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September 30, 2010
Did politicians exempt themselves from the litter laws the same way they exempted themselves from the "do not call" list? The primary election was weeks ago, yet countless signs for those who lost remain, many illegally placed on public land. It's time for these signs to come down. At what point do they officially become litter? The offending campaigns should be fined. Steve Raskin, Parkton
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September 21, 2014
Larry Hogan, the Republican gubernatorial candidate, presents himself as someone who is strongly against politics as usual. To strengthen this claim he asserts that he is a small businessman "not a professional politician. " I wonder what he considers a professional politician to be. He was a delegate to the Republican national convention four times. He also ran against Rep. Steny Hoyer for Congress (and lost). But his most extensive political activity was as appointments secretary in the Ehrlich administration.
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By Dan Rodricks | April 11, 2011
What Dan Rodricks doesn't understand ("The right's obsession with abortion," March 10) is that abortion is as much a moral issue as slavery was in the Civil War and civil rights were in Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s time. Once again, the dignity and worth of every human life is at stake and that is worth fighting for and defending in every possible way. Dan says jobs, jobs, jobs, that is what politician should fight for. To have a job you first have to have the right to live.
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By Ian Duncan, The Baltimore Sun | September 9, 2014
With the shooting of an unarmed teenager in Missouri weighing on their minds, politicians, church leaders and members of the public gathered Tuesday night at a Northwest Baltimore Church to consider police brutality. The Rev. Jamal-Harrison Bryant, pastor of the Empowerment Temple, where the event was held, said that the death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo. could be a landmark in the history of African-American activism. In the future, Bryant said, people will ask one another, "Where were you and what did you do when Michael Brown was killed?"
NEWS
August 27, 2014
Marlene Condon's recent commentary, "If you break it, you pay for it" (Aug. 22), was refreshing in the sense that it suggested some practical things we all could do to help clean up the Chesapeake Bay including attention to how we treat our own lawns by aerating and planting more bushes and less grass. I am going to follow her advice to try to make a difference. However, more to my point, politicians in the coming election need to heed this advice especially when it comes to using idiotic phrases such as the "rain tax," the "bathroom bill" and a host of other silly phrases designed to confuse or enrage the voters.
NEWS
October 29, 2013
I am appalled that certain high and mighty Baltimore City Council members want to outlaw panhandling (" City Council members push to crack down on panhandling," Oct. 22). This is how the political class thrives. Not a day passes when I don't get an online come on from a politician. I strongly suspect I'm not the only one and that it doesn't seem to matter if you give or not or which side of the political spectrum you favor. Begging is clearly a bipartisan phenomenon. And while no one with half a soul left wants to make the plight of the homeless any more miserable than it is already, professional politicians already have approval ratings on par with communists and the Ku Klux Klan - particularly Congress in light of their recent shutdown.
NEWS
October 11, 2011
The Sun is correct in its criticism of the proposed new congressional districts ("Politicians choose voters," Oct. 9). The editors tell us that the only way to change the system where politicians protect themselves is for the voters to punish them for that behavior. Let's hope the editors follow their own advice when they issue endorsements in the next election. Rick Williams, Baltimore
NEWS
January 1, 2012
Voters need to revise the job descriptions of career politicians who are only in it to serve themselves. Most of these people couldn't work in the private sector where companies require employees to sign a conflict of interest statement and comply with ethics rules. Voters need to ask themselves one question: Why do these people spend millions of dollars to be elected if there only goal is to serve the public? Joe Heming
NEWS
February 4, 2011
Franklin Roosevelt established the Social Security Trust Fund to which workers contribute through their years of employment in order to receive benefits when they retire. This was supposed to be a cushion in their senior years. For some, it is their only income. It was supposed to be sacrosanct. For the past number of years, politicians have been taking money from this fund for other unrelated purposes. It's plain thievery! Now we are fed daily doses of news about the fund going broke and that it may not be available for future generations.
NEWS
September 2, 2011
It is no wonder Baltimore is fiscally in trouble. Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, mayoral contender and Baltimore Clerk of the Court Frank Conaway and Register of Wills Mary Conaway all are trying to skirt the homestead property tax credit law by applying for credit they are not entitled to. More important to the voters is the message they send to others who try the same thing and then say they made a mistake and didn't read all the documents they...
NEWS
August 27, 2014
Marlene Condon's recent commentary, "If you break it, you pay for it" (Aug. 22), was refreshing in the sense that it suggested some practical things we all could do to help clean up the Chesapeake Bay including attention to how we treat our own lawns by aerating and planting more bushes and less grass. I am going to follow her advice to try to make a difference. However, more to my point, politicians in the coming election need to heed this advice especially when it comes to using idiotic phrases such as the "rain tax," the "bathroom bill" and a host of other silly phrases designed to confuse or enrage the voters.
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
August 7, 2014
As a taxpayer, I have grown tired of politicians spending my money with no accountability. They pass spending bills without knowing how the money will be spent, and some of these politicians will add pork for their state without being questioned. My son is a school teacher raising three young children, and he does not earn enough money to spend $250 to $1,000 a day to support them. So why does our government think it is OK for our tax dollars to be spent on children illegally crossing our borders?
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By Julie Scharper, The Baltimore Sun | July 1, 2014
It's one of those scenarios that would be hard to believe in a movie.  As John Waters embarked on the cross-country hitchhiking trip that is memorialized in his recently published book, "Carsick," a 20-year-old Tea Party-affiliated legislator from Frederick County offered him a ride.  And, to make it all the more cinematic, the Bible-thumping college student and the "Pope of Trash" hit it off.  " We don't see eye to eye on a lot of...
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By Jules Witcover | June 27, 2014
It's usual that an accusation against reporters comes from the political right, whether alleging they're in the tank for President Obama or that they're giving Hillary Clinton a free ride on the Benghazi terrorist attacks. But now a charge comes from the political left, passed on by a professional news kibitzer, Media Matters for America. Its website carries an article titled "By rehabilitating Iraq War boosters, is the press forgiving itself?" Eric Boehlert, a staff member, argues that in the latest military crisis in Iraq, some television reporters have gratuitously given airtime to Bush architects of the 2003 invasion to dump on Obama.
NEWS
June 12, 2014
Having lived in Dundalk for 44 of my 50 years, I have experienced the true nature of what Dundalk used to be: The "good" neighborhood with the "bad" reputation ( "A new brand for Dundalk," June 10). It was a place where hardworking blue-collar families took pride in their neighborhood, where yards, alleys, roads and sidewalks were well taken care of by residents and where neighborhood children respected what belonged to others. That was when Dundalk was a diamond in the rough, when the neighborhood needed to spark growth in by capitalizing on its location and its affordable housing stock.
NEWS
January 11, 2012
I was not surprised there was not one word about any plans to cut government spending during the upcoming 2012 legislative session in your recent report ("A big 'to do' list in Annapolis," Jan. 9). That's because there are no plans. It is just not in Gov. Martin O'Malley, Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller and House Speaker Michael E. Busch's DNA to cut state spending and relax the government's footprint on taxpayers' backs to fix the estimated $1 billion state revenue shortfall this year.
NEWS
December 15, 2011
The failure of the congressional supercommittee to reach agreement to limit the federal debt and balance the budget is a disgrace. The electorate knows that a balanced budget is achievable, but our representatives again have kicked the can down the road, forcing someone else to solve the problem. Obviously, there is insufficient incentive to achieve consensus. Therefore, I would suggest that those who fail their fellow citizens while in office, particularly the supercommittee members, should symbolically "fall on their swords" by resigning their positions.
NEWS
May 25, 2014
Bravo to Brenda Payne for "putting it on the line" for Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler ( "A Lesson for Mr. Gansler," May 21). Neither Mr. Gansler nor the other politicians who think they know how to educate our children have any idea how to "lift up our kids. " Ms. Payne is quite right when she asks, "What on earth does that really mean?" Here's a thought. Veteran teachers remember well how they used to "lift up kids" through the joy of learning. But the joy of learning (and teaching)
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By Luke Broadwater and The Baltimore Sun | May 14, 2014
Once again this year, Maryland politicians and business people will travel to Las Vegas for the Global Retail Real Estate Convention - a three-day deal-making event beginning May 18. It's considered a "who's who" event, where the worlds of government and business mix among the glitz and glamour of casinos and parties. In all, 669 Marylanders will be in attendance, including 10 from Baltimore's government. Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, City Council President Bernard C. "Jack" Young, Council Vice President Edward Reisinger and Councilman Carl Stokes are all slated to make the trip.
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