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Schools need educators — and armed police officers

I think that Aimee Harmon-Darrow made many cogent points in her commentary, “If Baltimore schools were properly staffed, police wouldn’t feel the need to be armed” (Oct. 17). It is true that our students have a desperate need for “more teachers, more guidance counselors, more social workers, more...

  • Opioid epidemic under Hogan not 'out of control'

    Opioid epidemic under Hogan not 'out of control'

    The Baltimore Sun’s ongoing coverage of Maryland's opioid epidemic has staked out a clear position: Not enough is being done (“Governor Hogan says we’ve tried everything to stem overdoses. Fortunately, that’s not quite true,” Oct. 12). But while Americans have never faced a greater threat from...

  • Maryland taxes are bad enough without Ben Jealous

    Maryland taxes are bad enough without Ben Jealous

    Kiplinger magazine came out with its latest ranking of unfriendly states for taxation. Maryland is now ranked second among the top 10 most unfriendly states especially for taxing incomes (“Maryland lawmakers’ tax relief plan leaves many with higher state tax bills,” April 9). With this dismal ranking,...

  • Morhaim for Baltimore health commissioner?

    Morhaim for Baltimore health commissioner?

    Yet again we have public health wisdom from Dr. Dan Morhaim (“Maryland’s opioid approach isn’t working. Here’s what could,” Oct. 15). He has good insight into the problem of drug abuse in Baltimore. Dr. Dan has been an emergency physician and a public servant for many years. He should be considered...

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  • Zurawik: Hogan campaign set to unleash powerful final TV ad push

    Zurawik: Hogan campaign set to unleash powerful final TV ad push

    The Hogan campaign is about to unleash a million-dollar-plus final TV push that is as powerful, focused and skillfully crafted a political ad campaign as I have ever seen anywhere at the state level. Consisting of two new ads focusing on African-American residents in Baltimore, one ad revisiting...

  • Civility not yet dead in American politics

    Civility not yet dead in American politics

    Civility — the ability to substantively and respectfully discuss issues with those who see things differently from you — is largely assumed to have disappeared from American society. From California Rep. Maxine Waters’ urging people to “to push back on [administration officials] and… tell them...

  • Surviving a gunshot, one man's story

    Surviving a gunshot, one man's story

    I hurt for black men and boys who’ve survived getting shot and never sought help to deal with the emotional trauma. As a black man who's been shot before I know personally of the devastation that the victim must endure. Even though I was shot 26 years ago, on Oct. 13, 1992, it still haunts me every...

  • Civilian review board: Baltimore police undermining oversight efforts

    Civilian review board: Baltimore police undermining oversight efforts

    At a recent public hearing on the Baltimore Police Department’s compliance with the city’s consent decree with the federal government, City Solicitor Andre Davis disclosed information about a dispute that has unfortunately arisen between us, the Civilian Review Board, and one of the agencies that...

  • Pitts: America doesn't shrug

    Pitts: America doesn't shrug

    What if the end of the world came and nobody noticed? It's not quite an idle question. You see, something remarkable happened last week. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, a group of scientists working under the aegis of the United Nations, issued a report on our planet's health. Turns...

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  • Baltimore's squeegee dilemma

    Baltimore's squeegee dilemma

    People who drive through downtown Baltimore report a wide variety of experiences with the squeegee kids who try to make money by cleaning windshields at traffic lights. Some people are happy to give them a dollar or two, and to exchange a few words as they pass by. Some people habitually wave them...

  • Alternative Fact of the Week: Ted Cruz, school shootings and Japan

    Alternative Fact of the Week: Ted Cruz, school shootings and Japan

    One of the more popular internet memes regarding Texas Sen. Ted Cruz made a head-turning point about gun violence. Asked about school shootings during a debate with his Democratic opponent, Beto O’Rourke, the Republican senator pointed to a loss of Christian values, a not uncommon talking point...

  • Mega Millions is up to $900 million (and counting). What could Baltimore do with that money?

    Mega Millions is up to $900 million (and counting). What could Baltimore do with that money?

    If Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh is out and about this week on a tour of one of the city’s neighborhoods, we’d like to humbly suggest that she stop into a corner store, not to harangue the owner about the quality of the carpet or the hours of operation, but to plunk down two bucks for a Mega Millions...

  • For Question 2

    For Question 2

    Our view: A constitutional amendment to allow Marylanders to register to vote and then cast their ballots on Election Day deserves their support Two headlines of recent days may have caught attention from those looking toward the upcoming general election in Maryland. First is the record voter...

  • Trump's thrilled he can call Stormy Daniels a 'con' with impunity. So are we; it means we can call him a liar, and a bully, and ...

    Trump's thrilled he can call Stormy Daniels a 'con' with impunity. So are we; it means we can call him a liar, and a bully, and ...

    President Donald Trump can’t be more thrilled about his victory against Stephanie Clifford (aka Stormy Daniels) in the defamation suit she brought against him. After she issued an artist’s sketch of a man she claims approached her in a parking lot in 2011 and tried to intimidate her into keeping...

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  • Criticism of white male college dean is racist

    Criticism of white male college dean is racist

    A recent article in The Baltimore Sun revealed an example of discrimination. That article, "Dean's appointment sparks protests" (Oct. 14), implies that a "white man" cannot be an effective dean of the Gwen Ifill College of Media, Arts, and the Humanities at Simmons University even though he founded...

  • This Democrat is voting Hogan — for accountability in schools

    This Democrat is voting Hogan — for accountability in schools

    I’m responding to the recent article, “Republican’s edge surprises pollsters” (Oct. 13). I never, ever, thought I would hear myself say, “I’m going to vote for a Republican.” Yet I’m going to vote for Larry Hogan. It’s not easy because so many Republican positions and policies are so far from governing...

  • We can't nibble around the edges of the overdose crisis

    We can't nibble around the edges of the overdose crisis

    The Sun’s overview of Gov. Larry Hogan’s response to opioid overdose deaths shows that “nibbling around the edges” doesn’t save lives (“After Larry Hogan vowed to take on Maryland's opioid epidemic, deaths soared. What happened?,” Oct. 10). In 1980, when I worked for the U.S. House Judiciary Committee...

  • We can do something about climate change

    We can do something about climate change

    I would like to thank the Baltimore Sun editorial board for writing so thoughtfully about the climate crisis (“Here's what averting climate catastrophe would mean,” Oct. 9). It is essential to draw attention to the alarming new United Nations report about what it will take to address climate change....

  • Let's talk about the real issues of Squeegee Kids

    Let's talk about the real issues of Squeegee Kids

    In regard to the article, "Baltimore's Downtown Partnership to place unarmed guards at intersections to monitor to Squeegee Kids" (Oct. 12), I say let's engage in real talk. The majority of the squeegee kids are predominantly young men of color. I have been travelling to and through and around...

  • Jealous' gerrymandering lost him this Democratic vote

    Jealous' gerrymandering lost him this Democratic vote

    I am a dyed in the wool Democrat who has enjoyed living in a basically Democratic state, if not in a Democratic neighborhood. My tendency has been to essentially vote on a party line, but the threat that Ben Jealous has offered with regard to gerrymandering geographical lines has me worried (“Ben...

  • Sergeant exam failure rate should be a wake-up call for BPD

    Sergeant exam failure rate should be a wake-up call for BPD

    What are the reasons 241 of the 273 city police officers who took the recent sergeant’s test failed the exam? (“Only 11.7 percent of Baltimore police officers pass latest sergeant exam, leaving department short,” Oct. 11.) This is by far the lowest pass rate within memory. What does it tell us?...

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