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October 22, 2012
I had to laugh when I read the letter from the Republican die-hard who insists that President Barack Obama never used the words "act of terror" to describe the attack on the Libyan embassy the day after the event ("Obama lied about Libya," Oct. 19), despite the fact that he did say it, on video, and it was broadcast on all the major networks (except Fox News, of course as they live in a fantasy world 24/7 over there anyway). But just to set the record straight, President Obama did say, quite clearly, that he considered the attack on the Libyan embassy to be an "act of terror" the very next day after it happened.
By David R. Craig | January 29, 2014
It's time for a reality check. The rollout of the Affordable Care Act and subsequent Maryland Health Connection website is still a woeful disaster. And despite recent assurances by state officials that the exchange is "functional for most citizens," the reality is that the system is not fixed - and far worse is the attitude of the administration. My criticism of the events since the Oct. 1 rollout will surely be labeled as just more opposition doom and gloom. Well, rest assured, it is anything but that.
By Sarah Kickler Kelber and Sarah Kickler Kelber,Sun Columnist | July 10, 2007
I keep watching CBS' Pirate Master, hoping it will get better. But it's so stilted -- and such a blatant rip-off of Survivor -- that I just can't get into it. One bit of news about the show, though. Starting tonight, it moves to Tuesdays at 10 to get out of the way of Big Brother 8.
By Janene Holzberg, For The Baltimore Sun | November 21, 2013
Emotional stories of loss and recovery choked up those who spoke from experience about being homeless and those who advocate for them at a student forum held Tuesday at Howard Community College. "Our mission is to get all of you fired up about alleviating the effects of poverty," Deepak Chadha, a volunteer with the Community Action Council of Howard County, told the gathering of 75 students. The council, a nonprofit founded in 1964, joined with three men from the Baltimore Faces of Homelessness Speakers Bureau to present the program.
February 5, 2013
Former Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. has fallen into the trap of the majority of his Republican brethren: They just can't get over the fact that the majority in this country has moved beyond the Republican agenda of lower taxes for the wealthy, health care tied to employment and deporting illegal immigrants ("What if? Life under President Romney," Jan. 27). His column is pure wishful thinking. This country will be far better served when Republicans wake-up to reality and start engaging in productive dialogue instead of pushing a recalcitrant agenda that doesn't serve anyone except the privileged few. Jon S. Meyer, Baltimore
By Rachel Gatulis, For The Baltimore Sun | December 19, 2012
I am fortunate to have recently come back from a much-needed family vacation. I was able to sleep in, and (gasp!) actually finish a book that was unrelated to wedding planning. The relaxation period was short lived due to the reality check I received upon my return.   Over the past month, Andrew and I had been in the planning lull. All of the major vendors were booked and contracts were tweaked. I became less fervent with my Pinterest, Google image and Facebook “research.” I allowed my grad school applications to take priority for a while.
November 7, 2012
This was the year of the referendum in Maryland, and given how things went at the polls, we're not likely to see a repeat any time soon. The success of all the three laws that were petitioned to referendum exposes the fallacy of Maryland Republicans' notion that they could build support for themselves and check the supposed excesses of the Democratic Party by bringing controversial measures to the voters. When Maryland Republicans, led by freshman Del. Neil Parrott of Washington County, succeeded in putting the Dream Act on the ballot, state GOP Chairman Alex Mooney called it a "game changer" and a counterweight to Democrats who "think that they can do what they want.
By Richard Gorelick | January 9, 2012
Baltimore County Restaurant Week starts on Thursday, with some 40 restaurants participating in what amounts to a free-for-all.  Restaurants can fix the price for their promotional menus, for lunch or dinner, at $10, $15, $20, $25, $30 or $35 for one, two or three courses.  Basically, everyone can do whatever the hell they want to. That's fine I suppose -- there are some good deals out there.  But jeez, Baltimore County people sure hate...
October 13, 2011
The poor response to Baltimore's call for private groups to take over 31 of its recreation centers should prompt Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake to rethink the plan she has pursued for upgrading the city's dilapidated facilities for young people. Just seven bids came in, even after the deadline was extended. Although a task force she asked to study the issue found that the status quo of 55 rec centers offering few programs in cramped, outdated facilities isn't adequately serving the city's needs, it is now evident that the group's proposed solution could also leave out many youths who desperately need the kind of opportunities a well-run rec center can provide.
June 28, 2011
Editor: Your two stories in the editorials on Wednesday, June 22, are right on target. The first one about lessons unlearned never ceases to amaze me how the county government never listens or learns from past experiences. In reference to the reality check needed story, this one has also been proved over and over again. Can't believe it but you are right again! Thanks for pointing this out for all to see. Nothing gets accomplished when it is needed …only if it is politically correct or in a line to help the ones running for office.
By Kevin Eck, The Baltimore Sun | December 28, 2010
As a cast member of MTV's "The Real World" in 2001, Mike Mizanin had an epiphany. Having adopted an obnoxious alter ego known as The Miz on the reality show, he realized that his talent for getting under people's skin would translate perfectly to a career as a bad guy in pro wrestling. "Nobody on that show liked me and nobody would listen to me, so I created this character called Miz that literally would just yell at people and start screaming at everyone and tell them like it is," said Mizanin, who was a huge wrestling fan as a kid. "When I started doing that stuff, it started to really catch on. "Being on 'The Real World' gave me the idea that I can do anything I wanted with my life.
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