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.
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.
February 28, 2014
Youth who gamble are more at risk for gambling problems and early sexual activity, according to new research involving African American youth in Baltimore. As the city is poised to open its first major casino, researchers from Columbia University joined those from Johns Hopkins in questioning kids in late adolescence about their behavior. The study of 427 youths is online in Addictive Behaviors . The researchers found that almost half had gambled before age 18 and more of the gamblers had initiated sex in that time.
April 12, 2012
I see again that the local chapter of the NAACP is alleging discrimination against African-American students in the handing out discipline for bad behavior by the Anne Arundel County school system ("U.S. to investigate NAACP complaint against Anne Arundel school system," April 11). It appears the association is focused on the symptom and not the problem. Educators will tell you that bad behavior is caused by many things, many of which occur in the home. If the home life is stable and parents take the lead in showing how important learning is, teachers can do wonders with a student.
August 4, 1992
Every time I meet young Debbie she seems remote and unfriendly. But mostly she is aloof and rude. She is staying with a friend of mine for two weeks this summer and getting ready to enter a nearby college. She's from Oklahoma. Her mother and father are both lawyers, and I'd met them; nice, out-going, well-mannered folks.My friend said about Debbie, "Oh, no, she's not rude, she's painfully shy. You have to get to know her," and, of course, "She's a teen-ager still, really."Well, let me tell you, I may not have time.