December 11, 2012
Forty-five years ago, I bought a set of electric curlers. They were made in America by Americans. They seemed expensive at that time. As it turned out, I was wrong about the price. After thousands of uses, they turned out to be a superb bargain - and then they died. As I tossed the old rollers into the trash bin, I felt like saying a eulogy to a bygone era when everyone could find a decent job, even if it were a boring, repetitive job on an assembly line, wiring a set of hair curlers for a young teenager.
October 26, 2012
I fully agree with your Oct. 25 editorial that Marylanders should vote down Question 7 on expanding gambling in Maryland, but I would add two reasons the otherwise on-target editorial ignored or paid insufficient attention to: First, major revenues from the proposed National Harbor site of a new casino would go out-of-state (with, as you correctly noted, major corporate tax breaks as well not only there but to corporate owners at other gaming sites...
October 20, 2012
As I drove by the old Playhouse cinema on 25th Street in Baltimore the other day, I thought of the hapless fellow I encountered on the screen there in the 1970s — Nino, the lead character in "Bread and Chocolate," a comedy about a poor Italian waiter who tries to make a living among the affluent of Switzerland. At one point in his degrading odyssey, Nino agrees to give his hard-earned savings to an industrialist, who promises to invest it for him. Alas, the businessman turns out to be engaged in a stock swindle, and, facing prison, he commits suicide.
August 30, 2012
You stumble upon some extra money lying around the house - some spare change behind the sofa cushions or the equivalent. You might be pleased with your unexpected good (albeit only modestly so) fortune, but you probably wouldn't be looking to spend it immediately or think it significantly changes your family finances. Yet it appears that in Annapolis, the presence of about $229.7 million more in revenue at the final close-out of the last fiscal year, which ended June 30, may actually prompt that kind of thinking.
August 14, 2012
With the selection of Paul Ryan as his running mate, Mitt Romney forces the Democrats to produce a budget of their own. It's too hot of a topic not to. They can't bury their collective heads in the sand any longer, they have to cough it up. We all know President Barack Obama doesn't like to do the figures, but now he's going to have to. This forces his hand. My tea party group is thrilled with the selection of Mr. Ryan. We love people who can crunch the numbers. Many of us now believe this election is a showdown of the Obama vision versus the Ryan vision.
April 23, 2012
It was ridiculous to read that the Maryland National Guard is being sent to Texas to patrol the border ("Md. National Guard to aid patrol of Mexican border," April 19). The only people coming over the southern border are the very poor who are desperate for some semblance of a decent life. If the Maryland Guard is in need of work, I think a better use of its members would be to go after the corporate tax cheats. For example, the guard should be arresting the CEO and the board of Wells Fargo.