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March 10, 2013
I have read multiple articles on both sides of the sequester issue ("Sequester debates hides the cold facts of our budget crisis," March 5). I have read how the American people who have made their fortunes here need to tighten their belts and give up some things for the good of the country. I have read how working people need to tighten their belts to help those who are (or may not be) less fortunate. What I have not read in any article so far is what are the politicians giving up?
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NEWS
May 3, 2014
Professor Peter Morici argues in his commentary "Democracy, not capitalism, fails the middle class" (May 1) that "extreme positions for and against intervention ... too often block ... prudent regulation. " I would argue that economists, not democracy, are primarily to blame for failing to speak with one voice when offering advice to elected leaders. Even the most ridiculous policy proposals include economists among their advocates. Jim Case, Baltimore - To respond to this letter, send an email to talkback@baltimoresun.com . Please include your name and contact information.
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NEWS
October 18, 2013
To pretend that Vi Ripken's experiences are a statistical fluke is to miss yet another opportunity to come to grip with the reality we all need to face ("Aberdeen perplexed by attacks on Vi Ripken," Oct. 16). These upsetting criminal acts are not a statistical anomaly. Ms. Ripken's alleged attacker, Jesse Bowen, has reportedly had 12 prior arrests, four of which resulted in convictions, and had been out on $7,500 bail at the time of the most recent incident. Violence is and has been spreading across our nation.
NEWS
November 10, 2013
Fifty million Americans - one out of every six people, including one in five children - do not know the source of their next meal. And based on the recent actions of our elected officials, it seems "out of sight, out of mind" is their solution to a hunger and poverty problem that only looks to get worse. While Congressional leaders discuss versions of a Farm Bill, all of which cut the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, formerly known as food stamps, members of Baltimore's City Council are preparing to vote on an ordinance that would criminalize panhandling at some outdoor establishments and other specified locations in the city.
NEWS
November 10, 2013
Fifty million Americans - one out of every six people, including one in five children - do not know the source of their next meal. And based on the recent actions of our elected officials, it seems "out of sight, out of mind" is their solution to a hunger and poverty problem that only looks to get worse. While Congressional leaders discuss versions of a Farm Bill, all of which cut the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, formerly known as food stamps, members of Baltimore's City Council are preparing to vote on an ordinance that would criminalize panhandling at some outdoor establishments and other specified locations in the city.
NEWS
March 6, 1996
THOMAS TWOMBLY, a member of the Anne Arundel County Board of Education, complains that County Executive John G. Gary's effort to make the school system financially accountable to elected officials is "about power and money and control." It is. It's about giving the elected leaders more authority over where that money goes.The education lobby thinks there's something wrong with that; that school systems should be financial free agents. But they are not free agents because they don't raise their own taxes.
NEWS
By HARRY LONDON | July 31, 1991
Does anybody out there know how many dollar amounts are printedin one day's paper? Do the editors? Does anybody know what they mean? Can our elected leaders, or the unelected who advise them, or editorial boards comprehend them well enough to know what actions ought to be taken, if any?7-- Cardin bill's proposed tax per pound of mined lead.* * *Kind of puts it all in perspective, doesn't it?Harry London is a free lance with time on his hands.
NEWS
May 3, 2014
Professor Peter Morici argues in his commentary "Democracy, not capitalism, fails the middle class" (May 1) that "extreme positions for and against intervention ... too often block ... prudent regulation. " I would argue that economists, not democracy, are primarily to blame for failing to speak with one voice when offering advice to elected leaders. Even the most ridiculous policy proposals include economists among their advocates. Jim Case, Baltimore - To respond to this letter, send an email to talkback@baltimoresun.com . Please include your name and contact information.
NEWS
November 6, 1992
If Anne Arundel's elected leaders thought voter dissatisfaction had peaked, Tuesday's election taught them a bitter lesson. When 90 percent of registered voters show up at the polls, you know they have a purpose. They sent their message loud and clear: They're sick of taxes and politicians.Ballot questions to cap county property taxes and limit County Council members' terms didn't just pass. They passed overwhelmingly. Seventy percent voted for the tax cap; an astounding 77 percent were in favor of term limits.
NEWS
September 23, 1996
TO MANY SUBURBAN residents, developers are the 1990s equivalent of Darth Vader -- an evil farmland-gobbling, road-clogging, neighborhood-ruining, money-grubbing, politician-bribing force. In fact, developers are merely business people, out to make a profit by providing a product that meets a great private need and causes great public concerns.There are good developers and bad ones. Tied to their fate are thousands of people in the building trades and real estate industry, as well as money for the government services people desire.
NEWS
October 18, 2013
To pretend that Vi Ripken's experiences are a statistical fluke is to miss yet another opportunity to come to grip with the reality we all need to face ("Aberdeen perplexed by attacks on Vi Ripken," Oct. 16). These upsetting criminal acts are not a statistical anomaly. Ms. Ripken's alleged attacker, Jesse Bowen, has reportedly had 12 prior arrests, four of which resulted in convictions, and had been out on $7,500 bail at the time of the most recent incident. Violence is and has been spreading across our nation.
NEWS
October 9, 2013
I don't really believe anything I write about the government shutdown is going to make a difference, but the handful of people who are responsible for it seem deaf and blind to any logic but their own ( "Fund the government, then negotiate," Oct. 7). Shutting down the government because you can't get your way about one law that you dislike isn't why our democracy was created. In fact it was just the opposite. It's what we were trying to get away from, a monarchy controlled by a few that felt it had a divine right to have things its way. Seventy-five percent of Americans don't agree with the shutdown as a legitimate political tactic.
NEWS
By Erica L. Green | June 27, 2013
The Baltimore city school board elected new leadership this week, marking the final phase of turnover this year as the board prepares to lead the district through a critical transition and search for a permanent schools CEO. Shanaysha Sauls, the parent of a city school student and career educator who has served as a member since 2010, will begin her post as chairwoman on July 1, replacing long-time head Neil Duke whose term ends on June 30.  ...
NEWS
March 10, 2013
I have read multiple articles on both sides of the sequester issue ("Sequester debates hides the cold facts of our budget crisis," March 5). I have read how the American people who have made their fortunes here need to tighten their belts and give up some things for the good of the country. I have read how working people need to tighten their belts to help those who are (or may not be) less fortunate. What I have not read in any article so far is what are the politicians giving up?
NEWS
By Jamie Benoit | December 10, 2012
I am a military veteran, a local legislator and the CEO of a company that works with the Department of Defense. I deeply understand the virtue of sacrifice, the benefit of a hard-won compromise and the dire situation that our national debt and the "fiscal cliff" present to our economy and to our national security. I am reminded of the words my grandfather used to tell me: that when we are unable to change a situation, we must change ourselves. This is especially true today as the United States is awash in debt and our economy is hurtling toward perhaps the most inelegant deficit solution in the history of the republic: the combination of massive tax increases and spending cuts that make up the so-called fiscal cliff.
NEWS
September 8, 2012
Dan Rodricks ("Hoping for the best, not expecting much," Sept. 6) is wrong to describe the discouragement of the electorate instead of fighting it. He should use his column to fire up the voters to deliver a Congress that shows a democracy can work. Electing the Congress is, of course, the voters' responsibility. Let every voter go to town hall meetings, write letters and e-mails to their different candidates and press them mercilessly to review their records: Were their actions designed to solve problems or to show party solidarity?
NEWS
December 13, 1996
LAST SPRING, the Baltimore County Council justifiably torched officials of the county's community colleges for failing to adapt to an age of stagnant revenues. The council cut $2.3 million from the colleges' budget and told them to get serious.So now the BCCC Board of Trustees has gotten serious, abolishing tenure for new faculty, among other changes. This is the route taxpayers, through fiscally conservative elected leaders, have been urging. To that extent, the board's recent decision cannot be criticized.
NEWS
By David Nitkin and David Nitkin,SUN STAFF | October 26, 2000
Responding to questions about potential conflicts of interest stemming from his private business holdings, Baltimore County Executive C. A. Dutch Ruppersberger said yesterday he believes he has done what the county ethics law requires. "My job is to follow the laws that exist," Ruppersberger said in a statement. "I have done that. In fact, I have gone beyond what the law requires by putting my private investments in a trust." The Sun reported yesterday that the blind trust set up by the county executive early this year was being managed by two people with whom he has close ties.
NEWS
April 11, 2012
Well, they did it. The Maryland General Assembly wasted so much time on same-sex marriage, arsenic in chicken feed, and off-shore wind (just harness the wind coming from Annapolis and they won't need it), they couldn't pass a budget ("Time runs out in capital," April 10). They'll need another session needed now costing more money needlessly squandered. Now you have Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller and House Speaker Michael Bush squabbling. This state, led by an inept governor who deludes himself into thinking he is presidential material, is a shame.
NEWS
By Liz Bowie, The Baltimore Sun | April 10, 2012
The Baltimore County school board voted unanimously Tuesday night to approve S. Dallas Dance, a Houston school administrator, as the next superintendent of its 105,000-student system. During a brief news conference after the vote, Dance said he had had "frank and honest" meetings Tuesday with elected leaders, including legislators in Annapolis, the County Council and the county executive. Because the school board held a closed search, Tuesday was the first time Dance was in town and available to meet the public.
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