March 21, 2013
I served jury duty in Baltimore City recently, an annual event and my civic duty. It's inconvenient and thankless but necessary to be sure that people get the fair treatment that they're guaranteed by the Constitution. But what about the jurors? Where's the fair treatment for them? There is little information provided about what's OK to bring in and what isn't, either on the juror web site or in the summons. Weapons are forbidden (well, duh) as are knitting needles. Crochet needles are on the list of banned items, but I wrote that off as a mistake made by someone who doesn't know that crochet requires the use of hooks that are, by definition, not pointy.
March 18, 2013
Jeanine Cummins wants more than anything in the world to give a voice to people who are unable to speak for themselves. In the past, she has spoken for family members. In her 2004 memoir, "A Rip in Heaven," Cummins spoke for her cousins, Julie and Robin Kerry, who were gang-raped and murdered in 1991. She spoke for her older brother, Tom, who also was hurt in that attack on a bridge outside St. Louis. "My cousin, Julie was a really gifted writer," says Cummins, 38, who grew up in Gaithersburg.
November 26, 2012
The articles in The Sun regarding Baltimore's speed cameras are highly commendable. The Sun and reporters Luke Broadwater and Scott Calvert deserve kudos for the great investigative work ("Goal is 'zero' speed errors," Nov. 20). Now for the $64,000 question: How many tickets were given out when schools were closed for summer, holidays, weekends, and at night. I'd bet my bottom dollar that the $19 million would drop by 75 percent if these cameras were only operated during school hours.
October 16, 2012
As a Muslim, I am appalled by the Taliban's recent attack on the Pakistani teenager Malala Yousefzai, a blogger and female education rights activist ("Outspoken teen shot," Oct. 10). Islam is not only opposed to such senseless violence but obligates all believers to acquire knowledge. The Prophet Muhammad said "seeking knowledge is obligatory for every Muslim man and Muslim woman. " Moreover, the education of women is emphasized in his teaching that "if a man brings up his daughter, gives her a good education and trains her in the arts of life, I would stand between him and hellfire.
April 9, 2012
One of Elizabeth Catlett's linotypes could horrify viewers by depicting the aftermath of a lynching, the rope around the victim's neck held taut by the murderers' boots. And in the next room, a statue by Catlett of a mother and child would flood viewers with the memories of a maternal embrace. Catlett's sculptures and prints became symbols of the civil rights movement while championing the dignity and humanity of ordinary people. At the time of her death Monday at age 96 in her home in Cuernavaca, Mexico, she was widely considered one of the most important African-American artists of the 20th century.
March 29, 2012
Shame on The Sun throwing away its credibility on editorials such as "License to kill" (March 23). The Sun seems to have jumped on the bandwagon of emotion and hype regarding Florida's gun laws. Like most anti-gun media, you use certain phrases and words to generate emotional responses while ignoring the facts because the facts refute your views. Unfortunately, most liberal anti-gun advocates refuse to use hard facts and data and will revert to the most emotional issues every time.