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October 12, 2012
Gallaudet University President T. Alan Hurwitz's decision to suspend the university's chief diversity officer for signing a democratic initiative to put same-sex marriage on Maryland's ballot violates her right to free speech and diversity itself ("Gallaudet official suspended for signing anti-gay marriage petition," Oct. 11). In the first place, Angela McCaskill acted privately, and not as a representative of the university. Second, her apparent view of legalized homosexual unions is obviously in the minority among the leadership of the university, making it not only subject to majority oppression but a spot of intellectual diversity.
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By Kit Waskom Pollard and For The Baltimore Sun | September 24, 2014
Belvedere Square, with its hip artisanal vendors, has earned its stripes as a food-lovers' destination. The area just to its south, now home to a handful of casual, capable eateries, is poised to piggyback on that success. The newest of these restaurants is Flight American Fusion Restaurant & Bar. Opened in late August, Flight is a casual spot with an interesting menu, including a wide variety of vegetarian dishes and flavors inspired by the many different cuisines found in America.
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NEWS
November 5, 2012
It was gratifying to see the photograph of the Johns Hopkins students who have developed the new device, "FastStitch," for closing abdominal wounds ("The Future of Suture?" Nov. 1). Why? Because they were such a conglomeration of ethnicities and races and cultures. I hope the young supporters of the perennial isolationist presidential candidate Ron Paul will see the value in our porous borders. Students, and permanent residents, come to this country, make their contributions, and either stay, making ours a better place to live, or take their knowledge home and make their own countries better.
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By Michael Dresser and The Baltimore Sun | September 21, 2014
A diverse coalition of business groups, unions and transit advocates is urging Maryland voters to put a constitutional "lockbox" on state transportation funds, making it harder for governors and lawmakers to divert the money to other purposes. Andrew Feldman, a spokesman for the coalition, said more than a dozen groups will contribute money to back Question 1 on the Nov. 4 ballot, which would for the first time give transportation funding explicit protection in the state Constitution.
NEWS
June 17, 2011
Janet Gilbert's column "The college we visited was mighty nice … and mighty white" (June 16) is a good example of racism. The student population was judged on skin color alone. Ms. Gilbert has taught her child to see only color. The wonderful diversity of cultures such as Greek, Italian, Hungarian, English, Canadian, French, Irish, Scottish, Norwegian, Polish, Czech, Swedish and Finnish — plus the many combinations thereof — were completely ignored. Hopefully, her children will be wise enough to see beyond skin color.
NEWS
November 1, 2010
Whether it was a "political revival for the left" or a modern day vaudeville show, the most striking visual of the crowd at the Jon Stewart/Stephen Colbert gathering on the National Mall was its lily white demographics ( "Comedy? Politics? Crowd at 'Sanity' rally sees both," Oct. 31). Who would have guessed? I thought it was only supposed to be tea party gatherings and Republican conventions that were lacking in diversity. Actually, this was nothing out of the ordinary for the so-called progressives.
NEWS
November 14, 2012
The second term victory for President Barack Obama proves that there is opportunity for candidates of all types of race, ethnicity and gender throughout the country. This gives people an opportunity that they never thought they had. The intent is not to rub mud in the face of the majority population. But we must admit to ourselves that President Obama won because of the support of many different demographics. I think that this brings America to the realization that all people are created equal and have opportunities to be in leadership positions.
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By John-John Williams IV, The Baltimore Sun | October 3, 2012
Sobeidy Vidal sees a dearth of Hispanic models and designers in high fashion. It's been the driving force behind Latin Fashion Week for the past 12 years. "Our country is represented by a number of different cultures," she said. "They should be represented on the runway. " Vidal's brainchild, "Ola! DC 2012" by Latin Fashion Week, kicks off Friday at the Washington Convention Center. The three-day event will be an opportunity to highlight the diverse talents of models, designers and stylists from around the globe, according to Vidal.
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By Pamela Wood, The Baltimore Sun | January 31, 2014
The chiefs of Anne Arundel's fire and police departments told state lawmakers Friday that they're working to increase diversity within their ranks. Police Chief Kevin Davis and Fire Chief Michael Cox outlined recruitment plans at the request of delegates after complaints that the departments don't hire enough minorities compared to area demographics. The issue came to a head last summer when a 72-member fire recruit class included just three minorities, prompting an association representing black firefighters and the local chapter of the NAACP to call for a federal review.
NEWS
January 28, 2014
Regarding the recent article on the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra's OrchKids program, while Dan Trahey may see a metaphorical connection between society an orchestra, what is striking about the photographs of his class is their homogeneity ( "Dan Trahey helps make OrchKids a national model for helping disadvantaged kids," Jan. 26). Are there no children from ethnic backgrounds besides African American to enjoy the BSO's programs? I don't wish to bash OrchKids, the BSO, or Mr. Trahey's enthusiasm.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Tim Smith, The Baltimore Sun | September 14, 2014
Far from the smoothest production imaginable, and a little too reminiscent of a typical, lightweight PBS fundraiser, the "Star-Spangled Spectacular" concert Saturday night at Pier Six nonetheless delivered a decent level of entertainment for a sizable, enthusiastic crowd. In his opening remarks, the host, actor John Lithgow, called the program "a tribute to a great national treasure, American music. " That meant mostly the pop side of the musical spectrum, of course, since this event was nationally broadcast and nothing too classical would likely have been approved.
NEWS
By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | August 22, 2014
A proposed amendment to Maryland's constitution that would prevent funding diversions from the state's Transportation Trust Fund has been finalized — ready for voters to decide its fate in November. John P. McDonough, Maryland's secretary of state, certified the language of the proposed amendment last week. It will appear on Nov. 4 ballots as "Question 1. " The so-called "lockbox" amendment was pushed through late in last year's legislative session, and is aimed at preventing the trust fund — bolstered by the state's new gas tax — from being depleted for state needs unrelated to transportation.
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By Gregory Rodriguez | July 15, 2014
An Irishman, a Jew and a Mexican walk into a bar. It's a classic set-up line for a classic American joke. But it's also a means of coping with our diversity. We need such jokes. Despite all our slogans to the contrary, diversity such as ours isn't always easy to negotiate. Humor is just one of the ways Americans navigate, narrate, expose and otherwise unburden ourselves of the absurdities and pitfalls of living in such a complicated place. Eight years ago, Harvard political scientist Robert Putnam released a now-famous study concluding that diversity lowers social trust.
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By Scott Dance, The Baltimore Sun | June 26, 2014
BOONSBORO -- In three months on the Appalachian Trail, Jim Parkins has met a federal judge, a doctor, countless Boy Scouts, marijuana-smoking college graduates, and a married couple who celebrate their anniversary each year by feeding hikers for a week. "People who would never talk to each other in the world get along great," said Parkins, a 53-year-old resident of Derby, Conn., as he rested his legs and smoked a cigarette near Annapolis Rock, a popular landmark with a spectacular view of the Cumberland Valley.
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By Joe Burris, The Baltimore Sun | June 22, 2014
Four candidates in the Howard County Board of Education primary election hail from the county's northeast region, an area that historically has been devoid of board representation. Olga Butler and Corey Andrews of Elkridge, and Leslie Kornreich and Christine O'Connor of Hanover each ran in the previous election, and Kornreich has run twice. They are among 13 candidates vying for four seats on the seven-member board. The board is non-partisan and members serve at large. Candidates from other areas of the county are Bess Altwerger of Columbia; Tom Baek and Cynthia L. Vaillancourt of Clarksville; Dan Furman of Simpsonville; and Zaneb Beams, Allen Dyer, Maureen Evans Arthurs, Sandra French and Mike Smith, all of Ellicott City.
NEWS
By Gregory Rodriguez | June 19, 2014
America - arguably the world's most diverse, innovative, and surprising nation - is becoming a lot more predictable. And boring. According to the most recent Pew Research Poll on political polarization, Americans are becoming more consistently liberal or conservative in their opinions, and ideological thinking is much more aligned with political party membership than before. This means that the overlap between the two parties that existed two decades ago - when there were conservative Democrats and liberal Republicans - is gone.
NEWS
By Gregory Rodriguez | July 15, 2014
An Irishman, a Jew and a Mexican walk into a bar. It's a classic set-up line for a classic American joke. But it's also a means of coping with our diversity. We need such jokes. Despite all our slogans to the contrary, diversity such as ours isn't always easy to negotiate. Humor is just one of the ways Americans navigate, narrate, expose and otherwise unburden ourselves of the absurdities and pitfalls of living in such a complicated place. Eight years ago, Harvard political scientist Robert Putnam released a now-famous study concluding that diversity lowers social trust.
NEWS
By Jonah Goldberg | February 24, 2014
Cancel the philosophy courses, people. Oh, and we're going to be shuttering the political science, religion and pre-law departments too. We'll keep some of the English and history folks on for a while longer, but they should probably keep their resumés handy. Because, you see, they are of no use anymore. We have the answers to the big questions, so why keep pretending there's anything left to discuss? At least that's where Erin Ching, a student at Swarthmore College, seems to be coming down.
NEWS
By Andrea R. Bowden | June 12, 2014
Digital Harbor High School is a diverse, inclusive and successful school that prepares students for computer technology careers, college and productive citizenship. Recent media coverage about tensions among small groups of black and Latino students would suggest a divisive culture, but nothing could be further from the truth. Our demographics, philosophy and daily dealings with each other belie such a notion. Our 1,352 students - roughly three quarters of which are male to one quarter female - come from every sector of the city and 35 countries.
NEWS
By John L. Hudgins | June 2, 2014
As the nation moves toward President Obama's goal of college degrees for 60 percent of Americans by 2020, the role of historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) becomes even more important - particularly in Maryland, where 48 percent of African American students attend one of four HBCUs, compared with 16 percent nationwide. A college degree is more important than ever, with the pay gap between college graduates and non-graduates reaching a record high last year. According to a Washington Post report, graduates earned on average nearly double the hourly rate of non-graduates.
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