October 26, 2012
Given the millions of dollars that are being spent by both sides of Question 7 on advertising, I might feel a whole lot better about either side's intent if they had held a press conference stating that instead of spending their millions on advertising, they decided to donate directly to our schools and to essential non-profits like Living Classrooms and Catholic Charities instead of just making the owners of the local TV stations even richer in...
March 26, 2012
In his March 22 op-ed piece ("Why I chose Sandra Fluke") Rep. Elijah Cummings mistakenly identifies a freedom issue as awomen's healthissue. For decades employees have been able to save money on health insurance costs by opting out of certain coverages. People beyond child-bearing years, celibate women and others were able to opt out of maternity coverage. People who didn't want to pay extra for vision coverage or dental coverage could opt out of such coverage. The government telling private companies what they must sell is tyranny.
November 28, 2011
Regarding a reader's letter explaining why Catholic Charities in Boston and Washington, D.C., were "forced" to close their adoption and foster care services after refusing to place children with same-sex couples ("Catholics, gay marriage and religious liberty," Nov. 23), has anyone asked where those children who were not placed are now? If the same-sex couples applying to adopt children were processed the same way as heterosexual couples and found acceptable, what happened to all the children they would have adopted, children who were waiting and hoping for the chance to be part of a loving family but had to be turned away because of the church's policy against gay adoption?
November 25, 2011
A recent letter writer claims that gay marriage has no effect on religious liberty ("Gay marriage does not diminish religious liberty", Nov. 21). In fact, the assault on religious liberty has already begun. In 2006, for example, Catholic Charities of Boston was forced to close its adoption services because it refused to place children with homosexual couples, as required by state law. The same thing happened in February of 2010 in Washington, D.C., when Catholic Charities announced it was shutting down its foster-care and adoption programs rather than place children in homes with same-sex couples.
October 17, 2011
Torri Dietrich has joined Anna's House, a women's shelter serving Harford County, as the new director. She brings more than 25 years of experience in non-profit management, including a background in social work, fundraising and community development to the organization. Dietrich said in a press release she is excited about working with the dedicated team of professional staff and volunteers at Anna's House to help homeless women and their children achieve self-sufficiency and to reach their full potential.
June 19, 2011
For 35 years, Ron Ryba dreamed of a reunion with the infant son he and his high-school sweetheart had given up for adoption. Two days before Father's Day, that dream came true over burgers and beer at a Wilmington, Del., restaurant. The Timonium businessman said he and his newfound son, Kevin Callaghan of Philadelphia, were nervous at first. But that didn't last long. "He gave me a big hug, and told me he was happy to see me," Ryba said. "We had a couple of cheeseburgers, and shared our first beer together.