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September 23, 2010
America has suddenly become aware that there is a trade problem with China ("Export policy No. 1: getting China to play by the rules," Sept. 21). Once again, who could have predicted it? The American public is an addict. China is our supplier and the big discount chain stores are the dealers. We are addicted to easy money and bargain prices. The problem is that now we recognize that this is killing us and we want out of the arrangement. Whatever the solution, when an addict and his supplier break up, somebody is going to get hurt.
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October 9, 2014
While much of the response to the Ebola epidemic in West Africa is contingent on the United States government's public health and military actions ( "Ebola hits home," Oct. 2), health professionals and government officials have been quite reluctant to come to terms with how America's history of public health espionage and medical mistreatment complicate the battle against Ebola. America has a long history of medical mistreatment and imperialism which are now providing the fuel for Ebola conspiracy beliefs.
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NEWS
July 6, 2013
One of the most chilling revelations in recent reports about the National Security Agency's covert surveillance of domestic phone and Internet traffic is the fact that judicial review of this activity is being carried out by a secret court ("The union is preserved, but what of liberty?" July 2). It appears we the American people now have our very own Star Chamber. Dennis J. Dabrowka, Glen Burnie
NEWS
AEGIS STAFF REPORT | October 7, 2014
Homestead-Wakefield Elementary School in Bel Air hosted its 2014 Voting Parade Tuesday morning on the school campus. The parade is held every two years, according to teacher Cindy Leon, to celebrate America's freedom of voting; it has been part of the election year school calendar for 16 years. Students vote on several things in school: favorite super hero, yearbook cover, songs, etc. The winners were announced at the celebration. The Bel Air High School band and the entire Homestead-Wakefield student body marched in the parade, which started at Wakefield and proceeded down the street to the he street to the Homestead building.
NEWS
November 14, 2012
Regarding letter writer Ilene O'Connell's comment that she was ashamed of her country for re-electing President Obama, how ashamed was she eight years ago when the country elected the president who is responsible for the soaring deficit Mr. Obama inherited ("Ashamed of the country that re-elected Obama," Nov. 11)? How ashamed is she that former President George W. Bush saddled us with not one but two unnecessary wars that added to the debt and resulted in the deaths of so many? Evidently, the country of which Ms. O'Connell is so ashamed preferred Mr. Obama over her candidate.
NEWS
November 13, 2013
A recent letter to the editor should force every reader to face the ugly truth that there just is apparently not enough money in our federal budget to ensure that all of our people eat well ( "Food stamps are not enough," Nov 7). Does anyone doubt that if the president or Congress selected any man, woman or child at random off the street and empowered them to trim foreign aid we could easily pick up all money we need to feed our people well in a single afternoon? Let's take care of our own first.
NEWS
December 27, 2010
You wrote in your editorial "Fresh start in Iraq" (Dec. 27): "Nine months after Iraqis went to the polls in national parliamentary elections last spring, the country's squabbling political factions finally reached a deal this week to allow a new government to take office... " I suggest penning a similar editorial titled "Fresh start in America," which could easily be published with very few changes. It would read: "[Two] months after [Americans] went to the polls in national elections last [fall]
NEWS
January 30, 2014
Wouldn't it be wonderful to hear someone say how lucky we are to have such a fine man as Barack Obama as our president, and that he gave an inspiring talk to us in the State of the Union ("Obama focuses on the economy," Jan. 29)? Instead, the pundits delight in analyzing and criticizing his speech, forgetting to remind us that he is an idealistic, intelligent and good man - a credit to the America he represents. Forget whether you are a Democrat or a Republican, rejoice in the quality of our leadership and what he demonstrates about America to the entire world.
NEWS
November 20, 2013
Commentator Scott Soffen was spot-on about the U.S.' failed drug policy ( "It's time to end the war on drugs," Nov. 12). By any objective standard, our national drug policies have been an unmitigated disaster. The U.S. is spending tens of billions of dollars a year perpetuating the same failed policies that do not solve the drug problem but instead exacerbate it, all the while stigmatizing users and disproportionately affecting low-income communities. Sadly, there has not been nearly enough national leadership on this issue.
NEWS
July 15, 2014
Most of the talking head shows have had some coverage of the immigration crisis, but they all talked from their political perspective and very few referred to any facts. I would like to surface some facts. Both parties are responsible for this crisis. It is very serious. It could bring about the end of the United States as we know it today. There are real dangers in what is happening for the people attempting to enter our country illegally, for our citizens and for the country itself.
NEWS
By Colin Campbell and The Baltimore Sun | October 5, 2014
Baltimore City firefighters were called to a 2.5-alarm blaze at a building that once housed Volunteers of America but is now vacant in the Jonestown neighborhood Sunday, officials said. Firefighters were called just before 3 p.m. to the two-story block and stone building in the 1100 block of E. Fayette Street, where they encountered heavy smoke and fire conditions. Smoke poured from the second-floor windows and over the street as firefighters sprayed the building from above and below with water hoses.
NEWS
October 2, 2014
"This is not West Africa," Texas health commissioner Dr. David Lakey said Wednesday at a news conference designed to dispel Texans' (and Americans') fear of an Ebola outbreak after a man there was diagnosed with the disease. "This is a very sophisticated city, a very sophisticated hospital. " The subtext: All those gruesome photos you're seeing of people dying in the streets in West Africa — that's something that happens over there, to other people, not here, not to us. But what the events of the last few days have shown is that it's exactly that kind of hubris that puts us most at risk, and that for all the sophistication of the U.S. health system, it only takes a simple lapse to create the conditions for a broader outbreak.
FEATURES
By Chris Kaltenbach and The Baltimore Sun | September 30, 2014
Bawlamer, here's your chance to shine. Kinda. The fine elocutionists at gawker.com, ever on the prowl for clarion calls provocative enough to get a response from their site visitors, have announced a new contest that sounds right up Charm City's alley. They're looking for the country's ugliest accent. Prompted, they say, by a fear that American accents are flattening -- that is, that we're losing our regional dialects and beginning to sound blandly alike -- Gawker has thrown down the gauntlet.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Becky Kaminsky and For The Baltimore Sun | September 24, 2014
Ready for a good scare? The opening night party at Bennett's Curse Haunted Attractions in Jessup will be 7 p.m. Sept. 26, and the party's getting some good national exposure. This year, Bennett's Curse will be featured by the Travel Channel for the sixth time. A Travel Channel spokeswoman confirmed the opening night will be filmed for its special web series “America's Scariest Halloween Attractions.” She says Bennett's was chosen for “its realistic sets, trained actors and having the scariest animatronic monsters in the industry.”  “We are very excited about the filming,” says Jill Bennett, who owns the self-guided haunted houses and often watches the Travel Channel with her husband, Allan.
NEWS
By Robert B. Reich | September 17, 2014
I was phoned the other night in middle of dinner by an earnest young man named Spencer, who said he was doing a survey. Rather than hang up, I agreed to answer his questions. He asked me if I knew a soda tax would be on the ballot in Berkeley, Calif. in November. When I said yes, he then asked whether I trusted the Berkeley city government to spend the revenues wisely. At that moment I recognized a classic "push poll," which is part of a paid political campaign. So I asked Spencer a couple of questions of my own. Who was financing his survey?
NEWS
By Michael Dresser and The Baltimore Sun | September 17, 2014
Maryland officials said Wednesday that most of the more than 2,800 immigrant children who have come to the state from Central America this year have been resettled with family members. Fewer than 50 are housed in a group setting at any one time, said Human Resources Secretary Ted Dallas, and only for less than a month while awaiting placement in a private home. He said the facility is in Baltimore County but declined to say where. Dallas said the children have shown themselves to be resilient in the face of the problems of their homelands and the arduous journeys that brought them to the nation's southern border.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Chris Kaltenbach, The Baltimore Sun | June 29, 2012
Baltimore escape artist Spencer Horsman's willingness to almost die in front of an audience is proving a smash on NBC's "America's Got Talent. " "Yeah, apparently they like the fact that I'm willing to almost kill and mangle myself every round," Horsman said with a laugh, just a day after his latest escape earned him a spot in the show's final round, being taped this month in New York. Truly, the 26-year-old, heretofore best known for performing on weekends at his Federal Hill club, Illusions, is going national.
NEWS
August 10, 2011
Here's a brief reminder to the president and members of Congress: It is not about you, or your party. It is about the U.S., and we the people of this country. Reid Hill, Catonsville
NEWS
By Kym Byrnes and For Baltimore Sun Media Group | September 15, 2014
Clarksville resident Hannah Silverman has spent this summer flipping, jumping and dancing her way across the Radio City Music Hall stage in New York City. On Tuesday, the 15-year-old River Hill High School sophomore will perform those feats with a chance of winning part of a $1 million prize. Silverman is a member of the acrobatic gymnastics crew AcroArmy, a team scheduled to compete as one of six finalists on the NBC television show "America's Got Talent. " On Wednesday, the crew will find out if viewers' votes make them a million-dollar act. This past week, the team made the cut in a round that narrowed the competitors from 12 to six. AcroArmy is the lone dance act advancing to the finals; it will compete this coming week against a musical group, three solo singers and a magician.
FEATURES
By Audrey A. Cockrum, The Baltimore Sun | September 15, 2014
Miss Maryland didn't take home the top prize at last night's Miss America competition, but she did win an award for having a fit body. Sporting a pink bikini, Jade Kenny was named Thursday night's preliminary Lifestyle and Fitness winner in the 2015 Miss America Competition. Originally from the Eastern Shore, Kenny, 23, represented Allegany County in the Miss Maryland pageant before moving on to compete in the 88th Miss America pageant in Atlantic City this month. Kenny began competing in pageants at the age of 13 in hopes of earning scholarship money for college.
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