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September 29, 2014
Has there ever been more mud-slinging than in this year's Maryland governor's race? It has made me sick enough to agonize over how I can vote. I've decided to take the write-in option. I never do that, but I feel driven to it this time. I am going to write in the name Heather Mizeur. I recall how well she did in the debates, particularly in response to her environmental positions. She did not equivocate. She said, "I oppose fracking in the state of Maryland. " I'm going down fighting for her. Valerie Govig, Fullerton - To respond to this letter, send an email to talkback@baltimoresun.com . Please include your name and contact information.
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NEWS
September 29, 2014
Has there ever been more mud-slinging than in this year's Maryland governor's race? It has made me sick enough to agonize over how I can vote. I've decided to take the write-in option. I never do that, but I feel driven to it this time. I am going to write in the name Heather Mizeur. I recall how well she did in the debates, particularly in response to her environmental positions. She did not equivocate. She said, "I oppose fracking in the state of Maryland. " I'm going down fighting for her. Valerie Govig, Fullerton - To respond to this letter, send an email to talkback@baltimoresun.com . Please include your name and contact information.
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NEWS
November 1, 1994
For Carroll County voters who may have been considering writing in Thomas Hickman's name for state's attorney next week, two recent developments offer ample reason for them to reconsider:Maryland's Court of Appeals, the state's highest court, upheld the acquittal of James Howard Van Metre III, and Mr. Hickman admitted he turned down a plea bargain that would have put this confessed murderer behind bars for 10 years.The Court of Appeals' refusal to even hear the Van Metre appeal confirms our earlier judgment that Mr. Hickman made a series of legal blunders that fairly call into question his competency as a prosecutor.
NEWS
By Luke Broadwater and The Baltimore Sun | September 29, 2014
Nine candidates on Monday called the selection process to chose a new City Council member for Baltimore's 11th District an “insult” - and demanded a new vote. In a letter sent to the members of the City Council, nine of 14 candidates said the committee selection process for the vacant City Council seat was “tainted” and weakened the public's trust in Baltimore's government. “Ultimately, the selection process has caused residents across Baltimore City to question their trust and confidence in our political system,” the nine wrote.
NEWS
By JoAnne C. Broadwater and JoAnne C. Broadwater,Special to The Sun | November 20, 1994
When Harford County newspaper publisher Maureen Jones plans a staff meeting, she asks all her writers, editors, artists and ad designers to finish their homework before they arrive."
NEWS
July 8, 1993
We could not help noticing a recent report that "Hal," the super-intelligent but malevolent computer in Stanley Kubrick's '60s-vintage sci-fi film "2001," may become a best-selling author in the 1990s. Actually, the modern-day "Hal" is a souped-up Macintosh personal computer whose hacker owner, 43-year-old Scott French, has programmed it to churn out steamy novels based on the example of the late author Jacqueline Susann's trash-to-the-max "Valley of the Dolls."It took Mr. French nearly eight years to write the intricate computer instructions that allowed his Mac to spew out such lines as "Her heart leapt into her throat and she jumped involuntarily as the stranger appeared in front of her."
FEATURES
By Deborah L. Jacobs and Deborah L. Jacobs,CHRONICLE FEATURES | October 22, 1995
Like it or not, we are writing more than ever at work these days. Faxes often require written responses. Computers, which many people thought would lead to the paperless office, have just made it easier to churn out reams and reams of memos. Even e-mail, a chat in cyberspace, depends on the written word.Much of what comes across our desks (and computer screens) is aimless, wordy and boring. To help you look better in writing, follow these 10 commandments:1. Be brief. Whether you're sending an official memo or --ing off a quick e-mail message, start with a clear statement of why you're writing.
NEWS
By Susan Reimer | August 17, 2008
I was a sportswriter when my bosses asked me if I wanted to be a family-life columnist. That was years ago. I had a pretty good idea of what a family-life columnist was, and I'd certainly never aspired to be one. They wanted me to write about my life as a wife and the working mother of school-age children. That was not anything any journalist who came of age in the Watergate era wanted to write about. "But I don't have a life," I objected. "My career is in the Dumpster. My home life is chaos.
NEWS
By ROGER SIMON | August 23, 1993
It was the year Charles Manson went to prison, the voting age was lowered to 18, the New York Times published the Pentagon Papers, and I wrote my first full-time newspaper column.Today, I write my 3,000th.People often ask me the secret to lasting so long in the column-writing business.Sincerity, I tell them. Once you can fake that, you've got it made.Which is typical of people who work for newspapers. We use sarcasm to avoid revealing genuine emotion.We don't like to admit the truth: That this is an incredibly romantic profession.
NEWS
By Dave Barry and Dave Barry,Knight Ridder / Tribune | August 13, 2000
I am not jealous of the woman who writes the Harry Potter books. It does not bother me that her most recent book, "Harry Potter and the Enormous Royalty Check," has already become the best-selling book in world history, beating out her previous book, "Harry Potter Purchases Microsoft." It does not make me bitter to know that this woman's books are selling like crazy, while my own books -- some of which took me hours to write -- have become permanent nesting grounds for generations of bookstore-dwelling spiders.
NEWS
By Ian Duncan and The Baltimore Sun | September 11, 2014
Defense attorney Russell A. Neverdon Sr. filed Wednesday to run as a write-in candidate for Baltimore state's attorney after a city judge issued a ruling that kept his name off the ballot. The only name that will be presented to voters in the Nov. 4 election is that of Democratic nominee Marilyn Mosby, an insurance company attorney and former prosecutor. In a video posted to his Facebook page, Neverdon urged his supporters to continue backing his candidacy. "My name will not appear on the ballot, but I am a candidate for the office," he said.
SPORTS
By Childs Walker, The Baltimore Sun | September 10, 2014
The day after the Ravens released Ray Rice, owner Steve Bisciotti wrote in a letter to fans and sponsors that the team “did not do all we should have done” after the star running back was accused of knocking his then-fiancee unconscious at an Atlantic City casino in February. “Seeing that video changed everything,” Bisciotti wrote in a letter to the team's personal seat license holders, suite owners and sponsors. “We should have seen it earlier.” Bisciotti's remarks came toward the end of a day of fallout in which NFL commissioner Roger Goodell defended the league's efforts to obtain the video of Rice striking Janay Palmer, whom he subsequently married.
SPORTS
The Baltimore Sun | September 9, 2014
Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti is sending the following letter to Ravens personal seat license holders, suite owners and sponsors in response to the team's handling of the Ray Rice incident:   Sept. 9, 2014 Dear Ravens Stakeholder: You deserve an explanation.  What happened with the Ray Rice incident?  How could it come to this?  Why didn't we act earlier?  As a PSL holder, suite owner, sponsor and supporter, you have a stake in us. You have invested in us - emotionally as well as financially, trusted us, and believed in us. We value that trust and owe you full disclosure.
SPORTS
By Jon Meoli and The Baltimore Sun | September 4, 2014
Former NFL wide receiver Donte Stallworth, who played for the Ravens in 2010 and spent the summer as a coaching intern with the team, joined the Huffington Post last night as a politics fellow covering national security, the site announced . Far be it from me to talk about his credentials, but it's clear to see this is another interesting step for Stallworth. He joined the Ravens in 2010, after a year-long suspension for vehicular manslaughter. He wasn't very productive for the Ravens but was popular with his teammates and won the Ed Block Courage award.
NEWS
By Jean Marbella, The Baltimore Sun | September 3, 2014
An Eastern Shore teacher was put on leave and taken for medical evaluation after authorities grew concerned about his writings - including a novel about a school shooting and a letter with "suicidal undertones" - and a model he constructed at his home of a school building. But with authorities initially supplying few details, the case of 24-year-old Patrick Wayne McLaw blew up online. Commentators from across the political spectrum worried that his rights were being trampled by an overreaching government that was policing the teacher's thoughts rather than his actions.
NEWS
Erin Cox and The Baltimore Sun | August 7, 2014
Gov. Martin O'Malley is encouraging his supporters to launch an old-fashioned letter writing campaign to persuade Congress not to fast-track deportations of the thousands of unaccompanied minors who illegally crossed the U.S. border. O'Malley's political action committee, O' Say Can You See, on Thursday urged people to write letters to editors at newspapers across the country. The committee provided a form letter that invokes O'Malley's public comments.  The letter reads, "I agree with Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley when he said, "The greatest power we have as a people is the power of our principles, and that we should not send these kids back without a chance for them to make a case that they fled their country from fear of violence.' " O'Malley has gained national attention - and a rebuke from The White House - for his comments on dealing with what he has called a "humanitarian crisis" at the border.
NEWS
By Jack W. Germond and Jack W. Germond,Staff Writer | September 13, 1992
LOS ANGELES -- The news that President Bush would be campaigning in California over the weekend raised some eyebrows among the politicians here. This is, after all, a state in which Mr. Bush is running so far behind Democratic nominee Bill Clinton that the operative question seems to be whether the president is "writing off California."In fact, Mr. Bush's campaign has committed itself to no fewer than six incursions into the state in the final eight weeks of the campaign. That is a schedule that could be reduced radically if it becomes apparent by, say, Oct. 1 that he is a sure loser here.
NEWS
By Phyllis Flowers and Phyllis Lucas | October 29, 1990
While many of us prepare to celebrate Halloween this week with thoughts of parties and trick-or-treating, a group of Brooklyn Park Elementary School students are sharing their feelings with our soldiers in Saudi Arabia.Evon Lindsey's third-grade class has sent letters to the American men and women stationed in the Persian Gulf. Some of the students have relatives and friends there.Lindsey got the idea of writing the letters after the students read "Dear Aunt Helen," a story that showed the importance and significance of writing letters to those far from home.
NEWS
By Michael Dresser | August 4, 2014
Gov. Martin O'Malley sidestepped a question Monday about whether he was writing a book -- a frequent prelude to to a candidacy for president -- while keeping the door open to a run for the Democratic nomination in 2016. In an interview on the Fusion cable and satellite network, O'Malley showed a deft ability to dodge inconvenient questions, such as interviewer Jorge Ramos attempt to lure him into saying whether the country would have been better off if Hillary Clinton had won the presidency in 2008.
NEWS
August 1, 2014
I enjoyed and agree with commentator Lynne Agress' essay on the value of writing ( "The presentation dilemma," July 28). Nobody stated it more succinctly or perceptively than Sir Francis Bacon: "Reading maketh a full man, conference (speaking) a ready man, and writing an exact man. " Art Moorshead, Lutherville - To respond to this letter, send an email to talkback@baltimoresun.com . Please include your name and contact information.
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