October 4, 2012
In today's high-tech world, it's easy to forget to unplug and unwind. If you're in need of a mental break, check out the drop-in meditation classes run by the Kadampa Meditation Center, a nonprofit Buddhist organization - the only one of its kind in Harford County. “In our busy, often distracted daily lives, meditation is an essential tool for helping to develop mindfulness, focus, and a healthy mental perspective on daily life,” says Kelsang Menla, administrative director for the center.
August 6, 2010
On the 65th anniversary of using the atomic bomb on Hiroshima, Japan, no doubt people who decry the use will be coming out of the woodwork to once again castigate the event. While the bomb was a weapon of war, it also became a weapon for peace as well. There can't be the slightest doubt that Stalin and the Soviet Union had czarist eyes on all of Europe, having already demonstrated that by the invasion of Poland, the Baltic States and Finland. The Soviets saw what the bomb does and that we were in position to use it again.
October 23, 2012
In memory of George McGovern, we should not forget that he was a GI ("Liberal icon fought Nixon, Vietnam War," Oct. 22). Originally, GI stood for General Issue, but it came to represent the men and women who wore a uniform in service to their country. At the end of World War II, these people were disgusted with killing, maiming, deforming, wasting, etc. With the assistance of the several parts of the GI Bill, they tried to make sure it didn't happen again. The death of George McGovern should not end his efforts or end the efforts of millions of his compatriots to ensure peace and tranquillity.
March 25, 2013
Given how low the expectations were for President Barack Obama's highly publicized trip to the Middle East, it may not be saying much to declare that he exceeded them. But given the precarious state of Israeli-Palestinian relations, it would also be easy to underappreciate just how crucial his efforts may prove to be in the long quest for a lasting peace in the Middle East. When Mr. Obama arrived in Israel, he faced many who believed that the possibility of a two-state solution was on its death bed, if not gone already.
March 27, 2013
"Peace is necessary, just, and it is possible," President Barack Obama told Israelis last week in Jerusalem. His visit to the region was a crucial step in the pursuit of peace. President Obama recognized the ancient Jewish connection to Israel and the necessity for a Jewish state. He understood the grave challenges threatening its survival and that responsibility for resolving the conflict will have to be shared between Palestinians, Israelis and the international community. At the same time, he made clear that the U.S. will stand with Israel as it considers the difficult compromises necessary to achieve peace.
September 23, 2010
Ten-year-old Nathan Smith came up with an acronym for peace: "Peace Encourages A Conflict to End. " Before folding his sheet of colored paper into a pinwheel, Aubrey Thornton, 9, filled it with hearts, peace symbols and an array of colors. Alayna Munoz, 9, penned that people should care for each other and be peaceful like egrets, adding that in spelling the name of the milky-white bird, "I had trouble on the last 'e.'" The three students and others at Forest Ridge Elementary School in Laurel had no trouble participating in Tuesday's Pinwheels for Peace, a worldwide project where children craft images and messages about peace then fold their papers into twirly objects and plant them in the ground as part of International Day of Peace.