February 8, 2003
The death last week of Edward A. Chance, the civil rights activist and former chairman of the Baltimore chapter of the Congress of Racial Equality, recalled one of his early challenges. After succeeding Walter P. Carter as local chairman, Chance had to plan a local memorial service for William Lewis Moore, a 35-year-old white Baltimore postman and civil rights supporter who was shot to death near Attalla, Ala., on April 23, 1963. Moore, who lived in the 400 block of E. 25th St., was found at night by a passing motorist alongside a lonely stretch of U.S. Highway 11, a two-lane road in rural northeastern Alabama.
March 7, 2012
In citing his objection to same sex marriage ("Redefining marriage in Md?" March 2), CardinalEdwin F. O'Brienfails to acknowledge that our laws are not based upon religious dogma but upon the precepts of our Constitution. Indeed our founding document not only offers specific protection from the undue influence of religious authority but likewise guarantees the equal protection of individual rights. From that perspective, marriage between two loving same-sex adults is hardly a "radical" notion as the cardinal has so characterized but one that is consistent with the exercise of long standing ideals that underlie our democracy.
March 26, 1995
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa -- The wide-eyed enthusiasm that Paul Caiola brings to the job of constitution writing seems at odds with the American image of founding fathers gathering somberly to ponder the fate of a nation.Mr. Caiola is a third-year University of Maryland law student from Silver Spring and now, indirectly, a constitution writer himself."What is so exciting about South Africa is that almost overnight it is going from one of the most backward countries in terms of human rights to one of the most progressive," Mr. Caiola says.
September 13, 1990
AN "enigma."That's the word most people are using to describe David Souter, President Bush's nominee to the Supreme Court. The word carries with it a hint of suspicion -- and with good reason.What makes a person an enigma, a mystery? The lack of known principles.To know someone's principles is to know the standards to which he or she will repair in solving a problem. People of firm principles, who aren't afraid to make them known, enable others to grasp what kind of people they are by grasping how their minds work.
October 1, 2007
With about a term and a half now under its belt, the U.S. Supreme Court under Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. and Associate Justice Samuel A. Alito Jr. has made a sharp turn to the right. As a new term begins today, the court will have at least three major opportunities to reassert fundamental constitutional rights of individuals in confronting government policies. Certainly, the court should be more protective of individual rights than it generally has been so far. As predicted, Justices Roberts and Alito have lined up with their more conservative colleagues, Antonin Scalia and Clarence Thomas, just as the more liberal John Paul Stevens, David H. Souter, Stephen G. Breyer and Ruth Bader Ginsburg have tended to band together.
December 14, 2010
Kudos to U.S. District Judge Henry E. Hudson, who ruled that the individual mandate requirement of Obamacare is unconstitutional and beyond the scope of congressional constitutional powers. Thanks likewise to Virginia's Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli, who filed the lawsuit on Obamacare last March. This case must and should go now directly to the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn the health care reform law. This is about Individual rights to choose to participate in Obamacare or not without being penalized or punished.