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  • Obama is a lame duck who knows how to quack

    It's sometimes said that a lame-duck president is a weakened leader from the first day of his last term. The two-term limit of the 22nd Amendment, imposed by wrathful Republicans in 1951 in response to FDR's breach of the George Washington tradition, is...
  • Obama and Rubio: A study in contrasts

    Obama and Rubio: A study in contrasts
    The anticipated verbal duel Tuesday evening between President Barack Obama and Republican Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida -- the former in his State of the Union address and the latter in the official Republican response -- was an obvious mismatch. It...
  • Recycling old and failed ideas

    Recycling old and failed ideas
    President Barack Obama's approach to so-called "climate change" appears to include recycling old ideas. In his State of the Union address, the president recycled the idea of spending more on education, though we are still getting unsatisfactory...
  • Gun laws no assault on rights

    Gun laws no assault on rights
    Sensible gun legislation is no threat to Second Amendment rights. Although there is no one solution to violence by the use of a gun, the death of many people could be avoided by outlawing assault weapons and high capacity gun clips, as well as requiring...
  • Protecting the victims of gun violence requires mental health background checks for firearms sales and keeping violent offenders behind bars

    Protecting the victims of gun violence requires mental health background checks for firearms sales and keeping violent offenders behind bars
    Regarding your editorial on President Obama's State of the Union plea for Congress to act on gun control, Marylander's deserve much more than a vote, they deserve true representation ("We deserve a vote," Feb. 17). The editorial highlighted the...
  • End hunger in a SNAP

    End hunger in a SNAP
    In his recent State of the Union address, President Barack Obama said "we can't just cut our way to prosperity" ("Obama outlines ambitious agenda for second term," Feb. 13). I could not agree more. More than 12.5 percent of households in Maryland and 50...
  • Obama speech was about strengthening the middle class

    Obama speech was about strengthening the middle class
    I'm not a shill for the Obama administration, but I must disagree with reporter David Lauter's analysis of the president's State of the Union Address ("In singular speech, a split approach to power," Feb.13). Mr. Lauter writes that early in his first...
  • Operation Hubris

    Operation Hubris
    One of the great things about American politics is its capacity for punishing hubris. For the ancient Greeks, hubris didn't merely describe god-like arrogance. It was a crime, usually defined as taking too much pleasure in the humiliation of your foes....
  • Raise Maryland calls for higher wages for corporate employees

    Raise Maryland calls for higher wages for corporate employees
    Some members of the Rev. David Carl Olson's congregation are homeless. A few work minimum-wage jobs, he said, but they still cannot afford to leave shelters. His faith calls him to live in a world with "profoundly more justice," said Olson, who...
  • We deserve a vote

    We deserve a vote
    Much of President Barack Obama's State of the Union address this week was a fairly ho-hum affair, with the usual laundry list of programs and goals (most so familiar that it could have been a recycled campaign speech from 2012, or maybe 2008) and the...
  • Challenging young minds

    Challenging young minds
    Scientists have long known that the human mind develops most rapidly during the first five years of life, a point President Barack Obama underscored in his State of the Union address when he urged states to provide universal access to high-quality pre-...
  • U.S. hiding behind tortured definitions

    U.S. hiding behind tortured definitions
    If it is true, as the writer Samuel Johnson once said, that "patriotism is the last refuge of a scoundrel," then the dictionary must be the first. Consider how readily our leaders, in justifying what cannot be justified, parse definitions down to...