The Thread

January 23, 2008

ON MONDAY, WE WARNED AGAINST getting complacent over Maryland's low childhood poverty rate compared with other states. On our Web site,, Jay Johnstone, of Washington, wrote: Beyond tax credits, Mr. O'Malley and the Assembly could best assist low-income families by at least maintaining, if not expanding, the state's rental subsidy program and helping localities provide more affordable housing. Such long-term investments are essential if Maryland wants to maintain its status as a good place for children.

An editorial notebook on Saturday looked at the idea that showing violent movies might actually push crime rates down. JMullen, of Baltimore, wrote: The problem with this study is that it only focuses on crime after one movie, and only movies. There are thousands of independent academic studies showing that LONG TERM exposure to violent media (movies, television, music, video games, etc.) increases violent behavior.

FOR THE RECORD - Correction: Also yesterday, we mistakenly attributed a statement about children in poverty to Jay Johnstone. In fact, he was quoting our editorial. His subsequent comment was: How about eliminating MOM's [Martin O'Malley's] regressive tax increases!

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