June 28, 2013
One would assume that Thomas F. Schaller read all 1,100 pages of the immigration reform bill and all its amendments before he claimed that it represented the national interest ("Immigration reform would be a win for Obama and the country," June 26). He briefly mentioned that women should get "priority treatment" which could be akin to affirmative action, in my opinion. His comments about improving the lives of working class Americans may not be realistic. How can we gain improvement of the large numbers of poorly educated and unemployed black Americans by replacing them with poorly educated individuals who have minimal skills and frequently do not speak English?
March 20, 2012
If the teacher pensions are transferred to the counties, the real losers are the taxpayers of Maryland ("A costly breakthrough," March 13). The state is in debt and can't meet it's commitments. One of its solutions is to transfer teacher pension costs. The counties, of course, do not have the money to pay for them either. Ergo, while Gov.Martin O'Malleycan claim he's balancing the budget and not raising taxes even higher, the counties will have to raise taxes to pay the pensions.
November 27, 2011
Why can't we all just agree that we have been fleeced by the Baltimore Grand Prix and move on ("Md. warns it may seize Grand Prix firm's assets," Nov. 22)? The taxpayers once again have been betrayed by their elected leaders and will probably have to foot the bill. This will go down as just another Baltimore embarrassment like former City Council President Walter "Wally" Orlinsky's giant bicentennial cake that was wiped out by a rain storm! C.D. Wilmer, Baltimore
November 14, 2011
Thank you, Marta H. Mossburg, for your column pointing out that Gov. Martin O'Malley's plan for curbing sprawl in Maryland is just a boondoggle to reverse a trend that has been going on since the 1950s ("Governor, don't tell us where to live," Nov. 9). It is a trend that is a choice of the people. I was a member of the blue collar working class before I retired. My wife and I were one of the few Dundalk households before the last election that had an O'Malley sign in the lawn. And now we regret it. Mr. O'Malley is trying to reverse the will of the people.
October 3, 2011
Let me see if I have this right. We are going to pay $60 million for a solar project at Mount Saint Mary's University for which the kilowatt hour rate is "well-above current cost" ("Largest solar power project under way," Sept. 30). The solar panels may well be made in Malaysia or Germany, and a grand total of two permanent workers will be added to the payroll? I'm no rocket scientist, but I can divide $60 million by 2 employees and figure out the latest boondoggle promoted by Gov. Martin O'Malley is costing $30 million per employee.
May 11, 2010
Nero played fiddle while Rome burned. Sheila Dixon teetered on stilettos, wrapped in mink, with glossy lips paid for by someone else, while the city crumbled around her. We already know the disgraced former mayor stole gift cards from poor people and hit up her developer boyfriend for haute couture. But thanks to Fox 45, we also know she billed the city's few remaining taxpayers more than $11,000 for makeup, including days before she resigned to save her $83,000-per-year pension from the limp handshake of justice.