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By John E. McIntyre and The Baltimore Sun | August 16, 2012
On Facebook, Paul Lagasse posed this question: " Okay, my editorial friends, please help me settle a bar bet. Is using the wrong spelling of a word (e.g., 'principle' instead of 'principal') considered a typo? Or does the term 'typo' not include such errors? " As is my custom, I gave him an "it depends" answer (Not a good idea to ask me to settle bar bets): " If the person doesn't know the distinction, it's an error of ignorance. If the person does know the distinction, it's a typo.
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April 12, 2014
The Sun's wrap-up of what the legislature accomplished this session omitted to mention two issues of public health and environmental note ( "Minimum-wage hike, new marijuana laws approved as session ends," April 8). One is a long overdue accomplishment, to begin funding a pesticide reporting system to enable public health and environmental research. The other was a significant failure to enact even the most basic public health protections in the event Maryland allows shale gas drilling.
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By John E. McIntyre and The Baltimore Sun | February 6, 2013
A couple of years ago at Slate , Farhad Manjoo posted a little rant about people who insist on typing two spaces after a period, even though in our age of computerized proportional type it is not only unnecessary but contraindicated. The article proved to be so successful at what H.L. Mencken liked to call "stirring up the animals" that Slate republished it last month . The recent results were equally gratifying. Though somewhat more literate than the "your a moron" comments one commonly encounters on the Internet, the responses nicely match intemperance with ignorance.
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Leonard Pitts Jr and Leonard Pitts Jr | April 3, 2014
"We have got this tailspin of culture, in our inner cities in particular, of men not working and just generations of men not even thinking about working or learning the value and the culture of work. " -- Rep. Paul Ryan "You're facilitating the problem if you give an animal or a (poor) person ample food supply. They will reproduce, especially ones that don't think too much further than that. " -- former South Carolina Lt. Gov. Andre Bauer "There are 47 percent who are ... dependent upon government, who believe they are victims, who believe government has a responsibility to care for them.
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May 21, 2013
Baltimore County Councilman John A. Olszewski Sr. claims his failure to disclose his outside employment was an oversight, but that does not pass the smell test ("County councilman hasn't disclosed outside jobs for years," May 19). Disclosure forms are very clear and do not require a college degree to fill out. The questions are quite clear and specifically ask about outside employment. Being on the council and having privileged information could give council people an advantage in the bidding process for their employer.
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April 26, 2011
The race, gender, or age of the attackers are largely irrelevant to the vicious and senseless beating of Chrissy Lee Polis ("18-year-old charged in McDonald's beating," April 25). This was an act of cowardice, hatred and bullying — pure and simple — and is not peculiar to any particular group. It is the personal responsibility of the attackers and the bystanders who apparently encouraged them. Ignorance, the arrogant self-righteousness to which it often leads, and a lack of empathy are at the root of such incidents.
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February 7, 2011
Was I the only one to take offense at the disgraceful rendition of The Star Spangled Banner at the Superbowl? Above and beyond the fact that Christina Aguilera flubbed the lyrics was her embarrassingly tasteless presentation of our national anthem to millions of people around the world. If we are determined to come across as a country of loud, ignorant barbarians, she does the job. Mary Lou Wickham, Glen Arm
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August 6, 2012
The CEO of Chick-fil-A did more than express a view denigrating gay relationships ("Fast food activism," Aug. 1). The company spends millions to attack the very lives and security of people in same-sex relationships. As a result of anti-gay legislation like the Defense of Marriage Act, insurance companies do not offer private annuity contracts to same-sex couples who want to provide for their retirement. Social Security benefits do not extend to survivor relationships in same-sex unions.
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By DOUGLAS MACKINNON | December 27, 2005
WASHINGTON -- Ignorance is far from bliss. In fact, ignorance is quite dangerous and has been the root of unnecessary death and destruction since recorded history. Of late, ignorance fueled the blind and twisted hate that emboldened 19 hijackers to kill 3,000 innocent men, women and children. Ignorance next picked up the baton of hate and passed it off to an uncounted number of people around the world who unfairly channeled their anger, pain, blame and frustration against one religion.
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By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | December 21, 2012
What an ignorant, dishonest and pathetic response to Sandy Hook today from the National Rifle Association. As a media critic, I will limit myself to the disingenuous attack on the media from Wayne LaPierre, chief executive of the organization. Of course, it's a shameless attempt to avoid accepting any responsibility by his organization. But in the interest of a sane discussion about media violence -- rather than the demagogued, crazy-right-wing-paranoid speechifying of LaPierre -- some social science research, facts and context need to be presented.
NEWS
March 27, 2014
The principle of separation of church and state has been a pillar of American democracy since the country's founding, and most people think they know what it means. Yet in practice, the proper balance between freedom of religious expression and what is appropriate when it comes to the business of government has always been a matter of contention. This is an issue over which reasonable people can disagree, but the Carroll County Board of Commissioners surely did itself no favor this week by trying to win the argument by simply shouting the other side down.
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March 25, 2014
Religion should never be allowed to be used as an excuse to opt out of civic and legal responsibilities that are required of society as a whole. Property taxes should be paid by those who own "houses of worship" exactly is required by personal house owners. Religious institutions should be just as responsible for the upkeep of the Chesapeake Bay, for example, as the general public. The Affordable Care Act is the law of the United States and religious beliefs should not be allowed to trump this.
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March 19, 2014
Maryland needs to move forward quickly on new legislation to support mental health initiatives ( "Legislation pushes involuntary mental health treatment," March 10). Many parents are in a crisis mode when their children develop a mental illness and have limited resources from state to assist in treatments. The result often ends with the child becoming gravely ill and unable to function in society - thus becoming a burden on the parents as well as the state. In many cases, the child ends up in jail or is involved in serious criminal situations.
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By Helaine Zinaman and Nancy Green | March 17, 2014
Life for high-ability and high-potential students in Maryland and the nation may be getting just a little bit brighter. After years of being silent on the issue, the state now requires that local school districts identify and serve gifted students, joining 27 states that require such actions. Unfortunately, Maryland does not provide any state funding to districts specifically to support this work, which means we may not have raised the floor for these students in some of the state's less well-off counties.
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March 17, 2014
When debate over changing the composition of Baltimore County's school board last gained traction in the General Assembly, parents had a long list of grievances against then-Superintendent Joe A. Hairston and a board rightly viewed as overly deferential to him. Among other things, Mr. Hairston had appeared completely oblivious to the views of those he was supposed to be serving - the parents and children of Baltimore County - on matters ranging from...
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | March 16, 2014
SARASOTA, Fla. -- Orioles third baseman Manny Machado said he doesn't consider his recent setback “a big deal,” and still believes there may be time for him to be ready to play Opening Day -- which is now only two weeks away. Machado, who had been rehabbing from October knee surgery, hasn't run in six days because he is dealing with tightness caused by the breaking up of scar tissue in his left knee. “This was going to happen,” Machado said. “It happened now, and it just set me back a couple days.
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By JACK GERMOND & JULES WITCOVER | April 19, 1995
WASHINGTON -- It was inevitable, once former Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara not simply wrote his confessional Vietnam memoir but then started "promoting" it on television, that the call would come for him, if he was so contrite, to contribute its royalties to Vietnam veterans' causes.William M. Detweiler, commander of the American Legion, now says, "If Secretary McNamara is sincere about atoning for sending Americans into a war he knew they couldn't win, then he shouldn't profit financially from this sad, tragic, late confession."
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By Lyle Denniston and Lyle Denniston,Washington Bureau of The Sun | January 9, 1991
WASHINGTON -- A divided Supreme Court ruled yesterday that a taxpayer who believes sincerely that a federal tax was not due cannot be convicted as a criminal for failing to pay it, even if that belief was plainly wrong or irrational.A taxpayer's ignorance of the law, if a jury believes it was genuine, deprives federal prosecutors of a chance to prove that a tax was evaded "willfully," the court declared by a 6-2 vote. Evidence of willfulness is a necessary part of a criminal tax-evasion charge.
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March 13, 2014
There has been a lot of heated rhetoric recently about the American Studies Association boycott of Israel and academic freedom and a lot of wild accusations being tossed around, but on thing seems to be missing from this whole brouhaha ( "A chilling effect," March 10). People keep talking about "discrimination," but there doesn't seem to be any realization of who exactly is being discriminated against, with both supporters of Israel and supporters of academia claiming to be the "victims.
NEWS
March 3, 2014
Here's a number that ought to be memorized by every elected official in the state of Maryland: 485. That's how many people died in traffic collisions in 2011 in this state (the most recent year for which such statistics are available from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration). That's the equivalent of about 10 full motor coaches. Yet the number that's being discussed these days in the General Assembly is 70. That's how fast, in miles per hour, some believe motorists should be allowed to drive on certain state highways, and under the circumstances, it's more than a little surprising that raising the speed limit is even on the legislative agenda.
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