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September 17, 2010
As Don Meredith (former quarterback of the Dallas Cowboys and Monday Night Football analyst) used to say, "If ifs and buts were candy and nuts, we'd all have a Merry Christmas. " Patricia Jessamy apologists complain that, but for Sheryl Lansey's entry into the race for Baltimore City state's attorney, Ms. Jessamy would have been re-elected ("3rd-place finisher doesn't mind being called a 'spoiler,'" Sept. 17). Applying that dubious rationale, Bill Clinton would still be chasing skirts in Arkansas and Hillary Clinton would still be practicing law in Little Rock and making tons of money as an astute commodities trader if not for H. Ross Perot.
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By Morgan Eichensehr and The Baltimore Sun | October 9, 2014
Attention all creatures of beer habit -- with Baltimore Beer Week kicking off Friday and running through Oct. 19, it's time to branch out from your Bohs and Buds. We spoke with Baltimore brewers and bar managers and asked them to recommend their favorite specialty, limited-release and one-of-a-kind beers to give Baltimoreans the perfect opportunity to experiment with taste. All will be available during beer week, so go ahead and try something fruity and crisp or dark and earthy for a change.
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NEWS
April 20, 2010
I am getting used to the normal socialistic, secular, nonmoral ethic of The Sun, but Susan Reimer's column ("Old rules no longer apply in Roethlisberger case," April 19) takes the cake, candles and utensils. If my sons (and I have two in their 20s) tried to force themselves on a drunk woman, I would be outraged, and it would take a long time for me to get over it, even if they were drunk (yet another rationalization by the nonmoral left to not blame themselves for bad behavior)
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By Leonard Pitts Jr and By Leonard Pitts Jr | September 18, 2014
"I think they're going too far with Ray Rice. " So said a civil servant I know only in passing, making small talk the other day. No, it is not the majority opinion, but neither is the guy alone. Last week, USA Today quoted women fans who pointedly support Rice, the NFL star dropped by the Baltimore Ravens and indefinitely suspended by the league this month for a February incident in which he cold-cocked his then-fiancee (now wife) Janay Palmer. "I've met the guy," said one. "He's such a sweet guy. " "I'm supporting him all the way around," said another woman, herself a survivor of domestic abuse.
NEWS
October 22, 2013
No doubt Ravens Coach John Harbaugh will tell reporters that he was proud of the comeback performance of the Ravens last Sunday, but he needs to realize that his job here in Baltimore is to win and not just to look good (" Harbaugh's latest gamble backfires, Ravens speed it up and more from Sunday's loss," Oct. 21). Decisions have brought about our present team makeup. Mr. Harbaugh has said the organization had to make business decisions in the off-season and let certain players go to another team.
NEWS
February 22, 2010
Ahhh, me, another inane, ranting commentary by Susan Reimer ("Where a terrorist and '60s child converge," Feb. 22). This time comparing the Christmas Day bomber to a child of the 60's. She actually admits that she can "almost understand" what fuels so many jihadists! Somehow it's related to the choice of cereal in the grocery store. I'm sorry, I just can't seem to connect the dots. First of all, Ms. Reimer refers to the suspect, Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab as a "pious young man" confused and disappointed by the actions of others around him. She blames Victoria's Secret models, female network evening news anchors (just female?
NEWS
February 20, 2013
Letter writer Don Mathis of the Community Action Partnership insists in one breath that he is not a shill for the Obama Administration, then in the next tries to convince readers what a wonderful job the president is doing ("Obama speech was about strengthening the middle class," Feb. 17). Really? Mr. Mathis claims unemployment is going down when the reality is that it is climbing. The work force has declined considerably since the onset of this administration, making the unemployment rate much higher than touted by mainstream media outlets and a complicit Sun. Accordingly, Mr. Mathis may be right about the auto industry not crashing, but he forgot to mention the billions of dollars it owed to taxpayers that we will never recover.
NEWS
Leonard Pitts Jr and Leonard Pitts Jr | March 27, 2014
What excuses will they make this time? Meaning that cadre of letters-to-the-editor writers and conservative pundits who so reliably say such stupid things whenever the subject is race. Indeed, race is the third rail of American conscience; to touch it is to be zapped by rationalizations, justifications and lies that defy reason, but that some must embrace to preserve for themselves the fiction of liberty and justice for all. Otherwise, they'd have to face the fact that advantage and disadvantage, health and sickness, wealth and poverty, life and death, are still parceled out according to melanin content of skin.
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By Richard E. Vatz | July 6, 2010
For those of us who have been self-proclaimed conservatives for a long time, there is not a lot of ambivalence concerning our personal core values and ethics. Among our most important first premises are support for personal responsibility, avoiding dependence, and rejection complaining and whining when things don't go our way as a result of our personal weaknesses. One of the most difficult examples concerning one of these precepts is the question of whether one should make excuses to explain a failure.
SPORTS
By Edward Lee | October 25, 2011
In the grand scheme of things, Billy Cundiff's miss from 52 yards in the third quarter wouldn't have turned Monday night's 12-7 loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars in the Ravens' favor. But the kicker wasn't inclined to give himself a free pass in the locker room beneath Everbank Field in Jacksonville. “As a Raven, that's probably my worst one,” said Cundiff, who has made 59-of-70 field goals in three seasons with the Ravens. “It's a tough situation in the sense that with my position, there's really no re-do's.
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Peter Schmuck | September 12, 2014
The same simple question comes up every time another major league baseball player tests positive for a controlled substance during this era of universal testing, and it's fair to apply it to Orioles slugger Chris Davis. How could anyone be this stupid? The testing protocols are known to every player. The rules are posted in every clubhouse. There are a couple of decades of steroid scandal in the rear-view mirror and the performance-enhancing drug era is littered with players who have endangered their team's playoff chances by either failing to clear a substance with the team's medical staff or taking the chance that they won't be caught.
NEWS
September 2, 2014
Gary Sullivan's commentary defending the actions of the National Security Agency is full of faulty arguments ( "Too much of a good thing," Aug. 27). First of all, the Fourth Amendment is the law and was established at the time of this country's founding. No one needs to "get out and vote" in order to be protected by it from government spying. In any case, the NSA's policies were kept secret so no one could have voted to support or oppose them in the first place. To those who are concerned about the NSA violating their privacy, Mr. Sullivan offers nothing more than the empty, self-serving claim that the NSA is too busy saving our lives to do so. The NSA is a massive organization staffed by human beings.
NEWS
September 1, 2014
The general election is still more than two months away but here's a bit of friendly advice to candidates hoping to win office in Maryland: Don't use the Conowingo Dam as an excuse to stop cleaning up the Chesapeake Bay. That would seem like common sense but it's become increasingly clear that damning the dam has become a popular political strategy. Republican gubernatorial candidate Larry Hogan released a 30-second ad through his website last month that essentially blames the Conowingo for the bay's woes and urges voters to fight back against other pollution-fighting strategies endorsed by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Democratically-controlled state government.
NEWS
July 28, 2014
Ray Rice is a true role model ("NFL misses its chance to send a message," July 25). An athlete, actor or other public figure is not a role model simply because they are a public figure. They become role models only when they do something worthy of attention and emulation. Sure, Mr. Rice messed up. But he also demonstrated in full public view the absolute correct way to behave when you do mess up. And how many of us haven't messed up one way or the other? Mr. Rice has taken full responsibility for his actions, with no excuses, justifications or blaming of others.
NEWS
June 27, 2014
A Sun poll asked non-voters what their excuse was for not showing up on Election Day ("What Maryland thinks," June 25). Short of an emergency affecting oneself or a near relative, there are none. Maryland's non-voters are bad citizens, and The Sun should stop giving them cover. Katharine W. Rylaarsdam - To respond to this letter, send an email to talkback@baltimoresun.com . Please include your name and contact information.
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Dan Rodricks | June 25, 2014
In Ukraine last month, some people braved the threat of violence to get to the polls to vote for a new president. According to news reports, heavily armed men in ski masks tried to scare off voters by smashing ballot boxes and blocking entry to polling stations in the eastern part of the country; election officials were threatened, some kidnapped. In Maryland, we just had a primary election to nominate candidates for governor - you know, like the president of Maryland - and the voter turnout was embarrassingly low . The vast majority of registered Democrats and Republicans did not participate.
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By JOHN EISENBERG | May 3, 1992
LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- The excuses flew. Flew a lot faster than Arazi."I think he could have used another prep race before this," jockey Pat Valenzuela said.The horse with wings suddenly was just another eighth-place finisher with mud in his eyes. It was not a pretty sight."To be honest," said trainer Francois Boutin: "I was pushed a little by my [owners] to bring him here. Our preparation was always rushed."Jet-propelled excuses instead of a jet-propelled colt. Too bad.No horse in Kentucky Derby history was treated with such fanfare.
NEWS
By Leonard Pitts Jr | June 22, 2014
The signs were all there. This is what jumps out at you in perusing postmortems of the two greatest surprise attacks in American history. In the days and weeks leading up to Dec. 7, 1941 and Sept. 11, 2001, there were numerous clues that seem neon in hindsight, but which no one pursued. Or, as then-CIA Director George Tenet famously said of 9/11: "The system was blinking red. " In response to each attack, exhaustive probes were launched to determine whose incompetence allowed the disaster to happen.
NEWS
June 6, 2014
I'm greatly disappointed in the June 4 editorial "Brown on the defensive. " It's an attempt to sound impartial when, in fact, the writer is grasping at all straws to convince Marylanders that Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown is competent and worthy of our trust. How many times have we heard politicians fall back on the, "I was out of the loop" claim? It stinks! What's worse is that it took since Oct. 1, 2013, to come up with this lame excuse. Perhaps it's not as lame as it appears. If he was placed out of the loop, it could definitely provide some cover for a lame heir-apparent to the governorship throne.
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