Editorials

Folks who have moved here from other parts of the country quickly learn what we already know: Southern Maryland summers are brutally hot.

President Donald Trump has signaled, if lightly, a willingness to consider measures to address mass shootings in America. Democrats should stop playing politics and engage him in a productive policy discussion.

As names go, the Gov. Harry W. Nice Memorial/Senator Thomas “Mac” Middleton Bridge rolls off the tongue about as well as supercalifragilisticexpialidocious from “Mary Poppins,” and fits about as well on a sign, too. But the latter is nonsensical while the former is sorely needed — the steel …

If you own a horse, consider taking them for a ride through one of our local riding trails. County equestrian trails are located at Oak Ridge Park at 13675 Oaks Road in Hughesville, Maxwell Hall Park Equestrian Area at 6680 Maxwell Hall Drive in Hughesville and Friendship Farm Park at 4705 F…

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Letters to the Editor

Lead. Sulfur dioxide. Nitrogen oxide. Particular matter. Mercury. These are a handful of the toxins and carcinogens released into the air we breathe whenever coal is burned to generate electricity.

In the Ken Burns’ Vietnam War documentary, one soldier remarked that during wartime he developed a certain blood lust. His love of killing the enemy may be attributed to high levels of testosterone triggered by the trauma of war.

The Aug. 16 letter “True cost of fossil fuels is greater than the electric rates paid by residents” focuses on the social costs, often called the “externalities,” of fossil fuels. They cost us a lot more than we realize because the “external” costs, like carbon pollution, are pushed onto the…

Scientists don’t yet fully understand what causes Alzheimer’s disease in most people. In people with early-onset Alzheimer’s, a genetic mutation may be the cause. Late-onset Alzheimer’s arises from a complex series of brain changes that occur over decades. The causes probably include a combi…

I am against all symbols of true hatred. I’m trying to understand why symbols of our history, whether good or bad, are removed, while symbols of the Nazis are acceptable.

After returning from an out of town trip, I was catching up on all the local news in the Maryland Independent. I read the article in the Aug. 7 edition, “County sues over property dispute.” I also read the Aug. 14 edition with the letters by Bobby J. Wallace and Vicky Canter in reference to …

At the Aug. 12 Charles County Board of Education meeting, I voted against the changes to the superintendent’s contract. As I publicly stated, it was not related to the superintendent’s performance. During my tenure as an elected official, I have compromised to reach equitable solutions.

With all the congressional drama happening in Washington, D.C., I don’t want to forget about one of our most fundamental environmental laws: the Endangered Species Act.

The Brandywine Mattawoman Energy power plant should not be built. Only dissenters attended the public hearing held by the Public Service Commission two weeks ago. It is summer and yet the deadline for public comment is Aug. 14.

Concerning the Monica Lopez letter Aug. 2, “Start impeachment proceedings now,” she must be listening to Democratic presidential candidates or the biased media. I am a Democrat and warned my representatives that they are ensuring president Trump’s re-election with their misguided hatred and …

A recent letter to the editor expressed concern about the price of clean, pollution-free energy relative to the price of SMECO’s services: “The future cost of cleaner choices causes concern,” Aug. 9. Electricity supplied by SMECO relies largely on fossil fuels, which increase harmful emissions.

The Trump administration just finalized regulations to dramatically weaken the Endangered Species Act — our most effective law for protecting wildlife in danger of extinction. Since President Nixon signed the law in 1973, hundreds of species have been saved from disappearing forever, includi…

I see all over the news media cycles the horrendous conditions of the detention centers under the Trump administration. The truth is that our government has held immigrants and asylum seekers in horrendous conditions for decades, long before Trump was ever president. It’s about time that thi…

I was appalled reading the article on August 6, “County sues over property dispute.” I have never heard of the Charles County Board of Commissioners taking law abiding citizens to court.

While I seriously doubt that your paper, in the interest of fairness, will publish this response, I would like to point out something for the consideration of your readers.