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August 28, 2013
Does the general public really oppose taxes on billboards that use publicly funded highways for free to advertise to drivers in cars that run on gas that is taxed ( "Clear Channel sues Baltimore, calls new billboard tax 'unconstitutional,'" Aug. 16)? I doubt that few beyond the well-heeled Outdoor Advertising Association really worry about a tax on Clear Chanel's billboards. Claims of the generosity of Clear Chanel by giving free billboards are like the admitting of foxes in the hen house.
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NEWS
June 30, 2014
In response to R.N. Ellis' letter congratulating herself on the fact that she has never missed voting in a primary election and has always worked on some candidate or other's campaign: Please, Ms. Ellis, vote as much as you want but stop harassing me with fliers, phone calls, yard signs, giant billboards and - worst of all - those idiotic street waves ( "Distressed to see such low turnout," June 28). Volunteers like you tie up traffic, create litter and ruin the only time that most families have to spend together, in the evenings between 5 p.m. and 9 p.m. I have been getting an average of four phone calls a night from volunteers or recorded messages from candidates, which increased to eight a day just before the primary.
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NEWS
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.
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Lorraine Mirabella and Chris Kaltenbach, The Baltimore Sun | April 10, 2014
Did the Utz Girl say "yes" to Mr. Boh? Yes, in case you missed the TV ad, and now the couple shown on a billboard just west of Penn Station will be moving to a new home together. Timonium-based Smyth Jewelers erected the billboard off I-83 North capturing that magic moment when Mr. Boh, on one knee, proposed to the hair-ribboned Miss Utz with a ring from Smyth, "Where Baltimore gets engaged. "  The billboard has been hanging in the same spot since 2007, clearly visible to drivers heading north on the Jones Falls Expressway.
NEWS
August 25, 2013
Much has been written about taxing or banning billboards in Baltimore ("Billboard company sues over city tax," Aug. 17). The public space is the property of the public and should not be commercialized through use of billboards without requiring permits and subject to taxation and in some instances should be banned outright. Billboards are frequently a blight on the landscape and a hazard to motorists. They can be permitted if located on the premises of the business being advertised.
NEWS
May 6, 1991
The frustration of Baltimore residents fed up with endless delays over the removal of illegal billboards in their neighborhoods is understandable, but that doesn't justify their taking the law into their own hands.Last week residents of the Harlem Park neighborhood came perilously close to doing just that when, led by a local minister, they defiantly pulled down an illegal billboard in a symbolic act of civil disobedience. The protesters claimed they wanted to call attention to what they charge is a deliberate effort by the advertising industry to exploit poor communities.
NEWS
By Mary Gail Hare, The Baltimore Sun | August 13, 2010
Amid all the glitzy advertisements vying to capture the motoring public's attention in the Baltimore area, the students who designed five billboards promoting tolerance hope their messages stand out. Students at Patapsco High School and Center for the Arts in Dundalk worked with graphic designers last fall on Design Ignites Change, a nationwide initiative to place student images and messages on billboards. The young artists created slogans, logos and drawings for the project. Five designs from Patapsco students were eventually made into billboards that went up this month in and around Baltimore.
NEWS
By Dan Rodricks | November 1, 1991
We all know how passionate Sen. Barbara Mikulski can be when, compelled by principle or provoked by outrage, she stands to speak. Be it on the floor of the U.S. Senate or on the stage at the Steelworkers Hall, Mikulski is always energetic, spirited, even eloquent. Her soliloquy on the nomination of Clarence Thomas to the Supreme Court was impassioned and inspiring.Mikulski speaks frequently and loudly -- and almost always wisely -- on some of the most important issues that affect the lives of ordinary Americans.
NEWS
By Sylvia Fulwood & Barbara C. Ferguson | November 18, 1992
THERE are about 953 billboards in Baltimore City, of which 45 percent advertise alcohol and tobacco products.These billboards are located next to schools, beside churches, in front of homes, on highways and along scenic city vistas. They are 24-hour-a-day advertisements that constantly barrage children with messages about how to be successful in today's world. These billboards cannot be turned off or thrown away, like television or newspapers, and parents cannot protect their children from their deadly messages.
NEWS
By Jordan Bartel and The Baltimore Sun | March 5, 2014
A little something for everyone here. March 1993 offered some, well, interesting variety. 10. 'Bed of Roses,' Bon Jovi As far as power ballads go this one's a tad creepy. Example lyric: "I wanna be just as close as your Holy Ghost is / And lay you down on a bed of roses. " All right then, Jon. 9. 'Don't Walk Away,' Jade Note to self: change outgoing cell phone voicemail message. 8. 'Mr. Wendal,' Arrested Development Your very friendly reminder that a song about homelessness burned up the charts in '93. 7. 'I Will Always Love You,' Whitney Houston Goosebumps.
NEWS
December 21, 2013
Ravens fans giddy from Justin Tucker's stunning last-minute, third-longest-game-winning field goal in the history of the NFL got a treat while on the road last week. Billboards along Interstates 95, 895 and 83 proclaim "Legatron > Megatron" and "In Tucker we Trust" in celebration of the Ravens' 18-16 victory over the Detroit Lions. Clear Channel Outdoor posted the messages Tuesday morning to the electronic billboards they own. FYI, for those who aren't football fans, "Legatron" is a nickname that honors Tucker's powerful kicking skills.
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By Julie Scharper, The Baltimore Sun | December 17, 2013
Ravens fans giddy from Justin Tucker's stunning last-minute, third-longest game-winning field goal in the history of the NFL, got a treat while on the road today. Billboards along 95, 895 and I-83 proclaim "Legatron > Megatron" and "In Tucker we Trust"  in celebration of the Ravens' victory 18-16 over the Detroit Lions. Clear Channel Outdoor posted the messages this morning to the electronic billboards they own.   Twitter users reacted with delight, especially to the Legatron board.
NEWS
August 28, 2013
Does the general public really oppose taxes on billboards that use publicly funded highways for free to advertise to drivers in cars that run on gas that is taxed ( "Clear Channel sues Baltimore, calls new billboard tax 'unconstitutional,'" Aug. 16)? I doubt that few beyond the well-heeled Outdoor Advertising Association really worry about a tax on Clear Chanel's billboards. Claims of the generosity of Clear Chanel by giving free billboards are like the admitting of foxes in the hen house.
NEWS
August 25, 2013
Much has been written about taxing or banning billboards in Baltimore ("Billboard company sues over city tax," Aug. 17). The public space is the property of the public and should not be commercialized through use of billboards without requiring permits and subject to taxation and in some instances should be banned outright. Billboards are frequently a blight on the landscape and a hazard to motorists. They can be permitted if located on the premises of the business being advertised.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
By Luke Broadwater, The Baltimore Sun | August 16, 2013
Arguing that billboards should be protected as free speech by the First Amendment, media firm Clear Channel Outdoor has filed a federal lawsuit against Baltimore and its new billboard tax. Baltimore began imposing a tax last month on billboard advertisements within the city limits — $15 per square foot for billboards that electronically change images, and $5 per square foot for those that don't. City officials expect to take in about $1 million annually from Clear Channel, which has a near-monopoly on Baltimore's advertising market.
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