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March 29, 2013
I did a double take reading your editorial that excused Maryland lawmakers for raiding $1 billion from the state's transportation trust fund to spend on other programs ("We all benefit from transit, and we should all pay for it" Mar 25). Let's explore the logic further. Imagine your neighborhood bank loans an individual money to start a small business. That individual changes his mind and instead uses the money to remodel his home. With a straight face, he informs the bank he's not going to repay the first loan, but expects a second one because he's finally getting around to starting that business.
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January 21, 2014
Regarding Edward Davenport's letter expressing concern over the impact marijuana legalization will have on the African-American community ( "The cons of legalized marijuana," Jan. 17), he fails to understand that the current prohibitionist policy is the most damaging of all. It has become increasingly clear that marijuana prohibition is a modern day form of legal discrimination. Maryland has one of the highest marijuana arrest rates in the country, and African Americans are three times as likely to get arrested for simple possession.
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By Yvonne Wenger, The Baltimore Sun | February 23, 2012
Johns Hopkins University President Ronald J. Daniels told the Baltimore Development Corp. board Thursday that the academic powerhouse has a moral obligation to "share our bounty" with the city. Daniels said that he sees Hopkins students, faculty and staff as privileged and that each has a responsibility to help revitalize Baltimore by addressing homelessness, preparing children for good jobs, ending violence and reversing significant health problems. "You can't sequester our institutions from the community," Daniels told the development board at its monthly meeting.
NEWS
March 29, 2013
I did a double take reading your editorial that excused Maryland lawmakers for raiding $1 billion from the state's transportation trust fund to spend on other programs ("We all benefit from transit, and we should all pay for it" Mar 25). Let's explore the logic further. Imagine your neighborhood bank loans an individual money to start a small business. That individual changes his mind and instead uses the money to remodel his home. With a straight face, he informs the bank he's not going to repay the first loan, but expects a second one because he's finally getting around to starting that business.
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By Ed Waldman and Ed Waldman,SUN STAFF | August 26, 2004
Virginia state Sen. John H. Chichester, The group trying to bring the Montreal Expos to Northern Virginia met with members of Major League Baseball's relocation committee for more than three hours yesterday, but the meeting was overshadowed by news that a second powerful state legislator is opposed to a key component of its ballpark financing plan. Sen. John H. Chichester, a Fredericksburg Republican and chairman of the senate finance committee, said Tuesday that a private business should not benefit from bonds backed by the "moral obligation" of the state.
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By JACK W. GERMOND & JULES WITCOVER | November 25, 1996
WASHINGTON -- Perhaps we can be forgiven a little skepticism about Newt Gingrich's intention to become a kinder, gentler politician in his future dealings with the Clinton administration.We have heard the speaker of the House sing this song in the past, always after some rhetorical excess put him in hot water politically. The suspicion arises that we are being manipulated once again."Moral obligation"Accepting his re-election as the House Republican leader, Mr. Gingrich said, ''We find ourselves here with a Democratic president and a Republican Congress and we have an absolute moral obligation to make this system work.
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By Carol J. Williams and Carol J. Williams,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | November 22, 2001
OSLO, Norway - Imagine a world so shielded from modern dangers that children accept candy from strangers. Think about a place where lifelong financial security is guaranteed, no matter how many layoffs, stock market crashes or catastrophic illnesses come your way. Consider the psychological well-being of belonging to a country where no one is homeless or hungry, where women and men are equal, where a pristine environment is reverentially protected and...
NEWS
November 15, 2011
Over the last several weeks, our daily news has been dominated with very disturbing information about allegations of abuse of children by the former assistant football coach at Penn State University. I, like many, have been horrified, disturbed, and greatly troubled by the victimization of children at the hands of an adult, who, in a position of power, allegedly took advantage of young helpless children and allegedly engaged in abhorrent acts of abuse which are not only unconscionable and egregious but sick and wrong.
NEWS
January 21, 2014
Regarding Edward Davenport's letter expressing concern over the impact marijuana legalization will have on the African-American community ( "The cons of legalized marijuana," Jan. 17), he fails to understand that the current prohibitionist policy is the most damaging of all. It has become increasingly clear that marijuana prohibition is a modern day form of legal discrimination. Maryland has one of the highest marijuana arrest rates in the country, and African Americans are three times as likely to get arrested for simple possession.
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By Frank D. Roylance and Frank D. Roylance,Staff Writer | October 13, 1992
When heavy rains roll across the Towson area, Cleve and Gayle Laub and other homeowners watch anxiously to see whether Herring Run will rise to snatch another azalea, topple one more tree or eat away another few feet of their back yards.Standing by the 7-foot-high cliff the water has carved into his yard on Queen's Ferry Road, Mr. Laub, 52, talked about the increasing runoff from the shopping centers, roads and parking lots built since the neighborhood was developed in the 1950s."People thought they had this pretty little meandering stream in the country, and woke up 10 years later and found that wasn't the case," said Mr. Laub.
NEWS
By Yvonne Wenger, The Baltimore Sun | February 23, 2012
Johns Hopkins University President Ronald J. Daniels told the Baltimore Development Corp. board Thursday that the academic powerhouse has a moral obligation to "share our bounty" with the city. Daniels said that he sees Hopkins students, faculty and staff as privileged and that each has a responsibility to help revitalize Baltimore by addressing homelessness, preparing children for good jobs, ending violence and reversing significant health problems. "You can't sequester our institutions from the community," Daniels told the development board at its monthly meeting.
NEWS
November 15, 2011
Over the last several weeks, our daily news has been dominated with very disturbing information about allegations of abuse of children by the former assistant football coach at Penn State University. I, like many, have been horrified, disturbed, and greatly troubled by the victimization of children at the hands of an adult, who, in a position of power, allegedly took advantage of young helpless children and allegedly engaged in abhorrent acts of abuse which are not only unconscionable and egregious but sick and wrong.
SPORTS
November 7, 2011
Paterno must explain Teddy Greenstein Chicago Tribune In a word, yes. Read the 23-page grand jury findings and you will be horrified and sickened. And angry. The target of our anger, assuming the allegations are true, is Jerry Sandusky. Next we get to Tim Curley and ask: Is it true he failed to contact law enforcement regarding the incident between Sandusky and a minor in a Penn State locker-room shower? As for Paterno, who always has seemed like the grandfather we wish we had, did he make every reasonable attempt to protect the minors around Sandusky?
NEWS
By Ruth A. Karron and Ruth R. Faden | August 17, 2009
As the nation prepares for the return of the H1N1 influenza pandemic, public health officials are faced with difficult choices. While some doses of the vaccine for what is known as "swine flu" will be ready by October, the entire supply will not be available for several more months. Recently, two landmark meetings have been convened to discuss plans for the evaluation and use of vaccines against H1N1. On July 23rd, the Vaccine and Related Biological Products Advisory Committee (VRBPAC)
SPORTS
By Ed Waldman and Ed Waldman,SUN STAFF | August 26, 2004
Virginia state Sen. John H. Chichester, The group trying to bring the Montreal Expos to Northern Virginia met with members of Major League Baseball's relocation committee for more than three hours yesterday, but the meeting was overshadowed by news that a second powerful state legislator is opposed to a key component of its ballpark financing plan. Sen. John H. Chichester, a Fredericksburg Republican and chairman of the senate finance committee, said Tuesday that a private business should not benefit from bonds backed by the "moral obligation" of the state.
NEWS
By Larry Carson and Larry Carson,SUN STAFF | April 9, 2004
Howard County's peripatetic winter overflow shelter program for the homeless worked so well, moving from church to church every week or two, that officials plan to do it again next year. "We'd be happy to do it again," said the Rev. Mary Dennis, pastor of caring and missions at Glen Mar United Methodist Church in Ellicott City, where the cold-weather shelter was stationed for its first two weeks in mid-January. The program - a coalition effort of churches, the Horizon foundation and county government - gave the county up to 25 more beds each night for homeless people who otherwise were being referred to shelters in Prince George's or Baltimore counties.
SPORTS
November 7, 2011
Paterno must explain Teddy Greenstein Chicago Tribune In a word, yes. Read the 23-page grand jury findings and you will be horrified and sickened. And angry. The target of our anger, assuming the allegations are true, is Jerry Sandusky. Next we get to Tim Curley and ask: Is it true he failed to contact law enforcement regarding the incident between Sandusky and a minor in a Penn State locker-room shower? As for Paterno, who always has seemed like the grandfather we wish we had, did he make every reasonable attempt to protect the minors around Sandusky?
NEWS
By John Rivera and John Rivera,SUN STAFF | December 5, 1998
Religious leaders who fail to reach out to people with HIV/AIDS in their congregations and communities fall short of their moral obligations, a rabbi who is a leader in the national response to AIDS told an interfaith gathering of clergy yesterday.Marc S. Blumenthal, a Los Angeles-based rabbi who is the chairman of the AIDS National Interfaith Network, told a gathering at Temple Oheb Shalom that acquired immune deficiency syndrome "rolls up all the things that religion in general has a tough time dealing with," including homosexuality, drug use and death.
NEWS
By Frank Langfitt and Frank Langfitt,SUN STAFF | April 3, 2004
A statement by Pope John Paul II that health care providers are morally obliged to provide food and water to patients in persistent vegetative states has left church officials uncertain what impact it would have at the nation's more than 600 Catholic hospitals. The statement, made March 20 but translated into English on Thursday, raised major questions in the church's decades-long debate over how far health care providers should go to keep alive people who have been in deep comas for long periods.
NEWS
By Carol J. Williams and Carol J. Williams,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | November 22, 2001
OSLO, Norway - Imagine a world so shielded from modern dangers that children accept candy from strangers. Think about a place where lifelong financial security is guaranteed, no matter how many layoffs, stock market crashes or catastrophic illnesses come your way. Consider the psychological well-being of belonging to a country where no one is homeless or hungry, where women and men are equal, where a pristine environment is reverentially protected and...
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