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January 20, 2012
Kudos to President Obama for his courageous decision to deny a permit for the Keystone XL pipeline. As a former resident of Colorado, I can vouch for the fact that the Ogallala Aquifer that would have been threatened by the pipeline is a crucial source of drinking and agricultural water for much of the Midwest. Keystone I, built several years ago, has had a long and sad history of accidents and spills. With this decision, millions of future Americans will be spared a legacy of pollution.
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By Jonah Goldberg | October 6, 2014
Barack Obama had a choice between liberalism and the Democratic Party. He chose the latter and it cost him dearly. Liberalism, as an ideology, insists that government can do good and great things for the people and the world, if the people running the government are smart liberals.The Democratic Party says the exact same thing. But liberalism is an ideal, while the Democratic Party is that ideal's representative here in the real world, and in the real world political parties disappoint.
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NEWS
November 6, 2012
As one who has been following the pros and cons of the gay marriage debate, one fact has gone unmentioned. There is no way to convince a person to be or not be homosexual; it is not a choice but the way one is born. For religious people, this means that gays and lesbians have been created by God to be who and what they are. Medical research has shown that gay people's brains are actually "wired" differently than those of heterosexuals. Why would anyone "chose" to be homosexual knowing that it would mean being shunned by a large segment of the population out of ignorance or hate?
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By John L. Hudgins | September 30, 2014
Following the urban unrest in the 1960s, there was a move toward requiring college degrees for police officers. That movement never gained serious momentum across the nation. Today only a few of the police departments across the country require applicants to possess a college degree, and concerns are still being raised as to whether today's police officers are best prepared to deal with the myriad of situations presented in modern policing. Indeed there are serious questions as to whether a modern democracy can survive without better prepared law enforcement officials able to handle the stresses of the job without overreacting.
NEWS
February 25, 2010
Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler's opinion that Maryland should recognize same sex marriages from other states should not be faulted ("Md. can recognize same-sex marriages," Feb. 25). He had little choice. He is merely followed the Constitution. The Constitution provides: "Section 1. Full Faith and Credit shall be given in each State to the public Acts, Records, and judicial Proceedings of every other State. "Section 2. The Citizens of each State shall be entitled to all Privileges and Immunities of Citizens in the several States.
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Letter to The Aegis | April 29, 2014
I am shocked to have seen Roger Kegley's letter to The Aegis telling people how to pray. Freedom of religion is one of our nation's basic rights (although under continual attack). Generations of our service men and women gave their lives to protect these rights. A prayer is a communication from an individual to the God that they believe in. Some of our Arabic countries have a loud call to prayer twice a day and the people of that belief stop whatever they are doing regardless of where they are and take time to pray out loud.
NEWS
June 18, 1991
On Sunday some 1,500 Maryland citizens demonstrated their sincere and intense opposition to abortion by turning out in 100-degree heat to form a "Life Chain" to Annapolis in the hope of overturning Maryland's new liberal abortion law.But one person's commitment is another person's oppression, and so it is with abortion. If you don't believe that every abortion is murder, and believe that abortion is an acceptable, even if undesirable, way to limit the number of babies a woman chooses to have, then the anti-abortion position does indeed become a most insidious form of oppression.
NEWS
November 1, 2010
The Greater Baltimore Sierra Club disagrees with the Baltimore Sun's endorsement of Todd Huff over Ben Sutley for Baltimore County's 3rd District council seat ( "Baltimore County endorsements," Oct. 27). The Sierra Club was proud to endorse outgoing Councilman T. Bryan McIntire for his tireless and successful land preservation accomplishments. However, after reaching out to both candidates for consideration of a general election endorsement, only Mr. Sutley responded, thereby demonstrating that he understands the importance of, and will enthusiastically work for, the preservation of northern Baltimore County's unique environmental values.
NEWS
May 7, 2012
In his address from Kabul, President Barack Obama said that the war that began in Afghanistan will end there because it is necessary to "finish the job" even though many Americans are tired of war. To my mind, the president's trip was a selfish political ploy. The U.S. has no choice but to fight when our enemies include groups likeal-Qaidaand the Taliban, whose aim in life is to annihilate every freedom-loving individual from the face of the earth. Quinton D. Thompson, Towson
NEWS
May 18, 2012
I agree with Thomas F. Schaller that there is waste and imperfection in the marketplace as well as government ("Sure, government is flawed - but markets are, too," May 16), but the pivotal difference is choice. I maintain the option to purchase goods and services from competing entities in the marketplace. If I do not agree with the business practices of a certain company, a competitor will get my money. In order to increase revenue, a company must produce enough quality to elicit demand.
NEWS
September 26, 2014
As resident of Federal Hill and a member of the Federal Hill Neighborhood Association, I hope that The Baltimore Sun will examine the nomination process by which Eric Costello was selected for the Baltimore City Council ( "Young accused of favoring candidate," Sept. 25). Of 14 candidates, he is the only one with letters of opposition. One of the letters was signed by 16 people. While City Council President Bernard C. "Jack" Young says that the selection was made for a candidate who would represent his constituents well, the evidence clearly suggests otherwise.
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Mike Preston | September 8, 2014
The Ravens and the NFL had a chance for a do over, and they got it right this time. The Ravens terminated the contract of star running back Ray Rice on Monday afternoon, and NFL commissioner Roger Goodell suspended him indefinitely, hours after TMZ Sports released the video of him knocking his then fiancee, Janay Palmer, unconscious in an Atlantic City, N.J., casino elevator. It was a good move by both the league and the team, but the video and the negative publicity forced the two organizations to act. Local fans called morning talk shows and hit the Internet to complain about Rice, and some of them threatened to throw Rice jerseys on Unitas Plaza or on the playing field before Thursday night's nationally televised game against the Pittsburgh Steelers.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | August 23, 2014
CHICAGO - Once an MRI revealed a partially torn ligament in his right knee, Orioles third baseman Manny Machado knew it was possible that his season was over. But with the Orioles on the verge of their first American League East title in 17 years, Machado hoped rest and treatment would resolve the injury quickly enough to allow him to be a part of a possible postseason run. Nearly two weeks after his right knee buckled after following through on a swing, however, Machado has decided to have season-ending surgery for the second straight season.
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Luke Broadwater, The Baltimore Sun | August 12, 2014
In two terms on the Baltimore City Council, William H. Cole IV has earned a reputation as an enthusiastic champion of downtown development. That history - and his close ties to the business community - make him a great choice to jump-start the Baltimore Development Corp., his many supporters say. "He understands the balance that's needed between business interests and community interests," says Aris Melissaratos, interim dean of the business school...
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By Leonard Pitts Jr and By Leonard Pitts Jr | July 17, 2014
Here we go again. Same stuff, different day. Deja vu all over again. A monthly New York newspaper, The WestView News, uses an objectionable headline (" The N----r In The White House ") on a piece in its July edition, which argues that much of the shrill hatred toward President Obama is rooted in racism. Not surprisingly, the headline gets more attention than the argument. Then on Sunday, Attorney General Eric Holder again blames "racial animus" for some of the more strident opposition to the president.
NEWS
July 10, 2014
Dan Rodricks , please have a seat ( "Is popular vote best way to pick a sheriff?" July 8). The general electorate is already only minimally involved, at best, in the process of filling offices, and a vote for a "down ballot" candidate, as Mr. Rodricks dismissively calls them, represents one of the few opportunities to be involved in a representative fashion in local affairs. If ignorance of candidates' qualifications was a deciding criterion, only a few would be qualified to vote for the office of president of the United States or other federal offices.
NEWS
July 20, 2011
What exactly is "stupefying" about turning the care of the Chesapeake Bay over to the state which has the greatest stake in having it be clean and functioning ("No defender of the bay," July 18)? Or was your editorial more about political candidates The Sun's editorial board wishes to support and less about issues? David Riley
SPORTS
November 12, 2012
Yes, if they give him time Brian Schmitz Orlando Sentinel Yes, Mike Apostrophe certainly is —for two reasons. 1. D'Antoni is now the Lakers coach because Phil Jackson didn't want the job that badly; 2. Kobe Bryant likes him. Hard to believe Jackson wouldn't want to lead another loaded team. Then again, he wanted to coach and run the Lakers in his spare time, and at a high salary. When Jackson was flirting with the Magic, word was he wanted a piece of the franchise.
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By John Fritze, The Baltimore Sun | July 4, 2014
Congress returns to work Monday facing a tight deadline to fund highway and road projects across the country, an election-year scramble that has injected uncertainty into state and local construction plans at the start of the summer driving season. Lawmakers have until Aug. 1 to broker an agreement on the dwindling federal highway trust fund - which paid for $37.4 billion in road projects last year - or risk delaying payments to states. The fund is expected to run out of money at the end of August.
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By Robert B. Reich | July 2, 2014
What's the reason for the tempest in the teapot of Hillary and Bill Clinton's personal finances? It can't be about how much money they have. Wealth has never disqualified someone from high office. Several of the nation's greatest presidents, who came to office with vast fortunes -- John F. Kennedy, Franklin D. Roosevelt and his fifth cousin, Teddy -- notably improved the lives of ordinary Americans. The tempest can't be about Hillary Clinton's veracity. It may have been a stretch for her to say she and her husband were "dead broke" when they left the White House, as she told ABC's Diane Sawyer.
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