May 15, 1999
A JURY recently sent a message about responsibility: It hammered Jenny Jones' tawdry talk show with a $25 million judgment in a civil lawsuit.Jurors sympathized with the family of a man who was murdered after he revealed on Ms. Jones' show that he harbored a secret love for a male friend. He was shot days later by the humiliated friend.The First Amendment offers Ms. Jones and her ilk necessary -- but not limitless -- protection. Such shows should not misrepresent topics, violate rights of privacy or goad participants into doing harm to others for entertainment.
October 28, 2013
“We're not going to play any Lou Reed tonight out of respect to the man,” said Kurt Vile on the evening of the legendary rocker's death. “Wouldn't want to sully his life work.” Though Vile was being facetious, the Philly rocker's Sunday night set at the Ottobar channeled the late Reed in more ways than he'd care to admit, offering a diverse, if not strange concert on the whole. VBA was the first band to take the stage. The three piece, which features Vile's singer/drummer Vince Nudo, plays a scrappy breed of garage rock - heavily distorted guitar, howling vocals, the whole nine yards.
September 29, 2005
Formerly the Funk Box, the club is still in transition. Business owner Tim Walther hopes the new band schedule will skew more indie, inching away from its one time lineup of mostly jam bands. Where -- 8-10 E. Cross St. / 410-625-2000 Web site -- eightbyten club.com. Notable -- The spring-loaded floor adds a noticeable bounce to a packed dance floor, and the upper and lower levels have large bars, considering the size of the place. During the next few weeks, Walther is planning to add a new sign and an awning outside and a new lighting rig inside.
August 10, 2011
Like Garrison Keillor, whose column used to appear in The Sun, Dan Rodricks underestimates the power of the tea party in American politics ("Question for tea party: What now?" Aug. 4). He should have read John Malagrin's letter right across the fold ("Tea party congressmen are the last great hope," Aug. 4). The tea party isn't Republican or Democrat, but the embodiment of the American peoples' frustration with the current direction our country is heading and the continued growth of government.
January 21, 2012
Columnist Marta Mossburg's latest screed against the governor and legislative leaders is creative and thought-provoking but ultimately disingenuous ("The gospel according to O'Malley," Jan. 18). People who work hard in a capitalist society are entitled to be wealthy, but they are not entitled to be greedy. The real agenda of Ms. Mossburg and her ilk is to keep all their money. If they can paint those who seek to improve society rather than their own bank accounts as tax-hungry tyrants, they stand a good chance of not having to pay their fair share.
July 29, 2011
Al Eisner's cynical letter should be labeled under the heading "Be careful what you wish for" ( "Md. Needs a referendum on same-sex marriage," July 26). In chiding Gov. Martin O'Malley for pulling Maryland "into the gutter" by making same-sex marriage a part of his 2012 legislative agenda, Mr. Eisner urges what many consider to be totally un-American: Putting a minority group's rights up for a popular vote. Marriage for same-sex couples has existed in Massachusetts for over seven years now, and for all the fear mongering, doomsday scenarios, scare tactics and exaggerated hype, Massachusetts maintains the lowest divorce rate in the U.S. People recognize that the sky hasn't fallen since gay marriage was legalized there in 2004.
September 21, 1992
JUST AS your mother always told you, two wrongs apparently do not make a right.Thus, a 19-year-old Bel Air man, Curt A. Muffley, faces theft charges in Worcester County criminal court for allegedly grabbing the mask off a Ku Klux Klansman at a KKK recruitment rally July 4th amid the bustle of the boardwalk in Ocean City. The rally quickly dissolved when the hate ghosts were ridden out of town on a rail by vacationers, who had left their troubles at home, but not their consciences.Klansman Hobert Cox, 25, of Elkton, is to be tried for battery and hindering a police officer for allegedly attacking the man who tried to take his hood, according to the Associated Press.
January 25, 2011
Once again, Thomas Schaller, offers his far left opinion regarding the rhetoric of the last few weeks ( "Violence on the right: more evidence," Jan. 25). The major flaw in Mr. Schaller's opinion is his great assumption, like others of his ilk, that his cited list of incidents prove a direct cause and effect connection to the political right's "violent rhetoric. " He also references David Neiwert's book as support for his opinion; he's a professor at Columbia University (farther left-leaning than Mr. Schaller)
April 12, 2012
I am furious beyond words at the arrogance and corruption demonstrated by the leadership of the Maryland General Assembly in failing to pass a tax bill to implement the budget for next year, all for the benefit of the gambling industry for crying out loud! ("After breakdown, what?" April 11.)The one constitutional obligation imposed on the legislature is to pass an annual budget. The leadership, particularly Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller, chose to hold implementing that budget hostage in order to expand gambling in Maryland, even before the original slots parlors are fully operational.
June 8, 2012
How dare your letter writer compare President George Bush to Egypt's President Hosni Mubarak and to Nazi war criminals after World War II. America, before, during and after the Sept. 11 attacks on our soil, also had our U.S. Embassies, Ambassadors, our U.S. ally Israel, our Marines and American civilians abroad, attacked and murdered by terrorists who were aided and abetted by Iraq andal-Qaidaand their assorted mercenaries. Our brave soldiers were volunteers defending our country which is still being threatened.