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Robert Ehrlich is no match for the late Ron Smith

Robert L. Ehrlich Jr.Barack Obama

I am almost certain that Ron Smith, the Sun's late conservative columnist, is rolling in his grave over the column that replaced his in his beloved newspaper. Each week I have readRobert L. Ehrlich Jr.'s column looking for the voice of reason and reasonableness that Mr. Smith conveyed even to non-conservatives like me — only to find that The Sun has given a blatant political platform to Maryland's former Republican governor.

I used to read and at times even agree with Mr. Smith's well thought-out opinions. He seemed to have the welfare of the American people at heart, even if our social and political views were generally not in agreement.

Only the politically naive won't see that in an attempt to bring an opposing view to the newspaper, The Sun has given Mr. Ehrlich a free weekly platform to promote the Republican party line and its determination to make Barack Obama a one term president. Mr. Ehrlich doesn't argue the issues, but rather only amplifies the Republican National Committee's talking points of the previous week.

Mr. Smith put the issues before personalities, while Mr. Ehrlich's column does just the opposite. It does a disservice to the standards set by Mr. Smith, the voice of the loyal opposition whose heart and soul belonged to the USA, not the Republican Party.

Jonathan Kollin, Baltimore

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