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Why should I be taxed to subsidize polluters?

I have always acted in an environmentally sound way in how I treat rainwater. I have never owned a house where rain water left my property. Why should I be taxed to subsidize polluters ("Miller storm-water fee bill advances in Senate," March 19)?

Op-Eds

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  • A future-oriented agenda for the GOP's presidential candidates
    A future-oriented agenda for the GOP's presidential candidates

    Here's some advice, not only for Mr. Cruz, but for the other would-be GOP candidates: Instead of nonstop attacks on President Obama, adopt a positive and future-oriented agenda.

  • No weather TLC without TWC
    No weather TLC without TWC

    People love to talk about the weather. And people listen to those who know what they're talking about — like meteorology guru Jim Cantore. But when Verizon FiOS unexpectedly dropped The Weather Channel (TWC) from its line-up on March 10, those voices went silent for the cable company's...

  • The conservative case for same-sex marriage
    The conservative case for same-sex marriage

    Before the current Supreme Court session ends this summer, the justices will make a landmark decision on same-sex marriage. But conservatives shouldn't wait to lose in court. They should accept same-sex marriage now.

  • The people's representatives should be elected
    The people's representatives should be elected

    Members of Congress don't always complete their terms due to factors like death, a new job and scandal. When a House seat becomes vacant, the Constitution requires an election to fill it, and every House member has been elected. The 17th amendment established direct election of Senators as...

  • More quality teachers, fewer administrators
    More quality teachers, fewer administrators

    Each year when it is time for executive central office school officials to present their proposed school budget to local government officials for approval, a funny thing happens. The needs of children anchor the plea for more funding. From a political perspective, this is a tough plea to...

Editorials

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  • Baltimore's crane drain
    Baltimore's crane drain

    Hats off to Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake and other top city officials for not blowing their tops when word came down last week that language included in the Senate's version of the state budget package would give a $2 million tax break to Ports America Chesapeake — all of it coming...

  • The road to 10,000 families
    The road to 10,000 families

    The fact that the Census Bureau estimates a slight decline in Baltimore's population in the year that ended July 1, 2014, isn't the death knell of Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake's ambitious goal to attract 10,000 families to the city in a decade. The yearly estimates are just that —...

  • Hero or traitor?

    In every war there are inevitably soldiers who are captured, kidnapped or otherwise taken prisoner by the enemy. Some become POWs due to circumstances beyond their control while others behave in ways that, for whatever reason, seem to deliberately invite their capture. We don't know which...

  • City schools' self-inflicted wound
    City schools' self-inflicted wound

    The Sun's report this week that Baltimore City school employees were paid $46 million last year in accrued leave, bonuses, overtime and other benefits is an embarrassment that couldn't come at a more inopportune moment. The department is already facing a $72 million budget deficit next year,...

  • Detente at City Hall
    Detente at City Hall

    Let's have three cheers for Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake and Comptroller Joan Pratt for coming to an agreement on a plan to move forward with the modernization of the city government's telephone system — one for each year that has been wasted in their pointless, petulant feud. The two...

More Letters to the Editor

  • Start by helping young black girls
    Start by helping young black girls

    Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake's idea of calling on black men to mentor black youth is good, but one that has been going on quite some time and needs to continue ("City leaders call on black men to mentor youths and stop the...

  • Fracking moratorium is the right step
    Fracking moratorium is the right step

    Your editorial ("Fracking deserves a pause," March 25) got it right on all counts. Fracking simply does not mesh well with our tourist industry in Western Maryland.

  • Psst, Israel already has nukes. Pass it on!
    Psst, Israel already has nukes. Pass it on!

    Regarding your story "Obama: Netanyahu has stymied Mideast progress" (March 25), readers should know that while Israel seeks to curtail Iran's nuclear weapons program, the state of Israel itself already has nukes — and it does not permit international weapons inspections of its nuclear...

  • Netanyahu is right about Iran
    Netanyahu is right about Iran

    The pending nuclear deal between President Barack Obama and Iran is not only all wrong but must never be signed or approved, as it would spell disaster not only for the United Stares but for the rest of the Free World ("The inconvenient truths in Tom Cotton's letter to Iran," March 21).

  • Addiction is an illness
    Addiction is an illness

    Drug and alcohol addiction is a sad but increasingly commonplace story ("Baltimore County family struggles with impact of heroin's grip," March 21).

  • No stars for restaurant ratings bill
    No stars for restaurant ratings bill

    Finally, some business sense comes to City Hall! I'm glad our City Council recognized the futility, expense and unfairness of requiring all food establishments to post "ratings." I'm sorry it was defeated by just one vote. Wake up, you guys ("Health grades bill killed," March 24).

  • Ted Cruz's quantum leap
    Ted Cruz's quantum leap

    I'm glad to hear the Republicans are admitting that the entry of Sen. Ted Cruz into their usual crowd of loony presidential candidates is indeed a "quantum leap" for the GOP ("The value of competition," March 23).

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