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  • Enough with the stuffed-animal memorials at sites of tragedy
    Enough with the stuffed-animal memorials at sites of tragedy

    The memorials that people build with stuffed animals, flowers, etc., are nice and a tribute to the people who died at the site. But truthfully, they are a waste of money. This money could be donated to the family for their use for food, clothing or paying the electric bill. If the family is not...

  • Baltimore the 'Star-Spangled City'
    Baltimore the 'Star-Spangled City'

    A city motto is to woo tourists, conventions and businesses, not just shipping ("Baltimore: Gateway to America," Jan. 25). Most Americans don't know or care that Baltimore was an important port for immigration and commerce because Baltimore is 300 miles farther inland than any other East...

  • Don't give a free pass to polluters, Mr. Hogan
    Don't give a free pass to polluters, Mr. Hogan

    I am a 79-year-old retired assistant superintendent of Baltimore County Public Schools and a former resident of Dundalk. I lived and worked in the Dundalk area for over 50 years. Though I am retired, I was active in Dundalk leading community projects and civic organizations for many of those...

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  • Realizing a 'Greater' Baltimore
    Realizing a 'Greater' Baltimore

    Though people may describe the region around Baltimore City as "Greater Baltimore," area leaders — from government, business, non-profits and academia — could do more to fully embrace that term and develop the potential it implies. Doing so is a critical component for the...

  • Medicare 'quality indicators' diverge from quality care
    Medicare 'quality indicators' diverge from quality care

    Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell announced this week that, through the Affordable Care Act (ACA), Medicare would be taking drastic steps to assure that doctors are paid not for visits and procedures, but rather for the value of their work. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid...

  • Exercise: find the time for it
    Exercise: find the time for it

    The early-morning holiday shoppers of last month have been replaced at the mall by early-morning walkers, some of whom have begun new exercise regimens for the new year.

  • Googling America's sex life
    Googling America's sex life

    Google knows my dress size and that I wear flats. It knows I do yoga, and it is always trying to sell me clothes to wear to class.

  • Fund the student, not the college
    Fund the student, not the college

    President Obama's "America's College Promise" plan proposes to make the first two years of community college free to address a number of concerns: American competitiveness, inequality and the bad odds that less advantaged students face in obtaining good jobs.

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  • Defeating Boko Haram
    Defeating Boko Haram

    The bloody attacks in Paris this month that left 20 people dead, including the three attackers, riveted the world's attention on the growing threat Islamist extremist groups pose to the democracies of Western Europe. Yet even as the French people were mourning their loss, an even more...

  • Mr. Obama's 529 brouhaha
    Mr. Obama's 529 brouhaha

    Rarely does a president flip-flop on an initiative presented in the State of the Union address as quickly as Barack Obama did this week. He reversed himself on 529 college savings plans on Tuesday, which was just seven days after his speech to the nation. Such a political miscalculation is...

  • Baltimore's progress at risk
    Baltimore's progress at risk

    Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake and other Baltimore leaders are mobilizing to fight some of the cuts in state aid to the city in Gov. Larry Hogan's budget. They're not alone among local leaders in objecting to the new governor's spending plan, but they have a strong argument that Baltimore is...

  • Getting the off-shore shaft
    Getting the off-shore shaft

    Just days ago, the Obama administration wisely chose to protect the most pristine and sensitive tundra in Alaska from oil exploration. It has similarly maintained a ban on drilling off the West Coast. And that pipeline from Canada to Texas? The Keystone XL is a no-go, says President Barack...

  • Deficit outlook: Good and bad

    The latest report from the Congressional Budget Office has something for everyone to have mixed feelings about. In the short term, the outlook for the budget deficit continues to look good, but by 2018, it will start growing again, fueled in large measure by growth in mandated spending in...

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  • Psychiatrists aren't the only ones who provide mental health services
    Psychiatrists aren't the only ones who provide mental health services

    In response to your article concerning the dearth of psychiatrists in the area ("Health reform spotlights shortage in Md. of psychiatrists," Jan. 27), this is true, but you forgot to mention that there are other providers who treat mental health issues. For example, psychologists and social...

  • Gov. Hogan must not be much of a businessman
    Gov. Hogan must not be much of a businessman

    As a person who has spent his entire career spanning more than 40 years as a CPA, I just get angry when people describe Gov. Larry Hogan as a "businessman." And now, I just finished reading a statement in Saturday's Baltimore Sun concerning the proposed budget as follows: "The city's schools...

  • Netanyahu visit: Maybe Congress should delegate all its policy work to foreign leaders
    Netanyahu visit: Maybe Congress should delegate all its policy work to foreign leaders

    Has Speaker John Boehner has a brilliant idea in inviting Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to speak to Congress on the subject of Iran ("Netanyahu invitation unwise," Jan. 27). What else can he do when, apparently, no Republicans in the House have what it takes to address the issue?...

  • Hogan should support Red, Purple lines
    Hogan should support Red, Purple lines

    Kudos to Gov. Larry Hogan for preserving money in his budget for the Red and Purple lines ("Hogan budget would cut state worker pay, city school aid," Jan. 22) while he considers their future. As the governor moves toward a final decision, he will have the opportunity to review work done by...

  • Those who defy cars' hegemony take their lives into their hands
    Those who defy cars' hegemony take their lives into their hands

    Greg Cantori's piece on bikes, walkers and autos was a touch of humanity ("Sharing the road," Jan. 22). His plaintive call for civility between highway and street users was touching. Therefore, it was hard to sit at my keyboard and comment on his opinion.

  • No known regulations or “best practices” make fracking safe
    No known regulations or “best practices” make fracking safe

    It was gratifying to see fellow members of Gov. Martin O'Malley's commission on hydraulic fracturing, Harry Weiss and Jeff Kupfer, take the time to explain their views on the former governor's proposals for new gas-drilling regulations. Trying to safeguard the public with rules last updated...

  • Free community college is a bad idea
    Free community college is a bad idea

    Free community college is another poorly thought idea from President Barack Obama ("Obama turns populist in State of the Union speech," Jan. 21). Am I against opening up the opportunity for many who cannot afford college? Absolutely not, but here is my concern. We already require K-12 education...

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