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E-cigs ought to be regulated

I want to applaud The Baltimore Sun for its recent editorial related to e-cigarettes ("Teens and e-cigarettes," Aug. 22). Allowing the use of e-cigarettes in public places undermines the effectiveness of our state's smoke-free law by exposing non-users to nicotine and other unknown and potentially...

  • Green energy won't create jobs

    Green energy won't create jobs

    Letter writer Shilpa Shenvi recently claimed the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Act should be renewed because it will add $1.6 billion to the state's economy and generate 37,000 jobs ("Green energy = jobs," Aug. 22).

  • Trump the demagogue

    Trump the demagogue

    I was extremely pleased to read Armin Mruck's letter regarding Donald Trump ("Triumph of the Trump," Aug. 27).

  • Immigration and the English language

    Immigration and the English language

    Regarding your recent editorial on immigration, how can anyone trust the ultra-liberal ACLU and the American Immigration Council to provide unbiased, factual information ("A misguided view of immigrants," Aug. 18)?

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  • Discovering Twitter's purpose

    Discovering Twitter's purpose

    I'm 27 years old — and probably should have figured this out already — yet I've just realized how cool Twitter is.

  • HUD: 50 years of straying from its mission

    HUD: 50 years of straying from its mission

    Describing the need to establish the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development in 1965, President Lyndon B. Johnson said "our cities and our new urban age must not be symbols of a sordid society."

  • The Horseshoe's successful first year

    The Horseshoe's successful first year

    In gambling, there are winners and losers. In the case of Baltimore's Horseshoe Casino, which recently celebrated its first anniversary, the big winners are the city and its taxpayers. Our company, Sage Policy Group Inc., recently conducted the first economic impact assessment of Baltimore's newest...

  • Weighing the good and bad of Marvin Mandel

    Weighing the good and bad of Marvin Mandel

    I have always had mixed feelings about Marvin Mandel. How do you measure an important state leader who has a record of great accomplishment against personal flaws that resulted in a jail sentence, a national family scandal, and finally, a published book describing the intricacies of the payoff...

  • Labor Day: What happened to promised abundance?

    Labor Day: What happened to promised abundance?

    In 1928, famed British economist John Maynard Keynes predicted that technology would advance so far in a hundred years -- by 2028 -- that it would replace all work, and no one would need to worry about making money:

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  • The cost of unequal justice

    Why are African-Americans sentenced on average to significantly longer prison terms than whites convicted of similar crimes? Members of a Maryland panel charged with recommending reforms to the state's criminal justice system aim to find out, and if they succeed the result could not only lower...

  • The Parkers' 'sound cause'

    Kudos to Andy and Barbara Parker — parents of Alison Parker, the young reporter for WDBJ who, along with cameraman Adam Ward, was killed last week in Roanoke, Va. by an angry and unbalanced former co-worker — who have decided to make the enactment of sensible and reasonable safeguards on the possession...

  • The poster state for climate change

    The poster state for climate change

    With all due respect to Ohio Republicans and their collective affection for the late William McKinley, whose second term in the White House was cut short 114 years ago by an anarchist's bullets, the most important event of President Barack Obama's trip to Alaska was not the return of Mount Denali...

  • Freddie Gray case: Order in the court

    Freddie Gray case: Order in the court

    For the first several days after Freddie Gray's death in April, thousands of Baltimoreans peacefully took to the streets to protest his treatment by police and to demand broader changes in neighborhoods like the one where he lived. Whatever it was that led to the rioting that followed — outside...

  • O'Malley's sweetheart deal

    O'Malley's sweetheart deal

    When Martin O'Malley left the governor's mansion in January, he and his wife were allowed to buy for $9,638 dozens of pieces of furniture the taxpayers had spent $62,000 to purchase, most of it eight years earlier, on the grounds that it was "junk" that would otherwise have been thrown away. Those...

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  • Shattuck all smiles after sentencing

    Shattuck all smiles after sentencing

    I couldn't believe the look on Molly Shattuck's face as she left the courtroom after being sentenced for rape ("Molly Shattuck sentenced to 48 weekends in community corrections center in Del. rape case," Aug. 21).

  • Trump is a fascist

    Trump is a fascist

    I had to laugh when I read the angry letter claiming that Donald Trump is more like Ronald Reagan than Adolf Hitler ("Trump is Reagan, not Hitler," Aug. 28). That's like saying the police don't discriminate against black people, just African Americans. After all, aside from the extermination camps,...

  • Field hockey's history in Arundel goes back even farther

    Field hockey's history in Arundel goes back even farther

    While I have the greatest respect and admiration for Lil Shelton and her accomplishments at Severna Park High School ("Girls' sports power reflects long-term national trend," Aug. 25), I feel the need to set the record straight. Field hockey was introduced to Anne Arundel Country in 1954 at Glen...

  • A win-win approach for Md. clean air regulations

    A win-win approach for Md. clean air regulations

    As Timothy Wheeler recently reported ("Hogan smog plan clears hurdle after being tweaked to help power plants," Aug. 5) the controversy over Maryland's air quality continues to pit the health of our citizenry against the wishes of power plant operators. Under former Gov. Martin O'Malley, the Maryland...

  • Balto. Co. officials help their friends the developers. Again.

    Balto. Co. officials help their friends the developers. Again.

    I just signed a petition against Baltimore County Council Bill 53-15, which changes zoning law to benefit the proposed White Marsh outlet mall. This project really isn't close to me and will not have any significant impact on me that I can foresee. So why bother? A couple of things jump out at...

  • Think the Red Line is expensive? What about all those cars?

    Think the Red Line is expensive? What about all those cars?

    Ben Groff very articulately expressed many of the same sentiments I have about the Red Line and transit in general ("Why killing the Red Line was a mistake," Aug. 25). His emphasis on the negative aspects on car-based transportation is especially significant. I would add that the apparent convenience...

  • Dirt bikers aren't the only danger on two wheels

    Dirt bikers aren't the only danger on two wheels

    The dirt bikers aren't Baltimore's only problem ("A '12 O'Clock Boys' theme park for Baltimore," Aug. 27). There are dangers from some other motorcyclists who display their "skills" on the Jones Falls Expressway, generally late at night or at 2 in the morning. Some of these cyclists must picture...

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