July 30, 2012
Instead of "People, not politicians killed gun control," Doyle McManus should have titled his July 27 op-ed "people and politicians reduce crime in America. " Not until the middle of his commentary does he admit that crime is down, and he attributes the lack of interest in gun control to this fact. But he does not say, or ignores the fact that, crime is down because of the increase in gun permits allowed by at least 35 states. As a newspaper columnist, he could have discovered this by reading John Lott's book, "More Guns, Less Crime.
September 4, 2012
It seems that gun control should be a no-brainer. Our city and other communities across this country have recently seen the tragic results of the misuse of guns by ordinary citizens, including by young teens. When I was a growing up in Baltimore people felt safe. We went out alone at night; I often went to the library alone after dark at age 10. We never heard about shootings. They seemed to be only in cowboy movies. The availability of guns to any two-legged creature who could talk changed all that.
February 15, 2012
The Sun's article on Catholic bishops' opposition to the Obama administration's requirement that religious schools and hospitals include contraceptives in their health insurance plans was one-sided and unfair ("Obama's 'accommodation' wins support in birth-control debate," Feb. 11). First, providing birth-control to people without proven medical conditions is a pure "give away" of precious medical funds. If this plan is reasonable, why not support "public/private safety" by providing everyone with cell phones?
March 6, 2012
Maybe it's time we change the name of the birth control pill. What Rush Limbaugh doesn't understand is that women are not always about men. The so-called "pill" has been out for over 50 years now, and we aren't going to give it up. It changed our lives. We are in control, and it's not always about not getting pregnant. It really should be called "the regulator," or perhaps the "health pill. " There are many benefits for going on this course of medicine. We can control our periods (something men don't understand)
August 9, 2012
The recent mass shootings in Colorado and Wisconsin have produced the usual response to gun-control advocates: That this is not the "proper" time to discuss such a serious issue. But now is precisely the time to have that discussion, and for the President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney, the presumptive GOP presidential nominee, to show they can be the statesmen the country needs and deserves. The candidates should hold a joint news conference and announce that whoever wins the election will back legislation to stop the proliferation of military-grade weapons and accessories.
March 14, 2012
I have to totally agree with Susan Reimer 's assertion that Democrats must be living in a lovely dream waiting for the November elections ("Women will remember in November," March 12). True, some Republican presidential hopefuls have come down with foot in mouth disease, and there seems to be no shortage of eyebrow raising sound bites coming from the endless parade of televised debates. However, it's not the gaffes or the "I shouldn't have said that" moments that are making Democrats salivate for the coming elections but the realization that once again, the women's vote will lock onto a single issue and make it a major election point.
August 22, 2011
If someone's going to use your name and/or photo in an advertisement, you'd want to know about it, right? Well, you might want to check your account settings on Linkedin, if you use that social networking service. I was intrigued to find out from this blogger that Linkedin's default settings permit "Social Advertising" that allows the network to pair your image and name with advertisements that show up on the site for people in your network. Not interested in this feature?
September 11, 2012
Editor: I have to chuckle at the article where Mr. Slutzky says he is taking the blame for the salary increase for the Council Administrator. What is up with that? The salary is listed in the Department Staff Summary of the Budget 2013. The salary is plainly stated going from $72K to $95K. Not clear about the $120K+ salary, whether that is salary and benefits or just salary. If it is just salary, then 2 raises in one year, less than 3 months apart??? Not good. In addition, the Assistant Council Administrator is earning $75,000 in 2013. You could sure buy a lot of police officers or teachers for the price of the Chief of Staff and his two deputies and the eight or nine council staff that didn't exist a year ago!
November 26, 2002
Baltimore Police Commissioner Edward Norris says, in a new video being shown to officers at daily roll call, that it's time to really put the screws to criminals in the city. Show them who's in control. Stop them from terrorizing with impunity. He's absolutely right. But even as the video is distributed, officers in one precinct mourn a detective who was killed in apparent retaliation for putting a criminal away. Last week, four officers were gunned down while serving a warrant. And a month ago, an east-side firebombing silenced six members of the Dawson family, who'd been standing up to the criminals on their block, trying to help police get control.
January 26, 2013
Maryland Democratic Rep. Chris Van Hollen will join with gun control campaigners and religious leaders in a rally against gun violence on the National Mall Saturday. The advocates plan to march in silence at 11 a.m. from the Capitol to the Washington Monument where Van Hollen and others will speak. "I have long been a supporter of common sense measures to prevent gun violence," Van Hollen said in a statement. "Banning assault-style weapons, restricting high-capacity magazines, and implementing a system for universal background checks are just a few of the ways we can help make our communities safer.