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October 18, 2012
Del. Frank Turner raised a fundamental question of ethics in his Oct. 4 letter. Notably, does an elected official represent the citizens of his district or his appointed legislative position? Most of us believe that representation of the citizens comes first. Del. Turner's response to that principle stands in stark contrast. I do not fault his position on the issue of gaming. I fault his feckless justification for saying one thing and enthusiastically doing another. The citizens of Howard County's District 13 clearly come a distant second to Del. Turner's assigned duties as chairman of a legislative subcommittee.
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October 18, 2012
Del. Frank Turner raised a fundamental question of ethics in his Oct. 4 letter. Notably, does an elected official represent the citizens of his district or his appointed legislative position? Most of us believe that representation of the citizens comes first. Del. Turner's response to that principle stands in stark contrast. I do not fault his position on the issue of gaming. I fault his feckless justification for saying one thing and enthusiastically doing another. The citizens of Howard County's District 13 clearly come a distant second to Del. Turner's assigned duties as chairman of a legislative subcommittee.
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February 17, 1991
A woman is battered every 15 seconds in this country. In Maryland, an estimated 150,000 such incidents occur annually. Last year, 50 women were killed by husbands or boy friends after trying to escape abuse.Yet when the tables are turned and the woman kills her tormentor, past battering incidents are deemed inadmissible in court. These demoralized, victimized women are viewed as aggressors because they typically kill after a beating, thus precluding any claim of self-defense.A bill now making its way through the General Assembly would balance the scales of justice for these women by letting them tell their stories to the judge and jury that will ultimately decide their fate.
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By Suzanne O'Hatnick | September 8, 2011
The images of the burning towers on Sept. 11 are seared into our collective memory. It seemed unthinkable that we could be attacked on our native soil. During our nation's founding, we were also attacked on our soil. And though the British who captured our fighters treated their prisoners brutally, Gen. George Washington instructed his troops to act with integrity. "Treat them with humanity, and let them have no reason to complain of our copying the brutal example of the British Army in their treatment of our unfortunate brethren who have fallen into their hands," he told the Northern Expeditionary Force in September 1775.
BUSINESS
November 20, 2005
My problem is that I have a private-mortgage holder and I am refinancing and want to pay off this bill. But I have been unable to get him to send me a payoff amount. My lender and I sent requests but we have not received a response. During the 10 years I have had the mortgage, I have never received any type of balance or amortization schedule. I also have never received a statement of interest paid at the end of each tax year. I have had to rely on my own calculations. Do you know how this will be handled if he has not provided the information by my settlement date?
NEWS
By Jules Witcover | June 4, 2003
WASHINGTON -- At the beginning in the galaxy of Republican presidents, there was Abraham Lincoln as the Great Emancipator. Then we had Ronald Reagan as the Great Communicator. Now, in George W. Bush, we have the Great Justifier. The current White House occupant demonstrated his talent for coming up with fluctuating justifications for his major actions even before setting foot in the Oval Office. In the 2000 presidential campaign that finally put him there, he peddled his plan for sharp tax cuts by arguing that with the massive federal surplus then existing, taxpayers had a right to get the extra money back.
NEWS
April 25, 2004
THE MARYLAND PUBLIC Service Commission is not a typical state agency. It regulates, among other things, electric and gas utilities, the telephone companies, and even city taxis. Such work is specialized and demanding. It requires experienced employees who can understand the intricacies of multibillion-dollar businesses. The commission itself has long been run as a quasi-judicial body, weighing evidence, hearing advocates and rendering decisions. That's why it was so shocking that PSC Chairman Kenneth D. Schisler would dismiss a handful of top managers without bothering to offer a justification to his fellow commissioners.
NEWS
By John W. Frece and John W. Frece,Annapolis Bureau of The Sun | August 30, 1991
ANNAPOLIS -- Baltimore legislators hoping to retain as much clout as possible in the General Assembly once legislative redistricting is over got a bit of good news yesterday from Attorney General J. Joseph Curran Jr.In a legal opinion requested by state Sen. John A. Pica Jr., Mr. Curran concluded there could be justification for making the populations of legislative districts in Baltimore more than 10 percent smaller than the "ideal" legislative district of...
NEWS
April 28, 1997
LAUGHABLE IS the best way to describe the Anne Arundel County Police Department's justification of its on-going practice of seizing cars and money in cases involving minor drug offenses. Police Chief Larry Tolliver can't show that this policy is reducing drug use. Instead, he defends it on the grounds that the public is behind him, demonstrated by applause he receives at community meetings.If public support is the standard for implementing oppressive government policies, we might as well toss out the Bill of Rights.
NEWS
December 27, 2006
More Americans have now died in Iraq than in the Sept. 11 attacks. It's an essentially meaningless bit of news, but an oddly arresting one all the same. The figures and the circumstances are in no way comparable, and it's not as though passing this milestone somehow negates what had previously been a plausible justification for the war in Iraq, because there has never in fact been a plausible justification. The killing of three American soldiers in Iraq on Christmas Day is no more or less painful than the deaths of all the others, but in pushing the toll of war dead past the 2,973 who perished in New York, Virginia and Pennsylvania more than five years ago it catches the eye anyway.
NEWS
By James Drew and James Drew,james.drew@baltsun.com | February 23, 2009
Proposals in the Maryland General Assembly to define which patients are eligible for financial assistance at hospitals are getting an unexpected push from Congress, which might soon consider legislation aimed at making nonprofit hospitals justify their tax-exempt status. The push comes on the heels of a Feb. 12 Internal Revenue Service report showing that a small percentage of America's nonprofit hospitals provide nearly two-thirds of the nation's free or reduced-price care for the poor.
NEWS
December 27, 2006
More Americans have now died in Iraq than in the Sept. 11 attacks. It's an essentially meaningless bit of news, but an oddly arresting one all the same. The figures and the circumstances are in no way comparable, and it's not as though passing this milestone somehow negates what had previously been a plausible justification for the war in Iraq, because there has never in fact been a plausible justification. The killing of three American soldiers in Iraq on Christmas Day is no more or less painful than the deaths of all the others, but in pushing the toll of war dead past the 2,973 who perished in New York, Virginia and Pennsylvania more than five years ago it catches the eye anyway.
NEWS
By JOSH MITCHELL and JOSH MITCHELL,SUN REPORTER | May 1, 2006
Leaning against an island in his kitchen, Gary Lessner extolled the virtues of his mobile home in eastern Baltimore County. The retired General Motors assemblyman said he likes the home as much for what it lacks - stairs - as for what it has: lots of space. But he's not keen on the $20 monthly "mobile home tax" he pays to the county. "To my knowledge, nobody else pays the tax," Lessner said on a recent afternoon at his home on a cul-de-sac in the Biscayne Bay Village mobile home park in Middle River.
NEWS
By JULIE HIRSCHFELD DAVIS and JULIE HIRSCHFELD DAVIS,SUN REPORTER | April 11, 2006
WASHINGTON -- President Bush said yesterday that he ordered the release of classified information in 2003 to prove his reasons for the Iraq war were legitimate - a striking assertion for a leader who has made secrecy one of the trademarks of his administration, analysts said. Bush's account of why he declassified a July 2003 intelligence report suggests that the president, usually as unapologetic about his decisions as he is tight-lipped about the internal workings of his White House, feels the need to justify the action he took to bolster his case for the war. "His default mechanism is to do things the way he wants to and not feel a need to explain, but he's prepared to fall back now and make more modest demands," said presidential historian Fred Greenstein of Princeton University.
BUSINESS
November 20, 2005
My problem is that I have a private-mortgage holder and I am refinancing and want to pay off this bill. But I have been unable to get him to send me a payoff amount. My lender and I sent requests but we have not received a response. During the 10 years I have had the mortgage, I have never received any type of balance or amortization schedule. I also have never received a statement of interest paid at the end of each tax year. I have had to rely on my own calculations. Do you know how this will be handled if he has not provided the information by my settlement date?
NEWS
By Gail Gibson and Gail Gibson,SUN NATIONAL STAFF | February 20, 2005
DETROIT - It has been almost a generation since the Poletown neighborhood here was demolished to make room for a General Motors Cadillac plant, and in the sprawling factory's vast parking lots and neatly landscaped campus there are no signs of the 1,300 houses, 140 businesses and six churches that were razed or the pitched battle to save one of the city's oldest ethnic enclaves. The memory of Detroit's Poletown has cropped up instead in communities across the country over the past 20 years, as dozens of municipalities and courts in at least 10 states have relied on a landmark ruling from the Michigan Supreme Court in that fight to justify using the powers of eminent domain for economic revitalization.
NEWS
By Mark Matthewsand Karen Hosler and Mark Matthewsand Karen Hosler,Washington Bureau of The Sun | December 22, 1990
WASHINGTON -- A senior Bush administration official said yesterday that he couldn't see "any political justification" for delaying war against Iraq much beyond Jan. 15 if its forces have not been withdrawn from Kuwait by then.The official, who is closely involved in Persian Gulf policy, said he saw no reason for waiting aside from purely military, tactical considerations, and he said he was "confident" that a consensus would be reached among anti-Iraq coalition partners supporting a U.S. decision to attack.
NEWS
By Jack W. Germond & Jules Witcover | October 11, 1991
Washington -- ANOTHER justification for the seemingly endless Iran-contra investigation of special prosecutor Lawrence Walsh -- perhaps the most significant justification yet -- occurred the other day.One of the truest of true believers in the Reagan administration's fixation on ousting the Sandinista regime in Nicaragua by force in the 1980s, then assistant secretary of state Elliott Abrams copped a plea to save his own skin.Abrams admitted he had withheld information from Congress on what he did to solicit foreign governmental aid for the contras at a time of a congressional ban on contra aid, and in doing so avoided two felony counts against him. He agreed to plead guilty to a pair of misdemeanor charges that at most can cost him two years in the slammer and $200,000.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Walter Laqueur and Walter Laqueur,Los Angeles Times | June 20, 2004
No war in history has been covered as rapidly and in as much detail as the war in Iraq. The many new books have made a notable contribution to the dissemination of knowledge not only about Washington political decision-making but also about subjects such as geopolitics, terrorism, theology (Islam) and even political philosophy (Leo Strauss and the Straussians). But a price was paid, of which repetition and overlapping are probably the least important features. Most of the new books contribute something to our knowledge.
TOPIC
By Shibley Telhami and Shibley Telhami,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | May 9, 2004
The pictures will be imprinted in the minds of many in the Middle East and around the world for years to come: American soldiers sadistically torturing Iraqi prisoners in the same facility where Saddam Hussein's secret service tormented his subjects. In one of the latest images, a man lies naked on the floor with a collar attached to his neck and a leash held by a female American soldier. These were pictures of utter humiliation in a region where humiliation is the pervasive sentiment that allows militants to exploit potential recruits.
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