February 12, 2013
Antwan Reddick leaned against the padded blue walls of the Owings Mills wrestling room and smiled. With a 26-1 record this season, the 152-pound senior hopes to win his third straight county title in this weekend's Baltimore County championships at Franklin. The first two came in Prince George's County while he wrestled at DuVal, and he finished as the Class 4A-3A runner-up last season at 138 pounds. Yet sometimes it's hard for him to smile. Since he was 5 years old, Reddick has been in foster care.
January 12, 2013
Ten years ago, a debilitating heart attack left Bernie Weisman unable to walk or talk, and yet the rabbi at his recent funeral said Bernie never had a bad day. With confidence the rabbi made that remark, having been assured by those closest to Bernie that the happy spirit he displayed for his first 55 years remained for the last 10. Such a spirit is not easily disabled. "At the end of his 65 years of life," Rabbi Dana Saroken of Beth El Congregation said at last month's funeral, "this is who Bernie was and who he always will be — a man who lit up the room wherever he was, a man who, despite any circumstances, never had a bad day, who smiled from morning until night; a man you could meet and within five minutes you would fall in love; the most generous and giving person who couldn't do enough for you, who never had an unkind word to say about anyone, who made time for everyone, and would even answer the phone lovingly — 'Hey doll!
December 21, 2012
I don't know who made the decision to print the picture of the monster Adam Lanza, but it truly was not very well thought out ("Lanza 'would just shut down,'" Dec. 17). How dare you show this boy waving and smiling. It looks like he is mocking all of us. Why should he achieve exactly what he set out to do: Get attention in the most tragic and unimaginable way? You have some nerve putting his picture there like that, only a page away from those little angels and the heroes who died trying to save them.
October 7, 2012
Two of the more memorable observations to come out of Mitt Romney during the first presidential debate had to do with fibs and Big Bird. The candidate said that as the father of sons, he knows that repeating a lie doesn't make it true. As to the latter? Look out, "Sesame Street," your days as a "victim" on the federal dole are numbered. The two seemingly unrelated remarks are worth mentioning because they intersect in Mr. Romney's tax and budget plans which, even by the most generous of interpretations, don't add up. If President Barack Obama failed in the debate, it was in not making that point strongly enough.
October 1, 2012
Welcome back to 'Homeland', where some reasonable length of time has passed since we last saw our heroes, and everything seems normal despite the fact that Northern Virginians have elected a possible terrorist sleeper to Congress. The season premiere of the Emmy-crushing Showtime drama begins with Carrie living at her father's house, gardening, teaching what appears to be English as a second language and managing to mostly unplug from her life as a now-disgraced national security agent.
September 16, 2012
As the top Girl Scout cookie seller for Carroll County last year, Erin Saunders sold 1,004 boxes by smiling. Many of the sales were made from her home, as Erin had a cast on her ankle at the time, from a sprain. But when she was out selling, whether at cookie booths or at her bowling league, she made sure a smile was on her face, she said. "All I do is, every week, I go out and sell them and then I go to a bunch of cookie booths," Erin, 9, said, of her past success. "I ask people ...and smile.