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December 13, 2012
"No more drones" is the right policy, as writer Agnes Merrick said in a recent op-ed ("The real Petraeus problem," Dec. 8). Bravo to The Sun for printing it. Our acceptance of this kind of warfare, along with the planet's largest military budget, doesn't exactly have our nation speaking "peace on earth" to the rest of the world. Let everyone who read this citizen's plea pass it on. Create "a miracle on the Internet" this holiday season. Mary Louise Ellenberger
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NEWS
May 27, 2014
Perhaps someday in the future, forensic psychiatrists and others will analyze the circumstances of last Friday's mass shooting near Santa Barbara, Calif. from medical records, family interviews and YouTube videos and determine definitively what was going inside the mind of suspected gunman Elliot Rodger. That he hated women was obviously a significant piece of the puzzle. Was it that anger that caused him to plan the rampage, post his manifesto on the Internet and ultimately kill six people and injure 13 before killing himself, or was that simply the delusion on which a suicidal 22-year-old became obsessed?
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NEWS
By Tom Horton and Tom Horton,SUN STAFF | October 20, 1995
STOP THE burning.Stop the hatred.This is a plea to the people of Smith Island, and to all Chesapeake Bay watermen."Hatred" is not a word used even once in a book I just finished TTC about the years my family lived in the Smith Island community of Tylerton.But then came the torching Oct. 9 of a storage building at the Chesapeake Bay Foundation's Smith Island environmental education center there.It did not happen in isolation. It happened after weeks of growing disgruntlement among bay watermen over recent state restrictions on crabbing.
NEWS
February 6, 2014
For the first 36 years of my life, there was little if any reason to think about the horror of murder except as it happened elsewhere. Then we moved to Baltimore. It is now front and center, if for no other reason than the fact that we read the newspaper. It is an inescapable reality and one which seems at times to suck the very sacredness, beauty and preciousness out of life. The recent article ( "Two teens are arrested in killing of woman, 51," Feb. 3) referred to the murder of Kimberly Leto as "a robbery gone wrong.
NEWS
By Ira Rifkin | November 2, 2001
PRESIDENT BUSH has bent over backward since Sept. 11 to distinguish between Islam and terrorists acting in Islam's name. Muslims are not the enemy, he says; "evil" terrorism is. Christian leaders have been quick to second these sentiments. Many national and local Jewish leaders have likewise spoken up in defense of ordinary Muslims. This is as it should be. But why haven't U.S. officials and Christian leaders also decried the steady drumbeat of religious hatred from Muslim sources directed against Jews?
FEATURES
By Michael Hill | November 27, 1991
Elie Weisel's face seems to mirror the horror he has witnessed. In his pursed lips, his lowered brows, his squinting eyes, he takes in all that he saw in Auschwitz and reflects it back to you, softened by his humanity, tempered by his insight.For more than 40 years, Weisel has struggled with that horror, trying to determine if life is worth living when it can yield such disgust, if it has any meaning if its very existence can be at the mercy of the most whimsical chance, if there are words that can break the silence that overwhelms all attempts to communicate the reality of the abyss.
NEWS
By Frank Schaeffer | October 10, 2008
John McCain: If your campaign does not stop equating Sen. Barack Obama with terrorism, questioning his patriotism and portraying Mr. Obama as "not one of us," I accuse you of deliberately feeding the most unhinged elements of our society the red meat of hate, and therefore of potentially instigating violence. At a Sarah Palin rally, someone called out, "Kill him!" At one of your rallies, someone called out, "Terrorist!" Neither was answered or denounced by you or your running mate, as the crowd laughed and cheered.
NEWS
By GREGORY KANE | June 17, 1998
Rigor mortis hadn't even set on James Byrd when Jesse Jackson blew into Jasper, Texas, to shed crocodile tears for the victim and his family.Byrd is the black man who was chained to the back of a pickup truck and dragged to his death June 7. Three white men suspected of having sympathies with the Ku Klux Klan and other white hate groups have been arrested and charged in the slaying. President Clinton has expressed his outrage. The national media are having hissy fits, as if murder is somehow an anomaly in America.
NEWS
By Michael Kazin | June 11, 1997
WASHINGTON -- In 1992, a decorated Persian Gulf War veteran sent a long list of social grievances to his hometown newspaper: ''Criminals have no fear of punishment. . . . Politicians' . . . yearly salaries are more than an average person will see in a lifetime. . . . The 'American Dream' of the middle class has all but disappeared, substituted with people struggling just to buy next week's groceries.'' He endorsed ''government-sponsored health care'' while asking, ''Should only the rich be allowed to live long?
NEWS
By Gregory Kane | June 17, 2001
AMERICA executed its most horrific mass murderer and terrorist Monday. If only we could kill the hatred that inspired him as easily. On April 19, 1995, Timothy McVeigh parked a truck full of explosives near the Alfred Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City. The resulting explosion killed 168 people. Initial news reports speculated that the culprits might be Arab terrorists. But I knew better. Preliminary reports were barely finished on my car radio when I wondered to myself, "What right-wing nut case is responsible for this?"
NEWS
By Leonard Pitts Jr and By Leonard Pitts Jr | February 2, 2014
Dear Tom Perkins: I'm writing to apologize. I do this on behalf of the 99 percent of us who are not multimillionaires. You, of course, are, having made a pile as a venture capitalist and co-founder of the firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers. I admit, I'd have thought a guy like you had little to complain about. But that was before you wrote that tear-jerking Jan. 24 letter to The Wall Street Journal revealing the pain, the oppression, the abject sense of vulnerability and fear that go with having a net worth equal to the GNP of some developing nations.
NEWS
By Leonard Pitts Jr | April 28, 2013
Ordinarily, I'd thank you for writing. But truth is, I am not grateful you wrote; your note last week was one of the more troubling things I have read. I do not blame you for leaving it unsigned. "We stand together," I had written. "We stand defiant. And we stand with Boston. " You disagreed. "Your wrong pal we do not STAND TOGETHER.OH MY GOD we need a CIVIL WAR.The American people against the LIBERAL DEMACRAT SCUM that we have let allow SCUMBAGS like those that would BLOW UP people in BROAD DAYLIGHT to be here ... WE NEED A CIVIL WAR.Those demacrats that happen to still be breathing after that CIVIL WAR will have a choice.
NEWS
February 18, 2013
Reporter Mary Carole McCauley quotes writer Adam Lankford as saying terrorist attacks are motivated not by politics or religion but by despair ("Inside the mind of a suicide bomber," Feb. 10). I am sick and tired of hearing this misleading despair excuse for murderous suicide bombers. The 9/11 suicide bombers responsible for the incineration of the World Trade Center and the deaths of thousands of innocent Americans were not poor, uneducated and despairing individuals. They were from affluent neighborhoods and well-to-do families.
SPORTS
By Childs Walker and The Baltimore Sun | December 25, 2012
Justin Tucker's legs shook underneath him, and for a moment, he thought he might actually be nervous about kicking a field goal. Then he realized, as he later told his father, that the movement didn't result from any internal tension but from 88,645 Texas A&M fans literally shaking the ground as they clamored for Tucker, the kicker from archrival Texas, to miss a decisive 40-yarder. With that, Tucker knew he was exactly where he had always wanted to be, lining up to boot the biggest kick of his life at the center of a boiling football caldron, also known as Kyle Field.
NEWS
December 13, 2012
"No more drones" is the right policy, as writer Agnes Merrick said in a recent op-ed ("The real Petraeus problem," Dec. 8). Bravo to The Sun for printing it. Our acceptance of this kind of warfare, along with the planet's largest military budget, doesn't exactly have our nation speaking "peace on earth" to the rest of the world. Let everyone who read this citizen's plea pass it on. Create "a miracle on the Internet" this holiday season. Mary Louise Ellenberger
NEWS
December 5, 2012
There are a lot worse things going on in our country right now than Gen. David Petraeus cheating on his wife, and one of them is our country's invidious use of drone warfare. The worst part about it is that we have been brainwashed to believe that it is an acceptable plan of action. The only television commentators that I have seen express moral outrage are Tavis Smiley and Amy Goodman - both on Public Broadcasting. It appears that we ordinary citizens, along with President Barack Obama, Congress, the military, and the money-making drone manufacturers, have given our consent to invade, at will, independent countries and kill and maim indiscriminately with impunity.
FEATURES
By Mike Royko and Mike Royko,Tribune Media Services | October 28, 1991
ARE AMERICANS happy? Are we a kinder, gentler nation? Or are many of us filled with hatred for each other? And if we are seething and gnashing our teeth, how many haters are there?These are questions you don't see answered by any polls. And there's a good reason for that. A pollster can't pick a name out of a phone book and say: "Good afternoon, I am from the Brainpicker Organization, and we are taking a poll. Do you have a seething hatred for anyone because of their race, religion or ethnic origins?"
NEWS
By BONNI GOLDBERG | January 9, 1994
I went to Berlin last March. I hadn't actually planned on visiting Germany -- ever.Like many American Jews, I was raised by at least one parent who harbored a racism as self-righteous as the Nazis themselves. My mother proudly admits to her mistrust and hatred of Germans -- all of them.I decided to go to Berlin because a friend of mine was there on a Fulbright fellowship, and she encouraged me to visit. Her own family was attempting to reclaim the land they lost after Kristallnacht, the night the Nazis ravaged the Jewish community, and were unable to regain through the war and Communist rule.
NEWS
January 27, 2012
I am extremely dismayed by your introduction of a column written by the evil Bob Ehrlich ("Ehrlich column to run in The Sun," Jan. 22). While I have nothing but respect for the way the late Ron Smith presented his opinions, I do not feel that way about Mr. Ehrlich. Should I detect any hint of the hatred and disrespect that emanated from the former Republican governor, I will be forced to cancel my subscription to your paper, which I have supported for many years. Although I strongly support the continuation of print media, I cannot support an entity that provides a platform for the politics of hatred.
NEWS
August 7, 2011
Nearly a decade after the events of 9/11, the backlash against Islamic Americans shows signs of worsening. Not even the death of Osama bin Laden earlier this year has had much impact on the growing anxiety of those who can't seem to distinguish between mainstream practitioners of a religion and the relatively small number of extremists who commit acts of terror in its name. This is not a matter of political correctness. Americans are justified in their concerns over violent religious fundamentalists.
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