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Furor over new youth soccer rule is silly

How in the world did a story about youth soccer age requirements end up on the front page of a major newspaper? The placement of such a non-newsworthy topic and the amount of space devoted to it were ridiculous ("New age rules 'wreaking havoc' in youth soccer," Aug. 19). To assert that something...

  • Libertarian ticket is 'non-kooky'

    Libertarian ticket is 'non-kooky'

    Longtime Maryland Republican Richard Cross describes Donald Trump as unacceptable and Hillary Clinton as "the most divisive political figure in the past 25 years," then chooses her anyway rather than "throw away [his] vote on a kooky Libertarian ticket" ("GOP speechwriter may vote for Hillary Clinton,"...

  • Dundalk's inexplicable love affair

    Dundalk's inexplicable love affair

    The front page news piece on Eastern Baltimore County and its seeming attraction to Donald Trump was disconcerting ("Trump finds support in former Democratic stronghold in Maryland," Aug. 21). While I know full well that not all Trump voters are racists or xenophobic in the way that his campaign...

  • Obama vacations while Louisiana drowns

    Obama vacations while Louisiana drowns

    Over the last two weeks, while President Obama has been playing golf and drinking chardonnay with the swells on Martha's Vineyard, Louisiana has had a major flood ("At least 11 killed, 40,000 homes damaged by historic Louisiana flooding," Aug. 17). Where's the president? As I recall, The Sun castigated...

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  • Clinton's foundational problem

    Clinton's foundational problem

    Even the most ardent supporters of Hillary Clinton must concede that the latest revelation regarding her connection to the Clinton Foundation — that numerous big donors to the charity appear to have had ready access to her when she served as secretary of state — doesn't reflect well on the Democratic...

  • Diversity in medical students now means better health care later

    Diversity in medical students now means better health care later

    American medical schools are suffering from a severe case of economic and racial homogeneity, which is fueling physician shortages in vulnerable communities. Doctors are most likely to work in areas that share their demographics. White medical students from wealthy backgrounds tend to return to...

  • No more secret surveillance on Baltimore citizens

    The Baltimore City Police Department, with direction from the FBI, has engaged in a practice of using machines that act as cell phone tower simulators to spy on its own citizens, in secret, and sometimes illegally. These cell site simulators are portable and allow the police to electronically connect...

  • Letters to my son, Andrew

    Letters to my son, Andrew

    You introduce yourself to me, the solitary stranger in the cafeteria. You're just being friendly. In the course of conversation, you ask, "How many children do you have?" And you are slightly disconcerted when I hesitate. Don't I know how many children I have? The answer, when it comes, is a shock....

  • Why a single-payer health care system is inevitable

    Why a single-payer health care system is inevitable

    The best argument for a single-payer health care plan is the recent decision by giant health insurer Aetna to bail out next year from 11 of the 15 states where it sells Obamacare plans. Aetna's decision follows similar moves by UnitedHealth Group, the nation's largest health insurer, and by Humana,...

Editorials

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  • Help for homeless students

    Help for homeless students

    Across the country, some 1.3 million public school children and youth are classified as homeless by the federal government. The challenges facing these youngsters in school are formidable. They're more likely to miss classes, score poorly on standardized tests and have physical, emotional or psychological...

  • The septic backslide

    The septic backslide

    Gov. Larry Hogan's recent announcement that he intends to loosen Maryland's requirements for newly-installed septic systems is a worrisome development. While septic tanks and drainage fields are hardly the primary source of pollution in Maryland waterways, such regulatory backtracking raises an...

  • Relief for 'deadbeat dads'

    One of the biggest hurdles many inmates recently released from prison face is the accumulated debt of child support payments they were unable to pay while behind bars. The courts generally issue child support orders based on the parents' income and ability to pay when their case is heard. But if...

  • Bathroom breakdown

    Bathroom breakdown

    Transgender individuals have been using their choice of bathrooms — yes, including school bathrooms — for decades, but thanks to a U.S. District Court judge, their ability to do so has once again been compromised. Monday's ill-timed injunction granted by Judge Reed O'Connor of Northern Texas will,...

  • Parallel dimensions

    Parallel dimensions

    Last year, officials at the Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration decided they would no longer test prospective drivers for parallel parking skills. A lot of folks immediately assumed this would substantially increase the pass rate. Guess what? They were right. Newly-released statistics show that...

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  • Community groups support State Center project

    In response to the recent letter "State Center is a boondoggle" (Aug. 2), the Seton Hill community has been at the table with eight other communities as representatives of the State Center Neighborhood Alliance and attending meetings for nearly a decade. In those meetings we vetted facts, not feelings....

  • How Maryland treats its senior citizens

    Baltimore City Health Commissioner Dr. Leana Wen's recent commentary asserts that we cannot create well being in Baltimore without also ensuring the health and wellness of older adults ("Supporting Baltimore's seniors," Aug. 8). This includes supporting the ability of residents to age in their...

  • Md. should stop cuffing and shackling juvenile offenders

    We urge Maryland's Task Force to Study the Restraint, Searches, and Needs of Children in the Juvenile Justice System to carefully consider the best practices across the country before concluding its work. This is especially important regarding the use of shackles or handcuffs to control unruly youth,...

  • We can't afford a President Clinton

    Like commentator Richard J. Cross III, I am a Reagan Republican who is unhappy with our party, our candidate and the state of American politics as a whole ("GOP speechwriter may vote for Hillary Clinton," Aug. 17). I also agree that we are confronted with two choices when it comes to casting our...

  • Chase Brexton labor dispute is management's fault

    What is happening at Chase Brexton Health Care is absolutely horrendous ("Hundreds sign petition denouncing Chase Brexton firings," Aug. 12). Many exemplary employees have been fired, people who have devoted many years of hard work and dedication to both their patients and to Chase Brexton. What...

  • Why weren't police investigated years ago?

    Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake's leadership was lacking during the turmoil last year, and that was what led to the DOJ investigation of the Baltimore City Police Department, which validated the many complaints citizens have leveled against police ("Justice Department report: Baltimore police routinely...

  • A $15 minimum wage would have unintended consequences

    Arguments for a higher minimum wage focus on the fact that it would help more people pay their bills, while arguments against raising the minimum wage focus on the damage it would do to businesses. Of course, the minimum wage was never intended as a "living" wage but rather as the salary for high...

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