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By MERLE RUBIN and MERLE RUBIN,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | April 28, 1996
"Migrations and Cultures: A World View," by Thomas Sowell. Basic Books. 516 pages. $30Immigration is resurfacing as an issue dividing American public opinion and has produced some strange bedfellows. Persons of various political stripes alarmed at the spectacle of a nation unable to control its borders include conservatives fearful of cultural engulfment and liberals worried about jobs and wages. Meanwhile, lining up to defend immigration are supply-side conservatives, who welcome the immigrants' ambition and work ethic, and liberals who pounce on any attempt to restrict even illegal immigration as a "racist" violation of civil rights.
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August 24, 2007
Programs help poor to help themselves The fact that Thomas Sowell has to fall back on criticisms of Karl Marx and the "policies of the 1960s" in his column "Political `progressives' have an investment in failure" (Opinion Commentary, Aug. 22) shows just how out of touch he is with the advances and strategies that have measurably improved the lives of low-income children, families and individuals in recent years. For instance, the Annie E. Casey Foundation's Family Economic Success initiative is helping Community Action Agencies in Maryland and other states.
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November 29, 2005
Prohibiting torture upholds our values Why is it that conservative commentators (i.e. Thomas Sowell "Torture legislation could do more harm than good," Opinion Commentary, Nov. 24)) and conservative politicians (such as Vice President Dick Cheney) are so adamant that the United States should reserve the right to torture prisoners? They seem to be unhappy that the U.S. Constitution and the Geneva Conventions make it really inconvenient for us to get the information we need. They wonder, how dare those "runaway, leftist, liberal, grandstanding" federal judges interfere with this administration's right to do whatever it feels is necessary to defend our liberties and punish the hateful, evil rabble that threatens our well-being.
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By Peter A. Jay | January 12, 1997
HAVRE DE GRACE -- It's certainly lucky for the young people of the Eastern Shore that the Maryland NAACP is on the job.Otherwise they might have been exposed to the Great Satan, Justice Clarence Thomas of the Supreme Court, who had been invited to commit an act of free speech in Delmar next weekend.Mr. Justice Thomas would have joined a surgeon, Benjamin Carson, and a baseball player, Delino DeShields, as the speakers at a fund-raising banquet for a Maryland-Delaware youth group.But he elected not to come after learning that the NAACP planned to engage in "protests," an activity it has developed into a sort of performance art.An NAACP personage was quoted as explaining that an appearance by Justice Thomas in Delmar would have been "an embarrassment to the community."
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