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Laptops neither effective nor welcome by parents

We appreciate the in-depth piece by Liz Bowie (“Four years in, Baltimore County schools $147M laptop program has produced little change in student achievement,” Dec. 13). As parents of Baltimore County Public Schools students, we have spoken numerous times to the Baltimore County Board of Education...

  • Police chief: High salary justified, redactions not

    Police chief: High salary justified, redactions not

    Baltimore must carefully consider every expenditure of taxpayers’ money. As it prepares to hire yet another police commissioner, the sum of $260,000 per year has been mentioned as a salary for the latest hire. Given the situation facing the next commissioner, that salary is not excessive. Anyone...

  • Panhandling is bad for Baltimore's image

    Panhandling is bad for Baltimore's image

    Recently, The Sun published a letter to the editor about panhandling (“Cordish: Baltimore should enforce panhandling law,” Dec. 12) and a commentary about lack of City Council leadership ("Baltimore City Council’s ‘bold leadership’ includes bans on cat and dog sales and sugary drinks,” Dec. 11)....

  • Shame on The Sun for not making Dulaney a higher spending priority

    Shame on The Sun for not making Dulaney a higher spending priority

    I was extremely disappointed to see The Baltimore Sun’s editorial board show contempt for Dulaney High School in its editorial, “Hogan sets up a school showdown” (Dec. 12). Are we at a place where we need to witness a drop in enrollment in local schools with people moving out and a subsequent collapse...

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  • Baltimore interim police commissioner leaves out key facts in bashing judge's ruling

    Baltimore interim police commissioner leaves out key facts in bashing judge's ruling

    As Baltimore approaches 300 murders for the fourth consecutive year, the police commissioner and State’s Attorney’s Office — people who should be responsible for the safety of our citizens — are looking for scapegoats rather than admitting that they are unable or unwilling to get the job done....

  • The world relies on American generosity

    The world relies on American generosity

    The Christmas spirit can do more than just bring cheer for the holidays, but can also inspire lasting peace and goodwill. During the holidays of 1947, Americans sent packages of food to feed hungry people overseas. These gifts not only fed empty stomachs but also filled desperate souls with hope....

  • Robert B. Reich: What's truly terrifying about Trump's private transactions

    Robert B. Reich: What's truly terrifying about Trump's private transactions

    Donald Trump has described the payments his bagman, Michael Cohen, made to two women during the 2016 campaign so they wouldn't discuss their alleged affairs with him as "a simple private transaction." Last week, when ABC's George Stephanopoulos asked Mr. Cohen if Mr. Trump knew the payments were...

  • Baltimore pastor still expects president to come through for city despite canceling visit

    Baltimore pastor still expects president to come through for city despite canceling visit

    Several months ago, I was asked if I would entertain a possible visit from President Donald Trump and several members of his cabinet to announce plans for the federal Opportunity Zones. The program provides incentives to developers to invest in certain distressed neighborhoods, including Baltimore’s...

  • Driverless car bill a disaster waiting to happen

    Driverless car bill a disaster waiting to happen

    Despite almost daily reports of crashes or non-responsive technology on public roads involving driverless cars, Congress is trying to hitch a new law to Santa’s sleigh in the form of the year-end-keep-the-government-open spending bill, just ahead of a new majority come January. Today, all motor...

Editorials

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  • The fine print in Maryland's gambling expansion bites us again

    The fine print in Maryland's gambling expansion bites us again

    In November, Marylanders voted overwhelmingly to erase some of the fine print they had missed when they voted 10 years before to legalize slot machine gambling. It seems people had gotten the impression that this new money would go toward enhancing Maryland’s public schools — understandable given...

  • Chesapeake Bay's weakened federal partner takes another hit

    Chesapeake Bay's weakened federal partner takes another hit

    Wetlands are among the most endangered ecosystems on the planet and also among the most valuable. They are the filters — the landscape equivalent of kidneys, perhaps — that remove sediment and toxins from the water. In Maryland, our understanding of the importance of wetlands has grown dramatically...

  • The ruling striking down Obamacare probably won't stand, but Maryland shouldn't take any chances

    The ruling striking down Obamacare probably won't stand, but Maryland shouldn't take any chances

    Many expect that a Texas judge’s ruling Friday that the Affordable Care Act is unconstitutional will be overturned on appeal. The reason for that is that it’s flat-out nuts. It posits that because the Supreme Court previously upheld the law’s individual mandate under Congress’ taxation powers,...

  • Hate Actually

    Hate Actually

    “General opinion's starting to make out that we live in a world of hatred and greed, but I don't see that. It seems to me that love is everywhere.” — From “Love Actually” (2003). Anyone exposed to the seasonal tide of holiday films likely recognizes those opening lines from “Love Actually,” voiced...

  • Yes to Tradepoint

    Yes to Tradepoint

    At a superficial glance, the assistance package the Baltimore County Council is being asked to approve for Tradepoint Atlantic has a lot going for it. The $78 million price tag is about half what the developers of the former Sparrows Point site initially asked for. The subsidies would cover road,...

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  • Hogan raised taxes but won't use it on schools

    Hogan raised taxes but won't use it on schools

    So Gov. Larry Hogan doesn't want to spend more on school operations as recommended by the Kirwan Commission on Innovation and Excellence in Education because of his pledge not to raise taxes (“Hogan announces plan to spend $3.5 billion on Maryland school construction, balks at estimated Kirwan...

  • Open borders are a money-maker for the wrong people

    Open borders are a money-maker for the wrong people

    Who is in favor of open borders (“Border wall negotiations devolve into on-camera shouting match between President Trump, Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer?” Dec. 11)? The drug cartel is in favor of no borders. Those who take our children off our streets and sell them into slavery do not want borders....

  • Who says politicians are honest?

    Who says politicians are honest?

    One piece of Michael Dresser’s portrait of Maryland in his reflections of his coverage of the State House for almost 22 years is cause for comment (“Michael Dresser's Annapolis: The more things change, the more they remain the same,” Dec. 5). I preface my remarks with good wishes to Mr. Dresser...

  • Cordish: Baltimore should enforce panhandling law

    Cordish: Baltimore should enforce panhandling law

    The Sun editorial, (“Let's be careful about stigmatizing the homeless after stabbing death of Harford woman”, Dec. 7), completely misses the point. Of course society should and could do more to cure the underlying problems of homelessness and mental health. Solving the problem will take years,...

  • The Orioles biggest hurdle: Being in AL

    The Orioles biggest hurdle: Being in AL

    Mike Elias and Sig Mejdal are off and running with their new analytics-heavy approach to the Orioles (“What to watch as Orioles head to first winter meetings led by GM Mike Elias,” Dec. 8). Along with Jon Meoli, we all hope the new executives work data-driven magic. At the same time, we should...

  • Newtown killings might have been prevented

    Newtown killings might have been prevented

    When so many were aware of Adam Lanza’s mental state yet allowed him access to deadly weapons, they’re accessories to the crime, in my opinion. It’s unbelievable a Connecticut child advocate knew of his “deteriorating mental health problems” yet did nothing except write a report (“Newtown shooter...

  • Pay more attention to Mueller probe, not less

    Pay more attention to Mueller probe, not less

    When was the last time a newspaper urged readers and citizens to be less curious and less informed about events of the day? On Monday, The Baltimore Sun's editorial board took a glib approach to the attention many Americans pay to news related to special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into...

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