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Black liquor deserves better explanation

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 10:30:00 PST

As a retiree after over 50 years in the pulp, paper and related industries, I take issue with some of the elements in your "A paler shade of green" (Dec. 10) article and its implied negative connotations.

First, "black liquor" is not used in paper making, it is used in manufacturing wood pulp....


More inclined to trust police than city leaders

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 10:15:00 PST

Most Baltimore residents trust police officer,s but they do not trust the leadership in the city (“As violence mounts, trust in Baltimore police wavers,” Dec. 9).

In recent history, Baltimore has had a mayor who stole gift cards away from children at Christmas, a mayor who let rioters burn down...


Crossing the royal 'color line'

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 10:05:00 PST

Regarding “A fairy tale romance?: The groundwork for this royal wedding was laid generations ago” (Dec. 9), Horacio Sierra ignores a most relevant fact. The marriage of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle is not the first time that the British royal family has crossed the ludicrously artificial “color...


Nothing fair about Republican tax bill

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 09:15:00 PST

Jonah Goldberg writes: “Conservatives...start from the assumption that money belongs to the people and businesses who earn’s fairness.” (“Politicians are selective about when debt and deficits matter,” Dec. 10)

That sentiment is the bedrock of Republican justification for allowing millionaires...


Humiliating police won't reduce crime

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 08:55:00 PST

I now understand why Baltimore will never be able to resolve its rampant homicide and crime problems. This is was made clearly evident in two recent articles in the Sun: “Police seek to win trust” and “Students have questions for police" (Dec. 10). The first article was just another iteration of...


GOP tax bill likely to raise Md. taxes, too

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 08:45:00 PST

Regarding the editorial, “Five ways Marylanders could get whacked by the Republican tax bill” (Dec. 4), there’s a sixth way and it’s not in federal taxes but a higher amount many Marylanders will pay in their state income tax.

The editorial notes that we are No. 1 in the nation in the percentage...


Santelises: City schools are on the right track

Fri, 8 Dec 2017 09:10:00 PST

City Schools’ teachers, staff, and school and district leaders share Karen Houppert’s sense of urgency about accelerating progress for our students (“Chicago schools overcome high hurdles. Can Baltimore’s?” Dec. 7). In my weekly and monthly visits to schools across the city, I too have seen the...


As long as senators are resigning...

Fri, 8 Dec 2017 08:45:00 PST

Sen. Al Franken resigns from his seat in Congress after allegations that he abused his authority to take advantage of several women. The complaints were of inappropriate touching and kissing of females, which he apologized for and which in some cases he denies. In Maryland, we have Sen. Nathaniel...


Trump reckless with Jerusalem decision

Fri, 8 Dec 2017 08:35:00 PST

I hesitate to say that the repercussions of President Donald Trump's decision to move the U.S. embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem were planned by the president (“Jerusalem: A self-defeating provocation,” Dec. 7). Thinking through the consequences of foreign policy decisions is not his strong suit....


Torturing animals is nothing to celebrate

Fri, 8 Dec 2017 08:15:00 PST

The author of "If you deer, you’ve got to love deer hunting” (Dec. 6), writes that although he has never gone deer hunting so far, he's looking forward to going out with a sniper friend of his to try it.

Well, that's no big stretch, considering he's an admitted fisherman and already proved himself...


Trump presidency sows division and hate

Fri, 8 Dec 2017 07:25:00 PST

I believe that Donald Trump is an emblematic image of America. He is a divisive figure, of questionable moral integrity, elected by a divided people. We can finance and develop all the weapons we want. We can feed the "beast" of corporate America and believe this will save us. None of this will...


Franken resignation not a moral milestone

Fri, 8 Dec 2017 07:15:00 PST

Listening to Sens. Bernie Sanders, Ben Cardin and Al Franken himself, I felt like I was in a time warp. It was a sudden time shift from a Democratic Party that urged Senator Franken to keep his seat and lauded him as the perfect human being to one that an observer might think had urged the senator...


Must The Sun do a liberal re-write of Pearl Harbor?

Thu, 7 Dec 2017 12:05:00 PST

It may seem minor to most, but something appeared in the December 7th issue of this newspaper that is superbly indicative of the lefty mindset at The Baltimore Sun. In the little column, “Today In History,” it was noted that on that date in 1941, Japan made a “pre-emptive” attack on the United...


Planned Balt. Co. gun range is on target

Thu, 7 Dec 2017 11:15:00 PST

Ordinarily, I would question the wisdom of locating what, at first glance, looks like a high-end shooting range in a populated area such as Owings Mills (“Baltimore County Council OKs step toward possible TIF at Tradepoint Atlantic; backs ‘guntry club’ zoning,” Dec. 4). But there are two points...


Don't be so quick to convict Roy Moore

Thu, 7 Dec 2017 10:30:00 PST

I read the editorial regarding Roy Moore with total fascination, yet I wonder what moral authority created it (“Roy Moore, Donald Trump and the end of all Republican moral authority,” Dec. 5). First, Bill Clinton wasn’t impeached for the Monica Lewinsky affair but for the criminal offenses of perjury...


Bill Clinton's actions worse than Moore's

Thu, 7 Dec 2017 10:15:00 PST

The Sun's editorial about moral authority was another Republican hit piece constructed on a foundation of misinformation (“Roy Moore, Donald Trump and the end of all Republican moral authority,” Dec. 5). The editorial suggests that there was some type of moral equivalence between the issues involved...


Donald Trump seeks to be king of chaos

Thu, 7 Dec 2017 09:45:00 PST

When he ran for president, Republican Jeb Bush called Donald Trump the “chaos candidate.” Mr. Trump is now the chaos president. Having brought us closer to war with North Korea, he will now further destabilize the Middle East by officially declaring recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel...


Mueller investigation smells to high heaven

Wed, 6 Dec 2017 11:35:00 PST

The Sun soft-peddles the firing of Peter Strzok from Robert Mueller’s one-sided “investigation” into 2016 election irregularities (“Trump to FBI: Losers,” Dec. 4), but it is becoming increasingly clear that Mr. Strzok’s involvement was significant and significantly biased.

Just days after whitewashing...


With Jerusalem decision, Trump puts lives at risk foolishly

Wed, 6 Dec 2017 11:30:00 PST

The Mideast may be uneasy over President Donald Trump’s move to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, and Americans here at home should also be alarmed. Just when I thought this country couldn’t make another dumb mistake in that volatile region along comes our president with a barrel of gunpowder...


Cake discrimination is still discrimination

Wed, 6 Dec 2017 11:20:00 PST

Regarding the article, “Kennedy sends mixed signals in Supreme Court gay-wedding cake case” (Dec. 5), if the Supreme Court were to rule in favor of the baker — his adamancy not to make a wedding cake for the same-sex couple — it would risk spurring copycat claims. The public accommodations laws...


More handouts for Balt. Co. developers

Wed, 6 Dec 2017 11:10:00 PST

How is this for logic? Poor business judgment by politically influential developers results in justification for them to look to the recipients of their political contributions to bail them out. Thus, failure is not an option, and they can still make huge profits if their “bhoys” (and grils) look...


Coverage of 'Russia-gate' is biased, sloppy

Wed, 6 Dec 2017 11:00:00 PST

Are the Russians messing with U.S. democracy? After a lead story that accused Russia of using social media to throw the last election (“State seen as test for Russia,” Nov. 29) and a follow-up editorial (“The lesson of the Russian Facebook ads in Maryland: They're getting smarter,” Nov. 30), I’m...


No U.S. president is above the law

Wed, 6 Dec 2017 10:50:00 PST

So now comes President Donald Trump's lawyer, John Dowd, saying that Mr. Trump “cannot obstruct justice because he is the chief law enforcement officer under (Article II of the Constitution) and has every right to express his view of any case" ("Trump lawyer: He can't be charged,” Nov. 5). Where...


All hail the GOP tax plan

Tue, 5 Dec 2017 12:00:00 PST

Kudos to the Republican Congress for passing tax reform! The corporate rate will permanently decrease to 20 percent, while most of the individual tax rates will temporarily decrease but must be voted upon again down the road — clearly “socialism for the rich and free enterprise for the poor.”



Why Trump attacks the rule of law

Tue, 5 Dec 2017 11:40:00 PST

The president is fully justified in attacking the rule of law for one simple reason; it is not equally applied.

It is quite obvious that Crooked Hillary and her goons are above the rule of law, and until if and when this ever changes, the president and the public have every right to go all out...


Balt. Co. should be wary of education tech

Tue, 5 Dec 2017 11:40:00 PST

Members of the Baltimore County education community, parents, teachers, students and administrators should have serious concerns about the expanded use of electronic devices in the education process (“Baltimore County parents, school board members ask state for technology audit,” Dec. 5). This...


UMB is working for West Baltimore

Tue, 5 Dec 2017 10:55:00 PST

In his Dec. 3 op-ed, Pastor Franklin Lance of Mount Lebanon Baptist Church asks whether anyone cares about West Baltimore. The University of Maryland, Baltimore does care, and we’re proving our commitment to the people of West Baltimore every day.

Long before the national spotlight shone on our...


Are Balto. Co. schools asleep at the wheel?

Mon, 4 Dec 2017 18:10:00 PST

Finally, The Sun does its job in reporting on the alarming EdTech relationships, associated travel and ethical shortcomings of the former and interim superintendents of Baltimore County Public Schools.

However, true to form, perhaps yielding to political pressures and liberal guilt, The Baltimore...


The radical left is full of fake news

Mon, 4 Dec 2017 17:55:00 PST

The radical left is showing its true colors more and more during the past week. They say that they are for women and against abuse of women, but they only call for the firing of the perps after many, many women come forward. But when it is a person of the right, the calls for harsh punishment are...


A critical decision for Balto. Co. schools

Mon, 4 Dec 2017 17:50:00 PST

At its Dec. 5 meeting, the Baltimore County Board of Education, in keeping with state law, will elect a new chair and vice chair. In light of a series of Baltimore Sun articles outlining conflicts of interest and ethics lapses and/or violations on the part of our former and current superintendents,...


Republicans' deal with the devil

Mon, 4 Dec 2017 17:35:00 PST

Once you strike a deal with the devil, it is very hard to get out of it.

I say this as the party that loves to wear its religion on their its sleeve struck a deal with the devil, which has drawn some very honorable people into its web and they can’t seem to get out. Beelzebub has given them unbridled...


Slow down, Mr. President

Mon, 4 Dec 2017 17:25:00 PST

It does not matter whether I am a conservative or a liberal. What does matter to me is my lack of understanding as to the manner in which President Donald Trump, as the most powerful leader in the world, will keep his campaign promises. I believe he will do whatever is required to reach his goals,...


Senate tax bill a 'ticking time bomb'

Mon, 4 Dec 2017 13:55:00 PST

The Senate GOP’s tax plan is a ticking time bomb for working families. First it will raise taxes on millions of low- and middle-income families. Adding insult to injury, it also repeals the individual mandate under Obamacare, which would lead to 13 million people losing health insurance. All in...


Republican tax plan is a bunch of lies

Mon, 4 Dec 2017 10:05:00 PST

This Trump administration has learned the staying power of "the big lie" exemplified by the tax bill passed by the Senate (“‘I don’t think it’s going to help’: In a pro-Trump area, many are skeptical of GOP tax plan,” Dec. 3). President Donald Trump's supposed base is abandoned by this legislation....


Students are right to decry field trip ban

Mon, 4 Dec 2017 09:55:00 PST

I absolutely loved the two responses in The Sun regarding the Carroll County Board of Education's decision to pull back on field trips to Baltimore. Both the Carroll County student (“6th grader: Can we rethink field trip ban?” Nov. 30) and the two Baltimore City kids (“Two 10-year-olds (and their...


Why so little coverage of Towson Gateway?

Mon, 4 Dec 2017 09:35:00 PST

Regarding letter writer David Plymyer’s steely and accurate description of the deplorable lack of conscience of Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz Kamenetz and County Administrative Officer Fred Homan in the Towson Gateway Project, why is The Sun so hands-off on this matter (“There’s more...


How to deal with Baltimore's crime

Mon, 4 Dec 2017 09:20:00 PST

The pressing reality of violence is on the minds of every resident, every worker and every traveler to Baltimore City. The random nature of violence seemingly knows no bounds (“1 dead, four injured in shootings in Baltimore Sunday,” Dec. 3).

Whether you are visiting, walking the promenade of the...


Don't cut benefits of federal employees

Mon, 4 Dec 2017 08:45:00 PST

As a member of the federal community who served our country for years, I am deeply concerned that my hard-earned benefits will be cut to offset proposed tax policy changes (“Winners and losers in Senate GOP tax bill,” Dec. 2). I ask my representative and senators to oppose such cuts to the federal...


Carroll Co. reached into its racist past

Mon, 4 Dec 2017 08:35:00 PST

As a former resident of Carroll County, I was dismayed at the decision of their school board to not allow their students to participate in the Mayor's Christmas Parade in Baltimore (“Mayor’s Christmas Parade in Hampden brings warm cheer,” Dec. 3). Sadly, I believe that the community has reached...


For U.S., drugs more deadly than terrorism

Fri, 1 Dec 2017 10:40:00 PST

Terrorism around the world has risen to unbelievable levels with a reported 25,621 deaths in 2016. Most of those deaths have occurred outside of the United States, and we have deployed tens of thousands of our military overseas to keep our country safe. Most agree with using our military resources...


U.S. needs bipartisan tax reform plan

Fri, 1 Dec 2017 10:25:00 PST

Republicans are promoting a significant corporate tax cut (“GOP says tax cuts will lift wages,” Nov. 26). Democrats are unanimously opposed to the plan. Both parties need to join together to give Americans tax reform that aids Social Security, funds low-income medical care, is deficit neutral,...


How to deal with sexual harassment

Fri, 1 Dec 2017 10:15:00 PST

With the recent accounts of men sexually harassing female colleagues, staffers and students in the media, government, entertainment and academics, rather than terminating their contracts, maybe having them serve a six-month suspension during which time they would do community service in a homeless...


There's more to the Towson Station story

Fri, 1 Dec 2017 10:00:00 PST

The story reported in The Sun on the criticism by some members of the Baltimore County Council of the secret five-year extension of the closing date for the sale of county-owned property at the intersection of York Road and Bosley Avenue in Towson to Caves Valley Partners understated the controversy...


Under Trump, U.S. moral authority in steep decline

Fri, 1 Dec 2017 09:35:00 PST

The fact that President Donald Trump has retweeted material from a far-right extremist group called Britain First might be unsurprising at first glance. However, the fact that he seems eager to promote such suspect videos is evidence of at least two things: One, he knows nothing and cares even...


What justice would really look like

Fri, 1 Dec 2017 08:45:00 PST

Justice might mean different things to different people, as pointed out in your editorial about justice in wake of Freddie Gray, “What justice means” (Nov. 28). For me, the element of truth is an inherent component when talking about justice and fairness in the way people are treated and dealt...


Rodricks is right to criticize field trip ban

Thu, 30 Nov 2017 11:05:00 PST

Regarding Daniel Rodricks' column, “A letter to Carroll County students about Baltimore” (Nov. 28), I was crafting almost the exact same letter in my head. He did an excellent job stating how so many of us feel.

I moved here to Baltimore more than two years ago. I love it. I am a single professional...


Trump promotes anti-Muslim propaganda

Thu, 30 Nov 2017 10:40:00 PST

I never thought that I would live to see the day when the president of our country would so willingly disseminate the hateful propaganda of a far right group (“Alternative Fact of the Week: Made-up Muslims,” Nov. 30). I feel that he has placed our friends and neighbors in the Muslim community in...


The rush to judgment

Thu, 30 Nov 2017 10:25:00 PST

As a woman, I’m disturbed by all the recent sexual harassment allegations brought against prominent men. However, as a former stenographer who handled internal disciplinary investigations, the rush to judgment in most of these employment terminations is alarming (“Nancy Pelosi calls on Rep. John...


Trump has already been a big success

Thu, 30 Nov 2017 10:10:00 PST

As far as I am concerned, President Donald Trump is successful because of his Supreme Court appointment. Anything else is a bonus (“What’s wrong with the Trump base?” Nov. 27).

I am seeing that the "swamp" is very deep and tenacious. Anything President Trump does to drain that is good for our country....


Two 10-year-olds (and their parents) list some cool stuff Carroll County kids shouldn't miss out on in Baltimore

Thu, 30 Nov 2017 09:45:00 PST

Dear Carroll County kids,

We just read in the paper that your field trips to Baltimore City have been canceled because adults are worried about violence here (“Citing 'escalating violence,' Carroll County school officials halt field trips to Baltimore,” Nov. 27). We’re worried about it too — after...


6th grader: Can we rethink field trip ban?

Thu, 30 Nov 2017 08:25:00 PST

As a sixth grader in the Carroll County public school system, I was disappointed to hear about the decision of the Carroll County Board of Education to discontinue field trips to Baltimore (“Parent reactions to halt of Baltimore field trips mixed,” Nov. 28). I began attending school in the county...


The value of diversity

Wed, 29 Nov 2017 11:55:00 PST

We need to understand and personally act on Maheen Haq's courageous and heart-felt commentary about living in rural America (“Being Muslim is...” Nov. 28). We need to speak up on the importance of accepting and valuing the importance of diversity in America — in our cities, communities and neighborhoods...


Carroll should reconsider travel ban

Wed, 29 Nov 2017 11:45:00 PST

The decision by Carroll County school officials to discontinue field trips to Baltimore, purportedly for safety reasons, sends the wrong message to students (“Should Baltimore ban field trips to Carroll County?” Nov. 28). Baltimore is a hub of culture, rich with historical importance. Each canceled...


Baltimore's woes rooted in inequality

Wed, 29 Nov 2017 11:30:00 PST

As thoughtful people in Baltimore know, the city's history has been a tragic story of endemic inequality. Through racial policies that regulated who can live where, who can open a bank account, who can get a mortgage and who can escape the perils of lingering lead paint and pipes, systemically...


No industrial mulching expansion

Wed, 29 Nov 2017 11:10:00 PST

After hearing testimony from dozens of concerned medical professionals, subject matter experts and impacted residents, the Howard County Council passed CB60 anyway to allow hazardous industrial wood waste and mulch production on farmland, even including agricultural preservation farmland which...


Baltimore's image is taking a major hit

Wed, 29 Nov 2017 11:00:00 PST

Citing “escalating violence,” Carroll County school officials halted field trips to Baltimore (“Should Baltimore ban field trips to Carroll County?” Nov. 28). If there was ever a sign that Baltimore is quickly becoming a “Tale of Two Cities,” this is it.

After a run downtown and back to Roland...


Don't overlook Myanmar victims

Wed, 29 Nov 2017 10:50:00 PST

It’s significant that the article, “Pope demands rights for all in Myanmar, omits ‘Rohingya’” (Nov. 28), points to the pope timorously refraining from mentioning the Rohingya by name. The pope’s morally irresponsible omission of the word undermines the rest of his message of peace and forgiveness....


Y president: We work to heal Baltimore's legacy of inequality and segregation, not exacerbate it

Wed, 29 Nov 2017 06:30:00 PST

While I certainly don’t know all that went into Target's decision-making process in closing their Mondawmin Mall location, I am profoundly disturbed by Maggie Master's obviously misguided and unfounded description of the Y and her false narrative about how we operate (“The tale of two Targets,...


Can end of bullying begin in White House?

Tue, 28 Nov 2017 10:55:00 PST

Melania Trump is supposed to be on an anti-bullying campaign. She needs to work harder on her husband's penchant for name calling including "dummy," "clown," "low-class slob," "loser," "liar," "crooked Hillary," "crazy Bernie," "little Marco," "Pocahontas," and many more disparaging names for his...


Baltimore's decline isn't about racism

Tue, 28 Nov 2017 10:45:00 PST

It really gets old, and not very helpful, when folks like Maggie Master blame all the ills of the inner city on "white supremacy" (“The tale of two Targets, a Baltimore segregation story,” Nov. 20). Most (if not all) white folks I know are not racists and just want to get along and live their lives...


On gas tax, The Sun is correct (for once)

Tue, 28 Nov 2017 10:25:00 PST

It’s not often that I agree with The Sun, but doing something about the failing infrastructure in this country is important and an increased gas tax seems to be the only viable alternative (“U.S. can no longer afford a frozen gas tax,” Nov. 24).

The issue is the 535 incompetents in the U.S. Congress....


No if's, and's or but's — tax plan is bad for middle class

Tue, 28 Nov 2017 10:10:00 PST

Although I can agree with some of what Robert C. Erlandson said in his recent letter to the editor, I must vehemently disagree with any assertion that the Republican tax plan is an overall step in the right direction (“GOP tax plan is a step in the right direction,” Nov. 27). Such a claim suggests...


Baltimore's problems run deeper than Target

Tue, 28 Nov 2017 09:10:00 PST

While I truly appreciate Maggie Master’s willingness in her commentary, “The tale of two Targets, a Baltimore segregation story” (Nov. 20), to recognize and call out the deep disparities between rich and poor and, too often, white and black Baltimore, some of the conclusions she reaches are flawed....


Md. judicial selection is actually pretty fair

Tue, 28 Nov 2017 08:55:00 PST

Todd Oppenheim’s letter to the editor declaring his fitness for judicial office is self-serving electioneering (“Judicial selection system is badly flawed,” Nov. 22). Mr. Oppenheim ran against the sitting judges in the last election and lost. He says he then applied for a judicial appointment,...


Super hero flicks finally tackle diversity

Mon, 27 Nov 2017 11:35:00 PST

Is the movie industry finally starting to make a change? Hollywood seems to make a point to cast the same set of faces in big movies leading to movie casts that are primarily white. However, Marvel may be realizing the benefit of casting outside of the box and producing movies that represent more...


Criticism of Waverly YMCA isn't fair

Mon, 27 Nov 2017 11:15:00 PST

Recently, The Baltimore Sun published a commentary from Remington resident Maggie Master discussing the closing of the Mondawmin Target store under the rubric of “white supremacy” (“The tale of two Targets, a Baltimore segregation story,” Nov. 20). The writer was understandably frustrated by the...


Net neutrality serves the public interest

Mon, 27 Nov 2017 10:35:00 PST

President Donald Trump and his Federal Communications Commission appointees have decided to put an end to net neutrality (“Keep net neutrality,” Nov. 20) FCC Chairman Ajit Pai, a former Verizon associate general counsel, wants Internet service providers (including Verizon, Comcast, Direct TV, etc.)...


Needed: a realistic view of drug treatment

Mon, 27 Nov 2017 10:15:00 PST

The article, “State boosts opioid care” (Nov. 26), describes a long-overdue change to the festering core of the addiction crisis in Maryland: the lack of adequate treatment. While the news is encouraging, we must not forget that this situation has been a tragic reality for those individuals with...


Don't blame Target for a business decision

Mon, 27 Nov 2017 10:05:00 PST

Maggie Master's recent commentary was a study in victimhood (“The tale of two Targets, a Baltimore segregation story,” Nov. 20). Her blaming of Target for closing a store in West Baltimore rather than understanding that it's the marketplace which drives the decision for businesses to open and close...


GOP tax plan is a step in the right direction

Mon, 27 Nov 2017 09:25:00 PST

The Sun and like-minded letter writers have conducted a campaign for several weeks complaining about Republican efforts in Congress to reform our current corrupt tax system (“GOP tax plan: a lot of foolishness going on,” Nov. 22). Complaints are numerous and include claims that the plan will explode...


Sinclair VP: Zurawik 'irresponsible and reckless'

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 14:35:00 PST

In an article published by The Sun on Nov. 12, David Zurawik, The Sun’s media critic, continued his series of unwarranted attacks against Sinclair Broadcast Group and its news-producing television stations (“Zurawik: How Sinclair compromised the news on an Alabama station it owns to support Roy...


NFL protests — not about the military

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 10:15:00 PST

According to Peter Schmuck’s recent column on the NFL’s troubles, football fans largely viewed Colin Kaepernick’s kneeling during the singing of our National Anthem as a display of disrespect for our military (“Controversy punctures the NFL’s aura of economic invincibility,” Nov. 21). As a veteran...


GOP tax plan: a lot of foolishness going on

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 10:05:00 PST

I was very pleased to read Linda Cades’ analysis of the shortsighted and downright foolish GOP tax plan currently making its way through Congress (“GOP tax bill is a loser,” Nov. 20). As Ms. Cades suggests, Maryland Sens. Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen will certainly oppose it — which is, indeed,...


Restricting Airbnb not in city's interests

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 09:50:00 PST

As the owner of a house near Patterson Park that rents two rooms through Airbnb, I'm quite disturbed to read of Baltimore City Council President Bernard C. “Jack” Young's over-reaching proposal to regulate Airbnb and presumably all other short-term rentals available through the Internet (“Baltimore...


Judicial selection system is badly flawed

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 09:45:00 PST

The recent editorial, “How to judge judges” (Nov. 20), misses several important points. First, we should question why bar associations are given such power in judicial appointments, especially in Baltimore. Second, we should ban judicial slates. I ran unsuccessfully for Baltimore City Circuit Court...


Border wall a necessity - just like fences

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 09:35:00 PST

Once again, the editorial board of The Baltimore Sun has voiced its opposition to a border wall (“Wall isn’t a lifesaver, it’s a boondoggle,” Nov. 20).

I wonder if these same people realize how hypocritical it makes them look given that The Sun has a fence around its parking lot and a gate restricting...


Finding smarter fixes for city's problems

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 09:25:00 PST

Listening to Dan Rodricks’ podcast in response to our city's recent woes reminded me of the quality of his thinking and the genuine nature of his care and concern (“Dan Rodricks: ‘What do we do to get our city back?’” Nov. 18). Twenty-two years ago, I had the good fortune to have him and Wiley...


Disrespectful to tear down Bladensburg Peace Cross

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 09:20:00 PST

I thoroughly agree with Kelly Shackelford in reference to the veteran's memorials (“Court ruling puts veterans memorials in jeopardy,” Nov. 15). How can the members of the American Humanist Association have the clout to demand the destruction of a monument that has stood for 90 years?

If this is...


Tax bill's benefits are strictly for the wealthy

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 10:45:00 PST

I read Thomas J. Snyder’s letter with great interest as I am livid that the general public does not get the fact that the Republican tax bill is nothing more than yet another version of “trickle down” economics — providing billions of dollars of tax breaks for the richest people in hopes they will...


Worst person of the week: Donald Trump

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 10:30:00 PST

Just this week, President Donald Trump trumpeted “American jobs for Americans” while Mar-a-Lago hires foreign workers and he talked about saving money for Americans while spending millions of taxpayer dollars on his numerous trips to his various golf facilities. Finally, he said he wished he had...


Pugh isn't doing enough on crime

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 09:15:00 PST

Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh observation that “crime is out of control” is reminiscent of Nero fiddling while Rome burned, although it is quite unlikely that the Roman Emperor Nero actually played a fiddle in 64 AD when a massive fire raged out of control and destroyed 70 percent of Rome. The...


Are all-out manhunts only for cop killers?

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 09:05:00 PST

The Baltimore City Police Department had Harlem Park locked down for several days while they did a massive door to door search for evidence in the killing of a detective (“Baltimore police return to scene of detective’s killing, say new evidence found,” Nov. 20). Several Maryland jurisdictions...


Gene editing raises host of possibilities

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 08:30:00 PST

There’s another half to the recent article, “U.S. scientists try gene editing inside a person for first time, aiming to cure a disease” (Nov. 15), which rightly points to currently promising prospects for gene editing.

As the science matures longer term, gene editing with tools like CRISPR and,...


Tax cuts beget deficits, which beget cuts to programs for the poor

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 08:16:00 PST

Thank you for printing Linda Cades’ letter, “GOP tax bill is a loser” (Nov. 20). I appreciate her description of the many benefits of the bill for wealthy people as opposed to the middle class. We also need to remember the effect of this proposed tax bill on hard-working, low-income people. The...


Harassment settlements paid by Congress are an outrage

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 08:09:00 PST

I just heard on the news that $17 million of our taxpayer dollars has been paid in the last 20 years to settle sexual harassment claims, wage disputes and other workplace violations brought by employees of Congress (“Ryan says sexual harassment report on Conyers 'troubling',” Nov. 21). To say that...


GOP tax bill is a loser

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 12:35:00 PST

The “tax cut” bill currently before the Senate helps big corporations and wealthy people but does little or nothing for the middle class (“As clock ticks on tax bill, White House signals a compromise,” Nov. 19). Some people will see a small, temporary decrease in their taxes, but that decrease...


Time to end solitary confinement in Md.

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 12:25:00 PST

The recent editorial about the tragic death of Emily Butler, who died by suicide while in solitary confinement, highlights for the public the hidden story behind a cruel practice (“The lonesome death of Emily Butler,” Nov. 20). Isolated confinement goes by many names. No matter what it is called,...


A place where Baltimore still cares

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 12:15:00 PST

Given the desperate state of our city, it's difficult to sort through and process all of the negative news coverage. I'd like to offer readers a break from all of the death and decay and focus on a bright spot within Baltimore.

Over the past several months, I've had the privilege to serve meals,...


Giving thanks

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 12:10:00 PST

The annual turkey feast will soon be upon us. Yet somehow, that same growl you usually feel — the one for the food, the family, the one for the thought and the thanking — seems to be missing. Or maybe just unconvincing.

It's hard to be thankful when you're sad. It seems that we are at a war with...


Cardin right to fight EPA dismantling

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 11:25:00 PST

The EPA’s mission is simple: to protect our health and environment. The Trump administration, however, has done just the opposite – it recently repealed the landmark Clean Power Plan and is moving to confirm nominees with strong polluter-industry ties to top posts at the U.S. Environmental Protection...