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.
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.
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.
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.
November 23, 2012
On Sunday afternoon I had the pleasure of attending a performance of Mozart's Masterpiece Don Giovanni performed by The Peabody Opera Theatre at the Modell Performing Arts Center. It was a thrill to hear the exquisite voices render Mozart's arias. This was quite a different audience than the usual Baltimore opera aficionados. It was a younger crowd, probably family and friends of many of the performers. As an octogenarian who has been an opera fan, I found it refreshing to see our local institution put on such a professional and musically proficient performance attended by a whole different demographic.
August 29, 2012
Everybody loves a comeback. And we've had quite a few in the past year or so. Against all odds, the Grand Prix is back with new owners and a major sponsor. Denise Whiting, whose trademark of the word "hon" cost her dearly, managed a total turnaround, thanks in no small part to celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay. Even Power Plant Live, long a punch line for serious Baltimore drinkers, has a new look and a fresh lease on life. View the photo gallery Here are seven of the more spectacular turnarounds of the past 12-odd months, as well as things we wish would come back, and a few items we'd never like to see again.
July 5, 2013
The media constantly reminds us of what is wrong with Baltimore. There is the pervasive crime problem, stories of political corruption and educational and environmental issues. But there is something very right about Baltimore that gets very little press and certainly not enough attention from the populace at large. We have several outstanding small theaters in our city. They include but are not limited to Everyman, Spotlighters, Vagabond and Fells Point Corner Theatre. There are others such as Single Carrot, Mobtown and Performance Workshop.
December 8, 2013
With my uncanny sense of timing, I am coming down with some ague on my day off. So I am at home treating myself with sleep, hot tea, and whiskey, and thinking about forgoing the first two. I also have a pot of chili simmering on the stove against Kathleen's return home from work at Trinity Church in Towson. It is just as well to be home, because the Death From the Sky arrived within the last hour.* I see on Twitter that some of you who endured the brutality of this storm in the middle section of the country are snow-wimp-shaming us Mid-Atlantic sorts, with some justification, but I should explain some things to you. In four years at Michigan State and six at Syracuse, I understood that people can learn how to drive in snow, even very heavy snow.