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July 25, 2011
A new study well worth reading by every elected official in Maryland is titled "Freedom in the 50 States. " You can find this study on the web at It ranks Maryland as 43rd out of the 50 states, meaning that Maryland is one of the least free states in the country. This study is very insightful and addresses both economic freedom (taxation) as well as unnecessary restrictions on personal liberties. A prime example of the type of bad legislation that deprives Maryland residents of their freedoms is the recently enacted HB 88, which makes the shipment of cigars and pipe tobacco into Maryland illegal.
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September 11, 2014
While Maryland is going to great lengths to commemorate the Fort McHenry battle from the War of 1812, little effort has gone into acknowledging several Savage residents: Commodore Joshua Barney in the Battle of Bladensburg or his son-in-law, Nathanial F. Williams, in the Battle of North Point. The Williams family developed what we know today as the Savage Mill, a cotton mill that allowed our ship industry to continue when the English ransomed our fledgling country's critical resource.
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February 17, 2011
Their voices have been heard. The people have spoken. The streets of Cairo echo with the clatter of democracy and freedom. However, I wonder if freedom in Egypt is truly possible. Can a regime torn by controversy and dictatorship follow with freedom and liberty? Many Americans tend to view Muslim countries with a cautious eye. However, this past weekend I stumbled upon a very peculiar image. The image depicted was thousands of men and women praying together side-by-side after the conclusion of dictatorship in Tahrir Square in Cairo (a feat typically unusual outside of the holy city of Mecca)
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September 9, 2014
Legacy of 1814 shines light on historic preservation While Maryland is going to great lengths to commemorate the Fort McHenry battle, little effort has gone into acknowledging several Savage residents: Commodore Joshua Barney in the Battle of Bladensburg or his son-in-law, Nathanial F. Williams, in the Battle of North Point. The Williams family developed what we know today as the Savage Mill, a cotton mill that allowed our ship industry to continue when the English ransomed our fledgling country's critical resource.
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March 4, 2012
I have seen and heard repeated complaints by both politicians and religious leaders that freedom of religion is denied them when others of competing faiths demand the right to practice what they believe. I rejoice in a First Amendment that allows me to believe what my church teaches, behave according to my church's rules, and share my faith with others by means of example, information and gentle persuasion. I do not assume the right to demand that laws from the state impose the disciplines of my faith on others who don't share it. The rhetoric in today's political arena points ever more clearly to a desire on the part of some believers to have their denominational laws enforced upon all Americans, effectively establishing a government-sponsored national religion.
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February 4, 2010
Gov. Martin O'Malley's State of the State address provided me with an interesting insight into the view of government in Maryland ("O'Malley's speech sets a hopeful tone," Feb. 3). There were several issues of concern in this speech, but the biggest was in the conclusion in which Marvelous Martin said that government is the answer to the question of how to "create greater freedom," among other things. Government does not create freedoms. The Declaration of Independence says that the citizens of the United States are "endowed by their creator with certain unalienable rights."
NEWS
April 10, 2012
If Barack Obama is a cool combination of Abraham Lincoln, Martin Luther King, Jr., andJohn F. Kennedy, it is because he is extremely intelligent and well read. Whereas Republican candidates haven't read the Bible they pound. While President Obama seems to be a faithful Christian, it will not help him politically. This is because Christian leaders use their myth to control people and want government to "back off. " We must continue to resist the barbarism of the faithful. Careful analysis by biblical scholars shows that Paul never intended Jesus to be a real person.
NEWS
July 9, 2014
Regarding your recent editorial on Howard County's effort to limit sales of unhealthy foods at county-sponsored events or venues, it's quite apparent that you do not understand our fundamental rights under the Constitution ( "Fireworks in Howard County," July 7). Our Founding Fathers declared independence from tyranny. Might I suggest watching the John Adams series on HBO? It's very educational. The president's ridiculous "executive orders" are simply the government acting as a dictatorship.
NEWS
December 14, 2011
John Garvey believes that "in a liberal democratic society, we must also respect the freedom of religion" when he advocates the Catholic church's position that it's right to mask the fact that some pro-life pregnancy resource centers will not provide birth control planning and abortions ("Protect religious liberty," Dec. 8). He also thinks pharmacists should be able to refuse to sell legal contraceptive products if it's against their conscience. That is not freedom of religion; that is tyranny of religion.
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By Leonard Pitts Jr | July 4, 2010
On the face of it, they'd seem to have little in common. One is a disabled former Marine, born in Miami and living in Egypt. Another is a 28-year-old student from Corona, Calif., a German citizen and permanent resident of the United States. Another is a refugee from Guinea who works as a caregiver for a family in New York. Another is an Air Force veteran and retired fireman, originally from Las Cruces, N.M. There are 10 of them in all, 10 individuals from 10 walks of life who it turns out do have something in common not only with one another, but also with several toddlers, nuns and the late Sen. Edward M. Kennedy.
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Dan Rodricks | September 4, 2014
Matthew VanDyke, the self-styled "Arab Spring Freedom Fighter" from Baltimore, was a friend of the two American journalists who were beheaded by Islamic State militants. VanDyke met James Foley and Steven Sotloff during his travels in Libya, and it was Foley to whom he first confided what we all later came to learn - that VanDyke was neither a journalist nor a filmmaker when he was captured and held in a Libyan prison for six months in 2011. Instead, he had gone there to fight with the rebels who eventually overthrew dictator Muammar Gaddafi.
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By Leonard Pitts Jr and By Leonard Pitts Jr | August 31, 2014
Sometimes you read a sentence and you think to yourself: only here, only us. Here's one such sentence. "A 9-year-old girl from New Jersey accidentally shot and killed her instructor with an Uzi submachine gun while he stood to her left side, trying to guide her. " That's from a New York Times account of the death of 39-year-old Charles Vacca, who worked for the Last Stop shooting range in White Hills, Ariz. He died Monday when his...
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By Erica L. Green, The Baltimore Sun | August 7, 2014
Caroline Chavasse stood before a room of fidgeting young bodies and wandering eyes and made a tearful plea for her livelihood. The fate of the 51-year-old rested with this group of 40 youngsters who, with a check of a "yes" or "no" box, would decide whether she would be able to pay her mortgage for the next year. "I really do want to come back," Chavasse, a mother of two, told the students of the Arts & Ideas Sudbury School. "This is the best job I've ever had. I love being with you and seeing you grow.
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By Yuwei Zhang | July 13, 2014
Marching in an Independence Day Parade is not supposed to be a gut-wrenching experience, but for me last weekend in Philadelphia, it was. Don't get me wrong; I love playing my waist drum, in my waist-drum troupe. It's just that July 4th always triggers memories of the day I left behind my husband and child in China, to escape to America. I recall secretly wiping away my tears so that my mom wouldn't see the depth of my sadness. I told my 1-month-old daughter, who was fast asleep, "I promise you a bright future, but for now, mommy has to leave you here in China.
NEWS
July 9, 2014
Regarding your recent editorial on Howard County's effort to limit sales of unhealthy foods at county-sponsored events or venues, it's quite apparent that you do not understand our fundamental rights under the Constitution ( "Fireworks in Howard County," July 7). Our Founding Fathers declared independence from tyranny. Might I suggest watching the John Adams series on HBO? It's very educational. The president's ridiculous "executive orders" are simply the government acting as a dictatorship.
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By Robert B. Reich | July 9, 2014
Last week the Supreme Court struck down a key part of the Affordable Care Act, ruling that privately owned corporations don't have to offer their employees contraceptive coverage that conflicts with the corporate owners' religious beliefs. The owners of Hobby Lobby, the plaintiffs in the case, were always free to practice their religion. The court bestowed religious freedom on their corporation as well -- a leap of logic as absurd as giving corporations freedom of speech. Corporations aren't people.
NEWS
March 4, 2014
You can't reason with Russian dictator Vladimir Putin. He does not know what reason is. He is like a mad dog. You can kill a mad dog and you can kill Vladimir Putin, but you can't reason with either of them. Vladimir Putin has reacted to a popular uprising in Ukraine with the sheer brute force of an invasion ( "Russia orders surrender," March 3). True to his communist roots as a KGB officer, Mr. Putin has condemned those who overthrew Viktor F. Yanukovych as Nazis or fascists.
NEWS
December 3, 2012
Matt Patterson's thoughtful op-ed piece in The Baltimore Sun, "America the Dictatorship" (Nov. 27), constitutes a bad case of sour grapes. These questions arise from his column. Is it freedom to fail and never ask for help? Is it freedom to watch a loved one die from a precondition that insurance won't cover? Is it freedom that astronomical amounts of money will determine the corporations that will govern this nation? Is it freedom that Social Security is in danger of being gutted by the Republican Party?
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By E.R. Shipp | July 6, 2014
As the holiday weekend draws to a close, please pause from the cookouts and fireworks to reflect on the meaning of this freedom we've been celebrating, knowingly or not. When 50 years ago, President Lyndon Johnson signed into law the Civil Rights Act of 1964, he placed it in the context of "a long struggle for freedom" that began when the Founding Fathers adopted the Declaration of Independence in Philadelphia on July 4, 1776. "They pledged their lives, their fortunes and their sacred honor, not only to found a nation, but to forge an ideal of freedom; not only for political independence, but for personal liberty; not only to eliminate foreign rule, but to establish the rule of justice in the affairs of men. " Now, we know that the noble ideal of 1776 did not really embrace blacks, women, Native Americans or whites without property.
NEWS
June 23, 2014
Hundreds of kids of all ages took advantage of Freedom Federal Credit Union's Youth Month celebration throughout April. Every April marks Youth Month at Freedom, where financial management and education are highlighted to children and young adults under the age of 25. Freedom offered new youth club account members the option to earn up to $25 through a matching deposit. Freedom also stressed the importance of saving through its Youth Savings Challenge. Youth club members, who make qualifying deposits between April and October, are automatically entered for a chance to win a new XBOX ONE gaming system.
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