November 25, 2011
I recently attended a community meeting to discuss the proposed CSX rail facility ("Price tags put on intermodal sites," Nov. 16). I came away with a clear understanding of the positive impact this facility would have on our economy. In such tough economic times, how can we turn down any opportunities to bring thousands of jobs into our area? I sincerely hope that local residents, the county and those with the railroad can work together to make this proposal a reality. Robyn Sadler, Ellicott City
October 12, 2011
It was refreshing to read Peter Morici's recent commentary regarding trade with China ("China currency bill: America fights back," Oct. 11). After nearly three years of a failing economy presided over by the Obama administration, it would seem President Barack Obama should jettison his current economic team and hire economists like Professor Morici who provide a different point of view as to what ails the economy and what solutions should be undertaken....
June 21, 2012
I was riding in a van near York, Pa. last week when one of the passengers pointed with pride to a giant new facility owned by a major grocery chain and announced, "That's going to be their regional distribution center. It will be fully-automated, requiring only about 10 people to keep it running day and night. It will replace a distribution center that requires more than 100 workers. " Wow, I mused, so this is how businesses create jobs. Hire 10 techies so they can fire 100 laborers.
February 25, 2013
Why does the Republican Party think that blocking government from functioning is a good thing ("The GOP sequester," Feb. 22)? In terms of the "sequestration" issue, they refuse to consider more revenue while insisting on more cuts to spending. Yet, the Budget Control Act of 2011 reduced spending by $1.5 trillion while increasing revenue by only $600 billion. More cuts without additional revenue to sustain economic recovery is simply irresponsible. Don't let the Republican House push the country into recession!
June 14, 2012
In regard to The Sun's editorial on Barack Obama's view of the private sector ("Doing better than 'fine," June 12), yes, President Obama should be encouraging, and yes, we can absolutely do better. But he must be honest. I keep hearing the private sector has created 4.3 million jobs in last three years. That may be true, but how many jobs have been lost? How many more people are unemployed now than three years ago? Why doesn't the actual unemployment rate (including those who are underemployed and those who have dropped out)
September 21, 2010
The Sun published a feel-good article on the latest report from the Commerce Department's Bureau of Economic Statistics, starting, "Personal income in Maryland has collectively risen back out of the hole the recession dug. " ("Incomes in state up from '08 slide," Sept. 21) What the article failed to mention was the report's statement that professional services made the largest contribution to the non-farm earnings growth (and if I read the tables right, there was no farm contribution)