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February 19, 2013
I would like to ask our lawmakers to have courage when it comes to the gun debate. Courage is a difficult thing at times, especially in times of heated emotional debate. I hope that our legislators will have courage to reject both the NRA's call to do nothing and Gov. Martin O'Malley's call to infringe on law abiding gun owners' rights. I hope that they will have the courage to look at the all of the data and make a decision based on that. It takes courage to look at data that might prove your ideas wrong, and it takes a lot of courage to admit you were wrong.
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By Phyllis Wilson | March 25, 2014
Throughout the month of March, we celebrate the history of American women whose contributions blazed trails for women's empowerment and equality. We look to the past to commemorate their stalwart determination to break down barriers in the face of adversity; and we look to the future as we continue this legacy of our mothers and grandmothers. Against social convention and often legal restraints, women have created a legacy that expands the frontiers of possibility for generations to come.
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NEWS
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Tim Smith, The Baltimore Sun | February 11, 2014
The theater scene in Washington during this frigid winter has been pretty hot. The latest example is "Mother Courage and Her Children," the classic Bertolt Brecht play in a potent revival at Arena Stage starring Kathleen Turner. Director Molly Smith, who guides this atmospheric, in-the-round production with a sure hand, has said she wanted to remind people of the "Her Children" in the title so that Brecht's searing anti-war, anti-hypocrisy sentiments are not the only take-homes. That goal has been realized, thanks to Turner's rich portrayal.
NEWS
February 13, 2012
What a surprise: The Sun's editorial board and op-ed writers are slamming the courageous, committed leader of the Roman Catholic Church in our archdiocese ("O'Brien's quixotic fight," Feb. 8). Why? Because, it would seem, birth control is an absolute good, pregnancy is unhealthy for women and children, and most Catholics - we are told - don't agree with the Church's view on contraceptives anyway. Let's imagine for a moment that the religious leader speaking out were neither Catholic nor Christian.
NEWS
By Russell Baker | 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.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Sloane Brown | 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.
FEATURES
By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | 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.
NEWS
By Scott Gold and Scott Gold,Tribune Newspapers | 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.
NEWS
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.
FEATURES
By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | 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.
NEWS
By Leonard Pitts Jr | September 11, 2013
Matthew Cordle does not want your admiration. He knows some people are finding inspiration in his courage. We are told this upsets him. He thinks they're missing the point. The point is, he killed someone. Vincent Canzani was a 61-year-old photographer, Navy veteran and father of two daughters. In the pre-dawn hours of June 22, he was traveling on I-670 in Columbus, Ohio, when his Jeep was struck head-on by a Toyota Tundra speeding east in the westbound lanes. Mr. Canzani died at the scene.
NEWS
By Leonard Pitts Jr | August 25, 2013
"So even though we face the difficulties of today and tomorrow, I still have a dream. " -- Martin Luther King Jr., Aug. 28, 1963 This is "tomorrow. " Meaning that unknowable future whose unknowable difficulties Martin Luther King invoked half a century ago when he told America about his dream. If you could somehow magically bring him here, that tomorrow would likely seem miraculous to him, faced as he was with a time when segregation, police brutality, employment discrimination and voter suppression were widely and openly practiced.
NEWS
Dan Rodricks | March 16, 2013
Many of us believe that capital punishment, first used in the Province of Maryland in 1638, should have been relegated to the trash heap long ago. Politicians in Annapolis had overwhelming evidence of its costly and debilitating flaws for many years, but too many refused to attach their names to repeal. Even in a state where they outnumbered Republicans 2-1, numerous Democrats feared being labeled soft on crime if they voted to end state executions. Indeed, the longtime president of the Senate, a Democrat, offered to personally inject poison into a convicted killer.
NEWS
February 19, 2013
I would like to ask our lawmakers to have courage when it comes to the gun debate. Courage is a difficult thing at times, especially in times of heated emotional debate. I hope that our legislators will have courage to reject both the NRA's call to do nothing and Gov. Martin O'Malley's call to infringe on law abiding gun owners' rights. I hope that they will have the courage to look at the all of the data and make a decision based on that. It takes courage to look at data that might prove your ideas wrong, and it takes a lot of courage to admit you were wrong.
NEWS
February 15, 2013
The Sun's editorial board commits the same sin they attribute to conservatives: selective editing of Dr. Ben Carson's speech and the reaction thereto ("The Carson Monologue" Feb 12). Did not Cal Thomas, a conservative icon, come out with a demand that Dr. Carson apologize to the president? The Sun piece made no mention. To quote from the great doctor's speech: "Enough said. " Did not Dr. Carson himself establish that six doctors signed the Declaration of Independence? The Sun piece made no mention.
NEWS
By Clarence Page | January 6, 2005
WASHINGTON -- A lot of us who remember her owe a debt to the late Shirley Chisholm. She taught us how to stick to principles, even when our friends think we're a pain in the neck. As warm praise deservedly accompanies the condolences for Ms. Chisholm, who died Saturday in Florida at age 80, I remember a time when the first black woman to be elected to Congress and the first to wage a major presidential campaign was not greeted as warmly as today's tributes sound. Coming from some lips, the glowing praise for her courage, her individualism, her tenacity and her "relentless activism" sounds like a nice way of saying that she could be, well, a pain in the neck.
NEWS
By Glenn C. Altschuler and Glenn C. Altschuler,Special to the Sun | June 3, 2007
Presidential Courage Brave Leaders and How They Changed America 1789-1989 By Michael Beschloss Simon & Schuster / 430 pages / $28 Published in 1956, John F. Kennedy's Profiles in Courage became a national best-seller. The book celebrated the uncommon courage of eight politicians who risked their careers by taking principled, but unpopular, positions. Kennedy won the Pulitzer Prize for "teaching patriotic and unselfish service to the people." Profiles in Courage is the model for Presidential Courage.
NEWS
January 17, 2013
Richard Vatz takes us on a meandering journey in his op-ed "Who will be our next profiles in courage?" (Jan. 15). He wonders "Where do our current leaders land on the courage criterion? ... Will they recognize, as one of my colleagues puts it, that outrage about the Newtown school shootings doesn't justify policies that cannot possibly stop or minimize such outrages?" It amazes me that leaders in our nation, which is rightfully proud of the contributions and enormous sacrifices made by "the greatest generation" in fighting World War II, go weak-kneed when confronted by the National Rifle Association.
NEWS
By Richard E. Vatz | January 14, 2013
One of the great works in politics and political rhetoric is John F. Kennedy's Pulitzer Prize-winning Profiles in Courage. Courage has always been important to the Kennedys, who created a Profile in Courage Award a generation ago, and the awards, although usually liberal in their basis, have included conservatives as well. The 1956 work itself is ideologically pretty balanced. The book, which I read decades ago and also very recently, concerns political courage, irrespective of political party or philosophy.
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