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Spend money on jobs for squeegee kids, not guards

I was baffled when I read the article about the Downtown Partnership’s plan to put guards on the street to monitor the squeegee kids (“Baltimore’s ‘squeegee kids’ became focus in 1980s. What’s different now?” Oct. 16). The plan is short-sighted, not truly a solution and, in my mind, could cause...

  • Criticism of white male college dean is racist

    Criticism of white male college dean is racist

    A recent article in The Baltimore Sun revealed an example of discrimination. That article, "Dean's appointment sparks protests" (Oct. 14), implies that a "white man" cannot be an effective dean of the Gwen Ifill College of Media, Arts, and the Humanities at Simmons University even though he founded...

  • This Democrat is voting Hogan — for accountability in schools

    This Democrat is voting Hogan — for accountability in schools

    I’m responding to the recent article, “Republican’s edge surprises pollsters” (Oct. 13). I never, ever, thought I would hear myself say, “I’m going to vote for a Republican.” Yet I’m going to vote for Larry Hogan. It’s not easy because so many Republican positions and policies are so far from governing...

  • We can't nibble around the edges of the overdose crisis

    We can't nibble around the edges of the overdose crisis

    The Sun’s overview of Gov. Larry Hogan’s response to opioid overdose deaths shows that “nibbling around the edges” doesn’t save lives (“After Larry Hogan vowed to take on Maryland's opioid epidemic, deaths soared. What happened?,” Oct. 10). In 1980, when I worked for the U.S. House Judiciary Committee...

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  • Save the planet: Go vegan

    Save the planet: Go vegan

    Right on the heels of utter devastation wrought by hurricanes Florence and Michael comes an alarming report in the prestigious journal Nature that mitigation of global climate change will require a massive switch to plant-based eating. The report concludes that global warming threatens the world's...

  • Surveillance plane would cut city crime

    Surveillance plane would cut city crime

    On Sept. 26, The Sun’s editorial board stated that we needed to do everything possible to reduce the out of control murder rate (“What do we need to do to get Baltimore violence under control? Everything.”). On Sept. 28, the board argued that the city should say no to the one program that can help...

  • There's more we can do to fight overdoses

    There's more we can do to fight overdoses

    We have not tried “everything” to reduce overdose fatalities, as Gov. Larry Hogan previously stated, and while I applaud The Sun’s efforts to describe other needed interventions (“After Larry Hogan vowed to take on Maryland's opioid epidemic, deaths soared. What happened?,” Oct. 10), there was...

  • Heather Cook can show some remorse by staying in jail

    Heather Cook can show some remorse by staying in jail

    Heather Cook killed someone in his prime because she chose to drive drunk, text while driving and leave the scene of an accident (“Prosecutor opposes early release for ex-bishop Heather Cook who fatally struck Baltimore bicyclist,” Oct. 9). It was not the first time she was arrested for drunk driving....

  • A carbon fee would help Maryland meet its greenhouse gas reduction goals

    A carbon fee would help Maryland meet its greenhouse gas reduction goals

    The Oct. 5 Sun editorial, “Renewable energy and the Hogan conundrum” (Oct. 5), states that a study done by consultant E3 for the Maryland Commission on Climate Change “suggests adopting that 50 percent RPS legislation is the best, and perhaps only, way Maryland can meet its greenhouse gas benchmark.”...

  • Maryland state workers deserve a raise, too

    Maryland state workers deserve a raise, too

    Thank you for writing about why federal employees are long overdue for higher wages (“Unemployment is down, now pay should go up — even for federal workers,” Oct. 5). Maryland state employees deserve a raise, too. Maryland is the wealthiest state in the country and ended the most recent fiscal...

  • Can we ever forgive Heather Cook?

    Can we ever forgive Heather Cook?

    A difficult requirement to be a Christian is the act of Forgiveness. We ask for forgiveness when we say the Lord’s Prayer and we say we will also forgive, but do we(“Prosecutor opposes early release for ex-bishop Heather Cook who fatally struck Baltimore bicyclist,” Oct. 9)? A few years ago a group...

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