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October 11, 2012
Seems to me that philanthropist George Soros could pitch in and save Big Bird instead of helping President Obama reach his $1 billion campaign donation goal ("Big lies and Big Bird," Oct. 8). As far as "big lies" goes, what Mr. Romney is saying is no worse than what candidate Obama said in calling President George W. Bush "unpatriotic and irresponsible" for adding to the deficit. It's funny, too, that Mr. Romney's plan sounds like Gov. Martin O'Malley's holding the tax-rate the same but changing deductions and exemptions for higher-salaried folks.
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May 29, 2014
I am sure Saul Alinsky, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (who has probably experienced the biggest percentage increase in net worth as a U.S. senator in history) and billionaire George Soros (how any writer can mention the Koch brothers and not him if beyond me - oh, I know, he is a socialism backer) are happy Thomas F. Schaller didn't mention their names in his column on wealth and campaign contributions ( "A government of, by and for the rich," May 28). Lyle Rescott, Marriottsville - To respond to this letter, send an email to talkback@baltimoresun.com . Please include your name and contact information.
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By Steve Lovelady and By Steve Lovelady,Special to the Sun | February 24, 2002
Soros: The Life and Times of a Messianic Billionaire, by Michael T. Kaufman. Alfred A. Knopf. 328 pages. $27.50. As the Enron Corp. unfolds before our astonished eyes as little more than a bubble of air and paper-shuffling that somehow made its way to No. 7 on Fortune magazine's list of the nation's 500 largest corporations ... and as Osama bin Laden, a child of enormous capitalist wealth, flits away from the combined forces and intelligence of Western...
NEWS
February 5, 2014
The State Board of Education passed a new school discipline policy that will have far-reaching effects on every subdivision in Maryland. Your editorial in support of the new policy was both predictable and disheartening ( "Keep them in class," Jan. 29). The new policy was favored by the Open Society Institute, Advocates for Children & Youth, the NAACP and the ACLU. It was opposed by teachers, principals, administrators, superintendents and most local boards of education. Gov. Martin O'Malley, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan and U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder also favor the new policy.
NEWS
By BRENDAN MURPHY | August 15, 1993
New York. -- Central bankers once did, but their influence today is rivaled by the high-volume, speed-of-light electronic markets and investors like George Soros, a brilliant Hungarian-born financial speculator.Evidence of this is provided by the European currency crisis which has jumped from financial pages to front pages as the Leviathan world currency market compels adjustments by central banks.Soros is not a household name, but it is one to reckon with in the global foreign exchange market where some $1 trillion in U.S. dollars, German marks and other monies changes hands every business day.Ask the Bank of England.
FEATURES
By Richard O'Mara and Richard O'Mara,SUN STAFF | December 16, 1998
So there was George Soros yesterday, proclaiming the virtues of the open society to a gathering of business people, politicians and hometown boosters in the vast, carpeted ballroom of the Hyatt Hotel. Suddenly, a man in a gray suit -- a paying guest -- separated himself from the audience and walked toward the podium."Soros, you are a murderer," he shouted. "You are a criminal!" He followed with a variety of other epithets before being led away.In the silent aftermath, Soros, apparently unfazed, but maybe not, said faintly: "We are in an open society."
NEWS
By Anne-Marie O'Connor and Anne-Marie O'Connor,Los Angeles Times | September 10, 2006
George Soros, the Hungarian Holocaust survivor whose fortune is matched only by his philanthropy, in Baltimore and elsewhere around the world, pioneered a kind of self-styled approach to global reform that made him, in the words of the Carnegie Endowment's Morton Abramowitz, "the only private citizen who had his own foreign policy." With no sluggish bureaucracy to answer to, he rose to prominence with stunningly practical bequests delivered in a timely manner. There was his $50 million donation to the besieged citizens of Sarajevo in 1993 that financed a water plant so that women did not need to rely on the public wells where Serbian snipers picked them off with ease.
NEWS
October 24, 1997
GEORGE SOROS has been a lucky gambler. From humble beginnings as a hawker of souvenirs and cheap jewelry, the Hungarian-born naturalized American is now one of the world's most successful money managers. Speculating in currencies and trading in securities, he has amassed a $5 billion fortune. He has given back in a big way, too, committing $1.5 billion to social projects through foundations set up in 31 countries.In August, Mr. Soros pledged to spend $25 million in Baltimore over the next five years on programs designed to fight drug abuse.
NEWS
By Mark Matthews and Mark Matthews,SUN NATIONAL STAFF | August 3, 1997
WASHINGTON -- Financier-philanthropist George Soros can shake things up around the world.Wielding vast amounts of money, he can send ripples -- even shock waves -- through global markets and societies. When he announced last week, for instance, that he would raise his investment stake in Russia to $2.5 billion, it was headline news in global financial markets.Five years ago, he gambled $10 billion of his own and others' money against the British pound and won, earning a profit variously reported to be between $1 billion and $2 billion when the pound was devalued and burnishing a reputation that has grown to epic proportions.
BUSINESS
By Gus G. Sentementes, The Baltimore Sun | May 14, 2010
The Open Society Institute of Baltimore, a foundation funded by billionaire philanthropist George Soros, is giving $1.5 million to four city nonprofits for job training for low-income residents. The award will be accompanied by another $1.5 million of state and federal funds. The $3 million in funding will help provide job training and placement services to 141 people with criminal convictions who otherwise would be unable to find work. The four nonprofits receiving funding are the Center for Urban Families, Civic Works, Group Ministries and the Job Opportunities Task Force.
NEWS
December 2, 2013
In response to Jules Witcover's column ("Nuclear option preserves majority rule for Senate Democrats," Nov. 26), I guess if I threaten to kill someone, but don't do it, I am still liable for murder charge. This is equivalent to the argument that the Democrats doing the "option" is turnaround as fair play. You would think the White House or George Soros could send your columnist better arguments than that. Why don't the Democrats just use the "reconciliation" method and kickbacks?
NEWS
By Yvonne Wenger, The Baltimore Sun | October 30, 2013
On the field next to Northeast Middle School, young refugees Abhishek Yonghang and Ahmed Osman kicked a soccer ball around, each grateful for the common connection as they adjust to a new life far from their former homes in Nepal and Somalia. Three miles away in a classroom at Mergenthaler Vocational-Technical High School, junior Wayne Young slipped a suit jacket over his school uniform for debate practice with the Urban Debate League, trying to "look the part" of the Harvard law grad he envisions himself to one day be. The lives of these Baltimore teens are among the thousands influenced by George Soros, a billionaire philanthropist who decided 15 years ago that the city, with severe crime and poverty and just enough potential, was ripe for an experiment.
NEWS
October 11, 2012
Seems to me that philanthropist George Soros could pitch in and save Big Bird instead of helping President Obama reach his $1 billion campaign donation goal ("Big lies and Big Bird," Oct. 8). As far as "big lies" goes, what Mr. Romney is saying is no worse than what candidate Obama said in calling President George W. Bush "unpatriotic and irresponsible" for adding to the deficit. It's funny, too, that Mr. Romney's plan sounds like Gov. Martin O'Malley's holding the tax-rate the same but changing deductions and exemptions for higher-salaried folks.
NEWS
February 29, 2012
Once again you hit on the GOP for its fundraising practices while acting as if the Democrats were pure as the driven snow in this area ("In the presidential campaign, money talks," Feb. 23). Mr Obama's stated goal is to raise $1 billion for his re-election campaign. I guess you think we are all going to send in $3 each. Ain't no way. Mr. Obama frequently has $35,000 per plate fundraisers with his 1 percent, Wall Street friends, and please don't tell us that George Soros doesn't somehow get dollars into Mr. Obama's campaign.
BUSINESS
By Gus G. Sentementes, The Baltimore Sun | May 14, 2010
The Open Society Institute of Baltimore, a foundation funded by billionaire philanthropist George Soros, is giving $1.5 million to four city nonprofits for job training for low-income residents. The award will be accompanied by another $1.5 million of state and federal funds. The $3 million in funding will help provide job training and placement services to 141 people with criminal convictions who otherwise would be unable to find work. The four nonprofits receiving funding are the Center for Urban Families, Civic Works, Group Ministries and the Job Opportunities Task Force.
NEWS
By Liz F. Kay and Liz F. Kay,liz.kay@baltsun.com | October 18, 2009
Ten Baltimore organizations have received $2.6 million in matching grants from philanthropist George Soros to fund programs intended to ease escalating needs amid the economic downturn, the Open Society Institute's city chapter announced. Soros created the Special Fund for Poverty Alleviation to help people particularly affected by the dismal financial climate. He allocated a total of $5 million for OSI's Baltimore office, the remainder of which will be distributed in 2010. "In this particular time with the economic recession, some populations that are most vulnerable have been very hard hit," said Diana Morris, OSI-Baltimore's director.
NEWS
By Ernest F. Imhoff and Ernest F. Imhoff,SUN STAFF | August 10, 1997
Growing up in Altoona, Pa., Diana L. Morris looked beyond the Alleghenies, and a global view began taking shape.Her resulting concern for "the marginalized people of the world" extends beyond the fad phrase, the Pennsylvania burgher background, the cultural anthropology courses at Smith College and the training in law.The director of the new Baltimore office of billionaire philanthropist George Soros remembers the many African refugees she met when she...
NEWS
By Dan Berger | December 16, 1998
Happy Hanukkah. Constitutional crisis. Merry Christmas.The nerve of that man, going the last mile to bring peace to the Middle East, just to distract Americans from what really matters.Other people tell Baltimore what to do, but George Soros is putting his money where his mouth is, which is unheard of.Now you know why Larry Young didn't run last election, but he might win the next.Pub Date: 12/16/98
NEWS
By Anne-Marie O'Connor and Anne-Marie O'Connor,Los Angeles Times | September 10, 2006
George Soros, the Hungarian Holocaust survivor whose fortune is matched only by his philanthropy, in Baltimore and elsewhere around the world, pioneered a kind of self-styled approach to global reform that made him, in the words of the Carnegie Endowment's Morton Abramowitz, "the only private citizen who had his own foreign policy." With no sluggish bureaucracy to answer to, he rose to prominence with stunningly practical bequests delivered in a timely manner. There was his $50 million donation to the besieged citizens of Sarajevo in 1993 that financed a water plant so that women did not need to rely on the public wells where Serbian snipers picked them off with ease.
NEWS
By DAN RODRICKS | June 8, 2006
Maybe George Soros has a $6,000 shower curtain in his mansion in the Hamptons. I don't know for sure - I've never been a houseguest - but somehow I doubt it. And, at this point, it wouldn't matter much if he did. He's been good to my city. Soros is a card-carrying member of the global billionaires' club and, if he was so inclined, he could spend all of his time acquiring more wealth and property, indulging himself, and grossing everyone out.
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