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June 2, 2012
Memorial Day is a time to honor those who gave their all for their country. We wax eloquent about the ultimate sacrifice, but most who died were not concerned with grand visions, they were just doing their duty. They wanted to live another day, to get the job done, and to go home. But living another day required more guts than all the faux patriots today who talk patriotism but are more interested in money and power. This is a country that achieved great things through mutual sacrifice.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | July 27, 2014
SEATTLE -- The Orioles' 10-game West Coast road trip was a major test whether they could hold their own while playing against three playoff-caliber teams across the country. The trip was characterized by closely contested games - seven were decided by two runs or fewer - in which strong pitching and clutch hitting was often the difference. And on Sunday afternoon, as the sun set on what might be their most grueling stretch away from home this season, the Orioles finished the road trip with a 3-2 victory in 10 innings over the Seattle Mariners in front of an announced 26,523 at Safeco Field.
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NEWS
November 24, 2010
Thank you Jules Witcover for your commentary "'Sacrifice' in the airport screening line" (Nov. 24). I keep wondering "What is wrong with people?" when I hear or read of furor over airport security measures. I remember being patted down in a private room in the Munich airport years ago on my first business trip abroad. The Red Brigade threat and the murder of Jewish athletes at the Olympics were some of the terrors of those days. I was grateful for the caution exerted for my safety. Terrorism exists, and security measures are necessary.
NEWS
June 6, 2014
Seventy years ago, thousands of America's young and courageous men were landing on the shores of Normandy, France. The names of "Omaha," "Utah" and other beaches became emblazoned in American history. On that June 6 morning, my first memory of history came alive as my parents and I heard the radio voice of President Franklin D. Roosevelt. "Our sons, pride of our nation, today have landed on the shores of France," President Roosevelt announced. "Some may return, some may never return.
NEWS
December 10, 2012
After a 45-year career in the private sector, first with Bethlehem Steel, then with Harley Davidson Motor Company and ending with General Motors, I lost wages, medical benefits and pensions when these companies were not making profits. Federal workers have not made any sacrifices that compare to losses in the private sector jobs ("Federal workers rally, underscore their sacrifices," Dec. 6). Most of them retire with 85 percent of their salary and medical benefits that they never paid into.
NEWS
November 4, 2012
I wish to respond to Kenneth Weeden's letter to the editor ("Who bears the burden?" Oct. 31). During World War II, people understood the need for sacrifice because if they didn't, there was a good chance we would all be speaking German today. Today's economic crisis requires sacrifice, but only from politicians - they need to stop spending other people's money as if there was no downside in order to get re-elected. Mr. Weeden's wishful thinking about taxing the "rich" shows that he has not done his research.
NEWS
December 8, 2011
Thanks to Gilbert Sandler ("It still lives in Infamy," Dec. 7) for reminding us of some of the costs of war in his account of Baltimore after Pearl Harbor. What a contrast with today. Our leaders can carry on wars without affecting most of us one bit. No danger, no draft, no rationing, no tax increase, no blackouts. Only if we serve in the armed forces or have a family member there do we suffer anything. We do not even have to pay for the war - we can borrow to cover the cost. It is almost enjoyable and certainly exciting.
NEWS
February 20, 2012
While I agree with some of Max Richtman's commentary on Social Security ("Protect senior programs," Feb. 17), many of his observations are misleading. Certainly, most any poll will show that people do not want any benefit cuts, and I would bet that most would want benefits to increase. That's just human nature. As an old saying goes, "When you rob Peter to pay Paul, you'll always have Paul's vote. " However, his use of such terms and phrases as "earned benefits" and "economic reason" do not pass muster when certain facts are considered.
NEWS
June 6, 2014
Seventy years ago, thousands of America's young and courageous men were landing on the shores of Normandy, France. The names of "Omaha," "Utah" and other beaches became emblazoned in American history. On that June 6 morning, my first memory of history came alive as my parents and I heard the radio voice of President Franklin D. Roosevelt. "Our sons, pride of our nation, today have landed on the shores of France," President Roosevelt announced. "Some may return, some may never return.
EXPLORE
August 16, 2011
To President Obama and members of Congress: When will you as leaders and representatives of a very large group of seniors start to wake up and realize, that the United States government cannot continue to pay for everything. At the age of 81, I do look forward to my Social Security monthly check and my Medicare insurance when needed. However, taking a cut would not put me in my grave any quicker. I learned at an early age if we could not afford to pay our bills, we did without!
NEWS
By Jules Witcover | May 30, 2014
The new memorial and museum commemorating the worst attack on the continental United States in history stands starkly as remembrance of that morning in lower Manhattan nearly 13 years ago when terrorism rained down on the Twin Towers from those two hijacked jetliners. The complex at Ground Zero of that enormous tragedy recalls and honors the 3,000 Americans and others who perished, as well as the service of the thousands of selfless firefighters, police and other first responders who valiantly raced to rescue them at peril to their own lives.
NEWS
April 28, 2014
Regarding The Sun's editorial asking Gov. Martin O'Malley to veto a bill that would delay approval of a wind farm in Somerset County ( "Gone with the wind farm?" April 20), I take offense at you describing industrial turbines as "windmills. " That's like calling a mountain lion a house cat. Next, when there were 60 turbines in the project a year ago, there were 500 construction jobs and 14.6 permanent jobs. Now that it has been changed to 29 turbines (or 25 depending on who is giving you the numbers)
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By Cal Thomas | July 6, 2013
"Posterity! You will never know how much it cost the present generation to preserve your freedom. I hope you will make good use of it. " -- John Quincy Adams Freedom is not the default position of humankind; otherwise more would be free. In much of the world, dictatorship, religious persecution and the suppression of women are the norm. Freedom has a price. Its currency is the blood of those who paid the bill. They can be found at Arlington, Normandy and scores of other places of rest where Americans died so that others might live in freedom.
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By Don Markus, The Baltimore Sun | April 20, 2013
Moving around has always been a big part of new Loyola basketball coach G.G. Smith's life. As a child whose father, Tubby, was a rising star in the college basketball coaching ranks, Smith spent time growing up in college towns like Columbia, S.C., and Lexington, Ky., as well as cities like Tulsa, Okla., and Richmond, Va. As an adult, Smith often took jobs based on where his wife, Lorie, was completing her post-graduate work as she built her career...
SPORTS
By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | April 2, 2013
Jason Hammel made a couple mistakes in his six innings on Tuesday, but otherwise gave the Orioles what they were hoping for on Opening Day: A quality start. The 30-year-old right-hander lasted six innings, allowing three runs on three hits and a walk. He struck out two and retired 10 of the first 11 batters he faced before giving up a Ben Zobrist solo homer in the fourth. His big mistake came in the sixth when he walked the leadoff man in the inning, No. 9 batter Kelly Johnson.
EXPLORE
March 15, 2013
Manchester resident Patrick Carmody was one of five members of the Anne Arundel County Fire Department who were recently promoted in the department. The 20-year veteran was promoted to lieutenant on Feb. 21 during a ceremony to honor the five officers' years of hard work, dedication, and sacrifice.
BUSINESS
By Jay Hancock | May 4, 2010
Battered by a poor economy and declining endowment, the Walters Art Museum balanced its budget last year by laying off seven people, eliminating another nine open positions and cutting the pay of those remaining. Including that of the boss. Museum Director Gary Vikan took a haircut of about 8 percent from his salary that's reported in tax filings in the $250,000 range — the largest pay cut in percentage terms of anybody in the organization. As well he should have.
NEWS
September 22, 2011
Your editorial lauding President Obama's call for a balanced approach to spending and taxes rings hollow indeed ("Shared sacrifice," Sept. 20). The president's supporters and apologists have little left to cling to other than abstract phrases and themes from his speeches. We all know that's exactly what his jobs plan and his deficit reduction plans are: Just speeches. The jobs plan he outlined to Congress weeks ago hasn't yet made its way to a vote. Meanwhile he travels the country accusing the Republicans of obstructing a plan that can't be voted on. His deficit reduction plan is the same thing: A campaign speech.
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Peter Schmuck | March 15, 2013
If you want to understand what the Ravens have been doing over the past week - other than dismantling a Super Bowl champion - it might be instructive to look back at the final week of the regular season. The Ravens had a longshot opportunity to improve their seeding for the playoffs, but chose instead to play a pared-down roster against the Cincinnati Bengals to gather their strength for what would turn out to be a wildly successful postseason run. Did they tank the Bengals game?
NEWS
March 10, 2013
I have read multiple articles on both sides of the sequester issue ("Sequester debates hides the cold facts of our budget crisis," March 5). I have read how the American people who have made their fortunes here need to tighten their belts and give up some things for the good of the country. I have read how working people need to tighten their belts to help those who are (or may not be) less fortunate. What I have not read in any article so far is what are the politicians giving up?
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