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By Hugh Pearson | May 27, 1994
FOR YEARS now, the same regrettable scene has played itself out repeatedly all over the country.A young black man is beaten or killed by the police -- usually after having committed a crime -- and a large group of black people march on city hall or police headquarters, demanding justice.Consider Ernest Sayon, who died in police custody on April 29 after he had been arrested at the scene of a drug deal in a public housing project on Staten Island, N.Y.Or the scuffle in January at a Harlem mosque.
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July 8, 2013
The 300 Man March, Baltimore's latest effort to rally against the worsening toll of killings that has hit the city this summer, turns out to have been inaptly named. Significantly more people than that are reported to have shown up - twice that many, by some estimates. They were people who are fed up with their communities being defined, their lives being dictated, by those who trade in violence and intimidation. It is widely known here that no matter how high Baltimore may climb on the list of America's most dangerous cities, that danger is largely confined to a handful of neighborhoods.
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By James Bock and James Bock,Sun Staff Writer | November 30, 1994
A self-declared "silent majority" of NAACP board members has issued a statement of support for embattled Chairman William F. Gibson and urged their colleagues to stop "press collaboration that could cause lasting harm" to the civil rights group.But Joseph E. Madison, a board member who has called for Dr. Gibson's resignation, angrily called the statement "nothing more than an attempt to intimidate people into silence."The statement, dated Monday, was released yesterday on behalf of 39 board members by T. H. Poole Sr., who describes himself as Dr. Gibson's "speaker of the House" on the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People's 64-member board of directors.
NEWS
November 7, 2012
This was the year of the referendum in Maryland, and given how things went at the polls, we're not likely to see a repeat any time soon. The success of all the three laws that were petitioned to referendum exposes the fallacy of Maryland Republicans' notion that they could build support for themselves and check the supposed excesses of the Democratic Party by bringing controversial measures to the voters. When Maryland Republicans, led by freshman Del. Neil Parrott of Washington County, succeeded in putting the Dream Act on the ballot, state GOP Chairman Alex Mooney called it a "game changer" and a counterweight to Democrats who "think that they can do what they want.
SPORTS
By JOHN STEADMAN | February 13, 1995
Whether Robert "Lanky" Bilbrough, who grew up cheering for the late but not always lamented Philadelphia Athletics, fits the profile of an average baseball fan can't be arbitrarily decided, but it's his contention that he does -- a so-called member of the silent majority.Admittedly, it's one man's opinion. But he insists that as a spectator he is entitled to offer an observation, the same as any player, club owner or sportswriter. It's obvious from the tone of his talk that Bilbrough is not for keeping his feelings to himself.
NEWS
By Ellen Goodman | December 19, 2002
BOSTON - In the 1970s, when Vietnam had become a synonym for quagmire, there was a repeated exchange between the supporters and protesters of the war. The hawks would ask rhetorically, "How can we get out of Vietnam?" The doves would answer directly, "In boats." The response was glib, satisfying and, in the end, right. We just got out, although the most remembered mode of transportation was a helicopter over Saigon, not a boat. Fast forward now to the season when peace on Earth seems as temporary as a wreath on a mantelpiece.
NEWS
May 1, 2006
We are the silent majority now, and we haven't done a damn thing. We've stood by and watched this happen. But there's more of us than there is of them, and we have to do something."
NEWS
By Dan Berger | August 21, 1998
The silent majority wants closure. The vocal minority will yack forever.The nation is gradually converting opinion polls into referendums to decide the essential questions, such as whether Bill Clinton and Mike Barnicle keep their jobs.What l'affaire Barnicle reaffirms is that the best stories are never true.Pity Bill Clinton. He turned 52.Pub Date: 8/21/98
NEWS
December 17, 2011
I am a small business owner. I employ 18 people, all of whom live in and support our local communities. I have always paid their health insurance, which was up 14 percent in 2010 and 22 percent in 2011, but I cannot continue this for much longer. I create jobs. I do not have tax loopholes provided by our representatives, and I certainly don't take jobs out of the country. If I fail, after 60 years, nobody will bail me out with your tax dollars. I have no funds for lobbyists to pressure representatives into special advantages for my business.
NEWS
February 3, 2012
Raise the gas tax 18 cents a gallon over three years? That's really socking it to senior citizens on fixed incomes who need to drive to a doctor's appointment, or kids driving to a summer job to save up for college, or working-class folks driving to their jobs day in day out, or those in the sales and service industries who spend a good chunk of their working hours in their cars. How about Gov.Martin O'Malleyshowing some real leadership and instead tackle the bloated state bureaucracy, or those over-the-top state pensions, or the well publicized waste in our state agencies or the recent 100 person foreign trade junket.
SPORTS
Peter Schmuck | August 28, 2012
Apparently, there is no pleasing you people. The Orioles have been on a roll the past few weeks. They have climbed to the top of the American League wild-card standings and have inched surprisingly close to the first-place Yankees in the tough AL East. They have done it in ways so creative and counterintuitive that the rest of the baseball world considers their place among the top teams in the major leagues something of a mystery. Of course, there is only one real mystery around here and that is the whereabouts of all the supposed Orioles fans who have been holding out for a winning team before returning to Camden Yards.
NEWS
February 3, 2012
Raise the gas tax 18 cents a gallon over three years? That's really socking it to senior citizens on fixed incomes who need to drive to a doctor's appointment, or kids driving to a summer job to save up for college, or working-class folks driving to their jobs day in day out, or those in the sales and service industries who spend a good chunk of their working hours in their cars. How about Gov.Martin O'Malleyshowing some real leadership and instead tackle the bloated state bureaucracy, or those over-the-top state pensions, or the well publicized waste in our state agencies or the recent 100 person foreign trade junket.
NEWS
December 17, 2011
I am a small business owner. I employ 18 people, all of whom live in and support our local communities. I have always paid their health insurance, which was up 14 percent in 2010 and 22 percent in 2011, but I cannot continue this for much longer. I create jobs. I do not have tax loopholes provided by our representatives, and I certainly don't take jobs out of the country. If I fail, after 60 years, nobody will bail me out with your tax dollars. I have no funds for lobbyists to pressure representatives into special advantages for my business.
EXPLORE
November 17, 2011
I have been a resident of Howard County for the last 31 years, since I fled the Islamic rules in Iran. I came to America knowing that I am choosing to live in a majority Christian country and separation of government - be it federal, state or local - from religions, whether Christianity, Judaism, Islam or any other. The Columbia Association's new twice-weekly, women-only swim time at the Columbia Swim Center, which I am a member of, is discriminatory. The rule of "women only" in the swimming areas is in violation of our constitution.
NEWS
February 21, 2011
I realize that a daily newspaper such as The Sun often will sensationalize stories, and fail to report them within their context, but ("Protesters gather as brothers plead not guilty in beating," Feb. 17) was simply irresponsible journalism. Framing the Werdesheim case as one of "blacks vs Jews" is unhelpful, destructive of our social fabric and, most importantly, untrue. Who were the demonstrators? On one side were residents of Upper Park Heights. On the other side were a handful of people whose signs identify them as a "working-class party that fights against capitalism.
NEWS
May 10, 2010
I would like to thank Faheem Younus for his poignant commentary on the issue of blasphemy laws in Pakistan ("Blasphemy laws: the root of Pakistani extremism," May 10). Though it is encouraging that the State Department has placed Pakistan on the list of "countries of particular concern," more concerted effort has to be made by both countries to get to the root of terrorism. The writer made a very pertinent point that though "few Pakistanis actually terrorize minorities and non-Muslims, many others have cheered or remained silent."
EXPLORE
November 17, 2011
I have been a resident of Howard County for the last 31 years, since I fled the Islamic rules in Iran. I came to America knowing that I am choosing to live in a majority Christian country and separation of government - be it federal, state or local - from religions, whether Christianity, Judaism, Islam or any other. The Columbia Association's new twice-weekly, women-only swim time at the Columbia Swim Center, which I am a member of, is discriminatory. The rule of "women only" in the swimming areas is in violation of our constitution.
NEWS
May 10, 2010
I would like to thank Faheem Younus for his poignant commentary on the issue of blasphemy laws in Pakistan ("Blasphemy laws: the root of Pakistani extremism," May 10). Though it is encouraging that the State Department has placed Pakistan on the list of "countries of particular concern," more concerted effort has to be made by both countries to get to the root of terrorism. The writer made a very pertinent point that though "few Pakistanis actually terrorize minorities and non-Muslims, many others have cheered or remained silent."
NEWS
By Frederick N. Rasmussen and Frederick N. Rasmussen,fred.rasmussen@baltsun.com | August 2, 2009
Carolyn C. Benson, a former longtime Cockeysville resident who was credited with being the inspiration behind President Richard M. Nixon's use of the term "silent majority" in a televised national speech, died July 24 of cancer at Gilchrist Hospice Care. Mrs. Benson, who had moved to a daughter's Parkton home in 2006, was 78. A former Democrat who worked locally on the 1960 presidential campaign of John F. Kennedy, Mrs. Benson switched party affiliation by the decade's end and became a Republican.
NEWS
May 1, 2006
We are the silent majority now, and we haven't done a damn thing. We've stood by and watched this happen. But there's more of us than there is of them, and we have to do something."
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