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August 27, 2012
If ever there were a compelling justification for term limits, the ongoing partisan stalemate in the current Congress is it. This privileged class would have us believe that only professional politicians with vast tenure can enact legislation that deals responsibly with complex national problems. Actually, most of the heavy lifting in the legislature is done by congressional staffers and special-interest group lobbyists. The guys (and gals) in Congress have only one driving interest - maintaining their own incumbency.
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NEWS
September 25, 2014
President Barack Obama went to the United Nations this week to rally the world against what he called "the network of death" embodied by the Islamic State and other extremist groups that have captured large parts of Iraq and Syria in recent months. Mr. Obama said that such groups only understand "the language of force" and that confronting their brutality compels the world "to look into the heart of darkness. " But for all the president's soaring rhetoric about the need to defeat ISIS, it's unclear whether he can do that without putting American boots on the ground - something he has repeatedly ruled out - or whether he could survive the political fallout at home from doing so if that eventually became necessary.
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NEWS
December 1, 2011
Recent articles and editorials have noted the ineffective role Congress is playing in guiding the nation's affairs and the abysmally low level of confidence the public has in the institution ("Keeping Congress clean," Nov. 28). These problems could be resolved if all members of Congress were willing to look out for the good of the country instead of looking out for themselves. If they would do what's right for America, most voters would back them. With a $14 trillion national debt, taxes must rise and federal spending programs must shrink.
NEWS
By Elijah E. Cummings | September 21, 2014
Women are often the backbones of our families - deftly balancing the needs of the household with their personal goals and career ambitions. Over the past few decades that balance has become increasingly important. According to the Pew Research Center, last year 40 percent of all households with children under the age of 18 had mothers who were either the sole or primary source of income for their families. This is a drastic shift that matches the growth of the female workforce. Women now make up nearly half or the labor force, jumping from just over one-third in 1970.
NEWS
December 1, 2011
With the recent revelations regarding insider trading by members of Congress, citizens expect an explanation and disclosure of lawmakers' financial records ("Keeping Congress clean," Nov. 28). I cannot find words to describe how despicable I find lawmakers' actions. If lawmakers would eliminate the fraud, misappropriation of funds and corruption that goes along with all the money they are spending and wasting, that would be a step in the right direction. Richard LaCourse, Forest Hill
NEWS
April 14, 2011
Why is the Baltimore Sun and all major newspapers and news networks ignoring the bipartisan bill H.R. 1212, the "Restoring Essential Constitutional Constraints for Libyan Action Involving the Military Act"? Thirteen members of the House have already added their names as co-sponsors of H.R. 1212 in order to improve its chances of getting out of committee and being debated and voted upon in the full House of Representatives. Is the White House pressuring media outlets to ignore this challenge to the president's war making freedom?
NEWS
June 3, 2012
I read with great interest The Sun's coverage of Maryland obtaining a waiver from the No Child Left Behind federal law ("Leaving NCLB behind," May 31). In fact, it seems 36 states are going this route. This is a big reprieve to Maryland after spending millions of tax dollars on administrative programs with minimal results, not to mention a huge increase in administrative personnel to implement these new programs. This law is flawed, as are the people who instituted it. If you read the name No Child Left Behind it says that this program is not going to allow one child to fail.
NEWS
May 26, 2011
Congress' full-throated adulation of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was an embarrassment and made me fret for the future of our nation ("Congress lauds Israeli leader", May 25). Bloody and expensive foreign misadventures stemming from our uncritical support of an ethno-religious state bent on expansion and control are bound to follow. John G. Bailey, Edgemere
NEWS
October 10, 2012
In a letter to the editor ("Experience counts," Oct. 8), Mike Callahan writes that President Barack Obama "can't work with Congress and overrides congressional laws and regulations. " Is it possible that he cannot work with a Congress that has chosen not to work with him? This is a Congress, fueled by a tea party, that has decided not to believe in compromise and has vowed to make him a one-term president. These people are so dogmatic in their attitudes that they cannot work with anyone who may disagree with them.
NEWS
April 11, 2011
I don't have strong enough words, without using profanity, to describe how disgusting the actions of Congress are and have been for some time now. The latest action was the near-shutdown. Congress is too involved with mudslinging, one party against the other, ignoring the real people out there who would have been seriously impacted by a shutdown. For Congress to play games and threaten to shut down the government, but still expect essential employees to come to work is ludicrous.
BUSINESS
By Jeff Barker and The Baltimore Sun | September 21, 2014
Several U.S. senators have proposed stripping the NFL of its tax-exempt status — a warning analysts say the image-damaged league can't afford to ignore even if the threat proves hollow. Just as it did during Major League Baseball's steroid scandal nearly a decade ago, Congress is using its bully pulpit — and threatening legislation — to prod change on another of the nation's pastimes. Lawmakers introduced bills last week threatening to revoke the league's tax exemption for two different reasons.
NEWS
September 18, 2014
Members of both parties in the House of Representatives held their noses this week to pass legislation authorizing the president to train foreign forces to confront the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, and the Senate is due to vote on the same measure today. Many Republicans have reluctantly supported the measure even though many think it doesn't go far enough, while many Democrats back it in a show of solidarity with their party's president despite serious misgivings about where a war vote could ultimately lead.
NEWS
September 12, 2014
It's ironic that tea party Republicans want no part of a debate or vote on President Barack Obama's proposal to act against ISIS when in the past they've complained bitterly about Mr. Obama acting alone without consulting Congress ( "Congress expected to avoid vote on military action in Iraq, Syria," Sept. 9). In such a crisis the nation obviously is stronger and our efforts more effective when the Congress and the president work together. The tea party will criticize the president no matter what decision he makes, but they want no part in having their votes recorded.
NEWS
September 1, 2014
The U.S. faces a difficult decision with serious long-term implications regarding ISIS, the radical Islamic group that recently beheaded an American journalist and commits atrocities against those who don't accept its extreme brand of Islam ( "Syria's slippery slope," Aug. 26). ISIS has grown in numbers, wealth, arms, brutality and territory in Iraq and Syria. Only the recent U.S. airstrikes in northern Iraq temporarily prevented a humanitarian disaster there. Intelligence experts describe ISIS as a national security threat, both to those in the region and to Europe and the U.S. homeland, in the form of ISIS recruits returning to their home countries bent on suicidal acts of mass destruction.
NEWS
By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun | August 29, 2014
Karen A. Stuart, a Library of Congress archivist who earlier had been head librarian at the Maryland Historical Society where she also was associate editor of the Maryland Historical Magazine, died of cancer Aug. 19 at Stella Maris Hospice. She was 59. "As head librarian at the Maryland Historical Society, Karen always took her job seriously, trying hard to help researchers who sometimes had fairly arcane questions of projects," said Robert J. Brugger, an author and Maryland historian who is a senior editor at the Johns Hopkins University Press.
NEWS
Jules Witcover | August 8, 2014
The 113th Congress has just slinked out of town for a five-week summer recess, leaving behind its lowest public approval rating in 25 years, according to the latest Washington Post/ABC News Poll. A majority of voters surveyed -- 51 percent -- expressed disgust with their own legislators for their inability to do their job. Only 41 percent said they were pleased with their representative, contradicting the old cliché that voters dislike Congress as a whole but revere their own congressman or congresswoman.
NEWS
August 4, 2011
I was sorry, but not surprised, to hear that the Republican/tea party is content to see the airline industry benefit from uncollected taxes while ignoring the needs of union members, construction and support workers and the flying public ("In other congressional idiocy…" Aug. 3). While these workers are on furlough due to the inaction of Congress, I hope they will make sure they are registered to vote so that they can help these members see what it is like to be laid off. Alma T., Baltimore
NEWS
December 30, 2011
As a fifth grader, I agree that compromise is needed to rebuild America ("A resolution for 2012: Restore American values," Dec. 28). But it was amazing to see how people in the Congress could not get along in 2011 and blamed President Obama for everything. Congress took more breaks than the average elementary school child. For example, from August to September I was working hard in school and the Congress was, like, out watching Happy Feet. America's national debt is more than $14 trillion and people who need jobs don't have them.
NEWS
August 6, 2014
It is interesting to note that Bill Clinton was impeached when he was president of the U.S. not for his improper behavior with an intern but for his constant lying to Congress - serious actions which were definitely misdemeanors ( "Impeachment-lite," July 31). "Impeachment" is an expression that is loosely being cast around in contemporary America, and apparently it is a boastful threat full of sound and fury which is becoming louder and louder as the number of executive orders from President Barack Obama is increasing.
NEWS
August 5, 2014
I think the leaders of all professional sports organizations do a commendable job. The last thing we need is to get the "feds" involved ( "5 from Maryland congressional delegation call for harsher punishment for Rice," Aug. 1). One can only imagine the vast number of pages that would be amassed to write such a bill and no one would read it. Keep the "feds" out. Period. Bill Huppert, Perry Hall - To respond to this letter, send an email to talkback@baltimoresun.com . Please include your name and contact information.
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