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.
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.
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.
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.
May 24, 2013
While the scandal with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) targeting conservative and tea party groups continues in the news, it should be pointed out what kind of disgrace it is to target conservatives like this just for their beliefs ("Senate widens probe into IRS," May 21). With each developing scandal, the picture of an arrogant administration abusing its power grows clearer. The IRS is feared, loathed and resented. Thus, the IRS tends to attract all too many workers who are insensitive to the needs and problems of others, and some even enjoy being bullies.
August 15, 2011
America is a little like my eldest son. In ninth grade, at 6-foot-3 and 220 pounds., Brendan was big man on campus, physically dominating senior ballplayers. Due to his savvy, size and confidence, he was given charge of older restaurant employees where he worked. "I'm kind of a big deal," he used to say. Unfortunately, at 16, Brendan's brashness and sense of invulnerability led to several serious auto accidents. Thankfully, Brendan escaped major injuries. However, his insurance premiums skyrocketed, while our trust in his forays outside home turf plummeted.