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  • Protecting Alaskan wilderness
    Protecting Alaskan wilderness

    Based on the reactions of Alaska Republicans, one might think that President Barack Obama had decided to unilaterally ban guns and snowmobiles from the 49th state instead of merely proposing to upgrade the protected status for certain federally-owned land from "national wildlife refuge" to...

  • A risky cut to Medicaid

    Of all the major spending cuts Gov. Larry Hogan proposed in his budget, the easiest one for him politically may be the $160 million he's seeking to trim out of the Medicaid program. The reason is not just the cynical one, that Medicaid is a Democratic issue and that the people who rely on it...

  • Hogan's budget: The debate begins
    Hogan's budget: The debate begins

    For all his talk of strong medicine and ending a spree of overspending in Annapolis, Gov. Larry Hogan's first budget, at least as he presented it, did not sound so drastic. At his first news conference since his inauguration, he said he increased funding for K-12 and higher education,...

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  • Kamenetz is pandering on stormwater fees
    Kamenetz is pandering on stormwater fees

    Thank your for your recent article, "Reduced stormwater fees sought," (Jan. 17) and the editorial covering the same topics ("Backtracking on the bay," Jan. 22). Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz seems to be pandering to special interests and positioning himself for higher office. His...

  • Hogan wrong to block air quality rules
    Hogan wrong to block air quality rules

    Recently, The Baltimore Sun reported that Gov. Larry Hogan "[hit] the pause button" on a number of pending regulations initiated by Gov. Martin O'Malley ("Hogan moves quickly to block controversial environmental regulations," Jan. 21). One of these regulations is a common-sense policy that...

  • Goldberg ignores his own hypocrisy
    Goldberg ignores his own hypocrisy

    Jonah Goldberg's recent commentary ("Jews, outnumbered by Muslims, suffer under mob rule," Jan. 25) denounces appeasement. Yet this very same essay is a prime example of exactly that — hypocritically to boot!

  • Rutherford not afraid to work
    Rutherford not afraid to work

    Politicians, if you show up to do volunteer work, please dress for the task. When you show up in a coat and tie to volunteer at a food bank it's hard for people to believe you are there to help others and not yourself.

  • Consider victim families in parole decisions
    Consider victim families in parole decisions

    I notice that in all the discussions about taking the power of parole for offenders sentenced to life from the governor that there is no discussion of the rights of the victims and their families ("Advocates want governor out of lifer parole decisions," Jan. 20). Although I am from the...

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  • Why serious people discount Fox News
    Why serious people discount Fox News

    Tucker Carlson said on Fox that more children die of bathtub drownings than of accidental shootings. They don't.

  • Obama still reading from the same old script
    Obama still reading from the same old script

    It's hard to believe that was only President Obama's sixth State of the Union address. It feels like he's given so many more. Maybe that's because the man seems to be constantly talking. And talking. The talking is the background noise of much of the last decade, auditory wallpaper that seems...

  • Winston Churchill, a man for all times
    Winston Churchill, a man for all times

    It is an old debating point: Do the times make the man, or does the man make the times? In the case of Winston Churchill, whose death 50 years ago Saturday the British are remembering with more than nostalgia, it is both.

  • 'Class war' themes resurface in party rhetoric
    'Class war' themes resurface in party rhetoric

    There's something eminently straightforward about President Obama's State of the Union proposal to raise taxes on the richest Americans and boost income for the middle class. Robin Hood had the same idea, and the Republican Party has endlessly declared it "class warfare."

  • Something obscene about civil asset forfeitures
    Something obscene about civil asset forfeitures

    You get pulled over by police. Maybe they claim you were seven miles over the speed limit, maybe they say you made an improper lane change. Doesn't matter, because the traffic stop is only a pretext.

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