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.
July 20, 2005
FAITHFUL READERS know about a $2 billion federal boondoggle called the Javits-Wagner- O'Day program, which pays peanuts to disabled people working on no-bid government contracts, enriches nonprofit executives and operates with little oversight or control. Last year, the government showed signs of seeing the problem and reacting. Responding to articles in The Sun and nationwide efforts to improve corporate governance, the little agency that runs Javits-Wagner proposed strict executive salary limits for nonprofit organizations getting the contracts as well as requirements for the groups to name audit committees, disclose business relationships with trustees, change trustees regularly and publish board minutes.
April 28, 2009
President Barack Obama signed legislation last week to more than triple the number of Ameri-Corps members, from 75,000 to 250,000. Mr. Obama declared that the Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act is about "connecting deeds to needs." Paying people on false pretenses to do unnecessary things is the soul of AmeriCorps. Since President Bill Clinton created this program in 1993, politicians have endlessly touted its recruits as volunteers toiling selflessly for the common good. But most AmeriCorps members go on to work for government agencies or nonprofit groups; their AmeriCorps gig is more of a career steppingstone than an act of financial sacrifice.
April 4, 2004
Bloomsbury Square a city boondoggle Trudy McFall, chair of the Annapolis Housing Authority board, is contemplating changing the name of the troubled Bloomsbury Square Housing complex to "be more historically correct." Nobody wants to rehash the errors in judgment and bad ideas that accompanied this project from the beginning, but historical accuracy would dictate that we rename the project "Boondoggle Square." It would serve as a reminder to the politicians that good financial times come and go, but they should always spend the citizens' money wisely.
July 19, 2002
IF YOU HAVEN'T seen the U.S. Capitol for awhile, a trip there now will be quite a shock. The view from the east side, where the Supreme Court sits, has been almost completely obscured. Wooden barriers hide earth-movers digging a hole three-fourths the size of the Capitol itself. The ostensible purpose of this massive, three-year construction project, which could cost taxpayers as much as $1 billion, is to create a visitors center that will make a tour of the Capitol "more accessible, comfortable, secure and informative for all."