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  • In battle against Alzheimer's, an army of volunteers are needed

    In battle against Alzheimer's, an army of volunteers are needed

    I’ve been an Alzheimer’s researcher for almost 50 years, but I’m also a son who recently lost his mother to this dreadful disease. Alzheimer’s disease is the sixth leading cause of death in the United States and affects 5.7 million Americans – including 110,000 in Maryland. It’s also our nation’s...

  • Panhandling laws should be enforced

    Panhandling laws should be enforced

    In his Dec. 5 column regarding the tragic death of Jacqueline Smith, Dan Rodricks said that, "panhandlers are everywhere and almost nowhere act violently to those who give them money” (“Killing of woman helping panhandler is another temptation to lose faith in Baltimore. Here's how to keep it instead,”...

  • Is Frosh 'all-knowing savior' or misguided pol?

    Is Frosh 'all-knowing savior' or misguided pol?

    As I read about my Maryland attorney general proudly announcing a "huge step forward in our emoluments case,” there is no logical rationale for how this impacts the citizens of Maryland — and I am one (“Marylanders are served by emoluments lawsuit,” Dec. 5). He seems to have made a personal decision...

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  • Witcover: George H.W. Bush's virtues brought honor to an office now sullied

    Witcover: George H.W. Bush's virtues brought honor to an office now sullied

    The warm and genuine public outpouring of appreciation for the 41st president in services in Washington, D.C., and Texas reflected the authenticity and good will of the man. With these qualities, he brought honor not only to himself but also to the high office in which he served, where it is so...

  • Goldberg: Ocasio-Cortez is borrowing from the Trump playbook

    Goldberg: Ocasio-Cortez is borrowing from the Trump playbook

    One of the most comforting talking points in politics is to claim that your political opponents are irrationally obsessed. I'm sure this is as old as time, but I first noticed it in the late 1990s. Many of Bill Clinton's most ardent supporters responded to every new criticism by claiming the president's...

  • Pitts: 'There is no such thing as a child prostitute'

    Pitts: 'There is no such thing as a child prostitute'

    No one even knows how many girls there were. Federal prosecutors identified 36. In “Perversion of Justice,” a stunning piece of investigative work by Julie K. Brown that was published last month, the Miami Herald reported that it has found 80. But accounts given by the girls themselves suggest...

  • The problem with 'us vs. them'

    The problem with 'us vs. them'

    It’s Us or Them. America seems settled into the notion that there are only two kinds. We are the good people. They are the bad ones. Once you find out who’s who, the issue is settled — whatever the topic, from politics to sex to sports to raising your kids. Amazingly, during the past year, grown-up...

  • Cal Thomas: A powerful lesson as we remember President Bush

    Cal Thomas: A powerful lesson as we remember President Bush

    The scene at the U.S. Capitol on Monday as former President George H.W. Bush lay in state presented a tableau and a lesson for those who seek earthly power and believe it can change things. As the TV cameras panned the crowd, I was struck by how many aging "formers" there were, men (and they were...

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  • Let's be careful about stigmatizing the homeless after stabbing death of Harford woman

    Let's be careful about stigmatizing the homeless after stabbing death of Harford woman

    It would be easy to turn our backs. To ignore the cardboard signs pleading for assistance, keep our windows tightly closed and lock the doors, and our hearts. To stare ahead as if we don’t see those less fortunate than us on the street corners. This is doubtless even more the case after Jacquelyn...

  • Alternative Fact of the Week: Pentagon accounting for all

    Alternative Fact of the Week: Pentagon accounting for all

    There’s no disputing that President Donald Trump is the master of the alternative facts — that is, an ability not merely to get vital information dead wrong but to do so with a certain gusto and forcefulness, with made-up corroboration and prevarications, the sum total of which, if replicated by...

  • Baltimore County probably needs to raise taxes, and voters will accept it — if Olszewski does this first

    Baltimore County probably needs to raise taxes, and voters will accept it — if Olszewski does this first

    Baltimore County Executive John Olszewski Jr. may not have explicitly promised not to raise taxes if elected, but he certainly campaigned with a full awareness that even hinting at the necessity of it would be electoral suicide. Ever since the epithet “Taxmussen” made Dennis Rasmussen a one-term...

  • Existentialism and the Maryland tax office, revisited

    Existentialism and the Maryland tax office, revisited

    Diligent readers of the letters section in The Sun may have been amused or horrified by a submission printed on Saturday from Steve Warres, a Baltimore man who spent six hours, 21 minutes and 50 seconds on hold with the State Department of Assessment and Taxation in an ultimately fruitless effort...

  • Marylanders are served by emoluments lawsuit

    Marylanders are served by emoluments lawsuit

    Recently, a letter writer from Harford County posed a question regarding Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh’s participation in the so-called Emoluments Clause lawsuit alleging that President Donald Trump violated the U.S. Constitution by accepting payment from foreign and state governments without...

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  • Illegal actions by police don't lower crime rate

    Illegal actions by police don't lower crime rate

    I join the many Baltimore residents who are shocked and saddened by the heinous murder of Jacquelyn Smith (“‘This story struck my heart’: Oprah tweets about woman killed in Baltimore after offering money to panhandler,” Dec. 4). Her murder should spark a sense of urgency to address the underlying...

  • There's a lot of blood in the George H.W. Bush legacy

    There's a lot of blood in the George H.W. Bush legacy

    Whatever the good qualities of the human being named George H.W. Bush, and of course his final judgment is not in my hands but with the God he worshiped, Max Obuszewski is right to recall, even as the national hagiography of this man's life and legacy continues, that President Bush (41), before...

  • Catholic church not scapegoat for all sexual assault

    I was really disappointed to read what amounts to a cheap smear of all of Catholicism by Tina Alexis Allen (“Common threads between Brett Kavanaugh and me: predatory behavior and the Catholic church,” Nov. 30). Blame-shifting her alleged sexual assault at the hands of her older brothers, acts which...

  • BSO fundraising: a challenge but feasible

    BSO fundraising: a challenge but feasible

    Terry Meyerhoff Rubenstein and her family have been great supporters of the Baltimore Symphony (“Time has come for BSO to make hard choices,” Nov. 28). Families like hers, who support their hometown orchestra both financially and by attending concerts, are an integral part of the fabric that make...

  • Fix gerrymandering — but on the national level

    Fix gerrymandering — but on the national level

    I have to take issue with some of what Robert Erlandson wrote in his recent letter to the editor (“On redistricting, Hogan is right, Frosh is wrong,” Dec. 1) taking to task Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh for not going along with Gov. Larry Hogan's plan to fix Maryland's gerrymandered district...

  • Johnny O is correct about importance of county schools

    Johnny O is correct about importance of county schools

    As our new Baltimore County Executive, Johnny Olszewski, presses forward to lead this county, we all should listen carefully (“Maryland's new leaders: Time to try transparency,” Nov. 3). As he stated on social media, "Every family in Baltimore County deserves the opportunity to achieve economic...

  • So what if Frosh wins the emoluments case?

    So what if Frosh wins the emoluments case?

    Other than wasting Maryland’s resources and money, suppose Attorney General Brian Frosh “wins” his case against President Donald Trump (“Case accusing Trump of profiting from his office moves ahead,” Dec. 4), what will the citizens of Maryland gain? R. Buterbaugh, Kingsville Become a subscriber...

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