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Police commissioners should come from within

Barry Powell’s letter is right on (“Baltimore’s next top cop needs proper experience,” May 17). It is a primary responsibility of every chief executive officer, and that includes police chiefs, to develop an eventual replacement. It is a sad testimony when a city, any city, has to admit that it...

  • Put the Russia investigation to bed

    Put the Russia investigation to bed

    After listening to all the blather about Russia for over a year, I think the time has come for it all to go away (“Trump, allies mark anniversary of Mueller probe by claiming FBI ‘spied’ on his campaign,” May 17). Night after night, the talking heads move their lips but say nothing. Russia hasn't...

  • Baltimore's mayoral trilogy: a modern horror

    Baltimore's mayoral trilogy: a modern horror

    Thanks for the excellent insights into the current mayor's ineptitude, especially in the character department (“Don’t exempt Mayor Pugh from fundraising rules,” May 17). I'll make this short (but not so sweet). Mayor Sheila Dixon was a convicted thief. She almost got reelected anyway. Mayor Stephanie...

  • Baltimore's next top cop needs proper experience

    Baltimore's next top cop needs proper experience

    So many retired police and others wanted Darryl De Sousa to succeed. The tax charges lodged against him by the U.S. Attorney shocked and dismayed so many who served with honor. They desperately hoped he would restore respectability and stability to a beleaguered, demoralized Baltimore Police Department...

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  • Quinceañeras can change a girl's life story

    Quinceañeras can change a girl's life story

    A few years ago, a publisher commissioned me to write a book for a series focusing on cultural phenomenon within different ethnic and racial communities. For Latinos, the editors had selected the quinceañera. With all the hefty issues affecting us — immigration reform, education equity, the incarceration...

  • Right to try legislation well intentioned, but misguided

    Right to try legislation well intentioned, but misguided

    A few months before his hospitalization with an aggressive tumor, Mr. B was the picture of health, enjoying semi-retirement after an accomplished career. He would have accepted any treatment if it could have provided meaningful time with his family. I would have done anything to help him. Unfortunately,...

  • Witcover: Trump, Giuliani declare war on the FBI

    Witcover: Trump, Giuliani declare war on the FBI

    After some early missteps, the new defensive team of Donald Trump and Rudy Giuliani is engaged in a bold and brash attempt to stand the Mueller investigation into Russian election meddling on its head. Embellishing on President Trump's repeated allegations of a "witch hunt" and a "Democratic hoax,"...

  • John Kass: Supreme Court OKs sports betting: Let the states wet their beaks

    John Kass: Supreme Court OKs sports betting: Let the states wet their beaks

    The other day, the U.S. Supreme Court legalized sports betting, essentially transforming politicians from every state in America into bookies. State governments and their virtuous politicos are thrilled, dreaming of revenue coming in from state-licensed sports book operations. But before everybody...

  • Rodricks: On a rainy day in Baltimore, Dr. Seuss and Gil Sandler bring sunnier possibilities to mind

    Rodricks: On a rainy day in Baltimore, Dr. Seuss and Gil Sandler bring sunnier possibilities to mind

    It was another banner week for Baltimore — the police commissioner resigned because he hadn’t filed tax returns for three years, and the City Council president said he didn’t understand why the commish had to go; there was more talk of Pimlico’s owners moving the Preakness out of the city; a sportswriter...

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  • More thoughts and prayers

    More thoughts and prayers

    Feeling angry and disgusted in the wake of yet another school shooting? You are not alone. It’s not just that eight students and two teachers were killed and 10 others wounded at Santa Fe High School in Texas on Friday, a mere two months after the massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School...

  • Maryland election law needs a serious upgrade

    Maryland election law needs a serious upgrade

    There are some big things that are wrong with the way Marylanders elect candidates to office. We hand the drawing of legislative and congressional district lines to self-interested politicians who abuse the process to bolster their political parties, reward friends and punish enemies. And we have...

  • What do GOP Congressional leaders fear? Majority rule.

    What do GOP Congressional leaders fear? Majority rule.

    A small group of Republicans in the House of Representatives is doing something radical: They are attempting to force a vote on legislation that a majority of the chamber may well support and which the overwhelming majority of the American public definitely does. The reaction from House leadership?...

  • Alternative Fact of the Week: Scott Pruitt's wild ride

    Alternative Fact of the Week: Scott Pruitt's wild ride

    It’s been quite a week of evasion, history rewriting and outright lying where the Trump administration is concerned, from the latest explanation of how Stephanie Clifford — a.k.a. Stormy Daniels — got paid off (it’s now on President Donald Trump’s financial disclosure report) to the Senate Intelligence...

  • How to keep Preakness at Pimlico

    How to keep Preakness at Pimlico

    Saturday’s race won’t be the last time the Preakness Stakes is run at Pimlico, but it could be the second to last unless Maryland’s leaders get their acts together on a plan to preserve an irreplacable part of Baltimore’s history and culture, not to mention a major economic driver for a community...

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  • It's unfair to blame Israel for deaths in Gaza

    It's unfair to blame Israel for deaths in Gaza

    “Truth slips farther away” would have been a better headline for The Baltimore Sun’s recent editorial denouncing the move of the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem (“Embassy move has damaged peace process,” May 14). According to The Sun, the death of Gaza "protesters" evidences that the move accomplished...

  • Put focus on NDP win, not McDonogh loss

    Put focus on NDP win, not McDonogh loss

    As a proud alumna of Notre Dame Prep (Class of '87) and the mother of two graduates (Classes of '11 and '17), I find it very frustrating that The Baltimore Sun decided to put a front page color photo of three McDonogh lacrosse players crying after the championship game rather than a photo of the...

  • Beginning of the end of Israeli occupation?

    Beginning of the end of Israeli occupation?

    Of course, very few legislators with the exception of Sen. Bernie Sanders have condemned the brutal Israeli assault on the people living in the Gaza Strip (“U.S. opens its Jerusalem embassy amid bloodshed,” May 15). The numbers of dead and wounded indicate a bloodbath on a people suffering from...

  • Sports wagering - sooner might be better than later

    Sports wagering - sooner might be better than later

    I do not take issue with The Baltimore Sun editorial regarding sports wagering based on its content but rather on its omission (“With Supreme Court sports betting decision, Maryland will be behind the curve on gambling again. That’s not such a big deal.” May 14). If Maryland lags behind all of...

  • Blame Hamas for border violence, not Israel or U.S.

    Blame Hamas for border violence, not Israel or U.S.

    Reporter Anne Flaherty’s report on the “violent clashes” at the Israel-Gaza border omitted key facts, not the least of which is the party responsible for the violence: Hamas and their Iranian sponsor (“Trump’s aides celebrate Jerusalem embassy as border burns,” May 14). Hamas’ charter calls for...

  • Children should learn to respect authority

    Children should learn to respect authority

    The article, "ACLU questions Baltimore County schools on pledge" (May 15) again illustrates how many parents don't teach their children to respect authority when appropriately used. What a terrible thing. The teacher reprimanded her Catonsville student for disrespectful behavior when she knelt...

  • A tidier Baltimore

    A tidier Baltimore

    I couldn't agree more with recent comments from Tricia Bishop (“Talking trash and trashing Baltimore,” May 10) and Jerry Cothran (“The message litter sends: Don’t move here,” May 11) regarding the trash that seems to be overtaking Baltimore. As a lifelong resident of the city, I have never seen...

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