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March 10, 2011
It's rare that I voice my opinion in a public forum, but God bless you, Erma M. Durkin of Glen Arm, who wrote "A Catholic makes the case for same-sex marriage" (March 9). The infinite wisdom of this woman goes beyond her 81 years, more than I can say for our elected officials. Everyone should read her article. Nancy Roberts, Essex
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June 30, 2014
Mississippi has an open primary election law that gives voters the right to select candidates regardless of party affiliation ("Incumbent senator wins Miss. GOP primary runoff," June 25). Years ago, in a fit of madness, I changed my party affiliation and become an independent. The loss of my chance to vote in the primary restored my sanity, however, and I reluctantly returned to the enslavement of a party affiliation. McNair Taylor - To respond to this letter, send an email to talkback@baltimoresun.com . Please include your name and contact information.
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NEWS
June 28, 2011
Federal employees should be concerned about their employment security, not just their pensions and medical benefits ( "Federal workers afraid of cuts" June. 27). Their employer, our federal government, has embarked on massive unfunded spending programs featuring huge increases in new spending due to Obamacare and a myriad of other new initiatives over the last 10 years while facing funding shortfalls in existing entitlements. The number of new federal employees has grown by about 100,000, and there has been no change in the fringe benefit programs each is promised as part of their employment agreement.
NEWS
April 24, 2014
There are about 7,000 people serving federal prison sentences for crimes related to crack cocaine who would not still be there if they had, instead, possessed or sold powder cocaine. That's the non-sensical and costly result of Congress' panic over the crack epidemic of the 1980s and 1990s - and one that has profoundly unjust consequences since blacks were more likely to use crack and whites more likely to use powder cocaine. In 2010, Congress acted to reduce that disparity in mandatory minimum sentences, but that did no good for all the people already in prison.
EXPLORE
November 26, 2012
In response to your article, "Bocce ball courts proposed in Hickory Ridge" (Nov. 15) : Are you kidding me? Bocce courts? Does that seem like a sensible investment for our funds? Especially in a tough economic time for many families? If we have money to fund this kind of development maybe CA should be considering lowering the assessment rate. Boggles my mind. Why not use that seven-digit number to support programs that might help portions of the Columbia population that are struggling.
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BY A SUN STAFF WRITER | December 3, 1997
The jury in Ruthann Aron's murder solicitation trial will deal separately with the questions of her innocence and sanity, a Montgomery County circuit judge ruled yesterday.Aron, a Potomac developer and unsuccessful candidate for the Republican U.S. Senate nomination, has pleaded not criminally responsible to charges she tried to hire a hit man to kill her husband and a Baltimore lawyer who testified against her in a civil trial.Judge Paul A. McGuckian approved a request from prosecutors for a two-phase trial that will begin Dec. 15 despite the objections of Aron's lawyers, who said her mental state goes to the heart of her defense.
SPORTS
By KEVIN COWHERD | January 16, 2009
Looming on inbound I-279 like a public-housing complex in Kiev, the Fort Pitt Tunnel has traumatized motorists since its completion in the year 937 A.D. OK, it was 1960. But it looks older. Congested, narrow, dimly lit and more than 3,600 feet long, it's a claustrophobic's nightmare. Sure, there's a terrific view of the Pittsburgh skyline when you finally emerge from the thing. But at what cost to your sanity?
NEWS
June 30, 2014
Mississippi has an open primary election law that gives voters the right to select candidates regardless of party affiliation ("Incumbent senator wins Miss. GOP primary runoff," June 25). Years ago, in a fit of madness, I changed my party affiliation and become an independent. The loss of my chance to vote in the primary restored my sanity, however, and I reluctantly returned to the enslavement of a party affiliation. McNair Taylor - To respond to this letter, send an email to talkback@baltimoresun.com . Please include your name and contact information.
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By Sandy Banisky | May 2, 1991
Perhaps it was the article in this week's Star, the supermarket tabloid that calls him "the screwball with the rubber ducky." Or maybe it was the radio talk shows questioning his sanity. At any rate, Gov. William Donald Schaefer has made a lifestyle decision:No more funny hats."People misunderstood and they used pictures of me to discredit me," Mr. Schaefer said yesterday as he strolled through Baltimore's annual Flower Mart -- wearing a yellow hard hat.The photos "were used to make me look foolish all over the country," Mr. Schaefer said.
NEWS
By MICHAEL OLESKER | April 13, 2000
BILL CLINTON came to Annapolis on Tuesday to celebrate the signing of a gun safety measure with which everyone but the die-hards of the National Rifle Association can feel comfortable and to remember Kathleen Kennedy Townsend's father. Bobby Kennedy has been gone for 32 years, the victim of a crazed man with a gun. The NRA remembers Bobby. It's been trying to silence his ghost since 1968. In ceremonies at the State House, the president said Bobby would have been proud of his daughter. The lieutenant governor of Maryland nodded her head slightly and said a quiet, "Thank you."
NEWS
April 17, 2014
Kudos to Maryland lawmakers and the governor for taking action to remove the criminal penalties associated with the personal possession by adults of small quantities of marijuana ( "A step toward sanity on marijuana," April 14). Adults who choose to consume cannabis should not face arrest, prosecution and the stigma of a criminal record for ingesting a substance that is, by any objective measure, safer than either alcohol or tobacco. Similar legislation to decriminalize marijuana has already been enacted in 17 states, including Connecticut, Maine, Mississippi, Nebraska and Ohio.
NEWS
April 14, 2014
In 2010, Baltimore City police made 64,525 arrests, and more than 7,000 of them - 11 percent of the total - were for simple possession of marijuana. That represents thousands of man-hours by Baltimore City police, Central Booking officials, prosecutors, public defenders, judges and others, all of whom had better things to do. That year Baltimore recorded 224 homicides, ranking it among the five deadliest cities in the nation. And the enforcement of laws against possession of marijuana isn't just an issue in Baltimore; overall, the state logged more than 22,000 marijuana possession arrests in 2010, the third most per capita of any state in the nation.
NEWS
By Jules Witcover | February 17, 2014
Is it possible that the adults in Congress are finally taking over? That prospect has reared its head in the decision of Republican leaders in both the House and Senate to back away from another threatened government shutdown by swallowing an uncomplicated vote to raise the federal debt ceiling. First, House Speaker John Boehner looked down the black hole of government shutdown, a potential replay of the tea-party engineered kamikaze mission in October, and refused to lead his party into it again.
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Dan Rodricks | September 7, 2013
Of the many words from the Maryland Court of Special Appeals in the matter of Meredith Cross v. Baltimore City Police Department, I like these best: "Costs to be paid by appellant. " That's double-good news for city taxpayers: We're on the hook for neither the back salary of a police officer who married a convicted murderer nor for the costs of bringing an audacious appeal of her firing to court. What we have here is formal affirmation that a woman has a right to marry anyone she wishes, including a gangster, but not a right to be a Baltimore cop. That was pretty much the court's conclusion Tuesday in the Cross case, echoing Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr. from late-19th-century Massachusetts.
NEWS
By John E. McIntyre and The Baltimore Sun | May 14, 2013
If you read about language, grammar, and usage, you're as likely to come across rubbish and codswallop as anything else. Thus there is joy at the arrival of a new voice of sense and informed judgment. Stan Carey of Sentence First heralded the arrival last week of Caxton , a new blog on language. Today's post at Caxton includes a reminder about the rules of language that rule-mongers would do well to keep in mind. And it is not novel information, coming from the pen of John Colet, humanist of the English Renaissance and dean of St. Paul's (d. 1519)
NEWS
April 11, 2013
How could it be that even a single U.S. senator - no matter how opposed to gun control - could vote to hold up consideration of a proposal to require background checks for gun purchases? This is an idea not only embraced by something in the order of 91 percent of the American public but 85 percent of National Rifle Association members. Yet, there it was. Thirty-one senators voted against allowing the Senate to debate the background check proposal this morning. That was a victory, of sorts, as some senators had threatened to filibuster the procedural vote.
SPORTS
By LAURA VECSEY | April 3, 2005
CARL PAVANO or Tim Hudson would have been nice. Richie Sexson, Carlos Delgado or Magglio Ordonez would have been sweet. But what is Opening Day if not for an inspired bout of amnesia? So, we'll forget what was, or wasn't, to be. Instead, let's dwell on the positive, because salvation comes in all forms, shapes and sizes. On that note, we'd like to officially welcome to the bullpen The Two Steves -- veteran relievers who could prove to be the Orioles' most important additions this season.
SPORTS
By Ken Rosenthal | March 28, 1996
PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. -- Bill Ripken hustled to second base for the throw, then whipped the ball to first for the double play."Amazing, isn't he?" Brady Anderson said, watching the late innings of the Orioles-Dodgers game on the clubhouse television Tuesday."
EXPLORE
November 26, 2012
In response to your article, "Bocce ball courts proposed in Hickory Ridge" (Nov. 15) : Are you kidding me? Bocce courts? Does that seem like a sensible investment for our funds? Especially in a tough economic time for many families? If we have money to fund this kind of development maybe CA should be considering lowering the assessment rate. Boggles my mind. Why not use that seven-digit number to support programs that might help portions of the Columbia population that are struggling.
NEWS
By John E. McIntyre and The Baltimore Sun | November 24, 2012
It has been a fallow interval at the blog because of some hectic days at the paragraph factory, domestic exigencies, and the like, but I am back today to advocate, in my small way, sanity. Immediately after the late election, the outbreaks of looniness came thick and fast. A gentleman wrote to The Baltimore Sun to say that he was halting all charitable donations and putting his resources into bottled water and ammo, presumably against the collapse of civil order that President Obama's re-election made inevitable.
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