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By JAMIE SMITH HOPKINS | January 11, 2008
What can you do if the heater in the apartment you're renting conks out and your landlord won't fix it? Or if you're facing eviction? Or, for that matter, if you're a landlord with a nightmare tenant? A local group has answers. Baltimore Neighborhoods Inc., a nonprofit that works statewide, counsels renters and rental owners alike. "The majority of the calls we get on a regular basis, day to day, are rent court issues," said Stephanie D. Cornish, program manager for the tenant-landlord counseling department.
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NEWS
March 31, 2013
Proclaiming that ours are "fiscally challenging times" has become a mantra of elected officials. Their solutions range from cutting services and furloughing employees to raising taxes. Yet little attention is paid to the fat in the budget. When Baltimore County Councilman David Marks and County Executive Kevin Kamenetz met with Perry Hall residents, they wondered how overcrowding in schools could be alleviated during this "fiscally challenging time. " This was the same David Marks who vowed in his campaign that he would not take a county vehicle - yet replaced his car after it died with a county-owned vehicle.
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NEWS
March 1, 2013
Any manager working in private business has, most likely more than once, made cost reductions. When doing so, they try to achieve the savings with the smallest impact on the central business of the company. Listening to members of President Obama's Cabinet and others in his administration talk about the upcoming very small percentage reductions in spending, it is apparent they are doing the exact opposite ("Obama is lying about the sequester" Feb. 27). Small reductions mean an end to essential services.
NEWS
March 1, 2013
Any manager working in private business has, most likely more than once, made cost reductions. When doing so, they try to achieve the savings with the smallest impact on the central business of the company. Listening to members of President Obama's Cabinet and others in his administration talk about the upcoming very small percentage reductions in spending, it is apparent they are doing the exact opposite ("Obama is lying about the sequester" Feb. 27). Small reductions mean an end to essential services.
NEWS
March 27, 1991
From: Carole FisherEllicott CityDoes County Executive Charles Ecker see the irony in announcing the layoff of 200 county employees due to the budget crisis and filling a political patronage job on his staff in the same week?Is thisthe kind of essential services he wants to protect?Howard Countytaxpayers will be paying Gail Bates an annual part-time salary of $24,820 to find Republicans for boards and commissions, normally the job of the party central committee.She may find a number of qualified people with time on their hands in the ranks of those soon to be unemployed.
NEWS
March 31, 2013
Proclaiming that ours are "fiscally challenging times" has become a mantra of elected officials. Their solutions range from cutting services and furloughing employees to raising taxes. Yet little attention is paid to the fat in the budget. When Baltimore County Councilman David Marks and County Executive Kevin Kamenetz met with Perry Hall residents, they wondered how overcrowding in schools could be alleviated during this "fiscally challenging time. " This was the same David Marks who vowed in his campaign that he would not take a county vehicle - yet replaced his car after it died with a county-owned vehicle.
NEWS
April 15, 2012
In my opinion, The Sun does not serve the public well by failing to question the preposterous "doomsday" threats oft repeated by Democrats and Whiner-in-Chief, Gov.Martin O'Malley. John Q. Public is constantly threatened with drastic cuts to the few truly essential services of government whenever the pols can't force us to open our wallets as wide as they would like. Why is it that the state budget for 2013 is $500 million larger than the budget we are surviving on this year? Did we not have enough money to pay for firefighters, teachers and police?
NEWS
October 15, 2008
While Gov. Martin O'Malley has shown leadership in addressing issues of importance to the developmental disabilities community, he is now considering state budget cuts for the fiscal year totaling some $250 million ("State weighs cuts in critical needs," Oct. 9). Among those is eliminating a 1.2 percent rise in the state's reimbursement rate for community-based developmental disabilities programs. While everyone undoubtedly will bear some of the burden of the budget cuts, the developmental disabilities community is particularly vulnerable because of years of underfunding.
NEWS
March 21, 1991
The constitutional truth that all citizens have the same rights before the law is often obscured by the economic truth of the marketplace: not everyone can afford to stand up for his rights. That is the plank on which the Maryland Legal Services Corp. stands as it seeks to represent those for whom "enforcement of rights" can be a matter of survival -- the poor.Yet there was state Sen. Walter M. Baker, D-Cecil, accusing the Legal Services Corp., which is funded by the state, of biting the "hand that feeds" it by taking the state to court from time to time.
NEWS
June 4, 2011
Reading Ron Smith's column ("Bracing for the age of contraction" June 3), I was reminded of Jimmy Carter's "malaise" speech. It seems to me that whenever economic times are hard, the American media does one of two things: If the party they oppose is in power, they fume and point fingers, pointing out policy blunders like the ones that plagued President Bush and President Obama; however, if "their" party is in power, the tone is subdued woe, and...
NEWS
April 15, 2012
In my opinion, The Sun does not serve the public well by failing to question the preposterous "doomsday" threats oft repeated by Democrats and Whiner-in-Chief, Gov.Martin O'Malley. John Q. Public is constantly threatened with drastic cuts to the few truly essential services of government whenever the pols can't force us to open our wallets as wide as they would like. Why is it that the state budget for 2013 is $500 million larger than the budget we are surviving on this year? Did we not have enough money to pay for firefighters, teachers and police?
NEWS
June 4, 2011
Reading Ron Smith's column ("Bracing for the age of contraction" June 3), I was reminded of Jimmy Carter's "malaise" speech. It seems to me that whenever economic times are hard, the American media does one of two things: If the party they oppose is in power, they fume and point fingers, pointing out policy blunders like the ones that plagued President Bush and President Obama; however, if "their" party is in power, the tone is subdued woe, and...
NEWS
By The Baltimore Sun | May 28, 2010
Most state offices, with the exception of state parks, will be closed Friday and nonessential services curtailed because of a scheduled furlough day. Offices including the Department of Motor Vehicles and the Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation will be closed. Services related to public safety, such as state police and corrections facilities, as well as the Maryland judiciary, will be in operation, and the unemployment claims phone lines will be staffed during the furlough day. Gov. Martin O'Malley signed an executive order in July ordering the furlough days as a way of reducing costs to shore up a budget shortfall.
NEWS
October 15, 2008
While Gov. Martin O'Malley has shown leadership in addressing issues of importance to the developmental disabilities community, he is now considering state budget cuts for the fiscal year totaling some $250 million ("State weighs cuts in critical needs," Oct. 9). Among those is eliminating a 1.2 percent rise in the state's reimbursement rate for community-based developmental disabilities programs. While everyone undoubtedly will bear some of the burden of the budget cuts, the developmental disabilities community is particularly vulnerable because of years of underfunding.
BUSINESS
By JAMIE SMITH HOPKINS | January 11, 2008
What can you do if the heater in the apartment you're renting conks out and your landlord won't fix it? Or if you're facing eviction? Or, for that matter, if you're a landlord with a nightmare tenant? A local group has answers. Baltimore Neighborhoods Inc., a nonprofit that works statewide, counsels renters and rental owners alike. "The majority of the calls we get on a regular basis, day to day, are rent court issues," said Stephanie D. Cornish, program manager for the tenant-landlord counseling department.
NEWS
By Dave Barry and Dave Barry,Knight Ridder / Tribune | November 5, 2000
Recently I had a great idea while waiting on hold for Customer Service. That's pretty much all I do these days: Wait for Customer Service. My call is important to them. They have told me this many times in a sincere recorded message. They can't wait to serve me! They will answer my call just as soon as they finish serving the entire population of mainland China. It's my own darned fault that I need to speak to Customer Service. We made a really stupid homeowner mistake: We moved to another house.
BUSINESS
By Michael Dresser and Michael Dresser,Sun Staff Correspondent | June 14, 1995
WASHINGTON -- Bell Atlantic Corp. took a baby step toward its goal of becoming a giant provider of video programming yesterday as it announced the commercial rollout of its "electronic Yellow Pages" in seven hotels in the Washington area.The venture seeks to tap into the lucrative business travel market by providing information about local restaurants, shopping, transportation, tourist sites and essential services through television sets in 4,700 hotel rooms in the District of Columbia and Arlington, Va.The service -- InfoTravel -- is not a technological breakthrough, but it does point to the changing identity of the the Philadelphia-based regional phone utility.
NEWS
October 7, 1991
Fear, outrage over state budget cutsThere is something wrong with our state government. We are building a multimillion-dollar stadium, and our governor suggests cutting essential services -- services that we, as taxpayers, have paid for. Moreover, we are trying to attract a football team, which will mean building another stadium, and some funds have already been set aside for this project. These funds should be spent on essential services. Someone was very shortsighted when the stadium was planned.
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By Bill Glauber and Bill Glauber,SUN FOREIGN STAFF | May 30, 1999
BELGRADE, Yugoslavia -- Imagine what would happen if the Baltimore area were blacked out four times in a month, with everything from street lights to televisions shut off.Picture living without running water for a few days.Then, visualize people coping with air raids, anti-aircraft fire and bombs.This is what it is like to be in Belgrade these days as NATO's war against Yugoslavia plows on.Almost amazingly, the place hasn't yet fallen apart.In fact, NATO planners might be shocked to find shops full of goods, buses and streetcars operating, cafes serving cappuccino and restaurants dishing out hunks of prime meat and fresh fish.
NEWS
December 27, 1995
Accident should teach us to slow downI never knew Pearl Brown (Dec. 19, "Mother of 5 killed in car accident"), but I've thought a lot about her since she died -- a blameless pedestrian who happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time. I also think about the guy who killed her, the guy whose Jeep Cherokee became a murder weapon simply because he drove too fast and ran a red light.I feel for him as much as I feel for Ms. Brown's family, because what happened on Cathedral and Preston streets could have happened to any of us who live with such a sense of urgency that we're constantly testing the boundaries of lawlessness as it applies to the auto.
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