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November 10, 2013
Baltimore wants to replace our water meters with smart meters at a cost of $83.5 million ( "City awards $83.5 million deal for water meters," Nov 7). I have lived in Baltimore County for 66 years and never had a faulty bill. Most of the reasons for this upgrade are cases of human error. True, "smart" meters will likely eliminate much of the human error - at a cost of many jobs. The track record of Itron speaks for itself. Just ask Houston, where they are still trying to resolve problems 10 years after Itron upgraded their system.
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NEWS
November 10, 2013
Baltimore wants to replace our water meters with smart meters at a cost of $83.5 million ( "City awards $83.5 million deal for water meters," Nov 7). I have lived in Baltimore County for 66 years and never had a faulty bill. Most of the reasons for this upgrade are cases of human error. True, "smart" meters will likely eliminate much of the human error - at a cost of many jobs. The track record of Itron speaks for itself. Just ask Houston, where they are still trying to resolve problems 10 years after Itron upgraded their system.
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NEWS
September 11, 2013
It's high time Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake came clean and admitted what a boondoggle the Baltimore Grand Prix has been ( "Grand Prix 2014? Not so fast," Sept. 8). I believe the time is perfectly appropriate to cut ties with this "Grand Spree. " Hat trick, three and out. It's funny, but I did not hear any attendance figures for the race this month. Could it be it's an embarrassment to our mayor? It always boils down to priority issues, and how the city will either benefit or suffer from the choices made.
NEWS
September 11, 2013
It's high time Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake came clean and admitted what a boondoggle the Baltimore Grand Prix has been ( "Grand Prix 2014? Not so fast," Sept. 8). I believe the time is perfectly appropriate to cut ties with this "Grand Spree. " Hat trick, three and out. It's funny, but I did not hear any attendance figures for the race this month. Could it be it's an embarrassment to our mayor? It always boils down to priority issues, and how the city will either benefit or suffer from the choices made.
SPORTS
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
NEWS
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.
NEWS
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?
NEWS
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.
NEWS
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.
BUSINESS
By Jay Hancock | 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.
NEWS
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?
NEWS
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.
SPORTS
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
NEWS
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.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
By Marta H. Mossburg | 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.
NEWS
By James Bovard | 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.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
By Michael Dresser and Michael Dresser,michael.dresser@baltsun.com | August 24, 2009
It's never too early to smother a really, really bad transportation project. These things take on a life of their own if they're allowed to progress too far, and before you know it you're being tossed out of your home so that folks who freely chose to live in outer suburbia can race home in congestion-free comfort to down their dinner a little earlier in the evening. That's apparently the plan for 251 families who live along the Interstate 270 corridor in Montgomery and Frederick counties.
NEWS
By James Bovard | 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.
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