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March 1, 2013
Dan Rodricks says in his column ("A chance to break free of Ticketmaster," Feb. 26) about Ticketmaster fees that "everyone who has used the service to avoid standing in line for concert tickets has a Ticketmaster horror story. " This is absolutely false. I have used Ticketmaster many times and have always been satisfied with the service. Of course I, like anyone else, don't want to spend money unnecessarily, but I don't mind spending it when necessary. I did not resent the cost.
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By Adil E. Shamoo | August 1, 2014
Today's talking heads regularly parrot the line that Israel has the right to defend itself, as if the Palestinians occupy Israel and are dominating it with the best military in the world. Then, the undeniable implication, Israel's incursions and bombardments are "just" in other words, a "just war. " In this case, one man's "just war" is another's ethnic cleansing. Do the Palestinians have no natural right to defend themselves from the onslaught of Israel's military, from 50 years of occupation, death, poverty and despair?
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NEWS
March 22, 2011
There is a move in the legislature to prevent credit checks from being used to check out job applicants. Just a few years ago, credit was ignored by those selling homes to people who could not then or ever afford them. In fact, government agencies promoted that practice. People were able to experience for the first time a home of their own. Within weeks after moving in, there was the addition of a new car and new furniture to accommodate the new status. It took a only few years for reality to set in. Buyers were over their heads in debt.
NEWS
May 5, 2014
As I rode from Howard County and crossed Main Street I saw that the speed camera had been moved and a small 25 mph sign with a really small speed camera sign had been moved from the previous site. Is the purpose of the speed posted as one had just come from a 40 mph area to slow speed or to gain more revenue? I believe that we should protect our children and walkers, but I believe that the placement of this sign which is not easily read until one is on top of it is to gain more revenue.
NEWS
December 25, 2013
Where I live, they have speed cameras, and many complain about them being just another revenue source, saying that they don't protect children - and they are correct ("City speed cameras targeted revenue, not safety," Dec. 20). Speed limits and existing laws do the protecting. The cameras are just another way to enforce existing laws. Those who complain are usually those breaking those laws. Edward Migol - To respond to this letter, send an email to talkback@baltimoresun.com . Please include your name and contact information.
NEWS
February 2, 2011
Since when are we living in the 1950s? Or the 1850s or the 1750s or the 1650s, for that matter for a newspaper to print an op-ed stating that the only reason for marriage is for procreation ( "Same-sex marriage is contrary to the public interest," Feb. 2)? I am a happily married, heterosexual, devoutly Christian woman with three children, and I am absolutely appalled you would print that. Peter Sprigg is entitled to his opinion, but it is irresponsible of you to print it. Our society has long since recognized that marriage is about the love and commitment two people have for each other.
NEWS
March 23, 2012
While some of the ideas in your editorial about the mayor's skybox ("The people's skybox," March 21) had merit, anyone who read your statement that sometimes "the invitees seem to serve little public purpose" needs to understand that the purpose being served is the same one shared by the majority of Maryland politicians: Currying favor and getting reelected. The skybox is just another political tool for that purpose. Ruth Mascari, Monkton
NEWS
February 3, 2011
If we take Peter Sprigg's commentary on the "public purpose" of marriage seriously, then our legislators better get busy drafting some new bills. ( "Same-sex marriage is contrary to the public interest," Feb. 2.) Mr. Sprigg insists that marriage is only about making and raising babies, in the natural, God-ordained way. If that is the case, then we need to include new rules on which heterosexual couples will be allowed to apply for a marriage license. Infertile? Don't bother thinking about marriage.
EXPLORE
November 15, 2012
Question 6 has thankfully passed, but I would like to respond to the letter written by Lynda Kouroupis ("Allowing same-sex marriage destroys 'treasured institution'," Nov. 1. In her letter, Ms. Kouroupis states all the benefits of marriage as related to child rearing by a heterosexual couple only. I'm wondering, should a heterosexual couple unable to have children (past child-bearing age, sterilized, etc.) be unable to marry? Should, after a certain number of years of attempting unsuccessfully to have children, such a marriage would no longer be considered valid?
SPORTS
By Peter Schmuck, The Baltimore Sun | September 18, 2011
First baseman Mark Reynolds was out of the starting lineup Sunday for precautionary reasons after he was hit in the head by Los Angeles Angels pitcher Ervin Santana in the third inning of Saturday night's game. Reynolds said Sunday morning that he felt fine except for a sore spot above his left temple. He also left no doubt that he feels Santana hit him intentionally in his first at-bat after he slammed his 34th homer off the Angels right-hander. "I think he hit me on purpose," Reynolds said.
NEWS
December 25, 2013
Where I live, they have speed cameras, and many complain about them being just another revenue source, saying that they don't protect children - and they are correct ("City speed cameras targeted revenue, not safety," Dec. 20). Speed limits and existing laws do the protecting. The cameras are just another way to enforce existing laws. Those who complain are usually those breaking those laws. Edward Migol - To respond to this letter, send an email to talkback@baltimoresun.com . Please include your name and contact information.
NEWS
By Vincent DeMarco | December 16, 2013
As we wind down 2013, Marylanders are hearing a lot about health care  -  on the news, in the paper, maybe even over dinner or at the local coffee shop. With all the numbers and terms out there, and all the talk from politicians and pundits, it's important not to lose sight of the most important thing: people. The Affordable Care Act is about people getting quality care when they get sick. It's about helping keep them healthy so they don't get that way. It's about making health care more affordable for Marylanders. And it's about making sure, when accidents or illness strike, no one has to go bankrupt to get the care they need.
NEWS
By Jules Witcover | November 15, 2013
Another Veterans Day has come and gone, celebrating the millions of Americans who served in the so-called War to End All Wars and all the wars since. The day was originally observed as Armistice Day, commemorating the all-quiet on the Western Front in France in November 1918. American troops had been involved there for barely more than a year and a half, and in actual combat in the trenches for only about eight months. The popular song kicking off the U.S. entry boasted, "We'll be over, we're coming over, and we won't come back till it's over, over there.
NEWS
October 17, 2013
Thanks to last-minute negotiations between Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, the government of the United States open, and the threat that the nation will default on its debts for the first time has lifted, at least for the moment. Faced with a deadline, cool heads prevailed, the national interest was preserved and President Barack Obama's refusal to negotiate while Republicans threatened to torpedo the global economy was validated. But the swift denouement of the shutdown/debt limit crisis begs a big question: Why couldn't this have happened three weeks ago?
NEWS
August 7, 2013
Given the rocky U.S.-Russia relationship that continues to sour despite President Barack Obama's earnest efforts to, as former secretary of state Hillary Clinton once put it, hit the "reset button" in dealings with the Kremlin, today's announcement that a planned summit meeting between Mr. Obama and Russian President Vladimir Putin has been postponed indefinitely was not a surprise. Mr. Obama had every reason to heed calls from lawmakers urging him to cancel the engagement; there was little point to meeting with Russia's leader just for the sake of a meeting that would only puff up Mr. Putin's prestige at the president's expense.
NEWS
By Laura Lefavor, The Baltimore Sun | April 28, 2013
As far back as Robert Lewis can remember, he has been fascinated by what he heard on the radio — he would even sneak a receiver under his pillow when he was younger so he could listen to music late at night. Decades later, he's still feeling that joy of radio. As the executive director of the Radio Reading Network of Maryland, he's bringing it to others who need it: fellow blind people in Maryland. "I enjoy going to work every morning," says Lewis, 63. "I've always loved radio, so I'm blessed to be able to come back to where I've started.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Michael Pakenham | December 22, 2002
I am no historian. But I've always been fascinated by the sense of purpose, the intent, of writers of histories that have engaged me -- from Herodotus to Stephen Ambrose, whose final book, To America, I wrote about just last week. I read books of history, and their first cousin, historical biographies, with great interest. If I could read at five times my natural speed, I would surely read more histories. Never before, though, have I come across a book that so illuminated the craft of the historian than The Landscape of History: How Historians Map the Past, by John Lewis Gaddis (Oxford, 224 pages, $23)
FEATURES
By Gerald P. Merrell and Gerald P. Merrell,SUN STAFF | January 5, 2004
Robert Bogomolny and his best friend were both earning superb grades in elementary school but getting quite different responses to them at home. His friend, Bobby, was given a dollar for every "E," the equivalent of an "A," on his report card. "I would say ... Bobby got all this money for his grades," Bogomolny recalls. "And my father said, `You know, when you have the ability to do this kind of work ... that's what you're supposed to do. So I don't believe in giving you a special reward for doing something you're able to do.' " Bogomolny didn't fully welcome the reply, but his father's impromptu lesson in work ethics more than a half-century ago stuck, and today it is one of his guiding principles as he attempts to re-energize the University of Baltimore, an institution rich in history but which often seems little more than an afterthought in the pecking order of Maryland higher education.
NEWS
By Andrea F. Siegel, The Baltimore Sun | April 18, 2013
Outside what was once a backyard garage, mugs, sponge holders and broad bowls are lined up on tables to dry. A peek inside the structure reveals dozens of butter dishes, teapots, toothbrush holders, bowls of every size, vases, trays and more, all in various stages of production, resting on racks of shelving. And by the windows, with sunlight illuminating their potter's wheels, Nevan Wise is turning brick-sized blobs of clay into pitchers, and her husband, Doug Wise, is shaping clay lumps into kitchen utensil jars.
NEWS
By Joe Burris, The Baltimore Sun | April 14, 2013
As Monarch Academy music teacher Kenzie Turk talked about the trials of living with Type 1 diabetes, her service dog, Bear, lay nearby, drifting in and out of a deep sleep. Dozing in class isn't usually acceptable at the public charter school in Glen Burnie, but the 8-month-old black Labrador retriever had endured a busy night, waking Turk more than two dozen times to alert her that complications from the chronic disease had flared again, prompting her to take action before something went tragically wrong.
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