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May 29, 2014
For your paper to claim that six shootings in Baltimore City over the Memorial Day weekend is "dramatically fewer" than the 12 shot over the same period last year is absurd ( "Six people shot, three fatally, in Baltimore over holiday weekend," May 27), especially considering that three people died from gunshot injuries both years. For Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake to declare that some kind of progress is being made on crime based on the statistically lower number of shootings is outrageous.
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NEWS
June 19, 2014
Professional sports is not a rational undertaking. Fans will pay astronomical ticket prices, build palace-like billion-dollar stadiums for their teams and tattoo on their bodies the names of players who are themselves wholly indifferent to where they are playing. In the U.S., the most extreme example of such extreme behavior can be found around the National Football League, the nation's unofficial religion on Sundays, Mondays, Thursdays and some Saturdays, too. Just 40 miles to the south, the debate in Washington over the naming of that city's NFL franchise is threatening to reach levels of absurdity and national disgrace.
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NEWS
June 27, 2013
Police Commissioner Anthony W. Batts demonstrated courage for his public acknowledgment of the staffing shortage in the Baltimore City Police Department. ("City police: We need more," June 19) whereas Baltimore County Chief of Police James Johnson has presented a different story. Several years ago, I met with Chief Johnson and asked him to please make a public statement expressing the need for more officers in the county. He refused to do so, claiming that crime is down significantly.
NEWS
May 29, 2014
For your paper to claim that six shootings in Baltimore City over the Memorial Day weekend is "dramatically fewer" than the 12 shot over the same period last year is absurd ( "Six people shot, three fatally, in Baltimore over holiday weekend," May 27), especially considering that three people died from gunshot injuries both years. For Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake to declare that some kind of progress is being made on crime based on the statistically lower number of shootings is outrageous.
NEWS
May 4, 2002
THE CITY'S first new residential addiction treatment center in three decades has 135 beds and is said to be the largest facility of its kind in Maryland. But neither of those is its chief distinction. What makes it highly unusual in the United States is that residents in the lower Park Heights neighborhood actually asked the drug facility to locate there. "Denial produces fear of looking at yourself honestly. This is the first community that has broken through that denial," said Michael B. Harle, whose nonprofit organization, Gaudenzia Inc., runs the center.
NEWS
By Carl T. Rowan | October 28, 1996
MILWAUKEE -- I'm traveling across America trying to sell a few million copies of my book, "The Coming Race War in America." I'm learning a lot about my country.The first disturbing thing is that millions of white Americans are in absolute denial about the depth and breadth of white racism."I haven't got a racist bone in my body," they say, insisting that only "a few kooks like David Duke" or "a few nuts in groups like the Klan" are now pushing racist policies in this country.The denial may be great because anything else would get in the way of their argument that so much progress has been made toward racial equality that affirmative-action programs no longer are needed.
NEWS
By BARRY RASCOVAR | March 3, 1991
There is an alarming trend in this country that started during the Reagan years: denial of the obvious.Politicians learned they could sidestep prickly problems simply by denying that these problems existed. The morass known as the federal deficit is a classic illustration.We are witnessing the same phenomenon locally. What is crystal clear to most people isn't so obvious to those with ties to government.Teachers in Anne Arundel County want a 7 percent pay raise; firefighters in Baltimore still want a 6 percent raise, and teachers in Montgomery County are holding firm for a 6.5 percent raise.
NEWS
August 1, 1996
The County Commissioners will hear an appeal this morning of a planning department decision denying a proposed branch post office in Eldersburg.The plans were denied under the county's new interim growth-control law. The law says any development must pass adequate-facilities tests and be compatible with the way surrounding properties use land.Pub Date: 8/01/96
ENTERTAINMENT
By Paul Duke and Paul Duke,Special to the Sun | December 19, 1999
"Republic of Denial" by Michael Janeway. Yale University Press. 256 pages. $22.50.It is hardly news that politicians and the media are not among the most popular groups these days. Or that both stand condemned by many Americans for contributing to a public cynicism about government that has led to a deepening spirit of alienation.In an exceptionally strong indictment, Michael Janeway concludes that a dumbing-down of standards is at the heart of the disaffection. While no one suggests that the politicians and the press are co-conspirators, the author believes that a merging of mutual trends has eroded support for the civic community and made it more difficult to achieve a sense of common purpose.
SPORTS
Peter Schmuck | January 30, 2013
Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis was just a little too vague when he responded at Tuesday's Super Bowl media event to a Sports Illustrated report that he might have used a banned substance during his quick recovery from a triceps injury, so he delivered a much stronger denial at Wednesday's news conference at the team's hotel . Maybe that will quiet this strange controversy long enough for the Ravens to focus their complete attention on Sunday's title...
NEWS
By Cal Thomas | April 12, 2014
After his spectacular, but predictable, failure to move forward the "peace process" between Israel and the Palestinian side, Secretary of State John Kerry says the United States will now "evaluate" its role in the Middle East. Let me help: The peace process in the Middle East isn't working and it can't work when one side -- that would be the Palestinian leadership -- has no intention of settling for anything less than their ultimate goal of removing the Jewish people from the region.
NEWS
By Colin Campbell, The Baltimore Sun | February 26, 2014
The city vetoed plans Tuesday for a proposed open-air beer garden across from Cross Street Market in Federal Hill, but one of the owners says it'll open by Oktoberfest. "There will be a beer garden there come October," said the Crossbar owner, Brian McComas, who also owns Ryleigh's Oyster. How exactly he plans to make that happen isn't clear. The proposed beer garden in the first block of East Cross Street, which has been hotly contested by neighbors in the Federal Hill Neighborhood Association, was granted an expanded liquor license from the city's liquor board last week.
NEWS
By David Horsey | February 18, 2014
With the American South thawing out after a deep freeze, you can be sure that plenty of the folks are interpreting the big chill as more proof that global warming is a hoax. "Warming?" they scoff. "How can the planet be warming when it's so darn cold?" People in other parts of the world seem to have no great difficulty understanding the science, but in the good old USA, where quite a few people consider science just another political opinion, it is going to take a lot longer to get most people to accept the cold facts about a warmer world.
NEWS
By Jules Witcover | January 13, 2014
Not since Richard Nixon assured an audience of newspaper editors in 1973 that "I am not a crook" has a major political figure so conspicuously defended his character as New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has done in declaring, "I am not a bully. " The governor's remark in a mea culpa news conference in Trenton came in the context of the brouhaha over the closing of George Washington Bridge traffic lanes into the town of Fort Lee on the Jersey side. It was ordered by Mr. Christie aides as a vengeful act against the town's Democratic mayor, who had not supported the governor's re-election campaign last year.
SPORTS
By Jeff Zrebiec, The Baltimore Sun | October 9, 2013
A week after ESPN aired an interview in which he accused NFL commissioner Roger Goodell of orchestrating the Super Bowl XLVII blackout, outspoken Ravens rush linebacker Terrell Suggs took another shot at the league. Suggs said that he didn't see the two-hour Tuesday night airing of the PBS documentary called "League of Denial: The NFL's Concussion Crisis," which detailed the effect of concussions on NFL players and the league's response to head-related injuries.         However, that didn't mean that the longtime Ravens player didn't have an opinion on it. “I think it's very important,” Suggs said.
NEWS
By Noel Levy | July 4, 2013
Having lived in Baltimore for two decades, I've noticed an increased intensity of the storms we've had in just the last few years. From Hurricane Sandy to last summer's derecho, extreme weather is causing huge power outages and putting peoples' lives and property in danger. It is now well-established that overheated air and water, caused by the burning of fossil fuels and other pollution, is having influencing our weather patterns. When I turn on the local television news, I expect to hear accurate reporting on these trends.
NEWS
By Douglas J. Peddicord | January 21, 1992
IN A COUNTRY where more than a million teen-agers become pregnant each year, it seems terribly sad that it has taken the tragedy of basketball star Earvin "Magic" Johnson to focus us on the absolutely necessary discussion of "safe" sex.This single occurrence within the perpetually adolescent world of professional sports, with which so many young people identify, has exposed the blind eye our society turns upon the hazards of irresponsible sex in a way...
NEWS
June 27, 2013
Police Commissioner Anthony W. Batts demonstrated courage for his public acknowledgment of the staffing shortage in the Baltimore City Police Department. ("City police: We need more," June 19) whereas Baltimore County Chief of Police James Johnson has presented a different story. Several years ago, I met with Chief Johnson and asked him to please make a public statement expressing the need for more officers in the county. He refused to do so, claiming that crime is down significantly.
NEWS
May 16, 2013
Even the most jaded observer must acknowledge there's something admirable about the desire of so many living on Smith Island to see their community survive and prosper. Residents of this marshy (and shrinking in both population and real estate) archipelago on the lower Eastern Shore have had to overcome much in recent years, particularly as their chief means of livelihood, harvesting the seafood bounty of the Chesapeake Bay, has declined. But it's one thing to admire the hard work, independence and faith of Smith Island's residents - who number a mere 276, according to the 2010 Census - and it's another to deny the reality of their circumstances.
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