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June 18, 2013
In Sunday's opinion piece, Archbishop William E. Lori opines that he can't understand why as people become more educated, they turn away from religion ("Religious freedom under threat at home," June 16). But the answer is right there in his article, if only he took the time to read what he was writing. But I'll give him a hint. Mr. Lori used the word "faith" over and over, yet he doesn't seem to understand what the word means. Maybe a trip to the dictionary would help. Mine says faith is, "a strong belief ... based in spiritual apprehension rather than proof.
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By Kaitlin Thomas | September 18, 2014
It sounds great on the surface that there would actually be a place in the world where opportunity and money abound, knowing no imaginable limits. Almost as though a new life, full of the freedoms, finances and prospects, is ripe for the picking from the American Dream tree. Such is the too-good-to-be-true nature of this centuries old image that has charmed foreigners to uproot their lives, families and futures to cross a border into an immense unknown: the glistening USA. But, as they say, all that glitters is not gold - something to keep in mind when considering crossing an arbitrary line in the hopes it could change one's life so radically and, more importantly, effortlessly.
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NEWS
January 21, 2011
Ron Smith, in his rush to defend lax gun laws ( "Face the facts: Gun control laws don't save lives," Jan. 22) appears to have stumbled on his own reasoning when he pointed out that Congresswomen Gabrielle Giffords also owned a Glock like the one used in the assassination attempt. What good did her Glock do her? Was she able to protect herself or any other victims? If neither she nor the assassin had access to such lethal weapons, would not many of lives have been saved? It appears that many advocates for lax gun laws ignore the obvious: A handgun is an offensive and not a defensive weapon.
NEWS
March 16, 2014
There are two glaring fallacies in the editorial "More study needed on birth injury bill" (March 13). The first is that medical malpractice awards affect practice closings. There is no credible evidence to support this. This "medical myth" keeps surfacing, despite lots of evidence to the contrary. The second is that only well to do families will be able to "afford" to hire good attorneys and pay witnesses. Plaintiffs lawyers do not charge clients but take a portion of an award should they win. The real tragedy is that medical malpractice caps limit the ability of malpractice firms to take on cases unless there is a strong likelihood that the award will provide meaningful compensation for the family, plus cover the law firm's expenses, which often run into the hundreds of thousands of dollars.
NEWS
March 7, 2014
The efforts involved in redesigning the SAT are misdirected because there continues to be no rational basis for classifying test-takers in terms of the outcome ( "SAT to be redesigned, focus more on classroom learning," March 5). A knowledgeable test-maker can design a test to yield whatever average score is desired and to correlate test outcomes with an almost limitless set of criterion measures. But the plain fact is that correlation is not causation. Never was and never will be. Every human being alive is prepared to take the next step in his or her development throughout life.
NEWS
By Thomas Sowell | June 23, 2005
AFTER THE devastating disease of polio was finally conquered by vaccines in the 1960s, the number of people afflicted declined almost to the vanishing point. Some people then began to see no need to take the vaccine, since apparently no one was getting polio anymore, so who was there to catch it from? The result was a needless resurgence of crippling and death from this terrible disease. The kind of thinking involved in the polio fallacy has appeared in many other contexts. When some public disorder gets under way and a massive arrival of police on the scene brings everything under control immediately, many in the media and in politics deplore such "overreaction" on the part of the police to a minor disturbance.
NEWS
March 4, 2004
FINALLY, the central fallacy of the governor's plan to legalize slots takes center stage in Annapolis: These machines won't raise enough money to cure Maryland's long-term structural budget deficit. Not even the gambling industry's many lobbyists make that claim. Del. Sheila E. Hixson, the Montgomery County Democrat who chairs the House committee that will consider the slots bill passed last week by the Senate, underscored that truth this week by bluntly declaring, "We're not going to do slots unless we have taxes, too" - at least $500 million a year in new taxes, to be more precise.
NEWS
By GEORGE F. WILL | June 19, 1994
Washington. -- President Clinton, having produced a radical response to the spurious crisis in health care, now produces a mild response to the lethal crisis in welfare.The crux of his welfare plan is the supposed two-year limit on benefits, after which recipients must find work or take subsidized private- or public-sector jobs. Such jobs are apt to be make-work and can be perpetual, so this looks a lot like welfare as we have known it. However, facts are slowly being faced, beginning with the Hemingway Fallacy about poverty.
NEWS
By Stephen Kiehl and Stephen Kiehl,stephen.kiehl@baltsun.com | October 16, 2008
Less than five minutes into last night's presidential debate, John McCain started talking about a man he called "Joe the Plumber," who didn't think he would benefit from Barack Obama's tax plan. And Kevin Heron, a senior at McDaniel College, began scrawling on his bingo card. He was among 50 students playing "Debate Fallacy Bingo" - a game devised by McDaniel professors to show how the candidates' arguments often fail basic tests of logic.
NEWS
By Sue Miller and William Thompson and Sue Miller and William Thompson,Evening Sun Staff Reporter William Thompson contributed to this story | November 13, 1991
Gov. William Donald Schaefer today said he plans to continue his support for mandatory testing of doctors for AIDS, despite the fact that his council on the disease has come out against that approach."
NEWS
March 7, 2014
The efforts involved in redesigning the SAT are misdirected because there continues to be no rational basis for classifying test-takers in terms of the outcome ( "SAT to be redesigned, focus more on classroom learning," March 5). A knowledgeable test-maker can design a test to yield whatever average score is desired and to correlate test outcomes with an almost limitless set of criterion measures. But the plain fact is that correlation is not causation. Never was and never will be. Every human being alive is prepared to take the next step in his or her development throughout life.
NEWS
December 14, 2013
I have seen several letters posted in response to The Sun's recent advocacy for an increase in the federal gas tax ( "The toll on America," Dec. 5). All of them contain amusing fallacies. One fellow wants to abolish the federal gas tax and simply rely on state taxes to fund roads. I'm wondering if he thought of the federal-state start-up formula for road projects, which now requires the feds to pay 80 percent of the cost. Clearly that policy could not be in effect if the federal government no longer collected gas tax revenues.
NEWS
December 10, 2013
As The Sun's Michael Dresser reported Monday Morning , Maryland ranks 4th in the latest scorecard released by the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence. Maryland was one of several states that enacted more restrictive gun laws in the wake of the Newtown school shooting last December, cheered on by the editorial page of many a newspaper including this one .  Many supporters of gun rights are claiming ridiculous things, such as Vinnie DeMarco's outrageous claim in Dresser's piece that "We're going to save a lot of lives with this new law. " Nothing of course could be further from the truth.
NEWS
June 18, 2013
In Sunday's opinion piece, Archbishop William E. Lori opines that he can't understand why as people become more educated, they turn away from religion ("Religious freedom under threat at home," June 16). But the answer is right there in his article, if only he took the time to read what he was writing. But I'll give him a hint. Mr. Lori used the word "faith" over and over, yet he doesn't seem to understand what the word means. Maybe a trip to the dictionary would help. Mine says faith is, "a strong belief ... based in spiritual apprehension rather than proof.
NEWS
By Robert B. Reich | November 22, 2012
The Justice Department has entered into the largest criminal settlement in U.S. history with the giant oil company BP, in connection with the 2010 disaster in the Gulf of Mexico that killed 11 people and caused the worst oil spill in American history. BP pleaded guilty to 14 criminal counts, including manslaughter, and agreed to pay $4 billion over the next five years. This is nonsensical. BP isn't a criminal. Corporations aren't people. They can't know right from wrong. They're incapable of criminal intent.
NEWS
October 25, 2012
I was a little confused by Marie-Alberte Boursiquot's recent letter ("Catholic doctors for traditional marriage," Oct. 20). The headline over it says traditional marriage, but in her letter she uses the term "authentic marriage. " I had never heard that expression and neither Google or Wikipedia was of any help. Seems they have never heard it either. Ms. Boursiquot says that the best published scientific evidence indicates that marriage between one man and one woman in a stable relationship is the optimal situation for the healthy development of children.
EXPLORE
February 22, 2012
Throughout time, each society determines its own mores and customs. With our world population approaching seven billion people, adopting same-sex marriage in Maryland might be a good idea. From an evolutionary standpoint and over a relatively short period of time, we would no longer have to concern ourselves with overcrowding or feeding our population. At the conclusion of this time and thanks to same-sex marriage, we would no longer exist. Over five thousand years, various societies throughout the world have determined that a man and a woman are best suited, sanctioned by and through the institution of marriage, to carry on the ultimate function of civilization, which is, procreation of the human species.
FEATURES
By Stephen Hunter and Stephen Hunter,SUN FILM CRITIC | January 31, 1997
The worst thing about the 20th anniversary re-release of "Star Wars" is all the news stories and reviews that begin with lame wordplay on "the force is with us" or "in a galaxy a long time ago, far far away." I include my own: Enough already with the schlock!The best thing about it is "Star Wars." Big, fast-moving, incredibly enjoyable, the movie remains a trip and a half, and any kid out there who hasn't seen it on the big screen ought to get to the nearest one and settle in for the experience.
EXPLORE
February 22, 2012
Throughout time, each society determines its own mores and customs. With our world population approaching seven billion people, adopting same-sex marriage in Maryland might be a good idea. From an evolutionary standpoint and over a relatively short period of time, we would no longer have to concern ourselves with overcrowding or feeding our population. At the conclusion of this time and thanks to same-sex marriage, we would no longer exist. Over five thousand years, various societies throughout the world have determined that a man and a woman are best suited, sanctioned by and through the institution of marriage, to carry on the ultimate function of civilization, which is, procreation of the human species.
NEWS
January 21, 2011
Ron Smith, in his rush to defend lax gun laws ( "Face the facts: Gun control laws don't save lives," Jan. 22) appears to have stumbled on his own reasoning when he pointed out that Congresswomen Gabrielle Giffords also owned a Glock like the one used in the assassination attempt. What good did her Glock do her? Was she able to protect herself or any other victims? If neither she nor the assassin had access to such lethal weapons, would not many of lives have been saved? It appears that many advocates for lax gun laws ignore the obvious: A handgun is an offensive and not a defensive weapon.
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