Let’s Hear From All Voices

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Writing in the 10th installment of “The Federalist Papers,” James Madison decries the power of unchecked factions to destroy societies. In pathologic systems of government, he writes, “measures are too often decided, not according to the rules of justice and the rights of the minor party, but by superior force of an interested and overbearing… Read More

For the Love of Books

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Jacob Benesch loves books. The Ilchester Elemenary school fourth-grader can quickly rattle off a few of his favorite titles — “Harry Potter,” “Percy Jackson,” “Ungifted” — and has difficulty narrowing down his favorite genre. It is no surprise then that Jacob, an outgoing 9-year-old from Ellicott City, was chosen to represent Baltimore on the 2014-2015… Read More

BREAKING NEWS: Jewish Cartoonist Among Parisian Dead

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An attack on the Paris headquarters of a French satirical magazine has left at least 12 people dead, including the Jewish caricaturist Georges Wolinski. Two of the reported fatalities in Wednesday’s attack were police officers, according to the French daily newspaper Le Monde. Ten others were wounded, five of them seriously. Details of the attack… Read More

Pass it On

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Born in 1940, five months after the Nazis invaded her native Poland, Felicia Graber has never thought of herself as a Holocaust survivor, but now she is a leader among that community. “It’s not unusual for child survivors to deny that they are survivors,” said Graber, 74, who lives in the Park Heights neighborhood with… Read More

O’Malley Commutes Death Sentences

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Gov. Martin O’Malley effectively closed the book on the death penalty in the state last week with the announcement that he will commute the sentences of Maryland’s last four remaining death row inmates. “The question at hand is whether any public good is served by allowing these essentially un-executable sentences to stand,” O’Malley said in… Read More

Hogan Announces More Officials

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Gov.-elect Larry Hogan has announced four senior officials who will join his administration when he takes office on Jan. 21. The appointments, announced last week, include Al Redmer Jr. as Maryland Insurance Commissioner, Stephen Moyer as Secretary of the Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services, George W. Owings III as Secretary of the Department… Read More

Unconditional Support for GW’s Steiner

Since December, emails from The George Washington University flood my inbox. Most of them I disregard, knowing they are reminders to evaluate my professors from the past semester’s courses. All my professors are listed there — history, political science, economics and statistics; however, the best teacher of the semester is absent from the list. In… Read More

Was Gross Release Worth It for U.S.?

While I, along with many others, welcome the release of Alan Gross after his unjust imprisonment in Cuba (“Welcome Home, Alan Gross,” Dec. 26), I feel that the price was too high. The United States has exchanged an innocent man for several convicted terrorists and, in addition, agreed to resume diplomatic relations with a terrorist… Read More

Guilford’s Fear: Islam

I believe that the Guilford community’s holiday tree has nothing to do with anti-Semitism (“Right to Light Denied,” Dec. 19). In accordance with its constitution, were it a Christmas tree, every religion would wish to install its version of religious observance. I believe it’s an attempt to prohibit inclusion of the crescent moon and star… Read More

Not So Surprising

In light of the current levels of anti-Semitism in the world, the decision by Guilford’s neighborhood association not to allow the display of a menorah is much ado about nothing (“Right to Light Denied,” Dec. 19). Guilford was one of those communities that prior to equal housing laws had a prohibition against Jews and blacks… Read More