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  • Getting the off-shore shaft
    Getting the off-shore shaft

    Just days ago, the Obama administration wisely chose to protect the most pristine and sensitive tundra in Alaska from oil exploration. It has similarly maintained a ban on drilling off the West Coast. And that pipeline from Canada to Texas? The Keystone XL is a no-go, says President Barack...

  • Deficit outlook: Good and bad

    The latest report from the Congressional Budget Office has something for everyone to have mixed feelings about. In the short term, the outlook for the budget deficit continues to look good, but by 2018, it will start growing again, fueled in large measure by growth in mandated spending in...

  • 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...

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  • Psychiatrists aren't the only ones who provide mental health services
    Psychiatrists aren't the only ones who provide mental health services

    In response to your article concerning the dearth of psychiatrists in the area ("Health reform spotlights shortage in Md. of psychiatrists," Jan. 27), this is true, but you forgot to mention that there are other providers who treat mental health issues. For example, psychologists and social...

  • Gov. Hogan must not be much of a businessman
    Gov. Hogan must not be much of a businessman

    As a person who has spent his entire career spanning more than 40 years as a CPA, I just get angry when people describe Gov. Larry Hogan as a "businessman." And now, I just finished reading a statement in Saturday's Baltimore Sun concerning the proposed budget as follows: "The city's schools...

  • Hogan should support Red, Purple lines
    Hogan should support Red, Purple lines

    Kudos to Gov. Larry Hogan for preserving money in his budget for the Red and Purple lines ("Hogan budget would cut state worker pay, city school aid," Jan. 22) while he considers their future. As the governor moves toward a final decision, he will have the opportunity to review work done by...

  • Netanyahu visit: Maybe Congress should delegate all its policy work to foreign leaders
    Netanyahu visit: Maybe Congress should delegate all its policy work to foreign leaders

    Has Speaker John Boehner has a brilliant idea in inviting Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to speak to Congress on the subject of Iran ("Netanyahu invitation unwise," Jan. 27). What else can he do when, apparently, no Republicans in the House have what it takes to address the issue?...

  • Keep the death penalty abolished
    Keep the death penalty abolished

    I find it amazing that Del. Pat McDonough feels that reinstating the death penalty demands his time and resources as a priority in our state despite the numerous more pressing issues ("Del. McDonough seeks to restore death penalty in some cases," Jan. 26). He references two recent police...

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  • Move over, Sarah Palin, the GOP's got a new star
    Move over, Sarah Palin, the GOP's got a new star

    Michele Bachmann and Sarah Palin, you are now officially the Republican Party's gone girls. The GOP has a new diva: Joni Ernst, the just-elected United State senator from the cornfields of Iowa.

  • 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."

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