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Why not add a Tubman statue?

If the basis of The Baltimore Sun's aversion to Confederate monuments, the suppression of outdated morality standards, were applied to the art in the city's museums, one wonders what would be left for citizens to see. Far better than using the taxpayers' money to remove the Lee-Jackson monument...

  • Don't drop the safety net

    If President Donald Trump truly wanted to put the taxpayer first, he would start by strengthening and protecting America's safety net ("Trump budget lays out deep cuts to safety net programs," May 23). Instead, his budget proposal would push millions of Americans deeper into poverty and take food...

  • Trump's dirty budget

    President Donald Trump's budget delivers more pollution, not more power to states including Maryland ("Trump budget lays out deep cuts to safety net programs," May 23). The plan would cut 30 percent of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's federal funding, meaning more dirty air and polluted...

  • Who knew presidency could be so complicated?

    Who knew presidency could be so complicated?

    Jules Witcover, in his recent column ("Ouster talk premature," May 23), considers the possible impeachment of President Donald Trump. My guess is that the president will resign his position before impeachment steps are initiated. He will conclude before long that the presidency interferes too much...

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  • Pitts: Pouring water on concrete

    Pitts: Pouring water on concrete

    I call it pouring water on concrete. You make a splash, but nothing sinks in. That's what it has felt like lately arguing via tweet and email with supporters of President Dumpster Fire who insist there is "no evidence" he did anything to merit the investigations and talk of impeachment he now faces....

  • Kennedy, and the 'problems of the present and future'

    Kennedy, and the 'problems of the present and future'

    On the occasion of Boston College's centennial celebration on April 20, 1963, President John F. Kennedy congratulated the school for its service and noted that, "in this week of observance, you have rightly celebrated the achievements of the past — and equally rightly you have turned … to the problems...

  • Help yourself by helping kids read

    Help yourself by helping kids read

    I will soon complete my first year as a volunteer "Reading Buddy" at Milbrook Elementary School in Baltimore County. I work full-time, but I'm fortunate to have a schedule that allows me to volunteer for a couple of hours every Friday afternoon. I work with another woman who has volunteered at...

  • UMD president: we all must 'fight racism, extremism and hate'

    UMD president: we all must 'fight racism, extremism and hate'

    In the early morning hours of Saturday, May 20, a young man was murdered on the University of Maryland College Park campus, a senseless and unprovoked act. Richard Collins III, a student at Bowie State University, had just been commissioned as a 2nd lieutenant in the U.S. Army and was within days...

  • Cal Thomas: Saudi Arabia's duplicity

    Cal Thomas: Saudi Arabia's duplicity

    Trusting Saudi Arabia to combat terrorists and extremists and "drive them out," as President Trump called on the kingdom and other Arab and Muslim nations to do in his Riyadh speech, is akin to forging an alliance with the Ku Klux Klan to combat racism and anti-Semitism. Saudi Arabia has for years...

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  • The new economy is coming

    The new economy is coming

    Late May is college commencement speech season, and there are always one or two destined to cause upset. This year, add to the list the Harvard commencement speech given last Thursday by Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and his call for "universal basic income," which is a fancy way of describing a...

  • Getting to yes on sick leave

    Getting to yes on sick leave

    The electoral politics are thick in the debate over Gov. Larry Hogan's decision to veto the mandatory paid sick leave bill the General Assembly passed this year. The Republican governor called it a "job killing" measure while Democratic legislators accused him of denying a necessary benefit to...

  • Alternative fact of the Week: Conspiracy theorists go nuts on a murder victim

    Alternative fact of the Week: Conspiracy theorists go nuts on a murder victim

    Alternative facts come in all shapes and sizes. Sometimes, they are relatively benign, as when President Donald Trump insisted his inauguration drew record crowds when photographs show that no, it didn't. At other times, they are a cynical attempt to affect policy, such as the gross exaggeration,...

  • The poverty 'mind-set'

    The poverty 'mind-set'

    There's a grain of truth and a mountain of myopia in Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson's assertion during a radio interview that having the "right mind-set" can bring a person out of poverty and the "wrong mind-set" can condemn him or her to it despite all the advantages in the...

  • Are Confederate monuments 'our story?'

    Are Confederate monuments 'our story?'

    In January of last year, a seven-member mayoral commission recommended the removal of two of four Confederate era monuments from Baltimore's public parks. Sixteen months later, the offending statues haven't budged. While some "interpretive" signage has been added, they remain where they are and...

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  • Don't fire Gray officers

    Don't fire Gray officers

    When will all this nonsense about Freddie Gray end ("Five Baltimore officers from Freddie Gray case face internal discipline; three could be fired," May 22)? It's hard to get police officers these days particularly in a high crime city like Baltimore. No one should be fired. Lets move on and get...

  • Anne Arundel's all-white bench

    Anne Arundel County has been the ongoing subject of racial controversy. Two white men, Conner Charles Prout and John Adam Haverman, were charged in recent weeks with misdemeanors for allegedly being involved with the hanging of a noose from a light fixture at Crofton Middle School. This past weekend,...

  • Cecil ignores comprehensive plan

    I am responding to County Executive Alan J. McCarthy's recent commentary ("Cecil exec: Tier map protects local authority," April 28) regarding Cecil's Tier Map and the Comprehensive Plan on which it is supposedly based. Rather than being solely about protecting private property rights, the 2010...

  • Baltimore County shouldn't overstep on immigration

    The proposed Baltimore County bill to force jail officials to screen for undocumented immigrants should be withdrawn, defeated or vetoed ("Baltimore County Council to consider jail immigration screening," May 1). In the past, the federal "detainer" program has not focused on serious criminals,...

  • Describing victim as 'not a thug' is a problem, too

    Describing victim as 'not a thug' is a problem, too

    Respectfully, please be more careful when writing about whether or not an African American victim of a hate crime is or is not a "thug" ("Police, FBI investigating University of Maryland killing as possible hate crime," May 21). The thug/not thug narrative is often propounded in the context of...

  • Death of Bowie student is Army's loss

    Death of Bowie student is Army's loss

    Rest in peace, Richard Collins III. Your death, allegedly at the hands of a white University of Maryland student, makes no sense ("Police, FBI investigating University of Maryland killing as possible hate crime," May 21). We shall miss the contribution you would have made to military intelligence....

  • BaltimoreLink will be a fiasco

    I heartily concur in all the criticisms reported on Maryland Transit Administration's "planning" and changes ("Less than a month away, $135 million BaltimoreLink bus overhaul rolling forward," May 22). Less than a month out, they still had not deigned to post detailed maps or schedules for the...

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