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February 9, 2010
I have been an employee with the state of Maryland for nearly four years. Though generally pleased with the benefits provided by the state for its workforce, I must take issue with the state's liberal leave policy. Liberal leave allows employees the option to use a day of vacation in order to take the day off in the event of inclement weather. Under normal circumstances this is a fairly reasonable policy -- for instance, 4 inches of snow doesn't generally make roads impassable, but it does often close schools and make commuting more difficult for most people, especially in this region.
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Robert L. Ehrlich Jr | August 3, 2014
Fact: Captured Hamas fighters confirm that their maze of secret tunnels into Israel was to be the entry point for a series of coordinated terror attacks during the Jewish High Holidays - all in order to massacre Israeli citizens at lightly guarded border settlements. Opinion: Americans should keep this scenario in mind as Secretary of State John Kerry readily adopts Hamas talking points and positions in his attempts to secure a "humanitarian" cease-fire. Hamas views such cessations of hostilities as mere opportunities to re-load in their ongoing campaign to reign terror (and ultimately destroy)
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By Mike McGrew | March 1, 2010
What's wrong with political labels? Plenty! Today, the word "liberal" has been lambasted so severely that most Americans are loath to use it positively. Disparagement of "conservatives" wasn't quite as bad when liberals championed Social Security, Medicare, workers' and voters' rights, the end to racially discriminatory practices, and critical environmental protections. Despite conservative opposition at the time, both parties eventually embraced most of these accomplishments. But partisan negativity has since intensified greatly.
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July 8, 2014
In a recent column in The Sun, Peter Morici states that he cannot be a scientist and a liberal at the same time ( "Why I can't be a scientist and a liberal," July 1). He is correct! The fact is, he can never call himself a scientist because economics is not a science, and economists are not scientists. Embracing political positions has nothing to do with science nor does it qualify you as a scientist. David Mauriello, Severna Park - To respond to this letter, send an email to talkback@baltimoresun.com . Please include your name and contact information.
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By Mona Charen | October 4, 1994
AT CONSERVATIVE gatherings these days -- for example, at the celebration of the 50th anniversary of Human Events magazine last week -- there is confident talk of a "conservative revival."Well, maybe, but liberal control of the central institutions of our society is as secure as ever. The schools, the churches, the foundations, the universities, the media, popular entertainment, all levels of government, publishing and (I hear) even the Girl Scouts are dominated by the liberal outlook.If, as right-wingers like to believe, the sentiments of "the people" are actually conservative -- then they are the most docile conservatives imaginable, content to let liberals run things.
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July 8, 2014
In a recent column in The Sun, Peter Morici states that he cannot be a scientist and a liberal at the same time ( "Why I can't be a scientist and a liberal," July 1). He is correct! The fact is, he can never call himself a scientist because economics is not a science, and economists are not scientists. Embracing political positions has nothing to do with science nor does it qualify you as a scientist. David Mauriello, Severna Park - To respond to this letter, send an email to talkback@baltimoresun.com . Please include your name and contact information.
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By Ron Smith | February 19, 2010
The ever-expanding power of the American political class has been sharply brought into focus because of the shrinking living standards of millions of the people they ostensibly represent. This contrast has set the stage for what The New York Times this week called "Rebellion on [the] Right." In a clear warning to the members of the "inner party," the essential newspaper of the ruling elite featured a lengthy front-page story on Tuesday by David Barstow, complete with a color photo of tea party activists in Sandpoint, Idaho.
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February 10, 2010
On Monday morning, less than 48 hours after Gov. Martin O'Malley declared a state of emergency in Maryland, where many counties received over 30 inches of snow, my husband was expected at work. He is considered an essential state employee, so even when liberal leave is called, he is expected to be at work without question. On Monday there were over 200 local closings between schools, businesses and government buildings. I even heard some branches of local federal buildings were shut down.
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By Ellen Goodman | October 16, 2003
BOSTON - After all these years, I have finally come up with the definition of a liberal wimp: It's someone who feels sorry for Rush Limbaugh. Here is a man who has kept 20 million dittoheads on a closed loop of right-wing rhetoric for three hours a day, five days a week, for 15 years. Here is a man for whom the word "bombastic" was invented. Imagine what he would say about some "feminazi" caught popping 30 illegal pills a day. Imagine how forgiving he would be to an "environmental wacko" scoring OxyContin while tree-hugging.
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By Elise Armacost | July 28, 1996
"BEN CARDIN IS A Tax and Spend Liberal'' That's Point No. 5 on 3rd District congressional candidate Pat McDonough's list of 12 reasons why he, a conservative radio talk-show commentator and one-term state lawmaker from way back, can beat the veteran congressman this fall.Here's Point No. 6: ''Cardin has a long, highly public, liberal, Tax and Spend voting record, both in the Legislature and the Congress.''Any guess as to what Point No. 8 might be? ''Cardin represents communities like Towson, Perry Hall, Parkville, Hamilton, Highlandtown, Canton, South Baltimore, Arbutus, Elkridge, Linthicum and Glen Burnie.
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By Peter Morici | July 1, 2014
Economists should be bound by facts and reason. I simply can't embrace liberal positions on the minimum wage, climate change and gender discrimination, and call myself a scientist. Let's take them one by one: The minimum wage: The Congressional Budget Office estimates that raising the federal minimum wage to $10.10 an hour, as President Obama proposes, would eliminate 500,000 to 1,000,000 jobs. Businesses will be forced to raise prices, thereby reducing purchases (If beef or a plumber's visit gets too high, folks eat more chicken and fix their own faucets)
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June 20, 2014
As a recent high school graduate headed for the University of Wisconsin-Madison in the fall, I read with great interest commentator Peter Morici's column on the futility of majoring in certain subjects ( "We share the blame for college student woes," June 16). I can't tell you how many people like Mr. Morici have told me that studying journalism, social work or international relations is a waste because I won't be able to find a well-paying job upon graduation. Yet a study performed by the American Association of Universities found that students who major in the liberal arts have a comparable economic outlook to students who major in STEM fields.
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Robert L. Ehrlich Jr | June 15, 2014
"Political cover" is a powerful phenomenon in contemporary politics. But it can make voters plenty cynical about the ways and means of political warfare. It's typically utilized wherever a well-known progressive Democrat speaks or acts outside of permissible lines, i.e., crosses the politically correct police with an insensitive (or worse) comment on the public stage. On such occasions, the mainstream press will duly note the offensive comment. Appropriate, albeit limited, criticism will follow.
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By Colin Campbell, The Baltimore Sun | May 22, 2014
Hood College President Ronald J. Volpe will resign June 30, after more than a decade at the helm of the Frederick school. Volpe led Hood's transition to co-education a year after being appointed president in 2001 and oversaw an enrollment increase of more than 1,000 students, the college said in an announcement of his resignation. Hood also credited him with increasing endowment to more than $80 million, retiring most of its debt, adding several academic and athletic programs, renovating campus facilities and building a multipurpose recreation and athletic center.
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May 21, 2014
According to the established criteria, "congratulations" to The Baltimore Sun for being named "Newspaper of the Year" by the Maryland, Delaware, District of Columbia Press Association again - this time for the eighth time out of the past nine years. Speaking as a 92 year old retired educator for 35 years and a retired Naval Reserve Officer during World War II for five years and later recalled for three more years during the Korean Conflict, in my opinion, The Baltimore Sun, unfortunately, has not kept its readers fully informed during President Barack Obama's reign of the details of the American economy and the condition of its national and foreign affairs.
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Robert L. Ehrlich Jr | May 18, 2014
Random observations for your reading pleasure: •When have you ever heard about a group of conservative students shouting down a campus speaker, invading and occupying a campus building or pressuring a school to withdraw a candidate for an honorary degree? Well … never. Yet today's headlines are full of left wing faculty and student demands for ideological purity within the ivory tower. All of which raises a question: Why do college lefties feel so free to engage in such activities?
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By Cal Thomas | July 30, 2003
WASHINGTON - Liberal denial about all things conservative has passed the bizarre and arrived at the absurd. The American Psychological Association's Psychological Bulletin has published a study of why conservatives are the way they are. The study was conducted by four researchers, who, according to a press release from the media relations office at the University of California, Berkeley (UCB), "culled through 50 years of research literature about the psychology of conservatism." (Two of the researchers are professors at UCB, which apparently remains imprisoned in '60s dysfunctionality.
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June 20, 1993
As preparations get under way for Ruth Bader Ginsburg's Supreme Court confirmation hearings in mid-July, a speech she delivered in March has been attracting more attention than her opinions in her 13 years as a U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals judge. It is an insightful speech on the law and provides a look at her thought process. Excerpts from the speech begin on Page 1 of this section.Reaction to the speech has been interesting. Some liberals, especially feminists, have expressed concern because she criticizes the 1973 landmark abortion decision of Roe vs. Wade.
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By Jonah Goldberg | May 5, 2014
After the 9/11 terror attacks in 2001, members of the American left found one thing they could all agree on: America's First Amendment rights were in peril. The American Prospect insisted on Sept. 12, when the rubble was still burning and the dead had not yet been retrieved, that "a number of government agencies and their cheerleaders would be clearly tempted to lock the Bill of Rights away in some basement dustbin of the National Archives. " Two weeks later, novelist Barbara Kingsolver warned, "Patriotism threatens free speech with death.
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By Cal Thomas | May 3, 2014
Faith is making a comeback among liberal Democrats, but they still have a ways to go. First, some history. Hoping to attract some Evangelical Christian votes more than 20 years ago, former vice president Al Gore wrote that the biblical story of Noah and the Ark could be paraphrased in modern terms, "Thou shalt preserve biodiversity" ("Earth in the Balance" p. 245). Mr. Gore also claimed the first recorded instance of pollution was when Cain killed Abel and Abel's blood "falls on the ground, rendering it fallow" (p. 247)
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