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June 22, 2000
Lima S. Nabeel, a senior reporter for the Jordan Press Foundation, has been in the Hagerstown area before to cover the Mideast peace talks in Shepherdstown, W.Va. But it wasn't until her recent trip to Hagerstown that she saw how American democracy works. "It's really interesting. How open the government is with all the debating and arguing," said Nabeel, one of 30 foreigners and high-ranking politicians in Hagerstown Tuesday for a tour of the city. Mohammad Abu Hena, a member of the Bangladesh Parliament, said the amount of citizen participation in government and the level of decision-making authority given to municipal governments were interesting to him. He said in Bangladesh the national central government makes all the decisions and the local governments just implement those decisions.
OPINION
February 2, 2011
Well, I see that the Egyptian Tea Party is having some degree of success in the Middle East, and foreign policy experts are predicting that its tactics might spread through the entire Levant. As a big fan of massive, angry mobs wherever they might arise, I am, needless to say, watching the situation closely. It's curious to me that in Egypt the mobs are angry over rising prices, $2-a-day wages, police intrusion into private homes and state-sanctioned torture. In America the mobs are angry that the government is trying to give them health care.
NEWS
by KATE COLEMAN | September 30, 2004
katec@herald-mail.com FREDERICK, Md. - Staging "Democracy: A Work in Progress" less than six weeks before the 2004 presidential election was not accidental. It's an appropriate time to ask "What is democracy?" said Tad Janes, artistic director of Maryland Ensemble Theatre. The theater company had talked about producing a topical work. Serendipitously, playwright and filmmaker Don Thompson contacted MET to see if collaboration might be possible. The result is the play being presented through Saturday, Oct. 23, in the 111-seat black box theater on the lower level of the former Francis Scott Key Hotel in downtown Frederick.
OPINION
November 26, 2012
Democracy is a theory yet to be disproved To the editor: Watching the election returns on television reminded me why I migrated to this country a few years ago. I am proud to be an American. We are a country that is so big, so great, so diverse and so civil that it can conduct an election of this magnitude with no loss of life, no political intimidation, no violent demonstrations and no property damage. It is the best democracy in the world. It also reminded me of E.B. White's sentiments on the meaning of democracy when he responded to a request from the war board in July of 1943 (during World War II)
NEWS
By Jonathan R. Burrs | June 7, 2008
What is democracy? Is it government in which the supreme power is vested in the people and exercised directly by them or their elected agents under a free electoral system? Is it a state of society characterized by formal equality of rights and privileges? Is it the doctrine that the numerical majority of an organized group can make decisions binding on the whole group? Is it possible for an organized group advocating for democracy, equality of rights and privileges to survive in a democratic society and futilely practice the principles of democracy?
NEWS
By TERESA GILBERT | September 18, 2007
Many young people - well, and Americans in general - don't know what the U.S. Constitution says. At the same time, it isn't shocking news that young adults vote less than all the other voting age groups. Why is this? Could there be a correlation? The Constitution states that the U.S. president must be at least 35 years old. When I spoke to Leo Asad, a world history and government teacher at North Hagerstown High School, I asked him if he thought having a 35-year-old president might reinvigorate politics.
NEWS
by Todd Cordell | November 7, 2004
With Veterans Day approaching, I am once again reminded of what America's federal holiday truly means. As I am writing this column, there are many women and men serving our country in harm's way all around the world. Many of them are currently engaged in combat missions in Iraq and in Afghanistan to bring forth peace, liberty and democracy. Others are stationed overseas and here in the United States to protect our country and fight an ongoing global war on terrorism. This Veterans Day, my hopes, dreams and prayers are the following: That all American citizens will continue to pay honor and respect to all of our nation's veterans - those who have served our nation in the past and those who are serving our country today.
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OPINION
November 26, 2012
Democracy is a theory yet to be disproved To the editor: Watching the election returns on television reminded me why I migrated to this country a few years ago. I am proud to be an American. We are a country that is so big, so great, so diverse and so civil that it can conduct an election of this magnitude with no loss of life, no political intimidation, no violent demonstrations and no property damage. It is the best democracy in the world. It also reminded me of E.B. White's sentiments on the meaning of democracy when he responded to a request from the war board in July of 1943 (during World War II)
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NEWS
Jake Womer | April 7, 2012
The city of Hagerstown was a clear victor in Tuesday's primary. Whatever residents may think about the candidates, they moved toward a more representative city government. City voter turnout this year was more than double that of the previous city primary election in 2009, and that was with no binding decisions to be made on the Democratic ballot in this year's primary. With only five city council candidates and one mayoral candidate, all were assured of moving on to the general election.
EDUCATION
December 19, 2011
Four Heritage Academy students were recognized by the VFW of Mercersburg, Pa. Melanie Therrien, daughter of Norm Therrien and Valerie Elliot of Greencastle, Pa., and Maddie Runkles, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Scott Runkles of Boonsboro, were two of the winners of the Patriot's Pen essay contest. There were 203 entries submitted from three area schools, and 14 winners were chosen. The theme for this year's contest was “Are You Proud of Your Country?” Runkles, who is in seventh grade, and Therrien, an eighth-grader, each will receive a $250 savings bond and have their essays submitted to the district level.
EDUCATION
March 7, 2011
Tristan Prejean, a sophomore at Heritage Academy, recently won a $500 college scholarship for placing first in the Clarence Armstrong Post 6241 Voice of Democracy essay and speech contest for his essay, “Does My Generation Have a Role in America’s Future?” Tristan is the son of Austin and Lisa Prejean of Clear Spring. The other Heritage students who competed were Aaron Clark, Kathleen Kidd and Zachary Muller. “One of the values we are trying to teach the younger generation at Heritage Academy is to stand up for what they believe in,” said Dewitt Powell, school principal.
OPINION
February 2, 2011
Well, I see that the Egyptian Tea Party is having some degree of success in the Middle East, and foreign policy experts are predicting that its tactics might spread through the entire Levant. As a big fan of massive, angry mobs wherever they might arise, I am, needless to say, watching the situation closely. It's curious to me that in Egypt the mobs are angry over rising prices, $2-a-day wages, police intrusion into private homes and state-sanctioned torture. In America the mobs are angry that the government is trying to give them health care.
NEWS
By Jonathan R. Burrs | June 7, 2008
What is democracy? Is it government in which the supreme power is vested in the people and exercised directly by them or their elected agents under a free electoral system? Is it a state of society characterized by formal equality of rights and privileges? Is it the doctrine that the numerical majority of an organized group can make decisions binding on the whole group? Is it possible for an organized group advocating for democracy, equality of rights and privileges to survive in a democratic society and futilely practice the principles of democracy?
NEWS
February 9, 2008
To the editor: I have been reading the various articles on the opinion page as well as Mail Call comments concerning charter home rule with growing amazement and consternation. I admit that I support charter home rule, but wonder why any member of either political party, or especially independents would want to cling to a system that currently responds to no voters. It seems to me that currently, county government must go through two different and competing hurdles, with the wishes of the entire community losing out in the long run. To begin with, commissioners have to meet with the predominantly Republican delegation to gain its approval to bring certain matters to the General Assembly.
NEWS
By ASHLEY HARTMAN | January 5, 2008
GREENCASTLE, PA. - For the first time, students from Greencastle-Antrim High School took first, second and third place at the VFW District 21 Voice of Democracy Speech Contest, according to Dale Sheller, co-chair of Greencastle's Voice of Democracy Speech Contest. Hannah Izer, 17, took first place, Diana Stottlemyer, 17, came in second and Noel Fridgen, 18, took third in the district speech contest, which was judged Dec. 16. The theme was "my role in honoring America's Veterans.
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