November 30, 1996
As a kid growing up in the early 1950s, Bert Smith relieved the boredom of long summer auto trips to the Ozarks by buying colorful picture postcards in the numerous wayside diners, lunchrooms and motels where his family stopped to eat and sleep.While other family members were buying a newspaper or a pack of Chiclets, he was busily checking out the inventory of local postcards."My father liked greasy spoons and diners and there was always a pretty good selection of postcards available in them," said Smith, from his Chestnut Avenue home in Hampden, the other day. "I'd always buy three or four for a couple of cents just for the heck of it."
May 21, 2004
WASHINGTON -- When Sen. John Kerry emerged in March as the presumptive Democratic nominee, fellow Democrats feared his early success would backfire by making him excessively vulnerable to President Bush's fund-raising and incumbency advantages. The front-loading of the 2004 primary schedule into the winter months gave Mr. Bush nearly five months before the Democratic National Convention to use his huge advantage in campaign funds to hammer Mr. Kerry, defining him before the lightly known senator could adequately define himself.
May 21, 1994
The complaint has been heard from Washington and its suburbs that metropolitan Baltimore dominates Maryland politics and ought to cut it out.It is important to examine the extent to which this may be true, now, before it ceases to be.I believe that the charge is correct, although passing, and that there are two main reasons for it. Neither relates to character failings on this side of the Patuxent River.The first is the nature of the respective media.The mayor of Baltimore and county executive of Baltimore County are major figures in The Sun and broadcast media of Baltimore, and as a result are celebrities throughout the metropolitan area.
April 5, 2006
WASHINGTON -- The vast majority of immigrants to the United States don't arrive through seaports. But the Dubai ports debacle, now an emblem of economic nationalism, has a lot in common with the sorts of arguments used against immigration. Like those who opposed the Dubai deal, foes of foreign workers, whether low-skilled guest workers or high-skilled techies, miss a central point. The U.S. isn't an economic bubble. Snapping out of the protectionist mood and playing by the rules of open markets are both good and necessary.
July 26, 1992
Q: I still do not understand the difference between community property and joint tenancy. My wife, age 55, and I, age 70, hold our home as joint tenants, but our friends insist that we change it to community property. Should we?A: There are considerable advantages to holding your home and other assets as community property rather than as joint tenants. Although holding as joint tenants may avoid probate upon the death of one spouse, any savings in time and costs may be more than offset by the loss of the principal advantage of community property, which is a step-up in value for 100 percent of all marital assets to the decedent's date of death.