August 7, 2012
The General Assembly convenes Thursday for a special session on the expnsion of gambling, and at least one legislator - Del. Glen Glass of Harford and Cecil counties - has said he won't show up. There's no telling whether his fellow Republicans will join him in his boycott. The GOP, particularly in the House of Delegates, has opposed the push for a special session, both because of the expense involved and because they contend it is unlikely to produce well-thought-out legislation. Since an absence is the same as a no vote, they may be tempted to underscore their objections by leaving empty seats in the chamber.
July 30, 2012
Faith Loudon plans to eat at as many local Chick-fil-A restaurants as she can manage on Wednesday - at least six. Other Marylanders, meanwhile, are vowing to donate the amount it would have cost them to get a chicken meal from the fast-food chain to gay-rights groups. Nothing turns a sandwich into a symbol faster than a company executive wading into politics, especially on a subject as divisive as gay marriage. Chick-fil-A's president and CEO, Dan T. Cathy, told the Biblical Recorder, a Baptist journal, in early July that the company was "very much supportive of the family - the biblical definition of the family unit.
January 3, 2012
I was upset to read about the pressure on big retailers to open on Christmas day. Christmas and Thanksgiving are precious days that have great significance in our society. As a religiously observant Jew, I do not negotiate on my time off for our holidays and Sabbath. I make a personal decision every day to honor the laws and traditions that were passed down to me and would never ever consider compromising that. I understand implicitly the importance tradition and custom has on society.
October 31, 2011
In an effort focused on grabbing headlines, County Executive Ken Ulman recently called for a 30-day boycott of soft drinks, completely missing an opportunity to educate and talk to the public about real solutions for addressing obesity. Now more than ever the commitment of Maryland's beverage industry to do our part is shining through. Our member companies are cutting the calories available from beverages in the marketplace. In fact, the total amount of beverage calories available in the marketplace decreased by 21 percent from 1998 to 2008.
September 27, 2011
Leisha Hailey, a musician and star of 'The L-Word,' a drama about lesbians that used to air on Showtime, has accused Southwest Airlines of discriminating against her because she is gay and has called for a boycott of the airline. Hailey and her partner, Camila Grey, were removed from a Southwest flight in El Paso, Texas, on Monday. She said via her band's Twitter feed (@UhHuhHer) , that they were escorted off of the plane after getting into a discussion with a flight attendant about a kiss the two shared.
August 7, 2011
The sun is just peeking over the treetops as Billy Rice steers his 24-foot boat, Miss Jill, out into the Potomac River. Six days a week, in all kinds of weather, except lightning and high winds, the Charles County waterman and his helper and wife, Melinda, spend their mornings pulling crab pots from the water. Crabbing has been that way for decades. But watermen across the bay are starting to acknowledge things need to change if their traditional livelihood is to survive. And this fiercely independent bunch — full of distrust of officials, and even at times of each other — is trying to band together to control their destiny.