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June 19, 2012
I, like many thousands of Baltimoreans, thoroughly enjoyed the Sailabration events of the last few days. The parade of tall ships, the Blue Angels, the sharing of international cultures, all were a delight to behold. The Inner Harbor never looked more beautiful and was never more infused with energy and excitement. I swelled with civic pride. But this civic pride was completely crushed when I happened upon the9/11 Memorialon Sunday. In an effort to better view the festivities, dozens of people were sitting on the marble slab, walking on top of it, and what is completely appalling, standing on the twisted beams from the World Trade Center.
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October 1, 2014
There should be no doubt that President Obama's disgusting and disrespectful salute to the Marines saluting him as he exited Marine One with a cup of coffee in his hand is actually how Mr. Obama really feels in his heart about our men in women in uniform ( "A disrespectful presidential salute," Sept. 27). In my 28 year of active service in two war zones I have never witnessed such a disregard for military custom and tradition, and it's a real shame that this was carried out by our commander-in-chief while our brave warriors serve in harm's way around the globe . Of course, Mr. Obama has not apologized for this, yet he apologizes all the time for our great country to the princes of the Middle east.
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By Jeff Shain, Tribune newspapers | April 28, 2011
John Smoltz understands the stigma he's facing when he tees it up on the Nationwide Tour this week. Hall of Fame talent in other sports often doesn't mean a whit on the golf course — sometimes glaringly so. Then again, the onetime Atlanta Braves ace brings more fairway cred to the South Georgia Classic than past athlete-turned-sponsor-exemptions. Just ask Tiger Woods . "Smoltzy? I had not played with an amateur that had shot the scores he shot," Woods said recently.
NEWS
September 29, 2014
The people who yell "O" at sporting events dishonor the flag and the National Anthem. They also make Baltimore people look like real jerks. I figured it out why they say "O" so loud and proud. It's the only word they know in the anthem. I guess they are also not bright enough to realize there is an "O" at the beginning of the anthem. But then they would have to know two words. Thomas Coburn, Rosedale - To respond to this letter, send an email to talkback@baltimoresun.com . Please include your name and contact information.
NEWS
March 10, 2013
State Sen. Robert A. Zirkin has shown his true colors by taking on Columbia Gas' proposed new natural gas transmission pipeline ("Senator, gas company clash over pipeline," March 3). Isn't it funny that he only fights the gas line when it comes across his property - and then tells the gas company to move it onto someone else's property? He even tried to go after one of the lobbyists' wives with a special bill crafted to only affect her. I thought he was just pompous, but now I see by his disregard for the people who elected him that he is arrogant as well.
SPORTS
By Kevin Cowherd | March 11, 2010
W ow, look what they've done to poor Gary Williams. First they moved the Maryland Terrapins up to No. 19 in the Associated Press Top 25. Then they named Greivis Vasquez first-team All-ACC and put Jordan Williams on the All-Rookie team. Then they named Vasquez ACC Player of the Year. And to top it all off, they named Williams ACC Coach of the Year at the same time. Oh, yeah, this is just killing Gary. Why? Because now he can't play the we-get-no-respect card to motivate the Terps as they head into the ACC tournament.
NEWS
March 14, 2014
There was a multitude of criticism of Fox News' Bill O'Reilly for his disrespecting the "office" of the president when he attempted to get answers from President Obama during his brief Super Bowl interview. The media castigated Mr. O'Reilly for repeatedly interrupting Mr. Obama when the president tried to evade the issue he was asked about and move on to the next question. But there is no media outrage for any form of disrespect for the president's treatment during his recent comedy show appearance ( "When Zach met Barack; pitching Obamacare online," March 11)
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By Los Angeles Times | December 1, 1993
WASHINGTON -- President Clinton, responding to outrage in the Muslim world over his meeting with British author Salman Rushdie, says he intended no disrespect toward followers of Islam.Although aides insisted Mr. Clinton was not apologizing for receiving the author of "The Satanic Verses," a book deemed blasphemous by millions of Muslims, the president's remarks yesterday appeared designed to soften the impact of last Wednesday's brief meeting, which was controversial even within the administration.
SPORTS
By Jeff Zrebiec | January 8, 2013
Ravens inside linebacker Ray Lewis said he did his trademark late-game dance on Sunday to honor “my time and my city,” not out of disrespect to the Indianapolis Colts. Lewis' response came a day after Colts veteran wide receiver Reggie Wayne told WNDE-AM in Indianapolis that he saw the dance, which occurred after the final kneel down of the Ravens' 24-9 victory at M&T Bank Stadium, as “disrespectful.”  It was Lewis' final home game after playing 17 seasons in Baltimore.
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BY A SUN STAFF WRITER | September 25, 2003
A 41-year-old Columbia man accused of shooting his younger brother after he heard him disrespect their mother - and smacking the wounded man in the face after he fell to the ground - was indicted yesterday on attempted murder and related charges. A Howard County grand jury returned the indictment against Martin K. Sierrah of the 5100 block of Flowertuft Court, charging second-degree attempted murder, felony and misdemeanor assault, handgun use and reckless endangerment in the shooting Aug. 24. Sierrah told investigators that he was tired of the disrespect his brother, Chad Hall, 32, had been showing him and their mother, according to charging documents.
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By Jon Meoli and The Baltimore Sun | July 24, 2014
Baltimore County police are investigating an incident in which a man in a Cleveland Browns jersey videotaped himself urinating on former Ravens owner Art Modell's grave, a spokeswoman said. “There is a statute on the books that regulates disorderly or indecent conduct in a cemetery,” county police spokeswoman Elise Armacost said in an email Wednesday. “They have to look at the video to see if the behavior depicted fits the statute. … Also, Pikesville officers are reaching out to the cemetery to see if they wish to pursue the matter, if indeed a crime did occur.” Also,  Pikesville  officers are reaching out to the cemetery to see if they wish to pursue the matter, if indeed a crime did occur.” Armacost said the incident would be a misdemeanor crime if pursued.
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By Jessica Anderson, The Baltimore Sun | April 22, 2014
A Woodlawn man was charged Tuesday with fatally shooting his neighbor, saying he felt "disrespected" when the victim left a Sunday cookout early, according to charging documents. Police said Brandon Jerome Stanfield, 30, shot and killed Michael Jefferson Jr., 39, inside his home on Rocky Brook Court after Jefferson left a cookout before Stanfield's family arrived, one witness told police, according to documents filed in Baltimore County District Court. Officers found Jefferson dead from multiple gunshot wounds inside his home shortly after midnight Monday after receiving reports of shots fired.
NEWS
March 14, 2014
There was a multitude of criticism of Fox News' Bill O'Reilly for his disrespecting the "office" of the president when he attempted to get answers from President Obama during his brief Super Bowl interview. The media castigated Mr. O'Reilly for repeatedly interrupting Mr. Obama when the president tried to evade the issue he was asked about and move on to the next question. But there is no media outrage for any form of disrespect for the president's treatment during his recent comedy show appearance ( "When Zach met Barack; pitching Obamacare online," March 11)
NEWS
January 22, 2014
Dan Rodricks ' column on Sunday ( "The insanity of city's 'disrespect' killings," Jan. 19) raises two important questions for parents: how do today's youth define respect and where did they learn it? Parents who demand obedience as a sign of respect overlook the fact that many children obey out of fear of harsh punishment, not respect. When parents hit their children when they are displeased, they teach the children to hit others when they are displeased. If we are ever to see the end of the senseless violence on the streets in Baltimore, parents need to demonstrate a new definition of respect, one that prohibits hitting and all the other humiliating acts they call discipline: screaming, name-calling, abandonment, neglect and abuse.
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Dan Rodricks | January 19, 2014
Two years after someone fired 18 bullets into his body, we finally know the reason Gregory McFadden died such a brutal death at the age of 27 in West Baltimore. He turned his back on a guy. It was disrespect, a malady that inflames the male ego and makes young men do terrible things. Disrespect has been around for centuries, of course, but its consequences have been particularly lethal in the age of the high-powered handgun. Killing someone because he disrespected you is a phenomenon that no amount of police power or community vigilance can seem to stop.
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By Jonah Goldberg | November 21, 2013
In Britain to promote her film "The Butler," Oprah Winfrey gave an interview to the BBC this month. Not surprisingly, she promoted her movie about race relations in the White House with comments about race relations and the White House. The BBC's Will Gompertz asked: "Has it ever crossed your mind that some of the treatment of Obama and the challenges he's faced and some of the reporting he's received is because he's an African-American?" Now there's a fresh take. Either Mr. Gompertz has been handcuffed to a radiator in someone's windowless basement for the last five years or, more likely, he was riffing off the suggested questions Ms. Winfrey's PR team handed out to interviewers.
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By Lisa Goldberg and Lisa Goldberg,SUN STAFF | February 13, 2004
A 42-year-old Columbia man who shot his half-brother after he heard him disrespect their mother was sentenced yesterday to a year in prison. Despite a mental health report that said Martin K. Sierrah is "an otherwise passive individual," Howard Circuit Judge Lenore R. Gelfman noted that alcohol was involved and said she was "not comfortable" releasing him from jail immediately, as his lawyer asked. "We certainly don't want Mr. Sierrah to hurt someone else," she said before imposing a four-year sentence for the first-degree assault, with all but one year suspended, and two years' supervised probation.
NEWS
June 20, 2011
I completely agree with your editorial "Why did Weiner resign?" (June 18.) What I can't understand is how these men, especially Bill Clinton, could have such disrespect for the office they hold. Jeanne M. Jones
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