December 1, 2007
To the editor: Robert Gary's column of Oct. 21, "Getting it right this time around," puts forth a proposal to prevent Iran from building an atomic bomb through the use of what he calls "Focused Industrial Disablement" - the bombing of infrastructure needed to support the bomb-making process, such as power and water supplies. He makes this all sound very reasonable and sanitary and declares it to be humane, necessary and proper. However, one must buy into some very troubling assumptions to accept Gary's plan.
February 23, 2000
By BRENDAN KIRBY / Staff Writer photo: KEVIN G. GILBERT / staff photographer Kazakhstan's ambassador to the United States gave Hagerstown business leaders a history lesson Wednesday about a country that some Americans have never heard of and which did not exist 10 years ago. Bolat K. Nurgaliyev's lecture to the Hagerstown Rotary Club came as Rotary officials are putting together a cultural exchange with the central Asian...
June 1, 2003
The case of disgraced former New York Times reporter Jayson Blair is journalism's worst nightmare, but its potential repercussions extend beyond the news industry. The more the media's credibility is eroded, the greater the danger that citizens will be deprived of - or just tune out - information they need to form enlightened opinions. Journalism's defenders point out the Blair case is a rarity, at least in the brazenness of the reporter's offense and the breadth of the institutional laxity at one of the nation's largest and most respected newspapers.
February 6, 2003
"Wake up Williamsport, there is hope, there are three candidates running for council, not the chosen people, not the party of the old. New three individuals. " "Concerning the library and the homeless people that go there. It is the fault of the library, why doesn't security throw these people out. When you see these people sitting there pretending to read, sleeping on the desk, whatever, why don't they just throw them out? You hire security to throw them out. " "I want to know why everyone is against Susan Sarandon now?"
August 2, 2004
Press will be its own undoing To the editor: In response to the article by Edward Wasserman, (July 17): Although I agree with him, I find it uninspiring. We are all aware of the medium manipulation to determine who they perceive as worthy winners or losers, so nothing new here. What he failed to address was when a liberal press continues to attack a government, for a revolutionary progressive cause, they encourage anarchy and fall into the trap. No longer useful, the liberal socialist is the first to suffer and there will no longer be a free press.
September 20, 1999
Talk about every man's dream. And who knows? In this day of equality, it may be many a woman's dream, too. Concerned about potential security breaches, the U.S. Department of Energy has put 67,000 federal employees on notice that they must file a detailed report concerning any "private relationship" established with a foreign national in countries that are developing nuclear weapons. The one loophole - employees do not need to report one-night stands. How many lecherous hands will this play directly into?
October 1, 1997
Movie review "The Peacemaker" The insolent glow of red, numbers ticking, ticking down in a maddening frenzy, beads of sweat glazed on foreheads of number-runners and time-clock punchers. The last time I saw a scene like this must have been at least two weeks ago, but here it is again in "The Peacemaker," a perfectly rote, perfectly preposterous, perfectly enjoyable techno-thriller. The film, starring George Clooney and Nicole Kidman, represents everything we have come to expect from action movies.
June 16, 2004
U.S. Army Maj. William Todd Viar, son of Judy Haines of Hagerstown and the late Bill Viar, went to Iraq on April 29 as an operations officer with the Task Force Defense-Threat Reduction Agency. Viar, who is stationed at Fort Belvoir in Virginia, is a 1988 graduate of Williamsport High School and a 1992 graduate of Virginia Military Institute with a degree in physics. He has a graduate degree in nuclear engineering from the Air Force Institute of Technology. Haines said her son volunteered to go to Iraq to aid in the investigation of its nuclear weapons program, and is due home in August.