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Changing expectations in schools

Mon, 27 Mar 2017 12:45:30 PDT

Hats off to Marcy Leonard, principal of Hammond High School in Howard County. The Baltimore Sun's article ("Bridging the Divide: Within integrated schools, de facto segregation persists," March 26) highlights the reality of black and brown students in the Howard County Public School System who...


Maryland must desegregate schools

Mon, 27 Mar 2017 12:43:06 PDT

The silence is deafening. There have been three extensive Baltimore Sun articles revealing that attitudes from the 1970's remain pervasive in our state ("Bridging the Divide: The struggle to move past segregated schools," March 17). In Baltimore County, the emperor clearly has no clothes as both...


Stop inhumane wildlife killing

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 13:34:00 PDT

The Republicans have changed the rules for killing wildlife in Alaskan wildlife refuges ("Senate votes to allow trapping, baiting and aerial shooting of Alaska grizzlies, wolves," March 22). The new rules are inhumane, unnecessary and are not sport-related. They allow killing the following: black...


People fear uncontrolled immigration

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 13:33:00 PDT

A recent editorial in The Baltimore Sun speaks about immigration in connection with a rape in a Rockville high school ("Immigration hysteria," March 23). To attach the dreadful crime to the discussion of the process of people entering this country is a diversion used by each side in the debate...


Is The Sun buttering us up?

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 13:33:00 PDT

In its ongoing and so far successful effort to make itself irrelevant, The Baltimore Sun published a hard hitting and lengthy commentary proclaiming that changing the spelling of "milk" to "mylk" will "create the opportunity to envision — and create — a different world."


I congratulate...


Gun ownership keeps us free

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 13:33:00 PDT

Paul Revere took off that famous night because the British tyrant had his soldiers looking for one thing — the guns that the colonists held to protect their liberties. The Colonists as free Englishmen understood, as did all their great leaders and spokesmen from William Blackstone in the motherland...


Dulaney parents should stop whining

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 13:33:00 PDT

I am tired of hearing Dulaney High School parents complain and whine for a new school ("Raise Baltimore County taxes to pay for new high schools," March 22). We use schools that are 50 years old or more and have been doing it for a long time.

I went to Montebello Elementary, Woodbourne Middle and...


Time for an independent investigation

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 13:33:00 PDT

We are writing in response to The Baltimore Sun article, "Nunes backs away from claim" (March 24). We are deeply concerned about the turn of events in the investigation of President Donald Trump, his campaign aides, and their ties with Russian officials during the 2016 campaign and election.



Sun condemns Trump but not rapists

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 12:30:00 PDT

Look in the mirror and tell me what you see. You'll see writers who denounced the anticipated policies and performance of a president-elect days after his victory before he had done anything. You'll see editorial pages constantly filled with left-leaning opinions on how conservatives and their...


Sun ignored Rockville rape

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 12:30:00 PDT

The Baltimore Sun has reached a new low after hiding information about the heinous rape of a 14-year-old girl in Rockville ("Rape at Rockville High gets drawn into immigration debate," March 21). The story was reported nationwide, but in the print edition of the Sun it was found hidden on page...


Pendry and the Promenade

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 12:29:00 PDT

It was great to see the recent grand opening of the new Sagamore Pendry hotel in Fells Point, but it is well to remember that this remains a gated community and stands apart from Fells Point proper in that the Baltimore City Promenade does not go around the hotel ("Sagamore Pendry Hotel's bar and...


Audit city schools, too

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 12:28:00 PDT

In the article regarding the city schools budget, Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh stated she has ordered an audit of police overtime, which I definitely agree with. On the other hand, would it not be wise to also order an audit of the city school system to see why the system keeps facing projected...


BSO is Baltimore's winning franchise

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 12:27:00 PDT

Baltimore is fortunate to have three great sports teams: the Ravens, the Orioles and the Blast. But our city has another great team that has about as many players as the other three teams combined. That team is the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra ("Literature, art, dance provide theme to BSO's 2017-2018...


Ashamed to be a Marylander

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 12:25:00 PDT

I am a registered Democrat and Maryland resident, but I am ashamed to admit as much after having read the Montgomery County police report readily available on the Internet. I find the reported rape and sexual assault of a 14-year-old Rockville High School freshman, allegedly by two unlawfully present...


Parents are key to student success

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 12:24:00 PDT

Your article regarding Henderson-Hopkins School ("Bridging the Divide: Struggles of new East Baltimore school show challenges of integration," March 22) missed the point. Children raised by parents who are not committed to the hard and unending work of parenting will almost always underperform...


Minimum wage hasn't kept pace

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 12:51:00 PDT

I came to the United States with my mother and stepfather as Hungarian refugees in December, 1956 and settled in Paterson, N.J. For the first couple of weeks, we lived in a boarding house and, when my stepfather found a job working in a factory for the then federal minimum wage of $1 per hour,...


Allow AAMC to offer cardiac surgery

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 12:51:00 PDT

As elected officials representing Queen Anne's County and the Upper Eastern Shore and representing the only two counties in the state with no hospitals, we want to thank the Maryland Health Care Commission for its decision to grant a Certificate of Need for a cardiac surgery program at Anne Arundel...


AHCA a costly blow to Maryland health care

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 12:51:00 PDT

The American Health Care Act (AHCA), now being considered by Congress as a purported replacement for the Affordable Care Act (ACA), jeopardizes Medicaid's guarantee of health care to low-income people of all ages. Among those most at risk are the 40 percent of Marylanders with disabilities who...


Proposed $15 wage has problems

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 12:51:00 PDT

I believe Mayor Cahtherine Pugh should veto the proposed $15 per hour minimum wage in Baltimore for several reasons ("Pugh should veto $15 per hour minimum wage," March 21).

Mainly, there are many people who completed training courses or schools in different categories that earn and deserve in...


Housing bill deserves Senate support

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 12:51:00 PDT

The Maryland House of Delegates took an important step for fairness by approving the HOME Act which bans housing discrimination based on source of income with a veto-proof majority ("House passes bill to ban discrimination by landlords against voucher holders," March 20).

"Source of income" means...


Parents: City schools are working for us

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 12:51:00 PDT

We write in response to Tricia Bishop's column, "The Catch-22 in Baltimore schools" (March 16). We, as parents of school-aged children, were once in the writer's shoes and decided to stay in our neighborhood. We are lawyers, cashiers, nurses, architects, engineers, factory workers, business owners,...


Budgets cuts are overdue

Tue, 21 Mar 2017 11:21:00 PDT

The Sun and many recent letter writers have complained about the budget put forth by President Donald Trump ("Trump's hateful budget," March 19). Various programs are deemed to be indispensable and, no doubt, they are worthwhile. Conspicuously absent is any mention of the fact that we are $20 trillion...


Miners couldn't appreciate art, right?

Tue, 21 Mar 2017 11:19:00 PDT

So Mick Mulvaney, budget director for the disastrous Trump administration, says he can't in good faith ask the coal miners in West Virginia to send in their tax dollars to be spent on the National Endowment for the Arts ("Maryland arts organizations denounce potential loss of federal funding,"...


Hold defense budget to 'Meals' standard

Tue, 21 Mar 2017 11:08:00 PDT

Magical Thinking Mick Mulvaney, who is Donald Trump's budget director, said that Meals on Wheels doesn't work ("GOP, Dem lawmakers decry Trump's cut to Meals on Wheels," March 18). I don't know what criteria that is based upon, but if what "works" and doesn't work is any sort of guide, I'd like...


The $15 wage and its unintended consequences

Tue, 21 Mar 2017 11:04:00 PDT

After reading about the Baltimore City Council's dubious decision to raise the minimum wage to $15 per hour, I wonder how many of those folks ever took Economics 101, and if they did, how many actually passed ("Baltimore City Council passes $15 minimum wage bill," March 20). Nowhere did I learn...


Arts, humanities and boorishness

Tue, 21 Mar 2017 11:02:00 PDT

I totally agree with the McDaniel College president regarding federal budget priorities ("Don't cut arts, humanities, explain their importance," March 17).

It is through exposure to the arts and humanities, to music, to theater, to literature, to dance and to travel that we rise above boorishness...


What The Sun won't tell you about Trump's travel ban

Tue, 21 Mar 2017 10:44:00 PDT

What happened to honesty in the press? I understand that the "Maryland Voices and Commentary" pages are not governed by any standard of ethics, but there should be some self-imposed honesty, you would think. First of all, 2.2 billion Muslims are free to come into the U.S. (Quite a "Muslim ban,"...


A Garrett County thank-you to Gov. Hogan for supporting a fracking ban

Tue, 21 Mar 2017 10:23:00 PDT

I wish to thank Gov. Larry Hogan for listening to us, the residents of Garrett and Allegany counties in Western Maryland, and supporting a statewide ban on industrial fracking ("Hogan announces support for fracking ban in Maryland," March 17). We have not been silent. It is a hardship to have local...


On travel ban, activist judges are acting like dictators

Tue, 21 Mar 2017 10:14:00 PDT

Your editorial "Travel ban on standby" (March 19) is outrageous. You are blaming President Donald Trump instead of the liberal activist judges in Hawaii and Maryland who violated the law and the Constitution of the United States when giving their judgment on President Trump's temporary travel ban...


Juvenalia on The Sun editorial page

Tue, 21 Mar 2017 10:02:00 PDT

Your editorial board should be congratulated for publishing an extensive editorial ("Travel ban on standby," March 19) in Sunday's edition that was probably written by a high-schooler (or below). It seemed to contain no real understanding of American legal process and only a disagreement with President...


Baltimore needs its black elders

Tue, 21 Mar 2017 09:57:00 PDT

I turned 65 years old this year. More significant than reaching my status as an elderly black man of Baltimore, however, is that I am one of the last of a kind.

My kind, elderly black men and women, are the last remaining links to a past that subsequent generations have only read about or viewed...


Baltimore now desensitized to evil?

Tue, 21 Mar 2017 08:33:00 PDT

Nothing much stuns me anymore, but I can still be baffled. The story about the horrendous murders on Greenmount Avenue contains several hard nuts my poor brain cannot crack open ("Police identify victims in East Baltimore firebombing, announce $12,000 reward for suspect," March 19).

First, an audio...


Let Brooklyn decide its home address

Tue, 21 Mar 2017 08:31:00 PDT

This letter is in response to the article, "Mural on South Baltimore tavern aims to draw attention to 'Free Brooklyn'" (March 17). The spirits of the Brooklyn residents of 1918 are alive and well today. When Baltimore City and the Maryland legislature stole lands from Baltimore and Anne Arundel...


Illegal immigrants take jobs illegally

Tue, 21 Mar 2017 08:30:00 PDT

The headline above Sharon Delgado's commentary was: "Kiss me, I'm descended from immigrants." What it should have said: "Kiss me, I'm descended from legal immigrants" ("Kiss me I'm descended from immigrants," March 16). Once again, The Sun and its contributors fail to see the issue with immigration....


Let Maryland brewers prosper

Tue, 21 Mar 2017 08:29:00 PDT

The Sun's comprehensive coverage of the proposed Guinness brewery and conflicting proposed legislation tells every small business, community member and Marylander what they need to know ("Bill to allow more beer sales at Maryland breweries passes House," March 18). Three House Bills, 1420, 1391...


Only an ignoramous would slash NIH budget

Fri, 17 Mar 2017 12:24:14 PDT

In President Donald Trump's so-called budget, he would institute massive cuts in the funds allocated to the National Institutes of Health ("Trump's budget suggests major changes in Md.," March 16).

Perhaps President Trump doesn't remember, or more likely never knew, that in the immediate aftermath...


City must retain middle class families

Fri, 17 Mar 2017 12:09:00 PDT

As a Baltimore resident, property owner and taxpayer, I have my fingers crossed that Mayor Catherine Pugh's largesse won't increase what we pay to live here ("In first 'State of the City' speech, Baltimore Mayor Pugh says stressing education, services and jobs will fight crime," March 16). She...


Trump's immoral budget

Fri, 17 Mar 2017 12:08:00 PDT

After reading The Sun article that delineated how the National Institutes of Health would lose $5.8 billion for medical research, I was stunned ("Trump's budget suggests major changes in Md.," March 16). Hubert Humphrey said, "The moral test of government is how it treats those in the dawn of life,...


Don't cut arts and humanities, explain their importance

Fri, 17 Mar 2017 11:28:00 PDT

President Donald Trump recently introduced his "America First" budget. His budget director stated in a press conference that he needed to cut funding to such programs as the Public Broadcasting Service, the National Endowment for the Humanities and the National Endowment for the Arts because how...


Trump's weird, wired world

Fri, 17 Mar 2017 11:13:00 PDT

Over the last couple of weeks, I have heard and read a lot in the TV and print media about our "intellectually lazy, Thanksgiving dinner" president's tweets concerning the supposed "wire tapping" of Trump Tower by former President Barack Obama. But today I have read for the first time the complete...


More guns won't make us safer

Fri, 17 Mar 2017 11:10:00 PDT

It's hard to decide where to begin when responding to the letter, "Gun control makes us less safe" (March 16), regarding his perception of the perils of gun control. The author alleges that more guns will make our society safer, and that the only people carrying guns in our state are criminals....


Crime-fighting starts with police, not city services

Fri, 17 Mar 2017 10:58:00 PDT

I imagine the criminal element in our city is celebrating after reading about Mayor Catherine Pugh's decision to decrease spending on police while spending more on "services" ("Pugh aims to fight crime with services," March 17). It's clear that the majority of homicides in the city stem from gang...


Trump brings us to an all-time low

Fri, 17 Mar 2017 10:10:00 PDT

The current mood of the country is much like the U.S. during the Vietnam/Civil Rights era; however, what is occurring in our country today is insidious rather than obvious. And the vast majority of Americans are fearful and uncertain of where our country will end up, and overall, are generally...


Cronyism lives in Balto. Co.

Thu, 16 Mar 2017 13:42:00 PDT

Thanks to the Sun Investigates article,"Ex-chief still on Baltimore County payroll" (March 15), we learn that former top cop Jim Johnson will continue receiving pay for February and March although he retired at the end of January. This "in gratitude for, and in honor of, his decades of service,"...


Maryland can't afford not to reform bail

Thu, 16 Mar 2017 12:54:00 PDT

Last week my parish traveled to Annapolis to deliver testimony to the House Judiciary Committee on bail reform. After 40-plus years of delivering emergency assistance to people in need in West Baltimore, we are more than aware of the debilitating effects of money bail and its negligible impact...


Call it 'assault' and not 'contact'

Thu, 16 Mar 2017 12:03:00 PDT

In Ian Duncan's, "Sexual contact rises at the academy" (March 16), that choice of phrase, "sexual contact," particularly in the headline, but also upfront in the article, is deeply troubling.

Sexual contact sounds benign as if concerning consensual sex when, in fact, that's the furthest from what...


Trump and the 'idiocracy'

Thu, 16 Mar 2017 12:03:00 PDT

Every day since the 2016 election, I visit the website USA.GOV and search for "Branches of the U.S. Government." What I'm looking for is that infographic that depicts the three branches of government. I have to do this daily to make sure it has not changed. The infographic is quite clear that the...


Marines must be held accountable

Thu, 16 Mar 2017 12:03:00 PDT

In response to Marine General Robert Neller's vow to fix the nude photo issue ("Marine leaders vow to fix problem that led to nude photos scandal," March 14), it's fair to ask, should the Marines responsible for this sexual assault and harassment be subjected to a formal court martial? Perhaps...


Hogan turns back on workers

Thu, 16 Mar 2017 12:03:00 PDT

Gov. Larry Hogan should understand that paid sick leave is not about him. He receives paid sick leave but thousands of Marylanders do not and had to work this year with the flu or risk getting fired or not making their rent ("Hogan pledges to veto sick leave, says it's 'dead on arrival,'" March...


Birth control pills offer limited help

Thu, 16 Mar 2017 12:03:00 PDT

As per your recent story, bills pending in each house of the Maryland General Assembly would allow pharmacists to prescribe contraceptives "Hopkins-led study finds 'the pill' would be safe without prescription," March 15). Good idea with one very large problem. The failure to take the birth control...


Hogan makes headlines

Thu, 16 Mar 2017 12:03:00 PDT

I read with concern Erin Cox's article, "Hogan's staff alters headline to falsely imply his bill gained support" (March 15). It is particularly fitting that this manipulation of headlines came to light during Sunshine Week, which highlights the importance of transparency and citizens' right to...


Chesapeake takes a Trumping

Thu, 16 Mar 2017 12:03:00 PDT

Tom Pelton's commentary on the danger to the Chesapeake Bay cleanup posed by the Trump administration was spot-on ("Don't Trump the Chesapeake Bay's progress," March 14). I do, however, want to add one point — one that is often missed in discussions of the bay's progress. Mr. Pelton states that...


Corporation for Public Broadcasting is needed

Wed, 15 Mar 2017 13:42:00 PDT

Once again we hear the drumbeats to de-fund the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB), this time from a president who has shamelessly bandied about his ignorance of the value of artistic expression in our rich culture. He evidently does not see (or does not care) that one of the things makes...


It's 'Dr.' Sonja Santelises

Wed, 15 Mar 2017 13:09:00 PDT

Thank you for your editorial, "City schools are no 'absolute disaster'" (March 13), which unpacked many of the myths about Baltimore's great educators and students espoused by Gov. Larry Hogan and others across Maryland. I write to ask that, in the future, you call our Baltimore City Public Schools...


Compassion for test animals

Wed, 15 Mar 2017 13:08:00 PDT

Until we reach the day that dogs and cats are no longer used for research, we owe these animals the chance to be adopted. Senate Bill 420 and House Bill 528 simply give dogs and cats in Maryland laboratories a chance to live in a loving home after their use in biomedical research has come to an...


For Trump, crazy is a tactic

Wed, 15 Mar 2017 13:07:00 PDT

Whether on target or not, discussion of President Donald Trump's mental health ("Trump's 'madman' strategy,'" March 14) by Jules Witcover overlooks the adage that there is "method to his madness." Mr. Trump knows precisely why he has to undermine, for instance, the news media as "dishonest people,"...


Gun control makes us less safe

Wed, 15 Mar 2017 13:06:00 PDT

In the editorial concerning taking the carry permit decisions out of the governor's control, I found one misleading statement ("The erosion of Md. gun laws," March 13) — that state and local law enforcement feel less secure with armed law-abiding citizens. I have found that when asked, the cop...


Terps got jilted at the dance

Wed, 15 Mar 2017 09:52:11 PDT

On what planet is the University of Maryland women's basketball team a No. 3 seed ("Maryland women's basketball gets 'disappointing' No. 3 seed in UConn's region," March 13)? Top-seeded Baylor lost to the University of Connecticut by 11. No. 1 seed South Carolina only won 27 games and lost to UConn...


Ease Md. concealed carry law

Wed, 15 Mar 2017 09:52:03 PDT

I recognize that an editorial does not have to be based on fact as it is just an opinion. Nevertheless, it seems to me that journalistic transparency begs a few questions regarding The Baltimore Sun's position that easing the requirements for a personal concealed weapon carry permit is unacceptable...


Frosh is a rank propagandist

Wed, 15 Mar 2017 09:52:01 PDT

Can you say demagogue? How about propagandist? Assassin?

How appropriate it is that Maryland Attorney General Brian E. Frosh will use newfound power to sue the federal government in trying to upend President Donald Trump's new temporary travel ban ("Maryland to join lawsuit against Trump travel...


Addiction not easily cured

Wed, 15 Mar 2017 09:51:59 PDT

The disease model of addiction remains controversial, as evidenced by Patrick Hahn's commentary, "If addiction is a disease, why haven't we cured it?" (March 3). It is hard to comprehend how such a disease could be at epidemic proportions after spending millions of dollars on research to understand...


Keep Sunday comics in color

Mon, 13 Mar 2017 12:58:00 PDT

I was disappointed this morning when I found that the interior pages of the Sunday comics were printed in grayscale. That was an unpleasant surprise, as the outer pages were still in color. I hope that this gaffe was merely a one-time technical issue (associated with the later-than-usual delivery...


Let's commit to a fracking ban

Mon, 13 Mar 2017 12:58:00 PDT

If Sen. Joan Carter Conway really believes that hydraulic fracturing should be banned, she needs to support SB 740 and not vie for a moratorium ("Why is Conway blocking a fracking ban?" March 9). The win in the House of Delegates is proof that banning fracking in Maryland can be a reality. We do...


Frosh pursues frivolous lawsuit

Mon, 13 Mar 2017 12:58:00 PDT

I was amazed when I read the article, "Frosh joints Trump lawsuit" (March 11), as I did not realize that crime and drug violence were under control in Maryland.

That must be the case since Attorney General Brian Frosh and his staff have time to pursue a frivolous lawsuit against President Donald...


Dr. Harris fears human contact

Mon, 13 Mar 2017 12:58:00 PDT

It is no surprise Rep. Andy Harris fears facing his constituents at a town hall ("Rep. Andy Harris meets with constituents on health care, the bay, other issues," March 11). After all, he is an anesthesiologist. His most sustained contact with a patient is when the patient is unconscious.

It is...


Pugh needs a plan

Mon, 13 Mar 2017 12:58:00 PDT

In reviewing the article on Mayor Catherine Pugh marking her actions, I read about a lot of "plans" but no substance behind them ("Pugh confronts schools deficit, high crime in first 100 days as mayor," March 11). How about presenting one particular plan and the steps to alleviate the particular...


Maryland caucus should back wind power

Mon, 13 Mar 2017 12:58:00 PDT

I was heartened to see, despite outstanding questions, concerns and costs, that Maryland is once again moving forward with offshore wind energy ("Maryland takes next steps toward offshore wind," March 10).

We need wind energy, as part of a menu of options, to eliminate Maryland's fossil fuel generated...


Lawsuit could sink FBI headquarters

Mon, 13 Mar 2017 12:57:00 PDT

Maryland Attorney General Brian E. Frosh recently announced plans to use his newfound power to sue the federal government by joining a Washington state lawsuit trying to upend Republican President Donald Trump's new travel ban ("Maryland to join lawsuit against Trump travel ban," March 11).



BCCC is an asset to Baltimore and its youth

Fri, 10 Mar 2017 11:17:00 PST

Community college students in Maryland, particularly those in Baltimore City, deserve the highest quality educational opportunities.

At Baltimore City Community College (BCCC), we take to heart our charge to provide value in exchange for our students' time and resources. We strongly reject narratives...


Pugh must turn transition report into a comprehensive plan

Fri, 10 Mar 2017 11:17:00 PST

Mayor Catherine Pugh just released a transition report that includes recommendations for the Baltimore City administration to focus on Women and Minority Business Enterprise procurement, seek relationships with the surrounding counties on transit and separate the Department of Housing from the...


Pugh should veto the $15 minimum wage

Thu, 9 Mar 2017 11:31:58 PST

The City Council made a mistake in advancing legislation to raise Baltimore's minimum wage to $15 an hour "Baltimore City Council moves toward passing ("$15 minimum wage bill," March 6). The impact would be fewer jobs, higher unemployment, especially among the less skilled, some city businesses...


Congress threatens programs to help workers save for retirement

Thu, 9 Mar 2017 11:20:00 PST

Less than a year ago, the Maryland General Assembly and Gov. Larry Hogan passed the innovative bi-partisan Small Business Retirement Savings Program and Trust ("Work and Save"), offering retirement security for more than 1 million Marylanders who currently have no employer-based plan.

The Work...


Hopkins leaders: We need strong Baltimore public schools

Thu, 9 Mar 2017 10:54:00 PST

In the past year, we've seen first-hand the extraordinary impact of Baltimore's public schools. We have heard the first class of students at P-TECH at Dunbar High School dreaming about their future careers in health care. We have watched teachers at Barclay Elementary/Middle open the world of computer...


Maryland doesn't need to bail out Planned Parenthood

Thu, 9 Mar 2017 10:47:00 PST

Planned Parenthood's problems with federal funding are completely within their power to fix while still providing abortion services ("Maryland Democratic leaders support Planned Parenthood funding bill," March 8). They were given a choice to discontinue abortions and receive the funds, or do without...


What's the rush to replace the ACA?

Thu, 9 Mar 2017 10:43:00 PST

Rep. Andy Harris told us that he was waiting to hold in-person town hall meetings until the Republicans had produced their health bill, and then everything would be done out in the open. So now why are he and the rest of the Republicans in Congress rushing forward with a replacement for the Affordable...


Hogan must fight to preserve the ACA

Thu, 9 Mar 2017 10:33:00 PST

Gov. Larry Hogan says the Affordable Care Act "must be changed to preserve access to health insurance" ("Overhaul of health law faces criticism from both sides in Maryland," March 7). Then he should encourage Congress and the president to change the existing law to make it sustainable.



Why is Conway blocking a fracking ban?

Thu, 9 Mar 2017 10:29:00 PST

I was surprised to read about Sen. Joan Carter Conway's attitude toward legislation to ban fracking in Maryland ("Fracking ban moves forward in Maryland House, fate in Senate unclear," Mar. 8). Despite the fact that the majority of her colleagues in the Senate, and an even greater majority of the...


The bad behavior game

Wed, 8 Mar 2017 09:20:00 PST

Studies may have shown that the Good Behavior Game works ("A classroom game shows good behavior is child's play," March 7), but common sense would tell you that it could have disastrous consequences. How can you control disruptive and aggressive behavior by promoting it as a reward? Allowing students...


Why is Maryland a holdout among states in a law to protect kids?

Wed, 8 Mar 2017 09:15:00 PST

Maryland remains one of two states in the nation without an essential element in place to protect children from abuse and neglect. But this week, we can change that. On March 9, in Annapolis, Baltimore Child Abuse Center will be knocking on doors and encouraging legislators to support Senate Bill...


Religion has no place in debate over death with dignity

Wed, 8 Mar 2017 09:10:00 PST

In her op-ed, "My husband 'suffered'" (March 7), Diane Rehm might have added the word "needlessly," now that Washington, D.C., has passed a death with dignity bill. Religious concepts that cross the secular line in law cause much heartache to the public, especially in health care and end of life...


Kittleman can't explain his sanctuary bill veto

Wed, 8 Mar 2017 09:02:00 PST

I attended Howard County Executive Allan Kittleman's recent town hall meeting, and he was sorely unprepared to address the primary concern of his audience: Why did he veto CB-9? ("Vote fails to overturn veto of bill to codify protections for immigrants in Howard County," March 6.)

His performance...


Why don't we just destroy America and get it over with?

Wed, 8 Mar 2017 08:57:00 PST

So, the GOP "replacement plan" for the current Affordable care Act would take away health care coverage from millions of Americans, raise insurance costs (yet again), end the requirement that all Americans have health insurance, reduce federal authority over the health care system and provide a...


On city schools, pay now or pay more later

Wed, 8 Mar 2017 08:52:00 PST

The debate over Baltimore City schools funding seems to boil down to "pay now or pay later, but always costs more to pay later." ("Pugh seeks help from Maryland as Baltimore principals rally against deep school budget cuts," Feb. 27.) Cutting corners by cutting out art, music, physical education...


Morhaim got off easy

Tue, 7 Mar 2017 12:55:00 PST

I am disgusted by Del. Dan Morhaim's behavior ("Morhaim's reprimand," March 6). He demonstrated a total lack of ethical judgment. He used his position of public trust for personal gain. He was intentionally misleading in his required "disclosures." And his non-apology "apology" shows how insensitive...


Treatment for drug addiction works; moralizing doesn't

Tue, 7 Mar 2017 12:32:00 PST

I am writing to respond to the article "Disease model of Addiction Doesn't Work" by Patrick D. Hahn (March 5). Mr. Hahn is confused. He thinks morality can somehow strengthen our approach to treating those with addiction.

Then, he states that treatment professionals 1) are all high priced and...


Morhaim broke no rules

Tue, 7 Mar 2017 12:14:00 PST

I have carefully studied the report regarding Del. Dan Morhaim and am gratified that it states explicitly that he did not intentionally use his position as delegate to obtain private gain for himself ("Maryland House reprimands Morhaim over ethics concerns," March 3). Having known Dr. Morhaim since...


What about Morhaim's accomplishments?

Tue, 7 Mar 2017 12:06:00 PST

I was so disappointed Monday to read your lengthy and unfair editorial giving a completely slanted and one-sided account of witch hunt against Del. Dan Morhaim by the Joint Committee on Legislative Ethics. As I understand there was absolutely no evidence that Dr. Morhaim broke any law or rule and...


Trump knows exactly what he's doing

Tue, 7 Mar 2017 11:59:00 PST

President Donald Trump is not stupid. With respect to his tweets, I believe that he knows exactly what he is doing. He is playing us. ("Three explanations for Trump's tweets, none of them good," March 7.)

When a thief wants to rob a house, a common trick is to distract the guard dog by first throwing...


Don't blame minimum wage for store closings

Tue, 7 Mar 2017 11:37:00 PST

Correlation does not equal causation. Let's remember that once the minimum wage is increased in Maryland and to a greater extent in Baltimore City ("Baltimore City Council moves toward passing $15 minimum wage bill," March 7).

Consumer habits are changing throughout the country where buyers are...


Austria wasn't 'ambivalent' about Nazis

Mon, 6 Mar 2017 13:20:00 PST

The Sun's fascinating story of the fate of the B-24 bomber crew that crash landed in Austria during World War II grossly mischaracterizes the attitude of Austrians towards the Nazis as being "deeply mixed" and "ambivalent." ("Former Army pilot recalls little-known WWII tragedy, the mates who didn't...


Who else knew about alleged police overtime fraud?

Mon, 6 Mar 2017 13:14:00 PST

I think you covered the legal issues surrounding the seven indicted Baltimore City police officers very well ("Federal judge orders six officers indicted on racketeering charges to be held pending trial," March 2). However, after being a supervisor for many years I have to say that there are more...


How do counties spend millions to remove no snow?

Mon, 6 Mar 2017 13:08:00 PST

In response to the article about counties saving money due to no snow all winter ("With scarce snow, local governments saving on removal costs," March 5):

The article should have been "How do the counties spend millions of dollars with no snow all year?" These amounts of money spent are absurd....


Morhaim channels Trump

Mon, 6 Mar 2017 12:57:00 PST

Delegate Dan K. Morhaim received a 138-0 reprimand vote for use of his office to influence medical marijuana regulators without disclosing the extent of his ties to the industry. Part of his defiant defense was to declare that the only lawbreakers were the people who leaked information about the...


Thanks, Zurawik, for calling out the Trump-bashing press

Mon, 6 Mar 2017 12:27:00 PST

I applaud David Zurawik for having the courage and more importantly the integrity to write a very balanced and honest article regarding President Donald Trump and the press ("Trump's war on press no match for Obama's," March 5). As the duly elected president of the United States, President Trump...


Addiction is a disease, and treatment works

Mon, 6 Mar 2017 12:15:00 PST

Regarding the March 3, "If addiction is a disease, why haven't we cured it?": It makes no sense to say that because addiction lacks a cure, it is not a disease. There are thousands of diseases with no known cure, including chronic diseases such as heart disease and infectious viruses such as HIV.


The heroin emergency behind bars

Fri, 3 Mar 2017 10:04:29 PST

On March 1, Gov. Larry Hogan declared a state of emergency and called for an "all-hands on deck" approach to the "rapid escalation of the heroin and opioid crisis in our state." ("Hogan declares emergency, announces new funding to fight drug overdoses," March 1). His commitment of $10 million of...


Hogan must stand up for Baltimore

Thu, 2 Mar 2017 13:48:37 PST

Has Gov. Larry Hogan decided to borrow a trick from President Donald Trump and use "alternative facts" to bolster his agenda? Although I did not vote for the governor, I respected him until I heard his offensive comments on Tuesday. There seemed to be no reason for him to say in his phone call...


What about Justice settlements?

Thu, 2 Mar 2017 13:33:54 PST

I looked in vain throughout the pages of The Sun for a report on President Barack Obama's U.S. Department of Justice slush fund that was established and continually funded with massive amounts of money obtained through government cases against private industry and then dispersed to non-victim liberal...


Don't forget the merchant marine

Thu, 2 Mar 2017 13:32:54 PST

I enjoyed Bruce Fleming's piece on Donald Trump in The Sun ( "Donald Trump should be my plebe," Feb. 24). It is small wonder President Trump needs leadership help such as Mr. Fleming offered. Mr. Trump never served one day in any government on any level and showed no interest in public service...


Hogan's incivility is unjustified

Thu, 2 Mar 2017 13:32:07 PST

Gov. Larry Hogan needs to apologize to Del. Dan Morhaim for his accusation that the physician and delegate is "just trying to get another license to sell heroin" and presenting an "idiotic" proposal ("Hogan refuses to apologize for accusing Maryland lawmaker of 'illegal activities,'" March 1).