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  • Hate crimes are not always one-sided incidents

    Hate crimes are not always one-sided incidents

    The Baltimore Sun and Capital newspapers printed stories about Anne Arundel County having a rise in hate crimes (“Anne Arundel leaders scramble to battle rise of hate incidents,” Nov. 13). As a retired citizen and resident of Anne Arundel County, both articles prompted a few thoughts. In focusing...

  • Look for Robbie Leonard as a future leader in the Democratic party

    Look for Robbie Leonard as a future leader in the Democratic party

    I read your article about politicians with a bright future after the 2018 election, and, although it is further down the ballot, I wanted to bring attention to Robbie Leonard, who ran an excellent yet unsuccessful race for state senate in district 42 (“After Hogan victory, what's next for Maryland...

  • The Sun's Democratic bias is showing — again

    The Sun's Democratic bias is showing — again

    Your recent editorial, “Democrats are totally dominant in Baltimore City and Prince George’s County. Is that hurting them in governor’s races” (Nov. 8), was amazing but not surprising. Your readers now know that the The Baltimore Sun is not satisfied with having only two major positions held by...

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  • Baltimore leaders band together as anti-Semitism surges

    Baltimore leaders band together as anti-Semitism surges

    The murder of 11 Jews in a synagogue on the Sabbath is the devastating consequence of our decaying national discourse. Hate speech is wielded by profiteers and politicians whose goal is to divide, devalue and dehumanize. They conjure mythical hordes of black, brown and Middle Eastern “barbarians”...

  • Md. congressman drafts violence prevention program bill because 'even small actions are better than thoughts and prayers'

    Md. congressman drafts violence prevention program bill because 'even small actions are better than thoughts and prayers'

    You may have heard about the social media firestorm that erupted earlier this week between the National Rifle Association and doctors around the country. Responding to a position paper from the American College of Physicians that suggested a public health approach to gun violence, the NRA took...

  • Apprenticeships can help meet U.S. workforce needs

    Apprenticeships can help meet U.S. workforce needs

    The U.S. is experiencing the lowest unemployment rate since October 1969 with a rate of just 3.7 percent. Speaking in generalities this is something to be celebrated, however, with it comes new problems. The skills gap is widening on a grand scale and the labor market is screaming for a quality,...

  • Pitts: What journalists do

    Pitts: What journalists do

    “The fact that a man is a newspaper reporter is evidence of some flaw in character." — Lyndon Johnson "They are a sort of assassins..." — John Quincy Adams "I look forward to these confrontations with the press to kind of balance up the nice and pleasant things that come to me as president." —...

  • Md. Historical Society: let's march for culture

    Md. Historical Society: let's march for culture

    The National Museum in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil, suffered a devastating fire in September that consumed one of the most important museum collections in the Americas — a national and international catastrophe the likes of which the museum world has rarely seen. The loss is incalculable not only for...

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  • Alternative Fact of the Week: Voters in disguise

    Alternative Fact of the Week: Voters in disguise

    Florida has long been known for its oranges, sandy beaches, “snow bird” retirees and unsubstantiated allegations of voter fraud, but the latest charge from President Donald Trump deserves some kind of special recognition that mere Alternative Fact of the Week status seems too modest to confer....

  • The Catholic church is in crisis, and its leaders are making it worse

    The Catholic church is in crisis, and its leaders are making it worse

    If any truth emerged from the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops meeting this week in Baltimore, it was surely Archbishop William E. Lori’s observation that the priest sex abuse scandal “ is going to be with us for a long, long time.” The church covered up the widespread abuse of children...

  • Trump attack on black journalists reinforces old stereotypes

    Trump attack on black journalists reinforces old stereotypes

    Perhaps it was Michelle Obama who set our president off on his latest hate-filled tirade — this time aimed at black, female journalists. Excerpts released Friday from the former First Lady’s memoir blasted Donald Trump for pushing the conspiracy theory that her husband wasn’t born in the United...

  • The NRA doesn't own the gun lane

    The NRA doesn't own the gun lane

    The National Rifle Association’s arrogance struck a nerve last week when it scolded doctors for daring to state the obvious: that gun violence in America is a public health crisis. Apparently physicians weren’t supposed to notice that the gunshot wounds they try desperately to heal — too often...

  • Police union contract a big win for Baltimore

    Police union contract a big win for Baltimore

    Mayor Catherine Pugh has been pushing for civilians on the trial boards that determine discipline for police accused of wrongdoing for years — dating back to her time as a state senator — and her persistence paid off in the city police union’s agreement this week to a contract that will make that...

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  • Acosta deserved it

    Acosta deserved it

    David Zurawik reports that the “Maryland Delaware District of Columbia Press Association condemns in the strongest words possible the actions of President Donald Trump's White House for suspending the privileges of CNN reporter Jim Acosta..." Well, boo-hoo! And pray tell, when was there any real...

  • Archbihop Lori proves religion has lost its way

    Archbihop Lori proves religion has lost its way

    Baltimore Archbishop William E. Lori’s three column mea culpa in Sunday’s Sun forces me to critically respond (“Baltimore archbishop outlines path toward reform and renewal in the Catholic Church,” Nov 9). First, it is obvious that the “priests are representatives of God on Earth” no longer has...

  • We need to know more about Salmon's refusal to approve White as superintendent

    We need to know more about Salmon's refusal to approve White as superintendent

    Maryland State Superintendent of Schools Karen Salmon has said no again to the appointment of Verletta White as superintendent of schools in Baltimore County. The county board of education, instead of asking Ms.Salmon for a complete briefing as well as learning from their past mistakes, wants to...

  • How can anyone ever trust the Baltimore police department again?

    How can anyone ever trust the Baltimore police department again?

    Once again the public trust in the Baltimore City Police Department is shaken to the core. As reported in The Baltimore Sun, police officer Richard Pinheiro Jr. has been found guilty of re-creating body camera evidence of a drug arrest (“Baltimore Police officer found guilty of fabricating evidence...

  • Will bishops address sexual abuse scandal?

    Will bishops address sexual abuse scandal?

    Archbishop William E. Lori has a bully pulpit in the Catholic Church and easy access to one in the public media (“Baltimore archbishop outlines path toward reform and renewal in the Catholic Church,” Nov. 9). Victims of clerical sexual abuse have neither. It would be more helpful and healing if...

  • Let Supreme Court end gerrymandered district in Maryland

    Let Supreme Court end gerrymandered district in Maryland

    Michael Malone suggested that Brian Frosh, our attorney general, shouldn't appeal the federal court ruling on Maryland’s congressional districts but just go ahead and allow the state to be un-gerrymandered (“Frosh shouldn't appeal redistricting ruling,” Nov. 9). That's incorrect, or at least not...

  • Acosta ban is an assault on First Amendment

    Acosta ban is an assault on First Amendment

    "Were it left to me to decide whether we should have a government without newspapers, or newspapers without a government, I should not hesitate a moment to prefer the latter," Thomas Jefferson wrote in 1787. Those were the days prior to radio, TV, blogs, whatever, and newspapers were the media....

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