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Not enough Spanish books at the county library

To look at the Baltimore County Public Library's selection of Spanish language material, one would think that the Spanish-speaking population of the county is virtually nil. Whenever I regard the Spanish language section of even a major branch like Towson or Cockeysville, I am reminded of the bad...

  • Perdue workers are treated well

    We agree with one point in the commentary, "Poultry processing, a thankless job" (Feb. 7): The people who bring chicken to our tables deserve to be recognized. We are proud of our associates and their commitment to the wholesomeness and quality of our products and to workplace safety. Theirs is...

  • Zika virus and climate

    The article, "Health officials expect Zika virus to reach Maryland" (Feb. 5), informed us that state health officials are on the lookout for the spread of the Zika virus into Maryland. That is great, except for the fact that we need to get to the root of our health issues rather than continually...

  • A new draft won't solve our problems

    Commentator Paul Marx's suggestion that a new military draft will fix our nation's problems is illogical ("Drafting for a better military, country," Feb. 8). He seems to believe that a universal draft would help us avoid war since more people would be affected. But we had a draft in the 1960s and...

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  • That 'controversial' Doritos commercial

    That 'controversial' Doritos commercial

     In a day when the most innocuous thing can quickly become political, a Doritos Super Bowl commercial has upset some people who want abortion to be an unrestricted right. For those taking a bathroom break or watching "Downton Abbey" instead of the football game, here's the scenario. A pregnant...

  • Gov. Hogan's tax credits based on bad math, economics

    Gov. Hogan's tax credits based on bad math, economics

    Gov. Larry Hogan last month proposed a multi-part plan that he claims represents "$480 million in tax relief to those Marylanders who desperately need it most." Further, he claims that these cuts will have "a direct, dramatic, and positive impact on our state economy." Neither claim is true. The...

  • Hillary's use of the gender card isn't working

    Hillary's use of the gender card isn't working

    Hillary Clinton is not a woman, and that's a triumph for feminism and a problem for Hillary. Let me clarify. Yes, technically she is female. But when millions of Americans think of Hillary Clinton, they don't think of her gender; they think of, well, Hillary Clinton. Some may think of her as a...

  • Baltimore attack forever alters editor's life

    Baltimore attack forever alters editor's life

    Two years ago, I was ambushed on a Baltimore street, two short blocks from my doorstep, on a still winter night. In exchange for pleading guilty in June, the man who attacked me with a brick and took my wallet, my laptop and my car received a 30-year sentence, with all but 12 years of it suspended....

  • Sniffing out your perfect mate

    Sniffing out your perfect mate

    Looking for a mate is a lot like looking for a mutt. In fact, the similarities are startling. First, you need to decide what you are seeking — your needs, your wants and where you are willing to settle. What breed do you want? Maybe you must have a Maltese. Maybe he just has to be Jewish. Deciding...

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  • Lessons from Ferguson

    Lessons from Ferguson

    There never was much doubt the federal government would sue the city of Ferguson, Mo., if it couldn't reach an agreement with the St. Louis suburb to reform its criminal justice system. The city came under intense scrutiny by the Justice Department in 2014 after the fatal shooting of an unarmed...

  • Young's youth fund: Right in spirit, wrong on policy

    Young's youth fund: Right in spirit, wrong on policy

    When City Council President Bernard C. "Jack" Young proposed a charter amendment that would require Baltimore to set aside 3 percent of its discretionary budget every year for youth initiatives, we congratulated his willingness to recognize the need for a new paradigm in post-Freddie Gray Baltimore,...

  • A terrible loss

    A terrible loss

    The deaths of two veteran Harford County sheriff's deputies midday Wednesday in Abingdon are a tragic reminder of the risks facing every law enforcement officer. With a combined 46 years in the sheriff's office, Deputies Patrick Dailey and Mark Logsdon had likely long ago recognized the dangers...

  • Mayor's race on the issues: Public safety

    Mayor's race on the issues: Public safety

    With Baltimore's homicide rate at an all-time high in 2015, fighting crime has rightly taken a central place in the race to replace Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake. Three of the major candidates — former mayor Sheila Dixon, Councilman Nick Mosby and attorney Elizabeth Embry — have already released...

  • Can an optimist win?

    Can an optimist win?

    While the biggest headlines coming out of the New Hampshire primary were reserved — and deservedly so — for Sen. Bernie Sanders who trounced Hillary Clinton on the Democratic side and Donald Trump who similarly ran away from his competitors in the GOP field, attention must be paid to the surprising...

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  • Freshmen deserve a chance

    My first 10 weeks as a college freshman were an academic struggle of the first magnitude. I suppose that if Simon Newman had been the president of Goucher College, I would have been gone before I had a chance to figure out which way was up ("Mount St. Mary's president under siege after firings,...

  • Sanders gets things done

    In June of 2015, Sen. Bernie Sanders was at 11 percent in national polling. On Tuesday, Senator Sanders won 60 percent of the New Hampshire primary vote ("After New Hampshire, candidates face new ground amid reshuffled races," Feb. 10). Hillary Clinton managed only 38 percent. Now who's "a progressive...

  • Don't raise the tax on oil

    How myopic The Sun's editorial board and some readers are about gasoline prices. One day it is a call to cancel oil leases off the coast, another it is to add $10 to a barrel of oil ("That $10 fee on oil is a good idea," Feb. 7). Yes, $10 seems quite tolerable today, but if you take a look at the...

  • Harford students need to discover the city

    It may be tempting for some to think of Harford County schools' just-lifted ban on field trips to Baltimore City as a racist overreaction to the unrest following Freddie Gray's death last April ("Harford schools lift ban on trips to city," Feb. 9). More likely, it was born of discomfort with the...

  • Women have good reason to favor Sanders

    I would respectfully suggest that young women don't "just go with Hillary because she is a woman" because that by itself is a dumb reason to vote for anybody ("Young women just don't get it," Feb. 9). I can say with delight and admiration that the young women I have seen who are working for Sen....

  • Remembering the victims of gun violence

    On Friday night, Sabrina Kelly and Eric Dorsey were both shot and killed.  Two Baltimoreans lost their lives, which means that two families are stricken with heartache, and two communities are trying to bear the enormous weight that descends when a loved-one disappears ( Feb. 6). Each of these...

  • Obama's 'beautiful truths'

    Thank you for the much needed editorial on President Barack Obama's visit to the Islamic Society of Baltimore last week ("One American family," Feb. 6). I am an American Muslim, and the words President Obama spoke there deepened my love for this great country in which I was born and raised. Like...

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