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September 22, 2014
For six long years we've endured the humiliation of President Barack Obama's disastrous foreign policy failures ( "Risks of war," Sept. 18). The White House's weak and confusing response to the huge terrorist threat posed by the brutal Islamic State is just one example. Another is Russian President Vladimir Putin's land grab in Ukraine and his military threats to the United States. Meanwhile, more terrorist groups, including al-Qaida, continue to thrive across the globe, and Iran continues to enrich uranium while delaying negotiations with the West.
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By Lorraine Mirabella and The Baltimore Sun | October 11, 2014
The panels on the stand-up display feature the words of a dozen women who survived domestic violence, telling why they stayed and how they left. Growing out of a larger effort to tackle domestic abuse - or intimate partner violence - as an issue affecting health and safety in the workplace, Kaiser Permanente sends the display, featuring the stories of its employees, around to its medical centers. The project aims to "to open up a conversation, to let employees and members know they're not the only one who may be experiencing domestic violence," said Ann Jordan, program manager for women's health at Kaiser, which offers domestic violence prevention programs to employees, including on-site services, referrals to community services such as shelters and training to recognize signs of abuse.
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NEWS
July 1, 2012
Dan Rodricks wrote in a recent column that Howard County Health Officer Peter Beilenson is "sick of the vilification of the uninsured by opponents of Obamacare. " And that he is "sick of people like Rush Limbaugh, who have great health insurance, complaining that people who don't have insurance are just a bunch of freeloaders. It's obvious that neither Mr. Rodricks nor Mr. Beilenson has ever listened to Rush's radio program or they would know that Rush doesn't have insurance.
NEWS
By Charles Cadwell and Mark Goldberg | October 6, 2014
Climate change has been in the news a lot lately. The United Nations held a Climate Change Summit, which was attended by more than 100 heads of state. Hundreds of thousands of people took to the streets of New York for a "People's Climate March," the biggest such event ever. But there was a third very important climate-related development that received much less attention than it warranted: President Barack Obama issued a new executive order that may prove to be a turning point for efforts to advance climate preparedness around the world and for U.S. foreign aid planning.
EXPLORE
October 9, 2012
I can appreciate that when discussing the "When Thunder Roars, Go Indoors" policy, Donna Franklin, Lightning Safety Program Lead for the National Weather Service, would expound on the dangers associated with lightning (letter, Sept. 20). After all, that is her government job. However, she totally missed the point of the need for a cost/benefit and effectiveness analysis of the "cure" versus the cost. I do not begrudge the cost of putting up a few signs as long as they do not add to sign pollution nor overload.
NEWS
May 24, 2011
The recent developments in the Middle East, the statements of the U.S. President on necessity to resolve the Israeli-Palestinian issues, and the many articles published in The Baltimore Sun have urged me to speak up. I have been personally involved in some of these issues; I was in Israel during the 1967 war and later too. I have seen and participated in the life of many Israeli people. I have also seen the misery of the Palestinians caused by people like Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
NEWS
March 2, 2012
I confess that I haven't read every article related to the use of restrooms by transgender people, but I need to make a few comments. If someone is a transgender female, I presume that this person will be dressed as a woman. If so, it is obvious to me that this person could not enter the men's room to go to the bathroom. In the ladies' room there are booths, and I would never have any idea of what goes on there. How could someone even know if it is being used by a male dressed as a female?
EXPLORE
March 27, 2012
The County Council last week sent a letter to Baltimore County Public Schools Superintendent Joe Hairston asking him to change a policy that closes school athletic fields from use during school emergency closures — even if the emergencies don't affect the fields. In a letter to Hairston sent March 20, the council pointed to the days after Hurricane Irene, when the lack of power forced the cancellation of school for a week. "Even though the fields were free of debris, all outside activities were forced to stop because of this superintendent's rule," said the letter, which was signed by all seven members of the council.
EXPLORE
September 27, 2012
As the Federal Reserve begins another round of money-printing disguised as monetary policy (Quantitive Easing, Round Number 3), it is instructive to review the congressional scorecard of those congressmen who continue to give the Fed this power. Congressman Elijah Cummings and John Sarbanes both voted against the "Audit the Fed" bill passed by the House in July. Both men, particularly Elijah Cummings, represent people who will be profoundly harmed by the inflation that inevitably occurs after reckless monetary policy.
NEWS
October 22, 2012
I believe there is climate change going on, although I also believe it is mostly a naturally occurring phenomenon. Statements like yours ("This year's extraordinary weather events - droughts, floods, heat waves, and the like.... ") do not help your case ("What about the climate?" Oct. 19). These events have been happening since I can remember and certainly before that. You leave out two points of interest. First, what will be the impact on the economy if the U.S. steps up its attempt to control the climate?
ENTERTAINMENT
By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | October 4, 2014
In the opening episode of Season 4 of “Homeland,” Carrie Mathison (Claire Danes), CIA station chief in Kabul, is sitting in a rec center within the U.S. compound drinking a beer and watching baseball on TV, when a young Air Force pilot approaches. After an exchange that establishes Carrie as the person who called in the airstrike he flew on the home of a suspected terrorist, the lieutenant says, “Monsters.” “What did you say?” Mathison angrily demands of the young man she had previously been sizing up sexually.
NEWS
By Robert Blecker | October 3, 2014
The root cause of undocumented immigration, whether from Mexico or Central America, is the poverty and lack of economic opportunity that have afflicted those nations as a result of failed economic policies - including their trade agreements with the United States. Those thousands of migrants - including unaccompanied minors - arriving at our border are not criminals trying to break the law. They are a warning sign that the collateral damage of so-called "free trade" agreements cannot always be found in closed factories and shuttered Main Street businesses in the United States.
NEWS
Robert L. Ehrlich Jr | September 28, 2014
Bullet point opinions on the topical issues of the day, for your consideration: •Regarding America's present war footing, our military brass are saying what common sense would dictate: It's gonna be really difficult to defeat (rather than contain) ISIS without professional soldiers ultimately doing the dirty work on the ground. Which also raises the question of what if our "rent-a-moderate-Syrian-freedom fighter" strategy fails? In other words, will an anti-war president (re)
NEWS
John Fritze and The Baltimore Sun | September 27, 2014
In the rare moments when he speaks candidly about running for president, Gov. Martin O'Malley uses phrases such as "fundamentally newer" and "new way of leadership" to describe his approach - language intended to highlight the data-driven management style for which he is widely recognized. But it isn't hard to read another, more subtle message between the lines: The young, guitar-slinging governor represents a more youthful crop of Democrats, while the presumed front-runner for the nomination in 2016, Hillary Clinton, might struggle to do so. As he winds down his final months in Annapolis and crisscrosses the country in anticipation of a full-scale national campaign, O'Malley has delicately tried to draw contrasts with the former first lady, senator and secretary of state without appearing confrontational - or even using her name.
NEWS
By John Fritze and The Baltimore Sun | September 26, 2014
Prince George's County will become the state's second jurisdiction to stop honoring federal requests to hold illegal immigrants beyond their scheduled release unless agents can demonstrate it is likely that they have committed a crime, county officials said Thursday. County officials have issued the policy in response to a recent letter from the office of the Maryland attorney general, who opined that holding immigrants on "detainers" requested by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement without probable cause to believe they are criminals could violate the Fourth Amendment.
BUSINESS
By Kevin Rector and The Baltimore Sun | September 25, 2014
The nation's transportation system is broken, agreed a panel of transportation wonks gathered in downtown Baltimore on Thursday, but they could not agree on how to fix it. "Transportation is broken. There's no way to fund it. America is one big pothole," said Ray LaHood, a former U.S. transportation secretary. "It will be up to the American people to say enough is enough. " Opinions for fixing it at the Greater Baltimore Committee's seventh annual transportation summit ranged from increasing federal investment in local infrastructure projects that would help address broader issues to cutting all federal investment in such projects to focus on national highway needs instead.
NEWS
By Liz Bowie, The Baltimore Sun | August 9, 2011
The Baltimore County school board unanimously voted Tuesday night to adopt a new policy that gives community organizations and the public more access to using school facilities. The old policy had been the subject of criticism by community groups and parents who said it prevented events that had raised thousands of dollars for PTAs. The school board decided to add language that says it "recognizes that school facilities are an essential component of the communities which they serve" and allows both nonprofit and for-profit organizations to use them.
NEWS
By Carrie Wells and The Baltimore Sun | September 24, 2014
A raucous tailgate last weekend in which students were dancing on the roofs of cars and were "hostile" and "uncooperative" prompted Towson University officials to consider banning student tailgating at football games the rest of the season. Though officials ultimately decided Wednesday to reject such a ban, they will discuss with student leaders over the next several days potential changes to the college's tailgating policy and its enforcement prior to football games at Johnny Unitas Stadium.
NEWS
September 22, 2014
For six long years we've endured the humiliation of President Barack Obama's disastrous foreign policy failures ( "Risks of war," Sept. 18). The White House's weak and confusing response to the huge terrorist threat posed by the brutal Islamic State is just one example. Another is Russian President Vladimir Putin's land grab in Ukraine and his military threats to the United States. Meanwhile, more terrorist groups, including al-Qaida, continue to thrive across the globe, and Iran continues to enrich uranium while delaying negotiations with the West.
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