True Repentance

We have seen many examples this year of confession, vows and promises made in public.  Sports figures, politicians, entertainers. Anthony Weiner, Bob Filner, Paula Deen and Ryan Braun — just a few among the many who come to mind for their acknowledgments of wrongdoing this past year. The majority fall short from the perspective of… Read More

Still Active!

As an alumnus of Baltimore City College, the third oldest public high school in the United States, I was surprised to see that the author of a letter responding to the “School Choice” (Aug. 16) article mentioned that Poly “is the only public school that has a working alumni foundation” (“None Better Than Poly,” Your… Read More

Unparalleled Opportunity

A subsidiary of the French railway won’t run two MARC commuter lines (“Looking Back on 5773,” Aug. 30), but we now have access to the company’s records from World War II. This is an unparalleled opportunity to document the memory of those who perished, and those who survived, of the 70,000 people in France —… Read More

Do The Math

In response to your recent article about hybrid vehicles (“Want Savings?” Aug. 16): Math can sometimes be tricky, but when it comes to figuring out the cost benefits of rebuilding your car’s engine, the answer is very simple. If your car or truck is diagnosed with major engine damage, installing a remanufactured or rebuilt engine… Read More

Holistic Jewish Studies

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As summer draws to its inevitable close, I eagerly anticipate the back-to-school rituals that are invariably intertwined with the Jewish holidays. This year, the holidays are early. A rabbi once told me that the holidays are either early or late; they are never on time. I smile whenever I recall this notion. For those of… Read More

Time To Raise The Minimum Wage

Any discussion of the minimum wage should begin with the fact that Costco pays a starting hourly wage of $11.50 in all states. Compare that to the $7.25 minimum wage mandated by federal law, the state of Maryland and the Commonwealth of Virginia and the $8.25 minimum wage in Washington, D.C. In Maryland, a new… Read More

Resolve And Hope On Yom Kippur

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With the High Holidays falling at the earliest time since 1899, they also coincide with the 12th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks. In the dozen years since that fateful day of horror and tragedy, the initial sense of dread and helplessness has in many ways given way to resolve, hope and a greater understanding and… Read More

Thirty-One Years Of Jewish Journalism

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In March 1981, 52 Americans held hostage by Iran returned home via Andrews Air Force Base. I stood on a street in Prince George’s County, covering the event. Every tree, every pole had a yellow ribbon tied around it. At the time, I was working for the Prince George’s Journal, based in College Park. My… Read More

Connecting

There were two telephone lines in our New Jersey home. Liberty 8-7722 was the family line, and Liberty 8-4492 was my dad’s business line; 7722 was my line from 9:30 p.m. to midnight. No phone in my bedroom. I dragged the spirally, burgundy phone wire with the receiver attached to my ear all the way… Read More