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By ANN EGERTON | September 14, 1993
Well, at long last, some children are being asked, no, told, to do the right thing, and I don't mean to eat oatmeal. The headmaster of Gilman School, Arch Montgomery, is making civility a major theme of the academic year. Mr. Montgomery, who is beginning his second year as head, sounds as if he's mad as hell and not going to take it any more. He sounds as if he thinks that civility is a civil right, which is an inside-out way of thinking these days. Our culture has become so saturated with political correctness and the view that personal expression, no matter how obnoxious, should take precedence over anything as boring as polite behavior, that what Mr. Montgomery is doing is brave if not positively dangerous.
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By Yvonne Wenger, The Baltimore Sun | August 9, 2014
Tucked inside the files at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library in Boston are State Department notes from the 1960s detailing racial discrimination along U.S. 40 in Maryland - and warning the president of its implications for the Cold War. One account describes the experience of an African diplomat who couldn't find a restaurant to serve a glass of water for his son as the boy struggled to catch his breath during an asthma attack. Another tells of a diplomat who drove 10 bleary-eyed hours along the highway - then the main thoroughfare between New York and Washington - because motels in Maryland wouldn't rent him a room for the night.
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May 17, 2011
What a great idea: a Cuss Bucket! ("Time for a little gosh-darned civility," May 17). We used to do a similar thing at home when our children were growing up, only the words they might have used were a lot milder than those inferred in Fred Rasmussen 's delightful article. Wouldn't it be wonderful (sigh) if we could get back to gentle language again? And gentle behaviors? And respect for one another? We could all benefit from some "gosh-darned civility.
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By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun | August 8, 2014
Donald H. Seitz, a retired civil engineer who primarily spent his career with McLean Contracting Co. of Baltimore and Norfolk, Va., died Aug. 3 of heart failure at Carroll Hospital Center in Westminster. He was 88. The son of Henry Seitz, a Baltimore & Ohio Railroad civil engineer, and Leona Altvater Seitz, a homemaker, Donald Henry Seitz was born in Baltimore and raised on Hurley Avenue in the city's Gwynns Falls neighborhood. After graduating from Polytechnic Institute in 1943, Mr. Seitz immediately joined the Navy's V-5 flight program.
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September 15, 2011
"Choose Civility" has been a theme of Columbia and Howard County for a few years now, and until recently it seemed a very apropos statement for the area. Howard County was an oasis in a desert. I work in Montgomery County, and driving there is like driving through a mine field. Washington, D.C., is even worse, maddeningly Big Brother-like. I take a deep breath and relax when I get back home to Howard County, this oasis of civility. When I heard about the speed camera program, I was so disappointed.
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April 14, 2013
The silver lining in this cloud of controversy regarding Johns Hopkins University and Dr. Benjamin Carson may be that Dr. Carson's eloquence concerning the debacle of political correctness will get our undivided attention ("Dr. Ben Carson steps down as speaker at Hopkins graduation," April 11). "Someday in the future, it is my hope and prayer that the emphasis on political correctness will decrease and we will start emphasizing rational discussion of differences so we can actually resolve problems and chart a course that is inclusive of everyone," he wrote.
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January 12, 2013
In reference to Susan Reimer 's commentary ("Our special relationship with 'Downton Abbey,'" Jan. 10), my wife and I were also discussing the reasons why we've been so taken with "Downton Abbey. " In our case, it has nothing to do with any preoccupation with royalty. The fact that all the people in the house, from highest to lowest, treat each other with basic respect and dignity is very appealing, not to mention that it gives us some momentary respite from the cultural cesspool in which we find ourselves at the moment.
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By Cal Thomas | February 18, 2012
When one writes about moral convictions, it's probably a good idea to consistently live up to them. That way people can still disagree with your convictions, but they have a difficult time accusing you of hypocrisy. Last week at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Washington, I failed to live up to one of my highest principles. Here's the background. The story about the Obama administration's attempt to force Catholic and other faith-based institutions to offer employees free contraception in their health care coverage was still fresh.
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By Valerie J. Gross | October 6, 2013
How many times per day do you check email and texts? How quickly do you expect a response? What about Facebook and Twitter? In an informal survey conducted by the Howard County Library System (HCLS) this summer, answers ranged from "500 times per day" to "never. " It's likely no surprise that Millennials (18 to 30) checked the most frequently, while Baby Boomers and members of the Greatest Generation (those of us who are 50 years old and "better" - and who still send an occasional birthday card via snail mail)
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April 12, 2012
I am so saddened about to read that the Piccadilly Circus is coming to Howard County ("Piccadilly Circus coming to county fairgrounds," April 5). Not only that, this article provided them with free advertising. Circus animals suffer inordinately in these venues. Please do not support any circuses that use animals. Instead enjoy the wonderful Big Apple Circus or others like it. This will teach compassion and civility to our children and others. Choosing Civility would only lead to the choice of not attending/supporting circuses such as Piccadilly, Ringling, etc. Barbara Glick Columbia
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By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun | August 4, 2014
Thomas D. Fantom Jr., a retired civil engineer and World War II Army Air Forces veteran, died July 23 at Arden Courts in Pikesville of complications from a fall. He was 91. The son of Thomas D. Fantom Sr., a civil engineer, and Alice E. Fantom, a homemaker, Thomas Davis Fantom Jr. was born on Palmer Avenue in the city's Pimlico neighborhood, and moved with his family to Granite during the Depression. He was a 1940 graduate of Catonsville High School. Mr. Fantom enlisted in the Army Air Forces the day after the bombing of Pearl Harbor in 1941.
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By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun | July 31, 2014
Richard Reikenis, a founding partner and senior vice president of Century Engineering Inc., died Tuesday of cancer at his home in Phoenix, Baltimore County. He was 92. Richard Reikenis was born and raised in Alytus, Lithuania, where he graduated in 1941 from Kaunas IV Gymnasium. He began studying civil engineering at Kaunas Vytautas University, and after the Soviet Union annexed Lithuania in 1944, he moved to Germany, where he completed his engineering education at the Munich Technical University in 1948.
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By Emad Hassan | July 15, 2014
I have been locked up at Guantanamo Bay for 12 years, held without charge or trial. I've done nothing wrong; in 2009, I was unanimously cleared for release by six different branches of the U.S. government, including the FBI and the CIA. Yet here I am, still detained. I write this 106 years after the birth of Thurgood Marshall, a Baltimore-born civil rights lawyer and later a Supreme Court justice who helped end segregation in America. Marshall understood and respected the humanity and innate equality of all people.
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By Leonard Pitts Jr | June 29, 2014
"But I have promises to keep, And miles to go before I sleep. " -- Robert Frost Sen. Richard Russell called it a work of "manifold evils. " Sen. Barry Goldwater called it a "threat to the very essence" of America. Rep. Howard Smith called it a "monstrous instrument of oppression. " It was the Civil Rights Act of 1964, and its "oppression," "threat" and "evil," at least in the eyes of those conservative men, were that it outlawed racial discrimination in public places.
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By Julie Scharper, The Baltimore Sun | June 28, 2014
This was the promise: No longer would African-Americans be forced to pick up their meals from the back door of restaurants. No longer would they need to fear being unable to find lodgings on their way home from a trip. And no longer would those who denied them a seat in a theater or on a merry-go-round be able to cloak their prejudice with the law. President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Civil Rights Act on July 2, 1964, the culmination of decades of struggle for racial equality.
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By Justin Fenton, The Baltimore Sun | June 23, 2014
Two families who say they are linked through police brutality filed separate lawsuits against the Baltimore Police Department on Monday, alleging that two officers involved in an in-custody death should not have been on duty. Abdul Salaam, 36, says he was beaten in July 2013 after a traffic stop by Officers Nicholas Chapman and Jorge Bernardez-Ruiz and that he never got a response to his complaint filed with internal affairs. Those officers would be implicated less than three weeks later in the death of 44-year-old Tyrone West while he was in police custody.
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March 2, 2013
Thank you for publishing Maria Santo's piece on abortion community suffers from the effects of abortion every day.  Women are hurt by their past abortions, men suffer because they are powerless to help their unborn children, the "little ones" (fetus in Latin) never get to be held and loved or experience the beauty of nature, the thrill of sports, the love and sacrifice of marriage.  We talk about "civility" in Howard County. As  Ms. Santo so articulately says, "Civilized societies do not kill children as a solution to any problem, no matter how grave.
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June 1, 2011
As a 35-year Columbia resident, I am fully aware of the role that the Merriweather Post Pavilion has played in our history and like most of our citizens have enjoyed many concerts there. I also know that the county landfill serves a valuable purpose, although I wouldn't want to live there. About three years ago we moved "down-wind" from Merriweather near Wilde Lake. Originally, we believed that the noise levels, pounding percussion and thunderous bass levels were an unexpected price to pay. I would joke with friends that we got a few dozen "free" concerts each year.
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By Mary Carole McCauley, The Baltimore Sun | June 21, 2014
"To day has bin a memorable day," Emilie Frances Davis wrote in a miniature diary on Jan. 1, 1863, the date the Emancipation Proclamation became law. "I thank God I have bin here to see it. The day was religiously observed, all the churches were open. We had quite a Jubilee in the evening. I went to Joness to a party, had a very blessest time. " Davis, a 21-year-old seamstress and freeborn black woman living in Philadelphia, was jotting down her feelings about the event that came to be known as Jubilee Day in one of three pocket diaries she kept from 1863 to 1865 during the height of the Civil War. The diaries, which somehow avoided destruction, are being published now for the first time.
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By Jacques Kelly, The Baltimore Sun | June 20, 2014
Carlton H. Dotson, a retired spokesman for the Maryland State Lottery and a tennis player who helped integrate the Druid Hill Park tennis courts in the late 1940s, died of complications from a stroke Wednesday at Union Memorial Hospital. A resident of Eutaw Place in Reservoir Hill, he was 82. Born in Baltimore and known as "Yummy," he was raised on Madison Avenue near Druid Hill Park. He was the son of Charles Edward "Blue" Dotson, a maitre d'hotel and Miller Bros. Restaurant bartender, and Lucille Harde, a homemaker.
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