February 26, 2010
While the killing of the trainer-handler at Sea World by a killer whale was tragic, perhaps there is no better time to assess the importance and relevance of zoos and aquariums in our nation and the purpose they serve. The inherent purpose of these attractions is for the entertainment of the supposedly brighter species, the human being. Imagine that incarcerated animals and mammals had the gift, like us, of verbal communication. They would certainly voice their disdain for the lives they are thrust in to. Imagine being confined to the environments to which they are unwillingly subjected, taken from their habitats and placed in zoos and aquariums for our juvenile amusement.
By Thomas Wise | September 4, 2014
Despite going by the same name, American football and what the rest of the world considers football are completely different games. They have a different level of physicality as well as an entirely different pace. Part of this difference in the pace of the game comes from the way the organizations that oversee these two sports, FIFA (Fédération Internationale de Football Association) and the NFL (National Football League), choose to monetize their games. If you caught any of The FIFA World Cup this summer you saw the games without any pauses for advertisements.
By Hoke L. Smith | June 30, 2003
MARYLAND'S BUDGETARY woes have created a climate of potential disaster in higher education and among its students. Universities and their faculties and staffs are concerned about cuts in work force, programs and support budgets. Students fear the impact of substantial tuition and fee increases. Mere defense of the current budget does not lead to the necessary policy discussion. The situation presents an unwelcome opportunity to rethink state higher education policy. Past polices have improved Maryland higher education.
By Scott Dance, The Baltimore Sun | March 15, 2014
In the two weeks between recent revelations that hackers stole data on students, alumni and faculty from the University of Maryland, College Park and the Johns Hopkins University, nearly 360,000 records were swiped in similar attacks at schools in Pennsylvania, Indiana and North Dakota. Online thieves have increasingly sought sensitive or otherwise valuable data from educational institutions, experts say. Last year alone, breaches included possible exposure of 2.5 million Social Security and bank account numbers associated with an Arizona community college system, 74,000 Social Security numbers of University of Delaware students and staff, and 145,000 applications to Virginia Tech, according to the Privacy Rights Clearinghouse.
By Annapolis Bureau of The Sun | November 7, 1991
ANNAPOLIS -- The state should abandon its elusive goal of trying to rehabilitate inmates at the Patuxent Institution, Maryland's prisons chief said yesterday.Instead, Bishop L. Robinson told a legislative committee that more manageable problems, such as treating inmates with mental illnesses or those hooked on drugs or alcohol, should receive state priority.Mr. Robinson, the secretary of public safety and correctional services, also recommended that certain young criminals who are ineligible for the state's boot camp program be sent to basic education courses to be offered at Patuxent.
By Mary Jo Kochakian and Mary Jo Kochakian,The Hartford Courant | July 3, 1993
Poorly handled anger is a deep well of misery -- the source of family unhappiness, a slew of psychopathologies, and violence both in the home and in the streets.The crushing thing is, it doesn't have to be that way.Anger is normal. It's a part of everyone's life. Although there has been plenty of research on what causes anger, how best to handle it and the problems it creates, that information is not common knowledge, or standard practice.Most of us are still responding to anger in the way we saw our parents do it -- and that could include forbidding the expression of it, withdrawal, a lot of yelling, or violence -- none of which promotes emotional well-being.
By Doug Donovan and Doug Donovan,SUN STAFF | September 12, 2005
The failure to evacuate New Orleans' most vulnerable residents before Hurricane Katrina struck is causing city leaders nationwide to rethink plans for the mass movement of people unable to escape on their own in a catastrophe. Like many cities, New Orleans had such an evacuation plan. City officials knew that approximately 100,000 city residents had no personal transportation, and their intent was to use public buses to ferry them to safety. It was a plan filled with flaws, and New Orleans officials knew it. A test of the plan last summer during a simulated Category 3 hurricane revealed that as many as 300,000 people might remain trapped in the city, many for lack of private transportation, according to a report by Louisiana State University.
By Dan Berger | August 19, 1998
At last we have a president who knows the difference between lying and misleading.If Monica is the temptress who brought down the presidency, the fashion industry must rethink its ideal. Blonde and anorexic is out.The Real IRA is the real thing. It is doing what the real IRA was doing for a quarter century and only recently quit.Save your Imperial rubles. Russia will rise again.Pub Date: 8/19/98
By Ray Frager | October 16, 2008
Brigham Young@Texas Christian 8 p.m. [Versus] No. 9 BYU (6-0), seeking to stay in the running for the Bowl Championship Series, is after its 17th straight victory, the nation's longest winning streak. TCU (6-1) might want to rethink scheduling games on Thursdays. The Horned Frogs have lost five in a row on this day of the week. TCU leads the nation with 27 sacks, but the Cougars have allowed only two - which surely has helped BYU's Max Hall (right) complete 71 percent of his passes.
By JULIUS WESTHEIMER | April 25, 2001
IT IS TIME to rethink Japanese stocks, says James Clunie, head of global securities at Aberdeen Capital Management. "Japan's stock market hit a 16-year low in March, but a projected cut in short-term interest rates should stop deflation and stimulate growth. "Put about 20 percent of your foreign stock portfolio in Japan. Attractive blue chips: Canon Inc., Nippon Telephone & Telegraph Co. and Sumitomo Bank Ltd." "Over the long term, the Fed cannot stop this bear market. The meltdown must end with selling exhaustion, and this we have not seen.
By Liz Bowie, The Baltimore Sun | January 18, 2014
If there is one thing Katie Boltz has mastered in high school, it is how to use every minute of her day efficiently. With five Advanced Placement classes, the Dulaney High School senior doesn't text her friends or watch TV so she can focus on homework - but still only manages three or four hours of sleep some nights. "Originally, I thought I would really like all of these classes," the 17-year-old said, adding that when she is overwhelmed, she questions the decision to take so many demanding classes at one time.
September 6, 2013
As Gov. Martin O'Malley and Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake announce $1.5 billion in new transportation projects, the Red Line most costly among them, The Sun should call attention to serious concerns raised by state Sen. Bill Ferguson and Dels. Peter A. Hammen, Luke H. Clippinger and Brian K. McHale ("Transportation projects funded," Sept. 4). Many city-dwellers, myself included, have lamented Baltimore's mass transit deficiencies for decades. But some of us can also recall the repeated struggles - dating back at least to the legend-worthy 1970s fight Barbara Mikulski led against "The Road" - to prevent the construction of barriers dividing the community from the waterfront.
September 5, 2013
The death of Robert Ethan Saylor, a 26-year-old Frederick man with Downs syndrome who stopped breathing last January after a struggle with off-duty county sheriff's deputies who were attempting to remove him from a local movie theater, sparked a national debate over how police treat people with developmental disabilities. Yet it remains an issue that is far from resolved. Today, Mr. Saylor's family, friends and supporters representing national disabilities rights groups met with Gov. Martin O'Malley to ask him to reopen the investigation into the circumstances surrounding Mr. Saylor's death and to demand better training for law enforcement officers who deal with people with developmental disabilities.
Harford County government's green star for the third quarter was awarded to Denise Carnaggio, deputy director of the Office of Economic Development, for reducing and rethinking with technology. Sometimes it's difficult to realize the effort that goes into managing a records repository. In addition to the careful attention to detail required for documents to be categorized and filed correctly, a lot of time and work goes into tracking down files, moving storage boxes, making photocopies and destroying documents whose retention period has expired.
April 29, 2013
Some people have argued that the Boston Marathon bombing should not affect immigration reform because immigrants in the country illegally are not in the habit of planting bombs. But that doesn't doesn't mean they are safe. Many gang members are here illegally, including members of the dreaded MS-13. The gang member who killed the four New Jersey college students was in the country illegally. The 25-year-old man who kidnapped the 13-year-old-boy at a bus stop in Florida was too. And countless others kill people in traffic accidents.
March 21, 2013
Drones over Syria? Hold on! ("CIA eyes drone strikes in Syria," March 16). The whole business of drone strikes on nations with whom we are not at war gets murkier and more distasteful daily - and cries out for transparency from the Obama administration on drone practice and policy, especially abroad. U.S. military and CIA attacks by unmanned aircraft have been going on for well over a decade now with little fanfare or even awareness by most Americans. And that's just as Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama have wanted it. Sure, the news is trumpeted when some al-Qaida or Taliban leader has been a "kill" by a targeted missile strike.
By Philadelphia Inquirer | May 10, 1991
WHAT THE Democrats don't need, as one wag put it, is another Greek from Massachusetts. Yet there was Paul Tsongas [last] week, arms outstretched almost sacrificially, braving the rains in post-industrial Lowell, Mass., his old stomping ground, announcing that he's ready to take on President Bush in '92. . . .OK, he's a long shot even within his own underdog party, but . . . Tsongas is doing something that national Democrats have been avoiding far too long. He's talking about breaking stride with comfortably familiar Democratic positions-as-usual.
By Muphen Whitney | January 5, 1992
And you might want to resolve to:* Review your horse's health routine with his veterinarian.* Rethink your horse's diet. Tailor his feed and feeding routine to the work he does.* Have your horse's teeth checked once a yearby his vet or by an equine dentist. Inspect your horse's feet beforeand after every ride. Set up a regular schedule with the farrier.* Work on your horse's manners. He should stand and lead quietly. Heshould be cooperative when being handled.* Think seriously abouthow you use your horse.
March 7, 2013
I enjoyed Michael Barnes' commentary ("Time for a new Cuba policy," March 4) in The Sun. I have just recently returned from a "people-to-people" trip to Cuba and found it to be a wonderful opportunity to better understand what is going on in Cuba today. The country has a long and proud, although often bitter, history, but the people were uniformly warm and welcoming. Unlike the Cuban government, they seemed to have extremely positive attitudes toward America and Americans. They would like to see changes in their government and better relations with us but are understandably wary of seeing another American takeover of the island, as happened in the 1950's.
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