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January 28, 2013
Unfortunately, a lot of military decisions are being made by people who have never served in combat or have had limited service ("Military ceiling lifted," Jan. 25). President Barack Obama never served in the military, and Defense Secretary Leon Panetta served a brief two years in military intelligence. Not only will women in combat create all kinds of additional issues as far as personal privacy, but you are adding an undue burden to these units which is the last thing they need while in a front line situation.
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NEWS
October 3, 2014
Alexa Fraser's recent commentary promotes the idea of legalizing physician-assisted suicide ( "Political candidates should debate the right to die," Sept. 28). The term "physician-assisted suicide" means that a physician provides the means or information to enable a patient to perform a life-ending act, such as through a lethal prescription. The premise of Ms. Fraser's commentary is that legalization of physician-assisted suicide will eliminate other types of suicides, such as those resulting from self-inflicted gunshot wounds.
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NEWS
November 19, 2011
Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake seems to think raising the container tax on soft drinks is creative ("Rawlings-Blake calls on council to adopt bottle tax hike," Nov. 14). Just keep taxing the average Joe out of Baltimore. Is that a really good plan? Here is a better idea. Eliminate deputy mayors, make developers pay property tax on what they build and eliminate the Baltimore Development Corporation. I am sure there is more cutting to be done, but these are some easy ways to reduce waste in government quickly without more taxes.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Beth Aaltonen and For The Baltimore Sun | October 2, 2014
I swear this episode was brought to us by Bad Idea Jeans. On to the show ... Back at Coyopa's camp after last week's Tribal Council, Josh explains to Baylor that he voted for her because he really wants to be in an alliance with her, but didn't want the rest of the guys to know. That makes no sense. Didn't you just, in fact, draw Baylor to their attention and prove that you have no problem with going against the rest of the group. Bad idea! At Hunahpu (which is the most unnatural thing to spell.
NEWS
March 6, 2011
Gov. Martin O'Malley's proposal to require Maryland utilities to buy electricity at above market rates from wind turbines located in the Atlantic Ocean may create a nice green credential for an aspiring national politician, but it would be bad for Maryland ("O'Malley wind plan draws questions," March 4). The proposal would require every Marylander to pay more for energy than would be the case if utilities could buy electricity on the open market. In effect, it is a tax on energy with the tax proceeds going to the wind farm developers.
NEWS
February 24, 2013
Regarding your recent report on a the bill to put slot machines at BWI airport, there are other means to generate revenues for Maryland and Anne Arundel County ("Bill to put slots at BWI returns," Feb. 5). Putting slot machines in the airport will only jeopardize airport security, increase the cost of airport security and have a bad influence on minors by exposing them to the gambling environment. It will also distract the passengers and make them miss their flights and compete with the newly opened Maryland Live Casino just miles away from BWI. Do we want to turn BWI into a mega-gambling airport like the one in Las Vegas?
SPORTS
December 10, 2011
The extent of the financial liabilities of the Baltimore Grand Prix promoters is a continuing revelation, but let's face it: The race had "bad idea" written all over it from the beginning ("Papers say Grand Prix debts over $12 million," Dec. 8). Yes, the event generated some revenue for downtown hotels and restaurants, but has anyone calculated the cost to the environment? And what was the expense of tying up the downtown for months in advance and virtually shutting it down the first day of the race?
NEWS
March 9, 2011
Regarding your editorial "A flawed compromise on illegal immigrant tuition" (March 8), the initial premise of your argument — that we should be educating the children of illegal aliens — is ridiculous. Since these kids are here illegally, why are we letting them into our K-12 schools in the first place? According to you, we already are spending $200,000 per kid to get these undocumented students from elementary school through high school. That money could be better spent on the law-abiding legal residents of Maryland.
NEWS
October 3, 2014
Alexa Fraser's recent commentary promotes the idea of legalizing physician-assisted suicide ( "Political candidates should debate the right to die," Sept. 28). The term "physician-assisted suicide" means that a physician provides the means or information to enable a patient to perform a life-ending act, such as through a lethal prescription. The premise of Ms. Fraser's commentary is that legalization of physician-assisted suicide will eliminate other types of suicides, such as those resulting from self-inflicted gunshot wounds.
NEWS
January 29, 2014
Any citizen wanting to get up to speed on the Common Core standards and why they concern so many people could learn much from reporter Krishana Davis' recent article ( "No common ground in Harford for new curriculum standards," Jan. 24). In a nutshell, here is why this rollout of national education standards is hugely problematic: Parents and teachers were never given a chance to influence the shaping and adoption of the standards. Now teachers' performance will be judged on how their students do with an unproven, one-size-fits-all system concocted by a handful of education theorists.
NEWS
By Francois Furstenberg | September 9, 2014
On behalf of Baltimore's stakeholders, I want to express my thanks to Gregory E. Thornton, the new chief executive officer of Baltimore City Public Schools, for his inspiring words (" Much work to be done ," Aug. 25). In case you're wondering, the stake I hold is a house I recently bought in East Baltimore. It's a big row house, built in 1875, so I don't exactly hold it - really it holds me - but I guess that part isn't so important. Let me get to the point: CEO Thornton tells us he will run the city schools like a business.
NEWS
By John E. McIntyre and The Baltimore Sun | March 15, 2014
The Inner city: Representative Paul Ryan of Wisconsin had to defend himself this week from accusations of racism.  The accusations were prompted by this statement in an interview: " We have got this tailspin of culture, in our inner cities in particular, of men not working and just generations of men not even thinking about working or learning the value and the culture of work. There is a real culture problem here that has to be dealt with. " The accusers assumed that his reference to inner cities was coded language for African-American . Mr. Ryan denied any racist intent, explaining that he had instead been "inarticulate.
HEALTH
By Meredith Cohn | February 13, 2014
Heavy wet snow, like the kind that is on the ground now in the Baltimore region , can be a major threat to a person's heart, according to local and national health officials. The American Heart Association says most people will not have any ill effects from exertion, but shoveling and even just walking can increase risk in others. To make the situation safer, the association reminds people they should take frequent breaks, don't eat a heavy meal before or soon after shoveling and use a small shover so the loads are lighter.
NEWS
By Brian Griffiths | February 10, 2014
A lot of attention has been paid to the lead up to the opening of the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia this week. While there was a lot of anticipation for fans to watch the games themselves (I'm fond of curling myself) folks here in Maryland need to consider a different side to Sochi. A lot has been made about the problems with Olympic facilities in the greater Sochi region. Some of them have been outright hilarious , some have been outright nasty , some odd , some have been dangerous and all of them have been accurate .  All of those things could have a future impact here in Maryland.
NEWS
January 29, 2014
Any citizen wanting to get up to speed on the Common Core standards and why they concern so many people could learn much from reporter Krishana Davis' recent article ( "No common ground in Harford for new curriculum standards," Jan. 24). In a nutshell, here is why this rollout of national education standards is hugely problematic: Parents and teachers were never given a chance to influence the shaping and adoption of the standards. Now teachers' performance will be judged on how their students do with an unproven, one-size-fits-all system concocted by a handful of education theorists.
NEWS
January 27, 2014
Obviously Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake and the rest of Baltimore's city leaders have solved all of the serious issues facing the city of Baltimore, because tonight the Baltimore City Council is going to be once again taking up the idea of a 10-cent tax on plastic bags in the city of Baltimore. There are of course several very good reasons why this is a very bad idea: Taxes or outright bans of plastic bags don't save cities any money on litter collection. A 2013 study of such bans and taxes by the National Center for Policy Analysis "shows no evidence of a reduction in costs attributable to reduced use of plastic bags" when it comes to litter collection in city budgets.  When compared to other forms of litter, plastic bags constitute a very small portion of our litter problem, a point which has been made both by researchers and by anecdotal evidence here in Baltimore.
NEWS
August 4, 2013
Don Murphy's proposal to have the Republican Party endorse candidates in the primary election is a road rife with land mines and undercuts the laudable goal of opening the primary to unaffiliated voters (" Maryland GOP's choice: Reform or lose," July 31). An open primary may "improve outcomes in the general election," but party endorsements of primary candidates could have an unwelcome, negative impact. Independent voters are by definition independent-minded and would recoil at the party hierarchy trying to dictate choices on the ballot.
NEWS
Editorial from The Aegis | September 24, 2013
Like squirrels trying to get into a bird feeder, a share of people 20 and younger can be relied upon to take every opportunity available to countermand the law that precludes anyone younger than 21 from partaking of alcoholic beverages. Thus it comes as no surprise that yet again the matter of people using bogus identification cards as proof of age at licensed beverage retailers was before the Harford County Liquor Control Board last week. As liquor inspector Charles Robbins said last week: "It's a big problem.
NEWS
By Mark Newgent | January 23, 2014
Adam Sachs, a Democratic candidate for the House of Delegates in District 12 wants to implement a system of public financing for state campaigns, and ban corporate and political action committee contributions to state candidates. These are two bad ideas on many levels. First and foremost, they represent restrictions on speech.  Why should the first amendment rights of corporations or PACs - voluntary associations of people - be any less valued than that of individuals?  More money means more speech in our elections, why would we want to limit that?
NEWS
November 26, 2013
Jon Cardin's proposal regarding revenge porn is a monumentally bad idea ("Make cyber-sexual assault a felony," Nov. 20). Instead of addressing the root problem, Delegate Cardin's proposal would reinforce the idea that sex is bad. On top of that, this proposal would criminalize a person's intent to shame or humiliate another person. I'd venture that's protected speech under the First Amendment. It also allows a person to shame or humiliate another by other means without consequence.
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