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February 1, 2013
The column about a theoretical Mitt Romney presidency by Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. contains two serious flaws ("What if? Life under President Romney," Jan. 27). First, Mr. Ehrlich writes "... there would be a fiscal plan to cut $4 trillion of federal spending over the next four years. " In fact, not only did Mr. Romney never present any plan to help balance the budget, he proposed increasing the already bloated defense budget by $2 trillion over the next 10 years. Second, Mr. Romney's foreign policy was a disaster waiting to happen.
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By Michael Dresser and Erin Cox and The Baltimore Sun | October 13, 2014
Republican Larry Hogan denounced Democrat Anthony G. Brown's handling of Maryland's health exchange Monday during their second televised debate, calling the website a "complete disaster. " Brown refused to give in, acknowledging that the launch went poorly but pointing to 400,000 Marylanders who obtained health coverage and statistics showing a drop in uncompensated care at Maryland hospitals. He said the state has become one of the most competitive markets in the country. "We rolled up our sleeves and got it done," Brown said of the state's efforts to correct the website's problems.
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October 18, 2012
I salute The Sun and its writers for their most comprehensive and informative editorial, "Honest accounting needed," (Oct. 12) and for bringing the Benghazi attack and its aftermath to the attention of your thousands and thousands of readers. However, while I also would like to see the Obama administration acknowledge and learn a lesson from the mistakes they made in Libya, it is apparent that President Barack Obama hasn't any basic foreign policies. It all seems to be a hit or miss operation.
NEWS
September 22, 2014
For six long years we've endured the humiliation of President Barack Obama's disastrous foreign policy failures ( "Risks of war," Sept. 18). The White House's weak and confusing response to the huge terrorist threat posed by the brutal Islamic State is just one example. Another is Russian President Vladimir Putin's land grab in Ukraine and his military threats to the United States. Meanwhile, more terrorist groups, including al-Qaida, continue to thrive across the globe, and Iran continues to enrich uranium while delaying negotiations with the West.
NEWS
November 4, 2012
The Romney/Ryan economic "plan" is like the hair-of-the-dog "cure" for a hangover: Have another drink! After the Bush administration tax cuts led us to the brink of a depression, Mitt Romney is proposing more of the same, with no credible strategy to generate income to offset the resulting deficits - a clear formula for economic disaster. The Republican Party's economic policy is bankrupt, as will be the country if they win on Tuesday. Bruce Krueger, Ellicott City
NEWS
October 9, 2012
Here are just some of the reasons President Barack Obama should not be and must not be reelected. While Americans struggle to survive in this bleak economy, President Obama is deliberately bringing the economy to its knees. His actions have driven gas prices to the limit. Mr. Obama is supporting amnesty for millions of illegal immigrants. He is supporting government takeover of private industry and is trying to punish businesses that create jobs. Mr. Obama has stuffed the courts with liberal judges and socialist ideologists, and he is trying to create new undue gun control measures.
NEWS
February 22, 2011
What exactly is wrong with our elected officials? The Republicans who want to shut down the government are absurd and preposterous. People depend on Social Security and other government programs. For some, it is the only way they can eat, keep a roof over their heads and buy their prescription medications. It is inconceivable that they can even consider something this drastic. My mother is 78 years old and gets Social Security. I was just laid off because the company was shut down and am getting unemployment.
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By Lisa Kawata | December 12, 2011
Last Feb. 27, Project: Prom Dress raised $4,000 to benefit the American Red Cross in Howard County. The next day, a fire swept through an apartment complex in Columbia and, just like that, the funds were completely spent on the four families displaced by the fire. For about $1,000 a family, the Red Cross can provide immediate shelter, food, medicine, eyeglasses, clothing, even help with burying a pet that dies in a fire. But it's not just about the material things -- a disaster, whether it's a hurricane or a home fire, is traumatic and calls for well-trained, highly organized and unflinchingly compassionate people to help one get through it. That is the Red Cross.
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By Baltimore Sun staff | February 19, 2010
The Obama administration has determined that Maryland suffered a disaster during the major snowstorm that hit in mid-December, making the state eligible for federal recovery aid. Because of the declaration, federal funding is to the state as well as local governments for emergency protective measures taken in the counties of Baltimore, Caroline, Cecil, Harford, Howard, Kent, Montgomery, and Queen Anne's, the White House said. Local governments spent roughly $7 million plowing and salting through the massive storm, and the state approached the limit of the $26 million it had budgeted for storm emergencies -- and that was before this month's twin dumpings.
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By Andrea F. Siegel, The Baltimore Sun | August 16, 2012
The injured were bruised and confused. Those displaced were agitated. Police shouted while triage was performed and people were transported to a hospital and shelter from the parking lot of a school that had been leveled by a tornado twisting through Annapolis. The emergency scenario that played out Tuesday morning in Maryland's capital city was a drill aimed at testing the city's response to disaster - a response that Kevin Simmons, emergency operations chief, said went "really well.
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By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | July 28, 2014
If you want to understand the chaos that is now Iraq with ISIS on the rise and almost everything America thought it had built crashing down, don't miss Frontline's "Losing Iraq" at  10 tomorrow night on PBS. No one on TV has done better investigative and long-form journalism on Iraq than Frontline. Period. And Tuesday's "Losing Iraq" is a stunning catalog of American ignorance, arrogance, lies and senseless death and destruction. If you thought you were over George W. Bush, Dick Cheney and Don Rumsfeld, this will make you seethe all over again at them and publications like the New York Times, which let Team Bush sell its lies and lead thousands of young Americans to their deaths.
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By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | July 15, 2014
Emergency personnel will converge on Inner Harbor waters near Canton on Wednesday as part of a staged water taxi disaster, an event geared toward assessing rescue capabilities and practicing response techniques. Between 8 a.m. and noon, first responders from various federal, state and local agencies will be rescuing flotation devices and "dummies" representing casualties or adrift taxi passengers in water near the 3200 block of Boston St., the Mayor's Office of Emergency Management said.
NEWS
June 25, 2014
The Baltimore City Council needs to immediately budget funds for a makeover of the city police force. The thug-like actions of some city cops has cast a pall over the entire police force ( "Baltimore police suspend another officer in dog killing," June 19). Is it any wonder why the residents of Baltimore mistrust the very people who are sworn to protect and serve them? That notion is deeply saddening to me, if only because I know that most members of the police force are diligent cops and good people.
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Letter to The Aegis | May 27, 2014
The following was addressed to the Harford County Council. A copy was provided for publication. I am against the proposed bill to amend the County Charter to remove the responsibility of the Council in its role as the Board of Appeals in Zoning matters. I have read the bill and the remarks from other concerned citizens, such as Friends of Harford.  I can see disaster for citizens if the council abrogates its responsibilities in zoning matters. Put yourselves in the position of the citizen who could see his zoning case come before a Maryland Circuit Court for a local decision!
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By David Zurawik, The Baltimore Sun | May 25, 2014
UPDATES AT END... Ray Rice's Friday news conference was one of those media events I wanted to give myself some time to think about. Now that I've thought about it for almost 24 hours, I can say without reservation it is one of the worst media PR disasters I have ever seen. And that perhaps says as much about the Ravens and Rice's apparent legion of advisers and handlers as it does the troubled running back himself. It violated almost every rule of how to use a news conference to try to redeem a badly damaged image.
NEWS
April 19, 2014
I was glad to read that three people were rescued unharmed from flash floods in the Baltimore area ( "Several are rescued after downpours cause flooding," April 15). Unfortunately, these types of extreme weather events are becoming more common, and we are discovering that many people and communities are unprepared to cope with the effects of heavy rains or extreme temperatures. As your article notes, the Baltimore City Department of Public Works has put in place some temporary fixes to address flooding in low-lying areas, and it is working on finding permanent solutions.
NEWS
March 14, 2011
The earthquake and tsunami that hit northern Japan on Friday were natural disasters of epic proportions that left the country to cope with not one but two huge challenges. Many thousands perished under the towering waters that swept ashore after the first temblor and wiped away dozens of coastal villages. In their wake, millions more were stranded without electricity, drinking water, food or shelter, and communications with the rest of the country have been virtually cut off. Compounding the humanitarian crisis is the specter of an environmental catastrophe stemming from the potential meltdown of one or more of three nuclear reactors at an electrical generating plant.
NEWS
January 24, 2012
As a frequent traveler, I read with interest: "10 disaster lessons for cruise travelers" (Jan. 22). Unfortunately, the article left out a key lesson: Whenever you travel, always carry a pocket flashlight with fresh batteries with you at all times. As happened on the Costa Concordia, and as also frequently occurs on planes and trains after crashes, typically, the first thing that happens is that the lights go out. A pocket flashlight will help you find a way out, and most importantly, if you are injured or pinned down by debris, its signal will alert rescuers to your whereabouts.
NEWS
February 12, 2014
Which team had a worse off-season, the Orioles/Angelos organization or the Obama/O'Malley administrations? As the bad news continues to roll in for the abomination called Obamacare, the Orioles continue to waste a chance of a lifetime to seriously compete in the baseball world. Messrs. O'Malley and Obama wasted nearly a quarter billion dollars of taxpayers' hard-earned money on a health care web site and still have nothing to show for it except thousands of frustrated, uninsured Marylanders ( "State sign-up costs mount," Feb. 11)
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