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Maryland should raise age to legally buy tobacco to 21

The American Lung Association in Maryland applauds Maryland legislators for taking steps to significantly reduce youth tobacco use and save lives by introducing legislation to raise the minimum sales age of all tobacco products to 21 years old (“Tobacco at 21,” Feb. 20). In the American Lung Association’s...

  • There are always lunatics; why should they be armed?

    There are always lunatics; why should they be armed?

    Here we go again. One sad, alienated individual armed with a legally purchased semi-automatic weapon wreaks havoc upon a community, in this case of school children, in the case of Las Vegas, concert-goers, ad infinitum, and in all cases with the rest of us as there but for the grace of God or circumstance...

  • We need a MADD for school gun violence

    We need a MADD for school gun violence

    The Parkland school tragedy reminds us that when drunk driving deaths became intolerable, a group of Texas women formed Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD). State by state, MADD advocates influenced new and strengthened laws against drunk driving. The tide of public opinion was turned, and none...

  • No more crude oil terminals in Baltimore

    No more crude oil terminals in Baltimore

    I write this letter in support of Baltimore City Council’s legislation to prohibit the expansion of Baltimore City’s two existing crude oil terminals and any new ones so as to minimize crude-by-rail trafficking through local neighborhoods (“Baltimore council members propose ban on new crude oil...

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  • Md. 'Drug Cost Commission' would set fair prescription prices

    Md. 'Drug Cost Commission' would set fair prescription prices

    The soaring cost of prescription drugs is among the greatest drivers in rising rates for Maryland insurance premiums, according to CareFirst CEO Chet Burrell. And, coupled with our aging population, it’s likely to propel health care spending in the U.S. to a record-breaking one-fifth of the economy...

  • Why do media in Baltimore and beyond sensationalize the bad and neglect the good?

    Why do media in Baltimore and beyond sensationalize the bad and neglect the good?

    Recently, a Dumbarton Middle school student made a series of poor choices on a bus ride home from school, involving violence and a knife. Thankfully, no one was injured, and all the children arrived home safely. I empathize with all the families involved. As a parent of two Dumbarton students,...

  • Md. should pave the way for clean transportation in the region

    Md. should pave the way for clean transportation in the region

    One of the most congested parts of the United States is the greater Baltimore/Washington, D.C., area. Traffic and population density is so intense in some parts of this vast metropolitan area that it is known as one of the half dozen or so major “megalopolis” areas in the nation. Pollution — including...

  • Robert B. Reich: Has the real meaning of America been lost?

    Robert B. Reich: Has the real meaning of America been lost?

    When Donald Trump and his followers refer to "America," what do they mean? Some see a country of white, English-speaking Christians. Others want a land inhabited by self-seeking individuals free to accumulate as much money and power as possible, who pay taxes only to protect their assets from criminals...

  • Politicians use Olympics to cloud human rights abuses

    Politicians use Olympics to cloud human rights abuses

    There is a battle taking place at the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, and it is not about sports. The United States and North Korea are locked in a struggle over who controls the narrative on human rights abuses in the reclusive regime, for which neither will win, but many will lose....

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  • Metro needs an audit

    Metro needs an audit

    Our view: The Metro debacle — and questions about safety standards — warrant third-party review of how MTA oversees Baltimore’s temporarily shuttered subway Baltimore’s Metro riders should be forgiven if they’re feeling a little testy these days. Not only did the subway system get shut down suddenly...

  • Searching now for a new Baltimore County superintendent is a mistake

    Searching now for a new Baltimore County superintendent is a mistake

    If the Baltimore County School Board wanted to conduct a national search for a new superintendent to start this summer, it should have done so last fall. It takes time to do such a search properly, and because of the schedule of the academic calendar, that is the time of year when quality candidates...

  • Trump's latest effort to undermine the ACA makes Maryland action all the more crucial

    Trump's latest effort to undermine the ACA makes Maryland action all the more crucial

    If the Trump administration’s goal was to increase the ranks of the uninsured, it could scarcely have thought of a better policy than the one it announced Tuesday, in which it expands the short-term insurance plans that are exempt from Affordable Care Act standards. In one stroke, it found a way...

  • If we act after the Parkland shooting, it will be because of these brave, clear-eyed kids

    If we act after the Parkland shooting, it will be because of these brave, clear-eyed kids

    Mass shootings in the United States follow a predictable pattern. First there is the shock and outrage, then there are proposals to restrict access to firearms, and then there is the inevitable nothingness of lawmakers sitting on their hands and pleasing their NRA masters. After Newtown, there...

  • What Baltimore owes for corrupt cops depends on what it knew

    What Baltimore owes for corrupt cops depends on what it knew

    The argument City Solicitor Andre Davis and the Baltimore police union had this month about the city’s policy on paying punitive damages in civil cases when officers are found to have acted with malice is altogether different from the one he raised last week about whether the city should pay any...

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  • Frosh can sue Trump on his own dime

    Frosh can sue Trump on his own dime

    Dels. Maggie McIntosh and Shelley Hettleman write in an op-ed that when they go knocking on doors, they are asked what are they doing to protect Maryland from the Trump administration. Upon this laughable premise, they maintain that the $1 million slush fund that they and their fellow Democrats...

  • Dealing with lice? Don't be embarrassed

    Dealing with lice? Don't be embarrassed

    In response to the commentary, "Lice in the Chipmunks’ class, one dad’s story" (Feb. 12), I have a lot of compassion for this family's lice ordeal. First, I want to give this dad a loud shout-out for writing publicly about lice and not furthering their stigma. The good news is lice are not a real...

  • A pharmacy with compassion to spare

    A pharmacy with compassion to spare

    The Klein's ShopRite's decision to offer free, life-saving opioid-reversing Narcan is compassionate and courageous in many ways ("Some pharmacies in Harford offer free Narcan doses," Feb. 15). First, from a health care, addiction treatment perspective, Narcan, also known as naloxone, provides another...

  • Protecting NRA after Fla. shooting is evil

    Protecting NRA after Fla. shooting is evil

    Florida Gov. Rick Scott's, Florida Sen. Marco Rubio's and President Donald Trump's "prayers and condolences" are part of the very "evil" that Governor Scott identified at his TV news conference as being at the heart of school shootings (“Trump addresses Florida high school shooting without mentioning...

  • Don't embolden Iran by tossing nuclear deal

    Don't embolden Iran by tossing nuclear deal

    A reader urges Sen. Ben Cardin to support the views of his constituents and oppose the Iran nuclear agreement (“Cardin should stick to his opposition to the Iran deal,” Feb. 13). I am a Cardin constituent who vigorously supports that agreement that has successfully stopped Iran from developing...

  • The hearing impaireds' world

    The hearing impaireds' world

    Being a hearing-impaired person myself, I read with great interest the commentary by Kim Flyr (“A man’s hearing problem renders others blind,” Feb. 13). This is a "silent disability" and many times it is hard to navigate the world. One can feel like others think you are unfriendly, which has happened...

  • Don't blame riders for MTA's shortcomings

    Don't blame riders for MTA's shortcomings

    A recent letter writer in a screed against public transit cajoles transit riders to "take responsibility" and stop whining because transit fares are too low (“Stop whining, transit riders,” Feb. 13). I don't know what form this responsibility takes in his entitled suburban outlook. I know if all...

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