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By THE BOSTON GLOBE | October 9, 2007
African-Americans have been such a key part of the modern military. ... That whole culture and value system is at risk in the black community. That is a big, big change. To me, it portends the possibility of a longer-term loss of interest. It can be tough to get it back." - MICHAEL O'HANLON, military analyst for the liberal-leaning Brookings Institution, on Defense Department statistics showing that the number of young black enlistees has fallen by more than 58 percent since fiscal year 2000
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December 12, 2013
Democratic gubernatorial candidates Helen Mizeur, Anthony Brown and Doug Gansler are now campaigning in our neighborhoods. I thank them for their service to Maryland and the country even though they do not see things the way I do. However, I do understand the value system of the Democratic Party. I used to be a Democrat. I would ask the candidates to please keep connected with the hundreds of thousands of Marylanders who disagree with their basic political and social values and policies.
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NEWS
October 9, 2012
Thanks for your two excellent commentaries by Stephanie A. Flores-Koulish and Lionel Foster ("Lost lesson of the Indian schools," and "What we (don't) talk about when we (don't) talk about race," Oct. 5). Ms. Flores-Koulish's piece about American "Indian schools" reminds me of the effort of our European-immigrant forebears to obliterate an entire ancient civilization and culture in order to take over its land. The empire builders from the so-called "Christian" nations of Europe who invaded this continent after Columbus practiced a systematic genocide and slavery that is well documented, including in records maintained by church officials.
NEWS
November 6, 2013
The recent assault on a Towson University student by three men hit me especially hard ( "Towson University student stabbed near campus Sunday night," Nov. 4). As a native of Baltimore, I become very upset every time there is a murder or attempted murder in the area. Call me a dreamer, but I still have a vision of our communities being devoid of these pathetic occurrences. I walked that same street 35 years ago; I know those sidewalks intimately, having followed them hundreds of times in pursuit of my degree.
NEWS
December 12, 2013
Democratic gubernatorial candidates Helen Mizeur, Anthony Brown and Doug Gansler are now campaigning in our neighborhoods. I thank them for their service to Maryland and the country even though they do not see things the way I do. However, I do understand the value system of the Democratic Party. I used to be a Democrat. I would ask the candidates to please keep connected with the hundreds of thousands of Marylanders who disagree with their basic political and social values and policies.
NEWS
August 23, 2013
Sometimes I worry about our American value system and how it is expressed in our legal system. Pfc. Bradley Manning has just been sentenced for his role in the release of sensitive security data and we are desperate to apprehend Edward Snowden for similar activity ("Bradley Manning sentenced to 35 years in WikiLeaks case," Aug. 22). At the same time, we have never brought President George W Bush, Vice President Dick Cheney, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and other members of the Bush Administration to trial for their actions which brought about the Bush War in Iraq.
NEWS
November 6, 2013
The recent assault on a Towson University student by three men hit me especially hard ( "Towson University student stabbed near campus Sunday night," Nov. 4). As a native of Baltimore, I become very upset every time there is a murder or attempted murder in the area. Call me a dreamer, but I still have a vision of our communities being devoid of these pathetic occurrences. I walked that same street 35 years ago; I know those sidewalks intimately, having followed them hundreds of times in pursuit of my degree.
NEWS
By Tom Keyser and Tom Keyser,Staff Writer | April 13, 1993
HAGERSTOWN -- Doug Beckley sets a feed bucket upside down in a corner of the stall, and then places a 3-inch handful of hay atop the bucket."That should be just about the right amount of upholstery," he says, nodding his approval of this makeshift seat for his visitor.Mr. Beckley grabs a milking stool for himself. He plops it next to Jane, a Holstein-Jersey mix, leans forward and starts milking the cow by hand."If you're around me long enough," Mr. Beckley says between jerks, "you'll realize I'm not traveling the same tracks as everybody else."
NEWS
March 3, 2001
Dumping dredge on islands is no victory for the bay The title of The Sun's article "Environmentalists win big on dredging" (Feb. 18) was misleading. The article discussed legislation to ban dumping of mud dredged from bay shipping channels into the bay, but goes on to discuss dumping dredge spoil onto Parsons and Eastern Neck islands. I do not consider the idea of dumping spoils on these islands an environmental victory. Some of the spoils will inevitably spill into the water and leach from the islands after depositing.
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By Jennifer McMenamin and Jennifer McMenamin,SUN STAFF | October 4, 2001
It took Thomasina Piercy a year after her son died of a heroin overdose to look at a photograph of him. It was another year before she could pick out a frame to put his picture on display. Now, about 2 1/2 years after her son appeared in a dream with stirring words, Piercy is finally able to wholeheartedly fulfill his final request. "He spoke only nine words and they were the last nine words he spoke to me," she recently told a room full of parents at Eldersburg Elementary's back-to-school night.
NEWS
August 23, 2013
Sometimes I worry about our American value system and how it is expressed in our legal system. Pfc. Bradley Manning has just been sentenced for his role in the release of sensitive security data and we are desperate to apprehend Edward Snowden for similar activity ("Bradley Manning sentenced to 35 years in WikiLeaks case," Aug. 22). At the same time, we have never brought President George W Bush, Vice President Dick Cheney, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and other members of the Bush Administration to trial for their actions which brought about the Bush War in Iraq.
NEWS
October 9, 2012
Thanks for your two excellent commentaries by Stephanie A. Flores-Koulish and Lionel Foster ("Lost lesson of the Indian schools," and "What we (don't) talk about when we (don't) talk about race," Oct. 5). Ms. Flores-Koulish's piece about American "Indian schools" reminds me of the effort of our European-immigrant forebears to obliterate an entire ancient civilization and culture in order to take over its land. The empire builders from the so-called "Christian" nations of Europe who invaded this continent after Columbus practiced a systematic genocide and slavery that is well documented, including in records maintained by church officials.
NEWS
By Janet Gilbert | June 15, 2011
My son and I visited a small, private, reputable liberal arts college about 500 miles south of Baltimore during its "Welcome High School Juniors Weekend" a few months ago. We spent a beautifully orchestrated day interacting with so many students who looked exactly like us that it almost felt like we had been on a tour of The Sims University. Because this is my third and final child entering the college vetting process, I knew enough not to extol the school's merits or denigrate its shortcomings and risk prejudicing my son's impressions.
NEWS
By THE BOSTON GLOBE | October 9, 2007
African-Americans have been such a key part of the modern military. ... That whole culture and value system is at risk in the black community. That is a big, big change. To me, it portends the possibility of a longer-term loss of interest. It can be tough to get it back." - MICHAEL O'HANLON, military analyst for the liberal-leaning Brookings Institution, on Defense Department statistics showing that the number of young black enlistees has fallen by more than 58 percent since fiscal year 2000
NEWS
By Jennifer McMenamin and Jennifer McMenamin,SUN STAFF | October 4, 2001
It took Thomasina Piercy a year after her son died of a heroin overdose to look at a photograph of him. It was another year before she could pick out a frame to put his picture on display. Now, about 2 1/2 years after her son appeared in a dream with stirring words, Piercy is finally able to wholeheartedly fulfill his final request. "He spoke only nine words and they were the last nine words he spoke to me," she recently told a room full of parents at Eldersburg Elementary's back-to-school night.
NEWS
March 3, 2001
Dumping dredge on islands is no victory for the bay The title of The Sun's article "Environmentalists win big on dredging" (Feb. 18) was misleading. The article discussed legislation to ban dumping of mud dredged from bay shipping channels into the bay, but goes on to discuss dumping dredge spoil onto Parsons and Eastern Neck islands. I do not consider the idea of dumping spoils on these islands an environmental victory. Some of the spoils will inevitably spill into the water and leach from the islands after depositing.
NEWS
By Janet Gilbert | June 15, 2011
My son and I visited a small, private, reputable liberal arts college about 500 miles south of Baltimore during its "Welcome High School Juniors Weekend" a few months ago. We spent a beautifully orchestrated day interacting with so many students who looked exactly like us that it almost felt like we had been on a tour of The Sims University. Because this is my third and final child entering the college vetting process, I knew enough not to extol the school's merits or denigrate its shortcomings and risk prejudicing my son's impressions.
NEWS
By RONALD DWORKIN | May 18, 1998
YEARS ago, most Americans looked at work as a way of making money. They wanted a "job." But now, a great number of Americans want more. They view work as a source of self-esteem or a way to approach some moral ideal of achievement. They do not want a job. They want a "career."This new goal represents more than just human ambition in play. The desire to excel in something or ensure the memory of one's name is age-old. Careerism is something altogether different. It attests to the new value Americans attach to different forms of labor.
NEWS
By Tom Keyser and Tom Keyser,Staff Writer | April 13, 1993
HAGERSTOWN -- Doug Beckley sets a feed bucket upside down in a corner of the stall, and then places a 3-inch handful of hay atop the bucket."That should be just about the right amount of upholstery," he says, nodding his approval of this makeshift seat for his visitor.Mr. Beckley grabs a milking stool for himself. He plops it next to Jane, a Holstein-Jersey mix, leans forward and starts milking the cow by hand."If you're around me long enough," Mr. Beckley says between jerks, "you'll realize I'm not traveling the same tracks as everybody else."
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