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By Thomas F. Schaller | January 10, 2011
In the wake of Saturday's attempted assassination of Arizona Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, there will be calls to cool the passions and rhetoric of political extremists on both sides of the American ideological spectrum. It's true that the nation's increasingly polarized discourse includes both liberals and conservatives with sharp tongues and even sharper elbows. But when it comes to veiled and not-so-veiled calls for violence, there is a glaring and undeniable asymmetry: It is almost always conservatives who incite, condone and even engage in violence as a "legitimate" means of political expression.
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By Robert B. Reich | October 1, 2014
I was in Seattle recently to congratulate union and community organizers who helped that city enact the first $15-per-hour minimum wage in the country. Other cities and states should followSeattle's example. Contrary to the dire predictions of opponents, the hike won't cost Seattle jobs. In fact, it will put more money into the hands of low-wage workers who are likely to spend almost all of it in the vicinity. That will create jobs. Conservatives believe the economy functions better if the rich have more money and everyone else has less.
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NEWS
January 13, 2011
Since the bloodbath in Tucson last Saturday there has been much talk of ratcheting down the rhetoric in what presently passes for political discourse in this country. I'm sorry to say I'm pessimistic that has even the slightest chance of occurring. The reason for my doubtfulness lies in my belief that, since the days of the late Lee Atwater, the political right in this country is a one trick pony. They are simply not equipped to back off the vitriolic rhetoric since it's just part of the way they operate politically.
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John Fritze and The Baltimore Sun | September 23, 2014
WASHINGTON -- After distancing himself from the possibility of a presidential campaign, former Johns Hopkins neurosurgeon turned author and Fox News contributor Ben Carson is sending new signals that he may seek the GOP nomination in 2016 after all. Carson is set to speak next week on foreign policy at a conference of conservatives in Washington, has created a federal fundraising committee and has received considerable attention for telling a...
NEWS
January 27, 2010
There's more than a few things wrong with Thomas F. Schaller's column "Policies favoring conservatism built into the system" (Jan. 26). First, Mr. Schaller's claim that President Obama had a winning presidential vote share that exceeded those of Ronald Reagan, Bill Clinton and George W. Bush is a bit disingenuous. President Obama beat Sen. John McCain by less than 8 percent of the vote, and President Reagan beat President Carter by over 9 percent of the vote. In a nation with an ever-growing population, such metrics must be measured in percentages, not raw numbers, to have any real meaning.
NEWS
November 26, 2012
To me, Robert L. Ehrlich Jr.'s column on why conservatives should be proud in defeat indicates he just doesn't get what the majority of Americans want, including Marylanders ("Conservatives lost but can still be proud," Nov. 18). He listed a dozen points on why conservatives can still be proud, some of which are not in touch with reality, or "cheap shots" which the voters have seen through and in my book are nothing to be proud of. Some examples of what he believes conservatives should feel good about: 1. "Conservatives respect religious liberty as applied to faith-based institutions.
NEWS
March 12, 2013
Two letters in the Readers Respond section struck a chord with me. One, "When liberals and libertarians unite" (March 10) upset me with the statement: "We can't tell the real Americans who love and defend our country from the liberals who hate America anymore. " I consider myself a liberal. I don't hate America. What I don't like is when some Americans attack other Americans in the so-called name of defending America. A classic example of this is Mitt Romney's now infamous "47 percent" statement.
NEWS
May 7, 2013
Your editorial on green energy light bulbs exposed The Sun's true colors in its intolerance of the idea that conservatives might have a different point of view on the subject of global warming ("Don't save the planet," May 4). The editorial blatantly denigrates conservatives by making them the butt of a "how many conservatives does it take to screw in a light bulb?" joke and using the term "mush-brained" to describe them. To write that conservatives "take pains not to recycle" or "enjoy dumping used motor oil down the storm drain while no one is looking," along with other ridiculous statements, is just over the top in exposing your hatred and intolerance of anything conservative.
NEWS
January 30, 2013
As much as those on the right whine and moan about the "liberal bias" of The Sun, they must be faithful readers. I notice that on most of political-oriented issues, the majority of responders to "What Maryland thinks" take a right wing position. If the voting in general elections corresponded to most of the poll results, Maryland would be a red state. Or, it could be that conservatives have nothing more important to do than take public opinion polls. Ed Johnson, Catonsville
NEWS
June 30, 2011
Thomas F. Schaller makes the usual liberal mischaracterization of conservatives by asking in his op-ed column, "Why do conservatives hate government so much?" ("How government is like insurance," June 29). Of course, this is completely inaccurate since it's excessive government that conservatives hate, not government. He lists all the benevolent things a government can do and stops just short of drawing a picture of a fireman rescuing a little girl's kitten from a tree before pointing to conservatives and asking, "How could they hate that?"
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By Yvonne Wenger, The Baltimore Sun | September 4, 2014
Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake will use $52 million from a state grant to bolster Baltimore's energy conservation efforts, including improving education and outreach efforts. The goal of the Baltimore Energy Initiative, announced this week by the mayor's office, is to reduce energy use in the city and promote local investment. Money from the initiative will give some city residents free in-home installation of programmable thermostats, pipe wraps and other energy and water conservation equipment.
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By Michael Dresser, The Baltimore Sun | August 28, 2014
The State Board of Elections has alerted the Office of the State Prosecutor to a report that 164 people voted in both Maryland and Virginia in the November 2012 presidential election, in violation of the law. Election officials confirmed Thursday that the referral included 17 cases in which the Fairfax County, Va., elections board investigated the report by outside advocacy groups and said they found that ballots had been cast in that county and...
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By Tim Wheeler and The Baltimore Sun | August 27, 2014
For some people, environmentalism is a lifelong passion. That would be true of Michael Beer, retired biophysics professor at Johns Hopkins University, who died Friday at age 88.  He was devoted to protecting and restoring the Jones Falls, the stream that runs through the heart of Baltimore, as well as one of its most popular tributaries, Stony Run. Rallying others to his cause, he founded the Jones Falls Watershed Association, which later merged...
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By Pamela Wood, The Baltimore Sun | August 8, 2014
Developers of a large senior living complex in Annapolis have more work to do before their proposal can gain preliminary environmental approval from city officials. On Friday the city sent developers of Crystal Spring Annapolis - a proposed mix of senior housing, townhouses and shops on 180 acres - a lengthy list of revisions that need to be made before the project's forest conservation plan can win approval, an early but key step in the process. Crystal Spring would include 350 apartments and cottages for seniors and 75 beds for nursing care and assisted living.
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By Leonard Pitts Jr and By Leonard Pitts Jr | July 17, 2014
Here we go again. Same stuff, different day. Deja vu all over again. A monthly New York newspaper, The WestView News, uses an objectionable headline (" The N----r In The White House ") on a piece in its July edition, which argues that much of the shrill hatred toward President Obama is rooted in racism. Not surprisingly, the headline gets more attention than the argument. Then on Sunday, Attorney General Eric Holder again blames "racial animus" for some of the more strident opposition to the president.
NEWS
July 10, 2014
While I sympathize with the sentiment, the call from some in the District of Columbia to boycott Rep. Andy Harris' district is a classic case of a misconceived proposal that allows one bad apple to spoil the whole bunch ( "Harris wrangles with D.C. officials over marijuana decriminalization," July 3). Many of us did not vote for the big-government Republican Mr. Harris, who typifies conservative hypocrisy as he claims to favor limited government while supporting restrictive, limited liberty, Big Brother interventionist policies like marijuana prohibition.
NEWS
November 8, 2011
I am not sure where to start, or end, with this, since I deeply resent Leonard Pitts Jr.'s racist commentary that appears weekly in The Sun. As a center-right member of GOP, I think the answer to many of our problems is for people to get an education ( I am 64 and taking a class to better myself ) and work hard and smart (not dream of entitlements and taking other people's money as President Barack Obama and Mr. Nanny, Gov. Martin O'Malley, do ). But in his recent column ("Why conservatives shouldn't talk about race: Exhibit A," Nov. 6)
NEWS
May 8, 2013
I am really getting tired of the invective and sarcasm shown by the likes of The Sun and MSNBC ("Don't save the planet" May 3). It is less and less logic and more just "shouting down the enemy". I guess Andrew Green , Rachel Maddow, and others are reading from the same playbook. I am for a balanced budget, the 2nd Amendment, the death penalty in some circumstances, and a fetus' right to live in the third trimester (or later as some liberals seem to think it's OK to terminate kids outside the womb)
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By Robert B. Reich | July 9, 2014
Last week the Supreme Court struck down a key part of the Affordable Care Act, ruling that privately owned corporations don't have to offer their employees contraceptive coverage that conflicts with the corporate owners' religious beliefs. The owners of Hobby Lobby, the plaintiffs in the case, were always free to practice their religion. The court bestowed religious freedom on their corporation as well -- a leap of logic as absurd as giving corporations freedom of speech. Corporations aren't people.
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Thomas F. Schaller | July 8, 2014
Supreme Court conservatives continue to insist that corporations have the same rights as people on matters ranging from making campaign donations (Citizens United) to raising religious objections to government policies (Hobby Lobby). Meanwhile, anti-tax conservatives continue to argue that corporations are inhuman and it's foolish to tax them because the cost will be passed along to actual humans. Forget for a moment the contradictory notion that a corporation increasingly enjoys the same civil protections of a living, breathing person yet conveniently reverts to an inanimate entity when it comes to fiscal responsibility.
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