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In politics, broken promises are the same as lies

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 12:19:00 PDT

The problem with Baltimore City government for the past five decades is that Democratic one-party rule has done very little to get rid of vacant homes. So Gov. Larry Hogan rides in and makes campaign promises he can't keep ("How Hogan can best help city deal with vacants," Sept. 26).

I am a 70-year-old...

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Republicans, not Obama, were responsible for Trump's rise

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 12:19:00 PDT

Commentator Jonah Goldberg claims that President Obama is partially to blame for the rise of Donald Trump as a political force ("Obama's trolling helped give rise to Trump," Sept. 23).

Mr. Goldberg says the president intentionally provokes the conservative base and benefits when his critics overreact...

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Would The Sun revoke the Second Amendment?

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 12:19:00 PDT

In The Sun's recent editorial, "Gun owners, the vocal minority" (Sept. 25), you appear to favor the idea that a majority group can curtail or revoke the civil liberties of a minority group so long as the minority group is sufficiently unpopular. Is this your position?

Brad Sharpless

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Risks of police work make officers wary

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 12:19:00 PDT

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Police must to learn to de-escalate conflicts

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 12:19:00 PDT

In the wake of recent police-involved fatal shootings of unarmed black men in or near their vehicles ("Freddie Gray and deja vu," Sept. 21), I suggest that whenever possible officers should use the same methods and tactics they employ in dealing with hostages or individuals who threaten suicide.

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Why disobeying the police is a bad idea

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 12:19:00 PDT

Regarding police interactions with the public, I would like to defend the officers' point of view.

When an officer issues a command to raise one's hands or grab the wall it is not a request, it is an order. It's not an offer to start a debate, question the order, spit on the officer, kick the officer...

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Empty seats at Camden Yards

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 12:19:00 PDT

Jim Mundy from Ellicott City writes of the expense of taking his family of four to an Orioles game ("Don't blame the fans for staying home," Sept. 23). He chose bleacher seats at $26 each, claiming they were the cheapest available. He could have purchased Friday night student seats at a greatly...

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Measuring Obamacare's impact

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 12:19:00 PDT

The editorial, "Thanks, Obamacare" (Sept. 18), argues the numbers behind why the Affordable Care Act is successful at reforming health care beneficially in the United States. While I may find some sources of these claims to be questionable, I will assume that The Sun has made claims based on sound...

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Who controls health care?

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 12:19:00 PDT

Who is treating the patient these days? Is it a doctor, pharmacist or the insurance company?

I am post-surgery for right cataract extraction and intraocular lens transplant. I was given a prescription for certain eye drops. The physician wrote a prescription for eyedrops to put in my eye four times...

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The Sun's selective concern for minority rights

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 12:19:00 PDT

I find your recent approach to the defense of our constitutional rights curiously inconsistent and a bit ironic ("Gun owners, the vocal minority," Sept. 24).

Your editorial claims that we are being bullied by a mere 25 percent of the population who own guns and that this "vocal minority" should...

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Baltimore - pave it to save it

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 12:19:00 PDT

In response to Colin Campbell's most recent article on road construction in Baltimore ("Downtown road work, detours galore driving commuters crazy," Sept. 24), I can only echo and amplify his sentiments that it is nearly an untenable proposition to drive from place to place in Baltimore in a timely,...

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Air conditioning is a civil right

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 12:19:00 PDT

The Sun sneers at Comptroller Peter Franchot for his concern with air conditioning in schools, noting in particular that the schools lacking air conditioning are racially integrated ("Air conditioning as a civil right?" Sept. 23). This argument is plain silly. Civil rights are not only about race....

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The high cost of baseball

Mon, 26 Sep 2016 10:09:00 PDT

I enjoyed the baseball history lesson by Erik M. Jensen ("Breathing old life into baseball," Sept. 22). It took me back to when we did idolize certain team members such as Brooks Robinson and Eddie Murray but didn't lose sight that it was a team sport.

Now, it seems to be all about the individual...

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Leave Lee-Jackson alone

Mon, 26 Sep 2016 10:09:00 PDT

Suppose the bronze statue of General Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson at Wyman Park had been sitting quietly down the street from your house since about 1948 ("No more foot-dragging on Confederate monuments," Sept. 15). It's an interesting location — on the border between a quiet residential...

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Police have become fearful

Mon, 26 Sep 2016 10:09:00 PDT

We have the right to peacefully protest police misconduct that results in harm or death to any citizen and, indeed, there are some recent very disturbing incidents in Baltimore, Tulsa, Milwaukee, Charlotte and elsewhere. But where are the protests about the black-on-black gun-related homicides...

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How to deal with rising health care costs

Mon, 26 Sep 2016 10:09:00 PDT

A recent report warned that Marylanders may see premiums on the state health exchange surge by 20 percent next year ("Marylanders face hefty rate increases for Obamacare," Sept. 12).

Many Marylanders may look to switch plans. But before wading through a swamp of information on their own, consumers...

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What about Trump's 'integrity problem'?

Fri, 23 Sep 2016 11:38:00 PDT

Like too many voters, letter writer Greg Sprangenberg says he's voting against Hillary Clinton because of her "lack of integrity" ("Trump support isn't a gender thing," Sept. 20).

Since in our two-party, winner-take-all election system a vote against Ms. Clinton is effectively a vote for Donald...

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Not everyone benefits from rising incomes

Fri, 23 Sep 2016 11:38:00 PDT

Thanks for your report on the new U.S. Census Bureau data showing that Maryland is making positive strides toward reducing poverty and increasing median household income by 2.4 percent ("Median household income in Maryland grew last year," Sept. 15).

However, for too many people the good news just...

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Kaepernick sets an example, though not the one he intends

Fri, 23 Sep 2016 11:38:00 PDT

San Francisco 49er's quarterback Colin Kaepernick exercises his rights and takes a knee during the national anthem. Good for him. Good for all of us ("Kaepernick lands on Time cover as outrage over police violence continues," Sept. 23).

Yet there's an irony in this business of taking a knee. Many...

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Cardin and Hoyer waver on justice for 9/11 victims

Fri, 23 Sep 2016 11:38:00 PDT

I recently took an afternoon off to drive to Washington, D.C., where I marched with the 9/11 families supporting passage of the proposed Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act, which would allow victims of the 9/11 terrorist attacks to sue foreign governments that support terrorism ("The Saudis...

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Prevent gun violence in schools

Fri, 23 Sep 2016 11:38:00 PDT

I applaud Jen Pauliukonis for her commentary pleading for our leaders to offer some kind of protection for our children from the gun violence that is becoming an everyday occurrence as opposed to a rare, news headline ("A back-to-school resolution," Sept. 1).

Like Ms. Pauliukonis, I cannot help...

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Fracking hasn't proven safe

Fri, 23 Sep 2016 11:38:00 PDT

The Hogan administration will miss a legal deadline to publish fracking regulations. Is it really OK for our state government to ignore legal deadlines ("Maryland officials say state will miss deadline to set fracking rules, as push for a permanent ban begins," Sept. 18)?

The purpose of this deadline...

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Your next car should be electric

Fri, 23 Sep 2016 11:38:00 PDT

Before you buy a car during this traditional time of year and make a purchase that will have emissions and environmental consequences for the next two decades (until finally scrapped after multiple owners), please at least consider what is available now in clean renewable energy electric vehicles...

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U.S. will muddle through this election

Fri, 23 Sep 2016 11:38:00 PDT

I have concluded that I should not worry any more about the upcoming elections. I believe there are more than enough sane and sensible people who are smart enough to keep the country headed on its current steady, healthy, forward path ("Trump debate challenge: Keeping his cool if Clinton attacks,"...

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Local governments rely on bonds to finance critical infrastructure

Fri, 23 Sep 2016 11:38:00 PDT

This spring Reps. Dutch Ruppersberger and Randy Hultgren co-founded the Municipal Finance Caucus of the U.S. House of Representatives. Created to fight for the right of state and local governments to independently finance the projects they need to keep their communities strong, the Municipal Finance...

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Obamacare hasn't lived up to its promise

Fri, 23 Sep 2016 08:20:00 PDT

The Sun's editorial board thinks that Obamacare or, as I call it, the "Unaffordable Care Act," is this wonderful success story and a hallmark of President Obama's two terms in office ("Thanks, Obamacare," Sept. 18).

Because I know most liberals have a problem with those little things called facts,...

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The tax code penalizes poor students

Fri, 23 Sep 2016 06:58:00 PDT

As a twenty-something with a mountain of graduate school debt, your coverage of soaring higher education debt and limited job prospects caught my eye ("Big promises, dashed hopes at for-profit schools," Sept. 20).

It's a shame that pursuing education can push many young people into poverty. Unfortunately,...

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Police need surveillance

Fri, 23 Sep 2016 06:58:00 PDT

I had to scratch my head after reading Jessica Anderson's article on the American Civil Liberties Union's issue with police surveillance ("Regulations sought for police surveillance," Sept. 22). The ACLU's executive director claims that communities of color and low income areas are monitored disproportionately....

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Don't blame the fans for staying home

Fri, 23 Sep 2016 06:58:00 PDT

The Sun has printed another article about the lack of a full house at Camden Yards while its reporters berate the fans for not filling the park ("Declining crowds at Camden Yards concern Orioles, fans and businesses," Sept. 21).

The writers even pointed out that "the players have noticed empty...

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Needy schools, greedy developers

Fri, 23 Sep 2016 06:58:00 PDT

Baltimore City school officials are defending their efforts to install air conditioning and upgrade broken furnaces, leaky roofs and poor plumbing ("Franchot, NAACP seek DOJ action on school air conditioning," Sept. 21).

All this coming only one week after Balitmore's mayor and City Council approved...

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Mayor should veto Port Covington deal

Fri, 23 Sep 2016 06:58:00 PDT

People still have recourse regarding the Port Covington TIF. According to The Sun's Luke Broadwater ("City Council approves $660 million bond deal for Port Covington project," Sept. 19), Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake plans to sign the Port Covington bill next week. I'm sorry to say this bill just...

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Metro Center is no Paris

Fri, 23 Sep 2016 06:58:00 PDT

Elizabeth Bastos likens the vibrancy of the ever-developing Owings Mills Metro Center to that of Paris ("The Paris of Baltimore County," Sept. 20).

I too lament the never-ending asphalt and concrete adorning much of nearby Foundry Row and would love to see more open, park-like space, but guess...

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Hold landlords responsible for lead paint

Fri, 23 Sep 2016 06:58:00 PDT

Courts should strictly scrutinize landlords' claims of being compliant with lead paint laws, the Public Justice Center recommended in a report issued last year funded by the Abell Foundation.

A significant number of landlords did not provide the required proof that they had complied with the state...

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Maryland's mixed report on jobs

Fri, 23 Sep 2016 06:58:00 PDT

Thankfully, Maryland has held onto some job gains in August, but scrutiny of the figures prompts concern over efforts at statewide deficit control ("Maryland added 700 jobs in August; unemployment rate holds steady at 4.3 percent," Sept. 20).

When one considers that the month's losses were in professional,...

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Officer Friendly is no more

Fri, 23 Sep 2016 06:58:00 PDT

I read The Sun's story about the police-involved shooting of Korryn Gaines and how there will be no charges filed against the officers ("No charges filed in Korryn Gaines shooting," Sept. 21).

No surprise there, but what I found interesting was the Baltimore County State's Attorney Scott Shellenberger's...

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Police shoot whites, too

Fri, 23 Sep 2016 06:58:00 PDT

In a recent editorial, The Sun suggests that the shooting of an unarmed Terrence Crutcher was unwarranted, and based on the video that I have seen I have to agree ("Freddie Gray déjà vu," Sept. 22).

The editorial also mentions NFL football player Colin Kaepernick's protesting of racial injustice...

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Window AC a poor investment

Fri, 23 Sep 2016 06:58:00 PDT

When I was growing up in Baltimore during the 1930s and 1940s, I studied in school classrooms with no air conditioning from Kindergarten through college. Back then, there was no air conditioning in homes, schools, offices, stores or factories. If you wanted to be cool, you went to a movie theater.

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Van Hollen has a track record of service

Thu, 22 Sep 2016 11:43:00 PDT

Given the craziness of the presidential campaign, it was a breath of fresh air when Democratic Senate hopeful Rep. Chris Van Hollen recently visited Baltimore County to meet with voters and talk about what's important to Maryland families.

Mr. Van Hollen has a long track record of getting results...

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Trump's empty promises

Thu, 22 Sep 2016 11:43:00 PDT

Politicians have long engaged in exaggerating problems and creating fear, then making extravagant promises to allay those fears. Donald Trump has elevated this tactic to an art form.

For voters to elect Mr. Trump on the basis of his promises rather than his past actions carries a big risk ("Given...

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Give Clinton a break

Thu, 22 Sep 2016 11:43:00 PDT

Pillorying Hillary Clinton over her health just because she felt faint in the heat at the 9/11 memorial service and was later diagnosed with pneumonia is just another unfounded smear. Pneumonia doesn't always announce itself with knife-like stabs with every breath. I've had that kind and didn't...

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What does the U.S. get for its billions in aid to Israel?

Thu, 22 Sep 2016 11:43:00 PDT

Regarding Richard C. Gross' recent commentary, it's unprecedented for an aid recipient to demand more of a donor rather than simply express gratitude for what is offered ("Israel aid deal delays potential for peace," Sept. 19).

To suggest that a U.S. president has to pay a price in order to repair...

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Israel can't make the Palestinians want peace

Thu, 22 Sep 2016 11:43:00 PDT

Commentator Richard Gross blames the lack of a peaceful "two state solution" to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict solely on Israel and its current prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, saying the U.S. should have used a recent aid package as leverage to achieve that goal ("Israel aid derails potential...

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Why do liberals ignore Clinton's lies?

Thu, 22 Sep 2016 11:43:00 PDT

You may be right about Donald Trump ("Trump's inherent dishonesty," Sept. 19), but to say that Hillary Clinton is not a liar is preposterous. Forget the emails where she has changed her story at least five times, she declared that all her grandparents were immigrants but only one was. She lied...

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Climate change needs to be front-page news

Thu, 22 Sep 2016 11:43:00 PDT

One of the most important, if not the most important, recent report in The Sun was "Earth posts 16th straight month of unsurpassed heat" (Sept. 20).

Yet it was placed near the back of the news section on page 17. This report should have been front page news.

Not only did it reveal that this August...

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Scott was a role model

Wed, 21 Sep 2016 13:24:00 PDT

I am writing this letter on behalf of the thousands of men and women who attended Johns Hopkins University and were privileged to know Bob Scott, the men's lacrosse coach and athletic director at Hopkins for over 40 years. His record as coach and athletic director is legendary, but it was his character...

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Aid package hurts peace process

Wed, 21 Sep 2016 13:24:00 PDT

Kudos to Richard C. Gross for telling the truth about the Israeli-Palestinian "peace process" ("Israel aid deal delays potential for peace," Sept. 19).

As Mr. Gross states, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu often claims he supports peace talks with the Palestinians. But his actions and...

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Aid to Israel advances U.S. interests

Wed, 21 Sep 2016 13:24:00 PDT

Richard Gross asks why the United States signed a deal for military assistance to Israel when by so doing, the U.S. surrendered its "leverage" to force Israel to make peace with the Palestinians ("Israel aid deal delays potential for peace," Sept. 19).

The question wrongly presumes that the military...

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Police didn't have to shoot Korryn Gaines

Wed, 21 Sep 2016 13:24:00 PDT

It strikes me that when a traffic crime is the issue and a child is present, a summons could be placed on the door and the frightening presence of police outside might retreat. There is no excuse for what happened to Korryn Gaines other than a complete lack of concern for the safety of the woman...

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The Lombardi of lacrosse

Wed, 21 Sep 2016 13:24:00 PDT

Last week's passing of Bob Scott, the legendary Johns Hopkins lacrosse coach, elicited the appropriate tributes and anecdotes from his former players and the entire Johns Hopkins lacrosse community. As The Baltimore Sun noted, Bob Scott grew into a national ambassador for lacrosse ("Bob Scott:...

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Trump's lies, Sun's hyperbole

Wed, 21 Sep 2016 12:08:00 PDT

Has The Sun's ultra-liberal editorial board lost its collective mind in calling Donald Trump's dishonesty "inherent" ("Trump's inherent dishonesty," Sept. 19)?

It's somewhat digestible to read that he's dishonest, but to grab readers' attention with that negative and unnecessary adjective is unconscionable.

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Highlandtown rezoning

Wed, 21 Sep 2016 12:08:00 PDT

Much has been said in recent years about the loss of manufacturing and industrial jobs that has contributed to the current state of Baltimore City.

Despite this conversation, the City Council is considering eliminating a prime industrial property in Southeast Baltimore that could serve as a thriving...

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Trump is the monster the GOP created

Wed, 21 Sep 2016 12:08:00 PDT

I completely agree with your editorial that "the magnitude and the frequency of [Donald] Trump's lies are off the charts" ("Trump's inherent dishonesty," Sept. 19).

It is unbelievable that such a person is running for president of the United States. The Republican Party created this monster with...

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Why Clinton is unfit to be president

Wed, 21 Sep 2016 12:08:00 PDT

Columnist Dan Rodricks' piece on why some voters support Donald Trump was insulting ("Given positive economic trends, Trump a big risk," Sept. 17).

He suggests that white males' animosity toward Hillary Clinton "has more to do with Clinton's gender than anything else."

I do not like Ms. Clinton...

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Falling for Wizard of Trump

Tue, 20 Sep 2016 12:40:20 PDT

Donald Trump himself doesn't surprise me so much. He is just the classic charlatan, the snake-oil salesman, the circus ring master who promises thrills and chills and a new heart and a new brain. Hey, presto! Forget your cares! I will make you happy and well ("Trump's inherent dishonesty," Sept....

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MTA schedule changes hurt riders

Tue, 20 Sep 2016 12:40:20 PDT

Thank you for bringing attention to the sudden changes recently made by the Maryland Transit Administration ("Baltimore bus route changes wreak havoc, group says," Sept. 16). I am a daily commuter who depends on the No. 58 bus (westbound) to get to and from work. Starting Aug. 29, a new schedule...

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Homework grades a life lesson

Tue, 20 Sep 2016 12:40:20 PDT

My name is James L. Dunbar, and I am widely known in the business community as a successful entrepreneur who founded one of Maryland's largest privately-owned companies right here in Baltimore — Dunbar Armored. My family-owned armored car, cash management and full service security company is one...

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Baltimore must not relinquish its streets

Tue, 20 Sep 2016 12:40:00 PDT

As the Republican nominee for mayor of Baltimore, I believe the time has come for the police departments of major cities to pool their resources in order to deal with the rising wave of violent crime now sweeping through many urban centers.

In Baltimore, the number of homicides rose to 200 by August...

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Independent election judges needed

Tue, 20 Sep 2016 12:40:00 PDT

In a recent editorial regarding Election Day reform in Baltimore, The Sun recommended that the city "should consider reforms" like allowing independents to serve as election judges ("Gearing up for November's election," Sept. 18). Under the provisions of legislation I sponsored in 1996 which passed...

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Trump support isn't a gender thing

Tue, 20 Sep 2016 10:13:00 PDT

Regarding Dan Rodricks' column ("Given positive economic trends, Trump a big risk," Sept. 17), he is wrong as usual. I am a white male who does not hate Hillary Clinton because of her gender.

I will vote for Kathy Szeliga for U.S. Senate and would vote for Condoleezza Rice should she seek election....

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Rodricks insults white males

Mon, 19 Sep 2016 12:05:00 PDT

I no longer read Dan Rodricks' column because it has become so simplistic and predictable.

However, when a buddy told me about a recent commentary in which Mr. Rodricks claimed that white males hate Hillary Clinton and that their animosity has more to do with Ms. Clinton's gender than anything...

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Van Hollen is best for business

Mon, 19 Sep 2016 12:05:00 PDT

The Sun recently reported that Republican Del. Kathy Szeliga received the endorsement of the National Federation of Independent Business, but readers are missing an important piece of information about the business community's support in this Senate campaign. The U.S. Women's Chamber of Commerce...

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Vote third party

Mon, 19 Sep 2016 12:05:00 PDT

Patricia Owens has it all wrong and has made a terrible argument to support her case ("No protest votes, please," Sept. 16). In many ways, she is what is wrong with our political process. The reason for elections is to find the person best suited to represent the common needs of the people.

In...

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Does sports trump a terrorist attack?

Mon, 19 Sep 2016 12:05:00 PDT

Three separate terrorist attacks over the weekend, and you choose to cover half of the front page with a Ravens victory picture? Why does The Sun even bother having a sports section?

Put the football stories where they belong and put the real news on the front page.

Katherine Ambrose, Kingsville

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ID required at mall, not polls

Mon, 19 Sep 2016 12:05:00 PDT

Interesting that the new policy at Towson Town Center on Friday and Saturday nights is that individuals under 18 are required to have "identification" proving they are old enough to be there alone and the "adult" required to be with them has to be at least 21 with an ID to prove it ("Towson mall...

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U.S. needs Libya inquiry

Mon, 19 Sep 2016 12:05:00 PDT

Some weeks ago, the Chilcot Commission in Britain released its long-awaited report on the Iraq War of 2003, clearly implying that then-Prime Minister Tony Blair and his staff had engaged in egregiously deceptive (if not outrightly criminal) activity in promoting that disastrous invasion and its...

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Why I can't vote for Clinton

Mon, 19 Sep 2016 12:05:00 PDT

My father gave us 10 commandments: Do not lie, do not steal or cheat; your handshake is a contract. Whatever your job, do it the best you can, and people are people; treat them all the same.

Go to church, educate yourself as much as you can, give back to your community and your country. Have good...

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Clinton is her own worst enemy

Mon, 19 Sep 2016 12:05:00 PDT

I was stunned when Hillary Clinton in effect described millions of Trump supporters as "deplorables" ("Trump, in Baltimore, calls Clinton's 'deplorables' remark disqualifying," Sept. 12).

I have family members and friends, including a World War II veteran, who are going to vote for Mr. Trump, and...

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When it comes to race, some have more free speech than others

Mon, 19 Sep 2016 10:54:00 PDT

Letter writer Gail Householder completely missed the point in her criticism of Orioles' center fielder and team leader Adam Jones ("Black man's game?" Sept. 14).

Mr. Jones' statement about Colin Kaepernick's refusal to honor the National Anthem was quite astute. Donald Trump can exercise his right...

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A time to speak out

Mon, 19 Sep 2016 10:54:00 PDT

Kudos to Adam Jones for voicing his opinions on the anthem issue and race relations ("Adam Jones: 'It was the right time for me to speak up,'" Sept. 12).

It's ludicrous to think that because a person makes his living in the public eye he should be quiet. He is still a member of society and as entitled...

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Kaepernick represents the best of this country

Mon, 19 Sep 2016 10:54:00 PDT

As a defense attorney, I'd like to offer my services to Colin Kaepernick to protect his right to protest ("Adam Jones defends Colin Kaepernick, explains why NFL anthem protests haven't spread to MLB," Sept. 12).

Mr. Kaepernick's refusal to stand during the Star Spangled Banner is the essence of...

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Two justice systems, separate and unequal

Mon, 19 Sep 2016 10:54:00 PDT

Many people refuse to believe that we have two different justice systems in this country based along racial and class lines. Yet a glaring example of that was divide demonstrated by the events surrounding Freddie Gray's death in Baltimore and the trial on corruption charges of former Gov. Robert...

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Stop supporting the Saudi war in Yemen

Fri, 16 Sep 2016 09:37:45 PDT

While much of the world turns a blind eye, Saudi Arabia continues to bomb neighboring Yemen daily with the goal of returning its puppet, President Abd Rabbuh Mansur al-Hadi, to office ("Ravaged by conflict, Yemen's coast faces rising malnutrition," Sept. 16).

The U.N. and organizations like Human...

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Why not openly wear your racism, Trump supporters?

Fri, 16 Sep 2016 09:37:00 PDT

The recent side-by-side commentaries, one in support of Donald Trump and one against, offered quite a contrast in style as well as content. The anti-Trump piece written by Charles Badger was well thought out, coherent and devastatingly accurate ("Clinton calls 'em as she sees 'em," Sept. 14). The...

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Libraries are the birthplace of dreams

Fri, 16 Sep 2016 09:37:00 PDT

President Barack Obama's election broke a thick glass ceiling and we are all better off from his having been president. He broke another ceiling in naming the Pratt's own Carla Hayden to lead the Library of Congress ("New librarian of Congress Carla Hayden taking over organization in turmoil,"...

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The proper context for Baltimore's Confederate monuments

Fri, 16 Sep 2016 09:37:00 PDT

In your editorial, "No more foot-dragging" (Sept. 16), you state that if two Confederate monuments are to remain on public property in Baltimore, "They are going to require some heavy-duty contextualization."

At the last meeting of the Special Commission to Review Baltimore's Public Confederate...

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Calling out 'birther' lies

Fri, 16 Sep 2016 09:37:00 PDT

On a Friday when many national news outlets led their presidential campaign stories with Donald Trump refusing to admit his claims that President Barack Obama wasn't born in the United States are false, the Tribune story published in The Sun failed to even mention it. Even Mr. Trump's campaign...

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Winning the battle against addiction

Fri, 16 Sep 2016 09:37:00 PDT

The headline over commentator Monica Scott's inspiring account of her triumph over addiction was exactly on point ("Success stories help others overcome substance use disorders," Sept. 13).

As someone in long-term recovery, I've been on the giving and receiving end of such compelling stories at...

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Protect Baltimore school funding

Thu, 15 Sep 2016 13:45:00 PDT

What the article, "Baltimore officials approve $100 million community benefits deal with Port Covington developers" (Sept. 14), does not even mention is the effect the $660 tax increment finance (TIF) plan will have on the funding for Baltimore City schools over the next 40 years.

City Council...

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Sagamore wins, city loses

Thu, 15 Sep 2016 13:45:00 PDT

The fact that the Baltimore City Council advanced the Port Covington deal gives credence to the fact that a big business tycoon who has been successful in manufacturing athletic uniforms has now become successful in conning many Baltimore citizens into approving a $660 million loan for public bonds...

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Don't remove memorials, explain them

Thu, 15 Sep 2016 13:45:00 PDT

Wouldn't it be nice to allow history to be history? We have huge problems in Baltimore, so why must we waste time arguing over statues that hardly anyone notices ("Rawlings-Blake delays decision on Confederate memorials," Sept. 15)? I have studied the Civil War, and it's a fact that Maryland and...

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Of lazy kids and slow buses

Wed, 14 Sep 2016 13:23:00 PDT

There is no defense for breaking the law to pass a school bus with displayed stop indicators. However there is a blatant provocation committed by the culture surrounding discipline and the drivers ("School bus danger ahead," Sept. 13).

Children are not taught to "think of others" and get to and...

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Rising health care rates threaten doctor-patient relationship

Wed, 14 Sep 2016 13:23:00 PDT

How ironic that health insurance rates are rising at the same time that electronic medical records are an increasing burden on doctors ("Marylanders face hefty rate increases for Obamacare,http://www.baltimoresun.com/health/bs-hs-insurance-rate-increases-20160909-story.html Sept. 12; "Electronic...

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O's fans in short supply

Wed, 14 Sep 2016 13:23:00 PDT

The Orioles have a critical and final homestand starting Sept. 15, and I am fearful that the community and the front office is not doing their part to support the team. I get it — attending professional sporting events is expensive and time consuming, but these last 11 home games will likely determine...

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Hogan is popular because he governs well, not because he does what's popular

Wed, 14 Sep 2016 13:23:00 PDT

The American writer Ambrose Bierce defined a hypocrite as "one who professes virtues that he does not respect and secures the advantage of seeming to be what he despises."

In a self-righteous critique of Gov. Larry Hogan's executive order to start schools after Labor Day, Del. Eric Luedtke, my...

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Later school opening won't hurt students

Wed, 14 Sep 2016 13:23:00 PDT

Letter writer Saleema Snow ignores the fact that Maryland law mandates 180 days of school for all students ("Hogan's order ignores low-income kids," Sept. 9).

Gov. Larry Hogan's executive order does not increase the number of days off for these students. It merely transfers them from the excessive...

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Who are in Clinton's basket of deplorables?

Wed, 14 Sep 2016 13:23:00 PDT

Hillary Clinton knows that Donald Trump can't choose who supports him for president. Yet your In your article, you pull out former Klan Wizard David Duke to prove that "deplorables" support Mr. Trump ("What's worse: 'Deplorables' or David Duke's support? Mike Pence weighs in," Sept. 13).

I have...

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Trump is most deplorable of all

Wed, 14 Sep 2016 13:23:00 PDT

Donald Trump insults women, Mexicans, immigrants, blacks, Muslims, Gold Star families, prisoners of war, our military and generals, people with disabilities, as well as President Barack Obama and gets away with it. He never apologies ("In defense of the 'deplorables,'" Sept. 14).

Some of his supporters...

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Clinton right to denounce bigotry

Wed, 14 Sep 2016 13:23:00 PDT

Donald Trump says terrible things about Hispanics and Muslims, and he makes racist and misogynist comments. He fails to denounce the white supremacists who support him.

Hispanics, women and blacks overwhelmingly support Hillary Clinton. Mr. Trump's supporters don't appear to have a problem with...

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Black man's game?

Wed, 14 Sep 2016 13:23:00 PDT

It's amazingly shortsighted to me how the dissenting blacks complain about baseball being "a white man's game," but they have no problem with basketball and football being the "black man's game" ("Adam Jones and the real 'white man's game,'" Sept. 14).

Has anyone ever heard white men complaining...

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Trump's supporters are comfortable with their bigotry

Tue, 13 Sep 2016 12:24:00 PDT

Letter writer Jon Ketzner insists that Donald Trump's supporters are made up of "hardworking, patriotic Americans" whom Hillary Clinton has demonized as "deplorables" ("In defense of the 'deplorables,'" Sept. 13).

I guess I need to get my eyes checked and my hearing examined.

So I went looking...

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Sagamore shake-down will kill city development

Tue, 13 Sep 2016 12:24:00 PDT

The sound you just heard was every developer slamming their car door, heading out of Baltimore, and looking for development opportunities in the surrounding jurisdictions. What a pompous blowhard Bishop Douglas Miles of BUILD must be. Telling any would be developers to "come with your checkbooks...

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Make the Saudis pay for 9/11

Tue, 13 Sep 2016 12:24:00 PDT

The announcement that President Barack Obama will veto the proposed Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act (JASTA) despite its having been approved by both houses of Congress should outrage the American people ("The Saudis must be held accountable for their role in 9/11," Sept. 9).

A day after...

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Clinton out, Biden in?

Tue, 13 Sep 2016 12:24:00 PDT

The exhaustion suggested by Hillary Clinton's pneumonia and who knows what else is just what the Democrats have been waiting for ("Hillary Clinton says she didn't think pneumonia was 'that big a deal,'" Sept. 12).

After they beseech her to "graciously and beneficently" bow out of the race "for...

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Clinton needs to stop fighting Trump and start fighting for America's future

Tue, 13 Sep 2016 08:53:00 PDT

Hillary Clinton's remark calling Donald Trump supporters a "basket of deplorables" was clearly a mistake — even though it is equally clear that Mr. Trump relies on a voter base that includes white supremacists, bigots and xenophobes ("Trump, in Baltimore, calls Clinton's 'deplorable' remark disqualifying,"...

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Port Covington deserves city's blessings

Mon, 12 Sep 2016 13:17:00 PDT

Columnist Dan Rodricks ("Port Covington and the 'two Baltimores,'" Sept. 11) has provided continued food for thought.

I, too, believe that Kevin Plank is well rooted in Baltimore and has done everything to accommodate the many factions who want their voices heard in regard to his proposed Port...

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Presidential fruit

Mon, 12 Sep 2016 13:17:00 PDT

I fully understand the reason that many people are supporting the campaign of Donald Trump is that they hate the idea of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton becoming president ("Early voting begins as race between Clinton, Trump keeps tightening," Sept. 12).

I believe that if the Republicans...

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Strike North Korea first

Mon, 12 Sep 2016 13:17:00 PDT

What is the point in having spent trillions of dollars to create the strongest military in the history of the world and then not using it when a third-generation lunatic who cannot be reasoned with via negotiation is developing the capability to attack our homeland and those of our allies with...

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Living with Islamophobia

Mon, 12 Sep 2016 13:17:00 PDT

By the grace of God, I have overcome the worst type of adversity — the type of adversity that is directed at the DNA of one's very being. You see, to me my faith, Islam, is my everything, comprising the nooks and crannies, the deep valleys and the tall summits, the oceans of my being, my universe.

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Who are you calling 'elderly?'

Mon, 12 Sep 2016 13:17:00 PDT

In the article, "Clinton's health goes mainstream" (Sept. 11) GOP strategist Katie Packard, who claims to support no candidate (which makes her a heck of a GOP strategist) makes the statement: "Both candidates are elderly" as Donald Trump is 70 and Hillary Clinton is 68.

I am 72 years old. I try...

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The Saudis must be held accountable for their role in 9/11

Fri, 9 Sep 2016 10:02:00 PDT

Congress must approve the Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act, which would allow victims to sue those responsible for the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, including members and employees of the government of Saudi Arabia who assisted them.

A threatened veto by President Barack Obama must...

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