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June 11, 2012
I was not downtown during the recent disturbances, but I will take Del. Pat McDonough's word that the groups of young thugs were, in fact, black ("Baltimore and bigotry," May 18). Here is the point I want to make: The fact that they were black had nothing to do with their despicable behavior. In recent coverage of the meth lab bust, did anyone refer to the accused as a group of white drug peddlers? How about Oklahoma City bombers Timothy McVeigh and Terry Nichols, or serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer, did their "whiteness" have something to do with their behavior?
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By Kevin Rector and The Baltimore Sun | September 29, 2014
Industry growth and a tide of employee retirements in Baltimore's transportation sector will create or leave open thousands of jobs by 2020, but local job seekers aren't prepared to fill them, according to a study released Monday by the Opportunity Collaborative. Low-income residents lack the needed technical training or have criminal records that make them ineligible for the jobs, according to the study by the coalition of state agencies, local governments, universities and nonprofits tasked with plotting a course toward sustainable economic growth for the Baltimore region.
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NEWS
December 6, 2011
I just read Rosalind Ellis' recent letter regarding the expansion of Beans and Bread ("Neighbors right to worry about Beans and Bread," Nov. 2). It is obvious to me that Ms. Ellis does not personally know anyone who is homeless or out of a job and on the verge of homelessness. She states the "many who came to Our Daily Bread were drug abusers, shoplifters and aggressive panhandlers" and that the "filthy tent city housed criminals who broke into cars and shoplifted throughout the area.
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By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | September 28, 2014
If you are wondering how fallout from the Ray Rice elevator attack might affect the Ravens image, check out this "Saturday Night Live" skit depicting the team as criminals. The Carolina Panthers, the team the Ravens play Sunday, was satirized in the same way last night, as well as the NFL and CBS Sports Jim Nantz and Phil Simms for their handling of the scandal. It's disingenuous for SNL to be mocking CBS and not its own NBC Sports, which has the biggest NFL show on TV in "Sunday Night Football.
NEWS
March 5, 2013
The belly laugh of the past week came from Sen. Nathaniel J. McFadden's comment, "You can get a gun quicker than an apple or an orange in my community" ("Senate OKs bill to curb firearms," March 1). He should have added "if you are one of our neighborhood criminals who steal their guns or buy or borrow them from other criminals. " What hyperbole and an outright lie. From my own experience, buying a pistol in Maryland legally is not easy and requires jumping through many hoops. Criminals don't use shotguns or long rifles except in the movies.
NEWS
April 5, 2010
I am befuddled and confused about the the responses to Police Commissioner Federick H. Bealefeld III's referring to criminal as "idiots" and "morons." What is the problem with being honest? What would you have him call the people who commit crimes, use guns and destroy property and lives? "Idiot" and "moron" are not racially inflamatory words, nor are they politically incorrect. They are the descriptive adjectives one uses when you are fed up with ridiculous behaviors. Rest assured that if one of Bealefeld's detractors was the victim of a crime, the perpetrators would not be called "idiots and morons" but rather something much more obscene.
NEWS
July 25, 2012
There he goes again. The foolishness periodically advanced by Dan Rodricks that more stringent gun laws will somehow cause a reduction in gun crimes ("Adapting to the newest form of gun insanity," July 24) is belied by history, common sense and the real world. Even Draconian gun control regimens imposed by governments of all kinds since the invention of gunpowder have failed to make a dent in the acquisition of arms by those intent on criminality, be they drug traffickers in Mexico or East Baltimore, madmen in Norway or Colorado, terrorists in almost every country in the world, insurgents, justified or not, of all kinds, and those motivated by more mundane factors - lust, greed, envy, revenge, etc. Very few of the huge number of public shootings in Baltimore each year are committed by those who acquired their weapons legally.
NEWS
February 18, 2014
Our governor seems a bit confused. He wrote a letter to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security asking why they are doing their job and deporting illegal immigrants who do not have a serious criminal history ( "Groups target inconsistencies in immigration enforcement," Feb. 16). The answer is that anyone who sneaks into this country illegally is a serious criminal and should be deported. Kurt S. Willem - To respond to this letter, send an email to talkback@baltimoresun.com . Please include your name and contact information.
NEWS
March 10, 2012
In your editorial "Attack on Md. gun laws" (March 7), you state, "Maryland's high gun violence rates ... warrant strict regulations on handgun permits. " But the criminals who are creating the high gun violence rates don't have permits, nor are they concerned in the slightest about getting one. Restricting permits does not affect them in the least; in fact, to some degree it benefits them by telling them that their intended victim is probably unarmed. The restrictions on our Second Amendment rights only affect those of us who want to protect ourselves from these unrestricted criminals.
NEWS
February 14, 2011
The talk of possibly eliminating the death penalty in the state of Maryland shows that justice is simply a joke and once again the criminals will be emboldened to rape, maim and kill knowing they get to spend the rest of their lives not having to worry about being executed for the horrors of the crimes they committed ( "Death penalty moratorium leaves survivors, convicts in limbo," Feb. 13). Families of victims will get no closure as well as no justice knowing this sad fact. A life snuffed out and taxpayers having to foot the bill for the criminals who may live 20 to 60 years in prison is simply too much to bear!
NEWS
By Jessica Anderson and The Baltimore Sun | September 18, 2014
Baltimore County police have charged a civilian employee who worked in the department's Criminal Investigation Division after detectives found marijuana in her home Wednesday. Investigators searched the home of Susan M. Burke on Glenback Avenue in Pikesville Wednesday morning, where they found marijuana and drug paraphernalia in the house, police wrote in charging documents. Among the items found were grinders, scales, smoking pipes and a mason jar with plant residue, among other items for marijuana use. Police spokeswoman Elise Armacost said Burke will be reassigned to another county government position.
NEWS
By Michael Dresser and The Baltimore Sun | September 17, 2014
The gubernatorial campaign of Republican Larry Hogan is demanding a criminal investigation of its charges that Democratic rival Anthony G. Brown's campaign illegally coordinated its activities with a legally independent political action committee. The call Tuesday night for an investigation by the State Prosecutor's Office or the Attorney General's Office folows a complaint the Hogan camp made last week to the State Board of Elections on the same topic. The Hogan campaign contends that the Brown campaign ilegally coordinated its activities with those of the lieutenant governor's "One State, One Future" PAC. The Hogan campaign asked that prosecutors look into whether Brown or his running mate, Howard County Executive Ken Ulman, illegally solicited funds on behalf of the PAC. As evidence, the Hogan campaign pointed to the fact that the Brown campaign and the PAC had both reported using the same fund-raising consultants.
NEWS
By Cal Thomas | September 13, 2014
The "indefinite suspension" of Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice for knocking out his then-fiancée, now wife, in an elevator at an Atlantic City casino has again provoked debate about domestic violence and what the National Football League tolerates when it affects a star player. Ravens head coach John Harbaugh, who last spring testified to Mr.  Rice's good character, says a new video has "changed things. " Mr. Rice was initially suspended for two games after part of a video showed Mr. Rice dragging fiancée Janay Palmer from the elevator.
NEWS
August 25, 2014
Let me see if I understand this: Marquel Gaffney, 15, murdered Albert Smith, 56, in 2007, was charged as an adult, but pleaded guilty of second-degree murder and was sentenced in juvenile court ( "Baltimore man, 21, charged in second murder in five years," Aug. 5). In 2012, he was convicted of drug crimes and last year he was charged with unauthorized removal of property. In March of this year he pleaded guilty and was sentenced to four years in prison with all but six months suspended.
NEWS
August 25, 2014
I believe that we should attempt to research our claims against people, especially when we generalize about large groups such as the 11 million or more immigrants from Latin America who have been in this country without legal papers ( "Illegal immigrants will destroy America as we know it," Aug. 16). I am closely acquainted with 90 to 100 of the families included in this figure, fine people who have been in Baltimore on average about 10 years. Far from being "dangerous criminals," "traffickers," or "a danger to our security," these moms and dads have stable families, work an average of two jobs between the couples (sometimes three or four)
NEWS
By Leonard Pitts Jr and By Leonard Pitts Jr | August 24, 2014
A truism: Almost nobody looks good in his booking photo. That said, the 47th governor of Texas, one James Richard Perry, certainly gave it his best shot when he faced the camera at the Travis County Courthouse last week. The resultant image is ... not terrible. Perry is caught somewhere between a tight smile and an outright grimace, his mien taut with confidence and seriousness of purpose. Gazing on that photo, one cannot help but suspect that a transparently political indictment designed by his Democratic opponents to cripple this presumed presidential aspirant might actually help him instead.
NEWS
January 19, 2013
I'd like to propose a hypothetical situation that too few people seem to be imagining themselves in these past few weeks. Please, consider this story: Through some paranormal revelation, you know that you will be mugged tomorrow at gunpoint. You don't know when exactly. You don't know what your assailant will look like. You only know that your attacker will be armed. As a law-abiding citizen of the great state of Maryland, you cannot go out and purchase a defensive weapon from a licensed dealer.
NEWS
August 22, 2014
What is happening now in Ferguson is just unnecessary ( "Baltimore demonstrators to protest again for Ferguson," Aug. 20). Rioting and looting is not a response to the death of Michael Brown. It's simply an excuse for some to commit crimes for their own benefit. Video has shown that Mr. Brown used his size to intimidate a business owner after taking cigars without paying. No one can deny this video. His being shot six times was unnecessary and not based on his theft. All of this turmoil is due to a white policeman shooting a black man. We see blacks killing blacks every day in every city in this country.
NEWS
By David L. Warnock and William H. Murphy, Jr | August 13, 2014
In Maryland, when you're charged with a crime, that information automatically enters the public record, easily accessible by anyone with an Internet connection - including prospective employers, landlords, credit card companies and others. In Baltimore, the vast majority of charges either are dismissed, result in the state's attorney declining to prosecute, or are indefinitely postponed by the courts. In 2013, only 17 percent of criminal cases in city district court resulted in convictions.
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