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Speak up, Gov. Hogan

Gov. Hogan needs to speak out against the hateful rhetoric that followed Trump's win.

Never before in my life have I been ashamed to be a Marylander. But the silence of our state's executive in the light of racist incidents in our region following the election of Donald J. Trump to the presidency has changed that ("Maryland treasurer asks Larry Hogan to continue 'open opposition' to Donald Trump," Nov. 16).

Gov. Larry Hogan has not issued a single public statement condemning the upsurge of racist graffiti and acts following our president-elect's hate- and fear-mongering campaign. Other state officials, including Attorney General Brian Frosh (who created a hotline for reporting acts of intolerance) and Treasurer Nancy Kopp have been left to denounce racism.

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Thankfully, Sen. Ben Cardin and Senator-elect Chris Van Hollen have also raised their voices on behalf of Marylanders and have condemned the president-elect's appointment of Steve Bannon, the face of racism, homophobia, Islamophobia and misogyny in our country, to his administration.

The people of Maryland deserve to hear from Governor Hogan at this critical time. He should vocally, publicly condemn intolerance and those would seek to codify it.

Kelly Cahill, Berwyn Heights

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