January 29, 1992
From: David WeeksEllicott CityIn his review of the "Voices from the Streets" performance at theGlenelg Country School (Howard County Sun, "Ex-homeless share raw message at affluent school," by James M. Coram, Jan. 19), Mr. Coram hasperpetuated the kind of stereotypical thinking which school administrators and teachers had hoped the program addressing homelessness andthe urban poor would break down for students.The plight of the urban poor and homeless is symptomatic of the deterioration of our society.
April 14, 1995
Miami -- The incident troubled me for days.Sen. Alfonse D'Amato was a guest last week on ''Imus in the Morning,'' the syndicated New York call-in show hosted by shock jock Don Imus. In discussing the O.J. Simpson trial, Senator D'Amato mocked Japanese-American Judge Lance Ito as ''little Judge Ito.'' The New York lawmaker spoke in a caricature of a Japanese accent. Judge Ito, for what it's worth, speaks flawless English.Is this, I wondered, what the nation is coming to? I set out to find an answer.
May 17, 1997
I AM WRITING in response to your May 9 editorial, ''Switzerland's shame'' and the accompanying cartoon. I was appalled by the vitriolic and simplistic tenor of your comments, which do little to encourage honest introspection and inquiry.I grew up in Switzerland during the war years, exquisitely aware of the problems faced by my country.My mother was Jewish. She had met my father, a Swiss journalist, in 1933, while he reported on the infamous ''Kristalnacht,'' the night Nazi thugs destroyed Jewish businesses all over Germany.
November 21, 2006
Ronnie Hall, a former volunteer firefighter, lost his leg several years ago when his firetruck flipped over and landed on him. But the 36-year-old College Park man hasn't let his disability deter him from taking part in sports such as softball, basketball and touch football. So he was enthusiastic about yesterday's Extreme & Adaptive Sports Expo, held in Howard County. "This breaks down the stereotypes about disabled and helps people to see and understand that we can do the same thing - perhaps even better than them," said Hall, who was among hundreds of spectators at yesterday's event at Glenwood Community Center.
June 18, 1991
A black man was injured on the job. He sued his employer for damages. The employer's lawyers used peremptory challenges, which do not have to be justified, to keep two blacks off the jury. This apparently was because they believed black jurors would not be impartial with a black plaintiff. The injured party, after getting a disappointing award, sued on the grounds that the Constitution requires courtroom activities to be "race-neutral." He pointed out that the Supreme Court had previously ruled that in criminal trials prosecutors could not use peremptory challenges for racial purposes.
May 12, 1996
"I worked for the government but I'm not a bureaucrat."That's how one former federal worker began his speech at a conference for entrepreneurs. Having left the Small Business Administration, he was at the meeting to sell his consulting services. With a candid opener, he put the audience on notice that he was about to upset some popular misconceptions.This clever fellow overcame the sort of negative stereotypes that job hunters face every day. Rightly or wrongly, a stereotype may stem from a bad experience with one individual.