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August 19, 2011
Thank you for your editorial "Bay crabs: protect the females," (Aug. 16). I have been crabbing in Maryland since 1967 and have never kept a female crab. Once I found out how to tell males from females, it was a "no brainer" to release any females that I caught. It is also easy to do because probably only about one in every 10 crabs I catch is a female -- are they rarer, or just smarter than the males? If I could tell the difference between male and female fish I would likely do the same.
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NEWS
August 21, 2014
My oh my, schools have cut out handwriting. What do they think they are doing? How are children going to sign their name? Technology has brought many changes to our lives, but it doesn't mean we can dismiss handwriting, a basic skill. Especially in business, we must sign our names while we open a checking or savings account, sign for a loan or mortgage and any receipt must be signed when using a credit card - the preferred choice of payment for today. A waitress comes to your table and writes your order with a pen and paper, and then goes to the computer to put the order into the kitchen.
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NEWS
August 24, 2011
While I was pleased to note that current redistricting in Maryland is going smoothly, I certainly did not see this when I, along with 100,000 more citizens, were forced out of the Eighth District in Maryland into the Fourth District where the eventual representative did not represent the concerns of her new constituency. The reapportionment was a classical display of gerrymandering with incomprehensible borders and a forced fit that could not be fitted. Redistricting is fine when needed to accommodate population changes to make each district comparable in number, but to stretch common sense is doing so not only is an affront to those who are involved but deprives them of their voice in Congress.
NEWS
August 15, 2014
"Pension pandering" (Aug. 13) is a laughably misinformed and woefully inaccurate opinion piece. As Maryland retirees are leaving the state in droves, the state tax on pensions issue is a non-issue. The notion of revenue loss simply a product of progressive daydreaming. These folks are going to Delaware, the Carolinas or Florida where the state governments' desire to tax and spend is kept in check by the people's common sense. And as we all know, common sense is in short supply in both Annapolis and on Calvert Street.
NEWS
April 4, 2013
When our elected officials announced something needed to be done about gun violence, I had hopes that we would see real solutions. On March 29, I abandoned all hope ("Gun bill advances to floor of House," March 30). Gov. Martin O'Malley's "gun safety bill" had amendments to enhance penalties and remove good time credit voted down. Actually, the amendment was approved, then the Democratic leadership strong armed delegates into re-voting and voting it down. Further, an amendment to allow off-duty police officers to carry their firearms on school grounds was voted down.
NEWS
July 23, 2013
Letter writer Jerome Shapiro seems to have a very confused picture of what common sense suggests in the George Zimmerman-Trayvon Martin case ("Zimmerman jury ignored common sense," July 19). His common sense take would lead to the conclusion that Mr. Zimmerman shot Mr. Martin because he set out to do so, not because he felt threatened for his life. Had he indeed set out to kill Mr. Martin, one cannot escape believing that he would have had his gun drawn before the physical encounter.
NEWS
August 23, 2010
I read about state Sen. Andy Harris' decision to oppose the construction of the mosque in New York. Mr. Harris is simply siding with the American public, who seem to have been silenced recently on issues such as this and the Arizona immigration law. This country lacks leadership; the president continually takes positions that are the opposite of the citizens of the United States and expects us to follow suit. The Muslims do have the right to build the mosque. However, in defense of the families who lost their loved ones on 9/11, is it really a good idea to place a mosque, a religious space in which many of the terrorists held meetings before that horrible morning in 2001, so close to that graveyard?
NEWS
February 17, 2011
The report on the legal wrangling over the Druid Ridge Cemetery in Pikesville demonstrated the extreme remove of professional legal minds from ordinary common sense ("Neighbors see threat to cemetery," Feb. 17). The disputed text from a deed required "That the said property be maintained and operated as a cemetery. " Any reasonable person would suppose that "the said property" was a parcel described precisely earlier in the document, not some fraction of it currently in use, but the entire parcel, as nothing else could be "the said property.
NEWS
January 26, 2011
Thank you for publishing the interview with Steve Walters ("If Baltimore cuts property tax rate, they will come," Jan. 23). His plan makes sense, and I hope the city's elected officials are paying attention. As a 30-year resident of Baltimore, I have watched with sadness as many friends and colleagues have chosen to live in the surrounding counties rather than the city. Most often one of the primary reasons they look elsewhere is because of the city's exorbitant property tax rate.
NEWS
November 16, 2010
I appreciate James McGarry's attempt to inject some common sense into the discussion of climate change, and I agree with many of the actions he proposes ("Climate change? Forget it," Nov. 14). However, these actions presume that all parties agree that climate change is caused by human activities — specifically, by burning fossil fuels. Although the science on this point is quite firm, the skeptics continue to deny that climate change has anything to do with human activities.
NEWS
By Thomas V. DiBacco | July 3, 2014
The celebration of America's birthday rarely includes references to Thomas Paine, the author of the pre-Revolutionary War pamphlet "Common Sense. " But Paine's role in the break with Great Britain was important, and his life has a way of reminding us that our nation has had enormous tolerance for wayward individuals - a sobering contrast to the consistent propriety exemplified by history-makers such as George Washington or John Adams. Paine was born in 1737 in Thetford, a village 70 miles northeast of London, the son of a staymaker or corsetmaker.
NEWS
June 19, 2014
It is sad to see the images of children and adults detained in various states near the border with Mexico because they entered the country illegally ( "Feds look to Baltimore to shelter immigrant children ," June 9). But true compassion wins the hearts of all people and serves the common good, not just to tug at the heart as a reaction to the immediate crisis. In other words, common sense should prevail, not just emotions. Because this situation was brought about by violating or disregarding the law, in the long run it is doubtful that the outcome will be good for the children or for the common good.
NEWS
June 4, 2014
It is a comfort, albeit one of small caliber, to learn that there are actions people can take in the cause of gun rights that are so extreme they give pause to some poor soul within the headquarters of the National Rifle Association. Recent demonstrations in Texas in which proponents of open-carry gun laws have toted rifles into fast food outlets en masse got a written reprimand from the NRA - until a spokesman apologized for the criticism. Got that? NRA says don't go so far, gun demonstrators, then apologizes because, well, somebody went too far in suggesting scary tactics are ill-advised.
NEWS
May 7, 2014
As I have written before, no one will mention one of the major solutions to the problem of preserving the state's crab population, which I believe stems from a fear of offending the commercial waterman ( "Singing the blues," May 5). At least five years ago recreational crabbers had our catches reduced from two bushels to one, a 50 percent reduction. Nor can recreational crabbers any longer keep female crabs. Yet commercial crabbers are still allowed to catch and keep female crabs, and their catches haven't been reduced by half.
NEWS
April 11, 2014
I commend Maryland Sen. Allan Kittleman and the Flier for their positions advocating the removal of politicians from the state legislative redistricting process. This once-a-decade, line-redrawing process should be based on population shifts and contiguity and place emphasis on compactness and geographical and natural boundaries, like city and county lines or rivers. They should not be drawn by current office holders to protect cronies who may be vulnerable or help hand-picked candidates.
NEWS
By Leonard Pitts Jr and By Leonard Pitts Jr | February 24, 2014
"Discrimination," he said, "is horrible. It's hurtful. It has no place in civilized society... " You would think that statement, delivered recently in the Kansas legislature, a noble sentiment no right-thinking person could argue with. But we are gathered here today to argue with it. Because it turns out that when Republican legislator Charles Macheers said "discrimination," he didn't mean, well ... discrimination. Mr. Macheers sponsored a bill -- passed overwhelmingly by the Kansas House, but killed last week by the Senate in an attack of common sense -- that sought to exempt any business or government employee from providing "any services, accommodations, advantages, facilities, goods or privileges" related to any "marriage, domestic partnership, civil union or similar arrangement" if doing so would conflict with the employee's" sincerely held religious beliefs.
NEWS
March 31, 2011
The legislature is close to finishing another of its illustrious sessions, and this one has had its proper share of contentious debates. If we are really being honest , we must admit that in all of the political opinions expressed from around the state, it is the issue of justice that most often provokes the passionate responses we have come to see in the Readers Respond section of The Baltimore Sun. We expect things to be "fair. " Yet no one can agree what "fair" really is for any given issue.
NEWS
April 3, 2011
Energy is at the forefront of the minds of many Americans today. Many are nervous about the high price of oil — both at the pump and geopolitically — as well as concerned about the viability of nuclear power. In this uncertain climate, the Maryland legislature is taking the extraordinarily prudent step of moving legislation that will create market opportunities for facilities that make energy from waste. Senate Bill 690 (which has passed the Senate 47-0) and House Bill 1121 (which has unanimously passed the Public Utilities Subcommittee)
NEWS
December 29, 2013
For those looking for a fairly simple and pain-free resolution for the new year, here's one: Get a carbon monoxide detector for your home or business or both. If you already have one, perhaps it's time to change the batteries or at least test them. On one single day this month - Thursday, Dec. 19 to be exact - a total of 10 people were taken to local hospitals after carbon monoxide leaks in their Baltimore County homes. The two incidents, both in Dundalk but otherwise unrelated, involved faulty furnaces.
NEWS
Editorial from The Aegis | October 29, 2013
As has long been his practice, Del. Pat McDonough, who represents Western Harford in the Maryland House of Delegates, recently made some rather prescient observations about education policy in Maryland and across the U.S. and then took the opportunity to make political hay out of a bad situation. In a letter to the editor published Friday, Del. McDonough quoted Baltimore County Superintendent Dallas Dance when he described the process by which Maryland's Common Core curriculum is being implemented: "We are building the plane as we fly it. " McDonough rightly went on to criticize Harford's neighbor county for having been the place where a critic of the Common Core was arrested for speaking out against the program during a public hearing.
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