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The letter submitted this week by the vice president of the Maryland State Board of Education who resigned in protest of Gov. Larry Hogan's executive orders requiring a post-Labor Day start of the school year should be required reading for anyone who gives a damn about public education in this...

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  • City ballot questions

    City ballot questions

    Baltimore City voters will decide on several bond issues and charter amendments on November's ballot. The Sun makes the following recommendations. Against Question E We wholeheartedly agree with City Council President Bernard C. "Jack" Young that Baltimore needs to invest more in its youth, but...

  • Holding police to account

    Holding police to account

    When Baltimore State's Attorney Marilyn Mosby announced she would drop all remaining charges against the officers involved in Freddie Gray's arrest, she mounted a blistering attack on the police department, accusing it of all but actively sabotaging her effort to bring them to account. Consequently,...

  • Balto. Co. Question K? A moot point

    Balto. Co. Question K? A moot point

    Baltimore County voters face some enormously consequential decisions on the ballot next month, but Question K isn't one of them. Vote for it or vote against it, and the result is going to be the same: A regional outlet shopping center is going to be built in White Marsh. Here's the story. In 2014,...

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  • Archdiocese abandons its mission with school closures

    I strongly disagree with the editorial regarding the announcement of the closure of additional Catholic schools in Baltimore. The title "Strategic investment" (Oct. 27) is very telling, as it is increasingly clear that the Archdiocese of Baltimore is strategically closing schools in minority and...

  • Kathy Szeliga is a true leader

    We do not elect our officials merely for their legislative abilities. We elect people who we believe have good character and are ethical. We elect people who will lead us. In recent decades our officials have shed the mantle of leadership. They have fallen in line with party dogma and have forgotten...

  • Archdiocese can find ways to fund its schools

    I attended Catholic schools for 12 years between 1954 and 1966. In terms of academics, those schools taught me how to read, write and compute as well as anyone. However, the Catholic schools did not prepare me for any type of work other than white collar managerial careers. Many of the skills I...

  • Lori needs to make a plan, not a promise

    The decision by the Archdiocese of Baltimore to close or merge various schools is understandable ("Baltimore Archdiocese to close three schools and merge two others," Oct. 26). I would encourage Archbishop William E. Lori, acting in good faith, to propose a budget for how the $86 million will be...

  • Why no GOP emails?

    Why no GOP emails?

    I write to reflect on and object to numerous letters to the editor concerning the desire of many readers to encourage The Baltimore Sun to give greater coverage and credence to WikiLeaks revelations ("WikiLeaks should be read," Oct. 26). A few points should be considered by your readership prior...

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  • Horsey: In the spin room with Trump's flying monkeys

    Horsey: In the spin room with Trump's flying monkeys

    LAS VEGAS -- Wednesday night, Donald Trump's surrogates descended on the post-debate spin room like a horde of flying monkeys, declaring victory for their candidate and rattling off talking points amid a crush of cameras and microphones. Trump campaign manager Kellyanne Conway was most sought-after,...

  • Leonard Pitts: Donald Trump is crybaby-in-chief

    Leonard Pitts: Donald Trump is crybaby-in-chief

    "Why's everybody always pickin' on me?" -- The Coasters from "Charlie Brown" Donald Trump has a victim mentality. If the term sounds familiar, it's because it has long been the preferred conservative riposte when black people complain of being strangled by housing discrimination, economic injustice...

  • Jonah Goldberg: How reporters hide their bias

    Jonah Goldberg: How reporters hide their bias

    "Let me say for the billionth time: Reporters don't root for a side. Period." This declarative tweet came from the Washington Post's Chris Cillizza on Oct. 16. The next day, Mr. Cillizza posted on Twitter, "Well, this is super depressing. NO idea why any journalist would donate $ to politicians."...

  • Cal Thomas: The Bernie Sanders effect

    Cal Thomas: The Bernie Sanders effect

    Many millennials are OK with socialism, even communism, according to a YouGovpoll commissioned by The Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation. Forty-five percent of those polled between the ages of 16 and 20 years old said they would vote for a socialist, while 20 percent said they could vote...

  • Robert B. Reich: Hillary Clinton, Paul Ryan and the crisis of American capitalism

    Robert B. Reich: Hillary Clinton, Paul Ryan and the crisis of American capitalism

    Hillary Clinton won't be the only winner when Donald Trump and his fellow haters are defeated on Election Day (as looks increasingly likely). Another will be Paul Ryan, who will rule the Republican roost. Democrats may take back the Senate, but they won't take back the House. Gerrymandering has...