October 24, 2013
Given the despair I felt at reading the recent letters to the editor from Michael W. Kohlman ( "If Drs. Ben Carson and Andy Harris oppose Obamacare, how great can it be? and Benedict Frederick Jr. ("Obamacare-slavery comparison isn't so ridiculous," Oct. 18) defending Dr. Ben Carson's astoundingly inappropriate comparison of the Affordable Care Act (also known as Obamacare) to slavery, I feel a need to respond. In an attempt to bolster contrived and ridiculous rationales for attacking the Affordable Care Act, the writers take cover not only behind Dr. Carson's shamefully self-serving statement, but also Webster's dictionary and other unnamed definitions of slavery.
October 23, 2013
Hopkins neurosurgeon Ben Carson's equating of the Affordable Care Act with slavery shows that expertise in one area does not necessarily carry over to other fields ("Sorry, Dr. Carson, but Obamacare is not like slavery," Oct. 15). Jonathan Jacobson, Towson
October 20, 2013
This is in regard to a column and an op-ed that you published Thursday. When I saw the headline titled, "Political system influenced by sociopaths” (Oct. 17) then saw Dan Rodricks' name and busted out laughing thinking he had an epiphany! I was shocked to see a virtual conversation involving Wayne Gilchrest waxing about the good old days of moderation while Rep. Andy Harris is presented more as an ideologue and far to the right. Having met and known about him, he does share his beliefs, holds himself accountable to the public, and really states his cases well.
October 16, 2013
In 1865, American slavery ended with the Confederate surrender at Appomattox Courthouse and the passage of the Thirteenth Amendment. Since that time, these things have happened: •In 1871, fire destroyed the city of Chicago. •In 1896, the Supreme Court legalized segregation. •In 1906, an earthquake leveled the city of San Francisco. •In 1929, the stock market crashed, plunging the nation into the Great Depression. •In 1941, more than 2,400 Americans died in a sneak attack upon Pearl Harbor, Hawaii.
October 15, 2013
For reporter Jean Marbella to take shots at Dr. Ben Carson for his political views makes her look like she is not too bright - particularly in a Baltimore-based (albeit liberal) newspaper ( "Carson is quoting Lenin to criticize Obamacare. Is the reference bogus?" Oct. 12). I know that Dr. Carson is not a Democrat, but that doesn't make him a criminal, does it? Is that what we have come to? Dr. Carson is a phenomenal individual with a pretty good resume I would gladly put up against anyone at The Sun. Despite having been raised in dire poverty in a single-parent household in Detroit, he rose to become a full professor of neurosurgery, oncology, plastic surgery and pediatrics and directed the department of pediatric neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins for more than 25 years.
October 12, 2013
Having read two of Dr. Ben Carson's books and seen him on television on many occasions, I find it hard to believe that his concerns about the Internal Revenue Service audit emanate from feelings of self-importance ("Ben Carson says he was targeted by IRS over his beliefs," Oct. 3). His career has served as an inspiration to many, not a demonstration of egotism. Given the news over the last year about the appropriateness of IRS actions, many people would be asking the same questions as Dr. Carson.