July 4, 1996
MONKEYING WITH Maryland's laws for awarding state contracts is perilous. It reawakens memories of the Agnew and Mandel years. And yet from the moment he took office, Gov. Parris N. Glendening has been outspoken in his wish to change the process so he can give more contracts to in-state businesses.That will be tough to accomplish without engaging in favoritism or steering lucrative work to cronies and political pals. Any move to give contracts only to Maryland companies would not only trigger retaliatory measures against those firms by other states but also could lead to fewer bidders and higher costs for taxpayers.
October 13, 2000
BELGRADE, Yugoslavia - Like a mob boss shoved into the shadows of forced retirement, former Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic reputedly remains behind the massive gates of his villa along Tolstoy Street, a leafy lane so peaceful that the one cop on guard duty dozes where he sits. Yet beneath the calm, Milosevic's empire crumbles by the day as Yugoslavia emerges from a decade of thug rule and makes a tentative grasp at democracy. Long-buried financial secrets are being revealed, detailing the plunder of the economy by the Milosevic regime through a rigged banking system and corrupt state-run businesses that enriched the rulers and those close to them.
December 13, 2006
On stage together, they've been anti-war protesters (in The Trial of the Catonsville Nine), feuding roommates (in The Odd Couple) and cronies carping about an abstract painting (in Art). But before they were cast as old friends in Everyman Theatre's The School for Scandal, it had been more than three decades since Baltimore-based actors Wil Love and Carl Schurr had shared the stage in their hometown. In Richard Brinsley Sheridan's 18th-century comedy, which continues through Sunday, Love and Schurr portray Sir Oliver Surface and Sir Peter Teazle, respectively, close friends who haven't seen each other for 26 years.
October 27, 2011
Editor: There is an election in Aberdeen on Nov. 8, and I'm supporting Patrick McGrady, because he gets it. He understands that holding elected office is about serving the people, not about making yourself look good. After talking with Patrick awhile, I believe that he isn't running for mayor to make friends, but to get things done for our community. He speaks in simple terms, explains his positions well, and really cares about the people, not about schmoozing with political cronies.
March 29, 2013
It has become painfully obvious that The Sun's editors, along with columnists Jules Witcover and Thomas Schaller, do not like any members of the GOP or their proposals. Both Mr. Witcover and Mr. Schaller are forever either pointing at something Mitt Romney said, or something President George W. Bush did. Get over it boys, your man won again, and it's been going on five years now. It is time to start critiquing the job President Barack Obama and his cronies are doing instead of acting like they are perfect and infallible.
November 21, 2005
THE NOMINATION of Roland E. Arnall as U.S. ambassador to the Netherlands has been on hold for nearly a month, trapped in political limbo in the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee, where members deadlocked 9-9 on sending his nomination to the full Senate for a vote. The lawmakers who held up the nomination acted on principle, not partisanship, and were right not to support Mr. Arnall, who is enmeshed in legal troubles. A multibillionaire and major Bush donor, Mr. Arnall is chairman and founder of Ameriquest Mortgage Co. and principal owner of Ameriquest Capital Corp.