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January 27, 2012
I am extremely dismayed by your introduction of a column written by the evil Bob Ehrlich ("Ehrlich column to run in The Sun," Jan. 22). While I have nothing but respect for the way the late Ron Smith presented his opinions, I do not feel that way about Mr. Ehrlich. Should I detect any hint of the hatred and disrespect that emanated from the former Republican governor, I will be forced to cancel my subscription to your paper, which I have supported for many years. Although I strongly support the continuation of print media, I cannot support an entity that provides a platform for the politics of hatred.
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NEWS
December 3, 2013
Legendary Baltimore radio talk show host Ron Smith referred to our politicians as “public rulers.”  He refused to use their preferred term “public servants” because they rarely if ever act as servants, and if they did, it was most certainly not in the public's interests.  Smith was keenly aware that our politicians, national, state and local were a ruling class that invariably thinks they know better than the public they ostensibly serve....
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NEWS
December 26, 2011
I'd like to commend The Sun for its coverage of the life of Ron Smith, and for giving him an opportunity to share his views with us, despite the fact that his opinions and those of the paper were often at odds. Although I'm a Baltimore resident, I'm not a regular Sun reader and like Ron, I often find myself at odds with the editorial board's point of view. Having the perspective to see the other side's viewpoint, even if you disagree with it to your core being, is the only way to maintain even the slightest semblance of balance in this crazy world.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Jill Rosen, The Baltimore Sun | April 12, 2013
Radio host Ron Smith will be honored later this month with a posthumous induction into the Maryland DC Delaware Broadcasters Association Hall of Fame. The Maryland-District of Columbia-Delaware Broadcasters Association decided to present WBAL's longtime “Voice of Reason” with the tribute at their annual convention April 22 in Ellicott City. The organization called him “passionate,” “curious” and “a force on radio and television.” “Ron was thoughtful - never just accepting the word of a spokesperson or a headline,” the organization said in a release, adding that he “relentlessly pursued and sought to tell the truth.” Smith died in 2011 of pancreatic cancer, captivating listeners with his fight against the disease until just weeks before his death.
NEWS
November 20, 2011
Never have I read a more poignant and thought provoking opinion piece than Ron Smith's last column for The Sun ("My work here is done," Nov. 18). It seems cut and dried that realism is the proper philosophy when someone elects not to continue cancer treatment. But what about this idea called hope, the desire accompanied by expectation? Some oncologist or someone else might eventually come to say: "Hey, your tests have shown you are getting better. We've got a new promising drug that works wonders.
NEWS
July 31, 2012
How much longer is The Sun going to provide a weekly platform to the self-defined chairman of the Maryland Romney for President campaign?Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. lists this in his bona fides at the bottom of his column, which should preclude him from space in a newspaper. You are giving the Mitt Romney campaign prime space weekly to expound and expand on their message. When you chose to give Mr. Ehrlich space that was once the home of Ron Smith, a dedicated conservative but not a party hack, we had hopes Mr. Ehrlich would continue in his predecessor's tradition.
NEWS
October 24, 2011
Ron Smith's recent column concerning his cancer diagnosis was perhaps his most powerful ("Death, I do not fear you; I am just not ready to go," Oct. 21). When I read his doctor's quote, "Fate has something else in store for you," I immediately thought it wasn't the pancreatic cancer. I believe God granted a 20-plus year extension of his life so that he might have a positive impact on the lives of others. From the outpouring of love, it is evident that he has used that time well.
NEWS
October 24, 2011
This is not an obituary for Ron Smith ("WBAL's Smith reveals he has pancreatic cancer," Oct. 18), but after hearing Les Kingsolving gush about Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on his show this week I once again recognized Mr. Smith's contribution to talk radio discourse. His is one of the few voices of on-air dissent against America's all-but-unconditional support for Israel. A rare bird, indeed, especially among conservatives like himself. I'd like to say he's doing some good in this regard.
NEWS
November 26, 2011
It is always sad to learn of someone losing their battle with cancer, and I send prayers to Ron Smith and his family as he faces this final phase of life ("My work here is done," Nov. 18). However, I must comment on one point in his last column. He is grateful to The Sun for having provided him a forum, despite the fact that his conservative views were often at variance with the more liberal views of the newspaper. In fact, it is a tenet of liberal faith that voices from various perspectives should be heard.
NEWS
September 6, 2011
It's frustrating that a respected columnist like Ron Smith has taken to writing articles that are full of sweeping generalizations, absurd speculation and overheated rhetoric ("As Obama's fortunes sink, his media admirers panic," Sept. 2). Take this sentence: "Mr. Obama's weakness has his devoted champions in the Big Media sweating bullets. " Who is this "Big Media" with capitalized letters he's talking about? Is she, perhaps, the star of a new Tyler Perry movie? I say this humorously in order to point up Mr. Smith's confusing attempt to create a mysterious behemoth aimed at scaring the public.
NEWS
September 24, 2012
I didn't always agree with the late talk show host and Sun columnist, Ron Smith, but he always encouraged listeners to think. The video of Mitt Romney discussing the electorate was a good example of this. Ron might have dug a little deeper into his wealth of knowledge and reminded us that this was not just a rambling dialogue, but a long-held belief of how political leaders gain power. He most likely would have reminded us that Machiavelli in his 1532 classic work, entitled "The Prince," described in detail how princes gain power and hold on to it. Machiavelli wrote, "A prince should be concerned for the people he governs only to the extent that such concern strengthens his hold on power.
NEWS
July 31, 2012
I'm sorry, but replacing Ron Smith's column with Bob Ehrlich is like substituting homemade hooch for a fine wine. Though conservative, Mr. Smith could disagree with fellow conservatives with reasoned argument. It seems presently that Mr. Ehrlich, like so many other conservatives, is just spewing out worn out party phrases as election propaganda. What happened to the era of independent thinking Republicans along the lines of Dwight Eisenhower or locally Charles McC. Matthias? Have they simply no one with an original, cogent idea?
NEWS
July 31, 2012
How much longer is The Sun going to provide a weekly platform to the self-defined chairman of the Maryland Romney for President campaign?Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. lists this in his bona fides at the bottom of his column, which should preclude him from space in a newspaper. You are giving the Mitt Romney campaign prime space weekly to expound and expand on their message. When you chose to give Mr. Ehrlich space that was once the home of Ron Smith, a dedicated conservative but not a party hack, we had hopes Mr. Ehrlich would continue in his predecessor's tradition.
ENTERTAINMENT
By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | June 17, 2012
WBFF-Fox45 led Baltimore stations in winning eight regional Emmys announced Saturday night at the Newseum in Washington. But overall, that was only good for a fifth place finish behind one Virginia and three Washington stations in the competition for the awards presented by the National Capital Chesapeake Bay Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. WTVR, in Richmond, won 12 regional Emmys, while Washington outlets WRC, WJLA and WTTG won 11, 10 and 9, respectively.
NEWS
February 11, 2012
RegardingRobert L. Ehrlich Jr.'s recent column about Ron Smith ("Missing Maryland's 'Voice of Reason'," Feb. 5), with all due respect, the only chip my husband ever had was on the golf course. Ron most certainly did not have a chip on his shoulder about his "lack of a formal education. " It was his decision not to pursue it. He rejected habitual repetition of something to be learned without a full explanation and exchange of ideas. He may have made reference to it as a mockery of the entitlements higher education is purported to confer, but he was proud of being an autodidact, and his savvy listeners knew that.
NEWS
By Robert L. Ehrlich Jr | February 6, 2012
The thought of Ron Smith leaving us so soon is still difficult to fathom. Up to and including his last show on Nov. 28, he was as entertaining, opinionated and combative as ever. He was the self-proclaimed "Voice of Reason," firmly entrenched in the WBAL saddle, issuing quick-witted responses to those who had the guts to engage him on the airwaves. Even with the looming and unwelcome specter of a grave prognosis, when Ron was behind the mic, life temporarily resumed its regular order for him and his loyal listeners.
NEWS
February 27, 2010
Kudos to Ron Smith for his willingness to put out there in print what many of us believe is true but lack the courage to voice to a large readership ("Showdown over public employee benefits looming," Feb. 26). His article regarding public employee benefits was right on, but I found his opinions on our education system to be the most interesting. I believe his view of education is unfortunately true. The current politically correct view of education to everyone at any cost is wrong.
NEWS
By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | November 28, 2011
Veteran WBAL radio host Ron Smith announced on-air Monday that he is in home hospice and will no longer appear on air. "The decision has been made by me to stop appearing on the radio show," Smith said just before the start of his show, which begins at 9 a.m. "I'm retiring," Smith continued. "I basically can no longer do it. I'm getting weaker every day, and it's time to pull the plug. How's that for succinct?" Smith was talking on-air to morning show host Dave Durian, and in answer to a statement by Durian about Smith's feelings, the 69-year-old broadcaster said he "never wanted to retire.
NEWS
January 31, 2012
I agree with letter writer Marian Argentino, who is appalled that former Gov. Robert Ehrlich is to inherit Ron Smith's column in The Sun ("Ehrlich is no replacement for Ron Smith," Jan. 27). Mr. Ehrlich will forever be associated with suppressing the votes of people of color, first through the sleazy tactics attributed to his campaign in 2002 that led the legislature to enact a voter suppression statute in 2005, and then the violation of that statute in the 2010 election, when his campaign's robo-calls resulted in the conviction of one top political aide and left another yet to face trial.
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