December 24, 2009
Keillor is correct about Christmas Thank you for the excellent article by Garrison Keillor, "Nonbelievers, please leave Christmas alone" (Dec. 16). Mr. Keillor is exactly right: "If you're not in the club, then buzz off." He should have added, "And don't post your petty, hate-filled comments against this article." There is nothing "bigoted" about his attitude. It is simply live-and-let-live. There is an astonishing wealth of traditions, art and music surrounding Christmas.
May 13, 2008
Concealed guns could save lives What a senseless, preventable and sad tragedy it is that a young, productive man was cut down by a thug on the day of his first child's birth ("Birth, death collide on Mother's Day," May 12). In Virginia, Carlos Santay might have had a chance to defend himself and to live a productive life with his young wife and child. In Virginia, honest citizens are allowed to conceal a firearm. Perhaps the thug who ruined so many lives on that fateful day might not have been so bold as to rob and kill Mr. Santay if he had thought he might be packing a weapon.
April 6, 2008
The Harford Community College Office of Advising, Career and Transfer Services, and Harford County Public Schools Office of Guidance and Counseling, will hold the ninth annual Career Information and Job Fair from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Tuesday in the HCC Student Center in Bel Air. The fair brings together students from middle, high and the post-secondary level to meet with Harford County business representatives. More than 50 businesses are expected to attend. Information: 410-836-4185.
October 30, 2007
It's beginning to sound a lot like gaffe season in American politics. That's the time when the candidates become so exhausted from endless campaigning that their brains lose contact with the words flowing out of their mouths. Did somebody say "Joe Biden"? The Delaware senator and Democratic presidential hopeful stumbled last week when he compared the performance of District of Columbia schools with Iowa's education successes. "There's less than 1 percent of the population of Iowa that is African-American," he said.
December 21, 2006
People who dread Christmas shopping and the hand-wringing over what present to buy for which person should consider giving books. No need to know what size to get, as with clothing, or what dietary restrictions the recipient might have, as with candy or fruitcake. One of the biggest advantages of books is that you can buy them online, without having to inspect the merchandise personally before buying, so you can avoid the mobs in the malls. Among the new books this year, Londonistan by Melanie Phillips is an eye-opening account of how the British have so succumbed to political correctness as regards their Muslim minority that even incitements to kill by Muslim extremists go unpunished.
November 10, 2006
The new TV ads for the cutting-edge reality comedy Borat focus on shots of packed opening-weekend audiences stunned into silence by some hugely offensive statements about women, Jews, gays or slavery, then breaking into convulsive laughter. On the phone from Los Angeles, producer Jay Roach said the filmmakers knew they would get this reaction: "We tested and tested it with audiences." The testing proved that most audiences would respond with exasperation at Borat's racism, homophobia, anti-Semitism and misogyny, while retaining their sympathy for the clueless Kazakh TV reporter making a documentary about America and becoming obsessed with Pamela Anderson along the way. Of course, the B'nai B'rith, the Russian government and other, less-vocal, groups have registered everything from sheer outrage to worry over whether some audiences will take Borat's antics straight.