February 13, 2013
The 1994 Violence Against Women Act has done tremendous good in stepping up prosecution of domestic violence, aiding victims and increasing awareness of a too-often silent threat to our society. But the act was allowed to lapse in 2011 amid partisan bickering. On Tuesday, the Senate sent a strong signal by voting to reauthorize the law by an overwhelming 78-22 vote, but its survival in the Republican-controlled House of Representatives is, sadly, far from certain. VAWA, as the law is called, aids in the investigation and prosecution of violent crimes against women and allows for civil redress in cases that prosecutors choose to leave unprosecuted.
November 12, 2012
Thanks to Susan Reimer ("Women voters fend off the Neanderthals," Nov. 8) for reminding me that I am in the Neanderthal-Barbarian Party. Her recent rant shows how it is more important for her to feel safe in the doctor's exam room than to "kick start this economy. " All the other issues, in her mind, pale in comparison to making sure any woman can get an abortion. I agree with abortion rights, but not at the expense of our economy, our military strength, our standing in the world and ensuring the U.S. will be here for another 236 years.
September 18, 2012
Apparently, Gov. Martin O'Malley has three bosses: President Barack Obama, his own political aspirations and the citizens of Maryland ("O'Malley pays a visit to Iowa's core Democrats," Sept. 17). Sadly, they are listed in the exact order of his priorities. John R. Hussar Jr., Bel Air
September 13, 2012
I believe it was Paris Hilton who ushered in the era of talentless, filthy wealthy television "pseudo-heroes. " Then came the Kardashians, who dedicated themselves to propagating the concept that talent is a very overrated trait and positioning the Kardashian surname as a household name. In a Sun article, it was noted that NBC's Today Show failed to honor the Sept. 11 moment of silence, observed on the eleventh anniversary of the historic and hallowed day in American history. Instead, they chose to air an interview with Kris Jenner (for the ill-informed, she is the Kardashians' mother.
July 30, 2012
Let me see if I understand this. The Maryland General Assembly might be called into special session to pass a bill allowing casino gambling at the National Harbor development in Prince George's County ("Special session on gambling predicted," July 26). However, passing a bill in the General Assembly to establish an electricity-generating wind farm 15 miles out in the Atlantic Ocean off Ocean City that would make Maryland an energy leader for the next 100 years is not even on the legislative radar screen.
July 17, 2012
With so many tens of millions of dollars flowing into political campaigns anonymously this year, it's hard to believe anyone would oppose some minimum level of disclosure. After all, it was Justice Anthony Kennedy who wrote in the infamous Citizens United ruling that "transparency" would ensure that voters could make "informed decisions and give proper weight to different speakers and messages. " But those who might have assumed that even the most self-interested politician would be able to detect the threat to democracy posed by unlimited and undisclosed giving to political campaigns have probably never seen theU.S.