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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.
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By Michael Hensley | October 13, 2014
I've taught math at Oakland Mills High School in Howard County for seven years. In that time, I've read hundreds of articles about the problems in American math education. But I've yet to see a mention of the single biggest crisis I face in my classroom. Howard County has a policy of placing every ninth grade student into at least Algebra I - even if the student is currently doing math at a fourth grade level. As a direct result of this policy, students enter my classroom lacking essential prerequisite knowledge.
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NEWS
December 30, 2009
I find it interesting that The Baltimore Sun suggests there is no responsibility on President Barack Obama for the failure to keep the Islamic terrorist Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab from boarding the Northwest Airlines flight to Detroit ("Heeding warning signs," Dec. 29) by saying "Homeland Security officials have been following the same procedures developed by the Bush administration that had to deal with the Reid episode weeks after the Sept. 11 attacks." Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano used the same reasoning to defend their lack of preventive actions.
NEWS
October 4, 2014
The Secret Service's failures were so many, so egregious and so ineptly handled that they require immediate action. The resignation of agency director Julia A. Pierson is a good first step ("Housecleaning at the Secret Service," Oct. 1). It's clear from facts that keep dribbling out that the agency has a systemic problem that can't be fixed by those who caused or tolerated it. Everyone from the top down who was involved in the numerous failures should be replaced from outside the agency because if the Secret Service is to fulfill its mission, failure is not an option.
NEWS
June 22, 2010
I was a passenger on MARC train 538, which was disabled near Cheverly on Monday. The statement made by a MARC employee to The Sun that water was given to passengers on the stranded train is false. Passengers were not offered water. The train was stranded for nearly two hours before passengers were allowed to get off to escape the heat in the coaches, and during that time not one conductor even walked through the first coach (directly behind the disabled engine 4911, which breaks down regularly when outside temperatures reach 90 degrees)
NEWS
December 6, 2012
One word would accurately describe the remarks by Baltimore Gas and Electric officials and the Maryland Office of People's Counsel in their case to increase rates - babble ("BGE to make case for increase," Dec. 2). The customers should not have to pay one penny for the company's so-called funding of infrastructure improvements needed for reliable service. Let BGE stop wasteful spending on unnecessary advertising. The truth of the matter is that real reliable service from BGE will not come until the utility admits that their major problem is a shortage of power restoration crews.
NEWS
January 16, 2014
Your editorial blaming Maryland gun dealers for the state's delay in conducting background checks on prospective buyers was absolutely absurd ( "Panicking over Md.'s gun law," Jan. 13). The state wrote the requirements, waiting periods and time frame that allowed gun dealers to release legally purchased guns to buyers. It wasn't the dealers who created whose unenforceable procedures. It was wholly a state responsibility. The blame lies totally with the regulating body, not the dealers or buyers.
NEWS
January 18, 2014
Columnist Dan Rodricks writes that Marylanders have an apology coming for the flawed rollout of Obamacare ( "Some Marylanders deserve apology for insurance stress," Jan. 16). Mr. Rodricks might start by with apologizing himself for his endless promotion of Obamacare over the last several years. Now that he has what he wanted he is trying to blame the law's problems on the Republicans, even though not one Republican in Congress voted for Obamacare. And don't give me that single-payer baloney.
NEWS
July 15, 2012
BGE took out a full-page ad on the back page of The Sun to discuss its response to the recent massive power outage. Of 24 inches of print, 22.5 inches attempted to explain or defend its actions and the remainder was a vague and meaningless "discussion" of measures it is taking to avoid such an occurrences in the future. It appears that the management of BGE is about 16 times more interested in defending themselves than in providing a substantial discussion of what, if anything, they plan to do to prevent the community that depends on them from becoming a Third World country during the next unexpected storm.
NEWS
July 27, 2011
Make no mistake about it, but the next seven days are of major importance to the financial vision and financial health of all people in the United States and indeed the world ("The Ohio two-step," July 26). The genius of the United States has been our ability to compromise on just about every situation over the past 224 years, with the exception of the Civil War period. It is wonderful to pursue with determination your own views within a divided Congress and government. It is quite simple to totally ignore the rights and feelings and concern of your neighbors.
NEWS
October 1, 2014
Secret Service director Julia A. Pierson did herself no favors this week when she appeared before a House subcommittee to explain why her agency so badly bungled the job of protecting the president. There's no excuse for the repeated lapses in security that put the president's life at risk, nor for the agency's attempts to hide the seriousness of the incidents afterward. Ms. Pierson finally acknowledged that today when she submitted her resignation as head of the agency. In the days leading up to her departure, Ms. Pierson had promised a thorough internal investigation of the matter, but that's not good enough.
NEWS
September 30, 2014
Every time I read another column by Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. claiming that "Obamacare" is a failure I nearly split my sides laughing ( "Affordable Care Act lies," Sept. 21). Tell that story to America's hospitals, which are saving $5.7 billion this year alone. Why such huge savings? Because in states that have expanded Medicaid, hospital bills are getting paid. In states that haven't expanded Medicaid, however, unpaid hospital bills are still costing billions - $5.5 billion in Texas alone where Rick Perry, the Republican governor and perennial loser presidential candidate, has refused to expand his state's Medicaid system and hospitals are kept afloat with property taxes.
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By Aaron Wilson and The Baltimore Sun | September 24, 2014
Ravens cornerback Jimmy Smith has been assigned an Oct. 7 court date at Towson District Court for his misdemeanor disorderly conduct case, according to Baltimore County police spokesman Shawn Vinson. Smith was charged with failure to obey a reasonable and lawful order of a law enforcement officer on July 12 when he was arrested by police and given a citation following an incident at The Greene Turtle in Towson. According to Maryland criminal law code Section 10-201 governing disturbing the peace and disorderly conduct, which includes willfully failing to obey a reasonable and lawful order from a law enforcement officer, those convicted of violating this law are subject to a maximum punishment of 60 days in jail or a fine not exceeding $500, or both penalties.
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Robert L. Ehrlich Jr | September 21, 2014
The man-made catastrophe known as the "Affordable Care Act" and "Obamacare" still lurks. And nobody should interpret the absence of daily negative headlines as a sign the law's myriad problems have been rectified, or that there is substance to Harry Reid's claim of "untrue" horror stories following the law's implementation. So, how much damage has been inflicted now that gross ineptitude in foreign policy has replaced gross ineptitude in health care policy? Let me count the ways … and lies.
NEWS
By Christina Davidson | September 9, 2014
My father's Ohio hometown was named after a battle in Bladensburg, Md. Aug. 24, 1814, where my 4-times-great grandfather, Samuel Davidson, fought against the invading British. American cultural identity worships valor and victory, and my history teachers always skimmed the War of 1812, so I grew up assuming Bladensburg, Ohio commemorated a glorious triumph. After moving to D.C. in my 20s, I finally learned Bladensburg was a humiliating disaster that scarcely impeded the British march to burn Washington.
NEWS
September 2, 2014
The demise of the proposed inter-modal transportation hub in Morrell Park is a sad day for the Port of Baltimore and the many folks whose living depends on it. (I'm sure other East Coast ports are cheering.) Where was the leadership in Annapolis on this issue? The governor clearly wasn't interested - he was out campaigning somewhere for something. Lt. Gov. Anthony G. Brown? Obviously not interested either. Now, about Maryland being business-friendly? Help me to understand this.
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By Annie Linskey, The Baltimore Sun | March 20, 2011
The Motor Vehicle Administration is planning to overhaul its voter registration procedures after an analysis showed that one in four motorists who tried to sign up at an MVA office never made it to the voter rolls. The agency plans to discard the paper-based process that lawmakers described as "antiquated" and move to the fully automated system long desired by Maryland State Board of Elections officials, who field angry phone calls every year from Marylanders who discover that they're not registered when they try to vote on Election Day. "There is always room for improvement," said MVA Administrator John Kuo. "We're always constantly looking at other practices around the country.
NEWS
October 4, 2014
The Secret Service's failures were so many, so egregious and so ineptly handled that they require immediate action. The resignation of agency director Julia A. Pierson is a good first step ("Housecleaning at the Secret Service," Oct. 1). It's clear from facts that keep dribbling out that the agency has a systemic problem that can't be fixed by those who caused or tolerated it. Everyone from the top down who was involved in the numerous failures should be replaced from outside the agency because if the Secret Service is to fulfill its mission, failure is not an option.
SPORTS
By Jeff Zrebiec, The Baltimore Sun | July 25, 2014
Jimmy Smith knew what was on everybody's mind. So before the assembled reporters could ask him a question, Smith had one of his own. “Can I start off?,” he asked as he settled behind a microphone outside the Ravens' practice facility following the second full-squad workout Friday. The floor was his. “The incident that occurred is still a legal matter so I'm not able to discuss that right now,” Smith said in his first public comments since his July 12 arrest for misdemeanor disorderly conduct.
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