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Mayor's race on the issues: Public safety

With Baltimore's homicide rate at an all-time high in 2015, fighting crime has rightly taken a central place in the race to replace Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake. Three of the major candidates — former mayor Sheila Dixon, Councilman Nick Mosby and attorney Elizabeth Embry — have already released...

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  • A terrible loss

    A terrible loss

    The deaths of two veteran Harford County sheriff's deputies midday Wednesday in Abingdon are a tragic reminder of the risks facing every law enforcement officer. With a combined 46 years in the sheriff's office, Deputies Patrick Dailey and Mark Logsdon had likely long ago recognized the dangers...

  • Can an optimist win?

    Can an optimist win?

    While the biggest headlines coming out of the New Hampshire primary were reserved — and deservedly so — for Sen. Bernie Sanders who trounced Hillary Clinton on the Democratic side and Donald Trump who similarly ran away from his competitors in the GOP field, attention must be paid to the surprising...

  • Harford's hysteria

    Harford's hysteria

    Harford County school officials insist that their decision Monday to rescind a ban on field trips to Baltimore’s cultural institutions had nothing to do with the public attention to the issue since the prohibition was first reported in the Aegis last week, nor with the outcry from public officials,...

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  • Women have good reason to favor Sanders

    I would respectfully suggest that young women don't "just go with Hillary because she is a woman" because that by itself is a dumb reason to vote for anybody ("Young women just don't get it," Feb. 9). I can say with delight and admiration that the young women I have seen who are working for Sen....

  • Remembering the victims of gun violence

    On Friday night, Sabrina Kelly and Eric Dorsey were both shot and killed.  Two Baltimoreans lost their lives, which means that two families are stricken with heartache, and two communities are trying to bear the enormous weight that descends when a loved-one disappears ( Feb. 6). Each of these...

  • Harford students need to discover the city

    It may be tempting for some to think of Harford County schools' just-lifted ban on field trips to Baltimore City as a racist overreaction to the unrest following Freddie Gray's death last April ("Harford schools lift ban on trips to city," Feb. 9). More likely, it was born of discomfort with the...

  • Don't raise the tax on oil

    How myopic The Sun's editorial board and some readers are about gasoline prices. One day it is a call to cancel oil leases off the coast, another it is to add $10 to a barrel of oil ("That $10 fee on oil is a good idea," Feb. 7). Yes, $10 seems quite tolerable today, but if you take a look at the...

  • Sanders gets things done

    In June of 2015, Sen. Bernie Sanders was at 11 percent in national polling. On Tuesday, Senator Sanders won 60 percent of the New Hampshire primary vote ("After New Hampshire, candidates face new ground amid reshuffled races," Feb. 10). Hillary Clinton managed only 38 percent. Now who's "a progressive...

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  • Why Democrats must keep trying

    Why Democrats must keep trying

    Instead of "Yes we can," many Democrats have adopted a new slogan this election year: "We shouldn't even try." We shouldn't try for a single-payer health care system, they say. We'll be lucky if we prevent Republicans from repealing Obamacare. We shouldn't try for a $15-an-hour minimum wage. The...

  • Ted Cruz embraces apocalyptic preachers and anti-gay militants

    Ted Cruz embraces apocalyptic preachers and anti-gay militants

    No question, the contestants for the Republican presidential nomination are a very conservative bunch, but there is something that sets Texas Sen. Ted Cruz apart from the pack: his endorsements from some of the Religious Right's kookiest voices. Where the 2008 GOP nominee, Arizona Sen. John McCain,...

  • Hillary's Iowa 'win' is a big loss for Democrats

    Hillary's Iowa 'win' is a big loss for Democrats

    Hillary Clinton's asterisk-heavy victory in Iowa might have been the narrowest of wins for her, but it was arguably the worst of all possible outcomes for the Democratic Party. As of this writing, the result was a statistical tie, 49.9 percent for Ms. Clinton and 49.6 percent for Bernie Sanders....

  • Can sitcoms erase bigotry?

    Can sitcoms erase bigotry?

    So it turns out sitcoms can erase bigotry. That's the bottom line of a study recently presented before a conference of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology. And it doesn't even have to be a particularly good sitcom. To judge, at least, from a screening of its first two episodes, the...

  • Republicans find welcome message in Iowa caucuses

    Republicans find welcome message in Iowa caucuses

    The rest of the country can thank the voters of Iowa for two outcomes of their first-in-the nation caucuses. They have punctured the alleged inevitability of the presidential nominations of Republican Donald Trump and Democrat Hillary Clinton. Each may yet occur, but probably only after a long...