Time to Stand Up to Big-Time Polluters

On the 42nd anniversary of the Clean Water Act, a new report from Environment America, “Waterways Restored,” highlights the success the law has meant for the Anacostia River, taking it from a state of horrific pollution to giving some hope that it will be safe for swimming and fishing in little more than a decade… Read More

The Three Not For Congress

As a teacher of political science and leader of the movement to get rid of all the corruption in Maryland government, I feel compelled to respond to your endorsement of U.S. Reps. Dutch Ruppersberger, John Sarbanes and Elijah Cummings (“Three for Congress,” Oct. 24).   Frankly speaking, your endorsement does a tremendous disservice to the… Read More

Consider Charles Long for Sarbanes’ Seat

There is serious competition for Congressman John Sarbanes’ seat in Maryland’s 3rd Congressional District from Charles Long, who holds multiple degrees including a Ph.D. in chemical physics and has worked at Johns Hopkins University for 32 years (“Three for Congress,” Oct. 24).   His platform is detailed and includes keeping our citizens safe, growing the… Read More

Two-State Solution Has Created a Monster

In an Oct. 17 editorial, “Staying Ahead of Crises,” the JT gives examples of our leaders’ lack of foresight and vigilance. Here is another prime example:   For more than 20 years, three U.S. presidents and at least as many Israeli prime ministers have toiled in their “peace process” laboratory creating a Frankenstein’s monster —… Read More

Willful Blindness to Academic Anti-Semitism

As yet more evidence that academics are regularly able to engage in what George Orwell sardonically referred to as “doublethink,” this month, 40 professors of Jewish studies published a denunciation of a study that named professors who have been identified as expressing “anti-Israel bias, or possibly even anti-Semitic rhetoric.” While the 40 academics claim they,… Read More

Rachel’s Desire

“Nice boots,” my friend Rachel said one day, as we walked home from Hebrew day school. “I got them from one of my aunts, I’m her favorite!” I said. “So let me know when you are ready to give them away.” Rachel said, as she gave me a wink. The next week as we walked… Read More

A Call to Help the Children

In this week’s parshah, Abram is put to the first test. He is told to leave his homeland and go to the “land which I will show you.” He packs up all of his possessions, including his wife, his cattle, his servants and slaves and his tents. He then leaves his homeland and goes to… Read More

Give Me a Sign

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Why are signs so important? Meta-phorical or physical, signs bring an abstract thought into concrete reality. A sign can be a benchmark of accomplishments and a metric for possibilities. We like signs because we like to show dedication to hard work and perseverance with something more eternal than ourselves.  We want to show that we… Read More

A Delicate Balance

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“The pursuit of truth,” concluded the recently departed Ben Bradlee, “changes your life.” The iconic former executive editor of The Washington Post, who passed away last week at the age of 93, made those comments to good friend Jim Lehrer of PBS as part of a reflection on a career that catapulted him to fame… Read More

RCA Cover-up?

Every day, this story gets even worse (“Prominent Rabbi Arrested,” Oct. 17). Rabbi Barry Freundel should have been thrown ­­out years ago, but the Rabbincal Council of America (RCA) obviously went out of its way not to throw him out. And this is par for all rabbinical groups that protect their favorites.   I was… Read More