History Lesson, Part I

I enjoyed reading “Baltimore City College Celebrates 175 Years” (Oct. 10), but a correction is in order. “The Castle on the Hill” opened in 1929, not 1939. It cost about $3 million to build. [Editor’s note: The school at that location — The Alameda — actually opened in 1928, according to the school’s website.] Jerome… Read More

A Story of Inspiration

I found Allie Freedman’s article on Ben Goldstein (“Beyond the Stutter,” Oct. 10) very inspiring. He is a wonderful role model for positive thinking. Keep up the good work, Ben.   John Heyn Owings Mills

Two Associations Target Jewish Stutterers

As a person who stutters I was thrilled to read your article “Beyond the Stutter” (Oct. 10) about Baltimore native Ben Goldstein, whose story is inspirational and puts a human face to stuttering. Goldstein’s personal journey with stuttering is compelling and will serve to help other people who stutter. I would also like to mention… Read More

Targeting the Islamic State’s Bottom Line

Speaking before the United Nations last week, President Barack Obama pledged to lead a global coalition of countries committed to degrading and destroying the Islamic State, also known as ISIS. Alongside airstrikes, train-and-equip programs for moderate rebels and efforts to stop the flow of fighters into and out of the region, the president added that… Read More

What the Gaza War Taught Us

I was in Israel with my congregation when the Gaza War broke out. We had just sat down for our farewell dinner when we heard the red alert. Rockets from Gaza were on their way. The staff calmly directed us to its safe room. Thankfully, Iron Dome intercepted all the rockets, and we returned to… Read More

Searching for Opportunities Among Contradictions

In the Middle East today, the enemy of my enemy is also my enemy, and every action — including doing nothing — produces a negative reaction. For example, American disengagement in Iraq and refusal to intervene in the Syrian civil war have been identified as the root causes of the rise of the so-called Islamic… Read More

Staying Ahead of Crises

hazardous material crew cleans the apartment of Thomas Eric Duncan. Duncan was the first Ebola case 
diagnosed in the U.S. He died on Oct. 8.

Recent news of the first transmission of the Ebola virus in the U.S. — a nurse in Texas infected by the disease while treating the now-deceased Thomas Eric Duncan, with the CDC attributing her infection to a breakdown in protocol — is spreading fear in a way that the reality of the 4,000 dead in… Read More

A Close Race: Be Counted

Editor-in-Chief

In case you haven’t noticed, Maryland’s got a gubernatorial race shaping up. If the latest polling numbers are any indication, in a state where registered Democrats outnumber Republicans 2-to-1, GOP candidate Larry Hogan has narrowed a once-commanding lead enjoyed by Democratic Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown to anywhere from 9 percentage points (The Washington Post) to… Read More

Democrats’ Solution: Tax, tax, tax

The Jewish Times Oct. 3 cover story, “Being Purple,”  was biased and infuriating. The Jewish community needs to wake up and see the truth. Under the O’Malley/Brown administration over the past eight years, Maryland residents have had 70 new taxes and fees imposed on them. Many businesses and families are fleeing the state to more… Read More

Avoiding Chaos on Yom Kippur

I appreciated Marc Shapiro’s Sept. 26 article “Yom Kippur Without Fasting.” At our old shul in Richmond (with an aging population) we noted a large number of members who either had multiple medical problems and were on multiple medications or just stubbornly insisted on fasting. Predictably, on Yom Kippur afternoon, people started hitting the floor…. Read More