February 24, 2011
I am deeply moved by the courage Maryland state senators are showing — and I hope delegates will also soon demonstrate — in voting for marriage equality. It is especially profound that some of these legislators are voting for a relational construct that they do not personally commend. That level of civic consciousness, supporting equanimity even when it is uncomfortable, and claiming the dignity of constituents with whom they do not find an affinity, is the stuff that will bring this Free State of Maryland to its fullness.
July 5, 1995
WELL, IT looks like Congress is going to stop this flag desecration that's been going on. Going on somewhere. Not sure where anymore.Went on all the time everywhere, though, back in Vietnam War days. At least everywhere a television camera caught an anti-war demonstrator in its view finder.Congress is going to fix that.Next time there's a Vietnam War there's going to be none of that burning the flag, none of that sewing the flag on the seat of your pants and sitting on it.Congress is going to amend the Constitution to stop it. That's right: the Constitution Itself.
March 19, 2000
The first thing you noticed in the lobby at Martin's West was the long line. The second thing was the sportsmanlike behavior of these fervent football fans. After all, they were about to get autographs from many of the top players in the National Football League -- players voted tops in personal courage by their teammates. Honorees for the 22nd annual Ed Block Courage Awards banquet included: the Ravens' Peter Boulware, the Patriots' Drew Bledsoe, the Steelers' Chad Scott, the Titans' Steve McNair and former Detroit Lion Mike Utley, who received the Alumni Courage Award.
September 13, 2009
LOS ANGELES - -Thousands of uniformed firefighters gathered for a memorial service in Dodger Stadium on Saturday to honor as heroes two firefighters killed in the massive wildfire burning in the Angeles National Forest. Fire Capt. Tedmund "Ted" Hall, 47, of San Bernardino County, and Firefighter Specialist Arnaldo "Arnie" Quinones, 34, of Palmdale, "served with dedication, courage and, during their last alarm, with absolute bravery and selflessness," Los Angeles County Fire Chief Deputy John Tripp said at the service.
September 13, 2013
In the early days of the HIV/AIDS crisis, when diagnoses were far more likely to kill than they are today, those in Baltimore who lost their fight with the dreaded disease were memorialized with small tiles mounted in the lobby of Chase Brexton Health Care in Mount Vernon. On Thursday, as Chase Brexton prepares to move to its new offices in the historic Monumental Life Building, about 75 family members and friends of those memorialized in the "Wall of Courage" took a candlelight march to mark the transfer of the memorial.
March 26, 1992
John F. Kennedy, in his Pulitizer-Prize-winning book, "Profiles in Courage," gave three reasons why it is so difficult for elected officials to be courageous. First, all politicians want to be liked. Second, politicians want to get reelected. And third, interest groups exert enormous pressure on legislators to get their way. Ignoring all these factors is often difficult for lawmakers.It certainly was in Annapolis over the past two weeks. A surprising number of legislators, especially from Baltimore County, caved in on all three counts and voted against a package of new taxes to keep state and local governments from running aground.