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April 15, 2011
It's ironic that Republicans in Congress blast Michelle Obama for her initiative on obesity and healthy eating because "government should stay out of our personal lives" -- yet they continue to inject said government when it concerns a woman's right to choose whether to have an abortion. Do they really think they can have it both ways? Muriel Shefrin, Pikesville
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NEWS
June 13, 2014
As someone whose career in public service was launched from the trenches of community activism, I could not agree more with Yara Cheikh, who wrote in the May 10 issue of this newspaper that citizen advocacy was the driving force behind school reform ( "Sen. Jim Brochin doesn't serve big government" ). The voice of parents and neighbors is and has always been the prime mover behind education in this county. I am only sorry that I did not make that as clear as I might have at the Idlewylde Community Hall senatorial forum to which Ms. Cheikh referenced.
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NEWS
February 14, 2012
Tell The Sun's correspondent in D.C., "Comrade" John Fritze, that the congressional rhetoric is not "anti-government" ("Local federal agencies a 'growth industry," Feb. 13), it is "anti-big-government. " Those of us with common sense are opposed to the size of a government that borrows 40 cents out of every dollar it spends and has increased the deficit by $9 trillion over the last 10 years. Keep your editorial views to the editorial page. I know it is hard since the New York Times does the same thing.
NEWS
By David Horsey | June 10, 2014
I'm sure the insurgent conservatives who call themselves the tea party, the folks who have rocked the Republican Partyand pushed the country's agenda to the right, are perfectly nice people. They are good to their grandkids and don't kick their dogs. And I think they genuinely care about their country. What I wonder about, though, is whether they really understand who it is that they are supporting. They claim to represent the interest of average Americans -- the upright, hard-working men and women who pay the taxes, rear the next generation and struggle to make ends meet.
NEWS
December 9, 2011
Our freedoms and free markets have created the world's broadest middle class, and it is so exceptional because the keys of economic and political liberties belong to the individual. Big government and leftist Ideologies have repeatedly failed, with the tragic loss of tens of millions of lives, because they greedily kept power for themselves and suppressed the freedoms for which people have fought over the ages. That is also why America is mankind's last, best hope. Mike Nieman, Annapolis
NEWS
April 18, 2013
The title of your recent editorial on campaign finance reform should have been "Big government wins" ("Good government wins," April 15). Higher taxes and fees, more spending and less control over their lives by legal, law-abiding citizens creates less freedom for a people. The good news is that incarcerated inmates can kill anyone they want in prison with no fear of additional penalties other than having their TV privileges taken away. I am also sure the criminals who use guns are happy after gun control legislative passed without any mention of them.
NEWS
December 5, 2012
I completely agree with op-ed contributor Mark Thistel's commentary on the progress our country has made over the last century ("The not-so-good old days," Dec. 1). If our country's government and laws have become so oppressive to some people, those that feel that way should know there is an alternative. It's a Utopia where big government, taxes and gun control laws don't exist. You can walk down the middle of the street, armed to the teeth, and keep every cent you earn. This place is known as Mogadishu, the capital of Somalia.
NEWS
By Ron Smith | August 5, 2010
The Great Recession has caused a seismic shift in how ordinary Americans view their government. Perhaps you saw the story this week about an Arizona sheriff who, in speaking about the Justice Department suit against his state's new immigration law, said, "Our own government has become our enemy and is taking us to court at a time when we need help." Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu elaborated in an interview with CNSNews.com, saying, "What's very troubling at a time when we in law enforcement and our state need help from the federal government, instead of sending help they put up billboard-size signs warning our citizens to stay out of the desert in my county because of dangerous drug and human smuggling and weapons and bandits and all these other things and then, behind that, they drag us into court with the ACLU."
NEWS
May 14, 2014
Leaving the debate for the 42nd District Senate seat held at the Idlewylde Community Hall Wednesday evening, I was dismayed at the arguments made by the challengers trying to unseat the incumbent, Sen. Jim Brochin.  Dr. Tim Robinson, the Republican candidate, argued that we should loosen the many bills that have created (economic and environmental) regulations and yet criticized Sen. Brochin for not passing enough legislation during the senator's career. This year, Sen. Brochin was instrumental in steering the hybrid school board bill to passage.
NEWS
April 4, 2012
Gov.Martin O'Malley's wind power bill is the economic hocus pocus play that you guys back up for whatever reason ("A better wind bill," April 2). You start by portraying the finances as positive - "wind will remain free" and "cost overruns will be borne by the developers not the ratepayers. " Then in the last paragraph the truth comes out: "the deal likely depends on the extension of federal subsidies and loan guarantees. " Once again, the middle class and our children will be responsible for paying this bill.
NEWS
May 14, 2014
Leaving the debate for the 42nd District Senate seat held at the Idlewylde Community Hall Wednesday evening, I was dismayed at the arguments made by the challengers trying to unseat the incumbent, Sen. Jim Brochin.  Dr. Tim Robinson, the Republican candidate, argued that we should loosen the many bills that have created (economic and environmental) regulations and yet criticized Sen. Brochin for not passing enough legislation during the senator's career. This year, Sen. Brochin was instrumental in steering the hybrid school board bill to passage.
NEWS
December 4, 2013
The most unfortunate aspect of the disastrous Affordable Care Act rollout is the black eye it's given to big government ("White House to revive Obamacare PR push," Dec. 3). It will be more fashionable than ever among politicians of all stripes to decry government solutions to our problems and romanticize private sector panaceas. I don't see some magical convergence of private sector forces coming together to fix our roads and bridges or to keep you and me from having to foot the emergency room bills of the uninsured or to find cures to AIDS or cancer or to make sure that inner city kids have a shot at a decent education.
NEWS
By Cal Thomas | November 23, 2013
My parents voted for Richard Nixon in the 1960 presidential election. I had not yet developed a political worldview, but as a freshman at American University in Washington, D.C., I stayed up late to watch the election returns slowly trickle in before going to bed at 2 a.m. with the outcome still undecided. The following year I was hired as a copyboy at NBC News, delivering wire service "copy" to news reporters in the network's Washington bureau. White House correspondent Sander Vanocur invited me to accompany him to observe the swearing-in of Adlai Stevenson as the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations.
NEWS
November 20, 2013
The use of vouchers makes so much sense, but The Sun and other liberal organizations will never fully back them since they give the poor an opportunity to become "haves" and diminishes the government's control of the "have nots" ( "An open letter to the NAACP," Nov. 17). Too bad for the folks, but good for big government. Lyle Rescott, Marriottsville - To respond to this letter, send an email to talkback@baltimoresun.com . Please include your name and contact information.
NEWS
By Robert B. Reich | October 16, 2013
Democrats aren't unscathed from these past weeks of shuttered government and potential default, but polls show Republicans have taken a shellacking. Republicans who tried to hijack America didn't understand one very basic thing. While most Americans don't like big government, Americans revere our system of government. That's why even though a majority still disapprove of the Affordable Care Act, a majority also disapproved of Republican tactics for repealing or delaying it. Government itself has never been popular in America except during palpable crises such as war or deep depression.
NEWS
By Cal Thomas | September 30, 2013
It's Obamacare activation and government "shutdown" week in Washington, where the consequences of misplaced faith in government are everywhere. Still, "true believers" remain faithful that Obamacare will be the exception to government's past failures in achieving big goals. There are examples galore of government's inability to do things well and at reasonable cost, but that doesn't deter those who continue to believe government can solve every problem. The U.S. Postal Service wants to raise the cost of a first-class stamp from 46 cents to 49 cents in order to cover a "precarious financial condition.
BUSINESS
By Jay Hancock | January 1, 2010
T he economic story of the decade for Maryland? Nope, it wasn't electricity deregulation, although that's a competitor. In a period with terrible news for jobs, investments, safety and housing, there was one development that painted almost every piece of the Maryland economy with a brighter hue. The federal spending spigot got twisted to fire-hose volume after Sept. 11, 2001. The era of big government was back shortly after President Bill Clinton said it was over, and that meant a windfall for states next to big government's headquarters.
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Letter to The Aegis | July 16, 2013
Editor: I was surprised by the recent announcement from my Senator, the Honorable Nancy Jacobs, that after 20 years of dedicated service to the citizens of Harford County, she would not be seeking re-election for another term. I am proud to have had her as my representative in Annapolis, and she should be commended for her tireless efforts to help make a difference. As a fierce defender of the Constitution, Nancy Jacobs supported the Second Amendment. She understood that this freedom needed to be upheld, as it was vital in defining our country, and it should not be infringed upon by our government.
NEWS
By Jonah Goldberg | July 15, 2013
President Barack Obama wants to make government "smarter. " Who could disagree with that? After all, it's unlikely that even the biggest fans of big government believe the way government does what it does is the very best, very smartest way imaginable. Whether you're an anarchist, a Leninist or somewhere in between, everyone can agree that Uncle Sam could afford a few more IQ points. Let's put it another way. If government is going to do X, it should do X the smartest way possible.
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