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January 25, 2011
Once again, Thomas Schaller, offers his far left opinion regarding the rhetoric of the last few weeks ( "Violence on the right: more evidence," Jan. 25). The major flaw in Mr. Schaller's opinion is his great assumption, like others of his ilk, that his cited list of incidents prove a direct cause and effect connection to the political right's "violent rhetoric. " He also references David Neiwert's book as support for his opinion; he's a professor at Columbia University (farther left-leaning than Mr. Schaller)
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August 28, 2014
Isn't it odd that the entire world knows about Michael Brown, the unarmed teenager who was killed by a white police officer on August 9 yet nobody seems to know anything about Dillon Taylor, the young, unarmed man who was shot to death by a police officer in Salt Lake City just two days later on August 11. Please, we need to stop the incessant "black on black," "black on white," or "white on black" useless, inflammatory rhetoric. Two young unarmed men lost their lives this month.
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NEWS
January 13, 2011
Since the bloodbath in Tucson last Saturday there has been much talk of ratcheting down the rhetoric in what presently passes for political discourse in this country. I'm sorry to say I'm pessimistic that has even the slightest chance of occurring. The reason for my doubtfulness lies in my belief that, since the days of the late Lee Atwater, the political right in this country is a one trick pony. They are simply not equipped to back off the vitriolic rhetoric since it's just part of the way they operate politically.
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May 13, 2014
I always have to laugh when I read Robert L. Ehrlich Jr.'s column in your paper. He's always pitching his fantasy of the Republican party as the champion of "small business," when in fact we all know the Republican party is the champion of big, multinational corporations, not small businesses. ( "Building a business is bad under Obama," May 11.) A more truthful storyline would be if Bob Ehrlich's "Nancy" were to try to start a small business selling "widgets" only to run up against "Widgicorp," a huge multinational corporation with a Super PAC at the ready to lobby Congress.
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By Jonah Goldberg | January 11, 2011
In the wake of the horrendous shooting rampage in Tucson, Ariz., why isn't anyone talking about banning "Mein Kampf"? Or "The Communist Manifesto"? Or for that matter, "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland" and "The Phantom Tollbooth"? After all, unlike Sarah Palin's absurdly infamous Facebook map with crosshairs on congressional districts that some pundits have blamed for the violence, we have some evidence — suspect Jared Lee Loughner's own words — that these books were a direct influence on him. And to listen to partisan ghouls such as Keith Olbermann exploiting this horrific crime, any rhetoric or writing or images that contributed to it must be stopped, and those who don't accept blame and then repent (specifically Ms. Palin)
NEWS
April 9, 2013
There is one thing in our political discourse that bothers me greatly, and that is how we so easily denigrate tens to hundreds of millions of our fellow Americans to express our biases ("How the welfare state has grown - and sapped America's economy and culture" April 7). There is no excuse for it. It is so demeaning. It reminds me of one of the Star Wars movies, where the Death Star destroys a whole planet. Just like that. Rid of it, them. Mr. Ehrlich do you even realize that is what your thoughtless rhetoric does?
NEWS
August 28, 2014
Isn't it odd that the entire world knows about Michael Brown, the unarmed teenager who was killed by a white police officer on August 9 yet nobody seems to know anything about Dillon Taylor, the young, unarmed man who was shot to death by a police officer in Salt Lake City just two days later on August 11. Please, we need to stop the incessant "black on black," "black on white," or "white on black" useless, inflammatory rhetoric. Two young unarmed men lost their lives this month.
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By Margie Ashe | June 14, 1995
PRESIDENT CLINTON's plea to extremists to tone down the rhetoric in public discourse is being echoed with increasing frequency by those on both sides of the political fence.For example, former President George Bush has dropped his lifetime membership in the National Rifle Association to protest its references to federal agents as "jack-booted government thugs."But, good advice, as an elderly friend often reminds me, "is not needed by the wise and won't be taken by fools."It seems highly unlikely that even the wisest and best-intentioned advice to "tone down the rhetoric" will be heeded by those who love to stir up their followers or the general public.
NEWS
August 16, 1991
We first experienced that sinking feeling last week, when it was reported that a homeless man arrested on charges of arson and malicious destruction of property in July 1990 had been lost in the city jail for more than a year because of missteps in the criminal justice system and the jail administration.Things got worse this week, when it was learned first that 28, then 65, more jail inmates may have been wrongfully held. One wonders how long it will be before other such bureaucratic "mistakes" turn up -- and how high the toll will ultimately go.And the fact that such malfeasance came to light only after state officials took over the running of the facility can't help but make one to wonder how much longer those men might have languished if the city were still running the jail.
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By Jonah Goldberg | December 24, 2009
O n his own terms, President Barack Obama is a failure. During the presidential campaign, he fought hammer and tongs with Hillary Clinton over the best way to govern. Mrs. Clinton, casting herself as a battle-scarred political veteran, argued that diligence, dedicated detail work and working the system were essential for success. Mr. Obama, donning the mantle of a redeemer descending from divine heights, argued that his soaring rhetoric was more than "just words"; it was a way out of the poisonous, partisan gridlock of yesteryear.
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By Mark Newgent | February 27, 2014
The continuing embarrassment that is the Martin O'Malley administration's roll out of Obamacare in Maryland certainly won't bode well for the governor's presidential prospects. You may not be able to sign up for health insurance on the state website, but I hear the customer service line points you to a nice potter in Seattle who can give you a good deal on an ash tray. By the way, where is Anthony Brown? The problems plaguing the Maryland Health Benefit Exchange have exposed the cheap facade of Mr. O'Malley's presidential pitch: that he is the "data driven," "results oriented" leader who gets things done.
NEWS
September 27, 2013
Texas Sen. Ted Cruz is an embarrassment. Whether or not you agree with the health care law signed by President Barack Obama, Mr. Cruz is hijacking the democratic process established by our forefathers. We the people do not care about his long-winded rhetoric, designed to advance his own political agenda. Republican or Democrat, this is not the appropriate use of the senatorial podium. Christina Young, Baltimore
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By Jules Witcover | September 16, 2013
While the slaughter goes on in the Syrian civil war, a remarkable war of words has broken out over the threatened use of American force there, led by of all people Russian President Vladimir Putin. Moscow's strongman of the post-Cold War era, or at least some assigned wordsmith, wrote an op-ed piece in the New York Times making a clever pitch for taking the dispute to the United Nations, where an anticipated Russian veto had deterred the United States from doing so in the first place.
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By Richard E. Vatz | August 19, 2013
An ugly fight unfolded last week between gubernatorial aspirants Lt. Gov. Anthony G. Brown and Maryland Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler regarding their campaign rhetoric. Mr. Gansler was surreptitiously recorded saying, "I mean, right now [Mr. Brown's] campaign slogan is, 'Vote for me, I want to be the first African American governor of Maryland.' ... That's a laudable goal, but you need a second sentence: 'Because here's what I've done, and here's why I've done it.'" The Brown camp and other Democratic bigwigs are appalled: According to The Washington Post, which broke the story, Brown campaign manager Justin Schall stated that Mr. Gansler is "out of touch with Maryland's values," and to ensure that there was no lack of overreaction, Brown supporter Montgomery County Council member Valerie Ervin actually said, "White people don't like the race card being pulled on them, and he pulled the race card on Anthony.
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By Cal Thomas | June 1, 2013
Who doesn't admire former Republican Senate Majority Leader Bob Dole? Wounded World War II veteran, part-time comedian (Mr. Dole once described a meeting of former presidents Carter, Ford and Nixon as "see no evil, hear no evil -- and evil"), former presidential candidate and all-around decent man, Mr. Dole was a part of government for much of his life. Therein lies the problem for some who stay in politics and government so long that it is easy to lose perspective and think cutting deals is more important than winning the argument.
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By Alison Prost | April 30, 2013
Stormwater is the only source of pollution to local waterways that is growing. There has been much talk lately of stormwater fees as a "rain tax. " While catchy, the moniker really doesn't tell the story. The story begins when those raindrops hit parking lots, roads and other paved surfaces. As they flow downhill, they pick up pollution - oil and grease from automobiles, fertilizer from our yards, and dog waste that wasn't picked up. That pollution flows into storm drains, then into local streams and creeks, then into local rivers.
NEWS
December 20, 1993
Jesse Jackson went to Long Island to issue an appeal to whites not to react racially to the fact that Colin Ferguson, the black man who shot 23 passengers on a commuter train, killing six, said he acted out of racist motives. Reverend Jackson, like other students of race relations, fears "inflammatory rhetoric," as he put it, could lead to a white backlash against black individuals, against blacks as a group and against policies and programs designed to deal with the impact of present and, especially, past white racism.
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By Mark Newgent | February 27, 2014
The continuing embarrassment that is the Martin O'Malley administration's roll out of Obamacare in Maryland certainly won't bode well for the governor's presidential prospects. You may not be able to sign up for health insurance on the state website, but I hear the customer service line points you to a nice potter in Seattle who can give you a good deal on an ash tray. By the way, where is Anthony Brown? The problems plaguing the Maryland Health Benefit Exchange have exposed the cheap facade of Mr. O'Malley's presidential pitch: that he is the "data driven," "results oriented" leader who gets things done.
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By Andrea F. Siegel, The Baltimore Sun | April 15, 2013
Ridiculed by some as a "rain tax" and a symbol of government overreach in taxes, storm water management fees mandated by the state were approved Monday by Baltimore and Anne Arundel counties. The Baltimore County Council approved its fee structure 5-2, along party lines, with Republicans David Marks of Perry Hall and Todd Huff of Lutherville voting against it. The Anne Arundel County Council voted 4-3 to approve its version of stormwater fees. Stormwater runoff is blamed for being a major source of pollution in the Chesapeake Bay. As rainwater runs off hard surfaces - roofs, driveways and parking lots - it picks up pollutants that ultimately run into the bay. Last year the state legislature mandated a fee to pay for projects that will benefit bay water quality.
NEWS
April 9, 2013
There is one thing in our political discourse that bothers me greatly, and that is how we so easily denigrate tens to hundreds of millions of our fellow Americans to express our biases ("How the welfare state has grown - and sapped America's economy and culture" April 7). There is no excuse for it. It is so demeaning. It reminds me of one of the Star Wars movies, where the Death Star destroys a whole planet. Just like that. Rid of it, them. Mr. Ehrlich do you even realize that is what your thoughtless rhetoric does?
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