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For city schools, it's not about money

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 11:30:00 PST

Blaming cold city public school classrooms on “institutionalized racism and injustices that have been perpetuated for centuries” (“Heating problems highlight inequity for Baltimore schools,” Jan. 5) is like blaming singer Taylor Swift for a bad recipe by Martha Stewart. It’s not relevant and not...

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Dealing with nuclear armageddon

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 10:55:00 PST

Your recent coverage of the possibility of nuclear conflict in Korea, along with bogus incoming missile alerts terrifying the Hawaiian islands, all take me back to another international crisis in October, 1962 (“Hawaii didn’t need approval to retract missile alert, FEMA says,” Jan. 17).

As a 20-year-old...

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Men and self-control

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 10:20:00 PST

A brief disclaimer: This is not directed to all my dear male friends, allies, and neighbors who do not consider themselves wild animals. To the men who ask that women shoulder the burden of not being raped and who say, “I mean, no one wants to buy bear-safe picnic gear, but come on, attacking is...

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Baltimore museums still reach children

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 10:10:00 PST

Please do not rule out the experience of thousands of school children who visit the museums on school buses as part of their education (“Free admission hasn’t stopped attendance slide at Baltimore art museums — and other solutions prove elusive, too,” Jan. 16).

They enter the museum excited to...

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Civility in civics: Bring back Schoolhouse Rock

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 09:35:00 PST

It’s time for a reboot of the old Schoolhouse Rock videos.

It seems that all of the societal norms that I have grown up with are changing before my eyes (and ears). Facts are subject to one’s opinion. Civility is something from a bygone era. Vulgarity spews from the Oval Office (“The medical exam...

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Delegate: Protect Ocean City's scenic Atlantic view

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 08:55:00 PST

Forces are quickly aligning in Maryland to build large industrial power generation projects within sight off the coast of Ocean City. Much of the conversation over the location and size of these projects has happened without Ocean City’s direct participation. However, this pending decision weighs...

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Spector's advocacy for her attackers merits public attention

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 10:45:00 PST

At a time where mandatory sentencing laws require prison terms and deprive judges of discretion to administer fair justice, recent crime victim Rochelle “Rikki” Spector and a community group’s intervention deserve kudos for providing a non-punitive response to violent crime (“Two boys carjacked...

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Enlarging insurance pool makes sense

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 10:25:00 PST

Kudos to Del. Dan Morhaim for his continuing focus on improving the state’s procurement processes to benefit taxpayers (“Pooling insurance makes sense for Maryland,” Jan. 10). Once again, he proposes an innovative approach to saving taxpayer dollars and improving the product purchased, in this...

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Morgan inadequately funded? Not lately

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 09:45:00 PST

It’s the start of a new legislative session and, with it, Morgan State University President David Wilson’s claim in “Despite obstacles, Morgan State University soars” (Jan. 14) that “despite inadequate investments, Morgan has historically produced top-ranked programs and graduates.” Without questioning...

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City school woes likely start with lack of transparent oversight

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 09:25:00 PST

The demise of effective procurement responsibility in Baltimore City Public Schools likely began in 1997 when the city, in exchange for increased state funding, ceded partial control to the state for the appointment of school board members (“Heated words over freezing schools in Baltimore: What’s...

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Banning Confederate flag is a hateful act

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 09:15:00 PST

As Carroll County Public Schools considers banning the Confederate battle flag, it is essential to evaluate the full ramifications of such an intrusive policy (“Carroll County Public Schools discusses possibility of banning Confederate flag items in schools,” Jan. 10). In high school, one of my...

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Museum attendance got mugged by crime

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 08:45:00 PST

Your front page article, “Art no longer a huge draw” (Jan. 16), provided numerous insights as to why attendance at museums is at an all time low. In reading Mary Carole McCauley’s article, I was reminded of my visits to the Baltimore Museum of Art back in the 1960s.

As a youngster growing up in...

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Legislative Democrats don't understand business

Fri, 12 Jan 2018 11:20:00 PST

Michael Dresser’s piece on the override of Gov. Larry Hogan’s veto on the sick leave requirement bill demonstrates that the House of Delegates has no idea how the world of business works (“House overrides Hogan veto on sick leave; Miller predicts ‘battle’ in Senate,” Jan. 11). They put the bill...

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Trump vulgarity: Anybody else would have been fired

Fri, 12 Jan 2018 10:55:00 PST

This is regarding President Donald Trump's outrageous slur to describe people from Haiti and Africa (“Sen. Dick Durbin: President Trump used ‘hate-filled, vile and racist’ language in immigration meeting,” Jan. 12). If any teacher, TV anchor, sports announcer, or public personage would say or tweet...

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Ignorance and sexism are still alive

Fri, 12 Jan 2018 10:40:00 PST

When I read Andrew Goldfinger’s commentary (“Men are wild animals — I should know, I am one,” Jan. 10), I started to get this nauseating feeling in the pit of my stomach. The level of ignorance and sexism displayed were appalling.

Sexual harassment and rape have less to do with sex than with power,...

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Face it, men and women are different

Fri, 12 Jan 2018 09:55:00 PST

Thank you, Andrew Goldfinger, for having the courage to say what needs to be said (“Men are wild animals — I should know, I am one,” Jan. 10). Men and women are different (and why is it not politically correct to say that, as the implication would otherwise be that men are the superior sex?). A...

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City school woes are Baltimore's fault

Fri, 12 Jan 2018 09:15:00 PST

It is really amazing how a person with a lot of time on their hands and an outliner pen can come up with just about any justification on any subject they so desire to champion. After spending about an hour reading through all the reference data supplied by the writer of the op-ed “A fact/reality...

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Oaks should not run for office again

Thu, 11 Jan 2018 12:20:00 PST

As the founder and president of The Lazarus Rite Inc., a Baltimore City re-entry program, I pay close attention to issues related to criminal justice reform among other community concerns. The issues of policing, arrests, bail and court proceedings, as well as incarceration, parole and probation...

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Don't blame women when men behave badly

Thu, 11 Jan 2018 11:55:00 PST

My personal thanks to Andy Goldfinger (“Men are wild animals,” Jan. 11) for an out-of-date view on how to control men: blame women for the problem. Women don't want men not to have lustful thoughts, they just want them not to spontaneously act on them (like those who seem to think it's their right...

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Let's hear less from lobbyists and more from regular folks

Thu, 11 Jan 2018 11:35:00 PST

Recently, there was an article urging lawmakers to avoid contact with bail-bond industry lobbyists (“After revelations in Oaks case, advocates urge lawmakers to avoid bail-bond industry lobbyists,” Jan. 10). Why not avoid all contact with lobbyists? I’ve often thought the lobbying of lawmakers...

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UM Medical leadership must go

Thu, 11 Jan 2018 11:10:00 PST

I call for the immediate resignation of Dr. Mohan Suntha as president and CEO of the University of Maryland Medical Center, along with his entire board of directors.

The apparent dumping of that poor, seemingly demented woman onto the streets of Baltimore, wearing nothing but socks and a hospital...

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Maryland has more climate work to do

Thu, 11 Jan 2018 10:55:00 PST

I was glad to see that Maryland will be supporting the Paris climate agreement (“Maryland will join alliance of states supporting Paris climate agreement, Hogan says,” Jan. 10). But this commitment, on it’s own, does nothing to address the urgent threat of climate change.

The most important component...

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Exelon must upgrade Conowingo dam

Thu, 11 Jan 2018 10:15:00 PST

As the Exelon Corporation seeks a new 46-year federal operating license for the Conowingo Dam and a commensurate water quality certificate from the state of Maryland, much of the conversation and press coverage has focused on Exelon’s shared responsibility for managing additional pollution associated...

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Acupuncture deserves better coverage

Thu, 11 Jan 2018 10:00:00 PST

Wow! Meredith Cohn's article on the use of acupuncture at the Baltimore VA Medical Center is about as biased and ignorant of acupuncture as they come, and I have seen too much bias lately in The Baltimore Sun (“Baltimore VA doctors try acupuncture to treat veterans’ pain,” Jan. 5). Who is this...

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City school spending merits greater scrutiny

Wed, 10 Jan 2018 12:10:00 PST

Like most caring taxpayers who support Maryland's public school systems, I am a strong proponent for adequate public school funding, but, quantifying “adequate” can be problematic. The recent turmoil over the condition of Baltimore City Public Schools raises some significant questions that the...

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Remembering Rep. Marjorie Holt

Wed, 10 Jan 2018 11:50:00 PST

I write in memory of a great legislator, Rep. Marjorie Holt, who always stood for what was right and honorable regardless of political expediency (“Former Congress member Majorie Holt dies at 97,” Jan. 9). She very capably represented Anne Arundel County and Maryland in her many years in the U.S....

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Changing Baltimore's negative narrative

Wed, 10 Jan 2018 11:40:00 PST

Television critic David Zurawik recently wrote a column, “‘Change the narrative’? That isn’t the answer” (Jan. 7) in which he seemed to be saying that crime, police corruption and city/state government failure to fix Baltimore City is the reality of Baltimore and, therefore, its deserved reputation...

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'#MeToo' movement requires perspective

Wed, 10 Jan 2018 11:15:00 PST

Last year will be remembered as the “me too” year of the “me generation.” So many men have been accused of bad behavior and harassment toward women and/or sexual exploitation and abuse. Brave women from all walks of life are speaking out and sharing experiences from years to decades ago. One of...

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Term limits make government worse

Wed, 10 Jan 2018 10:40:00 PST

Maryland citizens need only look to Ohio to see the danger and damages caused by term limits imposed on state office holders, representatives and senators (“Maryland governor to propose term limits for legislators,” Jan. 10). Approved by voters in 1992, the Ohio program set off a one-party dominated...

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There you go again with celebrity presidential bids

Wed, 10 Jan 2018 10:25:00 PST

Do you ever ask yourself what might have happened if, in the very early days of the 2016 presidential election, you hadn't breathlessly reported every movement and tweet of a celebrity whose only qualifications for running for national office were wealth and fame? Have you soberly reflected on...

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The power of restorative justice

Wed, 10 Jan 2018 10:15:00 PST

It was encouraging to read your recent article, “Two boys carjacked an 80-year-old Baltimore City Councilwoman. Now she’s their advocate” (Jan. 3). Restorative justice is a powerful, redemptive tool that helps the victim heal and engages youth, their families and communities in the justice process.

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Celebrity president? Been there, done that

Tue, 9 Jan 2018 11:55:00 PST

Talk of Oprah Winfrey running for president should stop before it becomes a thing (“#oprah2020,” Jan. 8).

We've already tried a celebrity president who has no political experience, no concept of the knowledge and expertise it takes to run a government as complex as ours. In 2020, we will need an...

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Want to help women? Ratify the ERA

Tue, 9 Jan 2018 11:45:00 PST

If the entertainment industry is really passionate about taking on issues such as sexual harassment and equal treatment for men and women, perhaps its members should consider working to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment (“Media miss Oprah’s point, and the movement’s,” Jan. 9).

How many of them...

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McFadden: Let's find the money to fix schools

Tue, 9 Jan 2018 11:10:00 PST

Much has been written and discussed the last several days regarding the situation in the Baltimore City Public Schools (“School repair funds sought,” Jan. 6). While there has been finger pointing all over the place and more than enough blame to go around, our students and their families continue...

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Reparations are not going to happen

Tue, 9 Jan 2018 10:20:00 PST

I was disappointed to read the commentary regarding reparations for slavery by Joel N. Morse and Jetaime Ross (“A forensic economics approach to reparations,” Jan. 6). While I’m sure that Mr. Morse found the calculation of the potential amount of reparations due to be an interesting intellectual...

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Why can't casino dollars heat schools?

Tue, 9 Jan 2018 09:55:00 PST

As a parent of a Baltimore City Public Schools student, the stories of frigid temperatures in classrooms are personal and infuriating (“Debate over responsibility for cold Baltimore schools heats up,” Jan. 4). But it was not an unknown problem, and the lack of leadership from Gov. Larry Hogan and...

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Lack of heat is mismanagement, not a case of inequality

Mon, 8 Jan 2018 12:00:00 PST

Your recent commentary on Baltimore’s school heating problems (“A chilling cause and effect, Baltimore’s school heating problems highlight inequity,” Jan. 8), attempted to use the tragic lack of heat conditions in Baltimore City Public Schools as a prime example of inequities in school funding...

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A decades-long lack of government oversight

Mon, 8 Jan 2018 11:00:00 PST

Thank you, Jonah Goldberg (“‘Fire and Fury’ is much ado about nothing new,” Jan. 6)!

Finally, someone important has voiced the truth — my generation (70s age group) and the ones coming up behind me failed to provide oversight of what their government has been up to for the past 40 years.

Mr. Goldberg...

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Acupuncture merits more widespread use

Mon, 8 Jan 2018 10:40:00 PST

I was very pleased to read that the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs is starting to use acupuncture to help veterans in chronic pain (“Baltimore VA doctors try acupuncture to treat veterans’ pain,” Jan. 5). The article included a variety of opinions about whether it is possible to prove scientifically...

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Fix schools now, worry about blame later

Mon, 8 Jan 2018 09:45:00 PST

Students and teachers should not have to work in classrooms that are 30 or 40 degrees, as some were in Baltimore on Wednesday (“8 Baltimore City schools closed Monday as new heat, facility problems develop after weekend repairs,” Jan. 8). If the schools need to stay open to provide meals and child...

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Electronic monitoring should not carry fee

Mon, 8 Jan 2018 09:35:00 PST

I support the comments made by Robin Campbell on electronic monitoring in his letter, "The right way to do pretrial detention” (Jan. 6). Mr Campbell rightly points out the need to get as many people as possible out of jail, but he also correctly stresses that pretrial release should not include...

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Here's the whole story on returned city schools construction funds

Fri, 5 Jan 2018 13:30:00 PST

The Sun's editors had it right when they described the circumstances leading up to this week's facilities issues in City Schools as complicated, with no easy solutions (“Baltimore City schools’ deep freeze,” Jan. 5). Many factors have been many years in the making — something The Sun’s subsequent...

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Is there nothing The Sun's editorial board won't blame on Hogan?

Fri, 5 Jan 2018 10:25:00 PST

Sun Editorial Page Editor Andrew A. Green should read the excellent article by Luke Broadwater “Baltimore schools have returned millions in state funds for heating repairs” (Jan. 5). Mr Broadwater again points out the incompetence of the Pugh administration in managing funds. Mr. Green, on the...

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Teach police officers not to kill suspects

Fri, 5 Jan 2018 10:20:00 PST

Being a person of color has never been a piece of cake. We do not only deal with discrimination from people who are not of color but sometimes it’s our own families and friends. The policing situation in Baltimore City has been atrocious, and the department can definitely do better. One of the...

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When will city schools be heated properly?

Fri, 5 Jan 2018 09:50:00 PST

The lack of heat in most Baltimore City schools has made local and national news and rightly so (“Baltimore teachers call on city to close all schools amid heating issues,” Jan 3). Baltimore students deserve heat in their classrooms in the winter. They deserve air conditioning in their classrooms...

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The right way to do pre-trial detention

Fri, 5 Jan 2018 09:10:00 PST

Baltimore County officials are to be commended for proactively launching their own pilot pretrial assessment and services program in response to the Court of Appeals’ rule change aimed at reducing the use of unfair and dangerous money bail (“Getting smart on pre-trial detention in Balt. Co.,” Dec....

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Maryland doesn't need any liquor laws

Fri, 5 Jan 2018 09:00:00 PST

Your recent editorial, "Cutting through the foam of Maryland's beer controversy" (Jan. 4), made some interesting points. Unfortunately, most were glaring in their lack of consideration of basic American principles of freedom (which I suspect play no real role in your editorial process).

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Yes, Mr. Ehrlich, police brutality exists

Fri, 5 Jan 2018 08:10:00 PST

Now I know what a word salad is. Former Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich, Jr.'s recent commentary, “Takeaways from the NFL’s kneeling era” (Jan. 4), in The Baltimore Sun is a great example of one.

He raises a question: What was is really all about? It’s an apparent reference to the practice by some football...

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Ravens need to dump their disrespectful players and coaches

Thu, 4 Jan 2018 14:06:00 PST

As I sat in the extreme cold at M&T Bank Stadium to watch what I hoped to be a road to the playoffs for the Ravens, I was dismayed to see many of the players sitting for the national anthem.

It is no wonder the Ravens aren't in the playoffs since much of the team would rather protest something...

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U.S. should follow Europe on train safety

Thu, 4 Jan 2018 13:30:00 PST

The Baltimore Sun points out that we lack firm deadlines, radio spectrum and standardized equipment to implement Positive Train Control (“Rail safety deserves to be a higher priority,” Jan. 3). It may be of interest for The Sun to research this further and report on how other countries have managed...

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Can we just ignore Trump's tweets?

Thu, 4 Jan 2018 13:15:00 PST

President Donald J. Trump has proved that there is no such thing as bad publicity.

While most of us believe that by pointing out the errors of his ways we are somehow weakening his authority, he has proven to the world that all this publicity keeps him at the center of everything — and he loves...

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We can make a difference in the world by acting in our communities

Thu, 4 Jan 2018 11:27:00 PST

Thank you to John B. King Jr. for urging us to recommit to our role as citizens in 2018 (“Recommit to your role as citizen in 2018,” Dec. 31). It is not just students who need to “do democracy” by getting involved in real issues. We all need to get involved in a cross-generational, multiracial,...

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Give research animals a second chance

Thu, 4 Jan 2018 11:15:00 PST

I’m writing to express my support of a bill that would require the state's research facilities to make dogs and cats available for adoption once testing is over.

I adopted a beagle from a local rescue organization back in spring 2010. She had spent the first five years of her life in a research...

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An Orioles fan's winter lament

Thu, 4 Jan 2018 09:05:00 PST

The impetus for this letter is a phone conversation with my son a few days ago. “You should know that the Orioles are shopping Manny Machado,” he said. My response: “No I didn’t, but I assumed they would.” Is that what we’ve become, another mill for the haves of baseball? We were once so proud...

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Taking a knee is an honorable act

Thu, 4 Jan 2018 08:45:00 PST

Kneeling was a peaceful protest against a president who violates the United States Constitution. Kneeling was directed at one person, one man who is the antithesis of all that our great country represents. It was an act of love and support for the military, a mighty group of brave people who dedicate...

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Limit Trump's nuclear button pushing

Thu, 4 Jan 2018 08:30:00 PST

I implore Rep. John Sarbanes to press for immediate passage of HR 669/S200 in light of the latest — and most terrifying — threat of nuclear war via Twitter by President Donald Trump (“Trump’s America-last foreign policy,” Jan. 3). We can no longer sit silently by while this unhinged man endangers...

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Don't undermine federal tax cut, lower state taxes instead

Thu, 4 Jan 2018 08:20:00 PST

The Baltimore Sun has no shame or morals for that matter. To encourage Marylanders and others to deliberately try to circumvent federal law (“How liberal states can torpedo the GOP tax bill,” Jan. 2) is totally reprehensible.

I have a better idea. How about Maryland and other high-taxed states...

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Trump duped a lot of NFL football fans

Wed, 3 Jan 2018 12:10:00 PST

I am having trouble understanding how so many football fans can be so successfully trolled by Donald Trump. The football players taking a knee prior to kick-off is not in any way intended to show disrespect to the flag or military. Just because President Trump says it is disrespectful does not...

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Ravens should have signed Kaepernick

Wed, 3 Jan 2018 12:00:00 PST

As the 2017 NFL season draws to a close, I wish to extend kudos to Steve Bisciotti, owner of the Baltimore Ravens. His willingness to tank the season, rather than sign Colin Kaepernick, will stand as a lasting testament that his pathetic ego and right-wing (non)sensibilities are more important...

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Preserve historic Mitchell Courthouse

Wed, 3 Jan 2018 11:30:00 PST

Thanks for your article on the Clarence M. Mitchell Jr. Courthouse (“White marble palace, now a little shabby,” Dec. 30). There is no question that a new up-to-date courthouse is sorely needed to replace both the East and West (Mitchell) courthouses which straddle the 100 block of North Calvert...

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Ravens games: They aren't fan friendly

Wed, 3 Jan 2018 11:10:00 PST

There has been a lot written in these pages in recent days about the empty seats at M&T Bank Stadium and what might be the cause (“Lack of respect from Ravens ownership leads to empty seats,” Dec. 29). Let's not neglect the NFL's absolute indifference to its fans who actually attend these games,...

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Conowingo is not the only polluting dam

Wed, 3 Jan 2018 10:40:00 PST

Conowingo is not the only “dam problem” on the Annapolis agenda this year (“Conowingo: Don’t draw red line in mud,” Jan. 2). Maryland owns 16 lakes, most of which are impaired by sediment accumulation and pollutants. These are important state-owned natural, recreational and economic assets, and...

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Taking pride in Ravens' protests

Wed, 3 Jan 2018 09:45:00 PST

I am a Baltimore Ravens season tickets holder who stands anytime — and anywhere — the national anthem is performed. But as a black man who volunteered for military service and earned a bronze star during the Vietnam War, I support the right of NFL players (or anyone else) to kneel in peaceful protest...

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Don't count out Democrat in 42

Tue, 2 Jan 2018 11:25:00 PST

The recent Baltimore Sun editorial about the 2018 State House predicts the Republican to be a "virtual lock" to fill the District 42 State Senate seat Democrat James Brochin is leaving to run for Baltimore County Executive (“Maryland politics: A 2018 preview,” Jan. 1). This editorial could have...

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Green energy has a brighter future

Tue, 2 Jan 2018 11:00:00 PST

Forty years ago, Amory Lovins said we had a choice: continue along the hard energy path, which means building large coal fired plants, risky nuclear plants, damming up rivers for large hydro-electric power plants — or we could choose a soft path of energy conservation, efficiency, solar, wind and...

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Face it, Baltimore needs bigger roads

Tue, 2 Jan 2018 10:20:00 PST

It is sad that some of your readers just don't understand the need for more infrastructure to accommodate the growth around the Baltimore area such as the letter writer who likens more traffic lanes on our major arteries to obesity (“Hogan’s road myopia won’t get Baltimore moving,” Dec. 26). Others...

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Baltimore has a serious water problem

Tue, 2 Jan 2018 09:50:00 PST

The uninformed and inaccurate letter by Michael Deane (“Don’t let scare tactics dominate the debate about Baltimore’s water system,” Dec. 30) would be laughable if the water affordability crisis in Baltimore weren’t so dire. Mr. Dean, as president of an organization representing private companies...

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Fossil fuel divestment an empty gesture

Tue, 2 Jan 2018 09:35:00 PST

Divesting from fossil fuels has real costs for colleges like Johns Hopkins — endowment costs that are transferred to students with no benefit to the environment (“Hopkins didn’t go far enough in divesting from coal,” Dec. 27).

According to a report we commissioned, the financial impacts of divestment...

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Lack of respect from Ravens ownership leads to empty seats

Fri, 29 Dec 2017 04:56:00 PST

Recently Ravens President Dick Cass mailed a letter to personal seat license owners and asked for their continued support. He also mentioned the significant numbers of no-shows this year. He said that there are a number of reasons, but surely the "one-time” protest in London has been a factor.

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What damage from Trump?

Wed, 27 Dec 2017 11:00:00 PST

In his op-ed, Rob Cuthbert asks, once President Donald Trump is gone, how will the nation repair the damage he caused? (“”A model for U.S. restoration post Trump,” Dec. 26.) My question is, what damage? President Trump is now in the process of repairing the damage caused by President Barack Obama...

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Patapsco wastewater plant can't be upgraded soon enough

Wed, 27 Dec 2017 10:54:00 PST

In 2004, the state of Maryland created the Chesapeake Bay Restoration Fund, which derives its money from the “Flush Tax.” This fund was proposed by Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. to help reduce excess nutrients pouring into the Chesapeake Bay. Doubling from $30 to $60 dollars in 2012, the “Flush Tax”...

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Maryland has much to worry about in Trump's tax bill

Wed, 27 Dec 2017 10:35:00 PST

As the Sun’s Dec. 26 editorial correctly noted, the harm to Marylanders from the federal tax bill will go far beyond any tax increase some will experience (“What Maryland needs to do to cope with the GOP tax bill”).. These massive tax cuts, which primarily benefit the wealthy and profitable corporations,...

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Don't let scare tactics dominate the debate about Baltimore's water system

Tue, 26 Dec 2017 12:30:00 PST

There’s no denying that Baltimore’s water system is in dire need of investment. From sewage spilling into homeowners’ basements and city waterways to frequent water main breaks, Baltimore leaders know that the status quo is no longer acceptable. While city decisionmakers go through the various...

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Politicians duped voters on Maryland casino revenues

Tue, 26 Dec 2017 12:20:00 PST

According to the dictionary, a trust fund is "a fund consisting of assets belonging to a trust, held by the trustees for the beneficiaries.”

Yet it would appear the Maryland trust fund for education has a hole in the bottom, or no bottom at all, which leads to the ominous “general fund” (“McIntosh,...

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Hogan's road myopia won't get Maryland moving

Tue, 26 Dec 2017 11:55:00 PST

The expenditure of $468 million for added lanes on I-695 is like buying a bigger belt to combat obesity. No wonder it is called the beltway. Wes Guckert of The Traffic Group is overjoyed because the additional revenue from Lexis Lanes can be used to build even more lanes/congestion/obesity (“Hogan...

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Hogan administration worked to protect ITT students

Tue, 26 Dec 2017 11:50:00 PST

Recently, the Baltimore Sun ran an op-ed penned by Sens. Paul Pinsky and Joan Carter-Conway that misled Maryland citizens about the steps Gov. Larry Hogan and the Maryland Higher Education Commission (MHEC) have taken to support and safeguard students attending higher education institutions in...

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Hogan, Szeliga are disingenuous on sick leave

Tue, 26 Dec 2017 11:45:00 PST

For most U.S. workers, real wages have been flat for decades, and the minimum wage adjusted for inflation has declined sharply since the ‘60s. Often these workers are in jobs with few or no benefits, including 700,000 Marylanders who have the hard choice to go to work sick or stay home without...

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Md. must adjust to new federal tax reality

Tue, 26 Dec 2017 11:35:00 PST

The federal tax changes for 2018 eliminate the personal exemption. That is a loss on the federal return of $4,050 per exemption. Many middle class taxpayers will no longer be able to itemize on the federal return due to doubling the standard deduction for a married couple to about $24,000. Another...

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Hogan beltway plan makes sense

Tue, 26 Dec 2017 10:37:00 PST

Gov. Larry Hogan and Transportation Secretary Pete Rahn recently announced two great improvements for vehicular transportation in the Baltimore area, as reported in the Baltimore Sun on Dec. 19 (“Gov. Larry Hogan proposes $461 million to ease congestion on Baltimore Beltway”). The first improvement...

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Have The Sun's editors been hitting the eggnog again?

Tue, 26 Dec 2017 08:00:00 PST

I’ve chuckled at some of the highly politicized editorials/cartoons in The Sun, but this one takes the proverbial fruitcake. In your analysis of Sinclair granting $1,000 bonuses to employees in the aftermath of the Republican tax bill, you quote some “expert” at the consumer advocacy group, Free...

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Trump tax plan speaks for itself — and it's ugly

Tue, 26 Dec 2017 07:55:00 PST

President Donald Trump signed his tax reform bill and stated that the numbers will speak for themselves (“Trump signs tax cut in 'rush job' Oval Office event, heads to Florida,” Dec. 23). Well, I looked at the numbers and for most of us except for the super wealthy, they are pretty ugly. According...

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Should taxpayers be responsible for early childhood education?

Tue, 26 Dec 2017 04:05:00 PST

It’s no secret a child is better off growing up in an upper-income home with responsible parents. Pre-pre-school is a grand idea and well worth exploring, yet none of David Hornbeck’s suggestions can compare to raising a child in a stable and supportive environment, no matter what the financial...

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'It's a Wonderful Life': Subversive propaganda

Tue, 26 Dec 2017 03:35:00 PST

As someone who has seen and fallen under the spell of “It’s a Wonderful Life,” I think J. Edgar Hoover’s FBI was right to see the movie as “a Trojan horse sneaking anti-American propaganda to the masses” (“Why 'It's a Wonderful Life' matters,” Dec. 21). There is little doubt that the character...

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Don't be so quick to slam the Republican tax plan

Tue, 26 Dec 2017 03:30:00 PST

If you change the words "GOP tax plan" to "Democrats’ health care plan," the first paragraph and last two sentences of your commentary, “GOP tax plan: worst bill ever? (Dec. 22) could have been written by a conservative in 2010.

Just as the conservatives had some things right and some wrong , so...

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The Sun parrots Trump's dehumanizing immigration rhetoric

Tue, 26 Dec 2017 03:25:00 PST

I am disappointed and a little bit nauseated to read your uncritical use of the dehumanizing, racist, and ad hoc term "chain migration" “Chain migration didn't light the New York pipe bomb,” Dec. 13). The current administration has invented this phrase to describe the well-established, humane,...

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Right wing media on the rise? Hardly

Tue, 26 Dec 2017 03:20:00 PST

David Zurawik writes that our fragile republic is in danger with the rise of conservative media (“Conservative media rising in Trump's America,” Dec. 24). Fox News, the Steve Bannon-led Breitbart News Network, the Daily Caller, and the Sinclair Broadcast Group are maintained by Mr. Zurawik to be...

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Pugh deserves no honors

Tue, 26 Dec 2017 03:15:00 PST

Awarding Mayor Catherine Pugh an Honorable Mention for Marylander of the Year (Dec. 25) for removing Confederate-era statues is like complimenting Neville Chamberlain for keeping government expenditures down at the beginning of World War II. Honoring Mayor Pugh ignores her dereliction of duty in...

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Make American education great again

Tue, 26 Dec 2017 03:10:00 PST

David Hornbeck’s commentary on the importance of early childhood education and his recommendations for strengthening this aspect of education in Maryland are equally relevant for American education (“Md. education commission should focus on pre pre-school years,” Dec. 22).

It is a travesty that...

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Can The Sun never stick to the facts about Trump?

Tue, 26 Dec 2017 03:05:00 PST

The Sun just can't get over the win of President Donald J Trump. The biased reporting continues.

The article about Sinclair’s decision to give employee bonuses (“Sinclair Broadcast gives employees bonus after federal tax bill passes,” Dec. 22) states "Trump crowed about the giving spree...” Two...

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Windmills would be the least of Ocean City's aesthetic problems

Tue, 26 Dec 2017 03:00:00 PST

I was surprised to read that some people think that wind turbines off the shores of Ocean City would be a “tourism-discouraging eyesore” (“Maryland green energy projects stall amid protests from worried neighbors,” Dec. 24). I personally find these windmills to be very visually attractive. If you...

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Trickle down deja vu

Thu, 21 Dec 2017 10:55:00 PST

For years, Republicans have argued that tax cuts for wealthy individuals and corporations will pay for themselves by stimulating economic growth, creating more jobs, raising wages for low-income workers, and ultimately reducing inequality. And that's what they're saying now ("Trump takes tax victory...

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Jones sells out county voters with Towson Row vote

Thu, 21 Dec 2017 09:50:00 PST

Congratulations to Baltimore County Councilman Julian Jones, whose rehearsals for his "performance" at the most recent council meeting paid off (“Baltimore County Council approves $43M package to aid Towson Row,” Dec. 19). With a dramatic flourish, he made it sound like he’s really fighting for...

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We have the best Congress money can buy

Thu, 21 Dec 2017 09:32:00 PST

I'm confused. I learned in my high school civics class that in our representative democracy, the people we sent to Congress would vote in our interest. The concept was that the people who represented the will of the majority of people voting would be elected and would vote on legislation that they...

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