April 16, 2013
On June 8, the Domestic Violence Center of Howard County will host “Steppin' into a New Legacy,” a step show and basketball tournament aimed at raising awareness about the role men play in preventing domestic violence. According to the Domestic Violence Center's website, “Domestic violence and sexual assault are far too often viewed as a female-centered issue; one over which men have little voice and a lesser role to play.” However, DVC leaders believe violence is an issue that affects everyone and that men and boys must assume an active stand in helping to stop future acts of aggression.
April 4, 2013
Rogert Ebert, the Pulitzer Prize-winning film critic who died today, leaves behind a rich legacy, thanks to a shelf-full of books that explore movies -- and his own life. His memoir, "Life Itself," dealt with his battle with alcoholism and the later, losing fight with thyroid cancer. He recounts, as well, his love for -- and exhaustive knowledge of -- movies. I came to admire Ebert, who worked at the Chicago Sun-Times, as he reviewed movies with fellow critic Gene Siskel on their PBS show.
March 21, 2013
If Gov. Martin O'Malley succeeds in his plan to increase the gas tax by 60 percent and index it to inflation, he will have cemented his legacy: Making Maryland the highest-taxed state in the nation. Congratulations, Governor O'Malley. M. Link, Baltimore Text NEWS to 70701 to get Baltimore Sun local news text alerts
February 18, 2013
Now that former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is unemployed, here is a synopsis of the world situations she was engaged in and responsible for during her tenure: In China, officials whom she upset would not even meet with her for the last three years. Regarding North Korea, our attempts to talk with them never got off the ground and they are now threatening to launch long-range nuclear missiles at us. Egypt, a former staunch ally, is now run by the Muslim Brotherhood, to whom we are selling sophisticated weaponry.
February 9, 2013
It takes little effort to find severe problems with the character of Richard Wagner, the man who was born two centuries ago and, as he was the first to acknowledge, became one of history's greatest composers. It's much harder to dismiss his music, which is receiving extra attention around the world during this bicentennial year. Locally, the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra is taking a close look at Wagner over the next few months. The focus starts this week with a program featuring, in concert form, Act 1 from "Die Walkure," the second of four operas that comprise "The Ring of the Nibelung," the epic filled with heroic and villainous mortals, giants, troubled gods, Valkyries on horseback, horned helmets, a mighty sword and, of course, a magical ring.
January 20, 2013
She'd never seen a presidential inauguration in her life, or wanted to, but on Jan. 20, 2009, Nathasa Werts braved bone-chilling weather and a crowd of more than a million people for a trip to Washington. The nation had just elected its first black president, after all, and Werts, an African-American mother of three, finally felt a part of the process. "Our ancestors were slaves, and that's an ugly past, but that election told us we have the power to turn all that around," the Pikesville woman recalled.