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By GEORGE MICHAEL | March 27, 2011
Tim Rowland spends 51 weeks of the year telling us all how ineffective our county delegation is in Annapolis. Last Sunday, he tried to make the case that the “small men” representing us blocked gay marriage in Maryland. If true, what an accomplishment! In truth, this is one issue where the county delegation or the Republican party, outnumbered 98 to 43 in the House of Delegates, could not have stopped the law from being passed. The most underreported aspect by our media of the whole affair was the fact that it was Democratic African-American delegates who strongly opposed gay marriage, effectively blocking the bill.
NEWS
January 7, 1997
By FRANCA LEWIS Staff Writer WILLIAMSPORT - Eleven religious leaders in Williamsport have asked the Town Council to enact a morality law aimed at barring topless dancing. In a letter read by Mayor John Slayman at Monday's council workshop session, the ministers asked that the town enact a "morality law" designed to keep exotic dancing and topless entertainment from the town. "We are asking you to enact this law because we are concerned about the moral welfare of our community," said the letter, signed by 11 Williamsport-area pastors involved in the Williamsport Ministerium.
NEWS
February 3, 2000
Turn to the clergy To the editor: In defense of his indiscretions, our President once stated "It all depends on what 'is' is. " In view of our present moral morass and contrasted to our once practiced morality, it is high time to take a serious look at what "once was" and what "now is" in our culture. For we of the generation raised before 1963 can recall how morality was instilled in us through the family, the church and the school. A few of us fell by the wayside but our nation was basically of a strong moral culture.
NEWS
March 5, 2007
This week's question: To shore up a pending budget deficit, Senate President Mike Miller is promoting legalized gambling and a 4 percent excise tax on motor fuel. What do you think of these ideas? To participate: Visit www.herald-mail.com and click 'opinion.' Last week's question: Del. LeRoy Myers has introduced a bill outlawing bull genitalia, female breasts and other distasteful automotive novelties. What do you think? Your responses: Why was there such quick action taken after only one person said something about it?
NEWS
By KIMBERLY YAKOWSKI | July 25, 1999
Jamal Koram's roots as a storyteller come from many places. As a child, he would listen to the adults in his family spin yarns at the dinner table. Teachers and friends exposed him further to different cultures and traditions. A professional storyteller for almost 20 years, Koram used these influences to form his own style, which uses song, music and inflection to tell stories and morality lessons to children and adults worldwide. He makes about 100 appearances a year at concerts, festivals and by special arrangement, he said.
NEWS
March 27, 2005
Editor's note - Please be as brief as possible when calling Mail Call, The Daily Mail's reader call-in line. Mail Call is not staffed on weekends or holidays so it is best to call Mail Call during the week. The Mail Call number is 301-791-6236. You are welcome to leave a recorded message on any subject, but some calls will be screened out. You must include your town or county of residence. Here are some of the calls we have received lately: "I was reading that Terri Schiavo's death should be peaceful, experts say. I never heard of anyone starving to death and it was peaceful.
NEWS
January 1, 2000
"My hopes for the new millennium are that we could bring God and family back to our daily living. May we lay down our violence for peace and love. And thanks to all the people who have a hand in helping us get through this Y2K. God bless you all. Happy New Year. " Juanita Klein, 49, Hagerstown . "I hope the millennium brings us love and happiness and peace. " Joseph Contrer, 48, Hagerstown . "My hopes and concerns are for my daughter, Jessica Cline.
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OPINION
By SPENCE PERRY | May 1, 2013
This has been an active winter for downtown Hagers-town. A stadium proposal came and went. The school board, on hearing the siren call of City Center, fled for the burbs. The march of small business bankruptcies continued, often leaving unpaid lessors and development loans in their wake. The downtown souffle rose and then fell. The net result is not positive. Perhaps part of the difficulty that Hagerstonians have with downtown recovery lies in a failure of analysis. Look at the news stories, the comments at public meetings, the views expressed in private conversations and you will see that downtown's demise seems to be regarded as an act of fate - rather like an earthquake, hurricane or plague.
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NEWS
By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | matthew.umstead@herald-mail.com | November 1, 2012
Three candidates for Berkeley County Sheriff will appear on the Nov. 6 general election ballot and a fourth is running as an official write-in. Republicans James W. Barbour III of Martinsburg, Carlton “Cootsie” DeHaven of Martinsburg and John Orem of Inwood, W.Va., are vying to unseat Democratic incumbent Kenneth “Kenny” Lemaster of Martinsburg in an unusually crowded race. Barbour, 45, defeated Orem, 44, in the May primary election to win the Republican Party's nomination for sheriff, but Orem decided to re-enter the race as an official write-in candidate about two weeks later.
OPINION
October 26, 2011
In a preceding article there was a partial account of the rise of the Third Reich led by Adolph Hitler. Also included was a biographical sketch of Dietrich Bonhoeffer, a dedicated theologian and pastor, who joined in a conspiracy to assassinate Hitler because of his reign of terror with all of its attendant evils. It might be instructive to ponder the inner turmoil Bonhoeffer recorded as he engaged in activities in clear opposition to what he was preaching in his sermons. Yet these violations of his biblical and theological principles became a moral demand in a nation controlled by immoral thugs.
OPINION
By GEORGE MICHAEL | March 27, 2011
Tim Rowland spends 51 weeks of the year telling us all how ineffective our county delegation is in Annapolis. Last Sunday, he tried to make the case that the “small men” representing us blocked gay marriage in Maryland. If true, what an accomplishment! In truth, this is one issue where the county delegation or the Republican party, outnumbered 98 to 43 in the House of Delegates, could not have stopped the law from being passed. The most underreported aspect by our media of the whole affair was the fact that it was Democratic African-American delegates who strongly opposed gay marriage, effectively blocking the bill.
NEWS
By DAN DEARTH | June 1, 2008
Click here for more photos of this and other Tri-State area graduation ceremonies SHEPHERDSTOWN, W.VA. - Jefferson High School Principal Howard Guth said during Saturday's commencement ceremony that it was 1990 when most of the members of the Jefferson High School Class of 2008 were born. The top-rated television program was "Cheers. " The Cincinnati Reds won the World Series. And "Ghost" was the No. 1 attraction at the box office. Since then, things have changed, he said.
NEWS
By DAN DEARTH | June 1, 2008
Click here for more photos of this and other Tri-State area graduation ceremonies SHEPHERDSTOWN, W.VA. -- Jefferson High School Principal Howard Guth said during Saturday's commencement ceremony that it was 1990 when most of the members of the Jefferson High School class of 2008 were born. The top-rated television program was "Cheers. " The Cincinnati Reds won the World Series. And "Ghost" was the No. 1 attraction at the box office. Since then, things have changed, he said.
NEWS
By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | February 13, 2008
MARTINSBURG, W.Va. -- A former Berkeley County Sheriff's Department deputy who resigned in November after facing charges related to a bar fight entered no-contest pleas to three misdemeanor charges Tuesday in magistrate court. Xavier Elias Morales, 25, entered pleas to public intoxication, destruction of property and battery. He was fined $200, ordered to pay $250 in restitution and was placed on six months probation in lieu of a 30-day jail sentence, which was suspended. Two misdemeanor counts of obstructing a police officer and single counts of resisting arrest and assault of a police officer were dismissed, according to the plea agreement, which defense attorney Harley O. Wagner and assistant prosecuting attorney Stephanie Saunders negotiated.
NEWS
By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | February 1, 2008
MARTINSBURG, W.VA. -- Anne Barth, the Democratic Party's apparent leading candidate to challenge Republican U.S. Rep. Shelley Moore Capito in West Virginia's 2nd District in the November general election, kicked off a series of "meet-the-candidate" receptions Friday in the Eastern Panhandle, a day after Capito visited. In the Shenandoah Hotel lobby in Martinsburg, Barth, 50, of Charleston, W.Va., formally announced her candidacy to a crowd of party leaders and candidates, including former state Sen. Herb Snyder and Berkeley County Magistrate Jim Humphrey.
NEWS
By DON AINES | January 30, 2008
CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - The canaries in the coal mine of global warming are the polar ice caps, rapidly melting and threatening to displace tens of millions of people as sea levels rise and inundate the coastal regions of Earth, Lance Simmens told his audience Tuesday at Wilson College. Former Vice President Al Gore's message from the Oscar-winning documentary "An Inconvenient Truth" about reducing fossil fuel use to save the planet was delivered by Simmens, a special assistant to Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell.
NEWS
March 5, 2007
This week's question: To shore up a pending budget deficit, Senate President Mike Miller is promoting legalized gambling and a 4 percent excise tax on motor fuel. What do you think of these ideas? To participate: Visit www.herald-mail.com and click 'opinion.' Last week's question: Del. LeRoy Myers has introduced a bill outlawing bull genitalia, female breasts and other distasteful automotive novelties. What do you think? Your responses: Why was there such quick action taken after only one person said something about it?
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