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November 30, 2008
It's natural to want more for our children I found the column in which Diane Cameron advises us to expect less and want less to be rather naive and even somewhat offensive ("Our wealth is relative to our desire," Commentary, Nov. 25). Like Ms. Cameron and many other adults, I made much less money in my 20s than I do three decades later, but I never felt "poor" living in my small apartment and driving an inexpensive car decades ago. However, my desire to have more wealth as I grew older stemmed not from a desire for a fancier car or a better wardrobe but from an increased sense of responsibility after I got married and had children, and my desire to make sure that my children had the tools necessary to succeed in a highly competitive world.
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NEWS
October 13, 2014
To lend our support to girls' education globally, Roland Park Country School salutes the United Nations' International Day of the Girl, which recognizes girls' rights and the unique challenges girls face, especially in education. This week also marks six months since 273 Nigerian school girls were kidnapped, and they have not yet been returned to their families. And on Friday, the Nobel Peace Prize was awarded to Malala Yousafzai, 17, the youngest person ever to win the prize. Malala is the Pakistani teenager and education activist who was shot in the head by the Taliban on a school bus two years ago for speaking up for girls' education.
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EXPLORE
January 31, 2012
Editor: Kudos to Anne M. Brown of Bel Air (Open Forum, 27 Jan 12). Her letter said it all. For 16 years, Robert C. Richardson III's life has been swept under the rug and now our judicial system wants to do the same with his future! Are there so few of us who cannot feel compassion for this child? Yes, child, albeit a troubled one. He did not get that way overnight nor did he get there by himself. He needs help and support - not more abuse and disappointment. He needs love and understanding - every human's birthright!
NEWS
October 13, 2014
I was a Maryland Transit Administration employee when Larry Hogan was former Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr.'s appointments secretary, and in my judgment many of their appointments at the MTA were questionable at best and in some cases a disaster. For example, a professional ice dancer was hired for a high-paying position despite his lack of qualifications for a position in transit - but he did keep a Darth Vader figurine in his office. Maybe Mr. Hogan could explain his rationale for hiring that employee?
NEWS
October 1, 2014
In response to reader Grant Sizemore's letter, I agree that any animal bite is dangerous and that schools should respond with caution to one that enters their building ( "Feral cats pose a serious health threat to humans," Sept. 26). It is very unlikely that a feral cat would attack unless cornered and threatened, however. And I strongly disagree with his dismissal of a Trap-Neuter-Return strategy to minimize the number of homeless or feral cats. First, no one wants to see fewer cats on the streets more than the people practicing TNR, and they at least are doing something about it by choosing a humane approach to the problem that they can live with.
NEWS
February 26, 2014
The history of the "Hereford Zone" is widely known in Baltimore County. Growing up here, I have always heard the stories of many of the residents being bullies. I experienced it for myself last week during the Baltimore County PTA Council meeting. Several parents from Hereford High School bullied other high school parents in attendance and lobbied vigorously for their ballot to vote for the schedule resolution ( "PTA Council asks Dance to delay high school schedule change," Feb. 21)
EXPLORE
July 5, 2011
Thank you for the article on education opportunities for immigrants. (Page 1 & 11, June 8th). Unfortunately, I must take issue with the writer's use of the term "Illegals. " God did not create anyone "Illegal. " Please use the term "undocumented immigrants. " The tone referenced in the article is one of withholding. The article seemed to center about withholding opportunities without discussing the alternate options. The issue of undocumented immigrants is complicated. Many persons came to the US to flee unemployment, violence, crime or lack of natural resources.
NEWS
June 11, 2014
I agree with people who say that more people, especially men, need to step up as mentors for young boys. However, as has been said many times over the years, it is really the boys' fathers, in particular, who need to step up. Warren Sparrow, Westminster - To respond to this letter, send an email to talkback@baltimoresun.com . Please include your name and contact information.
NEWS
November 20, 2013
Phosphorus is a huge problem in the Chesapeake Bay, and its source is known ( "Farm pollution rule withdrawn," Nov. 15). It is an outrage that Perdue, for whom the farmers are essentially sub-contractors, can veto the effort to employ best available technology to reduce phosphorus runoff into the bay's waters. Dan Watson - To respond to this letter, send an email to talkback@baltimoresun.com . Please include your name and contact information.
NEWS
January 16, 2014
Commentator Fred Medinger's discussion of the unnecessary and loud noise brought on by fireworks merits reflection ( "Fireworks shock and intimidate," Jan. 13). Fireworks under controlled circumstances at certain times of the year are tolerable. However, fireworks used daily in neighborhoods for the sake of loud and unnecessary noise should not be tolerated. Authorities should see to it that the laws regulating fireworks are enforced. John A. Micklos, Baltimore - To respond to this letter, send an email to talkback@baltimoresun.com . Please include your name and contact information.
NEWS
October 13, 2014
I fully agree with commentator Ned Holstein's view that parenthood generally should be shared (" Joint custody should be the rule, not the exception," Oct. 8). As a father of two who fights for his children only because their mother wishes to control them, the courts all to often allow this to happen to great quality dads. Fathers are being cut out of our children's lives for the financial gain of others - mothers and their attorneys. Joe Phillips - To respond to this letter, send an email to talkback@baltimoresun.com . Please include your name and contact information.
NEWS
October 13, 2014
Commentator Ned Holstein makes excellent points about the values of shared parenting agreements ( "Joint custody should be the rule, not the exception," Oct. 8). As a policy analyst in very progressive California, Mr. Holstein and I have differing viewpoints on some issues; however, shared parenting has been proven time and again to be the most effective and beneficial custody arrangement. My particular focus regarding custody issues is on domestic violence - its prevalence, reduction and role in custody disputes.
NEWS
October 13, 2014
Laurie Schwartz's recent letter cheering the Inner Harbor 2.0 Plan after the Star-Spangled Spectacular and the Orioles' victory in the division is a positive note of which Baltimore can be proud ( "Baltimore's winning streak," Sept. 18). Ms. Schwartz has done a marvelous job over the years bringing out the best in Baltimore as president of the Waterfront Partnership. Cloning her would be to our advantage, but her optimism about the Inner Harbor 2.0 Plan needs to be tempered with a concern for how to accomplish it successfully.
NEWS
October 13, 2014
What are black voters' priorities? Your recent article on the candidates' appeal to black voters offered the result of Mr. Hogan's polling on North Avenue: People said they wanted lower taxes above all else ( "Hogan, Brown differ in message to black voters," Oct. 4). A successful governor needs to excel in many criteria. Mr. Brown was not asked how he would lessen tax burdens. Nor was he asked if he felt he deserves higher office after making Marylanders experience the failed Obamacare system.
NEWS
October 12, 2014
In his letter, "What Brown isn't saying about taxes" (Oct. 9), J. Michael Collins of Reisterstown complains about higher gasoline taxes enacted by the O'Malley-Brown administration and asks "When is The Sun going to call Brown out ... on what he and [Gov. Martin] O'Malley have done," with the effect of these taxes? I'll tell you what they have done, Mr. Collins. They are building a third northbound lane on Route 29 in Howard County where I live to ease what has become a slow-rolling parking lot every afternoon at rush hour.
NEWS
October 12, 2014
Former Defense Secretary Leon Panetta has criticized President Barack Obama as a person who often "avoids the battle" and says Mr. Obama's efforts have been to "steer the country away from costly and ineffective wars. " I say thank God for a return to sanity. Dwight D. Eisenhower, a war hero, commanding general and former president of the United States, warned us more than 60 years ago to beware the danger of the military industrial complex. In 1985, Richard Barnet, founder of the Institute for Policy Studies, remarked that "though the U.S came out of WWII the most powerful nation on earth, perhaps, briefly, the paramount nation of all times, it has not won a decisive military victory since 1945 despite trillions spent on the military and the frequent engagement of its forces.
NEWS
October 12, 2014
The op-ed "Joint custody should be the rule, not the exception" (Oct. 8) trots out the tried and true myths about joint custody and about court adjudications. The statistics on families with joint custody include the 95 percent of all divorcing parents who settle out of court. Unless author Ned Holstein is proposing to mandate joint custody against the will of both parents, that statistic will remain. Of the remaining 5-10 percent of cases that go to court, 75 percent have a history of domestic violence.
NEWS
October 12, 2014
Brad Jaeger may be "fuming" that anyone complained about arrows painted on the streets for a race ( "Towson spray-painting prompts bill to regulate markings for running events," Oct. 6), but since 1975 the Arbutus Firecracker 10K has made a left turn in front of my house. I don't who is responsible, but this is the first time anyone has seen it necessary to paint an arrow on the street which is still there and probably won't go away until the street is repaved. So I am all for any proposed bill to stop this from happening again.
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