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The virtues of instant replay

Replay and Review has been used in Major League Baseball in some form for a little less than three years. Every year has seen a change in the exact operations, and this past season was clearly the biggest change yet ("Some thoughts on MLB's new pace of game measures and modified replay rules,"...

  • Money for relief, not killing
    Money for relief, not killing

    It was a pleasure to read "From Baltimore, relief in war zones" (April 15). As a peace and justice activist, I protest U.S. warmongering for many reasons. One would be that the "War on Terror" has just created more terrorists.

  • Caves Valley must pay for open space
    Caves Valley must pay for open space

    The issue of open space fees remains important as it is likely that the Baltimore County Council will be introducing legislation in the next few weeks to establish an open space fee for development in the Towson area ("Planning Board passes open space issue, fee question to Baltimore Co. Council,"...

  • Get rid of bad cops
    Get rid of bad cops

    It's a sickening, recurring pattern in Baltimore: A citizen is arrested and while transporting the so-called suspect to the police precinct for booking, he gets the stuffing beat out of him. To further rub salt in the wound, the cops are ultimately exonerated from any wrongdoing ("Investigation...

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  • Building local capacity to fight epidemics
    Building local capacity to fight epidemics

    The arduous and painful lessons learned from the ongoing Ebola outbreak and other recent epidemics like SARS, MERS, Chikungunya, influenza and of course HIV/AIDS, demonstrate how vulnerable the global community is to viral infections and how rapidly a virus outbreak in one part of the world can...

  • Bridging the gap between hopelessness and hope
    Bridging the gap between hopelessness and hope

    It was 50 years ago this month that President Lyndon Johnson traveled to a one-room school house in Stonewall, Texas, where he attended classes, to sign the most expansive piece of federal education legislation ever enacted — the Elementary and Secondary Education Act. ESEA was a key part of the...

  • Taking the early presidential plunge
    Taking the early presidential plunge

    With Hillary Clinton and Marco Rubio now in active competition for their parties' 2016 presidential nominations, it's guaranteed that voters will be subjected to one of the longest preludes to the actual election yet recorded.

  • Maryland agencies should bid their projects fairly
    Maryland agencies should bid their projects fairly

    This winter, Gov. Larry Hogan made a critical move toward improving how Maryland selects its contractors. Faced with several questionable contracts up for approval by the Board of Public Works, the governor joined with Comptroller Peter Franchot to reject proposals that seemed too expensive or...

  • Recipe for a good life (Note: It's hard and messy)
    Recipe for a good life (Note: It's hard and messy)

    It is a rare privilege, I think, to be privy to the thinking of people, great or small, while they are wrestling with their conscience.

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  • Transparency and the death of Freddie Gray
    Transparency and the death of Freddie Gray

    The death on Sunday of Freddie Gray, a Baltimore man severely injured under unexplained circumstances when he was taken into custody by Baltimore police last week, has sparked angry protests by city residents and promises by Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake and Police Commissioner Anthony Batts to...

  • The anonymous billionaire's club

    There was probably some eye-rolling last week when Hillary Clinton resolved to make campaign finance reform one of the major themes of her campaign for the presidency. After all, she's already indicated she wants to raise $2.5 billion for her own campaign. And while she's no longer on the board...

  • Good cop/bad cop
    Good cop/bad cop
  • Give Obama 'fast track' authority

    It's an Economics 101 lesson that bears repeating: Trade is good. The United States is the world's largest trading nation, supporting more than 11 million jobs. In Baltimore, we understand this as well as anyone — our port provides tangible proof. More than 29 million tons of cargo worth more than...

  • Schmoke's vindication
    Schmoke's vindication

    When Gov. Larry Hogan's task force on heroin overdose deaths met at the University of Baltimore last week, the panel was greeted by the school's newly installed president, Kurt Schmoke, a former Baltimore mayor with plenty of experience coping with the city's heroin epidemic. More than 20 years...

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  • Legislators have a mandate, too
    Legislators have a mandate, too

    A recent letter writer was quick to point out that Gov. Larry Hogan was sent to Annapolis to do the voters' bidding ("Hogan stands up to Democrats," April 15). What did the voters who elected members of the General Assembly get? Aren't they sent there to do the voters' bidding?

  • The importance of EMS
    The importance of EMS

    Hundreds of emergency and mobile health care professionals will soon assemble on Capitol Hill to educate Congress on their challenges in providing quality patient care to their communities and in obtaining needed resources to prepare for public health emergencies and other mass casualty incidents.

  • The U.S. is losing big by skimping on foreign aid
    The U.S. is losing big by skimping on foreign aid

    The sharp improvement in U.S.-Cuba relations is being hailed as the long-overdue end of a pointless enmity left over from the end of the Cold War ("The handshake with Castro," April 13).

  • 'Private' schools don't just educate the wealthy
    'Private' schools don't just educate the wealthy

    Benjamin Franklin said that "nothing in life is certain, except death and taxes." In Maryland we can add to that list the annual doomsday warnings from the public school lobby and its friends in the ACLU whenever anyone suggests there ought to be some sort of public aid assistance to families who...

  • Carson can win in 2016
    Carson can win in 2016

    Dr. Ben Carson should run for Maryland's open Senate seat in 2016. He'll win it. Then we'll see about the presidency in 2020.

  • Pills don't prevent STDs
    Pills don't prevent STDs

    This letter is in response to Susan Reimer's column about the GOP's attitude about birth control ("On birth control, young Republicans get it," April 15). I think Ms. Reimer's opinion is very narrow-minded. While I agree that young people often have premarital sex with no desire to procreate, I...

  • Save the world by going meatless
    Save the world by going meatless

    Just in time for the 45th anniversary of Earth Day on Wednesday, April 22, the U.S. Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee has made it official: Consumption of animal products is not environmentally sustainable. Their conclusions match those of a massive 2010 United Nations report which concluded...

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