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October 2, 2012
I should have been surprised to read Del. Pat McDonough's letter to the editor in the Sunday, September 30 edition, but sadly, I was not. ("Towson melee not the same as Inner Harbor crime. ") He, like many conservatives, failed to see the hypocrisy in his beliefs. Young people join gangs when they see few other options available to them. They cannot easily find another pathway that will lead them out and beyond this culture. Yet in the same letter in which he blames a single mayor for this worldwide problem (and blames an "event promotion" for the same type of behavior in the county!
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By Chris Korman | December 6, 2012
Maryland has yet to respond to the Atlantic Coast Conference's pre-emptive lawsuit seeking to force the school to pay a $52 million exit fee as it prepares to join the Big Ten Conference. Not that university president Wallace D. Loh has ever wavered in his belief that the increased fee would be interpreted as a punishment by the courts and therefore an illegal restraint of trade. He was one of two ACC presidents who voted against its implementation in September. He's got an ally in that belief.
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NEWS
May 23, 2012
Assuming that it's true that "roving mobs of black youth" terrorize Baltimore, why should Del. Pat McDonough apologize for saying so ("Baltimore and bigotry," May 18)? If anyone should apologize, I think it should be the Rev. Cortly C.D. Witherspoon, who according to the article in The Sun "said that McDonough's remarks were 'below the belt,' culturally insensitive and intended to exploit Baltimore's challenges for his own political gain. " ("Delegate says focus shouldn't be on his 'black youth mobs' comment, but on city violence," May 18.)
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By Michael Dresser, The Baltimore Sun | October 23, 2012
Supporters of Maryland's Dream Act, a measure passed by the General Assembly last year extending in-state college tuition to the children of some illegal immigrants, are staging a series of events this week to build momentum in their effort to uphold it in next month's referendum. Tuesday brings an afternoon news conference with U.S. Rep. Elijah Cummings at the Patterson Park Public Charter School, where principal Chad Kramer and faculty members were expected to call for passage of Question 4. On Tuesday night, University of Maryland President Wallace Loh and state Sen. Victor Ramirez, a Prince George's County Democrat who sponsored the bill, at a gathering of religious leaders at a Seventh-Day Adventist church in Silver Spring.
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By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | May 22, 2012
State Del. Pat McDonough's news release alleging that "black youth mobs terrorize" downtown Baltimore has certainly set off a firestorm of debate. But what about the nature of that discussion, particularly as it relates to race? Without an inclusive, candid and wide-ranging conversation about race, such discussions tend to inflame rather than enlighten. And instead of getting smarter as a community about our feelings on race, we can get more confused and polarized. One thing that has bothered me for several days is the way that various parts of the community tried to silence McDonough in the immediate wake of his Wednesday news release.
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By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | May 27, 2012
Pat McDonough vowed that he was not going to "roll up under a sofa and apologize" after starting a firestorm of debate in claiming that "mobs of black youth were terrorizing downtown Baltimore. " And he certainly is making good on that pledge this holiday weekend. In his weekly Saturday night show on WCBM (680 AM) radio, he picked up where he left off last week, blasting away at Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, the Baltimore Sun editorial pages and those who he claims are "in denial" about what he sees as a massive public safety problem in downtown Baltimore.
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Dan Rodricks | September 26, 2012
Nobody asked me but . . . I was worried about Pat McDonough, the Republican state delegate who represents parts of Harford and Baltimore counties. We hadn't heard from him all week. This was really odd. Usually, when there is mob violence in our community, Pat speaks up. He is our Mobtown Herald. He issues dire alerts and hyperbolic warnings to the news media. He suggests that the local police are incompetent or overmatched. He calls for the Maryland National Guard.
BUSINESS
By Chris Korman | December 6, 2012
Maryland has yet to respond to the Atlantic Coast Conference's pre-emptive lawsuit seeking to force the school to pay a $52 million exit fee as it prepares to join the Big Ten Conference. Not that university president Wallace D. Loh has ever wavered in his belief that the increased fee would be interpreted as a punishment by the courts and therefore an illegal restraint of trade. He was one of two ACC presidents who voted against its implementation in September. He's got an ally in that belief.
NEWS
October 4, 2012
Let's remind Del. Pat McDonough ("Towson melee not the same as Inner Harbor crime," Sept. 29) and Sen. Jim Brochin ("On Towson melee, Rodricks needs to check his facts," Oct. 1) that we live in a region that includes Baltimore City and county. This region is made up of all types of people - black, white, brown, rich and poor. If our politicians started seeing this as a region, they could begin addressing problems of poverty, unemployment and education in a meaningful way rather than resorting to stereotypes to lay blame for our region's problems.
NEWS
May 24, 2012
I am a huge supporter of Pat McDonough and The Sun is ripping him apart for the truth he states ("Baltimore and bigotry," May 18). I read another article recently in your paper that now after Mr. McDonough brought this situation out in the open, MayorStephanie Rawlings-Blakeis going to add additional police officers to the area ("Mayor has a look as police presence rises in downtown," May 20). At least the city is now taking action by adding more police. I will not go to the Inner Harbor area anymore - last time was about five years ago, and I know it's worse than it was then.
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Dan Rodricks | October 8, 2012
Jim Brochin, a state senator from Baltimore County, had a letter to the editor published in this newspaper last week. In it, he complained about a lack of facts in my recent column on the mob scene and brawl outside the Recher Theatre in Towson on Sept. 23. "Had Mr. Rodricks done his homework," Brochin wrote, "he would have found out that in fact, the overwhelming majority of the crowd and the violence that ensued came from Baltimore City. " This was Brochin's response to a comment I'd made about him. Last summer, he said his constituents "don't want to go to the city anymore" and called for the Maryland State Police to patrol downtown streets.
NEWS
October 4, 2012
Let's remind Del. Pat McDonough ("Towson melee not the same as Inner Harbor crime," Sept. 29) and Sen. Jim Brochin ("On Towson melee, Rodricks needs to check his facts," Oct. 1) that we live in a region that includes Baltimore City and county. This region is made up of all types of people - black, white, brown, rich and poor. If our politicians started seeing this as a region, they could begin addressing problems of poverty, unemployment and education in a meaningful way rather than resorting to stereotypes to lay blame for our region's problems.
NEWS
October 2, 2012
I should have been surprised to read Del. Pat McDonough's letter to the editor in the Sunday, September 30 edition, but sadly, I was not. ("Towson melee not the same as Inner Harbor crime. ") He, like many conservatives, failed to see the hypocrisy in his beliefs. Young people join gangs when they see few other options available to them. They cannot easily find another pathway that will lead them out and beyond this culture. Yet in the same letter in which he blames a single mayor for this worldwide problem (and blames an "event promotion" for the same type of behavior in the county!
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Dan Rodricks | September 26, 2012
Nobody asked me but . . . I was worried about Pat McDonough, the Republican state delegate who represents parts of Harford and Baltimore counties. We hadn't heard from him all week. This was really odd. Usually, when there is mob violence in our community, Pat speaks up. He is our Mobtown Herald. He issues dire alerts and hyperbolic warnings to the news media. He suggests that the local police are incompetent or overmatched. He calls for the Maryland National Guard.
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AEGIS STAFF REPORT | September 6, 2012
Harford Del. Pat McDonough, along with volunteer firefighters and community groups, will host the annual flag-waving remembrance tribute to the victims and families of 9/11 in Joppa Tuesday on the 11th anniversary of the national tragedy. Flag waving event is open to the public and will take place from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. on the Route 152 overpass at I- 95. There will be plenty of free parking at the park and ride on Mountain Road (Route 152). This year the firefighters from the Joppa Magnolia Volunteer Fire Company participating in the flag waving will be seen with a restored 1958 Ward La France fire truck.
EXPLORE
June 5, 2012
Maryland Young Republicans have put Harford County Executive David Craig on top in the organization's first straw poll for the 2014 gubernatorial election. The poll was taken at the MDYR annual convention in Annapolis Saturday, according to a news release from chairman Brian Griffiths. Craig finished first with 25 percent of the vote. Former lieutenant governor and RNC chairman Michael Steele finished second with 21 percent, followed by former Maryland secretary of state Larry Hogan with 13 percent.
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Dan Rodricks | October 8, 2012
Jim Brochin, a state senator from Baltimore County, had a letter to the editor published in this newspaper last week. In it, he complained about a lack of facts in my recent column on the mob scene and brawl outside the Recher Theatre in Towson on Sept. 23. "Had Mr. Rodricks done his homework," Brochin wrote, "he would have found out that in fact, the overwhelming majority of the crowd and the violence that ensued came from Baltimore City. " This was Brochin's response to a comment I'd made about him. Last summer, he said his constituents "don't want to go to the city anymore" and called for the Maryland State Police to patrol downtown streets.
NEWS
May 24, 2012
State Del. Pat McDonough was right to complain about violence among black youths at the Inner Harbor over theSt. Patrick's Day weekend, and it took his words to get Baltimore City MayorStephanie Rawlings-Blake to visit the harbor months after the problem arose. Ms. Rawlings-Blake visited the area with her security detail. If the mayor were really concerned by what happened there she should visit the place without her bodyguards. I have experienced the problems and the foul language on display over the holidays at the Inner Harbor, and Delegate McDonough told it like it is. J. Michael Collins, Reisterstown
NEWS
May 31, 2012
A 10-year-old is shot on Memorial Day in Baltimore, but where is the outrage ("Boy, 10, among four victims in east-side shooting," May 29)? Del. Pat McDonough spoke the truth about crime in Baltimore and he gets crucified by The Sun and our elected officials. Yet, a 10-year-old gets shot in Charm City and not a peep out of our elected officials. Nothing. Not one bloody word. The truth is not very popular in Baltimore. Perhaps, The Sun should get reactions to the latest shootings from MayorStephanie Rawlings-Blake, Gov.Martin O'Malleyor even state Sen. Verna L. Jones-Rodwell.
NEWS
May 27, 2012
Ironic that the very day that Dan Rodricks attacks Pat McDonough for his candid and truthful assessment of gang crime downtown ("Conflicting realities collide downtown," May 24), The Sun buries on page 4 the attack by 20-30 "unruly" teens at the 7-Eleven at Light and Pratt streets - the heart of the Inner Harbor in the middle of a workday! Say what you want, Mr. Rodricks, but facts are facts, and Baltimore is not typical of other cities. You want to feel secure walking around town?
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