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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | March 22, 2012
Orioles batting practice pitcher Rudy Arias will leave the team Thursday to travel to Miami and be sworn in as a United States citizen Friday. Arias, 55, moved to the U.S. from Cuba when he was just a few years old and his father was playing baseball in the states. He grew up in Miami and maintained his Cuban citizenship. “I never felt living in Miami, I needed it,” Arias joked. But when Arias worked for an independent club in Winnipeg a couple years ago he always slowed up the process going across the border - and he was chided by his old manager for that.
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August 7, 2014
I read recently that Gov. Martin O'Malley is considering a run for the Oval Office ( "O'Malley headed back to New Hampshire," Aug. 5). Shame on him. Let him stay in Maryland. A recent article stated that nearly 50 percent of Marylanders would opt to relocate to another state. I am one of them. I moved to Maryland in 2006 and always thought it was a great state for opportunity. But with the high taxes and extreme liberalism, I left. When I moved there, I was surprised at how complete strangers thought I should be responsible for their kids and how the state of Maryland did nothing to women who were willing to dump their kids on total strangers.
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By NEW YORK TIMES NEWS SERVICE | June 20, 2002
WASHINGTON - The government argued yesterday that it was perfectly legal to hold an American citizen in custody without filing charges against him and without giving him access to a lawyer. Paul J. McNulty, the U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia, made the argument in connection with Yaser Esam Hamdi, who was born in Louisiana, raised in Saudi Arabia and captured in Afghanistan. Hamdi was sent to prison in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and transferred to the naval brig in Norfolk, Va., in April after authorities confirmed that he had been born in the United States.
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By Danae King, The Baltimore Sun | July 30, 2014
Since she was 7 years old, Donatila Leticia Munoz Orantes has wanted to become a U.S. citizen. On Wednesday, her 100th birthday, her wish came true. Munoz Orantes, a native Nicaraguan who lives with her daughter in Germantown, came to the United States from El Salvador in the 1980s and never left. "It's a wonderful country," Munoz Orantes, who was joined by family and friends at her naturalization ceremony in Baltimore, said during a recent interview at her daughter's home. Because Munoz Orantes speaks only Spanish, her daughter interpreted for her. Munoz Orantes wasn't able to become a citizen until now because she doesn't speak English, a requirement until a resident reaches a certain age and number of years in the country.
SPORTS
May 12, 2004
Who's hot The Red Sox have had 10 or more hits in seven of their past eight games. Who's not The Athletics and Devil Rays are the only American League teams without a winning streak of three games this season. Line of the day, Craig Wilson, Pirates LF-RF AB R H RBI HR 5 4 4 7 2 He said it "I'm very proud to be an American citizen." Manny Ramirez, Red Sox left fielder, who missed Monday's game to become a U.S. citizen On deck Tom Glavine of the Mets faces Randy Johnson of the D'backs, a matchup of two of the past decade's top lefties.
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By Lan Nguyen and Lan Nguyen,Evening Sun Staff | September 6, 1991
JAMAICA-BORN grandmother Dorothy Elliott turns in her green card for the red, white and blue Sunday when she'll be sworn in as an American citizen.At age 68, after 24 years of carrying an alien registration receipt card as proof that she was staying here as a permanent resident, Elliott sighs and says it's about time she took up American citizenship."
NEWS
February 1, 2013
Regarding the recently approved emergency aid to Northeast states affected by superstorm Sandy ("$50.5 billion Sandy relief bill passes in U.S. Senate," Jan. 29), now is the time for a competent journalist to provide transparency to this bill especially since Sen. Dan Coats and Heritage Action for America made statements that "much of the funding is superfluous. " Let's clear the air by publishing the names of every senator who added "pork" to this bill, the amount of money and the name of the recipients.
NEWS
October 9, 2012
Think you are an American citizen? Well think again, because you and I are probably illegal immigrants There were no humans born on the original land mass of what is today known as the United States. The National Geographic Society thinks that the first inhabitants migrated to the Americas some 13,000 years ago, and they are not sure who got here first. That means that even our "native" Native Americans may be here illegally. So let us get something straight: When a citizen gripes about letting all these "foreigners" in, they should stop to reconsider: he or she might be one of them.
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June 25, 2013
Letter writer and former Internal Revenue Service employee Paul Streckfus has an insider's perspective and abundant knowledge ("Ehrlich wrong about IRS," June 23). He should have told The Sun's readers much more. Mr. Streckfus reveals he is able to determine that tea party groups should not have tax-exempt status, without even reading an application calling them "blatantly political organizations. " Why then didn't the IRS just process these applications in an ethical way and deny them rather than putting the applications on ice for months or even years and refusing to make a determination?
NEWS
April 25, 2013
All of us were gripped into the tragedy of the Boston Marathon massacre. Our hearts were broken at the loss of lives and how so many lives were changed in an instant. We all cheered at the death of Tamerlan Tsarnaev and the brilliant capture of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. And we all breathed a sigh of relief for Boston. Yet, we cannot respond as Sens. John McCain and Lindsey Graham would like us to ("A case for civilian court," April 23). We cannot twist the law to fit our anger and grief.
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By Dane Egli | July 27, 2014
The violence erupting on the former battlefields of Operation Iraqi Freedom coupled with the planned withdrawal from Afghanistan raises new concerns over the recent exchange of five Taliban commanders for U.S. Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl. The swap conflicted with traditional hostage recovery policy and trading of war prisoners and may lead our enemies to conclude that we're now willing to negotiate with kidnappers - potentially endangering lives abroad. Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, leader of the self-proclaimed Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, was himself an insurgent detainee released by the U.S. in 2009.
NEWS
July 18, 2014
As an American citizen who served three years in the U.S. Army as a soldier and worked for the Army for 30 years as a civilian, I am appalled at the violation of human rights that our facility at Guantanamo Bay represents ( "Detainees are human," July 16). Capturing people overseas and then holding them for a dozen years or more without trial or specific charges grossly violates the moral principles upon which our nation was founded. Though some prisoners there represent a real threat if released, our so-called war on terror is an open-ended situation that shows no signs of ending any time soon.
NEWS
December 11, 2013
Should we trust the Iranian government? No - nor should we totally trust any other government. I always remember President Reagan's statement about Russia when he said "trust but verify" ( "The nuclear deal with Iran," Nov. 25). I was born in Iran and lived there until I was 18 years old. I moved to the U.S. in 1978, and I have been an American citizen since 1987. Should the current Iranian government be allowed to possess nuclear bombs? Should we abandon our ally Israel?
NEWS
September 4, 2013
One would think in the age live in our political leaders down the road in Washington would seriously seek answers to the debacle in Syria rather than "strategically" drop bombs on empty buildings. But here we go again (" Amid doubts, Obama and Cameron make a case for Syria strike," Aug. 29). This is pathetic and unacceptable. When will we as a nation strive to diffuse international crises through real diplomacy and dialogue? As a supposedly advanced nation, why are we still perceived as the world's watchdog?
NEWS
June 25, 2013
Letter writer and former Internal Revenue Service employee Paul Streckfus has an insider's perspective and abundant knowledge ("Ehrlich wrong about IRS," June 23). He should have told The Sun's readers much more. Mr. Streckfus reveals he is able to determine that tea party groups should not have tax-exempt status, without even reading an application calling them "blatantly political organizations. " Why then didn't the IRS just process these applications in an ethical way and deny them rather than putting the applications on ice for months or even years and refusing to make a determination?
NEWS
April 25, 2013
All of us were gripped into the tragedy of the Boston Marathon massacre. Our hearts were broken at the loss of lives and how so many lives were changed in an instant. We all cheered at the death of Tamerlan Tsarnaev and the brilliant capture of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. And we all breathed a sigh of relief for Boston. Yet, we cannot respond as Sens. John McCain and Lindsey Graham would like us to ("A case for civilian court," April 23). We cannot twist the law to fit our anger and grief.
NEWS
August 7, 2014
I read recently that Gov. Martin O'Malley is considering a run for the Oval Office ( "O'Malley headed back to New Hampshire," Aug. 5). Shame on him. Let him stay in Maryland. A recent article stated that nearly 50 percent of Marylanders would opt to relocate to another state. I am one of them. I moved to Maryland in 2006 and always thought it was a great state for opportunity. But with the high taxes and extreme liberalism, I left. When I moved there, I was surprised at how complete strangers thought I should be responsible for their kids and how the state of Maryland did nothing to women who were willing to dump their kids on total strangers.
NEWS
November 15, 2012
Thomas F. Schaller's commentary ("Older, wealthier get plenty of 'free stuff,'" Nov. 14) is typical of the far-left position that everything an American citizen owns belongs to the federal government. He talks of "benefits" that the government bestows upon us peasants as magnanimous grants from on high which we may use to sustain ourselves. In my opinion, this is not the case. We citizens toil in our everyday life to earn a living. Taxes of any sort are an imposition by the government to maintain itself in order to serve its citizens.
NEWS
March 7, 2013
Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul got a lot of attention Wednesday for mounting an honest-to-God filibuster of President Barack Obama's nominee for CIA director, John Brennan. The nation's political class marveled at his real-life Mr. Smith act, the funny stuff his fellow senators said as they took their turns in support - Sen. Marco Rubio, for example, referenced Jay-Z, Wiz Khalifa and "The Godfather" - and the reason he stopped 11 hours short of Strom Thurmond's filibuster record (it seems the late South Carolina senator was, if not stronger in his convictions, at least stronger in his bladder)
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By Cal Thomas | February 9, 2013
An unsigned and undated Justice Department white paper, obtained by NBC News, reports The New York Times, "... is the most detailed analysis yet to come into public view regarding the Obama legal team's views about the lawfulness of killing, without a trial, an American citizen who executive branch officials decide is an operational leader of Al Qaeda or one of its allies. " The proviso is they must pose "an imminent threat of violent attack against the United States. " If "an informed, high-level official" of the government decides they are a threat, the paper says, and if capture is not feasible, they may be killed.
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