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February 5, 2014
Regarding William Smith's recent letter stating that an embryo is not a person, and that only religious "wing-nuts" believe otherwise, if you take a cell from a human embryo and perform a DNA test on it the test will say it is human, not that it is "almost human" ("More anti-abortion 'wing-nut' nonsense," Feb. 2). This scientific truth did not exist 6,000 years ago when the first words of Genesis were passed onto future generations, and was not known in 1973, when the Supreme Court declared abortion legal and unrestricted.
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NEWS
February 5, 2014
Regarding William Smith's recent letter stating that an embryo is not a person, and that only religious "wing-nuts" believe otherwise, if you take a cell from a human embryo and perform a DNA test on it the test will say it is human, not that it is "almost human" ("More anti-abortion 'wing-nut' nonsense," Feb. 2). This scientific truth did not exist 6,000 years ago when the first words of Genesis were passed onto future generations, and was not known in 1973, when the Supreme Court declared abortion legal and unrestricted.
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By MICHAEL OLESKER | April 29, 2001
THE DAY begins with me identifying with the Geckle brothers. This is not a hopeful sign. Their property was invaded in Glyndon, and so was mine in the city of Baltimore, but the Geckles will spend the rest of their lives wondering if protecting material goods is worth the loss of a human life. Last month, there was a shooting at the Geckle brothers' concrete plant. Last week, a Baltimore County grand jury said: So what? So, this: We have one man dead and two more shot, and this should count for something.
NEWS
October 9, 2013
I was appalled to learn that Baltimore City showed such a lack of compassion to the family of Angel Chiwengo ("Family and friends gather for funeral of woman killed in police crash," Oct. 5). No representative from the city bothered to show up at Ms. Chiwengo's funeral. And despite her absence, Mayor Rawlings-Blake was kind enough to interrupt her busy schedule and email The Sun about the tragic loss of life that occurred. The mayor's perfunctory email and failure to appear at the funeral remind us how little our lives and safety matter to those in power.
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By JOE PETTIT | December 25, 2005
While many people think of governments in terms of wasteful bureaucracies and windbag politicians, recent events have reminded us that they are also places where life-and-death decisions are made. Yet wars and executions are only the most obvious manifestations of the lethal and life-giving powers of government. Winter shelters for the homeless, treatment facilities for drug addicts, access to health care and the procedures at detention facilities are other recent, but less obvious, issues for our national and local governments that have had life-and-death consequences.
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By ASSOCAITED PRESS | January 20, 1991
CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas (AP) -- A proposed change in the charter of this heavily Roman Catholic city to declare that "human life begins at conception" was headed for defeat last night.The "Human Family Amendment" was strongly backed by abortion opponents who placed the referendum on the ballot through a petition drive. For more than a year, abortion battles have consumed this Gulf Coast city of nearly 300,000. The city's name is Latin for "body of Christ."The proposal had the active support of Roman Catholic Bishop Rene Gracida, who has excommunicated two abortion clinic employees and a doctor who performs abortions.
NEWS
February 5, 2013
The title of Jenny Black's recent commentary on women's right to choose was itself an oxymoron ("Keep abortion safe, legal," Jan. 27). What kind of a person can have such a callous disregard for human life that they would even dare to speak of keeping abortion safe? Abortion is not nor will it ever be safe. At least one person dies with every abortion. How can an act whose sole purpose is to cut off a human life in its mother's womb be called safe? Science has proven beyond a shadow of a doubt that human life begins at conception.
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By YOLANDA GARFIELD | March 15, 1992
A carefully planned pleasure garden marries fantasy to reality. It attempts to enhance both nature and the quality of human life.This year, signs of a new sophistication, a tender, extraordinary approach to aesthetics, have appeared in the finest of private landscapes in Maryland. This approach uses new design techniques to capture vista, and thus elevates the simple private garden to something remarkable.
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By Cal Thomas | March 19, 2013
The Maryland legislature recently voted to abolish capital punishment in the state, making Maryland the sixth state in the last six years to eliminate the death penalty. The primary argument for repealing the law is that our justice system is imperfect and it's possible an innocent person could be condemned. Indeed, anti-death penalty activists presented Kirk Bloodsworth, a former death-row inmate, convicted of the 1984 rape and murder of a 9-year-old girl. His conviction was overturned on appeal after the court found the prosecution had withheld exculpatory evidence from the defense.
NEWS
December 24, 2000
WHILE NO threat to the longevity secret of the biblical Methuselah, scientists think they've found a possible key to doubling the span of human life. It is found in the genes of the well-studied fruit fly, Drosophila melanogaster, whose average life is 37 days. By mutating a single fly gene, which is also found in humans, University of Connecticut Health Center scientists doubled the fly's life span. What's more, the researchers say, the older flies led active adult lives, continuing to court and reproduce.
NEWS
September 24, 2013
I agree with Professor Jeffrey Ian Ross that new laws against guns are not enough to end the mass shootings ("Ending mass shootings: It's not just about more or better laws," Sept. 22). We do have to figure out what actions, values and moral standings are supporting our culture of violence and the belief that a person has the "right" to solve his problems by taking the life of another. We need to have a real, deep and truthful dialogue in our country about the violence within it, all the violence.
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By Cal Thomas | March 19, 2013
The Maryland legislature recently voted to abolish capital punishment in the state, making Maryland the sixth state in the last six years to eliminate the death penalty. The primary argument for repealing the law is that our justice system is imperfect and it's possible an innocent person could be condemned. Indeed, anti-death penalty activists presented Kirk Bloodsworth, a former death-row inmate, convicted of the 1984 rape and murder of a 9-year-old girl. His conviction was overturned on appeal after the court found the prosecution had withheld exculpatory evidence from the defense.
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By Michael Dresser, The Baltimore Sun | February 14, 2013
Baltimore Archbishop William E. Lori came to Annapolis Thursday with a simple message: Repeal of the death penalty is a matter of human dignity. In an interview with The Sun before his appearance before the Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee's hearing on Gov. Martin O'Malley's repeal bill, Lori said that essential dignity extend even to "human persons who do terrible things. " "Our position is there's a better way -- that life without parole is more reasonable if there's any possibility of reform and rehabilitation," he said at the Maryland Catholic Conference's office in Annapolis.
NEWS
February 5, 2013
The title of Jenny Black's recent commentary on women's right to choose was itself an oxymoron ("Keep abortion safe, legal," Jan. 27). What kind of a person can have such a callous disregard for human life that they would even dare to speak of keeping abortion safe? Abortion is not nor will it ever be safe. At least one person dies with every abortion. How can an act whose sole purpose is to cut off a human life in its mother's womb be called safe? Science has proven beyond a shadow of a doubt that human life begins at conception.
NEWS
By Cal Thomas | January 26, 2013
At last week's signing of "executive actions" designed to combat gun violence in America, President Barack Obama, flanked by schoolchildren, said, "when it comes to protecting the most vulnerable among us, we must act now. " There's no doubt that children, especially schoolchildren, are vulnerable to all kinds of threats, but are they "the most vulnerable," as the president claimed, or is there another category of human life that qualifies for that...
NEWS
December 3, 2012
I agree in principle with Jules Witcover's column on of Hillary Clinton's ("The rise of Hillary Clinton," Nov. 27). I think she would have been a much better president than Barack Obama. But why no mention of the Benghazi fiasco? She may not be involved in the mis-communication, dis-communication, and lack of communication from the administration, but she should be harshly criticized for the lack of intelligent planning inherent in an ambassador going to Benghazi in the first place, not to mention with almost no security.
NEWS
September 24, 1990
Once Governor Schaefer declared his position on abortion, Republican candidate William S. Shepard lost no time in re-emphasizing his own position on the nettlesome subject -- a position that significantly differs from Schaefer's.Shepard considers himself "pro-life" because he believes that abortions should be allowed only when the life of the mother is endangered, when the pregnancy resulted from incest or rape, and in cases where the fetus shows signs of gross deformity.That is essentially the position which President Bush holds, and we respect the position as a conscientious belief.
NEWS
July 28, 2010
Once again, an out-of-towner has been cut down in their prime in Baltimore's crime wave. A student learning to be a physician. There will be mayoral, police and community outrage, but nothing will be done because the courts have our hands tied. These two vermin should have been in prison, yet they walked free to prey on someone again. How can a city get so upset over a 2-cent bottle tax, but do nothing about human life? I live in the suburbs and would not come downtown for any reason whatsoever.
NEWS
By Cal Thomas | May 19, 2012
It is one thing to talk about "fairness" when it comes to allowing gays and lesbians to marry; it is quite another to claim biblical authority for such relationships. President Barack Obama cited the "Golden Rule" about treating others as you would like to be treated, but in doing so he ignored the totality of Scripture and the Lord himself, who alone gets to set the rules for human behavior. The president says he is a "practicing Christian. " It is difficult to be one while simultaneously holding a low view of the Bible, which his position on several social issues might suggest.
NEWS
February 17, 2012
Sexual union between a man and woman is the only reason the human race has survived. If the supreme intelligence that created us had made one sex, or if marriage had only been between members of the same sex, none of us would be here now. Men and women are not the same. Each has a unique role in the creation of life. Traditional and same- sex marriage are not the same either. The former is the framework in which human life has continued to survive for thousands of years. It is the only setting in which life can be created and preserved according to the plan of the author of life.
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