March 5, 2014
The desecration of the pristine farmland to build another industrial site by a development company (or should that be un-development company?) is sad ( "2 large buildings planned in Perryman industrial area," March 4). There are just too many industrial sites and shopping malls. The project should be stopped and the land use remain the same. The accompanying photo is a good example why Gov. Martin O'Malley's "rain" tax is good and necessary in curtailing the excessive water runoff in Maryland.
March 3, 2014
Marylanders are ready for an open and serious discussion about our state's laws pertaining to the possession of small amounts of marijuana. As currently constructed and enforced, these laws are costly, ineffective and racially biased, and they result in a permanent blot on the records of too many of our young adults. Criminal arrest and prosecution for small amounts of marijuana is not the most effective strategy to keep our neighborhoods safe, and it draws resources away from the fight against violent crime.
February 18, 2014
Maryland jumped to second place last year in a ranking of environmentally friendly building activity. In 2013, the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) said it approved 119 commercial or institutional projects in Maryland for certification under Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design or LEED standards, a total of 12.7 million square feet. That represents 2.2 square feet of LEED-certified real estate per resident, behind Illinois at 2.29 square feet per resident. The LEED system considers aspects of a project's design, contruction and operation, including water use, installation of green appliances, ingredients of building materials, and access to public transit.
February 12, 2014
Jimmy Gribbin can't decide - New York or Los Angeles? This spring, when he graduates from Stevenson University with a bachelor's degree in film/video, he's heading to one of those magnet cities. Gribbin wants to be a film director. It's a long shot, he knows, but he is willing to start small, hoping to get hired on a film crew in whatever capacity. "The program here teaches you all aspects of film and video. I learned on the most current equipment," said the 28-year-old College Park native.
February 9, 2014
The last mayoral election in Baltimore featured a spirited debate about a variety of ideas for aggressive reductions in the city's sky-high property tax rate. The winning candidate, though, was the one who called those ideas unrealistic and advocated a gradualist approach that left the basic structure of the city's property tax system intact. To her credit, Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake has followed through and proposed a comprehensive 10-year financial plan to reduce costs, diversify revenue streams and cut property taxes.
February 5, 2014
A report released this week from the National Registry of Exonerations, a joint venture between two Midwestern law schools, hails 2013 as a "record-breaking" year for exonerations - though the term is used loosely. Overturned convictions may have little to do with the establishment of actual innocence and more to do with the discovery of mistakes or misdeeds in the legal proceedings. Around the country, at least 87 convictions were overturned last year, including two in Maryland - one because information about the unreliability of a key witness was withheld from the defense and the other because DNA analysis revealed another man committed the crime.