February 2, 2005
GREENSBORO - William LeCompte sped in a golf cart alongside a windowless steel building nearly twice the length of a football field, packed with 28,000 chickens and monitored by computers that calibrate their food, water, heat, lighting and air. At the end of the immense, hangar-like structure, he pointed to a vent framing a 4-foot-high fan, whose whirling blades breathed a warm, moist plume of fetid gas into the night sky over Maryland's Eastern Shore....
November 7, 2004
If you always wished to catch a glimpse of Santa's reindeer up close before they land on the slate roof of a Whiteford house on Christmas Eve, you may be in luck. Just 20 minutes north of Bel Air, nestled in the rolling hills of Whiteford and open for the Christmas season, is a 100-acre farm with a reindeer village on the Pennsylvania end of the property. Sassy, Molly, Minnie and a baby named C.J. romp and play to the delight of schoolchildren taken on tours by farmer Brian Adelhardt. On Dec. 5, Santa will stop at the reindeer corral before he visits 1,500 homes a second, at an average sleigh speed of 3.6 million mph, while carrying about 156,000 tons of cargo, according to "Santa Claus: Ergonomic Risk Assessment" from the System Concepts Web site.
October 31, 2011
Was I the only one to notice last week that right here in Howard County, Maryland, USA, a 17-year-old was "secretly arrested" by federal authorities in July of 2011 for "alledgedly" sending emails to provide terrorist support. The important word here being "alledgedly. " Still under detention in October, Mohammed Massan Khalid had just graduated from Mount Hebron High School and had received a full scholarship to Johns Hopkins University. "Secretly arrested" reminds me of Hitler's Nazi activities, not something that I expected to happen in America.
June 4, 2014
At last, some outrage from Congress over this imperial president's unilateral actions ( "Ruppersberger: Bergdahl decision sets 'dangerous precedent,'" June 2). Imagine releasing five of the worst criminals from Guantanamo. These are terrorists whose whole purpose is to kill Americans! Now, we find out that U.S. Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl might have actually been a deserter. This man does not deserve to be president of the United States. We have "1984," "Animal Farm" and "The Manchurian Candidate" rolled into one in this administration.
March 25, 2013
The Sun keeps trolling the depths for examples of right-wing thinking like that of Matt Patterson's recent commentary on the nomination of Thomas Perez for labor secretary ("Why do we need a labor department?" March 22). The best supervisor I ever had during my employment career, a man who exuded integrity, had a phrase to describe sub-par work: "Thin gruel. " Mr. Patterson's piece epitomizes those words. I would be the last to argue that bureaucracies can't become bloated. Any organization can. But that does not necessarily mean its purpose and goals are flawed.
October 1, 1992
Educational petting farm opens for its third seasonGreen Meadows Farm, an educational petting farm, opened this week for its third season in Friendship Park, along Dorsey Road.The 225-animal farm, which allows children to milk cows, feed goats, ride a pony and go on hayrides, runs through Oct. 31.About 35,000 people -- mostly from area schools -- are already scheduled to see the farm this month -- more than came last season, said manager Ken Keyes.Admission is $8 a person for general admission, but groups get discounts.
December 16, 2008
The Environmental Protection Agency's end-of-year decision to exempt farmers from reporting the amount of ammonia emitted from animal waste doesn't pass the smell test. While this would benefit those in Maryland's poultry industry, which is based on the Eastern Shore and raised 295 million chickens last year, the ruling isn't welcome news for their neighbors, environmentalists and others citizens. The EPA's rule change exempts animal farm operations from having to report ammonia and other emissions under "right to know" requirements of federal emergency response laws.
November 12, 2011
In a directive worthy of the oxymoron "slavery is freedom," from George Orwell's novel "Animal Farm," the Roman Catholic Church in effect has said that "discrimination is religious liberty" ("Bishops assail same-sex marriage," Nov. 10). In their directive, local bishops warn that if same-sex marriage is legalized in Maryland, Catholic businesses may actually have to supply food or flowers to people who are homosexuals. Imagine! This directive is a transparent (and desperate)
March 26, 1997
Contrary to the assertion of its title, in "Cats Don't Dance" they do dance -- but so what? They're animated. The thrill of tap dancing is watching someone -- preferably human but I'd watch dogs, pigs and pigeons do it, too -- master an impossibly arcane, labor-intense and speed-dazzling set of moves with aplomb and panache.It has no point if it's drawn! It's not real. Who cares?Anyway, the movie turns out to be an ambitious but lame parody of "Singin' in the Rain," with Danny from Kokomo (that's Scott Bakula's thin voice behind the screen)
August 4, 1995
For a hint as to what's rarely right with children's movies these days, consider the recent rash of talking pig movies: "Gordy," an unbearable oinker about the Donald Trump of swine, and now "Babe," a winning, whimsical fable about an orphaned piglet who grows up to be, of all things, a blue-ribbon sheep dog.Both are summer films starring fuzzy white pigs in preposterous situations. So why does "Babe" sing where "Gordy" merely squeals? For many, the difference can be summed up in four words -- Jim Henson's Creature Shop.