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By Richard E. Vatz | September 27, 2013
There has been great controversy regarding the forcible removal of a Howard County parent from a Maryland State Department of Education town hall meeting a week ago after he insisted on orally asking a politically inconvenient question about the Common Core curriculum. Only written questions were allowed. Robert Small was roughly grabbed and physically removed from the meeting and humiliated and handcuffed, although charges of assaulting an officer were later dropped by Baltimore County State's Attorney Scott Shellenberger.
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July 4, 2014
About 25 years ago, when I was a Republican, there were many responsible Republicans in Maryland whom I admired. This was about the time people with more extreme views were beginning to get involved in the party. They actually thought there was no such thing as separation of church and state in the Constitution. Yet many of the responsible Republicans would say to me: "Don't worry Mel, we only give those people lip service. We need them but they have no chance of directing policy.
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By SARA ENGRAM | May 15, 1994
When Barbara Mikulski was contemplating the risk of leaving her safe congressional seat to run for the U.S. Senate, she remarked to friends, ''Nobody ever gives up power; you have to take it from them.''That's as true of well-intentioned administrators as of entrenched politicians. In one current example, the administrators at fault are the very people whose job it is to make sure government does good, not harm, when it provides services to families and children in trouble or distress.Almost six years into an ambitious effort to reform the way social services are administered in Maryland, Governor Schaefer now threatens to bend to the wishes of some members of his cabinet and veto a bill that enshrines in law the same tenets that have been long embraced by his administration.
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By Leonard Pitts Jr and By Leonard Pitts Jr | May 25, 2014
"I want a love I can see. That's the only kind that means a thing to me. Don't want a love you have to tell me about. That kind of loving I can sure do without. " -- The Temptations, 1963 A few days ago in an airport restaurant, I saw a scene that has become commonplace in recent years. These soldiers were sitting there talking, waiting for their meal. And this guy on the way out detoured over to them. "Thank you for your service," he said. They nodded, thanked him for thanking them.
NEWS
April 14, 1996
CALL IT A political shot across the bow: House Speaker Casper R. Taylor has taken Gov. Parris N. Glendening to task for not doing enough to improve Maryland's business climate. In an opinion piece we published last Thursday, Mr. Taylor chided the governor for giving "lip service" to establishing a pro-business state. He warned of "truly tough times" if "we don't do more to jump-start Maryland's private-sector engine."In the polite and proper world of State House politics, top Democratic legislators rarely offer such pointed public criticism of a Democratic governor.
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By David Zurawik and David Zurawik,SUN TELEVISION CRITIC | July 14, 1999
The big four broadcast networks were saying all the right things yesterday in response to NAACP President Kweisi Mfume's threat to sue them over the fact that, of the 26 new series set to debut this fall, not one has a leading character who is African-American.If you closed your eyes and forgot everything you knew about the history of the networks and how they have handled such images, you might even believe ABC, NBC, CBS and Fox were really going to start offering more diverse programming.
NEWS
July 4, 2014
About 25 years ago, when I was a Republican, there were many responsible Republicans in Maryland whom I admired. This was about the time people with more extreme views were beginning to get involved in the party. They actually thought there was no such thing as separation of church and state in the Constitution. Yet many of the responsible Republicans would say to me: "Don't worry Mel, we only give those people lip service. We need them but they have no chance of directing policy.
NEWS
June 7, 2013
Two points stand out in your recent editorial about the 2014 gubernatorial race, one glaringly wrong, the other correct ("It's not over yet," May 31). The error occurs in your statement that "Rep. Dutch Ruppersberger is toying with a run for governor; he would be the only Baltimore-area candidate in the Democratic primary. " However, there is another candidate running in the Democratic primary, and he lives in Pikesville. That candidate's name is Ralph Jaffe, yours truly. And the last time I checked Pikesville was in the Baltimore area.
NEWS
July 15, 2011
Barbara Moseley is spot on with her commentary regarding the treatment of staff members at the Johns Hopkins Hospital ("Hopkins disrespectful to clerical workers," July 12). I was treated in a very similar way as I faced a regime of chemotherapy treatments in 2010. I was called into my boss' office; he looked right at me and said, "We are eliminating your position. I can cut you a check right now if you like. " I didn't like. I went right to HR, and as Ms. Moseley said, the HR people are just lip service and really don't care at all about staff.
NEWS
August 11, 1995
TerroristsEyad Ismoil, a Palestinian accused as a co-conspirator in the World Trade Center bombing which killed six people, is called a terrorist.Timothy McVeigh, an American accused as a co-conspirator in the federal building bombing in Oklahoma City which killed 168 people, is not called a terrorist.Why not?Garland L. CrosbyBaltimoreLip ServiceIt is probably dawning on many Christian social conservatives that despite the ascendancy of Republicans in the last elections there is little hint that their ambitious social agenda has not even begun to be enacted.
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By Richard E. Vatz | September 27, 2013
There has been great controversy regarding the forcible removal of a Howard County parent from a Maryland State Department of Education town hall meeting a week ago after he insisted on orally asking a politically inconvenient question about the Common Core curriculum. Only written questions were allowed. Robert Small was roughly grabbed and physically removed from the meeting and humiliated and handcuffed, although charges of assaulting an officer were later dropped by Baltimore County State's Attorney Scott Shellenberger.
NEWS
June 7, 2013
Two points stand out in your recent editorial about the 2014 gubernatorial race, one glaringly wrong, the other correct ("It's not over yet," May 31). The error occurs in your statement that "Rep. Dutch Ruppersberger is toying with a run for governor; he would be the only Baltimore-area candidate in the Democratic primary. " However, there is another candidate running in the Democratic primary, and he lives in Pikesville. That candidate's name is Ralph Jaffe, yours truly. And the last time I checked Pikesville was in the Baltimore area.
NEWS
February 6, 2013
Is this really the best anyone in Washington can do to avert sequestration? President Barack Obama's call for delaying the automatic spending cuts past the March 1 deadline would seem reasonable enough, except he hasn't really offered up a specific plan to do so. Instead, he's recommended that a few months of delay might be achieved through a "smaller package of spending cuts and tax reform. " Republicans are flatly rejecting any form of tax increase (and, apparently, ending a tax break on corporate jets is regarded as just that by Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell)
NEWS
November 23, 2012
Former Governor Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. presents a 20-point platform for Republicans to "be proud of" ("A platform for the next Republican nominee," Nov. 18). Let's examine each of these points in detail, and the reader can decide if any of them are things to be proud of. Mr. Ehrlich says that the Republican conservative movement: •"Chooses to respect the American tradition of religious liberty as applied to faith-based institutions. " Poppycock! This has nothing to do with religious liberty - it is just an excuse for religious employer (the Catholic Church in this case)
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By Kathy Hudsonhudmud@aol.com | February 28, 2012
After tragedy caused by human dysfunction, the resolve always is not to forget. The end of World War II brought global resolve not to forget Nazi crimes against humanity and to prevent future atrocities. Decades later, genocide continues. Closer to home is the death of Yeardley Love, again in the media and in the minds of Baltimoreans during the recent trial of George Huguely. Love grew up in the lacrosse community and was beloved by many.    The family of George Huguely is also known by some in Baltimore.
NEWS
By Childs Walker, The Baltimore Sun | September 28, 2011
If the Orioles were Rick Besore's girlfriend, he would have broken off the tortured relationship long ago. Who could still love after the collapse of 2005 or the 2-16 start of 2010 or the dashing of this year's once-robust hopes? But on Monday, Besore stood with his brother Scott on the flag court at Camden Yards, shouting for his 92-loss team to spoil the playoff chances of the Boston Red Sox. Somehow, his bond with a club that will wrap up its 14th straight losing season tonight is stronger than almost any in his life.
NEWS
April 4, 2007
When Maryland's 141 delegates and 47 senators adjourn next Monday night to conclude their annual 90-day session in Annapolis, they will face the unenviable task of explaining exactly what they accomplished this year. At the moment, their assessment would have to be: not much. And with time running out, it will take swift and decisive action to produce a different outcome. Next year's projected $1.5 billion structural deficit and Gov. Martin O'Malley's decision to defer consideration of a major tax initiative may have put a damper on the State House from the session's start.
NEWS
By Anita Finkel and Anita Finkel,Special to the Sun | January 14, 1996
"At the Still Point: A Memoir," by Carol Buckley. Simon & Schuster. 255 pages. $23JTC This book - which it's hard to resist calling a "little book" - embodies some better aspects of what could be called "women's reading" in the mid-1990s. What might once have been turned into escapist romance on a dude ranch or sex-and-power adventuring over mid-day martinis, la Rona Jaffe, today a calm look back by a woman at mid-life: twice married, twice divorced, self-supporting, children grown, aware of family dysfunction and, in the case of "At the Still Point," "at peace" with it.In her mid-50s, Carol Buckley has written an autobiography from the perspective of the self-discovery, human potential movement and produced an account that is even-tempered, sweet-spirited, every way culturally correct, and soothingly recovered.
NEWS
July 15, 2011
Barbara Moseley is spot on with her commentary regarding the treatment of staff members at the Johns Hopkins Hospital ("Hopkins disrespectful to clerical workers," July 12). I was treated in a very similar way as I faced a regime of chemotherapy treatments in 2010. I was called into my boss' office; he looked right at me and said, "We are eliminating your position. I can cut you a check right now if you like. " I didn't like. I went right to HR, and as Ms. Moseley said, the HR people are just lip service and really don't care at all about staff.
NEWS
By Jonah Goldberg | August 28, 2008
Vice president. Who among us can contain their excitement? Not me. I can't wait to hear more from the man for whom brevity is a Rubicon he will not cross. Ladies and gentlemen, let me tell you something about Sen. Joe Biden, as Joe Biden himself might say: Joe is the guy who will tell the hard truths, say the unsaid things - literally, not just figuratively - to ensure that he has gone the extra oratory mile in service to this great cause, America, for which he will give not merely his last breaths but an unknowable number of breaths in service of the country he loves, never once tiring or being distracted by the grammatical ballast of the period, the wedge issue of the paragraph break or the thud of his audiences' heads soporifically smacking the tables in front of them.
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