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December 16, 2011
The climate-transformed planet of 2100 offers, as Mike Tidwell states, little reason for optimism ("The hottest issue," Dec. 15). Further gloom is warranted by the fact that a plurality of Americans have been egregiously misled by the industry-fueled message of triumphant consumerism and climate-change denial prevalent in our media. In the fantasy land inhabited by conservative denialists, the notion of climate change as a liberal conspiracy to enact a one-world government (forced re-education camps for SUV owners!
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August 21, 2014
Jonathan Strum's commentary on Hillary Clinton's presidential prospects resonated deeply with me ("Dynasty or democracy?" Aug. 18). We have had quite enough of the Bush and Clinton families already. For the sake of a healthy republic it would be best, as he points out so well, if name recognition and money did not determine governance. I think that there is enough dysfunction in our political system already. We don't need to add to it the dysfunction of these political families.
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By Los Angeles Times | September 19, 1990
WASHINGTON -- As Americans confront the final decade of the 20th century, antipathy toward their political system is on the rise, making it increasingly difficult for either political party to muster a governing majority.That is the central finding of a new Times Mirror survey of political loyalties and beliefs. The poll results indicate that both parties are close to parity, with only 5 percent more people identifying themselves as Democrats than the number who say that they are Republicans.
NEWS
June 10, 2014
Robert L. Ehrlich Jr.'s commentary ( "'No soldier left behind,'" June 8) contains some untruths that need to be questioned. His description, "the U.S. military, the greatest force for good on planet Earth," is an outdated notion that demonstrates he is not aware of reality. Read, "Kill Anything That Moves," to see the very late documentation of the atrocities committed by policy then covered up when the Vietnam War ended. If the Nuremberg trials were organized after the German slaughter, then one should have been organized at the end of the Vietnam War. You don't know what the Pentagon and the military did here.
NEWS
October 22, 1996
TO THE EXTENT that the current flap over Indonesian contributions to the Democratic Party awakens Americans to the fact that their political system is drowning in money, it will serve a good purpose. What is needed is public outrage on a scale comparable to what it took to force Washington embrace the concept of a balanced budget. Then, and only then, is it conceivable that the first campaign finance reform since post-Watergate 1974 might actually see the light of day.The spectacle of foreign interests buying their way into Washington's corridors of power is bad enough.
NEWS
By David Horsey | December 11, 2012
Two new movies, "Lincoln" and "Hyde Park on the Hudson," are intimate portraits of the two most consequential presidents of the United States. They are timely reminders that politics has never been pretty and our leaders have never been prefect human beings, but that, without Abraham Lincoln and Franklin Delano Roosevelt, our country might have been lost to the disintegrating influence of lesser men. "Lincoln" is such a stunningly good movie that...
NEWS
September 4, 2012
Hats off to Annapolis Mayor Joshua Cohen and the City Council for joining the push for a constitutional amendment to undo the damage done by the Supreme Court's 2011 Citizens United decision ("Annapolis' elected officials oppose Citizens United," Aug. 29). The inordinate and corrupting power of wealth in our political system is threatening the foundations of our democracy. As an ordinary citizen, it gives me hope to read that 290 cities and towns have passed resolutions calling for Citizens United to be overturned.
NEWS
August 16, 2010
It is a disgrace and clear evidence of the need for election funding reform that the two top candidates for governor have almost $10 million to squander on egotistical self promotion ("O'Malley, Ehrlich raise more than $3 million each," Aug. 13). Even if we were not cutting funding for education, public safety, programs for the disabled and health care, this amount of money would be better spent donated to charity. The proliferation of signs is an environmental blight and, at some intersections, a safety hazard.
NEWS
By Bill Boyarsky and Bill Boyarsky,Los Angeles Times | August 18, 1996
"Bare Knuckles and Back Rooms," by Ed Rollins. Broadway Books. 386 pages. $27.50The author, a Republican political consultant with a mouth to match his ego, has written the ultimate kiss-and-yell memoir.It's a lot like drinking with one of his breed, listening to stories that get better with each round. But as closing time nears, a thought nags at even the most alcohol-besotted brain: These stories may not be the entire truth.What elevates this book considerably above the usual political memoir is not the recounting of old battles but the insight into the mysterious and devious mind of the political manager.
NEWS
September 11, 2012
Letter writer Wayne Brown epitomizes the problem in our political system with his polarizing and uninformed comments ("Choice is clear: Obama has to go," Sept. 7). With thoughtless generalizations such as his view that the headline "Clinton sees clear choice" is "comic relief to most of us out here who view the Democrats as the party that obviously lives on another planet," people like Mr. Brown contribute little to the political discourse in our country. I have to wonder if Mr. Brown has ever had a basic economics class?
NEWS
December 3, 2013
Some of the biggest political contributors in recent elections don't appear on any list of the usual suspects; they are neither corporations, unions nor extremely wealthy individuals. Instead, they are new nonprofit organizations that have been granted tax-exempt status by the Internal Revenue Service because of the ostensible "social welfare" activities they engage in. In truth, however, these groups have morphed into some of the nation's most powerful backstage political actors, shelling out millions of dollars to support candidates for office without ever having to disclose where their money is coming from or who is trying to influence the outcome on an election.
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Dan Rodricks | October 16, 2013
Wednesday afternoon, as his former colleagues in Congress considered a deal to avoid a national crisis, Wayne Gilchrest sat in his office in a place called Knocks Folly on Maryland's Eastern Shore and watched a fox run across a field. That's not a bad way to spend an autumn afternoon — gazing out the window of an 18th-century house in Kent County, resting after a day spent preparing for the arrival of schoolchildren eager to plant trees or paddle a canoe on the Sassafras River.
NEWS
October 8, 2013
I am sorry our founding fathers did not form a parliamentary government ("As tensions rise, Republicans and Democrats focus on debt ceiling," Oct. 7). It would have given us more say in matters affecting us. How sad that our two-party system has turned into a childish, inept, political mess and the executive branch has become a semi-dictatorship. God help us! Joy Shillman, Baltimore
NEWS
April 4, 2013
As a post-World War II political activist, candidate, office holder and Republican supporter for the past 67 years, I have always believed in the two-party system of Republicans and Democrats. I believe in a political system consisting of "big tent" Republican and Democratic parties that, among other things, consist of liberals, conservatives and independent voters. However, for the past 40 years, the zealots in each party have rejected the emphasis on united parties in favor of fragmented "leftist" and "rightist" principles.
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By Jonah Goldberg | December 20, 2012
On Friday, in his moving and heartfelt statement in response to the horrific shooting in Newtown, Conn., President Barack Obama said, "As a country, we have been through this too many times. ... And we're going to have to come together and take meaningful action to prevent more tragedies like this, regardless of the politics. " There's just one problem: In a democracy, politics is a synonym for "democracy. " It is through politics that people with strong feelings and strong interests peaceably hash out their disagreements.
NEWS
By David Horsey | December 11, 2012
Two new movies, "Lincoln" and "Hyde Park on the Hudson," are intimate portraits of the two most consequential presidents of the United States. They are timely reminders that politics has never been pretty and our leaders have never been prefect human beings, but that, without Abraham Lincoln and Franklin Delano Roosevelt, our country might have been lost to the disintegrating influence of lesser men. "Lincoln" is such a stunningly good movie that...
NEWS
August 21, 2014
Jonathan Strum's commentary on Hillary Clinton's presidential prospects resonated deeply with me ("Dynasty or democracy?" Aug. 18). We have had quite enough of the Bush and Clinton families already. For the sake of a healthy republic it would be best, as he points out so well, if name recognition and money did not determine governance. I think that there is enough dysfunction in our political system already. We don't need to add to it the dysfunction of these political families.
NEWS
By New York Times News Service | February 28, 1994
SAN CRISTOBAL DE LAS CASAS, Mexico -- Negotiations to resolve the peasant uprising in the southern state of Chiapas appeared to have bogged down yesterday as rebels pressed their demand for democratic changes in Mexico's political system.Although the talks began only a week ago and had brought quick preliminary agreements on many secondary issues, the government and the rebel Zapatista National Liberation Front both described the negotiations as having reached a crucial juncture."We cannot ignore the interpretation that we are in the most critical part of the accords at this moment," the negotiators said in a joint communique late Saturday.
NEWS
By Michael Dresser, The Baltimore Sun | September 18, 2012
Comptroller Peter Franchot urged Gov. Martin O'Malley and the General Assembly Tuesday to move to a system of immediate online disclosure of political donations and spending -- contending it would improve the transparency of government in Maryland. Franchot, who is widely considered a likely candidate for governor in 2014, told a Constitution Day gathering at Goucher College that last month's special legislative session on gambling expansion exposed the flaws in the current campaign finance system.
NEWS
September 11, 2012
Letter writer Wayne Brown epitomizes the problem in our political system with his polarizing and uninformed comments ("Choice is clear: Obama has to go," Sept. 7). With thoughtless generalizations such as his view that the headline "Clinton sees clear choice" is "comic relief to most of us out here who view the Democrats as the party that obviously lives on another planet," people like Mr. Brown contribute little to the political discourse in our country. I have to wonder if Mr. Brown has ever had a basic economics class?
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