March 29, 2011
Jane W. Courtney, a former newspaper columnist, accomplished needlepoint worker and volunteer, died Thursday of a stroke at Greater Baltimore Medical Center. She was 76. The daughter of a salesman and a seamstress, the former Jane Weismuller was born and raised in Livingston, N.J. She was a graduate of Livingston High School. After her marriage to James M. Courtney Jr., a chemical engineer, in 1951, the couple lived in Newark, and later moved to Mendham, N.J. Mrs. Courtney studied writing at the County College of Morris in Morristown, N.J., and at New York University's New School.
August 20, 2012
Susan Reimer must have been in a hurry to excoriate Rep. Paul Ryan because she didn't bother to get her facts or her logic straight ("Ryan and the GOP's women problem," Aug. 16). When did Rep. Paul Ryan disrespect nuns? Ms. Reimer says the nuns' objections to Mr. Ryan's economic principles are a bellwether for other women voters. But she's so anxious to get that Democratic propaganda out that she gets the message garbled in the process. When Congressman Ryan was "jousting" with the Jesuit priests at Georgetown, I wonder if he got their opinion on abortion, same-sex marriage, birth control, etc. Mr. Reimer also mentioned that Mr. Ryan probably knows more about the budget than a lot of people, including the president.
March 24, 1991
Sports columnist Mike Littwin of The Sun was honored last week with a third place in the Best Columnist category of the annual Associated Press Sports Editors Contest.Littwin has finished in the top five of the national contest for three straight years. He earned second place and fifth place the previous two years. Mitch Albom of the Detroit News finished first, and Dan Shaughnessy of the Boston Globe (formerly of The Evening Sun) was second this year.Albom, who has finished first three consecutive years, and Littwin are the only columnists who have finished in the top five the past three years.
August 8, 2012
For his many years of public service,Robert L. Ehrlich Jr.has rightfully earned the respect of Maryanders. But as a columnist whose byline now includes the tag "Maryland chairman for the Romney presidential campaign," he's put in jeopardy any semblance of journalistic independence he may have had. For example, in his litany of purported differences between Obama-led liberals and tea party- inspired conservatives, Mr. Ehrlich now attributes the...
May 4, 2011
There’s no debating that Orioles legend Cal Ripken Jr. played in 2,632 consecutive games, an incredible streak that spoke volumes about the shortstop’s dedication, durability and caliber of play. The sports world stood still as Ripken took the field at Camden Yards for his 2,131st consecutive game on September 6, 1995 and broke the record Yankees great Lou Gerhig had held for 56 years. And even if we had somehow missed that night and the hundreds that came before it and there was a legitimate question about the identity of the standard bearer for one of the most celebrated records in sports history, those 2,632 box scores would be pretty compelling evidence in support of Ripken, right?
June 3, 2001
"The Columnist," by Jeffrey Frank. Simon and Schuster. 237 pages. $22. The temptation in this enjoyable little screed -- excuse me, intricate yet compact tale of our times -- is to figure out which Washington columnist Mr. Frank is hinting at. When asked, the author waves a hand and says nobody, and that may be true. It may in fact be everybody, parts of a previous generation, Reston, the Alsops, more venerable in the sepia rear-view mirror. Or the current tiresome establishment scrivners like George Will, William Safire and Cal Thomas.