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Ehrlich the Gilligan of columnists [Letter]

It's a really sad thing if Robert L. Ehrlich Jr.'s column in The Sun is the quality of commentary that Baltimore and the surrounding area deserve ("News of the future," Feb. 23). This is a former governor and public office holder writing like a blogger. I have a lot of doubt that this reflects actual beliefs and not just pandering or doing his part for his party or group. It would be laughable if he wasn't actually working to muddy the waters on issues that are actually relevant to the people of Baltimore and the world. Environmentalists on private jets, the civil liberties groups, etc. — let me guess, the EPA shouldn't be funded either, while contiguous and near-contiguous states are experiencing major environmental disasters. Baltimore deserves better.

"Al Sharpton admitted that while most of his hosts just don't buy into the notion of anything other than a white, straight Republican, it would be advisable to keep their thoughts private, before ratings on his network dip below reruns of 'Gilligan's Island.'" It seems this is classic transference — seeing one's own errors in others. Hopefully, if this is his normal quality of writing, he will be turned off soon.

Alex Rediger, Baltimore

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