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August 21, 2014
I must say I agree with your recent editorial on Ocean City rentals ( " Ocean City 's rental rage," Aug. 18). This is a slippery slope the town is going down. Ocean City is built on tourism dollars, and it has nothing to gain and much to lose by biting the proverbial hand that feeds it. The real problem here is that the tone of Ocean City is changing and there seems little motivation to enforce the laws. That would be a good start to solving problems all over Ocean City . I've been coming to Ocean City for over 50 years.
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NEWS
September 1, 2014
The U.S. faces a difficult decision with serious long-term implications regarding ISIS, the radical Islamic group that recently beheaded an American journalist and commits atrocities against those who don't accept its extreme brand of Islam ( "Syria's slippery slope," Aug. 26). ISIS has grown in numbers, wealth, arms, brutality and territory in Iraq and Syria. Only the recent U.S. airstrikes in northern Iraq temporarily prevented a humanitarian disaster there. Intelligence experts describe ISIS as a national security threat, both to those in the region and to Europe and the U.S. homeland, in the form of ISIS recruits returning to their home countries bent on suicidal acts of mass destruction.
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NEWS
April 7, 2014
The bill designed to kill the wind energy project in Somerset County would have far-reaching and dire implications for the state if passed ( "Bill thwarting wind energy project could hurt state," April 1). It would set a precedent whereby one region of the state could exercise veto power over economic development in another region. This would be a very slippery slope. Rick Peterman, Marion Station - To respond to this letter, send an email to talkback@baltimoresun.com . Please include your name and contact information.
NEWS
August 26, 2014
President Obama's decision last weekend to launch U.S. surveillance flights over Syria in preparation for possible airstrikes against the Islamist militants who have overrun large swaths of the country since June has brought the U.S. another step closer to direct involvement in the years-long civil war there. But it still hasn't resolved the most vexing question facing U.S. policymakers: How does one reverse the military gains of the radical Islamic State, which is now menacing Iraq as well, without at the same time strengthening Syrian President Bashar Assad's hold on power?
NEWS
August 26, 2014
President Obama's decision last weekend to launch U.S. surveillance flights over Syria in preparation for possible airstrikes against the Islamist militants who have overrun large swaths of the country since June has brought the U.S. another step closer to direct involvement in the years-long civil war there. But it still hasn't resolved the most vexing question facing U.S. policymakers: How does one reverse the military gains of the radical Islamic State, which is now menacing Iraq as well, without at the same time strengthening Syrian President Bashar Assad's hold on power?
NEWS
June 21, 2012
Your article on freebies from local merchants to police officers and firefighters reminded me of my late uncle, a career New York City policeman who worked his way up the ranks to retire as an inspector ( "Does free coffee come with a cost?" June 19). When he was a rookie patrolling the then mean streets of Brooklyn, my uncle gave me one of my earliest lessons in professional ethics. He said: "Everyone offers you something - an apple, a coffee, a doughnut, a sandwich - but I never take anything.
SPORTS
By Peter Schmuck | February 13, 2010
N ews item: Skier Lindsey Vonn, one of the United States' top medal contenders in the Winter Olympics, is not sure she will be able to compete in Vancouver after suffering a deep shin bruise in a Feb. 2 training accident. My take: This is the same young woman who appeared on the cover of Sports Illustrated's Olympic Preview Issue and also is prominent in this year's SI Swimsuit Issue. Talk about tempting fate - and the SI jinx. I'm surprised she hasn't been run over by a truck.
NEWS
By Leonard Pitts Jr and By Leonard Pitts Jr | March 30, 2014
Your right to swing your fist ends where my nose begins. That bit of live and let live wisdom, usually attributed -- some say misattributed -- to Oliver Wendell Holmes, provides a useful framework for considering a high profile case argued before the Supreme Court last week. The Affordable Care Act requires businesses, if they provide health insurance for their employees, to include contraceptive care in that coverage. Hobby Lobby, a chain of arts and crafts stores, and Conestoga Wood Specialties, a cabinet maker, say doing so would require them to violate their religious beliefs.
EXPLORE
By Cathy Drinkwater Better | November 16, 2011
The other night we were watching a movie on TV. During one of the commercial breaks - which are generally long enough to drive to Dairy Queen for a sundae and get back before the show starts again - Doug went to make some popcorn. I approve of popcorn as "food" on principle. It's delicious right out of the kernel - if you like Styrofoam packing peanuts - and it has fiber which, as the fiber-supplement industry is constantly reminding us, is good for us. Personally, I think they're just trying to get rid of all those extra Styrofoam packing peanuts.
FEATURES
By SUSAN REIMER | March 26, 1995
Dennis and Barbara Rainey have six kids, ages 6 to 20, and they want each to experience their first kiss right after the minister says, "I pronounce you man and wife."Their goal for their children is that they arrive at the marriage bed as innocents, not just technically virgin.The Raineys, Christian broadcasters from Little Rock, Ark., state this goal with conviction, but with some trepidation. They are out there, and they know it."When we prepared this set of broadcasts, Barbara and I felt horribly vulnerable," says Mr. Rainey, executive director of Family Life Today, heard locally on WAVA (105.
NEWS
August 21, 2014
I must say I agree with your recent editorial on Ocean City rentals ( " Ocean City 's rental rage," Aug. 18). This is a slippery slope the town is going down. Ocean City is built on tourism dollars, and it has nothing to gain and much to lose by biting the proverbial hand that feeds it. The real problem here is that the tone of Ocean City is changing and there seems little motivation to enforce the laws. That would be a good start to solving problems all over Ocean City . I've been coming to Ocean City for over 50 years.
NEWS
August 21, 2014
I am slowly losing faith in this nation, my nation, in its seeming inability to put race-related issues in our past. From a racial perspective, it sometimes feels like we are still on a slippery slope. That is simply unconscionable. People still fight wars over the pigment of one's skin, for being "different, not one of us. " Sadly, the pigmentation of one's skin is still a hurdle many Americans cannot seem to surmount. I believe Martin Luther King Jr. would be ashamed of where we are in the year 2014.
NEWS
April 7, 2014
The bill designed to kill the wind energy project in Somerset County would have far-reaching and dire implications for the state if passed ( "Bill thwarting wind energy project could hurt state," April 1). It would set a precedent whereby one region of the state could exercise veto power over economic development in another region. This would be a very slippery slope. Rick Peterman, Marion Station - To respond to this letter, send an email to talkback@baltimoresun.com . Please include your name and contact information.
NEWS
By Leonard Pitts Jr and By Leonard Pitts Jr | March 30, 2014
Your right to swing your fist ends where my nose begins. That bit of live and let live wisdom, usually attributed -- some say misattributed -- to Oliver Wendell Holmes, provides a useful framework for considering a high profile case argued before the Supreme Court last week. The Affordable Care Act requires businesses, if they provide health insurance for their employees, to include contraceptive care in that coverage. Hobby Lobby, a chain of arts and crafts stores, and Conestoga Wood Specialties, a cabinet maker, say doing so would require them to violate their religious beliefs.
NEWS
July 11, 2013
Not just Maryland, but every single state needs and deserves the Aid in Dying option ("Right-to-die legislation needed in Maryland," July 1). It seems ludicrous to me that only Oregon, Washington, Montana and now Vermont have this civil right. Where is the ACLU when you need them? This right should be provided not just for the terminally ill, but for anyone who wants out. Have you not known someone who blew their brains out or hung themselves from a rafter? The will to live is extremely strong, as it should be, so when someone of right mind wishes to die, he should be able to obtain that help.
NEWS
June 13, 2013
The state Board of Public Works' vote Wednesday to allow the privately operated Silver Oak Academy juvenile treatment center in Carroll County to double in capacity is regrettable not only because it violates the state's own policy of limiting such facilities to no more than 48 beds but because it sets a troubling precedent for how the state will handle future shortages of treatment slots for juveniles. If the goal is to help troubled youngsters get their lives back on track, the state would have done far better if it had accelerated long-delayed plans to build two new, smaller facilities in Baltimore City and Prince George's County.
EXPLORE
June 13, 2011
I already subsidize CA's pools, if the proposal to grant tax exemptions to nonprofit swim clubs goes through, I'll have to subsidize other county pools as well. I don't use either. Why shouldn't other county residents have to subsidize CA's pools in the same manner? The idea of extending the credit only to nonprofits who exclusively run swim clubs seems arbitrary to me. The Columbia Association is a nonprofit, so why not give them a credit for the properties their pools are on (not other CA properties, of course)
NEWS
May 25, 2011
Israel is on a slippery slope to its own destruction. The tragedy is that it doesn't realize it. The sides have been talking for decades, and more talking with no results will just further inflame the region, alienate Israel's best allies and generate further intifadas that will sap Israel's vitality. Eventually it will find itself alone and vulnerable. President Obama is a friend who this last week proposed a plan of action that, in the end, will secure Israel. There is no reason why a land swap around the 1967 borders could not produce two sovereign nations whose borders are monitored by international peacekeepers.
SPORTS
By Baxter Holmes, Tribune Newspapers | July 24, 2012
The NCAA has done more than hammer the Penn State football program with crippling sanctions. It has entered the crime business. In past situations where athletics and criminal activity intertwined, the NCAA got involved only after its rules had been violated. For example, in 2003, when Baylor basketball player Patrick Dennehy was murdered by a teammate, the NCAA stepped in with penalties when it learned the coach was paying players. Whether the NCAA overstepped its bounds in the Penn State case has been debated.
NEWS
June 21, 2012
Your article on freebies from local merchants to police officers and firefighters reminded me of my late uncle, a career New York City policeman who worked his way up the ranks to retire as an inspector ( "Does free coffee come with a cost?" June 19). When he was a rookie patrolling the then mean streets of Brooklyn, my uncle gave me one of my earliest lessons in professional ethics. He said: "Everyone offers you something - an apple, a coffee, a doughnut, a sandwich - but I never take anything.
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