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Baltimore's future lies in its neighborhoods

The rebirth of neighborhoods like Hampden, Charles Village, Old Town and Remington inspires me on a visceral level ("Baltimore's core neighborhoods quietly transformed," Sept. 19). In this age of political and religious discord, our neighborhoods express our common desire for a better world. After...

  • The everyday miracle of Monarch butterflies

    Kudos to Pam Spencer for bringing to light the miracle of the Monarch butterfly and sharing its fascinating story at schools, parks and other venues ("Lifting the fading monarch," Sept. 27). Amid all the reports of gang arrests and educational woes on the front page, hers was a story of how one...

  • Trump's taxes, Clinton's foundation are both worrisome

    Trump's taxes, Clinton's foundation are both worrisome

    Regarding Alexander R. M. Boyle's commentary on Donald Trump's financial empire, I too see it as a potentially disqualifying factor in his bid for the presidency ("Trump's financial holdings should disqualify him from the presidency," Sept. 27). Since his is a family business, I don't see him selling...

  • Where are all the Orioles fans?

    Where are all the Orioles fans?

    Orioles players and sportscasters complain about the lack of fans at Camden Yards but don't seem to realize the underlying reasons ("Declining crowds at Camden Yards concern Orioles, fans and businesses" Sept. 21). They believe that when the Orioles have a winning team fans should regularly fill...

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  • Are kids too sheltered?

    Are kids too sheltered?

    Let kids be kids — that's some of the most common parenting advice you'll hear. But when it comes to letting them be kids outdoors, many parents take pause. According to one U.K. study, in fact, most kids spend less time outside than incarcerated adults. What a loss. Every other summer when I was...

  • Missing links in BaltimoreLink bus plan

    Missing links in BaltimoreLink bus plan

    Our decisions about transportation determine much more than where roads or bridges or tunnels or rail lines will be built. They determine the connections and barriers that people will encounter in their daily lives — and thus how hard or easy it will be for people to get where they need and want...

  • The short life of the U.S. empire

    The short life of the U.S. empire

    The U.S. dominated the world in the 1960s as no nation before. We were winning the Cold War with the U.S.S.R. Europe and Asia were still recovering from World War II. We had a lock on all technology, produced everything that we consumed and exported the world's best products. Our version of apartheid...

  • Why the Jolie-Pitt divorce won't be like Kramer vs. Kramer

    Why the Jolie-Pitt divorce won't be like Kramer vs. Kramer

    The only thing the public loves more than news of a celebrity romance is the prospect of its ugly disintegration. No sooner had news broken of Angelina Jolie's intent to divorce Brad Pitt than headlines began to fly about the "bruising" and "ugly" court fight ahead. As a family law teacher and...

  • Narrative-building has become a political obsession

    Narrative-building has become a political obsession

    The most exhausting thing about our politics these days — other than the never-ending presidential election itself — is the obsession with "shaping the narrative." By that I mean the effort to connect the dots between a selective number of facts and statistics to support one storyline about the...

Editorials

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  • The case for waivers to post-Labor Day school

    The case for waivers to post-Labor Day school

    Members of the Maryland State Board of Education — particularly some appointees of Gov. Larry Hogan — showed some real backbone this week in effectively inviting local school districts to apply for waivers to the governor's executive order requiring that public school start after Labor Day. Their...

  • Setting goals for the city schools

    Setting goals for the city schools

    Baltimore City students' scores on the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Career exams were not good. Overall, only about 15 percent of city students passed the tests, about half the rate in Baltimore County and far below the rate in Carroll and Howard counties. This was the...

  • Clinton for president

    Clinton for president

    We endorse Hillary Clinton for president. But let's be honest, you are not surprised by that. Although The Sun's record on political endorsements is more mixed than many might expect (the paper backed Richard Nixon three times and Franklin D. Roosevelt only once), we have supported the Democratic...

  • Integrity at the ballot box

    Integrity at the ballot box

    One of the last questions asked of Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump at Monday night's debate at Hofstra University deserves to be revisited. Moderator Lester Holt asked both candidates whether, if they lost the election, they accept the results as the "will of the voters." Both indicated that yes,...

  • Syria's failed cease fire

    Syria's failed cease fire

    What is happening in Syria is heartbreaking. The short-lived cease fire brokered by the U.S. and Russia two weeks ago collapsed ignominiously before it was even fully implemented. Meanwhile, Russian and Syrian government aircraft are back in the skies dropping incendiary weapons and bunker-busting...

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  • Trump's 'terrible' microphone

    Trump's 'terrible' microphone

    Donald Trump said his "microphone was terrible" because it amplified his frequent sniffles and that he wondered: "Was it set up that way on purpose?" I would agree that his microphone was terrible given that it was still on during his opponent's two-minute allotments to speak. Since he obviously...

  • Van Hollen is no friend to businesswomen

    Van Hollen is no friend to businesswomen

    As businesswomen here in Maryland, we were very disappointed to see an organization that calls itself the U.S. Women's Chamber of Commerce recently endorse Rep. Chris Van Hollen in the U.S. Senate race in Maryland. Mr. Van Hollen has a 38 percent lifetime voting record with the U.S. Chamber of...

  • More than a mike failure

    More than a mike failure

    After Monday night's presidential debate, Republican nominee Donald Trump complained that his "microphone didn't work" and that he was "asked the wrong questions." In reality, Mr. Trump fell on his face ("As Clinton builds on strong debate, Trump lobs attacks and complaints," Sept. 27) Imagine...

  • MLB needs a salary cap

    MLB needs a salary cap

    I understand what the letter writers are saying regarding the cost of going to a professional baseball game ("Don't blame the fans for staying home," Sept. 23). My budget also precludes me from attending more than a couple of times a year. I well remember when the Orioles broke a million attendees...

  • Clinton-Trump debate was inconclusive

    As one of the millions who watched the Clinton-Trump debate, I cannot pick a winner ("Clinton, Trump supporters view debate through lens of a long campaign," Sept. 26) But two notable visuals stood out. It appeared that Donald Trump had a bad cold or was suffering from allergies. This worked to...

  • Trump is wrong about the U.S. nuclear deal with Iran

    Trump is wrong about the U.S. nuclear deal with Iran

    Your article "Szeliga, Van Hollen speak to B'Nai Israel forum" (Sept. 25) reports that a majority of Americans oppose the U.S. nuclear deal with Iran. As a lifelong supporter of Israel, I strongly support the agreement. Those who are familiar with the details of the negotiations leading up to it...

  • Don't waste time on non-violent offenders

    Don't waste time on non-violent offenders

    We have another head prosecutor creating still another task force or gun unit. Don't get me wrong, I agree in principle that targeting of violent, gun carrying offenders is a priority ("Baltimore prosecutors, police create new unit devoted to convicting gun offenders," Sept. 14). However, the problem...

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