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March 28, 2013
Why would the Associated Black Charities want former Mayor Sheila Dixon, a convicted criminal, to speak at their event ("Dixon plans decision on return to politics," March 27)? Ms. Dixon was convicted of stealing gift cards intended for the poor. If I had done this crime, plus violating my probation, I would have been fired and sent to jail, and I certainly would not be receiving an $83,000 (of our tax money) annual pension. I guess it pays to be a politician. It seems that there is a wide disparity between the honest, everyday, taxpaying citizens and politicians!
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August 8, 2014
Jason Blavatt and Ellen Ginsburg Simon ask "Why is Israel held to a double standard?" ( "Hamas' unjust war," Aug. 4), It is true that there is a double standard for Israel, but not in the way that is suggested. Israel's violation of international laws is almost always overlooked while the media focuses instead on comparing Israel favorably with "rogue" states. Were Israel to be held to the same standards as we expect of most other countries, you would find that it falls far short of holding the high moral ground that it claims.
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NEWS
February 21, 2014
After reading the Jonathan Lowy's recent commentary, I was stunned to learn of the extent to which the Italian government invests in protecting its citizens and children from the merchants of death at work in the U.S., where profits for gun manufacturers like Beretta soar to grotesque heights ( "Beretta's economic blackmail," Feb. 13). Equally disturbing is the absence of conscience and ethics demonstrated by politicians whose priorities are focused on collecting "donations" from those working to dismantle gun safety legislation in the U.S. It is clear that U.S. gun violence is something Mr. Beretta has no interest in subjecting himself to, given his choice to endure the daily "disrespect" of Italian gun laws that ensure his own safety.
NEWS
June 13, 2014
Does anyone recall last season's July 27 game with Boston when a "mature" David Ortiz started a loud argument with the home plate umpire who called him out on strikes? The Red Sox player was physically restrained by his teammates, but he continued to shout at the umpire all the while, went into the visitor's dugout, annihilated the wall telephone with three swings of the bat, almost hitting a teammate in the head (the teammate had to duck to avoid being annihilated along with the phone)
NEWS
June 13, 2014
Does anyone recall last season's July 27 game with Boston when a "mature" David Ortiz started a loud argument with the home plate umpire who called him out on strikes? The Red Sox player was physically restrained by his teammates, but he continued to shout at the umpire all the while, went into the visitor's dugout, annihilated the wall telephone with three swings of the bat, almost hitting a teammate in the head (the teammate had to duck to avoid being annihilated along with the phone)
NEWS
June 19, 2013
Regarding your article about Gov. Martin O'Malley's efforts to pressure the Environmental Protection Agency to relax its "clean fuel" requirements for large cruise ships, it seems that both the Royal Caribbean and the Carnival lines have hinted they might move their businesses out of Baltimore Harbor If the EPA doesn't back down ("O'Malley lobbies EPA on fuel rule," June 16). The governor's press secretary even said that some 220 jobs and about $90 million a year could be lost to our region if the cruise lines make good on their threat.
NEWS
June 10, 2013
I was intrigued by your recent article about the Garrett County sheriff's refusal to enforce the state's new gun control law ("Sheriff won't enforce gun law," June 6). The really interesting part of the article was the quote from H. Scott Curtis, chief counsel to the attorney general's office of courts and judicial affairs, who said sheriffs and state's attorneys have an obligation to enforce state laws. "They have to consider the oath that they took when they took office and that is an oath to uphold the Constitution of the United States, the Constitution of Maryland and Maryland laws," Mr. Curtis said.
NEWS
November 20, 2013
Given the money that you want readers to pay for digital access, perhaps you can hire an intern to do just a bit of research before you print typically slanted editorials like the recent one on President Obama's appointments to the federal bench ( "Senate obstructionists run wild," Nov. 19). To say that "obstruction has gotten out of hand, and the Democrats' failure to do anything about it makes them look weak" - especially in regard to filling seats in the D.C. Court of Appeals - is perfectly laughable.
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By Jean Marbella, The Baltimore Sun | November 17, 2012
OK, I'm done. I've had my fun clicking through every last story, tweet and meme about Betraeusgate. I already know how this movie ends, eventually. Somehow, the men will be fine — time will pass, and they'll get invitations to join corporate boards and speak at management seminars about leadership and motivation. The women? They'll be invited to pose in Playboy. Some things never change, especially sex scandals such as the current one, over the resigned CIA director David Petraeus' affair with his totally "All In" biographer Paula Broadwell.
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By Leonard Pitts Jr and By Leonard Pitts Jr | May 22, 2014
What if he had smacked her one? She's going after him with fists and feet. What if he had defended himself in kind? Or what if he had been the one who attacked her without physical provocation? Would it still be funny? As we all know from a leaked elevator surveillance video that has been replayed countless times on television and online, that's not how it happened. Instead, rapper and businessman Jay Z deflected the blows and at one point caught a kicking foot in midair, but otherwise made no aggressive moves as his sister-in-law, singer Solange Knowles, whaled on him. Beyonce -- his wife, her sister -- watched without interfering, and an overmatched bodyguard tried to keep the peace.
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By Leonard Pitts Jr and By Leonard Pitts Jr | May 22, 2014
What if he had smacked her one? She's going after him with fists and feet. What if he had defended himself in kind? Or what if he had been the one who attacked her without physical provocation? Would it still be funny? As we all know from a leaked elevator surveillance video that has been replayed countless times on television and online, that's not how it happened. Instead, rapper and businessman Jay Z deflected the blows and at one point caught a kicking foot in midair, but otherwise made no aggressive moves as his sister-in-law, singer Solange Knowles, whaled on him. Beyonce -- his wife, her sister -- watched without interfering, and an overmatched bodyguard tried to keep the peace.
NEWS
February 21, 2014
After reading the Jonathan Lowy's recent commentary, I was stunned to learn of the extent to which the Italian government invests in protecting its citizens and children from the merchants of death at work in the U.S., where profits for gun manufacturers like Beretta soar to grotesque heights ( "Beretta's economic blackmail," Feb. 13). Equally disturbing is the absence of conscience and ethics demonstrated by politicians whose priorities are focused on collecting "donations" from those working to dismantle gun safety legislation in the U.S. It is clear that U.S. gun violence is something Mr. Beretta has no interest in subjecting himself to, given his choice to endure the daily "disrespect" of Italian gun laws that ensure his own safety.
NEWS
November 20, 2013
Given the money that you want readers to pay for digital access, perhaps you can hire an intern to do just a bit of research before you print typically slanted editorials like the recent one on President Obama's appointments to the federal bench ( "Senate obstructionists run wild," Nov. 19). To say that "obstruction has gotten out of hand, and the Democrats' failure to do anything about it makes them look weak" - especially in regard to filling seats in the D.C. Court of Appeals - is perfectly laughable.
NEWS
July 1, 2013
We surely seem to have become a nation of the double standard. I read with interest several articles in The Sun concerning the trending Paul Deen issue ("Turning back the clock?" June 25). Seems odd that some of the same folks who wish to distance themselves now from Ms. Deen because of an alleged slur she uttered 30 years ago have no problem plugging products from Martha Stewart, a convicted felon. I do not wish to judge either one but I think a good percentage of America needs to take a good look at themselves in the mirror.
NEWS
June 19, 2013
Regarding your article about Gov. Martin O'Malley's efforts to pressure the Environmental Protection Agency to relax its "clean fuel" requirements for large cruise ships, it seems that both the Royal Caribbean and the Carnival lines have hinted they might move their businesses out of Baltimore Harbor If the EPA doesn't back down ("O'Malley lobbies EPA on fuel rule," June 16). The governor's press secretary even said that some 220 jobs and about $90 million a year could be lost to our region if the cruise lines make good on their threat.
NEWS
June 10, 2013
I was intrigued by your recent article about the Garrett County sheriff's refusal to enforce the state's new gun control law ("Sheriff won't enforce gun law," June 6). The really interesting part of the article was the quote from H. Scott Curtis, chief counsel to the attorney general's office of courts and judicial affairs, who said sheriffs and state's attorneys have an obligation to enforce state laws. "They have to consider the oath that they took when they took office and that is an oath to uphold the Constitution of the United States, the Constitution of Maryland and Maryland laws," Mr. Curtis said.
NEWS
By Leonard Pitts Jr | February 12, 2002
"LOOK HOW white I am," he writes. "Am I lame or what?" That's Rick Reilly's "Life of Reilly" column from the Feb. 4 edition of Sports Illustrated. Several readers have passed it along, inviting comment from your humble correspondent, who is happy to oblige. For those who missed it, Mr. Reilly's piece delineates what he sees as a double standard that allows black athletes to insult white people with impunity. How, he wants to know, could Shaquille O'Neal get away with writing in his book how embarrassing it is to be dunked on by a white guy?
NEWS
March 28, 2013
Why would the Associated Black Charities want former Mayor Sheila Dixon, a convicted criminal, to speak at their event ("Dixon plans decision on return to politics," March 27)? Ms. Dixon was convicted of stealing gift cards intended for the poor. If I had done this crime, plus violating my probation, I would have been fired and sent to jail, and I certainly would not be receiving an $83,000 (of our tax money) annual pension. I guess it pays to be a politician. It seems that there is a wide disparity between the honest, everyday, taxpaying citizens and politicians!
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