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Dundalk land use is not the Board of Public Works' job

The opposition to Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz's plan to sell the North Point Government Center to a developer is intense and has been for years, but that's nothing unusual for Dundalk, a community that is fiercely protective of itself — and famously skeptical of any ideas coming out...

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  • Mr. Putin's sharp elbows

    For months the U.S watched uneasily as Russia built up its military presence in Syria with shipments of sophisticated weaponry and military aircraft. Russian President Vladimir Putin insisted that his main goal in Syria was to defeat the Islamic State, not prop up the beleaguered regime of Syrian...

  • What's possible for Afghanistan?

    What's possible for Afghanistan?

    The unintentional U.S. airstrike on a hospital in Afghanistan over the weekend was a terrible tragedy that highlighted the problems facing the American commanders attempting to support local Afghan government troops against a growing Taliban insurgency. The attack killed 22 people, including 12...

  • Mental health prescription?

    Mental health prescription?

    Psychiatrists, psychologists, therapists, social workers and other mental health care practitioners rejoice: It appears a lot of elected officials, including a remarkable number of conservatives, have your back. Since last week's shooting at Umpqua Community College that left 10 dead, there has...

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  • Rodricks manipulates the Gray jury pool

    Rodricks manipulates the Gray jury pool

    Recently, columnist Dan Rodricks suggested several ways for potential jurors to answer voir dire questions in the Freddie Gray case so as to avoid being excused from jury duty ("Three questions for prospective Freddie Gray jurors," Sept. 10). This was a stunning violation of journalistic standards...

  • Betrayal from Md.'s college trust

    Betrayal from Md.'s college trust

    One of the first purchases made for our newborn son was a Maryland Prepaid College Trust. As its name implies, we trusted that we were making a financially wise investment in his future. Two years later we bought another prepaid trust for our second child. We read over the contracts carefully and...

  • Ben Carson's misguided view of the Second Amendment

    Ben Carson's misguided view of the Second Amendment

    While most people bemoan the mind-numbing toll that gun violence takes on innocent children in our communities, there is one person from whom we are unlikely to find support: Hometown fellow, Republican presidential candidate and world-famous pediatric neurosurgeon Ben Carson feels that the violence...

  • Obama's blunders in Syria

    Obama's blunders in Syria

    In light of Russia's recent military actions in Syria it has become clear that we have been relegated to a minor role not only there but throughout the Middle East and the world ("Putin cutting Obama down to size," Oct. 5). With a long list of bowing to the wishes both of Russia and Iran, now culminated...

  • 'Rough rides' in police vans are nothing new

    'Rough rides' in police vans are nothing new

    The Sun only recently covered the history of punitive, so-called "rough rides" in police vans, but the practice has been going on for many years ("Baltimore approves $95,000 settlement in 'rough ride' lawsuit," Oct. 7). In 2004, example, the city settled a $39 million lawsuit related to the issue,...

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  • Bernie Sanders and the free market

    Bernie Sanders and the free market

    Crass distortions of the choices facing the nation sometimes come masked in the media as "political analysis." But whatever they're called, they can't be allowed to stand. Such was the Washington Post's front-page piece last week, ostensibly an analysis of the policies proposed by Sen. Bernie Sanders...

  • Raw politics drives GOP probes of Benghazi, Planned Parenthood

    Raw politics drives GOP probes of Benghazi, Planned Parenthood

     It was nice of House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy to clarify that a primary goal of the Republicans' never-ending investigations into the Benghazi terror attack was to do damage to the leading Democratic candidate for president, Hillary Clinton. Now, if he would just acknowledge that the current...

  • Putin cutting Obama down to size

    Putin cutting Obama down to size

    If the humiliation of the Obama administration continues at this rate, you should soon expect to see Secretary of State John Kerry on all fours at the United Nations, getting paddled by the Russian foreign minister and shouting, "Thank you, comrade! May I have another?" Last Monday, President Obama...

  • We need cops with people skills

    We need cops with people skills

    What can I do? Not quite six months ago, a reader named Tracy posed that question to me, and I, in turn, posed it to you. Tracy, a 55-year-old white woman from Austin, said she was sick of hearing about unarmed African-American men being injured or killed by police. "What can be done?" she asked....

  • To replace Boehner, why not Newt Gingrich for speaker?

    To replace Boehner, why not Newt Gingrich for speaker?

    Almost exactly seven years ago, House Speaker John Boehner said of the Wall Street bailout bill, "I think this thing is a crap sandwich" — but he'd vote for it anyway. I remarked at the time, "It's crap sandwiches for as far as the eye can see" — and I was right. Mr. Boehner finally had his fill...