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Remembering Baltimore's simple summer pleasures

My husband and I so enjoyed this commentary on memories of growing up in Maryland (“Maryland corn and tomatoes, a ‘meal in itself,’” July 19). It sparked quite a discussion of our own memories. Bob, who grew up on Hudson Street in Canton, remembers sitting on the stoop with a salt shaker and a...

  • Cardin goes weak on endangered species

    Cardin goes weak on endangered species

    It is immensely disappointing that Sen. Ben Cardin has teamed up with the worst of congressional Republicans to try to weaken endangered species protections for America’s imperiled wildlife. Senator Cardin has joined one of the Senate’s most anti-wildlife politicians — Sen. John Barrasso, a Republican...

  • Don't prosecute critics of Israeli settlements

    Don't prosecute critics of Israeli settlements

    Both the Senate and House are considering a bill that would provide criminal prosecution for individuals who support boycott, divestment or sanctions (BDS) against Israel related to the occupation of Palestine and the proliferation of Israeli settlements on Palestinian lands. Spearheaded by Maryland...

  • Cost of health insurance is sickening

    Cost of health insurance is sickening

    My health insurance with CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield increased 60 percent from 2016 to 2017. Now, I read that CareFirst wants an increase up to 58 percent for 2018 (“Consumer advocacy groups protest CareFirst rate increase proposal,” June 20). How much more am I expected to pay before my monthly...

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  • 'The persistent plague of pain inflicted on African Americans cuts across centuries'

    I remember well the eloquent articulation of the agony and aspirations of African Americans as Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. envisioned a dream for justice and equality and people stood in solidarity at the March on Washington. His prophetic words are etched in our collective memory and are now considered...

  • Pitts: NRA cowardly fights for 'the white to bear arms'

    Pitts: NRA cowardly fights for 'the white to bear arms'

    It began in April. That's when there appeared on YouTube an NRA recruitment video that raised eyebrows across the political spectrum. Speaking through a jaw clenched tight enough to crack walnuts, with an intensity that suggested a major artery might blow out at any second, conservative pundit...

  • Md. must reform process for filling legislative vacancies

    Md. must reform process for filling legislative vacancies

    Nathaniel Oaks, who is facing federal fraud charges and refuses to resign, told the Baltimore Sun last month, “I’m a senator. I have obligations to the constituency that elected me.” Tell that to voters interested in having a say in choosing representatives who can do the hard job of improving...

  • To protect jobs, we must protect the ocean

    To protect jobs, we must protect the ocean

    Since childhood, I’ve had the good fortune to gain an intimate knowledge of one of our nation’s greatest treasures. Through countless hours spent exploring the inlets and creeks of the Chesapeake Bay, I’ve gained a lifelong appreciation for this remarkable ecosystem and an undying commitment to...

  • Cal Thomas: Here's Ronnie!

    Cal Thomas: Here's Ronnie!

    "The more things change, the more they stay the same."(French proverb) While scanning YouTube videos, I came across an appearance by Ronald Reagan on "The Tonight Show," hosted by Johnny Carson. The year was 1975 and Reagan was "between jobs," having left office as governor of California, where...

Editorials

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  • What Putin means when he says 'adoption'

    What Putin means when he says 'adoption'

    Our view: Talking about restoring American adoption of Russian children is code for excusing human rights abuses When Donald Trump Jr. was first confronted about his campaign meeting with a well-connected Russian lawyer, he explained that the topic of conversation was adoption. When President Donald...

  • Alternative Fact of the Week: Rod Rosenstein, Baltimore liberal

    Alternative Fact of the Week: Rod Rosenstein, Baltimore liberal

    Our view: President Trump openly despises independent law enforcement and prosecutors from Baltimore Actor John Astin is from Baltimore. So is author John Barth. Any number of famous people from Alger Hiss to Ogden Nash can claim to be born and raised here. Who can forget H.L. Mencken or Frank...

  • Baltimore police's integrity problem

    Baltimore police's integrity problem

    Let’s accept, for the sake of argument, the most innocent possible explanation for the Baltimore police officer whose body camera footage appears to show him planting drugs in a trash strewn alley that he “finds” shortly thereafter. Let’s consider the additional context that Commissioner Kevin...

  • Westeros on the Potomac

    Westeros on the Potomac

    Our view: Well-established ethical norms have been all but ignored by Donald Trump; it’s time to set some tougher rules In “Game of Thrones,” the popular HBO series that returned for a seventh season this week, the kings and queens of mythical Westeros have a brazen disregard for anything that...

  • Conowingo tango

    Conowingo tango

    Our view: How much pollution mitigation should a hydroelectric dam be expected to do? Debate over Susquehanna River facility needs to be put in reasonable context As a candidate for governor, Larry Hogan frequently attacked Maryland’s approach to fighting pollution entering the Chesapeake Bay,...

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  • Time to crack down on illegal gun possession

    Time to crack down on illegal gun possession

    When Mayor Catherine Pugh, City Council President Bernard C. “Jack” Young and Police Commissioner Kevin Davis proposed a novel way to address the carrying of illegal guns within a 100-yard radius of the church where I serve, I stood in support of the proposed ordinance (“Baltimore City Council...

  • U.S. lacks the universal health care it deserves

    U.S. lacks the universal health care it deserves

    Dan Rodricks’ excellent column, “Ten years since ‘Sicko,’ still seeking a cure” (July 11), provides a wonderful perspective on the progress — and lack thereof — that our nation has made in making health care available to the citizenry. Since the passage of the Affordable Care Act, 20 million Americans...

  • Maryland losing its voice on Conowingo's future

    Maryland losing its voice on Conowingo's future

    Maryland Department of the Environment Secretary Ben Grumbles says that Maryland is “gaining momentum” as it takes up the challenge of pollution at the Susquehanna River’s Conowingo dam (“Scientists say Conowingo dam no longer stopping pollution; Hogan seeks solutions,” July 16). But legislation...

  • Stopping the dam pollution at Conowingo

    Stopping the dam pollution at Conowingo

    I applaud the article by Erin Cox, “Scientists say Conowingo dam no longer stopping pollution; Hogan seeks solutions” (July 16) and the attention it brings to the single largest point source of pollution loading to the Maryland portion of the Chesapeake Bay — the Susquehanna River. Since 2012,...

  • David Simon: Teaching music, teaching love

    David Simon: Teaching music, teaching love

    David Simon’s passing is profoundly heartbreaking, firstly to his family and countless friends, but nearly so to the many students he guided during his years as the first director of the Baltimore School for the Arts (“David Simon, founding director of the Baltimore School for the Arts,” July 13)....

  • Offshore wind makes sense for Md.

    Offshore wind makes sense for Md.

    I take objection to Robert Borlick’s op-ed about offshore wind in Maryland (“Md. offshore wind projects may hurt, instead of help, environment,” July 12). I have 38 years of experience in high voltage test, maintenance and repair and am a strong supporter of offshore wind coming to Maryland — both...

  • U.S. is falling behind on nuclear power

    U.S. is falling behind on nuclear power

    Nuclear power produces 20 percent of electricity consumed in the U.S., and over 30 percent in New York. That’s about three quarters of the nation’s emission-free generation. Despite successful energy efficiency efforts, our increasingly “wired” economy is projected to grow U.S. electricity demand...

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