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By Rachel Marsden | January 21, 2012
Once again, socialism has put a silver fork in itself. Standard & Poor's has downgraded France's AAA credit rating, giving the country the side-eye on its claims to have its debt under control. This means the country will now have to pay it all back at an even higher interest rate. Who are we kidding? No one's paying back any debts right now. You need money to do that. When was the last time France had any extra cash lying around? It's like raising the interest rate on the credit card of an addict who's pumping capital into his veins faster than any German, Chinese or Russian can slip him a tenner.
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By Linda Burkins and For The Baltimore Sun | October 6, 2014
Step into Baron's K9 Country Store, and the official “greeters,” Louie and Drake, will welcome you. The two dogs are successors to Baron, the departed golden retriever once owned by proprietors Stacy Martin-Duffy and John Duffy. Located between the Hickory Bypass and Route 23, Baron's K9 Country Store is off the beaten path but well worth the trip. The all-natural pet products store evolved from Martin-Duffy's pet-sitting service and her interest in holistic health.  “I would see an issue with a client's dog or cat, and I'd refer them to places on the Internet for products.
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NEWS
February 12, 2010
I feel sorry for the neighbor who has to run his snow blower at night to avoid the freeloaders ("How about sharing that snow blower," Feb. 11). Dan Rodricks seems to have fallen victim to socialism, thinking that his neighbor has an obligation to share his snow blower. The neighbor bought it, stored it, maintained it and has the right to use it. If Dan wants to offer half the cost of the snow blower to the neighbor, he will own 50 percent of a capitalistic venture and have the privileges thereof.
ENTERTAINMENT
By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | October 4, 2014
In the opening episode of Season 4 of “Homeland,” Carrie Mathison (Claire Danes), CIA station chief in Kabul, is sitting in a rec center within the U.S. compound drinking a beer and watching baseball on TV, when a young Air Force pilot approaches. After an exchange that establishes Carrie as the person who called in the airstrike he flew on the home of a suspected terrorist, the lieutenant says, “Monsters.” “What did you say?” Mathison angrily demands of the young man she had previously been sizing up sexually.
NEWS
February 24, 2012
Your phrase "irate tea party protesters regard federal civilian employees as enemies of the people" is just unbelievable ("Help for the jobless?" Feb. 20). Is this a phrase of the day from Media Matters or Moveon.org? It is so spurious that I find it hard to believe a sane person would put it in anything sent out for a million people to read. I stopped watching MSNBC due to their continuous attacks on people rather than ideas, and you are more and more doing the same thing. The U.S. cannot continuously borrow 40 cents on every dollar it spends and last very much longer (see Greece)
NEWS
February 9, 2014
The title of the article describing the Congressional Budget Office's analysis of Obamacare should not have been, "Health law will cover 13M in '14" (Feb. 5), but should have been, "Obama one more step toward socialistic state. " Adding more people to subsidized coverage while reducing the incentive for people to work is just a form of income redistribution. But as I learned in reading "Rules for Radicals," you don't have to be honest in telling people what your goals are, just do it. Lyle Rescott, Marriottsville - To respond to this letter, send an email to talkback@baltimoresun.com . Please include your name and contact information.
NEWS
May 18, 2013
Doesn't anyone in this country know the difference between communism and socialism? Russia had communism, or whatever it is called now, and Sweden has socialism. I have been to both places and they are not the same by any means. Sweden has its share of CEOs who are millionaires (Ikea, Volvo), and the rest of the population lives quite well. (They have a good national health care program, too.) Russia has millionaires, too, but the majority of the people struggle to make a decent living.
NEWS
May 20, 2010
It's often hard to imagine that literate folks living in the same community seeing, hearing and reading the same things can have such disparate views. I thought Tom Schaller's objective and factually based article on socialism was excellent and informative ("A far cry indeed from 'socialism,'" May 18). But here comes reader Julius G. Angelucci who ignores the facts recited in Mr. Schaller's article and rants about "the government taking over major industries, such as the auto and health care industry" ("We aren't socialist — yet," Readers respond, May 20)
NEWS
May 21, 2010
A key statistic was not pursued in Tom Schaller's thought provoking essay of 18 May concerning whether we are (or should be) sliding toward socialism. He states that our economy comprises 25 percent of the worlds output. But we only make up 4 percent of the population. Apparently, something about our system works well. The idea of redistribution of wealth has been debated, and attempts to put it into practice have been a dominant theme over the last two centuries. It is hard to implement the theory because it runs counter to the laws of nature — some people are simply more gifted and productive than others, and people have a natural instinct to guard what is theirs.
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By Steve H. Hanke | September 25, 1990
WHEN THE COMMUNISTS gained control in Eastern Europe, the transition from capitalism to socialism was technically easy. The new parasitic system simply latched onto existing capital and began to feed.Since the Berlin Wall came down, the ravages of socialism have become clear to even the most casual observer: antiquated factories, crumbling roads and bridges, fouled environments and impoverished workers. It is ironic that socialism, which was violently and ruthlessly imposed in the name of workers, has left the Eastern European proletariat ill-trained, unmotivated, incapable of making ends meet and disgruntled.
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By Frederick N. Rasmussen and The Baltimore Sun | October 4, 2014
Kathleen M. Happ, a retired Anne Arundel Community College educator who ws an active member of Brown Memorial Presbyterian Church on Bolton Hill, died Sept. 19 of lung cancer at Villages Hospice in The Villages, Fla. A former resident of the city's Lake Montebello neighborhood, Ms. Happ was 69. "Kathy was a truly remarkable and exceedingly talented professional. She had integrity, was always positive and a professional in her field," said Martha A. "Marty" Smith, who headed the college from 1994 until 2012, when she retired.
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By Ian Duncan and The Baltimore Sun | October 3, 2014
A Towson University student was arrested this week after he allegedly threatened on social media to carry out an attack at the college that he said would be "Virginia Tech part 2. " Matthew David Cole, 18, was charged Thursday with making threats of mass violence and disturbing the operation of the school. He posted $100,000 bail and was released from jail Friday. "A thorough investigation is continuing, however, at this time it has been determined that there is no longer a threat to the university community," officials wrote in an email to students and staff.
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By Justin George and The Baltimore Sun | September 27, 2014
Rumors often circulated that Tom Clancy's thrillers were so detailed in their descriptions of military and covert operations that the FBI had investigated the Baltimore novelist to determine his sources for works such as "The Hunt for Red October. " After Clancy's death in October 2013, The Baltimore Sun submitted a Freedom of Information Act request for any FBI files on Clancy. The FBI sent back 46 pages, including several redacted pages of background checks federal authorities had conducted.
BUSINESS
By Scott Dance and The Baltimore Sun | September 26, 2014
Every day companies mine online data to track consumer habits, but two University of Maryland law professors say Facebook and dating service OkCupid went too far by manipulating their users' experience to study their behavior. At the professors' urging, Maryland Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler agreed to review this week whether the companies' actions are akin to patients being pulled into medical research without their knowledge. Federal law requires participants' consent and independent oversight of such experiments, and a state law broadened those regulations.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Sarah Richards and For The Baltimore Sun | September 24, 2014
It's shortly after 1 p.m. on a Saturday in Druid Hill Park. Several dozen young people, many decked out in trim-fitting athletic gear, gather under a pavilion. A plastic storage bin is stocked with cans of Miller Lite and Bud Light. Two grills are smoking burgers and hot dogs. Justin Timberlake's song "Mirrors" mixes with picnic table chatter as a Frisbee zings back and forth during a game of Polish horseshoes. These people have all volunteered to have a good time. Since last February, Volunteering Untapped has held a volunteering event every month with a nonprofit, immediately followed by drinks and networking.
NEWS
By John Fritze and The Baltimore Sun | September 18, 2014
Carolyn W. Colvin's nomination to lead the Social Security Administration cleared the Senate Finance Committee on Thursday, queuing up a final vote for the Maryland native later this year. The committee voted 22-2 to advance her nomination to head the Woodlawn-based agency, where she has served as acting commissioner since early last year. "Colvin has vast management experience and a steely resolve to complete successfully whatever mission she is assigned," Sen. Ben Cardin, a member of the committee, said in a statement.
NEWS
October 6, 2012
Thomas F. Schaller argues in his column that the wealth disparity between rich and poor is evidence that socialism is not taking hold in this country ("Socialism: the problem that just isn't there," Oct. 3). What he ignores is that highly planned and regulated economies are the very kind that allow cronyism and collusion between government and industry to flourish, enriching the few at the expense of the many. History teaches us that socialism is never true to its stated objectives.
EXPLORE
February 23, 2012
Your liberties and rights are being eroded by the state and the Obama Administration. We are so complacent and ignorant to the news that sits right in front of us. Many of the European Union states are literally burning as we speak because the entitlement mentality has clouded everyone's views of what the government should be and what it should provide. Save for your own retirement (like you should), pull yourselves up by your bootstraps and live like a proud American. We have the health-care law that was passed in the dark of night (that supporters didn't have time to read)
FEATURES
By Sloane Brown, For The Baltimore Sun | September 12, 2014
The fall fundraising party season revs into high gear next weekend with a plethora of big shindigs that can cost big bucks to attend - all for a worthy cause, of course. From the Night of 100 Elvises to the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra Gala, tickets can go from $26 to $5,000 each. With such a broad range, you might wonder what goes into setting the price. Why does one hoopla cost so little, and another so much? Certainly, there are expenses to cover. A fancy gala that offers hors d'oeuvres, open bar, a gourmet sit-down dinner and live dance music is going to cost the organizers a lot more than a party that might have local restaurants and liquor distributors donating their wares at food stations, with a cash bar. But, there are a few more factors that go into the mix. The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, Maryland Chapter is one of the busiest nonprofits, with seven major parties a year, says Ann Krulevitz, the chapter's associate executive director.
NEWS
By Merritt Baer | September 12, 2014
I'm an entrepreneur with experience in both public and private sector, and I work in tech, a traditionally male-dominated field. It's important that workplaces affirmatively work to recruit and retain top women talent. Once you get the job, certain minor changes can help ensure you assert yourself professionally. Cheryl Sandberg advises to take a seat at the table - literally and figuratively. Here are a few more tips: •Don't bake brownies. You're not a Girl Scout troop leader at work, don't act like one. •Don't use exclamation points in email correspondence.
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