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September 28, 2012
It would seem that both your columnist, Dan Rodricks , and author Garret Epps make little distinction between conservatives in general and what they refer to as "the far right" ("Wresting Constitution from the far right," Sept. 25). Since Mr. Rodricks has declared himself an arbiter of what "a good and important read" Mr. Epps' book is, I feel justified to make a recommendation of my own: That they both attend a meeting of any of the local conservative constitutional study groups, such as "We The People" or "The 9-12 Group.
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NEWS
May 13, 2014
On May 6, Dan Rodricks wrote a column concerning prayer in Carroll County Commission meetings ( "A 'frustrating, disingenuous' Supreme Court ruling"). Mr. Rodricks quotes the prayer that Robin Frazier read and then quotes a law professor, "the Founding Fathers and framers of the Constitution - Washington, Adams, Jefferson, Madison and others - might have mentioned a specific religion when speaking among themselves, but when they addressed the public they were 'incredibly sensitive' not to appear to favor any particular creed.
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NEWS
May 1, 2012
Is the Dan Rodricks who wrote that ridiculously misinformed column about pit bulls ("Pit bulls: Own them at your risk," May 1) the same Dan Rodricks who implores us to give ex-cons a second chance in society? He's ready to condemn innocent dogs and their owners, but we are all supposed to give people who have already been proven guilty of a crime a second chance? What about a first chance for pit bulls, Dan? April Myers, Baldwin
NEWS
April 29, 2014
I was disturbed on multiple levels after reading Dan Rodricks ' recent article, "Two years after Maryland court ruling, pit bulls on attack" (April 26). Not only does Mr. Rodricks feed into anti-pit bull hysteria for the sake of sensationalizing a hot-button issue, but his piece can hardly be called journalism due to its questionable methodology. Mr. Rodricks' "research" for this piece is based upon a "game" that he calls "Pit Bull Google. " He writes, "Anyone with access to the Internet can do it. " Apparently, anyone with access to the Internet can also be a journalist!
NEWS
December 9, 2011
The robocalls made on behalf of Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. were less cynical than Dan Rodricks ' column ("Drawing the line in cutthroat business of politics," Dec. 7). To describe protected political speech defenses as "hedging" betrays a sneering disbelief in basic First Amendment freedoms. Constitutional rights are not technicalities. Thomas F. McDonough, Towson
NEWS
September 14, 2011
It took a lot of courage for Dan Rodricks to write his recent column regarding the civilian deaths in Iraq and Afghanistan on the 10 t h anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks ("In anger and pain, little sympathy for the 'deaths of others.'") His views are shared by many returning veterans from those campaigns who saw first hand the horrible state of so many innocent people. As a veteran of World War II and father of veterans and relative of others who have served in Iraq, I will forever support our troops but have been opposed to the Middle East military policy going back before Desert Storm.
NEWS
October 20, 2012
The end is near. I agreed with both Susan Reimer on the presidential debate ("No debate," Oct. 18) and Dan Rodricks on the gambling referendum ("Legerdemain in Harrah's Question 7 ad," Oct. 18) in today's Sun. This appears to be a once in a lifetime happening. Mike Iwancio, Arnold
NEWS
November 8, 2011
In Dan Rodricks ' otherwise intriguing discussion of the future of Sparrows Point ("Re-imagining Sparrows Point," Nov. 6) I found the total absence of any mention of environmental impact startling. I believe that we need to include environmental interests at the beginning so it is built into any development plan, not put on as a somewhat unwelcome afterthought. Natalie Dandekar
NEWS
By Dan Rodricks | March 17, 2011
I agree with Dan Rodricks ("O'Malley shows more ambition than leadership," March 15) and this does not happen often. Our alabaster nanny Martin O'Malley or "MOM," is very ambitious, and he is also a good politician, but he is very weak in management and is a poor leader. By the way, these are all traits he shares with President Obama. Lyle Rescott, Marriottsville
NEWS
June 27, 2012
I'm really going to miss Dan Rodricks on the op-ed page. He was the perfect point/counterpoint to Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. I read both at the same time to get two very different viewpoints, and sometimes I wondered if they were talking about the same Maryland. Moving Mr. Rodricks to the metro pages, I think, is a mistake. Bob Reuter, Baltimore
NEWS
April 25, 2014
In regard to Dan Rodricks ' recent column on the minimum wage and tipped workers ( "Questioning wage law built on the kindness of strangers," April 18), I was following along with Dan's arguments up until his last sentence, "and I thought that in America we like to see extra effort rewarded. " In a previous paragraph, Mr. Rodricks laments the huge gap between the country's wealthiest 10 percent and everyone else and questions why we legally limit the amount of compensation food industry and hospitality workers might get. If he feels strongly, as he should, that the government should not be limiting the amount of money anyone can earn, why is he OK with limiting the amount that the wealthiest 10 percent earn through confiscatory and punitive taxes and tax rates?
NEWS
January 14, 2014
While I would have preferred that Dan Rodricks would have let Gov. William Donald Schaefer rest in peace instead of using him in his column on the New Jersey bridge scandal, I now have a bit of advice for him ("Despite competition from Maryland, Christie's Bridgegate takes the pettiness prize," Jan. 11). In my eulogy for Governor Schaefer, I pictured him walking the golden streets with St. Peter checking for pot holes. When he saw some folks there he asked, "Why are they here?
NEWS
July 18, 2013
Dan Rodricks makes a good argument for the danger in "stand your ground" laws ("What we all lose with 'stand your ground,'" July 16). But the one question not asked and answered to my satisfaction is why does stand your ground not apply to Trayvon Martin? Did he not stand his ground? And what did he get for that? A bullet. Stand your ground laws will only allow legal warfare to take place on our streets. And it should not be part of a civilized society. Raymond Hoff, Columbia
NEWS
Dan Rodricks | July 8, 2013
How ironic that Dan Rodricks displays such contempt for what he calls the "capitalist democracy we celebrate on the Fourth of July" ("On tax breaks for developers, you can't beat City Hall. " July 4). I wonder why he still lives here. There are many other places that are not "capitalist democracies" where he could reside. Of course, he wouldn't be able to publish his column there without censorship (which, come to think of it, might not be a bad idea). As far as the sad situation of people still living in below the poverty line, only in a Utopia would that problem be entirely solved.
NEWS
June 17, 2013
I can't believe I'm reading The Sun lately in this liberal, one-party state. Last week, I saw articles chastising the Obama administration for abuses of power, government overreach and the five latest investigations in which "all the president's men" knew nothing about anything while under oath before Congress. And now, can it be that Dan Rodricks - of all people - is berating the governor and the "dim bulbs in Annapolis" for passing the 37th tax or "fee" under the O' Malley administration ("Give us a break from City Hall's fee fever," June 13)
NEWS
May 13, 2013
When Dan Rodricks ("Complaining CEOs need to take a hike," May 9) has a business to run, make payrolls, pay benefits, meet government regulations, and pay taxes for his employees, maybe then he could criticize the opinions of these CEOs who have concerns about Maryland's taxes and regulations. Joe Heming
NEWS
May 13, 2013
When Dan Rodricks ("Complaining CEOs need to take a hike," May 9) has a business to run, make payrolls, pay benefits, meet government regulations, and pay taxes for his employees, maybe then he could criticize the opinions of these CEOs who have concerns about Maryland's taxes and regulations. Joe Heming
NEWS
May 1, 2012
Dan Rodricks ' May 1st column ("Pit bulls: Own at your risk") effectively condemns all pit bulls to death. It demonstrates how fear combined with ignorance can lead to prejudice. It's too bad that Mr. Rodricks, who has spent years trying to counteract this phenomenon among others, does not recognize it in himself. Jeanne Bilanin, Baltimore
NEWS
May 11, 2013
Dan Rodricks ' advice that "complaining CEOs need to take a hike" (May 9) comes a bit late. For the first time anyone can recall, this year's Fortune 500 includes zero Baltimore-based companies. We are now the largest U.S. city without a single corporate headquarters, and there are only four left in the state - down from 11 as recently as 2007. Clearly, those who decide where to create local job opportunities (and, let's not forget, lead many philanthropic efforts) have been taking a hike for many years, just as over 300,000 Baltimore residents voted with their feet over the decades and fled the city's high property taxes, incredible shrinking economy and dismal provision of public services.
NEWS
April 4, 2013
I was quite puzzled by Dan Rodricks ' recent column on Dr. Ben Carson ("Ben Carson's biblically based conservatism," March 31). Why would an open-minded person such as Mr. Rodricks put down Dr. Carson for his belief in the written and spoken word of God? I respect Dr. Carson's Christian views and values, and I find it alarming how easily they were dismissed by Mr. Rodricks. G. Todd Guntner
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