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Playboy covers up [Poll]

As part of a redesign next year, Playboy says it will no longer feature fully nude women. Would such a change make you more or less likely to buy the magazine?

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  • A sense of place

    A recent Sun investigation found that several dozen families living in city-owned public housing earned substantially more than is permitted by the housing department's income eligibility requirements for tenants moving into the program. At a time when low-income families often wait years to get...

  • Mitchell v. Byrd

    In downtown Frederick last Sunday, somebody splashed a bucket of red paint on the bust of Roger Brooke Taney, the Supreme Court justice from Calvert County who wrote the Dred Scott decision maintaining that blacks were not U.S. citizens. The vandalism was erased, but the fate of that statue is...

  • Hogan 'unbeatable'? Not in Maryland

    Hogan 'unbeatable'? Not in Maryland

    Nothing could be more energizing for Maryland Democrats than knowing The Baltimore Sun thinks we are the underdog ("Is Gov. Hogan unbeatable?" Oct. 5). We have been written off before. Folks said we were finished after the 2002 election. GOP operatives started planning to pick off 14 Democrats...

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  • Catholics must reject pro-choice candidates

    By the ballot box, Catholics must oust the senators and representatives who have legalized and financed the murder of innocents on demand. What good would it be when people who consider themselves Catholic and who still receive the sacraments adhere to ideas of governments that are incompatible...

  • Pro-gun letters are scary

    Pro-gun letters are scary

    I read the recent letter on gun deaths from by John Walther with interest, as I had spent the weekend in Atlantic City and read some really insightful letters in The New York Times on gun violence in light of the Oregon shootings ("Guns and heart attacks," Oct. 12). I strongly recommend reading...

  • A day to honor Native Americans

    A day to honor Native Americans

    After reading your article, "Native Americans push to rename Columbus Day" (Oct. 12), it occurred to me: How about keeping Columbus Day and designating a different day to honor Native Americans? That way we all win. Eritha Yardley

  • Watkins' wish list

    Watkins' wish list

    Even for The Sun, your recent commentary by D. Watkins was a new low in journalism ("D. Watkins for mayor," Oct. 10). His attack on Dr. Ben Carson was beneath contempt. And just whose wealth is he planning to redistribute anyway? I realize his article is tongue in cheek. But really, doesn't he...

  • Fix the economy — and Baltimore's leaky pipes

    Fix the economy — and Baltimore's leaky pipes

    Dan Glickman's excellent commentary ("Wanted: 'big plan' for infrastructure," Oct. 12) addresses a crying need in our economy but contains a glaring omission. He describes "infrastructure" as including roads, bridges, airports, power grids and the general concept of 'public works.'" What he omits...

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  • Why Obama prefers politicizing to actual politics

    Why Obama prefers politicizing to actual politics

    President Obama was right. He was right when, just a few hours after the horrible shooting in Oregon, he decried the fact that such slaughters have become "routine." He was even right, in a sense, when he defended politicizing the tragedy. "Of course," Mr. Obama said, "what's also routine is that...

  • 'This is what erasure looks like'

    'This is what erasure looks like'

     "This," says Roni Dean-Burren, "is what erasure looks like." She's talking about something you might otherwise have thought innocuous: a page from World Geography, a high school textbook. A few days ago, you see, Ms. Dean-Burren, a former teacher and a doctoral candidate at the University of Houston,...

  • The 'new' Hillary

    The 'new' Hillary

    Hillary Clinton is borrowing from Richard Nixon, a man she worked to impeach while a staff member of the House Judiciary Committee in the early 1970s. Like Nixon, whose handlers successfully fooled a majority of voters by trotting out a "new Nixon" after his election defeats in 1960 and 1962, Hillary...

  • Should Biden run?

    Should Biden run?

    When presidential nominees are asked about selecting a running mate, the answer almost always is: The choice should be the person most qualified to become president if fate or circumstance were to so dictate. The first two vice presidents, John Adams and Thomas Jefferson, fit that description....

  • Bush family's war on English

    Bush family's war on English

    And the Bush family's War on English continues. You are, by now, familiar with the astonishingly tone-deaf response by Jeb Bush, the nation's would-be 45th president, to last week's shooting at a community college in Oregon in which a gunman killed nine people. "Look," said Mr. Bush, "stuff happens."...