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January 10, 2013
As an advocate and supporter of the Second Amendment "individual" right to keep and to bear arms, I felt a need to respond to letter writer John A. Pica Jr. ("Maryland needs tougher laws on gun access," Jan. 4) First of all, I have no problem with Mr. Pica, as long as his interest in better control of access to guns means access to guns which are already in the legal possession of law abiding citizens. If however, he intends his reference to be a need for more control over a citizen's right to purchase (legally "access")
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Susan Reimer | October 12, 2014
Author Jonathan Eig recalls hearing a rabbi say in a sermon that The Pill was the most important invention of the 20th century and scoffing at that declaration. He could think of half a dozen inventions more important. And besides, who invented it? If The Pill was so important, why wasn't there an Alexander Graham Bell or a Henry Ford story to go with it? Mr. Eig has now written that story. A rollicking, super-secret race against time, the Catholic Church and the federal government run by a disenfranchised scientist, a Catholic gynecologist women instinctively trusted, a woman who championed the pleasure of sex for women and her immensely wealthy friend.
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NEWS
April 18, 2013
I have several comments on the commentary written by Peter Morici ("The false security of gun-control measures," April 16). The common conclusion from gun rights advocates, one that has become quite wearisome, seems to be that if every shooting incident, injury, or death cannot be precluded by gun-control measures, then why even bother. This is a bankrupt argument. Were one to follow this philosophy to its (il)logical conclusion, one would stop brushing one's teeth upon the discovery of a cavity.
NEWS
October 7, 2014
It is time to plug the loopholes for coal-fired power plants in Maryland ( "New coal plant pollution controls eyed," Sept. 13). A report by the Maryland Department of the Environment found that many of the coal fired power plants in Maryland had not used their pollution controls continuously. If the Brandon Shores and Wagner plants had used their controls continuously in 2012, they could have cut nitrous oxide emissions by 2,000 tons. So what's the problem with nitrous oxide?
NEWS
March 22, 2013
Why didn't Jules Witcover use President Barack Obama's quote to the effect that "control measures as I have presented would most likely have not affected Newtown" ("Obama settles for half measures on gun control," March 19)? And another question: How much will the homicide rate go down in Baltimore with the Nanny-Governor Martin O'Malley's new gun control laws? Let me help you - zero. But good citizens will pay more and be fingerprinted. That's a big whoop! The disingenuousness is palpable.
NEWS
November 8, 2010
Everyone should contact his/her congressman and demand that they work to control Federal Reserve Chairman Benjamin Bernanke. This fool is determined to make everyone a pauper by devaluing the buck, making every dollar you earn or save worth less, and making everything you buy cost more. We need this like a hole in the head. Chuck Burton, Owings Mills
NEWS
February 21, 2014
Is it fear of Maryland's law-abiding citizens actually figuring out the truth that prompts the liberal media to pass on more flawed studies as fact? The Sun's recent editorial ( "Gun control works," Feb. 20) attempts to convince us that "cherry picked" data provides clear proof that gun control works. I find a few problems with this conclusion myself. First of all, this study was performed by the Johns Hopkins Center for Gun Policy at the Bloomberg School of Public Health. We all know that one of Michael Bloomberg's key objectives is advocating for stricter gun control, so why would we expect anyone at the school to perform an unbiased study?
NEWS
February 11, 2012
As a born and raised Catholic who spent most of my education in Catholic schools, I feel obligated to speak out against the Church on the birth control issue ("O'Brien's quixotic fight," Feb. 9). Some are saying that the president "overreached" his authority by infringing on the rights of the Catholic Church. It needs to be said: The Catholic Church does not have any rights . Only people have rights. And the Church does not have the authority to impose its faith on people.
NEWS
May 25, 2011
I am writing in response to the article "School's zero-tolerance policies criticized" (May 19). As a high school student, I feel that students are being punished too harshly for small infractions. I think it is ridiculous that a student gets suspended for carrying something to protect herself while walking back and forth to school. I agree that schools have an obligation to create a safe and orderly environment, but this student did not even use the spray in school. I don't think it is fair that this girl may be charged criminally for not even hurting anyone.
NEWS
March 12, 2013
Men and women have served and died for this country, for us and our rights and to protect those rights, and they should not be taken away from us with a stroke of pen. The problem is the gun violence and the criminals that can and will use the guns to commit these crimes. These are the issues that need to be addressed. The ones that will be affected by Gov. Martin O'Malley's proposed gun control law are the law abiding citizens of this state. We must stand up and fight for our rights!
NEWS
September 24, 2014
A recent exchange within your opinion pages debated the benefit of over-the-counter access to oral contraceptives, with a letter to the editor ( "Sun wrong on OTC birth control," Sept. 16) citing the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists as being supportive of recent proposals from Congressional candidates across the country. But there's a disclaimer to our support: while ACOG does believe that many oral contraceptives are safe and effective for over-the-counter use, and we would welcome this new level of access for some women, we strongly believe that this is not enough.
NEWS
September 22, 2014
The Maryland Department of the Environment recently revealed a draft rule that would finally require coal-powered plants in the Baltimore-Washington region to reduce nitrogen oxide emissions by 48 percent over the next four years ( "New coal plant pollution controls eyed," Sept. 13). Nitrogen oxides contribute heavily to the formation of ground-level ozone (smog) and seriously exacerbate cardiopulmonary health problems such as asthma. Smog is worse when air is still and hot, but 2014 has been relatively cool so there have been fewer "orange alerts" for dangerous air. But Maryland still has some of the worst air on the Eastern seaboard, due largely to coal.
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By Tim Wheeler and The Baltimore Sun | September 19, 2014
Ever wonder why your neighborhood streams and rivers look so muddy after a heavy rain? A recent survey of construction sites in the Baltimore area found less than a quarter of the exposed soil being worked had been properly protected from erosion. The survey, involving staff and volunteers from 22 different environmental and community groups, found widely varying but generally poor controls on mud pollution being used at building sites in Baltimore City and the five surrounding counties.
NEWS
September 14, 2014
In what on the surface seems like a remarkable turnaround, a number of conservative Republican Senate candidates this year are supporting a proposal to expand access to birth control by making it available without a prescription as an over-the-counter medication. Wider access to birth control traditionally has been a Democratic issue, so Republicans' sudden embrace of it seems almost too good to be true. Unfortunately, it is. This year four GOP Senate candidates in close races against Democratic incumbents have announced their support for over-the-counter access to birth control: Cory Gardener of Colorado; Thom Tillis of North Carolina; Ed Gillespie of Virgina and Mike McFadden of Minnesota.
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Timothy B. Wheeler and The Baltimore Sun | September 13, 2014
Looking to protect Marylanders from unsafe levels of smog, environmental regulators are moving to clamp down on pollution from the state's smaller coal-burning power plants, but plant owners warn that the rule could have economic consequences. The Maryland Department of the Environment recently unveiled a draft rule two years in the planning that would require coal-burning plants in the Baltimore and Washington areas to reduce emissions of nitrogen oxides by 48 percent over the next four years.
NEWS
By Colin Campbell, The Baltimore Sun | August 27, 2014
An 18-year-old motorcyclist was killed after leaving the road and striking a light pole in Nottingham Wednesday, police said. Police identified the motorcyclist as John Adam Corvin Jr., of the 2100 block of Taylor Ave., in Parkville. Corvin had been driving east on Rossville Boulevard approaching Rolling View Avenue just after 12:30 p.m., when he lost control of his 1999 Suzuki 650 and crashed into the pole, police said. He was declared dead at the scene. Baltimore County Police Crash Team is investigating.
NEWS
February 5, 2013
Can somebody explain how is it that a couple of guys in a pick-up with assault rifles on the gun rack constitute a well-regulated militia? And how is it that law-abiding citizens who follow all the rules, keep the gun locked up, and the ammo locked up separately, can get to the gun in time to "protect" their families? And how about using assault rifles to hunt? Wouldn't the game be too destroyed to eat? Barbara McCord, Annapolis
NEWS
By Rachel Marsden | February 16, 2012
I can't believe that I actually agree with something President Barack Obama has done. Granted, I'm one of those conservatives who has never subscribed to the full-meal-deal checklist, preferring to critically consider whether each of my positions is the most logical and sensible given the available information and my own values. Usually that process results in coming down on the "right" side of things. In this case, though, I somehow find myself in the odd position of agreeing with Mr. Obama and being rather miffed at his opponents.
HEALTH
By John Fritze, The Baltimore Sun | August 22, 2014
Under increasing legal and political pressure, the Obama administration issued a new rule Friday designed to ensure that female employees have access to birth control while accommodating religious employers that object to covering it through their health insurance plans. But the latest attempt at a compromise — which comes in response to recent U.S. Supreme Court decisions — was quickly criticized by religious groups, including the Catonsville-based Little Sisters of the Poor, for not fully addressing their concerns.
NEWS
August 17, 2014
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