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By Julia Keller and By Julia Keller,Special to the Sun | December 8, 2002
Like splinters, certain words persistently get under people's skins. Such a word is academic -- as a noun, not an adjective -- and its snooty linguistic sibling, intellectual. Those words are so off-putting to so many people that a nonprofit organization recently was forced to change its name in order to avoid being stereotyped as a bunch of elitist snobs. This is an ironic destiny for a group actually devoted to reaching as many different kinds of people as possible, not to closing itself off to just a privileged few. Thus, Chicago's Center for Public Intellectuals, founded in 1999, is now the Public Square (www.
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Jeff Johnson | September 3, 2014
From ice bucket challenges to the upcoming midterm elections, we are reminded again and again how the Internet has changed the way we live and connect and organize. Digital equality has become fundamental to economic, cultural and political equality. Until this year's Oscar "selfie" by Ellen DeGeneres, the most tweeted picture in our history was the re-election photo of President and Mrs. Obama embracing. But the more important the Internet becomes, the more critical it is that this digital public square be open to all - if we've learned anything in recent years, it's that authorities are far too quick to shut down protests, silence journalists or even lock down communities when it serves them.
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By William E. Lori | June 16, 2013
On Friday, Catholics throughout the United States will begin observing two weeks known as the Fortnight for Freedom. For a second consecutive year, the U.S. Catholic Church has set aside this time leading up to Independence Day to draw attention to the need to resist erosions of religious liberty so that faith can continue to enrich our public life. How appropriate that the Fortnight should begin with a nationally televised Mass from our own Basilica of the Assumption, the first Catholic cathedral in the United States.
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Robert L. Ehrlich Jr | June 1, 2014
One of my earliest childhood memories is going door-to-door at the Kendale Apartments on Maiden Choice Lane in Arbutus with Mom. The purpose of the exercise was not to solicit contributions on behalf of a political candidate, however. Rather, Mom and a group of like-minded volunteers were organizing in opposition to a woman by the name of Madalyn Murray O'Hair - she of the [un]holy crusade to ban prayer from public schools. Given my tender years, little did I realize that the Ehrlichs were fully engaged in a culture war that continues to burn brightly five decades later.
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By Howard Bluth | May 30, 1991
THE DECLINE of public space is often cited as a major reason for political apathy in America. The public square, once a gathering place for political debate, has been abandoned for the private mall, where consumerism reigns supreme and politics is strictly taboo.But the loss of public space is only part of the problem. Democracy also suffers from a loss of public time, that is, time the mass media devote to keeping the public informed.An obvious case in point is the recent savings and loan scandal.
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By Susan Reimer | January 19, 1999
I DON'T CARE, and no one cares!I don't care -- or rather I have stopped caring -- that the president in whom I saw my generation and my social conscience manifest is nothing more than a groping frat boy who thinks oral sex is his birthright.At first I was disbelieving. Then I had to face the fact that it was true and then I was disgusted and then I was angry and then I grieved for all the opportunity that had been lost.But now I don't care.I have moved on, if not to the nation's business, then to my own business, where I am joined by every American who has spoken to a pollster in the last six weeks.
NEWS
By Cardinal William H. Keeler | November 28, 2004
WHEN POPE John Paul II visited Baltimore nine years ago last month, he spoke lovingly about our country and our church, and about our rich ecumenical and interreligious history. At the Eucharist in Oriole Park that glorious October afternoon, he recalled something essential to our inheritance as Americans. "America has always wanted to be a land of the free," he said. "Today, the challenge facing America is to find freedom's fulfillment in the truth: the truth that is intrinsic to human life created in God's image and likeness."
NEWS
By Peter Hermann, The Baltimore Sun | March 20, 2012
Baltimore police conceded on Tuesday that officers inappropriately allowed hundreds of St. Patrick's Dayrevelers to turn Canton's public square into an unsanctioned outdoor beer garden, but authorities also pleaded for people to party responsibly. The recriminations came after residents of the Southeast Baltimore community and bar district endured a day and night of nonstop partying at O'Donnell Square that led to vandalism, public urination and rowdy behavior likened to a frat house.
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By Cal Thomas | December 3, 2003
ARLINGTON, Va. - I'm not sure it's worth keeping Christmas anymore. Oh, it is fine for those apparently dwindling numbers of us who still believe in the "original cast" of Jesus, Mary and Joseph, the Wise Men and the animals. They, as any post-Thanksgiving (not to mention postmodern) shopper knows, have been replaced by the road show of reindeer, winter scenes, elves and the God substitute, Santa Claus, who serves as a front for merchants seeking to play on the guilt some parents bear for ignoring their kids the rest of the year.
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Robert L. Ehrlich Jr | June 1, 2014
One of my earliest childhood memories is going door-to-door at the Kendale Apartments on Maiden Choice Lane in Arbutus with Mom. The purpose of the exercise was not to solicit contributions on behalf of a political candidate, however. Rather, Mom and a group of like-minded volunteers were organizing in opposition to a woman by the name of Madalyn Murray O'Hair - she of the [un]holy crusade to ban prayer from public schools. Given my tender years, little did I realize that the Ehrlichs were fully engaged in a culture war that continues to burn brightly five decades later.
NEWS
By William E. Lori | June 16, 2013
On Friday, Catholics throughout the United States will begin observing two weeks known as the Fortnight for Freedom. For a second consecutive year, the U.S. Catholic Church has set aside this time leading up to Independence Day to draw attention to the need to resist erosions of religious liberty so that faith can continue to enrich our public life. How appropriate that the Fortnight should begin with a nationally televised Mass from our own Basilica of the Assumption, the first Catholic cathedral in the United States.
NEWS
By Shibley Telhami | September 18, 2012
With all the protests and violence in Arab and Muslim countries generated by a despicable and demeaning film about Islam, here is a sobering prediction: There will be more such films and clips, they will be even more provocative, and they will generate even more violent reaction among Arabs and Muslims. And no matter who is behind them, many will see the hands of Israel and the United States. Yet this is not time for panic but for steady and intensive diplomacy. This is an easy prediction to make.
NEWS
By Peter Hermann, The Baltimore Sun | March 20, 2012
Baltimore police conceded on Tuesday that officers inappropriately allowed hundreds of St. Patrick's Dayrevelers to turn Canton's public square into an unsanctioned outdoor beer garden, but authorities also pleaded for people to party responsibly. The recriminations came after residents of the Southeast Baltimore community and bar district endured a day and night of nonstop partying at O'Donnell Square that led to vandalism, public urination and rowdy behavior likened to a frat house.
NEWS
By Robert Shuman | June 28, 2005
WE CAME FROM across America - the managers and supporters of public television. Most of us are more comfortable behind the cameras than we are in front of them, but there we were in Washington, surrounded by a media scrum, to participate in a dialogue with many people who aren't members of the same choir. In case you haven't followed the issue, a House panel had approved a bill that would have reduced funding for public broadcasting by 45 percent next year. Many of my colleagues and millions of public broadcasting's supporters believed strongly that we were in a fight for the future of public broadcasting as we know it. The full House restored most of the cuts.
NEWS
By Cardinal William H. Keeler | November 28, 2004
WHEN POPE John Paul II visited Baltimore nine years ago last month, he spoke lovingly about our country and our church, and about our rich ecumenical and interreligious history. At the Eucharist in Oriole Park that glorious October afternoon, he recalled something essential to our inheritance as Americans. "America has always wanted to be a land of the free," he said. "Today, the challenge facing America is to find freedom's fulfillment in the truth: the truth that is intrinsic to human life created in God's image and likeness."
NEWS
By Cal Thomas | December 3, 2003
ARLINGTON, Va. - I'm not sure it's worth keeping Christmas anymore. Oh, it is fine for those apparently dwindling numbers of us who still believe in the "original cast" of Jesus, Mary and Joseph, the Wise Men and the animals. They, as any post-Thanksgiving (not to mention postmodern) shopper knows, have been replaced by the road show of reindeer, winter scenes, elves and the God substitute, Santa Claus, who serves as a front for merchants seeking to play on the guilt some parents bear for ignoring their kids the rest of the year.
NEWS
By Shibley Telhami | September 18, 2012
With all the protests and violence in Arab and Muslim countries generated by a despicable and demeaning film about Islam, here is a sobering prediction: There will be more such films and clips, they will be even more provocative, and they will generate even more violent reaction among Arabs and Muslims. And no matter who is behind them, many will see the hands of Israel and the United States. Yet this is not time for panic but for steady and intensive diplomacy. This is an easy prediction to make.
BUSINESS
By Lorraine Mirabella and Lorraine Mirabella,SUN STAFF | June 16, 1996
Just past the suburban homes, shopping strips and fast-food outlets that outnumber the occasional farm, two nondescript brick signposts appear to lead to yet another of the sprawling developments that have come to define late 20th-century American life.But venture off busy Darnestown Road into Kentlands, on 352 acres of hills and valleys 13 miles northwest of Washington.Here, not much feels like suburbia. Driveways are missing. Garages are nowhere in sight. No speed bumps cross streets. Nothing faintly resembles a cul-de-sac.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Julia Keller and By Julia Keller,Special to the Sun | December 8, 2002
Like splinters, certain words persistently get under people's skins. Such a word is academic -- as a noun, not an adjective -- and its snooty linguistic sibling, intellectual. Those words are so off-putting to so many people that a nonprofit organization recently was forced to change its name in order to avoid being stereotyped as a bunch of elitist snobs. This is an ironic destiny for a group actually devoted to reaching as many different kinds of people as possible, not to closing itself off to just a privileged few. Thus, Chicago's Center for Public Intellectuals, founded in 1999, is now the Public Square (www.
FEATURES
By Susan Reimer | January 19, 1999
I DON'T CARE, and no one cares!I don't care -- or rather I have stopped caring -- that the president in whom I saw my generation and my social conscience manifest is nothing more than a groping frat boy who thinks oral sex is his birthright.At first I was disbelieving. Then I had to face the fact that it was true and then I was disgusted and then I was angry and then I grieved for all the opportunity that had been lost.But now I don't care.I have moved on, if not to the nation's business, then to my own business, where I am joined by every American who has spoken to a pollster in the last six weeks.
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