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By Rick Kreidel and Rick Kreidel,Perryville High School, Cecil County | February 11, 1992
Peace is the color of tie dyeIt sounds like roaring peoplein a crowdand the cry of dolphins in the ocean.Peace smells like the salt water in theair blowing in your face.Its taste is like happiness after yourhave savedsomeone or something.It feels like a rainbow in the dark.
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By Joe Burris, The Baltimore Sun | August 24, 2014
As people of different faiths gathered Sunday at the Baltimore Basilica for a prayer service for peace in Iraq, Archbishop William E. Lori implored the crowd to keep praying after news of the crisis no longer dominates headlines. "This suffering has deep, deep roots, and it will require our faithful attention for a long time to come," the Baltimore archbishop said during the one-hour ecumenical and interreligious service that included religious leaders from Christian, Muslim and Jewish faiths.
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September 6, 2013
In response to Jonathan Pitts ' excellent article ("Shadow over a holy time," Sept. 4) on the perilous position of Israel, and the entire Middle East, I invite all people of good will to join me in our fervent hope that there will be peace in every heart, and in every home, and in every nation. Molly Koch, Pikesville
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August 11, 2014
Wonderful article by Caroline Poplin ( "A costly victory for Israel," Aug. 7). As a Palestinian American - one of the "moderates" she mentions - I know that it is vital for Palestinians and Israelis to live side-by-side in peace. Many people I speak to express hopelessness about the situation, but I believe peace is not only achievable but inevitable. Leaders on both sides must take a hard look at how this continuing unresolved conflict is destroying a generation of young people on both sides and do what is needed to end it. It's not too late for peace.
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September 25, 2013
Secretary of State John Kerry's meeting with Iran's foreign minister ("Kerry to meet Iran's foreign minister at UN in first face-to-face talks since 1979," Sept. 23) represents a good first step for direct negotiations between the U.S. and Iran, a country that does not threaten U.S. national interests. Hopefully, President Barack Obama will also meet with the new Iranian president, Hasan Rowhani, who has been reaching out to the West since entering office. It is past time for the U.S. to stop allowing Israel and its powerful lobby to dictate our foreign policy, which has caused us so much harm and expense.
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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.
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L'Oreal Thompson | 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.
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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.
NEWS
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.
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By Joe Burris, The Baltimore Sun | 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.
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By Paul Pierre-Louis and The Baltimore Sun | August 10, 2014
Before the doors opened Saturday evening at SECU Arena, there was a line of people in front of the main entrance that stretched down the sidewalk. The Ball Up All-Stars, a team of streetball legends, stopped at Towson as part of their countrywide summer tour, and some fans waited 21/2 hours to make sure they had good seats. Demetrius Spencer, CEO of streetball tour Ball Up, said after the game that attendance gradually has increased since the team was formed in 2009. That trend was evident in the All-Stars' matchup against a team of Baltimore locals hoping to someday earn the same fame as their Ball Up opponents.
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By Aaron Wilson and The Baltimore Sun | August 9, 2014
There were no real fights between the Ravens and the San Francisco 49ers during a joint practice session Saturday at the Ravens' training complex. The closest they came to a skirmish was a brief shoving match between Ravens outside linebacker Pernell McPhee and 49ers fullback Will Tukuafu. And that didn't seem to surprise the father of Ravens coach John Harbaugh and 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh. "The amazing thing is these teams that get together, they normally do the two or three days before the game, and then you play the game and get on the plane and go home," said Jack Harbaugh, a retired former football coach at Western Kentucky, Western Michigan and Michigan.
NEWS
August 8, 2014
The opposing views on the Gaza conflict offered by two recent commentators compel me to respond to some important facts left out of the discussion by those sympathetic to Hamas ( "Israel's unjust war," July 31, and "Hamas' unjust war," Aug. 1). First, to compare the downing of Malaysian Airlines Flight 17 over Ukraine that killed all aboard to Israel's Iron Dome air defense system that has protected Jewish civilians from Hamas' missiles is ridiculous. There would not be one Arab civilian killed if Hamas stopped launching missiles and putting its people in harm's way by agreeing to make peace and accept Israel's right to exist.
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Staff Reports | August 8, 2014
An armed man barricaded himself in his grandparents' Brooklyn Park home, keeping police at bay for nearly six hours before peacefully surrendering Friday evening, Anne Arundel County Police said. Police were called to the 5200 block of Kramme Avenue shortly before 1 p.m. for a reported barricade situation, and as they were taking up tactical positions around the house, a man came out of the front door. pointed a rifle at one of the officers and went back inside, officials said. Several surrounding streets were closed to vehicle and pedestrian traffic, police said.
NEWS
July 31, 2014
There is only one solution to the crisis in Gaza, and that is the complete destruction of Hamas and its replacement by a government dedicated to peaceful relations with its neighbors, including Israel ( "The way forward in Gaza," July 25). When Israel withdrew its forces from Gaza in late 2005, leaving productive greenhouses that would bolster the economy of that enclave, Gazans voted in the 2006 to establish Hamas as the ruling body, knowing full well the agenda of that terrorist organization.
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By Hal Riedl | July 20, 2014
Back when Robert Ehrlich was governor of Maryland, I was interviewing men newly committed to state prison and suspected of gang affiliations. After years in denial, Maryland was just beginning to realize that gangs were very active behind the walls. Among them was a "new" incarnation of BGF (Black Guerrilla Family) that had taken its name from, but was not otherwise beholden to, the BGF that dated from the 1960s. I got to know Lt. Santiago Morales, an astute gang investigator at Baltimore City Detention Center, and we shared information.
NEWS
December 9, 2012
There are a growing number of conflicts worldwide, fighting in Syria, unrest in Egypt, and increasing tension in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict among them. As more and more countries become involved, a real possibility exists that things can get worse for everyone. This holiday season, I believe it is important for countries to stop and think about their actions, to realize the dangers of the paths they are taking. Too many countries today are more concerned about their personal interests and differences and not enough about how this affects people in their nations and others as well.
NEWS
April 26, 2013
After years of conflict and killing in the Middle East, Europe and now here, I would like to know who speaks for the nonviolent Muslims? Have they a leadership or a voice that reaches the media? Do they fear reprisals by those whom they should castigate? I keep a close watch on the news, both on television and in print, but I am unaware of anyone of that faith decrying the killings perpetrated by the region's radicals. I wish they would speak up. Otherwise they run the risk of people dropping the word "radical" from the phrase "Muslim radicals" and painting the entire religion with the same brush.
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By Jon Meoli and The Baltimore Sun | July 18, 2014
NBA veteran Metta World Peace hasn't been seen in the NBA since the New York Knicks waived him in February, but it appears he's been in the recording studio since then - and he's showing some love to Baltimore while in there. Hot New Hip Hop dropped the artist formerly known as Ron Artest's new single, "Baltimore," last night, with a little bit of an explanation as to why the Queens-born forward is singing about Baltimore. “People often ask why am I obsessed with Baltimore,” Artest told the site.
NEWS
July 17, 2014
The five-hour cease fire between Hamas and Israel in the Gaza Strip was the calm before the storm. Hamas rockets began raining down on Israel at the moment the United Nations-requested lull ended on Thursday afternoon. Israel waited a bit longer - three hours or so - before resuming air strikes but then followed with a long-anticipated ground offensive aimed at eliminating so-called "terror tunnels" that allow militants access to Israeli territory. For the moment, Egyptian efforts to broker a truce appear to have amounted to nothing, and the prospects for a more permanent peace appear dim, indeed.
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