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July 26, 2013
Robert Ehrlich Jr.'s comments on America's traditional values and the GOP making a comeback are just wishful thinking on his part ("Democrats stray far from America's traditional values," July 21). Unless the GOP changes its viewpoint on a number of issues - and from Mr. Ehrlich's column it doesn't appear as if that will happen - it will be a while before the GOP gains a majority again or sees one of its own in the White House. Let's start with abortion: The GOP wants to make laws limiting abortion after 20 weeks of pregnancy.
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NEWS
January 13, 2014
The train wreck of Maryland's Affordable Care Act insurance exchange should have been no surprise to Gov. Martin O'Malley, Lt. Gov. Anthony G. Brown or anyone else responsible for its creation. That's the unmistakable conclusion from a Washington Post article on Sunday based on not-previously disclosed documents and interviews with key participants. The Post's report fleshes out the story of dysfunction revealed in records obtained last month by The Sun through a public information request and leaves no doubt that state officials were warned repeatedly and in detail that the website was, in one former official's words, "a disaster waiting to happen.
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By Steve Chapman | January 27, 2004
CHICAGO -- For Americans weary of the ongoing bloodshed in Iraq, June 30 shimmers like an oasis in the desert. That's the day the Coalition Provisional Authority plans to transfer power to an interim Iraqi government, relieving us of the burden of ruling people who have mixed feelings about our presence. The tough part of the U.S. mission will be over, and we can get ready to bring our soldiers home. Don't we wish. Lately, the news has been dominated by the dispute over whether to choose the new regime through regional caucuses, as the Bush administration proposes, or direct elections, as the most prominent Shiite cleric demands.
NEWS
July 26, 2013
Robert Ehrlich Jr.'s comments on America's traditional values and the GOP making a comeback are just wishful thinking on his part ("Democrats stray far from America's traditional values," July 21). Unless the GOP changes its viewpoint on a number of issues - and from Mr. Ehrlich's column it doesn't appear as if that will happen - it will be a while before the GOP gains a majority again or sees one of its own in the White House. Let's start with abortion: The GOP wants to make laws limiting abortion after 20 weeks of pregnancy.
BUSINESS
By Thomas Easton and Thomas Easton,New York Bureau of The Sun | June 18, 1991
NEW YORK -- If you think money is scarce now, wait until you retire.That's the message from Merrill Lynch, which, as the nation's largest brokerage, has a vested interest in solving the problem by encouraging more investments in stocks and bonds.Merrill projects that the number of elderly living in or near the government-designated poverty level ($7,500 in 1989 dollars) will grow from 6.1 million today to 7.8 million in two decades, creating "indigence on a scale previously unseen in the United States."
NEWS
July 20, 2008
The creators of the children's movie WALL-E may have fudged the science at bit by overestimating the intelligence of machines - and, if anything, underestimating the human propensity for self-indulgence. But in its vision of a world threatened by catastrophe, the film reflects both the widespread anxiety over the challenge posed by pollution and climate change, and the tendency for wishful thinking about how to address it. In the movie, the title character WALL-E (for Waste Allocation Load Lifter-Earth Class)
BUSINESS
By Julius Westheimer | October 13, 1999
A FINANCIAL journalist must separate "off-the-wall" predictions ("Our gut feeling says the market will crash in late December") from forecasts based on solid reasons. Recent examples of the latter: "Bargain hunters will soon charge back into the market. Buying on dips worked too well recently to be abandoned now." (S&P Outlook)"Oil prices have more than doubled. That could send the market lower, but helps top energy stocks like Burlington Resources Inc., Exxon Corp., Schlumberger Ltd. and Haliburton Co."
NEWS
July 18, 2007
Now is not the time to have any illusions about an American military withdrawal from Iraq. The Democratic candidates for president, in particular, act as though U.S. soldiers and Marines can depart in a way that will minimize the turmoil in the country they leave behind. That's wishful thinking; it's likely to get very ugly. A reasonably planned withdrawal is nonetheless the right thing to do. We have argued in the past that there are no good options in Iraq. That's not just a turn of phrase.
NEWS
January 31, 1991
Wishful thinking on abortionIn your Jan. 24 editorial, you asked: "What is abortion, if not a last resort when birth control has failed?" More than 50 percent of all abortions are second, third and subsequent abortions. That sounds to me like abortion being used as birth control.The statement, "If a young woman is old enough to make decisions to become sexually active, she is old enough to decide how to handle the consequences of the choice," is totally wishful thinking and just not true.
NEWS
February 1, 2007
Because of geography and the tie of Shiism, Iran is destined to play a role in Iraq. The U.S. might as well work toward making that role a positive one rather than a destructive one. In recent days, Iran has been accused of providing components for explosives used by Shiite militias, and suspected of being tied to the kidnapping and killing of five U.S. soldiers in Karbala; it also wants to establish a bank in Iraq and help finance reconstruction....
NEWS
July 20, 2008
The creators of the children's movie WALL-E may have fudged the science at bit by overestimating the intelligence of machines - and, if anything, underestimating the human propensity for self-indulgence. But in its vision of a world threatened by catastrophe, the film reflects both the widespread anxiety over the challenge posed by pollution and climate change, and the tendency for wishful thinking about how to address it. In the movie, the title character WALL-E (for Waste Allocation Load Lifter-Earth Class)
FEATURES
By LIZ SMITH and LIZ SMITH,Tribune Media Services | April 16, 2008
THE HOPE that there exists film of Marilyn Monroe having sex just won't die. In fact, it has recently regenerated in a big way. This hope is, in a way, a tribute to Monroe's arguable status as the supreme erotic symbol. Credence to the fantasy of Marilyn en flagrante was provided by Arlene Hunter, a B-movie actress and stripper. Hunter starred in a solo short called The Apple Knockers and the Coke, circa the late 1940s, which eventually came to be advertised - as much as such things could be back in the day - as "Marilyn Monroe's porno loop."
NEWS
July 18, 2007
Now is not the time to have any illusions about an American military withdrawal from Iraq. The Democratic candidates for president, in particular, act as though U.S. soldiers and Marines can depart in a way that will minimize the turmoil in the country they leave behind. That's wishful thinking; it's likely to get very ugly. A reasonably planned withdrawal is nonetheless the right thing to do. We have argued in the past that there are no good options in Iraq. That's not just a turn of phrase.
FEATURES
By Michael Sragow and Michael Sragow,Sun Movie Critic | March 16, 2007
An incendiary Viagra joke ignites the middle of the new Chris Rock comedy, I Think I Love My Wife, and burns the rest of the movie to a crisp. It highlights Rock at his scorching best, bringing right out into the open what we all think when we listen to TV commercials list the side effects of drugs for erectile dysfunction. The problem is, Rock plays a thirtysomething man who doesn't really need Viagra and spends most of the movie complaining that his wife no longer wants to make love.
NEWS
February 1, 2007
Because of geography and the tie of Shiism, Iran is destined to play a role in Iraq. The U.S. might as well work toward making that role a positive one rather than a destructive one. In recent days, Iran has been accused of providing components for explosives used by Shiite militias, and suspected of being tied to the kidnapping and killing of five U.S. soldiers in Karbala; it also wants to establish a bank in Iraq and help finance reconstruction....
NEWS
December 7, 2006
Reading the final paragraph of Saturday's article about the $60 million settlement for clergy sex-abuse suits in Los Angeles, I had to wonder, who, precisely, were the "many advocates for victims" who "say they believe the church has curbed abuse" ("Los Angeles Archdiocese to settle 45 claims of sex abuse," Dec. 2)? I don't think the abuse survivors or the plaintiff's attorneys interviewed for the article would agree with that remark, which was not supported by anything in the article preceding the reference to these unnamed "advocates."
NEWS
By LEONARD PITTS JR | August 13, 2006
I write this in order to say I told you so. Not for me. Well, maybe a little bit for me. But also for some people who would probably never publicly say it for themselves. As a general rule, good soldiers toiling on government payrolls don't do that sort of thing. However, columnists toiling on newspaper payrolls do. Two years ago, the National Intelligence Council produced and presented to President Bush a 50-page report on the future of Iraq. Its forecast: continued instability and a possibility of civil war. The president's response to these dire prognostications?
FEATURES
By T. Berry Brazelton, M.D. and T. Berry Brazelton, M.D.,NEW YORK TIMES SPECIAL FEATURES | August 16, 1998
Q. We have a 3-month-old boy who hates his car seat. Every time we go in the car he cries loudly until he falls asleep. Needless to say, this is very unpleasant for all who are in the car.Since being in a car seat is necessary for his safety, do you have any suggestions on how to make him more comfortable with it? Our theory is that he dislikes being confined. (He dislikes his stroller, too.)A. It is critical that your son learn to stay in such seats. Before you get in the car, try holding him in one while you sing and rock him. That way he can have a positive experience in his seat.
NEWS
By LEONARD PITTS JR | August 13, 2006
I write this in order to say I told you so. Not for me. Well, maybe a little bit for me. But also for some people who would probably never publicly say it for themselves. As a general rule, good soldiers toiling on government payrolls don't do that sort of thing. However, columnists toiling on newspaper payrolls do. Two years ago, the National Intelligence Council produced and presented to President Bush a 50-page report on the future of Iraq. Its forecast: continued instability and a possibility of civil war. The president's response to these dire prognostications?
BUSINESS
January 1, 2006
HOUSING Home sales: A pop or a slow hiss? The housing market clearly is winding down after five years of record sales and price gains. Still, national experts forecast that 2006 will be the second-best year in history for home sales. Local economists and Realtors say low unemployment, a strong economy and projected job growth put the Baltimore region in good shape to weather a slowdown. Maryland registered the fifth-highest price appreciation in the nation in the third quarter, with homes costing an average 19.28 percent more than in the third quarter of 2004, according to the U.S. Office of Federal Housing Enterprise Oversight.
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