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February 7, 2012
It's good to see that U.S. Sen. John McCainis still just as clueless as he was four years ago, but I'm sure the Chinese were not as amused as I was by his warnings that the "Arab Spring" was coming soon to China. It's too bad they didn't point out to Senator McCain that the "Arab Spring" has already come to America, under the banner of the Occupy Wall Street movement. I'm sure the senator would have found their remarks just as amusing as they found his. William Smith, Baltimore
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October 3, 2014
If America needed another reason to press ahead with rules requiring corporations to be more forthcoming about executive pay, it arrived recently in the form of a study from the Harvard Business School. Researchers asked ordinary folks: How much more do you think a CEO earns compared to the average worker? Regular people, being somewhat sensible by nature, reckoned a chief executive officer made about 30 times the average worker - not the entry level, mind you, but the average. Bless their little generous-but-aspirational hearts, that sounded pretty good.
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NEWS
October 29, 2011
The Sun's recent editorial regarding ground rents ("Fixing ground rent," Oct. 27) objects to the Maryland Court of Appeals finding that the legislature cannot just take property from ground rent owners. Of course, the legislation developed because of reporting by The Sun on abuses of the system by some in the past. However, you seem to feel that all current ground rent owners need to be punished because of this. Why is that? The government has data on who owns the ground rents, except their records are screwed up. My sister and I had a few properties turned over to us by a relative in 1992, and appropriate fees and paperwork were filed with Baltimore City.
NEWS
July 8, 2014
The clueless writer of your editorial "The Harris boycott" (July 7) totally blew off the fact that Washington, D.C., exists on federal money, and possession of marijuana is still a federal crime. You accused Rep. Andy Harris of not caring for the concerns of others, yet you support Gov. Martin O'Malley's constant thievery of taxpayers' pocketbooks, even though there are actual statewide polls that show that these taxes are not wanted. As for the boycott, that's another liberal joke.
NEWS
October 31, 2012
Robert Ehrlich Jr.'s recent column ("Obama's foreign policy reset has little to show for it," Oct. 28) could not be further from the truth when it states that Iran is "oh-so-close to acquiring a nuclear weapon. " In fact, our own intelligence agencies have stated that Iran has neither nuclear weapons nor a weapons program and ended its former program in 2003. Mr. Ehrlich has been wrong about his support for a disastrous war in Iraq, his calling for military action in Iran and his willingness to allow Israel to dictate U.S. foreign policy.
NEWS
April 1, 2012
President Barack Obama deserves a hearty "Thank You" from the millions of Americans who are alarmed by historically high gasoline prices for unveiling his sure-fire fix of the problem: tune-ups, algae, windmills, proper tire inflation, the Chevy Volt and a pipeline to nowhere ("Facing heat over gas price rise, Obama vows to speed pipeline's southern leg," March 24). Barry C. Steel, Phoenix
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By Maureen Dowd | August 28, 1995
Hollywood -- EDITH WHARTON WILL never eat lunch in this town again.She was hot here, until "The Age of Innocence" drooped at the box office. Then scripts for "The Custom of the Country" and "The House of Mirth" expired on the shelf.Now there's a new hot writer who likes happy endings. "Clueless" transports the 19th-century novel "Emma" to a Beverly Hills high school, with cell phones replacing card games, malls replacing villages, and "an overwhelming sense of ickiness" replacing "a continual state of inelegance."
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By David Hunter and David Hunter,The Hollywood Reporter | July 19, 1995
A hilarious "clued-in" comedy about cellular-phone-packing Beverly Hills high schoolers, Amy Hecker- ling's "Clueless" sports a terrific cast, sparkling dialogue loaded with slang and a hip soundtrack of pop tunes. OK, it's also plotless and borderline brainless, but that won't stop the Paramount release from cashing in substantially with the teen-age and young adult crowd.Alicia Silverstone ("The Crush") plays rich, spoiled, sweet-natured Cher, our guide into a world where self-assured but likable brats try to make over those with less refined tastes while struggling down the always-rocky road to maturity.
NEWS
April 10, 2008
Americans are more concerned these days about the economy than at any time in more than a decade, and editorial cartoonists have been happy to jump on the bandwagon, poking fun at economically clueless politicians, Federal Reserve officials and housing bust victims. Last week, 42 percent of the public paid very close attention to news about the economy, down only slightly from a 15-year high of 45 percent the previous week, a Pew Center survey shows.
NEWS
By Dan Rodricks | November 12, 2001
I HAVEN'T heard anyone complain about increased security at BWI, and what I have here isn't a complaint so much as a suggestion that in addition to their beefed-up training and better pay and benefits, airport security personnel should get a little indoctrination in Beloved Local Legends. Not that BLL's are above scrutiny. But I can't say I feel any safer having heard that Johnny Unitas got the metal-detector wand treatment at BWI recently by a security guard who seemed clueless as to whom it was he was scanning.
NEWS
May 19, 2013
The scandals at the White House in the last few days and the lack of knowing what was going on does not wash ("IRS head forced to go," May 16). The IRS in Ohio targets conservative groups, but the interim head of the IRS located in Washington gets fired. Why doesn't the person in charge of the Ohio office get fired? Could it be she will spill the beans on who directed her to do this? The Attorney General's office subpoenas phone records of the Associated Press, but does Eric Holder get fired?
NEWS
October 31, 2012
Robert Ehrlich Jr.'s recent column ("Obama's foreign policy reset has little to show for it," Oct. 28) could not be further from the truth when it states that Iran is "oh-so-close to acquiring a nuclear weapon. " In fact, our own intelligence agencies have stated that Iran has neither nuclear weapons nor a weapons program and ended its former program in 2003. Mr. Ehrlich has been wrong about his support for a disastrous war in Iraq, his calling for military action in Iran and his willingness to allow Israel to dictate U.S. foreign policy.
NEWS
April 1, 2012
President Barack Obama deserves a hearty "Thank You" from the millions of Americans who are alarmed by historically high gasoline prices for unveiling his sure-fire fix of the problem: tune-ups, algae, windmills, proper tire inflation, the Chevy Volt and a pipeline to nowhere ("Facing heat over gas price rise, Obama vows to speed pipeline's southern leg," March 24). Barry C. Steel, Phoenix
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Susan Reimer | March 14, 2012
A stay-at-home dad, offended by a television commercial that made dads look like dummies, has used social media — the same cudgel that forced Bank of America to back off last year from plans to hike fees — to get the makers of Huggies disposable diapers to take the ad off the air. But the real surprise might be that everybody was very polite about it. Chris Routly of Allentown, Pa., stays home to care for 3-year-old Tucker and 14-month-old Coltrane...
NEWS
February 14, 2012
A brief but fatuous article, "The Lonely Life of the Lowly Copy Editor"  by Yoni Goldstein in Canada's National Post  manages to retail every creaky cliche about the craft and its practitioners while displaying a startling ignorance of what is involved in editing.   The copy editor, we are to understand, is a socially awkward creature assigned to tend to minuscule errors after the reporters and assigning editors have vetted...
NEWS
February 7, 2012
It's good to see that U.S. Sen. John McCainis still just as clueless as he was four years ago, but I'm sure the Chinese were not as amused as I was by his warnings that the "Arab Spring" was coming soon to China. It's too bad they didn't point out to Senator McCain that the "Arab Spring" has already come to America, under the banner of the Occupy Wall Street movement. I'm sure the senator would have found their remarks just as amusing as they found his. William Smith, Baltimore
NEWS
May 26, 2006
Kenneth L. Lay and Jeffrey K. Skilling tried to present themselves as clueless victims in the Enron collapse, but the jurors who convicted them yesterday in Houston weren't convinced. Could the two executives have been half-right, though? Preposterous as it is to argue that others, inside or outside the company, took advantage of them, they were victims nonetheless - victims of their own bad judgment and of their swagger and belief in their own power. They were victims of their overweening self-regard, of the notion that they weren't merely the smartest guys in the room (to crib from the title of a book about Enron)
NEWS
October 27, 2011
The recent editorial ("Understanding the environment," Oct. 25) supporting the amendment to the Elementary and Secondary Education Act that would require United States public schools to teach environmental literacy is right on target. Not to teach our children about "the forces that are changing our planet" would leave future generations clueless. It's very like bears, foxes, wolves and other animals not teaching their offspring to hunt for food, avoid prey or find safe shelter.
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By Diane Brown, dmbrown@comcast.net | December 15, 2011
In the moment it took him to put one foot into the house, with the other foot still outside beyond the storm door, the plumber told me about the slave quarters he had seen in western Howard County. "Oh yeah," he said, raising the right foot from the front step into the hallway, "me and my buddies, we used to go up there to those slave quarters and sit on top of the roof and hunt. It was sumthin'. And they got some of those slave quarters on a bunch of farms all over the county.
NEWS
October 29, 2011
The Sun's recent editorial regarding ground rents ("Fixing ground rent," Oct. 27) objects to the Maryland Court of Appeals finding that the legislature cannot just take property from ground rent owners. Of course, the legislation developed because of reporting by The Sun on abuses of the system by some in the past. However, you seem to feel that all current ground rent owners need to be punished because of this. Why is that? The government has data on who owns the ground rents, except their records are screwed up. My sister and I had a few properties turned over to us by a relative in 1992, and appropriate fees and paperwork were filed with Baltimore City.
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