October 7, 2013
For more than a week I've watched the white U.S. Navy blimp circling over Baltimore ( "Baltimore blimp not affected by federal government shutdown," Oct. 3). But instead of hanging out on social media on the subject, I've contacted the mayor's office, the city council president and even the police. Apparently, no city officials were told about this beforehand. To me, that's a lapse in protocol. This lighter-than-air vehicle has been funded by contract, and therefore it's immune from the government shutdown.
August 13, 2014
The story is told that in 1787, fake villages were erected along the Dneiper River so that Czarina Catherine and her elite guests would not see the deplorable state in which the peasants of her country lived. Well dressed serfs waved happily from the shore as Catherine's barge floated past, only to be stripped of their clothing and returned to crushing poverty after their ruler had floated by. Whether true or myth, such false facades now bear the name of Catherine's favorite General who orchestrated the plot; "Potemkin Villages" have come to symbolize a cynical effort to hide the truth and present a picture of prosperity where none exists.
August 21, 2013
As an American merchant sailor, I came to Baltimore for a week of training and was very pleased to find the Baltimore public transit system an efficient alternative to renting a car. The buses and light rail vehicles are clean and the drivers do not tolerate rude behavior. And the all-day pass made worrying about exact change irrelevant. At several different light rail stops I was the only passenger waiting on the platform. But my feelings of anxiety were quickly fixed as the MTA police came through on their patrols.
September 21, 2012
It's sad to see a good idea fizzle, and that's what's happened to Occupy Baltimore ("The 1 percent are winning," Sept. 18). But, the movement didn't just "fizzle," it committed suicide. I never pitched a tent in McKeldin Square. However, I did spend time discussing issues, stood with a homemade "Bring Back Glass-Steagall" sign on the corner of Light and Pratt streets and marched in a "Save Post Office Jobs" picket line. Occupy Baltimore's inability to communicate is much to blame for its apparent deterioration.
April 21, 2014
I just wanted to reach out after I read Dan Rodricks ' column and say, it's nice to read something that is aligned with my hopeful attitude toward Baltimore ( "Investment in Baltimore, beyond our expectations ," April 15). After I moved back from New York City, I was struck but the momentum that was picking up with investors and residents. We are on the ground floor building up and opportunities to make profitable investments are all over the city. I love it! I have a few historic buildings that I keep a watchful eye on, hoping some rich developer sees the potential that I do and renovates.
April 29, 2014
On a brutally cold January day I waited for a Yellow cab to take my mom to chemotherapy. I had booked the cab the night before on the Yellow cab website. It never showed. Neither did the second cab the dispatcher sent. The next time I used Uber. It worked perfectly, and I have never looked back ( "Make room for ride-sharing," April 28). Uber is popular for one reason: It works and the cab companies don't. Uber provides accountability. You rate the Uber driver on your smartphone by awarding stars.
December 22, 2013
As a lifelong resident of over 80 years and a city public servant for nearly half that, it gives me great pleasure to take pride in a sports organization that has re-energized the fan base of Charm City. And Monday night's last-minute field goal by Justin Tucker, aka "Legatron," is a prime example of how the hope of something great will always outweigh the pessimistic politics of failure. While people gather around the dining room table for the holidays chatting about the latest Ravens' victory, let us be reminded during this holiday season that the things that bind us together are greater than that which divides us. So let's finish the year rooting for the Ravens to make the playoffs and focus on beginning the new year with a sense of pride, hope and reinvigorated passion for not only purple but for the people who wear those team colors.
September 19, 2012
Kudos to Monica Barlow for her courage and willingness to get involved in fighting lung cancer ("Camden Yards event looks to brush back lung cancer," Sept. 16). Nice to see a good cause get more recognition. Ironically, smoking is still allowed in designated areas at Oriole Park and Ravens Stadium. Shame on the Orioles and the Maryland Stadium Authority for this. The state of Maryland has been opposed to tobacco use for a long time and takes hard stances in the fight against smoking.
April 24, 2012
I have always admired Bill Cosby. From the time my father brought home an album, "Why Is There Air?", I thought he was hilarious yet keenly insightful. I don't think there was anyone who could make my dad laugh like Mr. Cosby. His comedic career was always marked by the fact that he never had to resort to being profane or obscene. I have now acquired an equal admiration for his wife, Camille. Together, the Cosbys donated $2 million dollars to the St. Frances Academy, which is run by the Oblate Sisters of Providence, the oldest African-American order of nuns in the nation ("Baltimore honors the Cosbys," March 31)
August 20, 2013
Once more our fine liberal politicians (city or state, as both are the same mutated species) have reached beyond the bounds of common sense and constitutional intent to fetter the perceived "money holders. " Let's go after those who have legitimately earned a dollar and squeeze out our percentage. Simple corruption. I have to laugh at the logic in Baltimore's billboard tax ("Clear Channel sues Baltimore, calls new billboard tax 'unconstitutional,'" Aug. 16): The billboard tax law states that "the Council has determined that outdoor advertising endangers public safety by distracting the attention of drivers from the roadway and may otherwise endanger the public health, safety, and welfare.