, 8 May 2017 09:54:00 PDT

First of all, kudos to The Sun for publishing a conservative perspective ("Higher education needs conservatives," May 6). Given the strong liberal bias reflected in The Sun's editorials, it's refreshing to see at least one perspective that presents readers with an attempt at balanced content.



It's good to be home

Fri, 5 May 2017 10:07:00 PDT

There's really no reason I should be so happy to be back in Baltimore. While living on Capitol Hill in the District of Columbia for the past year, I was able to walk to work on tree-lined streets with well-kept, grand homes. My nights and weekends were kept busy with friends, good food, lively...


Howard County's school board has acted foolishly

Fri, 5 May 2017 10:02:00 PDT

What a splendid example of fiscal responsibility Howard County Board of Education set with their handling of the Renee Foose situation ("Howard County board pledged to pay Foose $1.65 million package to step down as school superintendent," May 4). Can public education really afford a settlement...


Single-payer is America's best solution

Fri, 5 May 2017 10:01:00 PDT

When the House rushed through their health care "reform" which had not even been assessed by the Congressional Budget Office yet, many Republicans cheered ("Anxiety spreads over GOP health plan for those with severe illnesses," May 5). Since this is a bill that would make sharp cuts in Medicaid...


Harris turns back on his constituents

Fri, 5 May 2017 10:01:00 PDT

The U.S. House of Representatives just voted 217-213 to "repeal and replace" the Affordable Care Act ("Anxiety spreads over GOP health plan for those with serious illnesses," May 5). Rep. Andy Harris, the Republican who represents Maryland's 1st Congressional District, voted yes. Dr. Harris voted...


What about free speech for BDS movement?

Thu, 4 May 2017 13:38:00 PDT

The editorial, "Free speech v. Ann Coulter" (April 26), carries a familiar theme, but avoids some serious questions. Certainly, colleges should have speakers representing many viewpoints. There are many conservatives. The Sun publishes Jonah Goldberg. Fox News is the largest cable news network....


Prosecutors go soft on undocumented criminals

Thu, 4 May 2017 12:25:00 PDT

I was floored when I read the article, "Prosecutors cautioned over charging immigrants" (April 29). A chief deputy state's attorney formally advised in writing that prosecutors are to consider immigration status (that is whether a defendant is here illegally and thereby has already broken our country's...


Comey's biased view of the Clintons

Thu, 4 May 2017 12:25:00 PDT

In James Comey's testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee ("Comey says he feels 'mildly nauseous' to think news of Clinton emails might have influenced election," May 3), he displayed interesting word choice about going public with the last-minute email investigation last October. Instead...


Escapee was a foolish prosecution

Thu, 4 May 2017 12:25:00 PDT

Why is it so important for law enforcement to bring a prisoner to Maryland who is serving a 100-year sentence to charge him once again with the same type of crime that he committed in Delaware ("Howard County police say escaped prisoner roamed at least one mile from Jessup facility before capture,"...


Pedroia has acted honorably but not so his team or fans

Thu, 4 May 2017 12:24:00 PDT

Dustin Pedroia is the consummate example of what it means to be a baseball player. Though over several seasons he has played well offensively and defensively against the Orioles, we here in Baltimore recognize a true sportsman. He knew and quickly acknowledged that Manny Machado did not intentionally...


Racial slur a symptom of a broader problem

Thu, 4 May 2017 12:22:00 PDT

I read with tremendous attention Peter Schmuck's most recent article on the Adam Jones-related incident in Boston ("No one should have to deal with what Adam Jones faced Monday in Fenway," May 2). My commendations to Mr. Schmuck on his eloquent writing. It was so very well done, important and I...


When the father is a rapist

Thu, 4 May 2017 06:10:00 PDT

To quote former Del. Luiz Simmons, with whom I served on the House Judiciary Committee for 12 years and who was likely paraphrasing Daniel Patrick Moynihan, "you are entitled to your own opinion; you are not entitled to your own facts." The description of the bill in Mr. Simmons' recent commentary...


Why not quarantine addicts?

Wed, 3 May 2017 13:47:00 PDT

I believe the group from the Bloomberg School made a very fine point ("Treat the 'opioid epidemic' like an epidemic, with real-time surveillance," April 29) regarding a data driven response to the opiate issues we face. The problem is they and others (especially frequently re-elected politicos...


A nod to Parkway's major players

Wed, 3 May 2017 13:46:00 PDT

Chris Kaltenbach's otherwise excellent article on the Parkway in The Baltimore Sun was marred only by his neglect of some major players in the building's rebirth ("Maryland Film Festival debuts a renovated Parkway theater that stays true to its 102-year history," April 29). It would be hard to...


Don't treat overdoses as a crime scene

Wed, 3 May 2017 13:45:00 PDT

The recent article, "Baltimore homicide detectives to begin investigating drug overdoses" (May 2), points to very concerning Baltimore Police Department policy related to treating overdoses as crime scenes. Make no mistake, we will see more overdose deaths because of this policy.

Treating overdoses...


Boston's boorish behavior

Wed, 3 May 2017 13:43:00 PDT

I don't understand why Gov. Larry Hogan can't step in with a letter to the mayor of Boston or the governor of Massachusetts telling them that the state of Maryland isn't happy with the way the Boston Red Sox and their fans are treating the Orioles ("No one should have to deal with what Adam Jones...


Board was right, Foose was wrong

Wed, 3 May 2017 13:43:00 PDT

Howard County can leave behind the narrative of just another top-ranked system with demanding citizens who can't get along with school leaders ( "Foose is out in Howard," May 3).

The reality in Howard County was far different, but complex and not easily covered in a few hundred words. Early in...


Treating overdoses like a health epidemic

Wed, 3 May 2017 13:39:00 PDT

We agree with the authors of the recent commentary observing that real-time information on opioid overdoses is key to stopping this epidemic ("Treat the 'opioid epidemic' like an epidemic, with real-time surveillance," April 29).

In Baltimore, we are making this a reality. As part of our citywide...


Israeli skepticism of Abbas is justified

Wed, 3 May 2017 13:18:00 PDT

Reporter Joshua Mitnick's interesting dispatch ahead of Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas meeting with President Donald Trump correctly noted Israeli skepticism towards Mr. Abbas as a "partner for peace." However, Mr. Mitnick fails to detail why this is so ("Abbas upbeat ahead of first...


Help put an end to Alzheimer's

Tue, 2 May 2017 10:53:00 PDT

Anyone who has experienced the impact of Alzheimer's disease in a loved one can empathize with Ron Louie's frustration over the lack of treatments and advances to address this devastating disease ("Alzheimer's clinical research lacks leadership," April 28). Every day we hear the stories of families...


Educating inmates is cost-effective

Tue, 2 May 2017 10:50:00 PDT

Higher education is the most effective tool we have against recidivism. That's what I told Education Secretary Betsy DeVos last month when she visited the Montgomery County Correctional Facility to learn first-hand about education programs for inmates run by Montgomery College. Forty percent of...


Mosby discriminates against U.S. citizens

Tue, 2 May 2017 10:48:00 PDT

In their decision to advise prosecutors to take into consideration a defendant's immigration status before formal charges are made against an illegal immigrant who might be adversely affected, Marilyn Mosby and others in the Baltimore City State's Attorney's office have chosen to discriminate against...


Don't coddle illegal immigrants

Mon, 1 May 2017 12:40:00 PDT

Have you noticed that in the media illegal immigrants became undocumented workers and now are referred to as just immigrants? Well, the latest push by Maryland to protect illegals is to instruct the prosectuors that before they charge an illegal immigrant with a minor non-violent crime, they should...


City refuses data fire dept. has released in the past

Mon, 1 May 2017 12:29:00 PDT

Firehouse magazine conducts annual "run surveys" with hundreds of fire departments nationwide participating. Baltimore City has participated for years, supplying the number of medic calls, fire calls, busiest engine company, busiest medic, etc. All the the data is readily available on the magazine's...


Baltimore County's wasteful window replacement

Mon, 1 May 2017 12:19:00 PDT

Baltimore County taxpayers should read slowly the article about costs for replacing glass windows in the county's public safety building ("Baltimore County public safety building has expensive glass problem," May 1). County Executive Kevin Kamenetz wants to be governor, and his fellow Democrats...


City tenants are often the problem

Mon, 1 May 2017 12:15:00 PDT

To be sure, negligent landlords should be held accountable for the deplorable conditions of their units. There are times, however, when a landlord gets the blame and tenants get none ("Dismissed: Tenants lose, landlords win in Baltimore's rent court," April 26).

Consider these true stories: A meter...


War on drugs was costly for McKenzie Elliott

Mon, 1 May 2017 12:15:00 PDT

My heart is with the family of McKenzie Elliott as this wound is reopened in the healing process ("Man charged in 2014 killing of 3-year-old McKenzie Elliott," April 26). The only thing more heartbreaking than her death is our attachment to a failed policy which breeds the violence which took her...


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."



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


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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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).