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Susan Reimer | November 13, 2013
There are so many things to admire about John McCain. His service during Vietnam, his courage as a prisoner of war, his maverick nature in the hidebound U.S. Senate and, currently, his role as the only grown-up in the Republican Party. But I don't think I will ever be able to forgive him for Sarah Palin. His decision to pluck her out of Alaskan obscurity and put her on the presidential ticket in 2008 unleashed a genie that yaks incessantly, makes no sense and refuses to get back in the bottle.
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October 5, 2013
In Norma McDonald's letter ("First cut should be congressional pay," Oct. 3), she calls for refusal to pay congressional salaries until the government opens again. Not a bad idea! However, her idea that anyone against Obamacare (such as the tea party) should refuse their Social Security checks or Medicare benefits is not. How ludicrous! I am 66 years old and have paid into Social Security all my life. Why should I forgo my money because of my objection to a government program? If the government kept its sticky fingers off that money, my check could be three times what it is now. While many want to blame the Republicans for this shutdown, our "Bob Irsay" president has ignored the basic cornerstone of American politics - compromise.
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Editorial from The Aegis | September 24, 2013
Like squirrels trying to get into a bird feeder, a share of people 20 and younger can be relied upon to take every opportunity available to countermand the law that precludes anyone younger than 21 from partaking of alcoholic beverages. Thus it comes as no surprise that yet again the matter of people using bogus identification cards as proof of age at licensed beverage retailers was before the Harford County Liquor Control Board last week. As liquor inspector Charles Robbins said last week: "It's a big problem.
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By Doyle McManus | August 29, 2013
President Barack Obama appears increasingly ready to launch a military strike in response to Syrian President Bashar Assad's apparent use of chemical weapons against civilians. But the goal won't be to topple the Assad government, even though President Obama has wanted that outcome for more than two years. Instead, White House officials say, the goal will be more limited: deterrence. The strikes will be aimed primarily at deterring Mr. Assad from using chemical weapons again. But there are other kinds of deterrence Mr. Obama is hoping for too. He hopes to deter other adversaries, especially Iran, from concluding that he doesn't mean it when he proclaims a "red line," as he did on chemical weapons in Syria last year.
NEWS
August 4, 2013
Don Murphy's proposal to have the Republican Party endorse candidates in the primary election is a road rife with land mines and undercuts the laudable goal of opening the primary to unaffiliated voters (" Maryland GOP's choice: Reform or lose," July 31). An open primary may "improve outcomes in the general election," but party endorsements of primary candidates could have an unwelcome, negative impact. Independent voters are by definition independent-minded and would recoil at the party hierarchy trying to dictate choices on the ballot.
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Dan Rodricks | July 8, 2013
How ironic that Dan Rodricks displays such contempt for what he calls the "capitalist democracy we celebrate on the Fourth of July" ("On tax breaks for developers, you can't beat City Hall. " July 4). I wonder why he still lives here. There are many other places that are not "capitalist democracies" where he could reside. Of course, he wouldn't be able to publish his column there without censorship (which, come to think of it, might not be a bad idea). As far as the sad situation of people still living in below the poverty line, only in a Utopia would that problem be entirely solved.
EXPLORE
March 19, 2013
I am watching with interest the drum beat to criminalize bullying. It's already illegal and it's call harassment.  Like so many things that sound good at first glance, has anyone stopped to consider the chilling effect on freedom of speech? Additionally, and maybe the most scary, is that teachers and administrators will likely be on the front line of deciding whether or not a person is bullying someone else. These are the same people who just suspended and second grader for chewing his pop tart into a politically incorrect form, or maybe just the state of MD?
NEWS
February 24, 2013
Regarding your recent report on a the bill to put slot machines at BWI airport, there are other means to generate revenues for Maryland and Anne Arundel County ("Bill to put slots at BWI returns," Feb. 5). Putting slot machines in the airport will only jeopardize airport security, increase the cost of airport security and have a bad influence on minors by exposing them to the gambling environment. It will also distract the passengers and make them miss their flights and compete with the newly opened Maryland Live Casino just miles away from BWI. Do we want to turn BWI into a mega-gambling airport like the one in Las Vegas?
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By John E. McIntyre and The Baltimore Sun | January 30, 2013
Here in Wordville, news of the discovery of a fresh superstition about language is as exciting as the discovery of a hitherto-unknown tribal society in Borneo would be to an anthropologist. And, as with the anthropological discovery, the novelty will be found to coincide with certain human universals.  A correspondent has informed Arnold Zwicky of an invented rule of grammar and usage that he had never encountered. (Nor had I.) A teacher in Germany, a Briton, solemnly informs students that " there  was used for relatively short distances,  over there  for significantly longer distances.
NEWS
January 28, 2013
Unfortunately, a lot of military decisions are being made by people who have never served in combat or have had limited service ("Military ceiling lifted," Jan. 25). President Barack Obama never served in the military, and Defense Secretary Leon Panetta served a brief two years in military intelligence. Not only will women in combat create all kinds of additional issues as far as personal privacy, but you are adding an undue burden to these units which is the last thing they need while in a front line situation.
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