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By Linda R. Monk | September 18, 1995
ALEXANDRIA, VA. -- In honor of Constitution Day, which was celebrated yesterday, allow me to dispel the most popular myth about our government: In America, the majority rules.Wrong answer. One of the basic principles of the U.S. Constitution is that democracy is not an unmitigated good. That's why we have a Bill of Rights -- which gives individuals and minorities some protection against the tyranny of the majority. For, as James Madison recognized, a democracy can be just as despotic as any other form of government.
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By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun | August 5, 2013
Catherine L. Benicewicz, a retired substitute teacher who sought to keep alive the history of the Polish community that inhabited Brooklyn and Curtis Bay, died Saturday of kidney failure at Harbor Hospital. The lifelong Brooklyn resident was 94. The daughter of Polish immigrants, Catherine Leocadie Tarnowski was born in Baltimore and raised in Curtis Bay. Her mother was a homemaker while her father worked for 40 years at Davison Chemical Co., where he mixed vats of sulfuric acid.
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By Steven Bodzin and Mary Curtius and Steven Bodzin and Mary Curtius,LOS ANGELES TIMES | August 28, 2005
WASHINGTON - For Louise Leigh, a retired medical technologist, Sept. 16 will be a dream come true. It will be the first federally recognized Constitution Day, a national celebration of the U.S. government's founding document. It is just what she has sought since she founded the nonprofit organization Constitution Day Inc. in 1997. But as the big day approaches, the schoolteachers and federal bureaucrats who will be required to spread constitutional knowledge are confused about what to do - if they've heard of Constitution Day at all. Sen. Robert C. Byrd, a West Virginia Democrat, wrote the new holiday into the budget for the Education Department last December.
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September 18, 2006
TODAY CONSTITUTION DAY -- The Maryland Institute College of Art, Women for Mutual Security and the Maryland Chapter of the National Lawyers Guild will present a Constitution Day conference from 3 p.m. to 6:45 p.m. in Falvey Hall at the Brown Center, 1300 Mount Royal Ave. Experts will discuss executive power, the separation of powers and the role of international law in U.S. government policy. Admission is free. www.mica.edu. TOMORROW EISENHOWER SYMPOSIUM -- Entertainer and activist Harry Belafonte will speak at 8 p.m. as the first participant in the annual Milton S. Eisenhower Symposium in the Johns Hopkins University's Shriver Hall Auditorium, 3400 N. Charles St. This year's theme is "Finding Our Voice: The Role of America's Youth."
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By Sarah Abruzzese and Sarah Abruzzese,SUN STAFF | September 16, 2005
Americans know more about TV shows like Desperate Housewives than they know about the U.S. Constitution, according to Sen. Robert C. Byrd, a West Virginia Democrat. That is why he wrote a federal law into the Education Department budget. It requires students to observe the anniversary of the signing of the Constitution, Sept. 17, 1787. Tomorrow is Constitution Day - the 218th anniversary - and because it falls on a weekend, schools across the nation will either commemorate it today or next week.
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September 18, 2006
TODAY CONSTITUTION DAY -- The Maryland Institute College of Art, Women for Mutual Security and the Maryland Chapter of the National Lawyers Guild will present a Constitution Day conference from 3 p.m. to 6:45 p.m. in Falvey Hall at the Brown Center, 1300 Mount Royal Ave. Experts will discuss executive power, the separation of powers and the role of international law in U.S. government policy. Admission is free. www.mica.edu. TOMORROW EISENHOWER SYMPOSIUM -- Entertainer and activist Harry Belafonte will speak at 8 p.m. as the first participant in the annual Milton S. Eisenhower Symposium in the Johns Hopkins University's Shriver Hall Auditorium, 3400 N. Charles St. This year's theme is "Finding Our Voice: The Role of America's Youth."
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By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun | August 5, 2013
Catherine L. Benicewicz, a retired substitute teacher who sought to keep alive the history of the Polish community that inhabited Brooklyn and Curtis Bay, died Saturday of kidney failure at Harbor Hospital. The lifelong Brooklyn resident was 94. The daughter of Polish immigrants, Catherine Leocadie Tarnowski was born in Baltimore and raised in Curtis Bay. Her mother was a homemaker while her father worked for 40 years at Davison Chemical Co., where he mixed vats of sulfuric acid.
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By Linda R. Monk | September 17, 1997
ALEXANDRIA, Va. -- We the People. Nosotros el Pueblo. Do the words have any less power in Spanish than in English?Today, September 17, is Constitution Day -- the anniversary of the signing of that document in 1787 -- and it is also Citizenship Day. It is a time to reflect on what being an American citizen actually means.To many people, it means speaking English. Earlier this year, the Supreme Court punted on the issue in Arizonans for Official English v. Arizona, dismissing the case on procedural grounds.
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September 18, 2005
School board asks Ehrlich to name Gadberry to post Carroll County school board members have decided to name Patricia Gadberry as their preferred candidate for a vacancy on the five-member panel. Gadberry, of Sykesville, was selected in part because of her long service as a school system volunteer and because she has three children who attend county schools, board members said. Two weeks ago, the board forwarded a list of three names to Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr.'s office. By law, the governor fills board vacancies and is not required to choose from the list.
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Letter to The Aegis | April 5, 2012
Editor: The Richlin Ballroom was packed recently as the Harford County Republican Women held its annual outreach and fundraising event. Candidates for local and state offices joined elected officials, including Congressman Andy Harris, Senator Nancy Jacobs and Delegates Bill Frank, Glenn Glass and Wayne Norman and Diana Waterman, 1st Vice Chair of the Maryland Republican Party in supporting the HCRW. The HCRW is committed to vetting candidates and supporting them for election.
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By Sarah Abruzzese and Sarah Abruzzese,SUN STAFF | September 16, 2005
Americans know more about TV shows like Desperate Housewives than they know about the U.S. Constitution, according to Sen. Robert C. Byrd, a West Virginia Democrat. That is why he wrote a federal law into the Education Department budget. It requires students to observe the anniversary of the signing of the Constitution, Sept. 17, 1787. Tomorrow is Constitution Day - the 218th anniversary - and because it falls on a weekend, schools across the nation will either commemorate it today or next week.
NEWS
By Steven Bodzin and Mary Curtius and Steven Bodzin and Mary Curtius,LOS ANGELES TIMES | August 28, 2005
WASHINGTON - For Louise Leigh, a retired medical technologist, Sept. 16 will be a dream come true. It will be the first federally recognized Constitution Day, a national celebration of the U.S. government's founding document. It is just what she has sought since she founded the nonprofit organization Constitution Day Inc. in 1997. But as the big day approaches, the schoolteachers and federal bureaucrats who will be required to spread constitutional knowledge are confused about what to do - if they've heard of Constitution Day at all. Sen. Robert C. Byrd, a West Virginia Democrat, wrote the new holiday into the budget for the Education Department last December.
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By Linda R. Monk | September 17, 1997
ALEXANDRIA, Va. -- We the People. Nosotros el Pueblo. Do the words have any less power in Spanish than in English?Today, September 17, is Constitution Day -- the anniversary of the signing of that document in 1787 -- and it is also Citizenship Day. It is a time to reflect on what being an American citizen actually means.To many people, it means speaking English. Earlier this year, the Supreme Court punted on the issue in Arizonans for Official English v. Arizona, dismissing the case on procedural grounds.
NEWS
By Linda R. Monk | September 18, 1995
ALEXANDRIA, VA. -- In honor of Constitution Day, which was celebrated yesterday, allow me to dispel the most popular myth about our government: In America, the majority rules.Wrong answer. One of the basic principles of the U.S. Constitution is that democracy is not an unmitigated good. That's why we have a Bill of Rights -- which gives individuals and minorities some protection against the tyranny of the majority. For, as James Madison recognized, a democracy can be just as despotic as any other form of government.
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By Michael Dresser, The Baltimore Sun | September 18, 2012
Comptroller Peter Franchot urged Gov. Martin O'Malley and the General Assembly Tuesday to move to a system of immediate online disclosure of political donations and spending -- contending it would improve the transparency of government in Maryland. Franchot, who is widely considered a likely candidate for governor in 2014, told a Constitution Day gathering at Goucher College that last month's special legislative session on gambling expansion exposed the flaws in the current campaign finance system.
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By Richard Labunski | September 8, 2006
Almost every school and university will celebrate "Constitution Day" on Sept. 18. Sen. Robert C. Byrd added an amendment to a spending bill in 2004 requiring educational institutions getting federal funding to provide programs on the document's history on the anniversary of its signing. Students will likely learn how the Constitution was written and ratified, but that is not enough. They must think about what those words mean today. Their teachers and parents should discuss with them these major approaches to constitutional interpretation: Original Intent.
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