March 1, 2011
I was born and raised in Baltimore, and while I know you prefer to hear from locals, I thought you might be interested in hearing from someone who no longer lives there, but had been considering returning. After returning home from a six-year tour in the Navy, I went to the University of Maryland, graduated with a degree in nuclear engineering and, unable to find a job in Maryland, took a position in North Carolina. I have lived in many states, both East and West, during my naval and civilian life and therefore I have a broad basis from which to compare various attributes of an area.
January 19, 2011
Gov. Martin O'Malley's budget is coming out this week, and while there are many items various constituencies would like to see included, here's one that Maryland should do without: $181 million for a new women's jail in Baltimore. This recommendation is absolutely not based on a belief that the current pretrial facilities for women at the Baltimore jail are adequate; having toured the facility, I can say with certainty that I wouldn't want to spend a night there, let alone the months many women spend awaiting their day in court.
September 1, 2010
I can't help but wonder why Navy Week in Baltimore was treated to a remarkable round of indifference by both city officials and this newspaper. USS Whidbey Island (LSD-41) pulled into the Inner Harbor virtually unnoticed by municipal officialdom, a remarkable reaction to a warship more than 600 feet from stem to stern. On Monday evening, Aug. 30, there was a major reception on board the host of which was Admiral John C. Harvey Jr. who, as Commander, U.S. Fleet Forces Command, is one of the highest ranking officers in the Armed Forces.
March 30, 2010
In light of recent articles I read in your paper regarding the ongoing soap opera of corrupt politician Sheila Dixon and the recent budget cuts proposed by new Mayor Stephanie C. Rawlings-Blake, I am reminded why I moved to York, Pa. To think that a fired mayor who is a convicted felon can get an outrageous pension and, to top that off, a cushy job from one of her former crooked cronies, shows that Baltimore and Maryland will continue to rank in the...
February 21, 2010
Sylvia Badger, a former Baltimore Sun columnist who followed the party and people circuit for two decades, died of cancer Monday at the Avow Hospice in Naples, Fla. She was 72 and had homes in Centreville and Florida. "She knew everybody," said Baltimore advertising executive Bob Leffler. "She also knew how to handle information and was never mean-spirited." Born Sylvia Hayes in Spartanburg, S.C., she attended local schools. She married a Baltimorean, A. Gordon Boone Jr., an attorney who became a Baltimore County judge, but was then serving in the Air Force at Fort Fisher.
January 8, 2010
G ood afternoon. I want to thank you all for coming today so I can provide to you and to the citizens of Baltimore an update regarding transition activities currently under way. Before I begin I would like to thank all of the many city officials, staff, citizens, community leaders and elected officials, not just in Baltimore and Maryland, but throughout the country who have expressed to me their sincere desire to support the city of Baltimore and...