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Ehrlich's name-calling is no substitute for reasoned argument

A website gaining popularity among 20- and 30-somethings mostly features 1990s nostalgia pieces and "listicles" (short articles organized in the form of a list, e.g., "100 Ways to Have Fun"). Apparently it has been the inspiration for many of commentator Robert L. Ehrlich recent columns.

Be it his piece Sunday about college student loans ("On student loans, Chavez and Joe Flacco's taxes," March 31) or previous blasts against President Barack Obama and "liberal groupthink" on campus, Mr. Ehrlich seems content to merely list a series of supposed liberal boogeymen and call it a day's work.

The comments sections following Mr. Ehrlich's articles frequently express incredulity that The Sun continues to employ him. Happily, I did not live in Maryland when Mr. Ehrlich was governor, but the nickname his online foes have bestowed on him seems to be "Bobby Haircut."

To mix metaphors, Mr. Ehrlich seems to be all haircut and no cattle: listing right-wing scare tactics without feeling any need to support them with arguments. As long as The Sun continues to employ him I will only read it online for free.

David Swedler, Baltimore

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