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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...

  • Not enough Spanish books at the county library

    To look at the Baltimore County Public Library's selection of Spanish language material, one would think that the Spanish-speaking population of the county is virtually nil. Whenever I regard the Spanish language section of even a major branch like Towson or Cockeysville, I am reminded of the bad...

  • 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...

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  • Dems' override of Hogan veto will come back to haunt them

    I'm sure that House Speaker Michael E. Busch and Senate President Thomas V. Mike are very proud of themselves ("Released felons gain right to vote in Maryland after veto override," Feb. 9). They have gone six for six in overriding all of Gov. Larry Hogan's vetoes. I'm sorry, but if a judge sentences...

  • Proposed gun laws won't deter criminals

    Maryland gun laws are already ludicrous and unconstitutional according to a recent court decision. Now state Attorney General Brian Frosh, House Speaker Michael E. Busch and Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller want to make them even more so ("Guns would be banned from Maryland college campuses...

  • Bags as a Lenten blessing

    In response to Pamela Wood's article ("Plastic-bag 'fast' latest in a more modern take on Lent," Feb. 9), I would like to take the opportunity to tell you what Fallston Presbyterian Church is doing with plastic bags. The church members are collecting plastic grocery bags from their own cupboards,...

  • Why young women are feeling the Bern

    I read with interest Barbara A. Res' commentary on women voters' attitudes toward Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders ("Young women just don't get it," Feb. 9). But the one who "doesn't get it" is Ms. Res. To suggest one should vote for a candidate solely on the basis of gender is offensive and insulting...

  • Stop scapegoating the police

    Regarding your report on the two Harford County Sheriff's deputies who were fatally shot this week ("Harford County Sheriff identifies deputies killed in Wednesday shooting," Feb. 11): When Washington politicians, mayors, celebrities and the Department of Justice all speak out with little or no...

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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...