February 9, 2013
For 102 years, people have been treated unequally by the Boy Scouts, and on Jan. 28, the organization's board delayed a vote on whether to allow local chapters to decide whether to admit gay members and leaders. In Maryland where gay couples are now legally allowed to get married, they still may not be allowed to join Scouting. This ultimately provides an adverse consequence to a newly-earned freedom. No one should not be declined from the Boy Scouts because of sexual orientation.
December 25, 2012
An Annapolis company whose old-fashioned trolleys are iconic in the city's wedding scene has abandoned the nuptial industry rather than serve same-sex couples. The owner of Discover Annapolis Tours said he decided to walk away from $50,000 in annual revenue instead of compromising his Christian convictions when same-sex marriages become legal in Maryland in less than a week. And he has urged prospective clients to lobby state lawmakers for a religious exemption for wedding vendors.
December 21, 2012
As someone who loved the 2000 movie "Billy Elliot," I had doubts that it could be turned into a stage musical. I figured too much of the gritty mining town atmosphere of the original would be lost, for a start. And I was suspicious that the many touchy subjects in the story -- masculinity, sexual orientation, the value of the arts, etc. -- could survive the transformation. I feared there would be too much watering down, maybe even dumbing down. Instead, as I was happily reminded this week ... seeing "Billy Elliot" again when it arrived at the Hippodrome , the result is remarkably effective.
November 28, 2012
I predict that the Nov. 6, 2012 election will be a benchmark in American history. The re-election of a black president is a bugle call to the future to begin. The status quo is dying to make way for a new sense of democracy. The numbers showed that there are more of "us" then there are of "them. " The Republican Party could not muster enough of their camp to overtake those of us who want change. This alone is historical. Moreover, here are the historical reasons for my prediction: Since the nation re-elected Barack Obama, bigotry is in decay.
October 31, 2012
It seems odd that the voice for a "no" vote on Question 6 should be that of a Virginia legislator, but even stranger is his argument against Question 6 ("Vote no to immorality," Oct. 27). Virginia Del. Bob Marshall argues that Christian theology should govern this country. If he would object to Sharia law being imposed on us, he should be just a vigorous in objecting to Halacha (Jewish religious law), or strict Catholicism, Calvinism, or Confucianism. This is a secular nation, decidedly not a Christian theocracy.
October 15, 2012
If you believe the following, you should vote for Mitt Romney: •You like a candidate changing his positions from one debate "performance" to the next stump speech (or when one of his handlers "corrects" his latest position) just to garner votes. •You still cling to the fantasy that a return to Bush-era tax cuts and policies, via the Romney/Rep. Paul Ryan agenda, will lead to more jobs and economic growth despite the disastrous economy George W. Bush left us in 2008. •You want government calling the shots when it comes to dictating women's reproductive health options.