July 9, 2012
Regarding your recent editorial advocating holding city elections on the presidential cycle, it doesn't make sense to only partially correct a situation that everyone agrees needs to be fixed ("Straightening out city elections," July 6). None of Baltimore's elected officials met with their constituents to discuss this election-cycle issue before they selfishly voted their preferences. The arguments for moving city elections to the gubernatorial cycle significantly outweigh the arguments our elected officials voted to help themselves.
July 8, 2011
What's the connection between the two random assaults at the Inner Harbor on July 4? It's called "the cycle of violence. " We have one victim, an adult, who "re-engaged" the suspect after a first fight, instead of walking away. And an acquaintance laments that the suspect used a broken bottle "instead of his fists like a real man. " Then we have a second victim, a 4-year-old boy, who says he wants to "punch [the perpetrator] in the face" — that is, to re-engage ("Child shot at harbor rebounding quickly," July 7)
September 12, 2011
On Sept. 12, 2001, I wrote a letter to The Sun hoping (praying) that my nation would respond to the Sept. 11 attacks with swift justice rather than protracted war; that we would thoughtfully and strategically aim to increase peace rather than compound violence. We've been warring for 10 years now, and at such cost of lives and treasure - over 5,000 American soldiers and many, many times that in civilian deaths and hundreds of billions of dollars. True, we finally found and killed the mastermind, but didn't his only real power come from our irrational and disproportionate reaction?
July 14, 2011
Owings Mills resident Buzz Levin will be cycling in the Pan-Massachusetts Challenge, Aug. 6-7, for the 21st consecutive year to raise money to support lifesaving adult and pediatric cancer care and treatment at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute through the Jimmy Fund. Levin, who has raised more than $107,000 for the charity, will be one of 5,000 riders participating in the event in which he will cycle 190 miles over two days on the longest of the event's 11 routes.
August 4, 2012
Manny Machado, the Orioles organization's top position-player prospect, hit for the cycle Saturday for Double-A Bowie in an 8-7 win over Trenton. Machado, ranked the 11 th best prospect in baseball by Baseball America, completed the feat with a game-winning, two-run homer to left in the eighth inning. The 20-year-old Machado was 4-for-4 with three RBIs and three runs scored on the night. His third-inning double scored Rhyne Hughes from second. Machado, the third overall pick in the 2010 MLB Draft out of Miami Brito Private, is hitting .262 with 26 doubles, four triples, 10 homers and 57 RBIs this season.
September 14, 2011
Baltimore is one of a few jurisdictions in the entire country, not to mention within the state of Maryland, that has a separate mayoral election where only four positions are voted for. Those positions are mayor, city council president, comptroller and city council member. What a significant waste of time, money and manpower. Baltimore should combine its mayoral primary and general elections with either the presidential election or, preferably, the gubernatorial election. There would be significant savings of money and, as demonstrated several years ago when Barack Obama was elected, an increase in the dismal voter turnout that we are experiencing.