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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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By Larry R. Faulkner and Donald N. Langenberg | June 25, 2014
Would you trust a surgeon who learned a few tricks in medical school, then spent the first couple of years in the operating room experimenting while he figured out which techniques worked? Of course you wouldn't. But, unfortunately, that's the same level of preparation that too many of our nation's teachers receive before setting foot in the classroom. Last week, the National Council on Teacher Quality released its exhaustive study of what's going on inside America's teaching institutions.
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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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By Leonard Pitts Jr and By Leonard Pitts Jr | June 5, 2014
It is irreversible now. And there's a word that should get everybody's attention. Last month, two groups of scientists, publishing separately in the journals Science and Geophysical Research Letters, issued reports that came to alarmingly similar conclusions: The melting of the West Antarctic ice sheet has reached a point of no return. If greenhouse gases stopped spewing forth tomorrow, we'd still face the grim prospect of steadily rising seas from this unstoppable melt. So it would be a good idea to save what ice we still can. Or else condemn our grandchildren to vie for beachfront property in St.
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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 Joseph Swartz | June 4, 2014
Recently, I helped found Millennial Maryland, a group that advocates a different vision for both Maryland and the Republican Party. That vision includes an understanding of the wider world, the embrace of civility and the constant pursuit of intellectual knowledge. Allow me to take this moment to underscore why these things matter. On his blog Monday, Allen West, retired U.S. Army lieutenant colonel and former Florida GOP congressman, posted a video of Bob Bergdahl, the father of recovered POW and potential deserter Bowe Bergdahl.
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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 Joseph Swartz | June 4, 2014
Recently, I helped found Millennial Maryland, a group that advocates a different vision for both Maryland and the Republican Party. That vision includes an understanding of the wider world, the embrace of civility and the constant pursuit of intellectual knowledge. Allow me to take this moment to underscore why these things matter. On his blog Monday, Allen West, retired U.S. Army lieutenant colonel and former Florida GOP congressman, posted a video of Bob Bergdahl, the father of recovered POW and potential deserter Bowe Bergdahl.
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By Ian Duncan, The Baltimore Sun | May 30, 2014
For the second time this week, family and friends of Oscar Torres gathered in public Friday to mourn his death, worrying, they say, that without holding vigils his killing will be forgotten and the person who shot him during a robbery will go free. About 50 people crammed into the front room of the family's rowhouse in Southwest Baltimore, huddled around a memorial of white roses and pictures. They sang and prayed in Spanish before Torres' mother, Ernestina Torres, led the group the few blocks north to where he was killed.
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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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By David Horsey | May 20, 2014
The late, great New York senator, Daniel Patrick Moynihan, famously said, "You are entitled to your opinion, but you are not entitled to your own facts. " That sentiment, however wise, seems sadly quaint in an era when many Americans strongly prefer a "reality" that conforms to their opinion, not to objective facts. A fresh case in point is Marco Rubio, the boyish Florida senator who is considered a serious contender for the U.S. presidency in 2016. Sunday, on ABC's "This Week," Mr. Rubio said, "I do not believe that human activity is causing these dramatic changes to our climate the way these scientists are portraying it," adding that he also did "not believe that the laws that they propose we pass will do anything about it, except it will destroy our economy.
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By Michelle Deal-Zimmerman, The Baltimore Sun | May 16, 2014
Cruising gets a bad rap. "It's boring. " "It's for people of a certain age. " "It's all about the food, and even that's not very good. " "Don't even get me started on the faux Broadway entertainment!" Those are the high seas haters. The travelers who are far too superior to settle for a superior cabin. But do they have a point? Google "cruise disasters," and you'll see they have more than one. Poor maintenance, fires, pollution, rogue staff, viral outbreaks - to name just a few recent highlights.
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By Carrie Wells, The Baltimore Sun | May 10, 2014
The family of a boy killed after a natural gas explosion has sued Baltimore Gas and Electric Co., alleging that it ignored its failing pipes that leaked the gas and triggered the explosion. Troy Douglas, 8, was killed in February as he was walking home from William Paca Elementary School. A gas explosion inside an end-unit rowhouse blew out about three-quarters of its side wall, sending bricks and debris into the street and triggering a large fire. The boy's body was found crushed underneath a section of the wall, city Fire Department investigators wrote in a report.
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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.
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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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May 8, 2014
Regarding letter writer Muriel Shefrin's charge that Republicans have no political agenda ( "Ignoring real problems, GOP dithers," May 6), imagine if Richard Nixon had kept Watergate under wraps until two years later, and congressional Democrats had been told to simply leave it be as there were more pressing social issues at hand. Would they back down, or would they seek the truth, as the GOP currently is doing with Benghazi? Also consider that the Affordable Care Act primarily benefits the massively wealthy insurance companies, even at the expense of many who were already insured.
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May 6, 2014
Social injustice is so pervasive in this country, the disparity of wages, lack of adequate gun control, sexual assaults on our college and military campuses among others. However, the Republicans in Congress remain focused on the repeal of the Affordable Care Act and again on Benghazi. Could it be that they have no viable agenda of their own and wish to divert attention from their lack of any solutions? Muriel Shefrin, Pikesville - To respond to this letter, send an email to talkback@baltimoresun.com . Please include your name and contact information.
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