8:45 AM AKST, January 24, 2012
Your announcement that former Gov.Robert L. Ehrlichwill contribute a regular op-ed column for The Baltimore Sun is good news indeed. It is in fact a win-win-win proposition for the ex-Governor, the newspaper and your readers.
This change represents a continuance of The Sun's rectifying the problematic, ideologically-based and ideologically discriminating reporting and analysis of the past decade. The changes in political reporters in recent years as well as the adding of conservatives Ron Smith and Marta Mossburg to the paper's op-ed pages have signaled that The Sun is interested in tapping respectively disinterested reporting as well as some of the best conservative thought in the state. It is no surprise to this observer that Sun opinion editor Andrew A. Green has effected some of these changes, for while his politics are consistently liberal, he has equally consistently demonstrated an understanding of the need for a more politically balanced newspaper of record in Maryland.
None of these changes make The Baltimore Sun a newspaper without a prevailing, if less pronounced, politically left bias. It does, however, make it now a good source for readers of varying political ideologies.
The late Mr. Smith would have mightily approved, even though his political views and Governor Ehrlich's political views were not identical.
All conservatives are not alike, another lesson Marylanders will learn from Governor Ehrlich's columns.
Richard E. Vatz, Towson