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Ehrlich should clarify his Chávez comments

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I teach at Towson University in the College of Liberal Arts, where it is part of our core mission to help students develop their critical thinking abilities — a skills platform essential for career advancement. One key skill is finding the best available evidence and using it to inform one's opinions.

Former Governor Ehrlich writes that "under Chávez, life for Venezuela's poor only got worse" and that "public health [in Venezuela] is deplorable." ("On student loans, Hugo Chavez and Joe Flacco's taxes," Mar 31.)

The World Bank reports that under Chávez the number of Venezuelans living in poverty fell from 50 percent when he came to office to 31.9 percent in 2011. The CIA Factbook reports that the infant mortality rate in Venezuela fell from 26.17 in 2000 to 20.18 last year.

I would like to invite Governor Ehrlich to come to Towson University and visit my Latin American history class, where he can have the opportunity to revise or clarify his comments.

Ronn Pineo, Towson

The writer is a professor of History and Latin American Studies at Towson University.

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