With a Better Future in Mind J Street conference to focus on two-state solution

(David Stuck)

Despite a number of setbacks in the past year, J Street, the self-described “pro-Israel, pro-peace” organization that advocates for a negotiated two-state solution between Israel and the Palestinians, expects record attendance at its fifth national conference to be held this weekend. The conference will take place at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington,… Read More

The Heroin Problem Lt. Gov. Rutherford hears from residents, officials and advocates from Cecil, surrounding counties

Karen Prettyman Bishop didn’t need a task force summit to know that heroin is a problem in Cecil County. Her daughter, Courtney Lee Prettyman, died of a heroin overdose in 2011 at the age of 28. “Within a mile radius, six of our parents lost their kids,” Bishop said of her neighborhood. “This problem has… Read More

Reducing the Backlog Vice president, Maryland legislators highlight sexual assault kit initiative

With sexual assault survivor Helena Lazaro and Vice President Joe Biden looking on, Sen. Barbara Mikulski adamantly declares, “We want to make sure that no victim is doubly victimized.”
(Tim Zink)

Vice President Joe Biden, accompanied by Democratic Sens. Barbara Mikulski and Ben Cardin and Rep. C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger (D-District 2), visited Pikesville on Monday to tout the importance of a new initiative designed to speed prosecution of sexual assaults. Following a tour of the Maryland State Police Forensic Laboratory on Milford Mill Road, Biden told… Read More

Hettleman’s Sexual Assault Bill Moving Forward

Shelly Hettleman
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Freshman legislator Shelly Hettleman is calling for increased efforts on the issue of sexual assault at Maryland colleges. Hettleman’s bill, HB 571, had a hearing in the House Appropriations committee on March 10. A vote on whether or not to move the bill to the House of Delegates’ floor is expected soon. “It is an… Read More

The Muslim Reality

Joshua Runyan’s column “A Matter of Survival” (March 13) misses the reality of the situation. Ten percent of the Muslim population of 1.4 billion believe in the radical Islamic theology and believe in Muslim supremacy and world domination. There is no hope of dialogue or accommodation with this increasingly violent segment.

Shame on the JT

I have been watching the sad goings-on at the Baltimore Jewish Times for a very long time, and it has published many disgusting, disgraceful pieces in the past decade or so. But it has surpassed itself in breathtaking stupidity and disregard for all decency by publishing not one, but two smears of Elie Wiesel (Your… Read More

Tough Act to Follow

The scramble to fill the shoes of Sen. Barbara Mikulski is on (“Raise Hell Instead of Money: Mikulski announces her last term in Senate,” March 6). I hope that whoever succeeds her will continue to embody the principles that have been the hallmark of her career. While remaining firmly committed to liberal ideals in the… Read More

All About Bibi On Election Day in Israel, change comes as decisive victory

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BEERSHEVA, Israel — When he called for new elections late last year, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu cast the contest as a referendum on his rule. On Tuesday, amid early energetic turnout and anecdotal evidence of successful get-out-the-vote operations by Netanyahu’s political enemies on the left, the prime minister got what he wanted. Put simply,… Read More

Times Gets It Wrong on JNF and Bedouin Arabs

In a March 1 op-ed for The New York Times, “The Two Israels,” Nicholas Kristof made a rather broad accusation stating that Jewish National Fund plants forests on land owned by Bedouin Arabs. Unfortunately, Kristof chose to subscribe to the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement’s diatribe against Israel and used JNF as a straw… Read More