January 19, 2010
It is laudable that children remembered Rev. Luther Martin Luther King Jr. at Port Discovery with crafts, quilting squares and music ("Artful Tribute to King," Jan. 18). Other than that, not much was said about Mr. King, possibly due to the fact that we have an articulate, attractive African-American as president of the United States. Mr. King's goals and aspirations may seem irrelevant and outdated, but while some issues, such as public accommodations, have seen vast improvement, there are other areas championed by Mr. King that have seen little change -- economic justice and an end to poverty, universal health care, the beginning of the end of the deadly arms race, as well as the on-going maiming and killing in Iraq and Afghanistan.
October 22, 2012
For Kyle Kauffman, cerebral palsy is a hurdle, not a wall. He has a high school diploma, a Facebook account and a dorm room at Stevenson, where he majors in public history and manages the men's soccer team. "Soccer is probably the most beautiful sport there is," said Kauffman, of Lancaster, Pa. But for his physical disability, he would have played the game. Tuesday night, when Stevenson hosts Hood at 7 p.m., Kauffman will get that chance. To honor their manager, the Mustangs will suit him up, introduce him with the starters and play the 21-year-old senior at forward for the first few minutes of the game.
July 11, 2012
Lauren Gibson has always dreamed big, even when she was sporting an extra-small Lake Shore Lightning softball uniform that drenched her as the 4-year-old batgirl for her older sister's club team. Set to turn 21 next month, the former Chesapeake-AA standout has found a uniform that fits just fine these days, while fulfilling that lifelong dream. In her second year as a member of the USA women's national team, Gibson has become a fixture as its starting second baseman. Team USA will compete in the Women's World Fastpitch Championships set to begin Thursday in Whitehorse, Yukon, Canada. "To be able to play for my country is just amazing," said Gibson, an All-American at Tennessee who will be a senior this fall.
January 8, 2010
Mark McGwire is returning to baseball as the Cardinals' hitting coach. Could he also be making a cameo as a player? Manager Tony La Russa , in an interview with the Contra Costa Times, mentioned the possibility of putting McGwire on the team's active roster on Aug. 31 so he'd be eligible to play in the postseason, if the Cardinals are in the race. "If we're in contention, we'll put him on the roster. It's a nice little dream," La Russa said. "Is it likely? Probably not. But I don't think it's a zero possibility."
December 27, 2012
I read with great interest the article, " Columbia Association to open new fitness club in Rouse Co. building," in the Dec. 20 issue of the Columbia Flier. What was conveniently omitted from the article is the alleged plan to limit membership to upper-end professionals: professionals who prefer working out with others of their vocational/economic stratum. Moreover CA is paying for the addition - $2.4 million - with assessment fees paid by Columbia residents. If upper-end professionals want a separate facility they should pay for it. The planned location, the Rouse Co. building, of this - exclusive - facility adds insult to injury. Jim Rouse's dream for the new city did not include demographic distinctions based on class, economics or vocation.
January 14, 2011
Some students at Bates Middle School dream of stopping global warming, others of living in expensive houses, and others of being honor roll students. Sheryl Menendez tells them to dream big but reminds them that no dream is too small or too trivial, and then she works with them to make their dreams realities. Menendez is executive director of the Annapolis-based, nonprofit Restoration Community Development Corp., which founded the Gems and Jewels Mentoring Program for Bates students in 1998 and later for Annapolis Middle School.