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June 28, 2014
In The Sun's June 25 edition I see that you failed to cover the unfolding Lois Lerner email scandal ("Republicans blast IRS over lost Lerner emails," June 18). I can't believe how partisan your editors are. Reporters and editors are supposed to cover the news fairly and completely. The missing emails is a huge crime that affects all Americans regardless of political affiliation. Please start doing your jobs. Fred Borman - To respond to this letter, send an email to talkback@baltimoresun.com . Please include your name and contact information.
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NEWS
September 25, 2014
Regarding The Sun's editorial, "Ravens' story shifts" (Sept. 24), I'd like to make two points. First, anyone who reads the sports section for the past 30 years would now that batteries, assaults, burglaries, DUIs, drugs, etc. have been a part of the college and NFL scene for years. Except for the "elites" (especially women's groups and the media) now being upset by a video, nothing is new and nothing will really happen except a lot more wasted verbiage. Secondly, I wish The Sun would put as much energy into President Barack Obama's shifting on issues as it has on the Ravens.
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NEWS
June 25, 2013
Letter writer and former Internal Revenue Service employee Paul Streckfus has an insider's perspective and abundant knowledge ("Ehrlich wrong about IRS," June 23). He should have told The Sun's readers much more. Mr. Streckfus reveals he is able to determine that tea party groups should not have tax-exempt status, without even reading an application calling them "blatantly political organizations. " Why then didn't the IRS just process these applications in an ethical way and deny them rather than putting the applications on ice for months or even years and refusing to make a determination?
NEWS
July 1, 2014
The recent passing of Howard Baker provides significant contrasts as to how scandals are dealt with today ("Notable deaths elsewhere," June 27). Forty years ago, this country was engulfed in the monumental scandal of Watergate. What was initially proclaimed to be a third-rate burglary turned into a constitutional crisis that ultimately resulted in the resignation of a disgraced President Richard Nixon. This was due to the efforts of many people, but a substantial factor in the outcome was the persistence and skill of Howard Baker, a Republican senator from Tennessee.
NEWS
September 25, 2014
Regarding The Sun's editorial, "Ravens' story shifts" (Sept. 24), I'd like to make two points. First, anyone who reads the sports section for the past 30 years would now that batteries, assaults, burglaries, DUIs, drugs, etc. have been a part of the college and NFL scene for years. Except for the "elites" (especially women's groups and the media) now being upset by a video, nothing is new and nothing will really happen except a lot more wasted verbiage. Secondly, I wish The Sun would put as much energy into President Barack Obama's shifting on issues as it has on the Ravens.
NEWS
By John Fritze and The Baltimore Sun | March 5, 2014
A House of Representatives hearing into the scandal surrounding the Internal Revenue Service devolved into a bizarre bit of political theater on Wednesday when the committee's Republican chairman closed down the proceeding before the ranking Democrat, Baltimore Rep. Elijah E. Cummings, was given an opportunity to speak. "We're adjourned. Close it down," Republican Rep. Darrell Issa of California, the chairman of the House Oversight Committee, said as Cummings attempted to make a statement into a microphone that had been cut off. "I am a member of the Congress of the United States of America," an emotional Cummings said as Republican lawmakers left the hearing and Democrats shouted "shame.
NEWS
July 1, 2014
The recent passing of Howard Baker provides significant contrasts as to how scandals are dealt with today ("Notable deaths elsewhere," June 27). Forty years ago, this country was engulfed in the monumental scandal of Watergate. What was initially proclaimed to be a third-rate burglary turned into a constitutional crisis that ultimately resulted in the resignation of a disgraced President Richard Nixon. This was due to the efforts of many people, but a substantial factor in the outcome was the persistence and skill of Howard Baker, a Republican senator from Tennessee.
ENTERTAINMENT
By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | April 16, 2014
Fox News has a new punching bag this week: Baltimore Congressman Elijah Cummings. Monday night, he and other Democratic members of the House Committee investigating the IRS over allegations that it targeted conservative groups took a pounding on Megyn Kelly's show over recently released emails. Tuesday morning, the beatdown intensified on "Fox & Friends," which kept flashing headlines like: "Where's the Outrage? Media ignores Cummings role in IRS scandal. " "There's explosive new evidence," host Elizabeth Hasselbeck said, introducing a discussion of Cummings, "that he was leading the charge against conservatives the entire time" that he was part of a panel that was supposed to be investigating the IRS for allegedly treating conservative groups unfairly.  Cummings role on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee is ranking minority member.
NEWS
By Leonard Pitts Jr | May 16, 2013
Well, this is a fine mess. After years of moaning about various "conspiracies" against them, conservative activists finally have a real (i.e., not manufactured by Fox or inflated by Rush Limbaugh) piece of evidence to take before the court of public opinion. Meaning, of course, last week's revelation that the Internal Revenue Service has been giving extra scrutiny to groups with the words "tea party" or "patriot" in their names. Extra scrutiny from the IRS is about as welcome as extra scrutiny from the proctologist, so one can hardly blame conservative groups for complaining, as they've done since last year.
NEWS
June 26, 2014
Take a minute and Google the term "Internal Revenue Service" or "IRS," and you will find no shortage of famous quotes from people who are fearful of it. The federal agency has been compared to the Gestapo, the Mafia and the Lord Almighty. Such is the power of the tax collector to strike terror into the hearts of the audited. But recent testimony before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee has conjured a new image for the IRS - clueless, bureaucratic, disorganized and technologically incompetent.
NEWS
June 28, 2014
In The Sun's June 25 edition I see that you failed to cover the unfolding Lois Lerner email scandal ("Republicans blast IRS over lost Lerner emails," June 18). I can't believe how partisan your editors are. Reporters and editors are supposed to cover the news fairly and completely. The missing emails is a huge crime that affects all Americans regardless of political affiliation. Please start doing your jobs. Fred Borman - To respond to this letter, send an email to talkback@baltimoresun.com . Please include your name and contact information.
NEWS
June 26, 2014
Take a minute and Google the term "Internal Revenue Service" or "IRS," and you will find no shortage of famous quotes from people who are fearful of it. The federal agency has been compared to the Gestapo, the Mafia and the Lord Almighty. Such is the power of the tax collector to strike terror into the hearts of the audited. But recent testimony before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee has conjured a new image for the IRS - clueless, bureaucratic, disorganized and technologically incompetent.
ENTERTAINMENT
By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | April 16, 2014
Fox News has a new punching bag this week: Baltimore Congressman Elijah Cummings. Monday night, he and other Democratic members of the House Committee investigating the IRS over allegations that it targeted conservative groups took a pounding on Megyn Kelly's show over recently released emails. Tuesday morning, the beatdown intensified on "Fox & Friends," which kept flashing headlines like: "Where's the Outrage? Media ignores Cummings role in IRS scandal. " "There's explosive new evidence," host Elizabeth Hasselbeck said, introducing a discussion of Cummings, "that he was leading the charge against conservatives the entire time" that he was part of a panel that was supposed to be investigating the IRS for allegedly treating conservative groups unfairly.  Cummings role on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee is ranking minority member.
NEWS
By John Fritze and The Baltimore Sun | March 5, 2014
A House of Representatives hearing into the scandal surrounding the Internal Revenue Service devolved into a bizarre bit of political theater on Wednesday when the committee's Republican chairman closed down the proceeding before the ranking Democrat, Baltimore Rep. Elijah E. Cummings, was given an opportunity to speak. "We're adjourned. Close it down," Republican Rep. Darrell Issa of California, the chairman of the House Oversight Committee, said as Cummings attempted to make a statement into a microphone that had been cut off. "I am a member of the Congress of the United States of America," an emotional Cummings said as Republican lawmakers left the hearing and Democrats shouted "shame.
NEWS
June 25, 2013
Letter writer and former Internal Revenue Service employee Paul Streckfus has an insider's perspective and abundant knowledge ("Ehrlich wrong about IRS," June 23). He should have told The Sun's readers much more. Mr. Streckfus reveals he is able to determine that tea party groups should not have tax-exempt status, without even reading an application calling them "blatantly political organizations. " Why then didn't the IRS just process these applications in an ethical way and deny them rather than putting the applications on ice for months or even years and refusing to make a determination?
NEWS
By Andy Harris | June 17, 2013
President Harry S. Truman's famous adage - "The buck stops here" - sat on his desk in the Oval Office as a clear reminder that as president, he was responsible for the decisions he made and what happened in his administration. It sent a message that accountability would be an ethic of his presidency. From the scandals embroiling Washington, like the IRS targeting individuals based on their political beliefs, to the wasted stimulus dollars in Maryland that were supposed to help needy children, the days of "The buck stops here" are long gone.
NEWS
By Andy Harris | June 17, 2013
President Harry S. Truman's famous adage - "The buck stops here" - sat on his desk in the Oval Office as a clear reminder that as president, he was responsible for the decisions he made and what happened in his administration. It sent a message that accountability would be an ethic of his presidency. From the scandals embroiling Washington, like the IRS targeting individuals based on their political beliefs, to the wasted stimulus dollars in Maryland that were supposed to help needy children, the days of "The buck stops here" are long gone.
NEWS
April 15, 2014
KALs' cartoon from April 13 ( "Dogged opposition" ) is so wrong that I hardy know where to begin. For starters, it was the Republicans in Congress who championed Civil Rights legislation against fierce Democratic resistance. Secondly, what does a group like the tea party have to do with opposing civil rights for all Americans? I am not a member of the tea party, but their platform seems reasonable to me. Limited government, fair and reasonable taxation and government responsibility and accountability.
NEWS
By Leonard Pitts Jr | May 16, 2013
Well, this is a fine mess. After years of moaning about various "conspiracies" against them, conservative activists finally have a real (i.e., not manufactured by Fox or inflated by Rush Limbaugh) piece of evidence to take before the court of public opinion. Meaning, of course, last week's revelation that the Internal Revenue Service has been giving extra scrutiny to groups with the words "tea party" or "patriot" in their names. Extra scrutiny from the IRS is about as welcome as extra scrutiny from the proctologist, so one can hardly blame conservative groups for complaining, as they've done since last year.
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