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NIH cuts threaten Baltimore research

If you end up near the Baltimore Convention Center this week, you may notice crowds of people carrying black and teal tote bags. The American Society of Human Genetics is meeting there through Saturday, bringing 8,000 researchers, clinicians and ethicists from more than 60 countries to the city....

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  • 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...

  • Gun control works

    Gun control works

    State Attorney General Brian Frosh is calling on other states to enact the kind of strict handgun purchasing laws that Maryland adopted in 2013. Mr. Frosh says Maryland's new law is making it harder for criminals to purchase guns and that it would be even more effective if it weren't so easy for...

  • Dr. Wen, prescriber- in-chief

    Dr. Wen, prescriber- in-chief

    At a time when deaths from drug overdoses are rising nationally, Baltimore City has seen more such fatalities than any other jurisdiction in Maryland. Last year, 303 people died in Baltimore from drug overdoses, most of them involving opiates, comprising nearly a third of all such deaths statewide....

Readers Respond

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  • Gov. Hogan is an inspiration to us all

    Gov. Hogan is an inspiration to us all

    All politics aside, Gov. Larry Hogan is a true inspiration for all Marylanders ("Is Gov. Hogan unbeatable?" Oct. 5). He has continued doing his job in spite of the debilitating effects of the cancer treatments that must be administered to control the disease. Our governor has inspired and challenged...

  • We're giving the Oregon shooter what he wanted

    We're giving the Oregon shooter what he wanted

    Time was, when a fellow jumped the rail and made his way onto the field at an Oriole game, the cameras would follow his every move until he was chased down and taken into police custody. Whether cheered or jeered, he received the publicity he sought. Thankfully, that's no longer the case. The occasional...

  • Hogan, Obamacare and Planned Parenthood

    Hogan, Obamacare and Planned Parenthood

    Why should Gov. Larry Hogan or anyone else support Planned Parenthood ("Lawmakers pressure Hogan on Planned Parenthood funding," Sept. 29)? Wasn't free birth control one of the services Obamacare forced insurance companies to provide? Wasn't Obamacare implemented to insure all of the uninsured?...

  • Misleading statistics on gun deaths

    Misleading statistics on gun deaths

    Your editorial "Politicize the Oregon deaths" (Oct. 2) was incredibly misleading. According to your statistics, between 2001-2013 there were 121,387 gun homicides and 237,052 gun suicides — numbers you gathered from the federal Centers for Disease Control, the FBI and the University of Maryland's...

  • Baltimore a victim of liberalism? Not so fast

    Baltimore a victim of liberalism? Not so fast

    When considering the points made in Liz Copeland's letter to the editor ("Baltimore's woes have liberal roots," Sept. 29), one has to be very careful when drawing conclusions. Specifically, one must take care not to infer that all liberal policies have been failures (they haven't) or even that...

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  • 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...

  • Bob Iger for president?

    Bob Iger for president?

    Early in Donald Trump's time on NBC's The Apprentice, I wrote a column for The New York Times wondering why the network had cast someone with such a spotty business record (especially from the perspective of his casino shareholders) in the role of successful business tycoon. Mr. Trump called me...

  • John Boehner: Then and Now

    John Boehner: Then and Now

    The announcement by House Speaker John Boehner that he is retiring at the end of October stunned Washington where life is all about grabbing power and holding on to it, often until death they do part. At a meeting with reporters, Mr. Boehner said, "My first job as speaker is to protect the institution."...