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January 22, 2013
Like many Americans, for years I wanted to believe Lance Armstrong. He had the aura of a hero, a testicular cancer survivor's story and seven consecutive Tour de France victories ("Armstrong lays out story of his doping," Jan. 18). In hindsight, the scenario was too perfect. For so long, we truly wanted to believe while not allowing our minds to ponder the unthinkable. At one time, Armstrong walked on rarefied air. He was an international megastar, and he was one of our own. That same air is suddenly rife with the stench of a cheat, a liar and a scourge of the masses who once revered him. Patrick R. Lynch, Nottingham
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NEWS
September 29, 2014
Reginald V. Truitt was a zoologist at the University of Maryland and a pioneer in scientific studies to better understand and protect the precious resources of the Chesapeake Bay. In 1925, Truitt founded the Chesapeake Biological Laboratory in Solomons, which became the foundation for what is now the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science (UMCES). It is truly fitting that UMCES has a prestigious environmental award in his name, but what would Truitt think of the most recent award winner?
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NEWS
February 22, 2012
The only bigger disgrace than the Maryland Senate failing to remove Sen. Ulysses Currie from his job was the Ethics Committee's prior hearing on the matter which recommended Mr. Currie's censure ("Disgrace in the Senate," Feb. 19). It was troubling to this reader to learn that a freshly retired Maryland Court of Appeals judge appeared before that committee with his new client and his client's other already retained counsel to give the judge's pedigree of integrity to someone who was a criminal in all but name.
NEWS
By Erin Cox and The Baltimore Sun | September 18, 2014
The war of words in the race for governor escalated Thursday as Republican Larry Hogan called his Democratic rival a liar and asked him to take down a series of "slanderous" advertisements. "I've been around politics for a long time. I know it's a rough and tumble business," Hogan told reporters at his Annapolis headquarters. "This is the most deceitful, most dishonest campaign that I have ever witnessed in my entire life. " Hogan said Lt. Gov. Anthony G. Brown's television spots mischaracterize his positions on abortion, gun control, tuition rates, taxes and pre-kindergarten.
NEWS
December 11, 2011
Wow, two baseball players will receive $331 million to play a game ("Angels sign Pujols, Wilson," Dec. 9). That's almost obscene, yet we applaud it. I've been an educator for 25 years. I get up every morning at 5 o'clock, drive 50 miles one way to work and spend the day educating and caring for special education children. While I haven't done the math, I would imagine that Mr. Pujols makes more in a week than I make in a year - or two. Don't get me wrong. I love my work, but it would be a great day when educators make millions of dollars and ballplayers made thousands.
NEWS
May 14, 2013
The other day I sat down to watch some of the coverage of the Benghazi hearings and almost spit out my drink in utter dismay at the ignorance and incompetence of Rep. Elijah Cummings ("U.S. diplomat details attack in Benghazi," May 9). Now, mind you this is the big bad congressman who was mad as heck and tried to convict baseball stars of perjury for lying to Congress under oath on an issue many Americans could care less about - steroid doping. In the Benghazi hearings, he could care less about the whistle blowers and suggesting death was a part of life.
NEWS
February 17, 2012
In using his public office for private gain, Sen. Ulysses Currie disgraced the Maryland Senate. Today, in rendering its final judgment on that offense, the Senate has disgraced itself. The upper chamber of the Maryland General Assembly voted unanimously to censure Senator Currie for failing to disclose his paid work on behalf of Shoppers Food Warehouse. He loses any possibility of ever regaining his committee chairmanship or climbing the ranks of the Democratic leadership, but those sanctions are meaningless.
NEWS
February 16, 2012
Given that in 2011 Maryland ranked last in job creation and 44 t h in having a business-friendly environment, some response is required. We could start by getting rid of the Baltimore Development Corporation, the Maryland Department of Business and Economic Development, and any other public or quasi-public group that has business development in its charter. Think of all the millions of dollars we could save and put to better use, like lowering the personal and corporate tax rates here.
NEWS
December 15, 2011
The street brawl between the Xavier and Cincinnati men's basketball teams Sunday brings to light what big-time intercollegiate sports has become ("Ohio prosecutor will consider criminal charges after Cincinnati-Xavier basketball brawl," Dec. 12). You have thugs and hoodlums with a gangster mentally being recruited to play basketball and football. After listening to the rambling harangue by one of the Xavier players post-game, all I could think was, "do these goofballs actually attend and pass college courses?"
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By Harry Merritt and Harry Merritt,Sun Staff | February 6, 2000
"Disgrace," by J.M. Coetzee. Viking. 220 pages. $23.95. When David Lurie, an English literature professor, pressures one of his female students into a sexual relationship she does not want, his life begins to unravel. The student charges him with harassment and David, 52, is forced to resign, his reputation in ruins. That predicament opens "Disgrace," a tough, sad, stunning novel by J.M. Coetzee, set in post-apartheid South Africa. "Disgrace" won the 1999 Booker Prize, making Coetzee, a white South African, the only two-time winner of Britain's highest literary honor.
NEWS
By Jules Witcover | August 11, 2014
On the 40th anniversary of Richard Nixon's resignation as president, his admission of guilt has finally been made public in a 1983 videotaped interview with him by an old White House aide. Speaking of the "smoking gun" White House tape in which he talked about raising hush money for the arrested Watergate burglars, Nixon tells aide Frank Gannon: "This was the final blow, the nail in the coffin. Although you didn't need another nail if you were already in the coffin, which we were.
NEWS
June 1, 2014
I am not surprised but I am appalled by Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake's recent comments about the shootings over the holiday weekend ( "Six people shot, three fatally, in city over holiday weekend," May 27). Apparently she feels that going from 12 shootings and three deaths to six shootings and three deaths is an "improvement. " Really? An improvement for whom? The shooters? Their accuracy went from 25 percent to 50 percent. Unbelievable. Three deaths is three too many. Paul M. Rose - To respond to this letter, send an email to talkback@baltimoresun.com . Please include your name and contact information.
NEWS
May 23, 2014
If there is one criticism that is most consistently delivered by the opponents of Lt. Gov. Anthony G. Brown in his quest to replace Gov. Martin O'Malley, it is that he is a paragon of the status quo, the anointed son of an insular Democratic Party establishment. If he wanted to prove his critics' point, he could not have found a more damning way to do it than with his support for disgraced state Sen. Ulysses Currie for re-election. Mr. Currie is facing a spirited primary challenge in the 25th District in Prince George's County, which Mr. Brown used to represent in the House of Delegates.
NEWS
By Brian Griffiths | February 6, 2014
John Leopold just won't go away quietly. Over a year after he was convicted of misconduct and resigned in disgrace as Anne Arundel County executive, Leopold is still in court trying to get his conviction overturned in time for February 25th. Why then? Because that's the deadline for candidates to file to run for office in Maryland this year. Leopold's near desperate Hail Mary to get his conviction overturned has more to do with his inability to run for office than it does with his disagreement with the conviction or any public embarrassment that he was outed for his boorish behavior.
NEWS
By Greg Kline | January 22, 2014
I wrote a couple of weeks ago questioning whether the Republicans in the Maryland State Senate would provide spirited opposition to Senate President Mike Miller's agenda . The first test, the vote for Senate president, showed little organized opposition to the status quo in the state Senate. Now, another key vote shows that the diagnosis of "Stockholm Syndrome" among Senate Republicans was right on the nose.  Emergency legislation to save the O'Malley/Brown administration from their disastrous roll-out of the Maryland Health Exchange was passed by the state Senate on a 38-8 vote .  The Republicans who opposed the bill pointed out that the state exchange should be short-circuited completely rather than doubling down on a bureaucratic failure.
NEWS
June 19, 2013
Regarding Gov. Martin O'Malley's decision to petition the EPA fuel standards on behalf of the Carnival Cruise Line, I urge Carnival to move its operations from Baltimore to Beijing or Somalia ("O'Malley lobbies EPA on fuel rules," June 16). Maryland doesn't need to suck up to any corporation trying to pull off an economic development blackmail scheme on it. It's also clear that the United States doesn't need a future president who is so quick to compromise the state and nation's well being in the name of a big polluter and political contributor.
NEWS
July 20, 2011
Why don't those running down former mayor Sheila Dixon realize that they too may have some hidden sins that may not be as public as hers ("A Dixon comeback?" July 14)? We are the most accusatory people on earth. I understand that those in authority have a greater responsibility to display good character and integrity, and I know she did wrong. But she paid for her crime, and people still aren't satisfied. They want her to keep on paying her debt to society forever. The truth is that Ms. Dixon loved Baltimore, and there has been a great vacuum since she left.
NEWS
April 27, 2010
Once again, Baltimore is becoming the scourge of the sporting nation. Mr. Ridgely aptly pointed out yesterday in this paper that the advertising agency handling the Preakness this year has made an utter folly of the race itself. These advertisers would much more readily encourage infield-goers to race on top of the portable potties than attend (and actually watch) the pivotal race of the Triple Crown. I wouldn't be surprised if several of the representatives from the advertising agency have participated in the drunken shuffle in their pasts.
NEWS
May 14, 2013
The other day I sat down to watch some of the coverage of the Benghazi hearings and almost spit out my drink in utter dismay at the ignorance and incompetence of Rep. Elijah Cummings ("U.S. diplomat details attack in Benghazi," May 9). Now, mind you this is the big bad congressman who was mad as heck and tried to convict baseball stars of perjury for lying to Congress under oath on an issue many Americans could care less about - steroid doping. In the Benghazi hearings, he could care less about the whistle blowers and suggesting death was a part of life.
NEWS
May 13, 2013
I am personally bowled over by the not-so-proactive Gov. Martin O'Malley and his shrewdly-schemed spin on the catastrophic events at the Baltimore Detention Center ("Spinning corruption," May 1). The news of the goings-on at the BDC was such a pertinent item it was picked up by news agencies the world over. The prisoners were running the show under the big tent. How was Mr. O'Malley going to spin this one? First, he absolved himself of any involvement by placing himself outside the realm of accountability.
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