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February 12, 2010
The February 4 Maryland General Assembly hearings conducted by the Ways and Means Committee were an incredible performance of utter rudeness and arrogance. Although not surprised, at least 20 of us, both veterans of such hearings and unacquainted rookies, were unanimously dumbfounded by it. Needless to say, Chairwoman Sheila Hixson's leadership was embarrassingly lacking. We went to listen, learn and/or testify on House bills 92 and 204, a job creation and tax credit bill and a bill to create a propertyt ax assessment and appeals task force.
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By Cal Thomas | July 5, 2014
President Obama appears to have forgotten -- or ignored -- why we have elections. One reason is to stop, or slow down, an agenda the public doesn't like. When polls began reflecting buyer's remorse about Mr. Obama in 2010, voters elected a Republican majority in the House of Representatives and might well have done the same in the Senate in 2012 were it not for some weak GOP candidates, especially in Nevada and Delaware. President Obama acts as if elections other than his own don't matter.
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NEWS
April 26, 2014
Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz is again displaying his arrogance ( "Judge orders Kamenetz to appear in court in police union dispute," April 22). This time, its not toward just the county citizens and county employees but toward the courts. It would be refreshing to see the judge throw the arrogant, pompous ass in the pokey. Even more enjoyable, and fair to the county citizens, would be for the judge to order the interest and penalties that are now being compounded to be paid by Mr. Kamenetz and his two stooge underlings who are also wasting taxpayer money to show how arrogant they are!
NEWS
May 30, 2014
Thank you for your editorial on the questionable relationship between Caves Valley Partners and Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz ( "Kamenetz the kingmaker," May 22). Your editorial brought to light several important issues surrounding loopholes in campaign finance law in local politics. While the Boss Tweed/Tammany Hall atmosphere is disturbing, the core problem is not one of increased financial involvement of developers in Baltimore County political races, but in the overall arrogance of the Kamenetz administration toward the people of Baltimore County.
NEWS
May 30, 2014
Thank you for your editorial on the questionable relationship between Caves Valley Partners and Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz ( "Kamenetz the kingmaker," May 22). Your editorial brought to light several important issues surrounding loopholes in campaign finance law in local politics. While the Boss Tweed/Tammany Hall atmosphere is disturbing, the core problem is not one of increased financial involvement of developers in Baltimore County political races, but in the overall arrogance of the Kamenetz administration toward the people of Baltimore County.
NEWS
February 17, 2010
I smiled when I read Maureen Harper's letter to the editor ("Arrogance in Annapolis," Readers respond, Feb. 16) in which she wrote about appearing before the Maryland General Assembly's Ways and Means Committee. Ms. Harper reports that the members of the committee were rude and arrogant when she and fellow citizens testified on bills related to jobs, tax credits and property tax assessments. She said the committee was inattentive and rushed their testimony. My group, Property Taxpayers United, experienced the same treatment more than 10 years ago when we appeared before the Ways and Means Committee.
NEWS
April 12, 2012
I am furious beyond words at the arrogance and corruption demonstrated by the leadership of the Maryland General Assembly in failing to pass a tax bill to implement the budget for next year, all for the benefit of the gambling industry for crying out loud! ("After breakdown, what?" April 11.)The one constitutional obligation imposed on the legislature is to pass an annual budget. The leadership, particularly Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller, chose to hold implementing that budget hostage in order to expand gambling in Maryland, even before the original slots parlors are fully operational.
NEWS
April 24, 2012
Baltimore County school board president Lawrence Schmidt's assertion that "the board makes no apology for the selection or the process utilized" to name S. Dallas Dance as our new superintendent ("Selection of Dance involved extensive public input," April 21) is just one more in the lengthening list of displays of arrogance by the leaders of our school system. True, the search agency provided a link to a survey on the school system's website. However, the primary input citizens were invited to give was to consider the agency's laundry list of descriptors and then select, from that list, a limited number of what we felt were the most important qualities the next superintendent should possess.
NEWS
October 24, 2012
Webster's defines arrogance as the "offensive exhibition of assumed or real superiority," an "overbearing pride," an "imperious" nature. One only has to look to our government to find the embodiment of arrogance - in our elected officials, our Congress and our president. Arrogance is not exclusive to liberals, moderates or conservatives. Arrogance is usually accompanied by one form of superiority or another. The arrogance of the ignorant "nobody" is as dangerous as that of the intellectual "somebody.
NEWS
July 29, 2010
The Sun's July 29 article on the Charles North area revealed great middle-class arrogance. "Between islands of calm derelict blocks await development," indeed! What an offensive presumption! The only people quoted in this article, middle-class residents, politicians and business representatives, were concerned about their needs, their safety. What about the perfectly decent and struggling people who live in the areas between those islands? Don't their voices matter, or their needs? I like calm, I'm all for it and am lucky enough to live in an area where I have it. But as long as this city acts as if its purpose is only to create calm for those with money, it will breed angry and violent young people in the many communities without money, or stability, or adequate services.
NEWS
May 5, 2014
The collapse of East 26th Street amid this week's downpour and the years of concern that residents relayed to various city officials, as reported by reporters Kevin Rector, Yvonne Wenger and Joe Burris , confirms the ongoing widespread belief that Baltimore City officials have a long history of persistent unresponsiveness to citizen concerns ( "Displaced residents blame city, railroad for inaction," May 2). The list of embarrassments goes on and on from collapsing streets to skirting departmental audits and the erroneous speed cameras, just to name a few. Regardless of who ultimately bears legal responsibility for this incident, be it the city, CSX or both, it is important that all Baltimoreans remember this incident as a representation of how the vast majority of city officials treat citizen concerns the next time they find themselves in a voting booth.
NEWS
April 26, 2014
Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz is again displaying his arrogance ( "Judge orders Kamenetz to appear in court in police union dispute," April 22). This time, its not toward just the county citizens and county employees but toward the courts. It would be refreshing to see the judge throw the arrogant, pompous ass in the pokey. Even more enjoyable, and fair to the county citizens, would be for the judge to order the interest and penalties that are now being compounded to be paid by Mr. Kamenetz and his two stooge underlings who are also wasting taxpayer money to show how arrogant they are!
NEWS
November 24, 2013
Bill Marker's letter to the editor concerning a recent commentary by former Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. is right on ("Vouchers: an escape for few - at the expense of many," Nov. 21). When I read Mr. Ehrlich's column ("An open letter to the NAACP," Nov. 17), I, too, was struck by his use of the word "prowess" early on in his column. But I was not surprised. I have considered Mr. Ehrlich an arrogant "jock" ever since his debate with Kathleen Kennedy Townsend in their Maryland gubernatorial race.
NEWS
October 3, 2013
Why doesn't this arrogant Congress give up their own salaries and benefits when they shut down the government ( "No progress toward deal on shutdown," Oct. 1)? Can we vote on making that a prerequisite for their irresponsible action? Do they even think about all those poor children who can't afford school lunches? Marion Howard
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By Edward Lee, The Baltimore Sun | August 22, 2013
Of the four teams in the Major League Lacrosse playoffs, the Chesapeake Bayhawks are the only one with four Steinfeld Trophies. But the No. 2 seed and reigning champion (9-5) is almost an afterthought as the lacrosse world eagerly waits to see whether the top-seeded Denver Outlaws can cap the league's first undefeated regular season with a championship at PPL Park in Chester, Pa., this weekend. And that's fine with Chesapeake coach Dave Cottle. “This weekend should be about Denver,” he said during a conference call Wednesday.
NEWS
July 25, 2013
After reading Joe Bartenfelder's comments, I had to point out the additional arrogance of our current elected officials. We can talk with the Dundalk residents about the treatment they've received, or move around other parts of the county.   Just look at the Mays Chapel school situation, totally disregarding residents' opinions, community needs and appropriate sizing of the school footprint. The arrogance continued there with the completion of a .14 walking trail. Are you kidding?
NEWS
October 3, 2013
Why doesn't this arrogant Congress give up their own salaries and benefits when they shut down the government ( "No progress toward deal on shutdown," Oct. 1)? Can we vote on making that a prerequisite for their irresponsible action? Do they even think about all those poor children who can't afford school lunches? Marion Howard
NEWS
July 25, 2013
After reading Joe Bartenfelder's comments, I had to point out the additional arrogance of our current elected officials. We can talk with the Dundalk residents about the treatment they've received, or move around other parts of the county.   Just look at the Mays Chapel school situation, totally disregarding residents' opinions, community needs and appropriate sizing of the school footprint. The arrogance continued there with the completion of a .14 walking trail. Are you kidding?
NEWS
Robert L. Ehrlich Jr | June 16, 2013
Happy Father's Day … In over two decades in politics, my least favorite political type was the unabashed "hot dog," that media-seeking missile who would happily sell his grandmother for a 30-second hit on the evening news. The most dangerous place in the world is between such an animal and a television camera. This personality type is plentiful on Capitol Hill, where the most outrageous statements of the day are sure to lead that evening's headlines. After all, 5,000 Capitol Hill reporters have to report something of interest every day. All this is by way of background as the enormity of the IRS scandal continues to hit home with the American public.
NEWS
By Jules Witcover | May 24, 2013
Greater than the risk of being accused of criminality in the three scandals now gripping the Obama administration is the peril that the president's substantive agenda is being hopelessly knocked off track. The liberal Illinois senator who entered the White House four years ago determined to change Washington's ways of doing business still finds himself striving to overcome barriers constructed by the opposition party in Congress. In his first term, congressional Republicans embraced partisanship straightaway, particularly in the House after they gained a majority there, openly declaring their intent to block his every initiative.
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