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November 29, 2011
Yet another "tool" is being added to try and educate inner city youths. Another lesson in futility on the part of the school board and schools CEO Andrés Alonso ("City schools launching Saturday School initiative," Nov. 22). All those in authority - including state level - need to accept the fact that until you get parents involved in the raising and educating of their children, you are just wasting money and teachers. You cannot learn if you are not in school. It is a known fact that many of these students don't come to school, or when they do they are ill prepared for the day. How do you propose to get them there on Saturday?
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NEWS
June 20, 2014
I'm watching in horror as Iraq implodes. And I'm observing another disaster taking place closer to home, namely the massive breach of our southern borders by thousands of unaccompanied children. This country has no right to go wage war all around the globe if we can't secure the integrity of our own territory. It's ironic that both the collapse of Iraq and the uncontrolled surge here at home have happened almost simultaneously. "Isolation is dead," you say - but now it looks pretty good ( "Hard choices in Iraq," June 17)
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NEWS
June 20, 2014
I'm watching in horror as Iraq implodes. And I'm observing another disaster taking place closer to home, namely the massive breach of our southern borders by thousands of unaccompanied children. This country has no right to go wage war all around the globe if we can't secure the integrity of our own territory. It's ironic that both the collapse of Iraq and the uncontrolled surge here at home have happened almost simultaneously. "Isolation is dead," you say - but now it looks pretty good ( "Hard choices in Iraq," June 17)
SPORTS
By Edward Lee, The Baltimore Sun | January 8, 2014
Last week, Ed DeChellis thought issues on defense had contributed to the Navy men's basketball team's three-game losing streak. Now the coach is worried about the other end of the floor. The Midshipmen struggled mightily on offense Tuesday night, scoring just 13 points on 5 of 30 shooting in the first half en route to a demoralizing 55-32 loss to Patriot League rival Boston University. Navy dropped to 6-8 overall and 1-2 in the conference and squandered a chance to build on the momentum of Sunday's 79-71 win over Lafayette on Sunday.
NEWS
By Howard Bluth | October 17, 2012
I've been thinking of not voting in the coming election. My wife is upset with me about this, saying I'm "throwing in the towel. " But after 30 years of voting for the "lesser evil" and seeing no less evil as a result, I'm thinking that all this voting isn't making much difference, regardless of who's in control. Inequality has grown to obscene levels, wages have stagnated, and more people than ever are economically insecure. Both major parties promise to create more jobs, the Democrats by "investing" in job training and infrastructure, the Republicans by cutting regulations and reducing tax rates for the "job creators.
SPORTS
By RICK MAESE | April 13, 2007
I know it's difficult to be a sports fan some days. From the cheap seats, the frustration can easily drip off your furrowed brow into a giant puddle of helplessness. The owner refuses to pay the big contract. The general manager won't make the big trade. The player can't make the big play. It's all one big headache, right? There's only one real solution: Find someone who has it worse and revel in his pain. And, trust me, for this little self-esteem boost, Baltimore has the best seats possible.
NEWS
By Joyce S. Brown auntie at 106 | August 19, 1992
ShadowThree times I put my foot downon a moth which dropped fromlamp, to desk, to floor.The first bootthump warns of death.Backed by density of rug, the mothsets her wings for flight, butnever moves. My final blowis a roof collapsing. The moth sitspoised, perfect and serene in death.I lift her carefully, examinefeathery antennae, compound eye,gray-thread legs decorously crossed.Plain cousin of Monarchs, destroyerof wools, emblem of futility, youtoo require earth, air, water, firefor your life; you fly away or hidefrom enemies; you do not fight.
NEWS
By GEORGE F. WILL | October 8, 1993
Washington. -- The United States is at war in Somalia, where American bodies are playthings of Somalis whom one senator calls ''infidels.'' That is a nice bit of 19th-century name-calling, in the tradition of ''lesser breeds without the law'' and:So 'ere's to you, Fuzzy-Wuzzy,at your 'ome in the Sudan;You're a pore benighted 'eathenbut a first-class fightin' man.Does that jar your late-20th-century sensibilities? Too bad. If we are going to practice colonialism somewhere east of Suez, we had better brush up on our Kipling.
NEWS
By Bill Earls | July 4, 2001
MIDDLETOWN, Conn. - "Walden" is one of the most influential American books ever written, and its message is about that most American of attitudes: independence. Henry David Thoreau gets ignored lately, but he set the tone for living simply, recycling, maybe even dress-down Fridays. He was antiwar before it was popular, an ecologist before anyone knew the word. In a society where a lot of people drop out temporarily, he is a role model. "Walden" opens on July 4, 1845, when, Thoreau says, "I took up my abode in the woods" and moved into a small house on the shore of Walden Pond in Concord, Mass.
SPORTS
By Ken Murray and Ken Murray,Staff Writer | January 29, 1994
ATLANTA -- As if they needed any further delineation, the acute differences between Super Bowl coaches Jimmy Johnson and Marv Levy were in evidence again yesterday.Johnson, of the Dallas Cowboys, was intense and arrogant.Levy, of the Buffalo Bills, was low key and engaging.Johnson was self-consumed, operating at his self-promoting best.Levy was enlightened, humorous and reflective.Rarely have two individuals sharing the same stage been such profound opposites.This stage, of course, is Super Bowl XXVIII.
NEWS
April 16, 2013
I noticed with all the gun control talk and various politicians knocking each other over for the microphone to create a new law to save lives, those same politicians failed to do the same for the seven inmate deaths in the last seven months ("Senate gives final approval to gun control bill" April 4). How could this be? A controlled environment (government run) where no weapons are allowed, let alone guns, has seven homicides in seven months! Surely, a politician during this most recent session in Annapolis would have sponsored some bill, right?
NEWS
By David R. Craig | November 6, 2012
I was struck recently by an op-ed in The Sun that proclaimed "Voting is an exercise in futility" (Oct. 17). I disagree. It can be an exercise in frustration, maybe, but not futility. I learned this in 1956, when I was seven years old. My grandmother lived with us and greatly admired President Eisenhower. During the Republican National Convention, while my sister and brother were out playing, I sat with her and watched the entire even — from gavel to gavel. While we were watching she said something that caught my attention more than anything else.
NEWS
By Howard Bluth | October 17, 2012
I've been thinking of not voting in the coming election. My wife is upset with me about this, saying I'm "throwing in the towel. " But after 30 years of voting for the "lesser evil" and seeing no less evil as a result, I'm thinking that all this voting isn't making much difference, regardless of who's in control. Inequality has grown to obscene levels, wages have stagnated, and more people than ever are economically insecure. Both major parties promise to create more jobs, the Democrats by "investing" in job training and infrastructure, the Republicans by cutting regulations and reducing tax rates for the "job creators.
NEWS
July 11, 2012
Next time the more bombastic in Washington rail against government waste, let them include every cent lost to Wednesday's dog and pony show in the House of Representatives, where time that might have been used constructively was frittered away with yet another attack on health care reform. For those who might have accidentally tuned into C-Span shortly before 1:30 p.m., that was not a repeat but an actual live telecast. For the 33 r d time since the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act was passed in 2010, the House held a vote to repeal part or all of it. Thirty-three times!
NEWS
June 22, 2012
City Council President Bernard C. "Jack" Young had a radical thought: that the city's legislative body might actually live up to its role as a co-equal branch of government and exercise some influence in how Baltimore will spend $2.3 billion in the next fiscal year. Not every suggestion he made for what spending should be cut, what new funds should be used and what additional spending should be authorized was good. But his main priority — freeing up additional funds for recreation centers, after school programs and other youth services — was certainly valid.
NEWS
By Rachel Marsden | May 3, 2012
A Russian source recently brought an obscure but disturbing article to my attention. Published last month by a little-known online journal called the Oriental Review, the piece, "Active Endeavour And Drug Trafficking," proposed that not a single gram of heroin has been confiscated on the Mediterranean Sea since the inception of NATO's Operation Active Endeavour, a maritime operation launched a month after the Sept. 11 attacks with the mission of "monitoring shipping to help detect, deter and protect against terrorist activity.
SPORTS
By Gary Lambrecht and Gary Lambrecht,Sun Staff Writer | November 19, 1994
They sat in a circle, reflecting on four football seasons that have been exhilarating and disheartening. Four seasons that saw them crawl out from underneath a pile of losses to become national playoff contenders. Four seasons, during which they persevered in the face of their program's downgrading.Towson State winds up its season today against visiting Morgan State. And for the seniors who have transformed the Tigers from a Division I-AA doormat into a formidable team, it promises to be emotional.
NEWS
By TOM DUNKEL and TOM DUNKEL,SUN REPORTER | April 4, 2006
Nursing a beer at a bar across from Camden Yards a couple of hours before game time yesterday, John Castro wasn't in any mood to predict a pennant for the Orioles this year. He has been to about 20 Opening Days, but after eight straight losing seasons, he knows better than to get caught up in Opening Day euphoria. Just then, all the 49-year-old respiratory therapist from Severna Park was willing to predict was a 6-5 win over Tampa Bay. Whattayaknow? The Orioles wound up stinging the Devil Rays 9-6. Currently in first place.
NEWS
November 29, 2011
Yet another "tool" is being added to try and educate inner city youths. Another lesson in futility on the part of the school board and schools CEO Andrés Alonso ("City schools launching Saturday School initiative," Nov. 22). All those in authority - including state level - need to accept the fact that until you get parents involved in the raising and educating of their children, you are just wasting money and teachers. You cannot learn if you are not in school. It is a known fact that many of these students don't come to school, or when they do they are ill prepared for the day. How do you propose to get them there on Saturday?
NEWS
By Steve Kilar, The Baltimore Sun | October 29, 2011
Lanny Ross struggled to push his 78-year-old mother through the surf toward shore. On a cool, cloudy October afternoon, his two-seater plane had smacked into the Chesapeake Bay, stranding them both amid five-foot waves. His mother's right eye was swollen shut, her teeth had pierced her bottom lip, and her nose was broken. Miles from land, the sun was setting and they were shivering, when his mother spoke. Hold my hand, she told him. What's wrong? he asked her. Hold my hand, she said again.
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