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February 16, 2014
I am thankful that Melani McAlister, an associate professor at George Washington University, is brave enough to write about the attempt to stifle the American Studies Association ("Maryland bills would stifle academic freedom," Feb. 12). Those of us who are opposing Israeli apartheid are being called anti-Semites. Nothing could be farther from the truth. An anti-apartheid stance is based not on nationality but on ethics. Zionists need to learn the golden rule: Do unto others as you would have others do unto you. Janice Kelly - To respond to this letter, send an email to talkback@baltimoresun.com . Please include your name and contact information.
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NEWS
September 26, 2014
The recent commentary regarding suicide ( "Explaining the inexplicable: suicide," Sept. 23) implies that Jean-Paul Sartre was influenced by Adolf Meyer's ideas ("Sartre saw in Meyer's depressive reaction what he called a "de-differentiation"). It reminds me of a door-to-door salesman who tells me my neighbor just signed up for his product without merit and flashes his clipboard with a list of signatures. Is this true and can I please see my neighbor's signature on your clipboard?
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NEWS
December 6, 1997
Officials of a New Jersey health care company said yesterday that state Sen Larry Young's consulting firm has been paid a total of $46,300 since September 1996, not the $84,000 estimate published by The Sun yesterday.Mafalda Arena, a spokeswoman for Merit Behavioral Care Corp, said yesterday that company records showed Young's firm, the LY Group, has been paid $26,300 during the current year at a monthly fee of $7,000. Last year, she said, records show he was paid $20,000 for four months work at the $5,000 per month rate.
NEWS
September 2, 2014
The recent report by Election Integrity Maryland that there may be as many as 164 individuals who voted in both Maryland and Virginia in the 2012 election hasn't exactly caused the Maryland Board of Elections to press the panic button. There's a reason for that: The numbers don't prove fraud and more likely point to clerical error. That's not to suggest the Fairfax County Electoral Board should not seek criminal investigation, as officials announced last week, into 17 possible cases of duplicate voting in that Northern Virginia county - such due diligence is entirely appropriate - but the chances that such incidents will result in fraud convictions are slim.
BUSINESS
April 22, 2001
The Fountainhead Title Group, one of the largest title companies in the Baltimore metropolitan area, announced that it has merged with Merit Title Co. Fountainhead, which has headquarters in Columbia and operates 14 offices in Maryland, Delaware and Northern Virginia, is absorbing the Bel Air-based company as well as its employees and business, said William Yerman, who founded Merit in 1990. Yerman will be an executive vice president with Fountainhead. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.
NEWS
By C. Fraser Smith and C. Fraser Smith,Staff Writer | March 10, 1993
The question for today, readers, is whether merit can survive politics.The idea was this: Aspiring Russian capitalists would move into a brand new hotel with a Russian restaurant to be constructed on the campus of the University of Maryland, College Park.Arriving in classes of 20 to 30, the Russians would learn about the market economy from professors, bankers, factory managers and others.All of this was to be paid for by the U.S. and Russian governments and by the state of Maryland.Then came politics.
NEWS
August 22, 2001
The student: Beth Baniezewski, 16 Special achievement: Beth was one of three students from Wilde Lake High School recognized as a National Merit semifinalist. Educational goals: She would like to study mechanical engineering at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Favorite subject: Science. How she describes herself: Persistent, helpful, ambitious. Hobbies: She enjoys swimming, writing and completing three-dimensional puzzles.
NEWS
January 31, 2001
The student: Neeraja Murali, 17 School: River Hill High School Special achievement: Neeraja is one of two River Hill seniors to be recognized as a National Merit semifinalist. College: She plans to attend a competitive four-year school. Her top choice is Brown University. Career choice: She is planning to pursue a career in medicine. Favorite subject: Biology. How she describes herself: Hard-working, friendly, well-rounded. In her spare time: Neeraja enjoys singing in choirs and performing.
NEWS
By Larry Carson and Larry Carson,SUN STAFF | July 29, 1996
From auditors to housing inspectors, some key Baltimore County government jobs are being removed from the civil service "merit system" in the name of flexibility, speed and economy.The idea is not new. Federal money for years has funded scores of jobs outside the merit system, and appointive, patronage jobs -- such as the county's only full-time liquor inspector -- occasionally are created.But the impetus for the most recent changes is new -- to make government more like private business.
NEWS
June 13, 2001
The student: Alex Von Hagen-Jamar, 18. School: Howard High School. Special achievement: One of 18 Howard County high school students named a finalist in the 2001 National Merit Scholarship competition. Activities: He participates in the choir, Madrigals, drama and soccer. Most enjoyable to him is singing. "I plan on continuing to sing in college, mostly for fun," he says. Goals: He plans to study engineering, theater or history in college, and has narrowed his search to Brown, Amherst and Princeton.
NEWS
April 23, 2014
Baltimore County Circuit Judge Michael J. Finifter knows how to get County Executive Kevin Kamenetz's attention. A year and a half after Maryland's highest court upheld an arbitrator's decision that Baltimore County had overcharged a group of police department retirees for their health insurance benefits and owed them recompense, the county still has not paid and is working its hardest to avoid ever doing so. Now Mr. Finifter has threatened to hold...
NEWS
February 16, 2014
I am thankful that Melani McAlister, an associate professor at George Washington University, is brave enough to write about the attempt to stifle the American Studies Association ("Maryland bills would stifle academic freedom," Feb. 12). Those of us who are opposing Israeli apartheid are being called anti-Semites. Nothing could be farther from the truth. An anti-apartheid stance is based not on nationality but on ethics. Zionists need to learn the golden rule: Do unto others as you would have others do unto you. Janice Kelly - To respond to this letter, send an email to talkback@baltimoresun.com . Please include your name and contact information.
NEWS
January 13, 2014
Amazing how the Gov. Chris Christie debacle carries major news headlines in the red press in this country but the Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown mess and Gov. Martin O'Malley's antics draw very little notice in comparison ("Christie vs. O'Malley on taking responsibility," Jan. 10). Perhaps The Sun can explain, but I think that most fair-minded people understand. F. Cordell - To respond to this letter, send an email to talkback@baltimoresun.com . Please include your name and contact information.
NEWS
By Joe Burris and Pamela Wood, The Baltimore Sun | January 8, 2014
Each week, when the weather allows, Jon Korin hops on his road bike and pedals far enough for a three-day tally that cyclists call a century ride — 100 miles. This year, the retired Severna Park resident who grew up riding his bike to school reached another cycling goal: He joined with Anne Arundel cyclists to launch the county's first bicycling advocacy group. Korin, 59, is president of Bicycle Advocates for Annapolis and Anne Arundel County (BikeAAA), which began in March as a project for Leadership Anne Arundel, a nonprofit that gathers residents for community service and outreach.
NEWS
December 9, 2013
Diane Leopold's recent commentary conveniently ignores some important points ("Dominion Transmission: Cove Point LNG project environmentally sound," Dec. 5). First, the original Environmental Impact Study (EIS) she refers to was for the Dominion property as an LNG import and distribution facility. What is being proposed is an LNG production facility. To claim the original EIS covers this is tantamount to saying "apples, door knobs, they're both round. " It is not reassuring to know that Dominion would pay other companies for their reduced emissions.
NEWS
December 2, 2013
There is nothing small or inconsequential about plans to build a liquefied natural gas export terminal at Cove Point in Southern Maryland's Calvert County. Dominion Resources wants to invest in the neighborhood of $3.8 billion to build the controversial facility, and officials claim its three-year construction will create jobs for as many as 3,000 people. By any standard, that's a huge private investment in Maryland, and small wonder it's already gotten support from the county's elected officials, from Maryland's construction trade unions and from Rep. Steny H. Hoyer, one of this state's most powerful political figures.
NEWS
By Larry Carson and Larry Carson,SUN STAFF | June 30, 1998
Angry Baltimore County employees vowed yesterday to wage an aggressive campaign against the Ruppersberger administration's proposal to strip 75 top jobs out of the county's merit system, saying the move is only the latest assault on the system's integrity.Workers say County Executive C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger already has sidestepped the county's laws by replacing merit system workers -- ranging from public works bureau chiefs to code enforcement inspectors -- with so-called part-time appointees.
BUSINESS
By M. William Salganik and M. William Salganik,SUN STAFF | October 28, 1997
Columbia's Green Spring Health Services Inc. stands to double in size as its parent company, Magellan Health Services Inc. of Atlanta, announced plans yesterday to buy Merit Behavioral Care Corp. for $560 million in cash and assumed debt.The New Jersey-based Merit will be merged into Green Spring, said Dr. Henry T. Harbin, Green Spring's president and chief executive officer. That would create a Maryland-based company with more than $1 billion of annual revenue, providing managed-care mental health services for 40 million people by contracting with more than 50,000 clinicians and mental health facilities.
NEWS
November 14, 2013
Thanks to Erica Green for highlighting the issue of preschool suspensions ("Pre-K suspensions common in Maryland schools," Nov. 11). A child this young acting out enough to elicit such a harsh response from an adult tells us much more about the adults than the child. But we should be asking a lot more about the children. Are these children crying out for help, for attention, in frustration? Are there learning issues going undetected and unmet? Are teachers seeking help for these students to see if they need additional services to succeed?
NEWS
By Arthur Hirsch, The Baltimore Sun | November 13, 2013
Howard County is asking a federal court to throw out a former Fire Department battalion chief's lawsuit, arguing that the Facebook posts that triggered his dismissal were not constitutionally protected because they were "at best, personal opinion or pique and, at worst, insubordinate. " The response, filed Tuesday in U.S. District Court, follows a suit brought last month by Kevin P. Buker. The county argues that posts on Buker's personal Facebook page early this year did not involve "a matter of public concern" - a key element in cases involving the First Amendment rights of public employees.
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