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April 22, 2013
America has a new hero - the woman who shouted, "Shame on you," when the U.S. Senate failed to pass the expanded background check bill ("Senate rejects expanded checks on gun purchases," April 18). She gave voice to the realization that once again, the National Rifle Association and similar groups, as well as some individuals, used their power and influence to, in effect, state that the Newtown children and adults who died (and others who met the same kind of death) are of no consequence.
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NEWS
September 11, 2014
That the NFL and the Ravens waited for an elevator video to shame them into action regarding Ray Rice's conduct speaks volumes about greed in name of pro football ( "Ravens release Ray Rice after new video surfaces," Sept. 8). The only aspect missing in this ludicrous drama is the voice Art Modell sanctimoniously extolling Mr. Rice's character. However, this is a nation of second-chances, and one fully expects that another NFL team, desperate for a running back, will pick-up Mr. Rice - but only after he's done community service, attended mandatory domestic violence counseling and appeared on Dr. Phil, Oprah and Ellen's shows.
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NEWS
April 6, 2012
The Masters golf tournament, held annually at the Augusta National Golf Club in Georgia, is on a collision course with reality. Here's the dilemma: The tradition-rich club is, and always has been, a men-only venue. One of their three main sponsors, IBM, has a female CEO, Virginia Rometty. This is the part where it gets a bit sticky. The four previous CEOs of IBM, all obviously males, held memberships at the club. To add a bit of fuel to the mix was Augusta National's Chairman Billy Payne's deflection of questions posed to him about the club's stodgy, antiquated rules of admission.
NEWS
July 18, 2014
As an American citizen who served three years in the U.S. Army as a soldier and worked for the Army for 30 years as a civilian, I am appalled at the violation of human rights that our facility at Guantanamo Bay represents ( "Detainees are human," July 16). Capturing people overseas and then holding them for a dozen years or more without trial or specific charges grossly violates the moral principles upon which our nation was founded. Though some prisoners there represent a real threat if released, our so-called war on terror is an open-ended situation that shows no signs of ending any time soon.
NEWS
May 25, 2012
Enough is enough. Partisan politics in Maryland has hit an all-time low. As Maryland is hurling headlong into financial ruin, the working, legal resident taxpayers are being taxed to the hilt. Both parties have their collective heads in the sand or at least their party leaders can't see the reality we face every day. Democrats and Republicans refuse to budge or do the dance of moderation only to swing back when the party leaders pull their puppet strings in time to cast their pre-arranged vote in a well orchestrated sham for television.
NEWS
April 11, 2012
Well, they did it. The Maryland General Assembly wasted so much time on same-sex marriage, arsenic in chicken feed, and off-shore wind (just harness the wind coming from Annapolis and they won't need it), they couldn't pass a budget ("Time runs out in capital," April 10). They'll need another session needed now costing more money needlessly squandered. Now you have Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller and House Speaker Michael Bush squabbling. This state, led by an inept governor who deludes himself into thinking he is presidential material, is a shame.
NEWS
December 1, 2013
So it's OK to shop after the Sept. 11 terrorist attack but not to spend money during a happy time ( "Thanks for not shopping," Nov. 25)? Consumerism is as American as apple pie. Some families consider shopping a bonding experience. Passing judgment on people who have been out of work for several years due to our lame economy is short-sighted and condescending. I am not a shopper or a mass consumer, but I certainly don't consider spending money on people one loves to be bad behavior.
NEWS
July 18, 2014
As an American citizen who served three years in the U.S. Army as a soldier and worked for the Army for 30 years as a civilian, I am appalled at the violation of human rights that our facility at Guantanamo Bay represents ( "Detainees are human," July 16). Capturing people overseas and then holding them for a dozen years or more without trial or specific charges grossly violates the moral principles upon which our nation was founded. Though some prisoners there represent a real threat if released, our so-called war on terror is an open-ended situation that shows no signs of ending any time soon.
NEWS
July 3, 2012
Every Baltimore City school superintendent, mayor and state legislator of the last 50 years should be hanging their heads in shame over the atrocious condition of the city's public school buildings. The more than $2 billion of decay didn't just happen overnight. Where did all the money go? The cost to educate the city's schoolchildren continue to spiral out of control. Will the bottle tax be misused just like all the other well-intended taxes that were supposed to benefit the city's children?
NEWS
April 14, 2010
Dave Hyde of the Sun Sentinel suggests that Ben Roethlisberger will be sufficiently punished for being an idiot by being "publicly shamed." That might be true if he were indeed to be publicly shamed, but this country does not "do" shame. At worst, Mr. Roethlisberger will be embarrassed, perhaps deeply embarrassed, but not shamed. Shame is the opposite of honor, and if Ben had any honor he would not have been in this situation in the first place. Since he clearly has no honor, he also has no shame.
NEWS
July 13, 2014
Regarding the recent rant by small business woman and political activist Michelle Jefferson ( "Stop griping and get a grip, ladies," July 11), it seems that she missed the most basic and fundamental message of the women's movement in the last century: don't leave your sisters behind. Born in 1949, I too had the privilege of experiencing, participating in and benefiting from the great cultural phenomenon known as "The Women's Movement. " From the beginning we understood that all women - academics and housewives, bright and average, privileged and disadvantaged - deserve equal treatment in our world, and in some cases, assistance from those of us who could help others to achieve this.
NEWS
May 3, 2014
Maybe that $200,000 handout from Baltimore to bakery czar John Paterakis would have been better spent if directed to the needed replacement of that collapsed 125-year-old retaining wall on 26th Street ( "Landslide takes part of a street," May 1). Shame on you, Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake. Bernard Helinski Baltimore - To respond to this letter, send an email to talkback@baltimoresun.com . Please include your name and contact information.
NEWS
April 15, 2014
I found your recent story about the fight between an aide to Del. Mary-Dulany James and his brother both alarming and painful ( "After claiming he was assaulted by 'a black man,' aide to Harford legislator James, brother charged in Annapolis fight," April 10). According to the Capitol Police report, Luke Horah stated that a large African-American male assaulted him and fled the scene. Here you have a sibling altercation that resulted in injury, but rather than tell the truth about his brother, Mr. Horah decided to implicate a fictitious "black man. " What if the truth hadn't been discovered so quickly?
NEWS
April 4, 2014
Your editorial about the performance of Maryland's health insurance website was interesting ( "Beyond the website," April 2). To say the launch will go down as one of the most expensive failures of governance in the state's history is being kind. Please name any other state failure that even comes close to this disaster in terms of taxpayer money. I suggest that this is by far the biggest failure ever - and that this failure of leadership at the highest echelons of our state government is being rewarded.
NEWS
By Leonard Pitts Jr and By Leonard Pitts Jr | January 23, 2014
"But it works. " That, in three syllables, has been the go-to argument of the last two presidential administrations to justify assaulting civil liberties in the name of rooting out terrorists. It's a dubious line of reasoning, proceeding as it does from the implicit assumption that if a thing works, if it achieves the important goal for which it was designed, that trumps all other considerations. But it's a false assumption, and you don't have to do much cogitating to find the gaping hole in it. Namely: The question of whether or not a thing works has absolutely nothing to do with whether or not that thing is right.
NEWS
By Carrie Wells, The Baltimore Sun | December 28, 2013
A Baltimore woman who has gained national attention for a project intended to publicly shame those who own vacant houses in the city now faces two lawsuits from one of those owners. Brian Spern, an attorney representing the two business trusts that own 539 N. Longwood St. in West Baltimore and 4727 Old York Road in North Baltimore, filed the property damage tort claims earlier this month. The sole defendant is Carol S. Ott, who has run the Baltimore Slumlord Watch blog since 2009 and partnered earlier this year with a group of street artists who paint murals on the vacant homes.
NEWS
October 16, 2012
If you are elected by the people and you are caught stealing anything in relation to that job you are entrusted with, you should go and lose your pension to boot! ("Alston must go," Oct. 13.) It amazes me that Del. Tiffany Alston can be so nervy to even suggest she might run again. It makes me think this woman was not raised right. For her to have such blatant gall is overwhelming! Please, citizens of Maryland, call, write, email, text or Twitter your elected officials and demand a law go on the books stating that any funny business financially involving their elected positions will be an automatic loss of their job and pension - and none of this admission of guilt or plea bargaining stuff, just out, end of story.
NEWS
February 10, 2011
In response to Mary Lou Wickham's letter regarding Christina Aguilera's dreadful rendition of the National Anthem ( "Christina Aguilera: spreading the gospel of tacky ignorance," Feb. 8), I couldn't agree more! The Super Bowl was televised around the world, including to our troops in various locations who are always respectful of what it means to them and us. It was an embarrassment to hear her bastardize a song that should be sung as it was written! I noticed a number of the players being distracted, jumping up and down and not paying too much attention to someone who was more intent on glorifying herself.
NEWS
December 1, 2013
So it's OK to shop after the Sept. 11 terrorist attack but not to spend money during a happy time ( "Thanks for not shopping," Nov. 25)? Consumerism is as American as apple pie. Some families consider shopping a bonding experience. Passing judgment on people who have been out of work for several years due to our lame economy is short-sighted and condescending. I am not a shopper or a mass consumer, but I certainly don't consider spending money on people one loves to be bad behavior.
NEWS
By Jon S. Cardin | November 20, 2013
In 2010, When Annmarie Chiarini's ex-boyfriend posted 88 naked pictures of her on a website designed to shame, humiliate and destroy lives, she went straight to the police. Certain her ex committed a crime, she was shocked when the officers smirked sheepishly at the thought of this young woman's naked pictures on the Internet while informing her no law had been broken. Meanwhile, Ms. Chiarini's job at a local college, her reputation as a responsible, upstanding citizen, her relationships with her children, family and friends and her mental stability hung precariously in the balance.
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