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Police have become fearful

We have the right to peacefully protest police misconduct that results in harm or death to any citizen and, indeed, there are some recent very disturbing incidents in Baltimore, Tulsa, Milwaukee, Charlotte and elsewhere. But where are the protests about the black-on-black gun-related homicides...

  • U.S. will muddle through this election

    U.S. will muddle through this election

    I have concluded that I should not worry any more about the upcoming elections. I believe there are more than enough sane and sensible people who are smart enough to keep the country headed on its current steady, healthy, forward path ("Trump debate challenge: Keeping his cool if Clinton attacks,"...

  • Local governments rely on bonds to finance critical infrastructure

    Local governments rely on bonds to finance critical infrastructure

    This spring Reps. Dutch Ruppersberger and Randy Hultgren co-founded the Municipal Finance Caucus of the U.S. House of Representatives. Created to fight for the right of state and local governments to independently finance the projects they need to keep their communities strong, the Municipal Finance...

  • Obamacare hasn't lived up to its promise

    Obamacare hasn't lived up to its promise

    The Sun's editorial board thinks that Obamacare or, as I call it, the "Unaffordable Care Act," is this wonderful success story and a hallmark of President Obama's two terms in office ("Thanks, Obamacare," Sept. 18). Because I know most liberals have a problem with those little things called facts,...

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  • Give Judge Gallagher a final vote

    Give Judge Gallagher a final vote

    On Sept. 8, 2015, President Barack Obama nominated Stephanie Gallagher, who has served as a U.S. Magistrate Judge in the District of Maryland since 2011, for a vacancy on the district of Maryland. Judge Gallagher is a well qualified, mainstream nominee who enjoys the powerful support of Maryland...

  • Wiping out America's black males

    Wiping out America's black males

    Black men are being slaughtered across this country, but where's the outrage? Where are all the soldiers with automatic weapons? The policemen on every corner? Where are the health department officials calling for a cure to this epidemic? I don't mean outrage from citizens shouting and marching....

  • Trump's assassination innuendo should disqualify him from presidency

    Trump's assassination innuendo should disqualify him from presidency

    As Donald Trump's strategists try to soften his image, he has taken his assault against Hillary Clinton to a new level with a bizarre suggestion that would make her more vulnerable to violence from opponents, specifically fervent supporters of the Second Amendment right to bear arms. Mr. Trump's...

  • Clinton's personality, Trump's policy expertise open to debate

    Clinton's personality, Trump's policy expertise open to debate

    Tonight we will see Hillary Clinton battle Donald Trump in their first presidential debate. It's difficult to capture the otherworldliness of it all. Most of the commentary centers around Mr. Trump -- and for good reason. He's the X factor. Some see him as a brilliant, media-savvy disruptor, shaking...

  • How did Tulsa officer know Crutcher was a bad dude?

    How did Tulsa officer know Crutcher was a bad dude?

    Dear Tulsa Police: I'm not here to debate the shooting of Terence Crutcher. His death a little over a week ago at the hands of one of your officers has, of course, created a firestorm. Betty Shelby has said she shot the 40-year-old man after he refused to communicate with her or obey her commands,...

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  • Air conditioning as a civil right?

    Air conditioning as a civil right?

    The U.S. Department of Justice Civil Rights Division has for nearly 60 years fought against discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex, disability, religion, familial status and national origin. It has not, at least to date, sought to end discrimination based on room temperature. While standing...

  • Budget bad news

    Budget bad news

    The latest round of fiscal bad news for Maryland's state government prompted a spokeswoman for Gov. Larry Hogan to dust off a classic Republican talking point: "Let's be clear: Maryland doesn't have a revenue problem," spokeswoman Amelia Chasse said. "Certain members of the General Assembly have...

  • Gun owners, the vocal minority

    Gun owners, the vocal minority

    Last month, a 63-year-old teacher at Cumberland Valley Christian School, a church-affiliated K-12 school with an enrollment of 400 students in Chambersburg, Pa., just 24 miles north of Hagerstown, left a loaded handgun on top of the toilet tank in a school bathroom. At least four primary-school-aged...

  • Independent investigation needed in Gaines' death

    Independent investigation needed in Gaines' death

    "Justified" may be the legal term of art for a police shooting that falls within the bounds of the law, but it is certainly an unfortunate one to apply in the case of Korryn Gaines. We don't disagree with Baltimore County State's Attorney Scott Shellenberger's decision not to pursue charges against...

  • Freddie Gray and déjà vu

    Freddie Gray and déjà vu

    One of the few consolations of last year's unrest in the wake of Freddie Gray's death was that at least Baltimore had the opportunity to set an example to the rest of the country when it was time to pick up the pieces. No matter what happened to the 25-year-old African American man before and after...

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  • Metro Center is no Paris

    Metro Center is no Paris

    Elizabeth Bastos likens the vibrancy of the ever-developing Owings Mills Metro Center to that of Paris ("The Paris of Baltimore County," Sept. 20). I too lament the never-ending asphalt and concrete adorning much of nearby Foundry Row and would love to see more open, park-like space, but guess...

  • Hold landlords responsible for lead paint

    Courts should strictly scrutinize landlords' claims of being compliant with lead paint laws, the Public Justice Center recommended in a report issued last year funded by the Abell Foundation. A significant number of landlords did not provide the required proof that they had complied with the state...

  • Maryland's mixed report on jobs

    Maryland's mixed report on jobs

    Thankfully, Maryland has held onto some job gains in August, but scrutiny of the figures prompts concern over efforts at statewide deficit control ("Maryland added 700 jobs in August; unemployment rate holds steady at 4.3 percent," Sept. 20). When one considers that the month's losses were in professional,...

  • Officer Friendly is no more

    Officer Friendly is no more

    I read The Sun's story about the police-involved shooting of Korryn Gaines and how there will be no charges filed against the officers ("No charges filed in Korryn Gaines shooting," Sept. 21). No surprise there, but what I found interesting was the Baltimore County State's Attorney Scott Shellenberger's...

  • Police shoot whites, too

    Police shoot whites, too

    In a recent editorial, The Sun suggests that the shooting of an unarmed Terrence Crutcher was unwarranted, and based on the video that I have seen I have to agree ("Freddie Gray déjà vu," Sept. 22). The editorial also mentions NFL football player Colin Kaepernick's protesting of racial injustice...

  • Window AC a poor investment

    Window AC a poor investment

    When I was growing up in Baltimore during the 1930s and 1940s, I studied in school classrooms with no air conditioning from Kindergarten through college. Back then, there was no air conditioning in homes, schools, offices, stores or factories. If you wanted to be cool, you went to a movie theater....

  • Van Hollen has a track record of service

    Van Hollen has a track record of service

    Given the craziness of the presidential campaign, it was a breath of fresh air when Democratic Senate hopeful Rep. Chris Van Hollen recently visited Baltimore County to meet with voters and talk about what's important to Maryland families. Mr. Van Hollen has a long track record of getting results...

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