September 30, 2014
The answer to Dan Rodricks ' question as to whether the Ravens' "generous" donation to the House of Ruth will mute criticism of the Raven's and the NFL's ham-handed and cynical handling of the Ray Rice fiasco is, of course it will ("Looking for silver lining in the ugliness of the Rice case," Sept. 27). That's what it is intended for. Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and their respective coverup crews are so incredibly hypocritical. Throwing money at it has seldom been an effective solution to a societal problem, particularly one as serious and pervasive as intimate partner violence.
September 26, 2014
The NFL is devoting commercial time to public service announcements from the No More anti-domestic violence campaign during all of its game broadcasts this weekend, including broadcasts on CBS, FOX, NBC and ESPN, according to NFL spokeswoman Joanna Hunter. The 30-second PSA video also ran during the New York Giants-Washington Redskins game on Thursday night. The PSA delivers a strong message speaking out against domestic violence and sexual assault. It includes appearances by actors Courtney Cox, Amy Poehler, Ice-T, Mariska Hargitay, Andre Braugher and Debra Messing.
September 25, 2014
As Baltimore's mayor on Wednesday consoled the family of a hospital worker used as a human shield during a gang shooting downtown, elected officials and community activists called on the city to do more to combat gang violence. The killing of Brandon Finney, a 25-year-old Maryland Shock Trauma Center technician, has rattled the city. He was waiting to catch a bus home after working a night shift Sunday when, police say, members of the Black Guerrilla Family targeted a rival Bloods member, who pulled Finney in front of him. Both died.
September 19, 2014
Recent events in the news have called attention to domestic violence, particularly in association with the NFL. Ray Rice is at the forefront, but Adrian Peterson has also been charged with child abuse. In the past other star athletes have been charged with sexual abuse or even murder. As a nation we are outraged by the NFL's handling of all these events past and present. Sitting in front of our TVs waiting to see how the NFL and its executives will be punished enthralls us. But how many of us have watched what is unfolding on TV and gotten up to do something to help others who are experiencing violence in their lives, domestic or otherwise?
September 17, 2014
I wish to address the recent events in which young children are being hurt by family violence, whether directly as victims or indirectly as witnesses. I believe that Ray and Janay Rice love their child and want what is best for her. We don't know for sure whether Ray Rice's assault of Janay was the first incident or not so we don't know whether Rayven witnessed his violence but certainly there is that possibility. I believe that Adrian Peterson loves his child and wants what is best for him. We can choose to call what Mr. Peterson did to his son "discipline," but, according to the report, he hit him with a switch, leaving bruises and cuts ( "NFL now must tackle child abuse," Sept.
September 15, 2014
I am saddened that President Barack Obama, who rode to election promising to end wars, has once again essentially called on us to go to war ( "ISIS is not invincible," Sept. 9). I am also saddened that there is so little protest. This is so different than during the Vietnam War when the conscience of the American people and especially our youth rallied us to action that eventually led to peace. All this will have tragic consequences. The violence of terrorism cannot be eradicated by more violence.