December 9, 2011
The robocalls made on behalf of Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. were less cynical than Dan Rodricks ' column ("Drawing the line in cutthroat business of politics," Dec. 7). To describe protected political speech defenses as "hedging" betrays a sneering disbelief in basic First Amendment freedoms. Constitutional rights are not technicalities. Thomas F. McDonough, Towson
March 21, 2013
Democrats apparently know no bounds in their quest for gun control. The Second Amendment and the right to own guns and firearms by law abiding American citizens must not be overthrown or defeated by the current Obama administration. President Barack Obama and his conspiring drive-by news media have ruthlessly attacked and smeared the tea party, conservatives and talk show hosts such as Rush Limbaugh, Mike Savage, Glenn Beck and other voices of freedom and truth. Now, Mr. Obama will stop at nothing to attack the Constitution and anything or anyone that stands in his way. There is no excuse or explanation for such uncalled for and savage hate speech being leveled against gun owners and red-blooded Americans.
March 16, 2010
Sticks and stones will break my bones, but names will never hurt me? Baloney! Social scientists, along with those invested in the field of mental health, have determined through respected documentation that verbal battering is no less harmful in its literal destruction of the mind as is physical abuse to the body. So there you go on the editorial page, defending Pastor Fred Phelps' right to express his organization's venomous tirades, even at the funerals of our military sons and daughters, clearly orchestrated to do irreparable harm ("Free speech is paramount," March 13)
February 15, 2013
The Sun's editorial board commits the same sin they attribute to conservatives: selective editing of Dr. Ben Carson's speech and the reaction thereto ("The Carson Monologue" Feb 12). Did not Cal Thomas, a conservative icon, come out with a demand that Dr. Carson apologize to the president? The Sun piece made no mention. To quote from the great doctor's speech: "Enough said. " Did not Dr. Carson himself establish that six doctors signed the Declaration of Independence? The Sun piece made no mention.
January 27, 2010
Mark your calendars. In pencil. Gov. Martin O'Malley has rescheduled his annual state of the state address. Again. It is now on for noon Tuesday. The speech is given with a full complement of Annapolis pomp and ceremony. Invitations go to all 188 lawmakers, who listen as the governor outlines his agenda. This year, the speech was initially set for noon today. But when President Barack Obama announced he'd give his annual State of the Union speech that day, the governor bowed out. "The governor expressed a desire to be sure the people of Maryland see the State of the Union," O'Malley spokesman Shaun Adamec said.
March 28, 2012
Hate speech is a form of vandalism. It defaces the environment, and like a broken window, if left untended, signals to other hoodlums that the coast is clear to do more damage. But unlike the proverbial broken window, which urban police departments and criminologists urge us to repair to maintain the aura of social order, nobody seems to be in much of a hurry to nip hate speech in the bud. That's because since the ill-fated attempt by several universities to regulate hate speech in the 1980s and 1990s, any discussion of reining in racist taunts inevitably degrades into charges of political correctness and ends abruptly with the invocation of the First Amendment.