February 14, 2012
A University of Maryland Robert H. Smith School of Business study released today showed that cellphone use left users less socially- minded in the real world, as they became immersed in a virtual world that fueled their need for social connectivity. The study was conducting by UMD marketing professors Anastasiya Pocheptsova and Rosellina Ferraro , with graduate student, Ajay T. Abraham, on test groups of cellphone users. From the university's statement on the study: The researchers found that after a short period of cellphone use the subjects were less inclined to volunteer for a community service activity when asked, compared to the control-group counterparts.
May 21, 2012
Do I understand this correctly? We, the people of Maryland, paid for hotels and meals for our representatives in Annapolis because they failed to do the job of passing a reasonable budget and had to meet in special sessions to prevent fiscal "Doomsday. " So, we reward them by treating them to hotel stays and the cost of meals and libation throughout the duration? Don't they all live in our state? Why couldn't they just drive their cars or take public transportation? Most other job holders do commute to and from work, and many bring their own lunches.
April 13, 2011
Go into any English soccer stadium on any given Saturday afternoon and you are assured of hearing language that would curl a nun's toes. So why is such a fuss being made of Wayne Rooney and his latest bit of Neanderthal behavior? Mostly because it makes good copy, that's why. It titillates television viewers, and it sells tabloid newspapers. For those who have not been paying attention, here is a brief rundown of the latest contretemps to embroil the Manchester United and England millionaire misfit.
February 12, 2013
In the article, "Baltimore Country woman murdered despite police safety" (Feb. 8), Marylanders are again reminded of the efficiency of our justice system. The article's title should have been "Awarding good behavior results in another death," since, not implied by the title, the victim did not follow police recommendations for her safety. The alleged murderer was released from prison, despite County State's Attorney Scott Shellenberger's office advocating against his parole. But, as the article notes, our state's parole commission let him go because the convicted prisoner had "earned prison credit for good behavior.
February 25, 2012
As a former drug abuse counselor, I was appalled by the statement made by a school administrator that it's the teachers who have to shape up in to quell violent behavior by students ("School behavior policies shifting," Feb. 20). Better have the student take a drug test. Where there is harm to people or property, there usually is drug use. Alcohol is a drug. It changes people, intensifies their emotions, so if people start out angry, they will be angrier later on. If the student is the victim, or observes violence in the home or neighborhood, it is more likely that that behavior will be copied.
January 9, 1994
It was a classic case of a bit player upstaging the star. It was also the stuff of every parent's nightmares: 7-year-old Andrew Giuliani stealing the show last Sunday as his father, Rudolph, was inaugurated mayor of New York.The reactions fit the predictable range that children's behavior always seems to elicit, from the ''somebody ought to slap that kid'' remarks to the New Yorkers who told the New York Times that Andrew's antics reassured them that their tough-talking new mayor was, in fact, a softie at heart.