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May 2, 2013
Your view of the Bush presidency made for a nicely biased editorial ("Misoverestimating Bush," April 28). Now let's have its counterpart - "Misoverestimating Obama. " President Barack Obama has added $6 trillion to the debt with almost no results. We are still in a recession, according to many economists. Mr. Obama led a war from behind in Libya without congressional approval. He was late to get involved in the BP fiasco. The results of Hurricane Sandy are a match for Katrina.
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NEWS
October 12, 2014
Republican Larry Hogan could win this year's governor's race, but it's going to take more than he's shown voters so far in this campaign. That's the message of today's Sun Poll, which shows him trailing Lt. Gov. Anthony G. Brown by seven percentage points with just over three weeks to go before election day. The Sun's results are in line with two other recent polls, one conducted by the Washington Post, which showed Mr. Brown with a nine-point lead,...
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NEWS
March 20, 2011
The Towson Chamber of Commerce is conducting a contest to find a slogan of eight or fewer words to promote the community. The winning entry in this haiku of civic advertising receives a $250 cash prize. As often happens with writers, that last bit really caught our eye. Alas, accepting a stipend, even from our friends at the chamber, might be perceived as a conflict of interest. But you, dear reader, are welcome to be inspired by our suggestions. Keep in mind, of course, that we avoided the predictable cliché (Best place in Central Baltimore County)
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By Kit Waskom Pollard and For the Baltimore Sun | October 7, 2014
From its waterfront perch at the corner of Thames Street and Broadway, Barcocina might occupy the most enviable real estate in all of Baltimore. With views of the harbor on one side and historic Fells Point on the other, the restaurant provides a glimpse of Baltimore at its most attractive. With those vistas and that central location, Barcocina's owners would have been forgiven for playing it safe in the kitchen, sticking with crab cakes and bar food. Instead, the restaurant has adopted a modern approach to Mexican food, serving creative twists on familiar dishes like tacos and seviche.
NEWS
April 27, 2013
I knew I was not politically correct, but now I am a minority in my views on gun control too ("Tyranny of the minority," April 19). President Obama said "this [gun control] law would probably not have prevented Newtown. " He was right. I am not an NRA member and I don't own a gun. I do believe in the Constitution, however. The Democrats' insistence that they know better than Jefferson, Washington, Hamilton, etc., is unbelievable. Fortunately, since I am old, I hopefully will not live to witness the final change of this country from the USA to the USSR.
NEWS
April 5, 2012
I was born in Baltimore County, raised in Prince George's County, attended public schools in Prince George's, matriculated from the University of Maryland College Park, and received an MBA from Mount Saint Mary's College. I have worked my entire career, approaching 30 years, within the state, dutifully paying my share of state income and personal property taxes. And while some would tell me I am in the "1 percent," I know that I am only in that rarefied air as long as I am working.
NEWS
September 3, 2012
Letter writer Ron Wiring seeks to minimize the fallout from Rep. Todd Akin's "legitimate rape" comment by equating it with former Rep. Anthony Weiner sending pictures to admirers of his more-than-adequate abs swathed in a towel ("Neither party is defined by its lunatic fringe," Aug 25). I've run to work shirtless for years. I get the occasional shout and smile and have never had to resign from anything because there's nothing wrong with it. Mr. Akin, on the other hand, reveals the typical Republican thinking that you just can't trust a woman, even if she's claiming to be raped.
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By Marie Marciano Gullard, For The Baltimore Sun | January 3, 2013
Chris and Jamie Swann's Baltimore townhouse off Key Highway features what many would consider a million-dollar view of the city's busy waterfront and beyond. That was reason enough for them to purchase the four-story brick home with rooftop deck in June 2011. "Chris and I fell in love with the views from our house," Jamie Swann said. "We looked at many units, and although the interior initially wasn't exactly what we wanted, we couldn't pass up our view of the harbor from every level.
NEWS
August 28, 2014
Wow! Roye Templeton's letter, "Let's talk about white racism" (Aug. 24), nailed it. Without a doubt, the root cause of the race problem in America is racism and it's white racism, pure and simple, front and center. I just turned 82 this month and I still remember both of my parents being pulled off a sound truck and arrested in the early 1940's in Baltimore City for protesting police brutality. It's 2014 and nothing in that regard has really changed. A great many whites in this country have couched themselves in a comfort zone and not in reality, primarily because of the tremendous strides made during the civil rights era. Conservative TV pundits and print journalists routinely pooh-pooh the extent and depth of racism in America.
NEWS
April 13, 2014
Letter writer John Holter challenges atheists to weigh in on the debate over prayer in Carroll County board meetings ( "Let's hear from the atheists," April 9). As an atheist, I'd like to thank him for the invitation. I'd have written sooner, but I figured that few people care about how atheists feel about the matter. Otherwise the debate would have ended with the judge's decision. It's probably also true that many atheists have simply decided to pick their fights carefully. I live in a very conservative community in Anne Arundel County where our community association meetings resemble church meetings.
NEWS
October 6, 2014
Marriage equality took one of its biggest leaps forward today without anything happening at all. By deciding not to hear any of the same-sex marriage cases appealed to it, the Supreme Court immediately voided bans on gay marriage in five more states - Utah, Oklahoma, Virginia, Indiana and Wisconsin - and likely did so in six others that are part of the same appellate circuits. It was the largest number of states to realize marriage equality on one day, topping the three (including Maryland)
NEWS
October 6, 2014
The decision last week by Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake and Police Commissioner Anthony Batts to call in federal investigators to probe allegations of excessive use of force and other misconduct by Baltimore police is as embarrassing as it was unavoidable. No city attempting to polish its image as an attractive place to live and work wants to admit having a problem with police brutality it can't handle. But since a six-month investigation by The Sun uncovered evidence of a dysfunctional department seemingly inimical to reform, it's been apparent that the city needs help.
NEWS
October 4, 2014
State lawmakers and educators are right to be concerned about how much time it presently takes to clear or dismiss teachers accused of misconduct. When teachers are yanked out of their classrooms for months or even years while allegations of wrongdoing are investigated, both they and their students suffer from the absence. Maryland's school districts need to expedite the process by which such cases are resolved, but they must do so in a way that is fair to teachers while protecting the vulnerable young people entrusted to their care.
NEWS
October 3, 2014
If America needed another reason to press ahead with rules requiring corporations to be more forthcoming about executive pay, it arrived recently in the form of a study from the Harvard Business School. Researchers asked ordinary folks: How much more do you think a CEO earns compared to the average worker? Regular people, being somewhat sensible by nature, reckoned a chief executive officer made about 30 times the average worker - not the entry level, mind you, but the average. Bless their little generous-but-aspirational hearts, that sounded pretty good.
NEWS
October 3, 2014
Maryland's legislature decided to decriminalize possession of small amounts of marijuana for a few reasons. Lawmakers concluded that police and prosecutors should not be focusing their attention on what is increasingly viewed by the public as a relatively harmless vice; they expressed concern that criminal convictions related to marijuana possession were harming the employment and educational prospects of thousands of Marylanders; and they were alarmed...
NEWS
October 2, 2014
We don't have enough evidence to declare the process for selecting a candidate to replace new Baltimore Development Corp. head William Cole a "travesty," as nine of the passed-over hopefuls did in a letter to the City Council. But we can certainly declare it disgraceful and most definitely not in keeping with recently enacted reforms that promised a transparent, community led process for filling council vacancies. Fourteen candidates, including many with strong records of public service, spent four hours explaining their qualifications to a panel of community leaders, business owners and two council members, all of whom were selected by Council President Bernard C. "Jack" Young under a new protocol for filling council vacancies.
NEWS
March 22, 2012
Op-ed writer John Clayton Young suggests that school should be optional for some students ("Why force a kid to go to school?" March 12). He claims a child shouldn't have to attend school if he or she doesn't want to and that forcing people to be there is a violation of their freedom. I couldn't disagree more. There are certainly other ways a child can get an education, acquire knowledge and learn to find his or her way in the world. But a general education opens a child's mind.
NEWS
August 23, 2012
Rep. Todd Akin, the GOP nominee for U.S. Senate from Missouri, has shown once again how the Republican Party has been taken over by its most extreme elements ("Akin's rape comments elicit anger," Aug. 21). Mr. Akin claims there is difference between "legitimate rape" and other rapes and suggests that a woman who has been raped can prevent her body from becoming pregnant. He also sponsored a bill that adds the word "forcible" to the legal definition of rape, as if there was such a thing as "unforced" rape.
NEWS
October 2, 2014
"This is not West Africa," Texas health commissioner Dr. David Lakey said Wednesday at a news conference designed to dispel Texans' (and Americans') fear of an Ebola outbreak after a man there was diagnosed with the disease. "This is a very sophisticated city, a very sophisticated hospital. " The subtext: All those gruesome photos you're seeing of people dying in the streets in West Africa — that's something that happens over there, to other people, not here, not to us. But what the events of the last few days have shown is that it's exactly that kind of hubris that puts us most at risk, and that for all the sophistication of the U.S. health system, it only takes a simple lapse to create the conditions for a broader outbreak.
NEWS
October 1, 2014
Secret Service director Julia A. Pierson did herself no favors this week when she appeared before a House subcommittee to explain why her agency so badly bungled the job of protecting the president. There's no excuse for the repeated lapses in security that put the president's life at risk, nor for the agency's attempts to hide the seriousness of the incidents afterward. Ms. Pierson finally acknowledged that today when she submitted her resignation as head of the agency. In the days leading up to her departure, Ms. Pierson had promised a thorough internal investigation of the matter, but that's not good enough.
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