December 21, 2006
WASHINGTON -- With 2007 shaping up as a pivotal year in Iraq, a somber President Bush said victory is "achievable" but acknowledged yesterday that "difficult choices and additional sacrifices" lie ahead. A day after saying that America is not winning the war, Bush warned of dire consequences if the United States is run out of Iraq. He declined to preview his new plan for Iraq, but acknowledged the need to recruit more soldiers for a U.S. military strained by global commitments. Bush has been forced to bow to new realities at home and abroad that could make next year a turning point in his presidency.
December 30, 2005
Good morning --Jerry Hairston-- A classy move to be at Elrod Hendricks' memorial service even though you're no longer an Oriole Question of the day Do you agree with the Ravens' decision to bring back Brian Billick? I've been saying for months that Billick deserves to come back and fix this mess. A lot of things have to change - both in training camp and in the locker room. But can Brian re- invent himself? Can a leopard change his spots? Aye, that's the rub. ... Fran Vojik Glen Burnie You mean owner Steve Bisciotti's decision.
February 18, 2005
WASHINGTON - President Bush declared yesterday that his overhaul of Social Security "is going nowhere" if Congress does not come to share his belief in the urgent need for change. He acknowledged that he has much work to do in convincing lawmakers and the public of the merits of his proposal. Bush has been traveling the country, trying to persuade voters that the retirement security system needs major changes. But many lawmakers remain leery of tinkering with the popular 70-year-old program.
October 25, 2004
`Saying no' isn't an option for combat soldiers I agree with The Sun's assertion that "soldiers at war can't pick and choose which orders they'll follow" ("Saying no," editorial, Oct. 19). However, there should be no "serious and potentially mitigating factors." In the military, you obey all lawful orders, period. The military is not a democracy in which individuals and units get to decide which orders to follow. I agree that there are serious issues with respect to this war. Long deployments of Guard and Reserve units, equipment deficiencies and inadequate training will have to be dealt with if our military is to remain effective in the long run. But this does not excuse troops from following lawful orders under any circumstances.
October 16, 2002
I SEE WHERE Michael Bloomberg, the mayor of New York and one of the Johns Hopkins' big-time sugar daddies, skipped the Columbus Day parade because his friends from The Sopranos were told they couldn't attend. What a guy. Last week, parade organizers smacked down Bloomberg's plans to march with two cast members of the hit HBO show because a lot of paisanos believe it negatively portrays Italian-American life. (Gee, ya think?) The mayor responded by saying he wouldn't show up if the cast members, Dominic Chianese and Lorraine Bracco, weren't included.
June 17, 2001
Local real estate brokers and officials of the regional multiple-listing system are rethinking language in a new homebuyers' Web search engine that they acknowledge might confuse people and pose legal problems. At issue is the search engine introduced in April by the Metropolitan Regional Information Systems Inc., the multiple listing service used by real estate brokers. The MRIS Bridge search engine enables Web users to view a particular company's real estate listings. By registering their names and e-mail addresses, the homebuyers can access every listing in the MRIS system.