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April 16, 2013
Many thanks to the Baltimore Sun for an eloquent editorial on the Ben Carson saga ("Ben Carson and the price of free speech," April 13). This is a work of art! The Sun's staff has captured the essence of free speech with professorial precision. And, have accepted free speech that may be controversial, as long as it stays in context. We also got a lesson in what happens when our so-called free speech becomes aberrant, degrading, and outside the limits of good taste. This piece should also send an alert to those who are steadfast in their defense of Dr. Ben. Loyalty and preconception must be tempered with common sense and reality.
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NEWS
September 26, 2014
Your recent editorial notes that Gov. Martin O'Malley is sidestepping the country's immigration laws by allowing illegal immigrants to obtain driver licenses ( "License to deport," Sept. 22). But are we safer given that there is no requirement for legal or illegal immigrants to read and speak English as a prerequisite for getting a license? The Maryland DMV's online driver test tutorial is in English and Spanish. The DMV driver's manual has a Spanish version. Why? Having drivers on the road who can only speak and read their native languages does not satisfy me that they will be able to read traffic signs and respond intelligently to law enforcement questioning should they be pulled over for any reason.
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NEWS
December 29, 2002
Editorials, unlike other articles that appear in this newspaper, don't have bylines. The name of the person who writes it doesn't appear at the top - or the bottom - of each editorial. That's because the editorials represent the voice of The Sun, not of any one individual. They reflect the paper's abiding values and core concerns. The editorial page speaks for the publisher, but in a broader sense, it speaks for The Sun and its history. We like to think of it as the soul of the newspaper.
NEWS
September 8, 2014
As I was reading The Sun's recent editorial, "The Tell-Tale Heart" (Sept. 5), I almost choked on my coffee. I've read some very pro-Ravens articles in the editorial section over the years and a few not so complimentary editorials on the Orioles - even over the past three seasons when the team has returned to the winning franchise many of us have known most of our lives - but the comments and poor writing today in this article made me question why...
NEWS
January 3, 1999
The mission of The Sun's editorial page is to provide timely, compelling commentary on issues of interest to Maryland readers, particularly those in the Baltimore area. The editorial page will seek to engage, educate, challenge and amuse. It will recognize the strengths of the community, as well as its weaknesses, acting as a forum for discussion of alternatives and a force for positive change. It will chastise when necessary and offer praise when deserved.-- Editorial page mission statementAn editorial is the institutional opinion of The Sun, not that of any one individual.
NEWS
September 13, 2011
For the editorial board of The Sun to say that $447 billion is "modest" only illustrates the depths of their partisan-at-all-costs support for anything President Barack Obama proposes ("Let them eat tax cuts," Sept. 12). And exactly when and where did the editorial board extol the virtues of bi-partisanship when the president had overwhelming majorities in the House and Senate during his first two years in office? Save your future editorials on Washington's dysfunction (and it only seems dysfunctional when a liberal agenda doesn't sail through our legislative bodies)
NEWS
September 10, 2013
In regard to The Sun's editorial calling for military action in Syria ("Where is the outrage?" Sept. 4) , why hasn't the editorial board taken a similar position on other parts of the world where hundreds of thousands of civilians have been brutally slaughtered? Your political imperative is obvious in your rationale for war. I trust that Congress will have more courage. Barry Banther, Tarpon Springs, Fla.
NEWS
July 20, 2011
What exactly is "stupefying" about turning the care of the Chesapeake Bay over to the state which has the greatest stake in having it be clean and functioning ("No defender of the bay," July 18)? Or was your editorial more about political candidates The Sun's editorial board wishes to support and less about issues? David Riley
NEWS
October 23, 2012
Leave it to The Sun to mock Mitt Romney's voluntary effort to include women in his administration as governor of Massachusetts ("The binding of women," Oct. 18). Must any affirmative action to include women be mandated by government to satisfy The Sun's editorial board? Oh, wait? I get it. If the government had mandated Mr. Romney's action, then our president could have told Mr. Romney: "You didn't build - I mean do - that. " Bob Price, Lutherville
NEWS
November 6, 2012
The Sun's editorial board apparently does not read its own reporting ("Obama for president," Nov. 4). Investigations and conclusions of the various reporters and responders have written dissertations that are the polar opposites with the campaign sound bites displayed in "The Record. " Moreover, the board is ignorant of the Constitution and just how it is supposed to work. Any president can push, prod, cajole, and even legislatively bribe to get what he wants but he can not command it to be done and have it done only his way. One would think that with majorities in the House and Senate for President Barack Obama's first two years that crafting and passing a budget would be a first base kind of project.
NEWS
August 12, 2014
I was not surprised to read the view of The Sun's editorial board in "End the pension fight" (Aug. 8), but your facts are incorrect. The police and fire unions made a proposal in September of 2009 regarding the fire and police pension plan. While the unions were negotiating with members of the City Council to seek those changes, the mayor's folks were crafting Ordinance 10-0306, which took effect in June 2010. While in litigation we made a settlement offer to Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake in January of 2013 with regard to Ordinance 10-0306.
NEWS
July 3, 2014
The "new higher standards" that The Sun's editorial board has just discovered as it defends the Common Core are of great interest to those who were responsible for the learning program of students for the past 50 years ( "In defense of Common Core," June 27). It is also an incredible insult to those of us who developed the curriculum and the thousands of dedicated teachers who implemented it and fostered critical thinking routinely in their classrooms. It is not new to the classroom teacher that if a second grade child needs a more challenging text, it is integrated into their program to meet their individual needs.
NEWS
June 19, 2014
In talking to fellow Baltimoreans the conversation often turns to our growing dissatisfaction with city institutions. Our elected public officials and agencies too often fail to seriously address the challenges of the day, and our schools continue to rank last in the state. The police department soaks up an ever-growing share of the budget with little to show in terms of results, and employment opportunities evade far too many of our citizens. And now we even have to question the attentiveness of our last remaining daily newspaper.
NEWS
April 27, 2014
I was disappointed to learn that The Baltimore Sun omitted one of the most significant Republican gubernatorial teams in the recent editorial about the sparring between Attorney General Doug Gansler and Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown ( "Back seat bickering," April 23). Republican candidate Charles Lollar and his running mate Kenneth Timmerman offer a refreshing choice for all Maryland voters, and their candidacy should be given equal attention in any review of the primary contests. Unfortunately, The Sun's editorial board has either been distracted by the noisy infighting of the predominant party's contenders or purposefully chose to ignore Mr. Lollar, an experienced businessman and former Marine who has crafted a realistic and workable plan to eliminate wasteful and fraudulent spending that will increase economic viability and turn around the exit of businesses and revenue that have resulted in our current situation.
NEWS
February 27, 2014
In your editorial regarding the political upheaval in Ukraine ( "Ukraine's uncharted waters, http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/opinion/editorial/bs-ed-ukraine-20140224%2C0%2C2383512.story Feb. 25), one paragraph caught my eye. "The economy is in a shambles, banks are in crisis and the government has run out of money to pay pensions and workers salaries, let alone the country's foreign debt. Boy, most of that sounds like what has happened to a country near and dear to our hearts.
NEWS
November 18, 2013
Last week, the Harrisburg, Pa., Patriot-News' editorial board did something we editorial writers are loath to do: admit a monumental error in judgment. With tomorrow's 150th anniversary of President Abraham Lincoln's Gettysburg Address fast approaching, the current editorialists at what was, in 1863, the Patriot & Union, felt it incumbent upon themselves to officially apologize for their predecessors' dismissal of the most celebrated presidential remarks in our nation's history as "silly.
NEWS
November 29, 2011
I wanted to scream after reading the editorial about Ron Smith on Friday ("The voice of reason," Nov. 25). To say The Sun's editorial board is not often in agreement with Ron in matters of politics and government is a given. Ron's ideas are reasonable and formed by basic common sense. The Sun's ideas are usually absurd, partisan and predictably wrong. To link Ron with Rush Limbaugh and Fox News is absurd - more predictable Sun style. You were correct that he is not captive of the dogma or talking points of the right, as The Sun carries the water of the far left daily.
NEWS
February 15, 2013
The Sun's editorial board commits the same sin they attribute to conservatives: selective editing of Dr. Ben Carson's speech and the reaction thereto ("The Carson Monologue" Feb 12). Did not Cal Thomas, a conservative icon, come out with a demand that Dr. Carson apologize to the president? The Sun piece made no mention. To quote from the great doctor's speech: "Enough said. " Did not Dr. Carson himself establish that six doctors signed the Declaration of Independence? The Sun piece made no mention.
NEWS
October 31, 2013
The Sun just can't help itself from pandering for Barack Obama, no matter what, can it? President Obama has for the last few years repeatedly stated that "if you like your health insurance plan, you can keep it. Period. " That pronouncement was not true and Mr. Obama either knew it or definitely should have known it. But as The Sun always does when it comes to your cherished President Obama, you justify him. Your editorial, " The cancelled policies (Oct. 31), spins this broken promise by trying to claim the real wrong is of course those evil Republicans and their allies who point out the lie. Despite Mr. Obama's statement being crystal clear in what was said and meant, your editorial claims "...it's clear what the president meant...it doesn't mean anybody losing 'quality' coverage they like.
NEWS
October 10, 2013
In reading The Sun's editorial pages on Oct. 4, I couldn't help but think that the editorial board, in bowing to the extreme left wing base, has been shoveling a huge amount of "stuff. " Take, for example, the editorial, "Congress: Do your job," where you take issue with the Republican majority in the U.S. House of Representatives over their distaste for the Obamacare bill passed by Democrats, without a single Republican vote. What you never seem to discuss is that under our Constitution, the House holds the purse strings of this nation.
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