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By Ellen Goodman | December 8, 2003
BOSTON - This tale of elders and children, of common dollars and common sense, began behind a one-way mirror. Earlier this fall, I watched a dozen mothers talking about child care. The women had a variety of caregivers for their children, from grandmas to groups, from preschool to after school. They talked about complex arrangements, about the good and the bad, the costly and the more costly. But when the conversation veered toward a gripe, one mother said, "Well, nobody asked us to have these children."
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By Cal Thomas | June 8, 2013
The annual ritual known as the Scripps National Spelling Bee came and went last week, with kids spelling words that, I suspect, many with graduate degrees couldn't spell. The winner was Arvind Mahankali, a 13-year-old eighth-grader from Bayside Hills, N.Y. Arvind is the first boy to win the title since 2008. There is a lesson to be learned from the success of these young people, including the ones who came close to winning but didn't. It is the value of persistence. Arvind won this year by spelling the German word "knaidel.
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By Karen Grigsby Bates | June 24, 1992
IF YOU'VE been listening to the babble from the Bush administration, you would think that the notion of personal responsibility is something foreign or new to most of the African-American community. It has become a code phrase for "what's wrong with those people?" and is sprinkled liberally throughout analyses of why the uprising in Los Angeles happened.Photos and videotape shot during the violence have inspired several commentators to intone that what's needed now in the black community is "a sense of personal responsibility."
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By Cal Thomas | May 25, 2013
President Barack Obama gave two commencement addresses in one to graduates of Morehouse College in Atlanta, Ga., last weekend. It would be easy for this conservative to critique the political and social elements of his speech. Instead, I choose to focus on the inspirational part. The president struck the right note at the historically black, all-male college. African-American men in America need more role models and encouragement to counter the reality, reinforced by much of the media, of too much failure, crime, imprisonment, out-of-wedlock births, a disproportionate abortion rate and other social maladies affecting many in the black community.
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By Laura Sullivan and David L. Greene and Laura Sullivan and David L. Greene,SUN NATIONAL STAFF | May 6, 2004
WASHINGTON - Until last week, Antonio M. Taguba was known mainly for being the second Filipino-American to become a general in the U.S. Army. Now, he is known as the man whose scathing report on detainee abuse at the Abu Ghraib prison ignited a firestorm. Taguba's 53-page document details widespread abuse of Iraqi prisoners at the hands of American soldiers, including descriptions of sodomy, simulated sex and other humiliations. The report by the 53-year-old major general has been thrust into blanket coverage by newspaper and television news outlets worldwide.
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By Gary MacDougal | September 8, 2008
When the Republican Congress and Democratic President Bill Clinton agreed to "end welfare as we know it" in 1996, it stood to reason that states would need time to recover from decades of policies that undermined work incentives and encouraged family breakups - or never forming two-parent families in the first place. After more than a decade with the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act of 1996 in place, however, we now can see success has been widespread and deep, and we can assess how some states effectively capitalized on the freedom offered by this landmark national welfare reform, and how some failed embarrassingly.
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By GENA R. CHATTIN | April 12, 2007
Ozomatli Ozomatli has been at the crossroads of music and activism for more than a decade, and its newest album, Don't Mess With the Dragon, is all about personal responsibility. "People growing up, people taking care of their own lives. The healthier people get, the better the music gets," said bassist Wil-Dog Abers on the band's Web site. Tracks on Dragon address the Bush administration's response to Hurricane Katrina devastation and more. Doors open at 8 p.m. Wednesday at Sonar, 407 E. Saratoga St. Tickets are $17. Call 410-327-8333 or go to ticketmaster.
NEWS
September 21, 2012
In his cavalier dismissal of the 47 percent of the population he describes as "people ... who don't take personal responsibility for their lives," Mitt Romney conveniently forgets about the large number of his own low-income, marginally educated but fervent supporters ("Remarks may haunt Romney," Sept. 18). These are people who Republican operatives have persuaded to demonize taxes, science, sensible gun control and women's reproductive rights rather than consider which candidate's approach would be in their own best interests.
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March 16, 2013
A recent letter writer spoke of the "extreme sanctimony" of people who believe a pregnancy should not be terminated by choice ("Pro-life sanctimony," March 10). His statement "please, can we call them what they really are?" - anti-abortionists - was dripping with sarcasm. The main point of the letter seemed to be that it is somehow the personal responsibility of members of the pro-life movement to develop programs that support children who otherwise would have been aborted. But shouldn't personal responsibility start with the mother and father of the unborn child?
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By Ellen Goodman | January 3, 1996
BOSTON -- This one is for Priscilla Parten, the Derry, N.H., woman who had the temerity to ask Lamar Alexander who would care for the elderly if the budget is cut according to the GOP pattern.The answer from the presidential candidate, one of the men hawking their wares across New Hampshire was that ''We're going to have to accept more personal responsibility in our own families for reading to our children and caring for our parents, and that's going to be inconvenient and difficult.''Happy New Year, Priscilla and open up your calendar.
NEWS
April 20, 2013
In regard to The Sun's editorial on Kermit Gosnell, you should be ashamed of yourselves ("Kermit Gosnell and the 'liberal media,'" April 16). Blaming the alleged murder of seven children on the fact that women don't have access to birth control and comprehensive sex education is ludicrous. Doesn't anyone need to take responsibility for their actions anymore? Since when don't women have access to birth control? Last time I checked, condoms are available in every pharmacy. Planned Parenthood - note the word, planned - helps women with their reproductive choices.
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March 16, 2013
A recent letter writer spoke of the "extreme sanctimony" of people who believe a pregnancy should not be terminated by choice ("Pro-life sanctimony," March 10). His statement "please, can we call them what they really are?" - anti-abortionists - was dripping with sarcasm. The main point of the letter seemed to be that it is somehow the personal responsibility of members of the pro-life movement to develop programs that support children who otherwise would have been aborted. But shouldn't personal responsibility start with the mother and father of the unborn child?
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By Cal Thomas | October 16, 2012
Had Vice President Joe Biden behaved toward Sarah Palin in their 2008 debate the way he behaved toward Republican vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan in their debate last Thursday, he might have been denounced as a patronizing misogynist. In his debate with Mr. Ryan, the vice president was merely a jerk. Interrupting while someone is trying to make a point is an old debate tactic intended to throw your opponent off-balance and distract observers from what is being said. By some counts, Mr. Biden interrupted Mr. Ryan more than 80 times and moderator Martha Raddatz broke in at least 50 times, mostly interrupting Mr. Ryan.
NEWS
September 21, 2012
In his cavalier dismissal of the 47 percent of the population he describes as "people ... who don't take personal responsibility for their lives," Mitt Romney conveniently forgets about the large number of his own low-income, marginally educated but fervent supporters ("Remarks may haunt Romney," Sept. 18). These are people who Republican operatives have persuaded to demonize taxes, science, sensible gun control and women's reproductive rights rather than consider which candidate's approach would be in their own best interests.
NEWS
September 18, 2012
If 47 percent of American voters weren't in the bag for President Barack Obama before, they certainly are now. The video of Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney writing off nearly half of the American population as layabouts with no feeling of personal responsibility, a victimhood complex and an addiction to government services may hit a new high-water mark for self-inflicted wounds in an electoral campaign, not just because it was insulting but...
NEWS
October 27, 2011
Thank you for your recent article about the problems involved in making our roads safe ("Road of mourning," Oct. 23). I was amazed that in this era of disdain for government regulation there was not a single mention of citizens' personal responsibility to abide by the rules of the road. The speed limit on Route 177 is 40 mph. There needs to be a campaign to inspire adults to help stop the killing by setting an example for young people to observe the speed limit and not drive drunk.
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By Ellen Goodman | January 8, 2004
BOSTON -- This column was inspired by the 5 extra pounds that have made their annual post-holiday appearance and for which I claim personal responsibility. No one else is to blame, although perhaps I could sue the two young women who produced that miraculous chocolate cake for Christmas dinner. But the issue here is not my weight; it's my aforesaid "personal responsibility." PR is the great American password, the single term which, uttered properly, ensures my status as a stand-up grown-up.
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By Los Angeles Times | November 29, 1991
THE ONCE commonplace idea that individuals are answerable for what they do, and that parents are responsible for the behavior of their children, is being codified as public policy in a number of states.Some state and local governments are using what can fairly be described as coercive measures to encourage positive changes in personal behavior. In a dozen states, students who drop out of high school for reasons other than financial hardship face revocation of their driver's licenses. In Arkansas, a new law allows for the lifting of licenses of students who fail to maintain at least a C average.
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By Michael Dresser and Michael Dresser,michael.dresser@baltsun.com | January 25, 2010
Nobody has to tell Tara Stickel she bears some of the fault for the death of her 14-year-old daughter two weeks ago on the Amtrak tracks that cut through the heart of Middle River. She tells herself that often enough. "I take responsibility. She was my daughter. Maybe I didn't teach her enough," she said last Friday as we sat down to talk at a diner just a few miles from where Anna Marie Stickel died Jan. 5. Calm and dignified even in the face of her grief, Anna's 38-year-old mom doesn't absolve her daughter either.
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By Michael Dresser | michael.dresser@baltsun.com | January 10, 2010
The newspaper headline - "Middle River Girl Killed by Train" - could have run last week when 14-year-old Anna Marie Stickel was struck and killed by a passenger train while walking to Kenwood High School. But the headline actually ran in May 1968, when 9-year-old Bonnie Louise Calhoun was run over near Martin Boulevard and Old Eastern Avenue - within walking distance of where Anna was killed - by a Pennsylvania Railroad train. Little has changed over four decades on these tracks in eastern Baltimore County, where the nation's busiest passenger rail corridor divides neighborhoods from several schools.
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