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By Mike Giuliano | February 2, 2012
European composers still tend to dominate most classical music programs in the United States, but the Columbia Orchestra makes a case for our country in a program titled "American Inspirations. " Some of that American music is freshly minted, too, in its concert on Saturday, Feb. 4, at 7:30 p.m., in the Jim Rouse Theatre at Wilde Lake High School. Although the concert-opening piece, N. Cameron Britt's "Inledning," bears a Swedish word meaning "Introduction" as its name, that merely reflects this contemporary American composer having spent time in Sweden.
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July 14, 2014
Thanks for publishing letter writer Roz Heid's comments, which expresses the opinions held by many of us ( "Obama's disastrous immigration policy," July 10). The U.S. is justly proud of its inclusiveness, and most people want to be hospitable to newcomers. Today's arrivals, however, are from one particular area and represent a special problem since they constitute an extremely large group and therefore are not easily assimilated. They are supported by the fashionable doctrine of multiculturalism, which encourages them to bring their language and culture with them, instead of adopting the language and customs of their new country.
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By Liz F. Kay, The Baltimore Sun | September 17, 2010
The way Rena Steinzor sees it, the nationwide egg recall, the Gulf oil spill, the lead discovered in children's toys, Toyota cars suddenly accelerating — these incidents are all related. Steinzor, a University of Maryland law professor and author, contends that the recalls and catastrophes all stem from a systemic regulatory breakdown in the U.S. She and Sidney A. Shapiro of Wake Forest University just published the book, "The People's Agents and the Battle to Protect the American Public: Special Interests, Government, and Threats to Health, Safety, and The Environment.
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January 29, 2014
Dan Rodricks ' column on the Columbia Mall shooting was a refreshing bit of honesty with all of the bark on ( "Expecting the horrible is the American way," Jan. 25). I am personally tired of the candles-and-teddy bear rituals featuring politicians talking about communities "coming together. " A deeply pathological love for guns has infected the United States. If we are ever going to stop this senseless killing, it will require that Americans realize just how sick we are to allow, much less glorify, a surfeit of killing power in our homes, on our streets and where we work, shop, worship and send our children to school.
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February 21, 2011
Here's a solution to the controversy over the name of Negro Mountain we call all live with ( "'Negro Mountain' debate reveals divide," Feb. 21): Sell "naming rights" for the mountain. It will help ease the state's budget mess, and give us a good chuckle when we pass by XYZ Corp. Mountain. Rene Atkinson, Cumberland
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October 20, 2011
In William Smith's Readers Respond comments ("Gas tax brings out whiners," Oct. 19), he opines that the conservatives are "whiners" and "overgrown babies" by objecting to just about everything, especially an increase in the gas tax. Surely Mr. Smith remembers his American history class that discussed the many events leading up to the Revolutionary War, one of which included the citizens of Boston objecting to the unreasonable Tea Tax imposed by...
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Dan Rodricks | January 25, 2014
Eighteen-year-old Youri Felix, who was serving a customer at the Chick-fil-A in the food court of The Mall in Columbia when the shooting started, described the scene there: people running, people scared, then 20 of them crowded into the kitchen area for an hour, until Howard County SWAT officers said they could leave. "You don't expect that kind of thing to happen to you," he said. "Really?" I answered, and that's not something I might have interjected during an interview with a witness to a shooting 20 years ago, even 10 years ago. "Really?
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March 12, 2013
We can't tell the real Americans who love and defend our country from the liberals who hate America anymore ("Paul's victory," March 8). When Barack Obama became president liberals thought that he would close Guantanamo and stop drone strikes. President Obama apparently found that when you are in charge you have to view things differently. Now. Sen. Rand Paul, a defender of the American way of life, sounds like the ACLU. What is a common citizen to think? David Ingalls, Severna Park
NEWS
July 14, 2014
Thanks for publishing letter writer Roz Heid's comments, which expresses the opinions held by many of us ( "Obama's disastrous immigration policy," July 10). The U.S. is justly proud of its inclusiveness, and most people want to be hospitable to newcomers. Today's arrivals, however, are from one particular area and represent a special problem since they constitute an extremely large group and therefore are not easily assimilated. They are supported by the fashionable doctrine of multiculturalism, which encourages them to bring their language and culture with them, instead of adopting the language and customs of their new country.
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January 29, 2014
Dan Rodricks ' column on the Columbia Mall shooting was a refreshing bit of honesty with all of the bark on ( "Expecting the horrible is the American way," Jan. 25). I am personally tired of the candles-and-teddy bear rituals featuring politicians talking about communities "coming together. " A deeply pathological love for guns has infected the United States. If we are ever going to stop this senseless killing, it will require that Americans realize just how sick we are to allow, much less glorify, a surfeit of killing power in our homes, on our streets and where we work, shop, worship and send our children to school.
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Dan Rodricks | January 25, 2014
Eighteen-year-old Youri Felix, who was serving a customer at the Chick-fil-A in the food court of The Mall in Columbia when the shooting started, described the scene there: people running, people scared, then 20 of them crowded into the kitchen area for an hour, until Howard County SWAT officers said they could leave. "You don't expect that kind of thing to happen to you," he said. "Really?" I answered, and that's not something I might have interjected during an interview with a witness to a shooting 20 years ago, even 10 years ago. "Really?
NEWS
March 12, 2013
We can't tell the real Americans who love and defend our country from the liberals who hate America anymore ("Paul's victory," March 8). When Barack Obama became president liberals thought that he would close Guantanamo and stop drone strikes. President Obama apparently found that when you are in charge you have to view things differently. Now. Sen. Rand Paul, a defender of the American way of life, sounds like the ACLU. What is a common citizen to think? David Ingalls, Severna Park
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Robert L. Ehrlich Jr | February 3, 2013
I'm not big into conspiracy theories. I never bought into the grassy knoll in Dallas or the anti-Obama birther movement. And it will take a lot of convincing for me to believe Oakland Raiders coach Bill Callahan took a dive in Super Bowl XXXVII to please his friend (and opposing coach) Jon Gruden. But I do believe that America's political tilt toward progressivism is the product of a lot of grassroots work by very liberal groups intent on remaking the American economy and culture.
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By Mike Giuliano | February 2, 2012
European composers still tend to dominate most classical music programs in the United States, but the Columbia Orchestra makes a case for our country in a program titled "American Inspirations. " Some of that American music is freshly minted, too, in its concert on Saturday, Feb. 4, at 7:30 p.m., in the Jim Rouse Theatre at Wilde Lake High School. Although the concert-opening piece, N. Cameron Britt's "Inledning," bears a Swedish word meaning "Introduction" as its name, that merely reflects this contemporary American composer having spent time in Sweden.
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By Yvonne Wenger, The Baltimore Sun | January 24, 2012
Protesters are pressuring Ocean City Mayor Rick Meehan to shun a prayer breakfast that features a former high-ranking Army officer who has made anti-Muslim remarks. Leaders of People for the American Way, a left-leaning advocacy group based in Washington, say they have sent hundreds of emails to town officials this week over retired Lt. Gen. William "Jerry" Boykin's scheduled appearance at the breakfast Thursday. Boykin, a former senior Pentagon official, bills himself as a warrior for Jesus Christ.
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By Norman Lear | January 2, 2012
I was recently shown a picture from one of the Occupy protests taking place across the country. It featured a young woman surrounded by police. She was the only protester in the picture, but she didn't seem intimidated. All by herself, up against the police barricade, she held a handwritten sign saying simply, "I am a born again American. " I've never met this woman, but I think I know exactly what she's feeling. I had my first "born again American" moment 30 years ago, when I was moved to outrage and action by a group of hate-preaching televangelists who were trying to claim sole ownership of patriotism, faith and flag for the far right.
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By Norman Lear | January 2, 2012
I was recently shown a picture from one of the Occupy protests taking place across the country. It featured a young woman surrounded by police. She was the only protester in the picture, but she didn't seem intimidated. All by herself, up against the police barricade, she held a handwritten sign saying simply, "I am a born again American. " I've never met this woman, but I think I know exactly what she's feeling. I had my first "born again American" moment 30 years ago, when I was moved to outrage and action by a group of hate-preaching televangelists who were trying to claim sole ownership of patriotism, faith and flag for the far right.
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By Yvonne Wenger, The Baltimore Sun | January 24, 2012
Protesters are pressuring Ocean City Mayor Rick Meehan to shun a prayer breakfast that features a former high-ranking Army officer who has made anti-Muslim remarks. Leaders of People for the American Way, a left-leaning advocacy group based in Washington, say they have sent hundreds of emails to town officials this week over retired Lt. Gen. William "Jerry" Boykin's scheduled appearance at the breakfast Thursday. Boykin, a former senior Pentagon official, bills himself as a warrior for Jesus Christ.
NEWS
October 20, 2011
In William Smith's Readers Respond comments ("Gas tax brings out whiners," Oct. 19), he opines that the conservatives are "whiners" and "overgrown babies" by objecting to just about everything, especially an increase in the gas tax. Surely Mr. Smith remembers his American history class that discussed the many events leading up to the Revolutionary War, one of which included the citizens of Boston objecting to the unreasonable Tea Tax imposed by...
NEWS
February 21, 2011
Here's a solution to the controversy over the name of Negro Mountain we call all live with ( "'Negro Mountain' debate reveals divide," Feb. 21): Sell "naming rights" for the mountain. It will help ease the state's budget mess, and give us a good chuckle when we pass by XYZ Corp. Mountain. Rene Atkinson, Cumberland
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