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Letter to The Aegis | January 31, 2013
Editor: Harford County was a wonderful place to have grown-up, riding ponies, attending Harford Horse Show Association Shows, and moreover, enjoying country living. The country living which I experienced was one of cooperation, where I never heard a chorus of extremist political views.  However, and sadly,  Harford County has come to be known by State Stakeholders as having political representation which holds beliefs which are far to the right on the political spectrum. The Harford County Delegation in general in known to hold these extreme, right-wing beliefs.
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February 10, 2014
Regarding your editorial on campaign financing, in what way is a checked box on a tax return not a "taxpayer-financed" campaign ( "Campaign reform in action," Feb. 4)? One can make an argument for limiting citizens' ability to participate in the political process through campaign donations. However, taxing me and using those dollars to fund a candidate that I would never vote for turns the argument on its head. Not only has my voice been softened, but I get to pay for the privilege as well.
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January 8, 2013
Your article about a developer who secretly funneled money to a Baltimore County councilman's campaign is proof of the need to get money out of politics ("Builder admits illegal gifts," Jan. 4). State Prosecutor Emmet Davitt got it right when he referred to the corrupting influence of the enormous sums of money spent on elections. The sad truth is that campaign contributions are really "legal bribes. " What's more, the financial interaction between Baltimore County Councilman Tom Quirk and land developer Steve Whalen speaks volumes about the way politicians operate.
NEWS
March 20, 2013
I was mildly distressed to read that the renowned Johns Hopkins Hospital neurosurgeon, Dr. Benjamin Carson, is considering a post-retirement career in politics ("Ben Carson says he will retire, hints at politics," March 17). I fully understand his desire to retire from what must be a physically, mentally and emotionally demanding profession. Nonetheless, consider how much good he has done and could continue to do if he decided to pursue a direction that enables him to pass on his skills and to advise on medical matters.
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By Lesa Jansen and Lesa Jansen,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | October 18, 2002
THE INTENSE arguments in Cynthia Snyder's political science class at South Carroll High School have provided an invaluable learning experience. For the past two months, students have researched the two candidates in Maryland's gubernatorial race, analyzed campaign techniques and voting patterns and, most important, studied the issues. They will present a mock debate between Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. and Kathleen Kennedy Townsend from 9:45 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Thursday at the high school. The debate is open to the public.
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By KNIGHT RIDDER/TRIBUNE | June 13, 2005
BAGHDAD, Iraq - A growing number of senior U.S. military officers in Iraq have concluded that there is no long-term military solution to an insurgency that has killed thousands of Iraqis and more than 1,300 U.S. troops during the past two years. Instead, officers say, the only way to end the guerrilla war is through Iraqi politics - an arena that so far has been crippled by divisions between Shiite Muslims, whose coalition dominated the January elections, and Sunni Muslims, who are a minority in Iraq but form the base of support for the insurgency.
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By John Rivera and John Rivera,SUN STAFF | April 27, 2001
WASHINGTON - The number of American mosques increased by 25 percent over the past seven years, a response to the rapid growth of the Muslim community fueled by immigration, conversion and a higher than average birthrate, according to a national survey released yesterday. "The Mosque in America: A National Portrait," which its authors called the largest and most comprehensive look at Islam in the United States, also found that four-fifths of mosques are in metropolitan areas, most are decidedly nonfundamentalist in outlook and three-quarters reported increased attendance over the past five years.
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By Athima Chansanchai and Athima Chansanchai,SUN STAFF | October 28, 2000
With less than two weeks to Election Day, undecided voters continue to make the coming Presidential election the least predictable in years. But if kids ruled the world, we'd soon be swearing in the second President Bush in a dozen years. So says last month's Nickelodeon survey that also showed children are not only interested in the political process but in how a candidate projects admirable traits and shows caring for others. Their responses underscore an effort by some children's book authors to impart civic-mindedness to future voters.
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By DAN BERGER | July 26, 1994
Congress has a new act: "Whitewater: the Summer Rerun."Former Mayor Marion Barry is the front-runner to regain his old job on the ground that no law-abider could run Washington.The I.R.A. rejected playing a role in a political process. That is not something it does.The safest place for Rwandans is Rwanda, hard as that is for many of them to imagine.
NEWS
December 17, 2006
McCain, a likely Republican candidate for president, was speaking during a visit to Iraq last week. He said he recognized the political danger of his call, with which many Americans disagree. ?I believe there is still a compelling reason to have an increase in troops here in Baghdad and in Anbar province in order to bring the sectarian violence under control [and to] allow the political process to proceed.? , --Sen. John McCain
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By Gregory Rodriguez | February 19, 2013
In 2006, the last time Congress took a serious look at comprehensive immigration reform, hundreds of thousands of immigrants, legal and illegal, marched through the streets of the nation's cities. The resulting media coverage was filled with stories about real people - brown people! - whose lives would be affected by the proposed legislation. It was one of those rare moments when the public could witness the intersection of grass-roots movements, insider political maneuvering and their human consequences.
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Letter to The Aegis | January 31, 2013
Editor: Harford County was a wonderful place to have grown-up, riding ponies, attending Harford Horse Show Association Shows, and moreover, enjoying country living. The country living which I experienced was one of cooperation, where I never heard a chorus of extremist political views.  However, and sadly,  Harford County has come to be known by State Stakeholders as having political representation which holds beliefs which are far to the right on the political spectrum. The Harford County Delegation in general in known to hold these extreme, right-wing beliefs.
NEWS
January 8, 2013
Your article about a developer who secretly funneled money to a Baltimore County councilman's campaign is proof of the need to get money out of politics ("Builder admits illegal gifts," Jan. 4). State Prosecutor Emmet Davitt got it right when he referred to the corrupting influence of the enormous sums of money spent on elections. The sad truth is that campaign contributions are really "legal bribes. " What's more, the financial interaction between Baltimore County Councilman Tom Quirk and land developer Steve Whalen speaks volumes about the way politicians operate.
NEWS
October 25, 2012
"Nostalgia for the age of statesmen" (Oct. 23) properly asks for the return of mature compromising legislators who place the interests of country over political party and reelection. But what was missing is mention of one of the driving forces behind the uncivil and partisan nature of today's politics - the pervasive and corrupting influence of political contributions by anonymous wealthy and corporate contributors. These contributors tend to represent extreme elements and force candidates to take uncompromising positions to avoid well-financed campaigns by more extreme candidates beholden to these fat cat contributors.
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October 18, 2012
Del. Frank Turner raised a fundamental question of ethics in his Oct. 4 letter. Notably, does an elected official represent the citizens of his district or his appointed legislative position? Most of us believe that representation of the citizens comes first. Del. Turner's response to that principle stands in stark contrast. I do not fault his position on the issue of gaming. I fault his feckless justification for saying one thing and enthusiastically doing another. The citizens of Howard County's District 13 clearly come a distant second to Del. Turner's assigned duties as chairman of a legislative subcommittee.
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By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | February 21, 2012
As Wednesday's GOP debate arrives with Rick Santorum now at center stage, it is impossible not to notice how much his rise is welcomed at Fox News. It is also impossible not to see how deeply owner Rupert Murdoch and chief Roger Ailes have already corrupted the party and our political process through owned and operated candidates like Santorum. Yet, as impossible as it is, lots of my colleagues are acting like they don't notice, because while the turmoil in the Republican Party isn't as good for them and their employers as it is for Fox, it still makes for more interesting subject matter and better business.
NEWS
January 14, 2012
Mitt Romney claims that any criticism of his job-killing performance at his venture capital firm, Bain Capital, is an attack on the capitalist system ("Romney takes blows in N.H.," Jan. 10). Actually it is an attack on the kind of unregulated, predatory capitalism that corrupts the political process with unlimited, secret campaign contributions and fosters recessions through devious lending practices and shady investment schemes by Wall Street operatives. Jack Kinstlinger, Baltimore
NEWS
August 10, 2011
Regarding your report about Casa de Maryland and the ACLU's effort to block a referendum on in-state tuition for noncitizens ("Vote on tuition bill faces lawsuit," Aug. 2): I have been watching the letters to the editors expecting to see someone point out the irony in the efforts of these groups, who are contesting the petition signatures on narrow legal grounds. Yet they are the same people that insist anyone can come into a polling place and vote, even if they are not registered and present no identification.
NEWS
January 14, 2012
Mitt Romney claims that any criticism of his job-killing performance at his venture capital firm, Bain Capital, is an attack on the capitalist system ("Romney takes blows in N.H.," Jan. 10). Actually it is an attack on the kind of unregulated, predatory capitalism that corrupts the political process with unlimited, secret campaign contributions and fosters recessions through devious lending practices and shady investment schemes by Wall Street operatives. Jack Kinstlinger, Baltimore
NEWS
November 20, 2011
The Sun says it's time for the Occupy Wall Street movement to grow up ("Time to grow up," Nov. 17), urging the protesters to "develop goals beyond camping in public. " It would be instructive to ask The Sun, where is the outrage, the righteous indignation at the violence of the police to unarmed citizens? Besides adopting an unnecessary tone of condescending sarcasm, The Sun misses the point. Instead of focusing on the logistical problems city officials have to contend with, it's time to ask politicians and city officials what they have done to enact the fundamental reforms the protesters have been advocating for the last two months - jobs with a living wage, single-payer health care for all, an end to murderous, wasteful wars, and an end to the influence of money in the political process.
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