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March 3, 2011
In his letter to the editor ("Gay marriage contradicts God's word"), Robert Greene says he is upset with the politicians that we have entrusted to run our government and believe they have sold us out. I have to point out that Maryland's legislators represent all Maryland citizens, including tax-paying gays and lesbians. Mr. Greene alleges that "those of us who know the Bible know that it soundly condemns homosexuality, despite what some denominationalists say. " That would be relevant if we lived in a theocracy like Iran or Saudi Arabia.
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By Leonard Pitts Jr and By Leonard Pitts Jr | October 12, 2014
Last week, a federal judge told us what we already knew. Namely, that police in Ferguson, Mo., violated the rights of protesters demonstrating against the shooting death of Michael Brown. U.S. District Judge Catherine Perry struck down an ad hoc rule under which cops had said people could not stand still while peacefully protesting. Some were told they couldn't stop walking for more than five seconds; others that they had to walk faster. Again: These were not rioters. These were citizens seeking "peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances," as the First Amendment gives them the right to do. So Perry's ruling is welcome, but not particularly surprising.
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May 26, 2011
I support the referendum drive to put the recently passed in-state tuition illegal immigrants law on the ballot in November, since it is only fair that citizens have the final say on how their taxpayer dollars are spent. No one is denying these students' access to post-secondary school education. However, the issue is who will fund the difference between the in-state tuition rate for residents and the rate for non-residents. That money has to come from somewhere, and that's where the taxpayers come in. Will it be from the merit-based Distinguished Scholars Program, which is being phased out and will be eliminated by 2015?
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By Leonard Pitts Jr and By Leonard Pitts Jr | October 5, 2014
Let us give Sean Groubert every benefit of the doubt. Let us assume he is a good person. Let us assume he is kind to children, well liked by neighbors. And by all means, let's assume he has a black friend. For good measure, let's assume he has two. Now, with those assumptions in force, let's ponder why Mr. Groubert, a white South Carolina state trooper, shot an unarmed black man last month at a gas station in Columbia. The incident has received less notice than did the shooting of Michael Brown, probably because the victim, 35-year-old Levar Jones, survived.
NEWS
November 2, 2012
A state that turns away qualified legal residents of the nation who wish to attend its universities at a premium price, in favor of those who are here illegally, will be soon be as bankrupt fiscally as it is morally. Lawrence Silberman, Burtonsville
NEWS
June 14, 2014
I was saddened but not surprised to read of the proposal to house immigrant children in the old Social Security office building downtown ( "Feds scrap plan for immigrant shelter at Metro West," June 11). Where were such feelings of humanity and charity, where were such acts of compassion or proposals on the table, after the ruthless bulldozing of an entire homeless community under the Jones Falls in 2013 - an act that is set to be repeated? We should first and foremost be caring for our own legal Maryland citizens.
NEWS
March 19, 2012
I was surprised to read that Gov.Martin O'Malleyis now concerned about bridge and highway safety ("O'Malley to make case for increase in gas tax," March 14). He certainly wasn't concerned when he and the legislature were robbing the transportation fund for other unfunded items. Now he wants to raise the gasoline tax by 6 cents per gallon in an appropriation bill that the voters can do nothing about. Other taxes include a 6 percent sales tax on cable bills and increases in the income tax. You can tell he is not running for re-election.
NEWS
August 23, 2011
As a member of Stephen Pitcairn's family I would like to publicly offer my gratitude to the citizens and officials of Baltimore. Over the course of the trial of John Wagner, the man found guilty of my nephew's robbery and murder, I was impressed with the professionalism demonstrated by all parties: from the judge to the attorneys, the clerks, the bailiff, the sheriffs, the press, and others. Judge Charles J. Peters acted with thoughtful consideration and made decisions with fairness.
NEWS
July 7, 2011
My suggestion to the Government Accountability Office and the president is to give the citizens of this great nation a venue to buy back our national debt and hold it in perpetuity, never to be used as collateral on a national mortgage again. If the president and the GAO will tell us, the citizenry, the account number and an address to send the money to, those of us who are willing and able can put our money where the problem is. Since Congress is so involved in political wrangling in the midst of a crisis, we shouldn't involve them.
NEWS
February 25, 2014
At some point, someone at The Baltimore Sun will start viewing folks who have jobs, pay their bills and do not live on assistance as "positive citizens" and not the "rich" ( "Tax cuts for the rich," Feb. 20). As a business owner and someone who employs people, I am the person this state needs to embrace because it is through jobs this state can collect taxes and people can pay their own bills and start to feel good about their future. However, because of tax and other policies in this state and country, I will do my best to not hire more people because I cannot afford them - that is the reality.
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By Danae King, The Baltimore Sun | August 22, 2014
Authorities say a Montgomery County man defrauded several senior citizens of thousands of dollars using online dating sites. Krist Koranteng, 32, of Burtonsville and Laurel was indicted Thursday by a federal grand jury on charges of conspiracy, mail fraud, wire fraud and money laundering. From 2012 to February, authorities said Koranteng and others convinced the elderly victims that they were romantically interested in them online and through phone and text messages, and persuaded them to send money to them.
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By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | August 21, 2014
The term "Al Jazeera effect" was coined to describe the way the Qatar-based channel and new media were changing politics and power dynamics in the Middle East the last decade. But I believe we have been seeing a variation of it in Ferguson, Mo., the past week with a similar shift in American perception as a result. The first images of nighttime clashes between police and protesters out of Ferguson struck me by how much they looked like images of Intifada and Arab Spring in the Middle East that had been burned into my brain.
NEWS
August 10, 2014
I am saddened and appalled by Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake's priorities, as expressed on the front page of The Baltimore Sun Wednesday morning ( "Next stop: A more attractive ride," Aug. 6). Perhaps she cares about the citizens of her city, but one would not know it by this article. There are little children, families and vulnerable adults living in these neighborhoods where the houses are falling down or boarded up. The view of Baltimore that Amtrak passengers are seeing is, in too many cases, sadly accurate.
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By Danae King, The Baltimore Sun | July 30, 2014
Since she was 7 years old, Donatila Leticia Munoz Orantes has wanted to become a U.S. citizen. On Wednesday, her 100th birthday, her wish came true. Munoz Orantes, a native Nicaraguan who lives with her daughter in Germantown, came to the United States from El Salvador in the 1980s and never left. "It's a wonderful country," Munoz Orantes, who was joined by family and friends at her naturalization ceremony in Baltimore, said during a recent interview at her daughter's home. Because Munoz Orantes speaks only Spanish, her daughter interpreted for her. Munoz Orantes wasn't able to become a citizen until now because she doesn't speak English, a requirement until a resident reaches a certain age and number of years in the country.
NEWS
July 15, 2014
Most of the talking head shows have had some coverage of the immigration crisis, but they all talked from their political perspective and very few referred to any facts. I would like to surface some facts. Both parties are responsible for this crisis. It is very serious. It could bring about the end of the United States as we know it today. There are real dangers in what is happening for the people attempting to enter our country illegally, for our citizens and for the country itself.
NEWS
July 8, 2014
Sunday's cartoon by Kevin Kallaugher regarding Richard Cheney was right on ( "The Cheney tour," July 6)! Single-handedly behind the scenes, Mr. Cheney has wreaked more havoc than any other American citizen ever. In 1976, he met with three other Republicans and they started the movement that led to the marriage of corporate and congressional economic interests which have eliminated the distancing from corporate influence that is supposed to exist when congressional members are elected.
NEWS
July 10, 2013
I have been following the actions of the Baltimore County government and the sale of county-owned property with great interest and concern. In all of my years on the County Council and in the House of Delegates, I have never seen such actions as these, perpetrated against county residents in such a cavalier and reckless manner. Across Baltimore County, residents are upset and angry at the government for one very important reason: They have been kept out of the line of communication and not been allowed any public input in decisions that affect them directly.
NEWS
March 29, 2013
In the great state of Maryland, the word "illegal" seems to mean "worthy of special treatment" ("Senate approves two-tier licenses," March 27). Otherwise, illegal immigrants would have three choices: Get legal, get out or go to jail. I love Maryland and have never wanted to live anywhere else. But I think everyone should have to play by same set of rules. If we don't, we will be come a society where "illegal" becomes the norm and laws are irrelevant because everyone will know that they only apply to "legal citizens.
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By Matthew Hay Brown, The Baltimore Sun | July 4, 2014
As Lievinne Mongu listened to the speakers at her naturalization ceremony, she reflected on her 14-year journey - from fear in the war-torn Democratic Republic of the Congo to asylum in the United States, a home in Silver Spring and a job with the International Monetary Fund in Washington. She beamed throughout Friday's ceremony at the William Paca House & Garden in Annapolis. And after standing up, raising her right hand and reciting the oath of citizenship, she said she wished that others around the world could feel what she was feeling.
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Robert L. Ehrlich Jr | June 29, 2014
In Citizens United vs. FEC, the U.S. Supreme Court held in January 2012 that the federal government is prohibited from restricting independent political expenditures by businesses, associations and labor unions. The opinion allows such groups to spend unlimited sums of money on advocacy ads, but not direct contributions to candidate committees. It also set the American left off its rocker. What follows is a chronology of events that has set the American right off its rocker, too. The immediate aftermath of Citizens United saw a worried president engage in a series of hard hitting speeches concerning the corrupting influence of money in politics and warning about a proliferation of newly formed, conservative groups seeking to take advantage of their expanded free speech rights.
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