June 19, 2012
I have lived in Baltimore for over 40 years and I have never been so proud nor so impressed with the city as I have been this past weekend. The Sailabration was beautifully orchestrated, and the organizers deserve much credit for a flawless event. The tall ships and all the visiting ships were magnificent with eager visitors. The Blue Angels were simply thrilling. The harbor was overflowing with happy families. Pierce's Park, our newest park along the water near Pier V, was jammed with joyful children, happy parents and an extraordinary mix of people so impressed with this city.
August 19, 2011
The pros of Baltimore's visionary Gran Prix IndyCar race are plentiful, while the cons are petty and inconsequential. If Baltimore can alter the "Homicide" image popularized by David Simon's successful book and television series, we'll be ahead of the game no matter how much of a profit the event ends up making. Baltimore has really lost its luster among people we met during recent trips abroad and out west -- even in Denver, where they have done a beautiful job in successfully duplicating our downtown stadiums and Harborplace attractions.
December 22, 2010
Since many publications are coming out with their men and women of the year, I thought I would nominate some of our local talent for The Sun's consideration. First, how about city schools CEO Andrés Alonso and Police Commissioner Frederick H. HHHBealefeld III? These two guys have labored persistently under difficult circumstances to produce measurable — even if modest — results in their respective territories where their predecessors struggled. They have put Baltimore at times in the national limelight and make us proud.
February 5, 2013
The Baltimore CASH Campaign has announced 15 sites where low- to moderate-income taxpayers can get free tax preparation this season from IRS-trained volunteers. Free tax preparation is available for families with income of under $50,000, or singles earning less than $25,000 for 2012. Consumers can set up an appointment online or by calling 410-234-8008. Here are the locations: Neighborhood Housing Services 819 Park Ave., 21201 Appointments only Not wheelchair accessible Enoch Pratt Library 400 Cathedral Street Appointments only 1199 SEIU 611 N.Eutaw St., 21201 Appointments only Southern Community Action Center 606 Cherry Hill Rd. Appointments only Bon Secours Community Works 26 N.Fulton Ave. Walk-ins Welcome Drop off Service available Mayor's Office of Employment Development Mondawmin Mall, 3rd Floor 2401 Liberty Heights Ave. Appointments only on weekdays Saturday Appointments and limited walk-in space available Northwest Community Action Center 3939 Reisterstown Rd. Appointments only Center for Urban Families 2201 North Monroe Street Appointments only Northern Community Action Center 5225 York Rd. Appointments only PNC Bank 12E. 25thSt.
May 1, 2013
Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili visited Baltimore on Wednesday as part of a U.S. tour intended to build support for his country's bid to join NATO. Saakashvili visited the city to meet with Sen. Ben Cardin, a Maryland Democrat. He has also met with officials in Washington including Vice President Joe Biden and Secretary of State John Kerry. Cardin serves on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and co-chairs of the U.S. Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe, known as the Helsinki Commission.
August 15, 2013
In response to the letter regarding Baltimore City Councilman Nick Mosby ("Does Nick Mosby have nothing better to do?" Aug. 13), I would point out first that Councilman Mosby is not calling for a total boycott of Florida. He is suggesting that the city of Baltimore continue to do business with those organizations for which it already has contracts. But in the future, it should review and minimize business dealings with the state of Florida. When it comes to selecting a company, if there is one in Florida and one in another state, the city should consider the company outside of Florida, Second, letter writer Bill Tavernier of Deltona, Fla. is obviously not aware that every Friday evening for the past 19 Fridays Councilman Mosby has been on a different street corner in his district promoting his "Enough is Enough Peace Program.
September 16, 2013
A news story and a Dan Rodricks ' column about the marvels of Baltimore buildings in one day - my cup runneth over ("New colors for old church" and "Let your eyes wander to see city shine," Sept. 12)! I'm not from the city, but the magnificence of local architecture is astounding and too frequently overlooked by city residents. Years ago I used to give tours of City Hall, and today I'm helping folks explore the beauty of The Clarence M. Mitchell, Jr. Courthouse as a docent at The Museum of Baltimore Legal History.
May 29, 2013
Baltimore City Police Commissioner Anthony Batts is a bright and dedicated public servant. Here's the rub: He could be the most competent police commissioner Baltimore has ever seen but that would not be enough to transform the city into a model metropolis. First, he needs the commitment of those who serve him. The battered Baltimore police force has been through the emotional wringer the past few years. It is of utmost importance that they believe in the changes Mr. Batts wants to implement.
September 27, 2012
Print media holds a special place in our hearts as it chronicles the important social and political trends in our lives ("So young, so pretty: death of a magazine," Sept. 21). The Urbanite was a vibrant and well-conceived print, marketing and social media platform for Baltimore's continuing urban renewal. We need to pause and wonder why we were unable as a community to support this beautiful addition to the print media landscape. Kudos to the Urbanite led by Tracy Ward and her team for taking a bold step in the right direction.
August 7, 2012
Any American who believes putting drones into the hands of the police is a good idea must be out of their minds ("Drones tested for increased domestic use," Aug. 6). Before a municipality buys its first drone, citizens need to take a long, hard look at privacy and safety issues. Of course, the Department of Homeland Security is pushing this technology, and aerospace manufacturers salivate in anticipation of a fabulous new market. Unfortunately, Congress has recently passed a law requiring the FAA to show leniency for drones - clearly a decision bereft of concern for our privacy and safety.