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December 13, 2010
I'm very disappointed in Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz for nominating Arnold E. Jablon to become head of the new Department of Permits, Inspections and Approval. ("Conflict Feared in Jablon's Balto. Co. Posting," Dec. 12). I'm also disappointed in the Baltimore County Council members who have expressed support of Mr. Jablon, the former county zoning commissioner. Mr. Jablon is returning to Baltimore County after working for the Venable law firm in Towson. His contact there with developers brews a perfect storm for conflict of interest.
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By Paul Pierre-Louis and The Baltimore Sun | September 21, 2014
Down 14-10 near the end of the first half Saturday night at Johnny Unitas Stadium, the Towson football team had a chance to take the lead as its offense lined up on North Carolina Central's 21-yard-line. Tigers quarterback Connor Frazier scrambled to his right and threw a pass toward the back of the end zone in hopes of finding wide receiver Derrick Joseph. But Eagles defensive back Theo Livingston was in position and snagged it out of the air, resulting in the Tigers' first turnover of the season.  On the Tigers' next drive, however, from a similar spot where he threw his interception, Frazier found wide receiver Spencer Wilkins for a 22-yard touchdown.
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NEWS
February 21, 2012
Whenever a wayward politician (or staff member) nowadays gets caught, they never admit that they did something wrong. According to them they made a "mistake" ("Disgrace in the Senate," Feb. 19). They make this denial even though they did exactly what they intended. They didn't try to do one thing and it ended up as another, which would be a mistake. It seems that their "mistake" was they got caught. Frederick C. Lohn, Pasadena
NEWS
September 18, 2014
I will not pretend to be a legal expert. That being said, I take a stance on the Ray Rice issue because I believe that the hypocrisy is slightly annoying ( "Ravens bungled the Ray Rice case from start to finish," Sept. 17). I have no doubt in my mind and fully agree that Ray Rice committed a crime. He should accept the repercussions that come along with his actions. However, it is something that should be left to the discretion of the legal system, not the NFL. The NFL is by nature an organization that is prominent because they provide entertainment to us, the viewers.
NEWS
May 26, 2012
My response to your editorial "Citizens United II" (May 22) is get real. Do you really think that the justices "fail to grasp that spending by a super PAC on behalf of candidates amounts to something little different than giving them money directly," or, "surely the justices are capable of recognizing their mistake"? Citizens United is no mistake; the justices knew exactly what they were doing. Michael Brown, Columbia
NEWS
September 23, 2010
I feel that the money Baltimore County and Maryland have decided to give to GM White Marsh will do little good for the county or state as a whole ("Council approves $6M for GM White Marsh expansion," Sept. 21). This gift will help only a very few overpaid United Auto Workers members. Taxpayers would get much more bang for their buck if these funds were used to train and mentor minimum wage employees so they might advance themselves toward making a living wage, or to train and mentor unemployed citizens of Maryland.
NEWS
June 22, 2013
As a Vietnam-era U.S. Marine, I understand why there are only eight female names on the Vietnam Memorial wall out of 58,267. What perplexes me is why women would want to face the horrible conditions of forward combat units in the horror of war ("Pentagon to open most combat roles to women," June 19)? Most combatants our troops face these days are young, Sharia-minded Muslim men from a culture which devalues women; they will react with a horrible vengeance to any woman we put in a battle situation against them.
NEWS
February 2, 2011
Gov. Martin O'Malley thinks that if you don't pay taxes, you shouldn't get an auto license ( "Driver's licenses, vehicle registrations may be denied over owed taxes," Feb. 2). Result: many drivers without licenses, unregulated by the Motor Vehicle Administration and without liability insurance. Maybe there's a good reason why Maryland would be one of the few states to approve such a law. Jim Astrachan, Baltimore
NEWS
December 4, 2012
Just when you think that you have seen, heard, or read everything, you get another surprise. I was flabbergasted when I read that Anne Arundel County Councilman John Grasso is going to run for county executive ("Arundel Councilman Grasso to announce county exec. bid," Nov. 28). If we thought that Mr. Grasso was arrogant before, can you just imagine him as Anne Arundel County executive? We have had enough of this with the current county executive. Anne Arundel County does not need another dictatorship!
NEWS
February 11, 2011
If Del. Maggie MacIntosh wants to make sure the legislature "does it right" in determining if gas drilling by the hydraulic fracturing method is allowed in Maryland, she should heed the warnings given her committee by John Quigley in his testimony describing the wave of problems it is creating across Pennsylvania ( "Md. lawmakers warned of natural gas drilling woes in Pa.," Feb. 10). We know. We have a home there. Note, too, that Mr. Quigley describes chemically-laden gas that erupted in the Susquehanna River.
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Dan Rodricks | September 13, 2014
After reading Chris Davis' apologetic statement on his suspension from the Orioles for taking a drug he wasn't allowed to take under the rules of Major League Baseball, I had to look up the word "mistake. " A "mistake" is what Davis said he made. His manager, an Orioles broadcaster and a teammate used the word as well. "I made a mistake by taking Adderall," Davis said. "We all make mistakes," said Buck Showalter. "The big boy made a mistake," said Joe Angel, one of the voices of the Orioles on radio.
SPORTS
By Jeff Zrebiec, The Baltimore Sun | September 10, 2014
The Ravens' top decision makers acknowledged Wednesday that the organization failed in its handling of the Ray Rice investigation and now needs to rebuild trust with its fans. In their first interview since Monday's decision to terminate Rice's contract on the same day a video surfaced of him striking his then-fiancee, Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti, team president Dick Cass and general manager Ozzie Newsome told The Baltimore Sun that the team will be more diligent in investigating legal matters involving their players going forward.
ENTERTAINMENT
By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | September 7, 2014
I have to admit I was not overjoyed at the thought of spending the Ravens' season opener with the fourth-string CBS broadcasting team of Spero Dedes and Solomon Wilcots. But I only wish now that the Ravens had done as well Sunday as Wilcots, Dedes and CBS Sports did. While the Ravens lost 23-16 to the Cincinnati Bengals thanks to too many mistakes to even keep track of, CBS Sports had a solid opener from its revamped pre-game show with Bart Scott and Tony Gonzalez to the game coverage from M&T Bank Stadium.
SPORTS
By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | August 27, 2014
After the Orioles' 4-2 victory against the Tampa Bay Rays on Tuesday night in a lackluster game that lasted three hours and 37 minutes and featured 319 pitches, manager Buck Showalter played an impromptu word game with reporters. “That was a grind-out win,” Showalter said. “That was such a, I wouldn't say lethargic.” Sluggish? “Nope wasn't sluggish, that's a bad word,” Showalter said. Tedious? “No.” Grueling? “That's close,” Showalter said.
NEWS
August 14, 2014
I read with tears in my eyes and an aching heart that President Barack Obama has ordered airstrikes against ISIS militants in Iraq while vowing that no American combat troops will be sent back to the region and that he will not allow the U.S. to be dragged into another war there ( "U.S. strikes have slowed, not weakened Iraq militants: Pentagon," Aug. 11). It was quite obviously a political ploy when President Obama sent our military forces home from Iraq at the end of 2011 and that his real purpose was to enhance his chances for re-election in 2012.
NEWS
August 12, 2014
In a particularly naked bit of pandering, Republican gubernatorial candidate Larry Hogan appeared before the state Fraternal Order of Police this week as part of its process of determining its endorsement in the fall election and promised to exempt law enforcement officers' pensions from the state income tax. As intuitively appealing as it might seem to help those who have served, it's a bad idea. To his credit, Lt. Gov. Anthony G. Brown, the Democratic candidate, appeared before the same groups a day later and said he would not make that promise, preferring to seek comprehensive tax reform that benefits the middle class rather than making promises to every group.
NEWS
December 4, 2012
The Sun's editorial regarding President Barack Obama's possible choice of Susan Rice for secretary of state is on the mark ("Obama's conundrum," Nov. 30). Why should one statement destroy the reputation and credibility of a hardworking government official? This may be the time to recall that famous appearance of Colin Powell at the United Nations when he confirmed that Iraq had weapons of mass destruction. His information was supplied by a Bush administration that conjured up the lie so that such weapons would offer them an excuse to pursue the horrible war that drained our armed forces and national wealth.
SPORTS
June 15, 2010
Vince Young apologized to the Titans, his teammates, his family and fans for his role in a fight at a Dallas strip club Sunday night. Young said he was headed back to his hotel after an autograph session when he decided to go out with a friend. "Just made a mistake even being there and let that guy provoke me into doing what I did," said Young, who was not arrested in the case. "Fell into his hands, what he wanted me to do." Surveillance video footage released by Dallas police shows Young and several people talking in a small room before the former Texas quarterback attacked a man who had made a downward "Hook 'em, Horns" sign.
NEWS
By Cal Thomas | August 9, 2014
On the occasion of this week's 40th anniversary of Richard Nixon'sresignation from the presidency, The Washington Post  sponsored a reunion featuring Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein, the Watergate reporters who "brought down" the 37th president. In fact, Nixon committed political suicide. He thought he could get away with what other politicians had done, but forgot the rules are different for Republicans. The Post event resembled a celebration with much laughter and stories about how Publisher Katharine Graham and Executive Editor Ben Bradlee had told the newsroom "no gloating" when it became apparent Nixon would resign.
NEWS
By Justin Fenton, The Baltimore Sun | August 8, 2014
An independent panel created to review last year's in-custody death of Tyrone West determined that Baltimore police officers did not use excessive force but made tactical errors that "potentially aggravated the situation" and did not follow basic policies. West, 44, died on July 18, 2013, after police and witnesses said he fought with officers after being pulled over while driving through Northeast Baltimore. West's family has maintained that, based on accounts from witnesses, he was beaten to death by the officers, though an autopsy determined he died because of a heart condition exacerbated by the struggle with police and the summer heat.
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