Standing Up for the Little Guy

Unlike most entertainers, even the political ones, activism was very much a part of Theodore Bikel’s everyday life. So was his Jewishness and his love of Israel. He was an activist with a commitment to social justice. Whether it was an insistence that benefit shows be a part of his performance contracts, publicly protesting Chicago… Read More

Signs of Frustration

An EU recommendation played havoc with  Israel’s stock market.

A European Union think tank last week recommended that the EU restrict its dealings with Israeli banks in order to differentiate Europe’s relations with Israel from that of the settlements. While the Israeli foreign ministry played down the recommendation and the EU quickly clarified that it had “no intention of imposing restrictions on Israeli banks… Read More

Riots’ Silver Lining

I agree that determination is what gets things done, but I am saddened that editor-in-chief Joshua Runyan concludes that the “only accomplishment of the riots in Baltimore was the destruction of whole neighborhoods, the fracturing of a police force and the resultant rise in violent crime” (Opening Thoughts, July 17). Please recognize that there have… Read More

Reject Iran Deal

The Iranian nuclear agreement is dangerous and should be rejected (“End Run around Congress,” July 24). It leaves Iran with a vast nuclear infrastructure that openly or secretly permits weapons production. Other nations fearing Iran’s radical Shiite regime will race to get their own nuclear weapons. Moreover, ending sanctions will release $150 billion, allowing the… Read More

Abramowitz’s Statements ‘Blatantly False, Hurtful’

In her Your Say letter of July 17, Janet Abramowitz states that the goal of Stevenson Road synagogue opponents is ”to keep Russian Jews where they belong — out of Stevenson.”  I and anyone associated with speaking up about the proposed synagogue categorically reject Abramowitz’s assertion. It is blatantly false without any foundation and is… Read More

Abramowitz’s Letter ‘Disregards the Facts’

We wish to respond to the letter written by Janet Abramowitz (Your Say, July 17) regarding our opposition to the proposed synagogue on Stevenson Road. Abramowitz alleges that we are opposing the synagogue to keep Russian Jews out of the Stevenson community.  That is completely untrue and disregards the facts. As two of the families… Read More

The Deal With Iran: Peace In Our Time?

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After years of negotiations, Europe and America have seemingly come to terms with the following fact: Iran is the devil who will have to be dealt with on terms that will possibly limit her threatening nuclear capabilities at least for now. After lauding the deal as an option that is better than war, President Barack… Read More

Pollution from Pets: A Serious Concern

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Baltimore County is cracking down on pet pollution. Robert E. Lee Park at Lake Roland is known for its dog-walking fun and stream wading in the tributaries of the Jones Falls. With the recent environmental restoration of the park’s trails and dog park, signage went up and regulations enforced to keep pets leashed and out… Read More

On Iran, a Spit Decision

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I began this week with a curious phrase I never thought I’d be forced to use as a parent, much less as an adult. And yet, there I was, calmly consoling and disciplining my screaming 7-year-old with this logical gem: “If you don’t want anyone to spit in your cereal, don’t spit in theirs.” At… Read More

A Sublime Autobiography

There is a biography. And then there is an autobiography. Our biography is the way others see us. Our autobiography is the way we see ourselves. Typically, there are sharp differences between the two. Others see us from their own perspectives. Some biographers can be boldly objective, confronting us with facts about ourselves which we… Read More