June 11, 2011
Marta Mossburg's "Convention Center expansion: Build it and they won't come" (June 8) offers a roadmap for destroying Baltimore as a tourist destination. Imagine Baltimore without Harborplace, the Aquarium, the Science Center, M&T Bank Stadium and Oriole Park at Camden Yards , the Convention Center and the Marriott Waterfront, Hyatt and Sheraton hotels. These public-private investments put Baltimore on the tourism map and drive tax revenue into the city. Tourism is one of the largest industries in the city.
July 20, 2011
I have a suggestion regarding an article in the Catonsville Times ("Councilman not yet sold on proposal by Central Y," July 11). I oppose the expansion as proposed mainly because of the additional traffic that a mega-Y and a medical center will draw. What good is a traffic survey? We all know that the current traffic problem will worsen and that crosswalks are a waste of taxpayer money. The one in front of the library is useless - pedestrians have to wait for at least ten cars to pass before someone yields.
October 18, 2012
Del. Frank Turner raised a fundamental question of ethics in his Oct. 4 letter. Notably, does an elected official represent the citizens of his district or his appointed legislative position? Most of us believe that representation of the citizens comes first. Del. Turner's response to that principle stands in stark contrast. I do not fault his position on the issue of gaming. I fault his feckless justification for saying one thing and enthusiastically doing another. The citizens of Howard County's District 13 clearly come a distant second to Del. Turner's assigned duties as chairman of a legislative subcommittee.
November 15, 2010
A new high-rise Sheraton Hotel would be part of any expansion of the Baltimore Convention Center on the site of the existing Sheraton Inner Harbor Hotel, under a proposal that the nonprofit Greater Baltimore Committee is studying. GBC president Donald C. Fry said in a radio interview Monday that a new Sheraton could rise on the north side of Conway Street between South Charles and Sharp streets. It would replace the existing Sheraton, which would be razed under the proposal to make way for an 18,500-seat arena and convention center expansion.
August 6, 2012
Heavy Seas Loose Cannon, the flagship beer of Clipper City Brewing Co., hasn't stayed on shelves of stores across 18 states and Washington, D.C., for long. The thirst of beer drinkers for the India pale-ale-style beer showed no signs of diminishing this year as it made up nearly 50 percent of the brewery's sales, according to a company spokeswoman, Kelly Zimmerman. To meet the demand, the Halethorpe-based brewery stopped production of its imperial cream ale, called Davey Jones Lager, until next summer.
November 1, 2012
This afternoon, I received a call from someone asking if I would participate in a quick survey on an issue. I agreed, and she posed a question on the amount of revenue the gambling would generate, furnishing multiple choice responses. I replied that I had no idea. Whereupon, she gave me the "right" answer, and launched into a lecture on it. I stopped her to point out that she said this was a survey, in which she takes and tabulates my answers. She replied, "I was just giving you the right one. " When I asked what made it right, she hung up. I had not really cared one way or another on this issue, as I generally regard gambling as a tax on stupidity (State Lotto?
September 29, 2010
The city's spending board voted Wednesday to approve $500,000 for a major expansion of the Maryland Shock Trauma Center, and waived air rights over a portion of the street to accommodate a new cantilevered building. Work has begun on the $160 million expansion of the hospital, which will include a new six-story building with 50 intensive- and intermediate-care beds, 10 operating rooms and a center to train health professionals to deal with traumatic injuries. The building will be capped by a new helipad, on which the Maryland State Police helicopters that transport critically injured patients can land.
May 2, 2012
Six months after the game's initial release, the whispers of the first expansion pack for Bethesda Softworks' "The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim" have finally been confirmed . The pack is titled "Dawnguard. " The name is, as far as we know, unique within the Elder Scrolls universe, and isn't referenced in any in-game literature (according to the very useful Elder Scrolls Wiki ). If you consider the "Dawn" part of the name, the location immediately seems to point to the northern Skyrim city of Dawnstar, which is near the edge of the current playable map. Of course, "Dawn" could point to time, not location.
September 4, 2012
Casino giant Penn National Gaming Inc. threw down $5.5 million last week to defeat a November referendum on expanding gambling, according to a report made public this morning by the Maryland State Board of Elections. The Pennsylvania-based firm has spent tens of millions in other states to defeat casino expansion measures. The new figures bring to $7.8 million the amount that's been dedicated by both sides of the casino debate in Maryland -- a stunning figure given the referendum question was only set two weeks ago. In mid-August the General Assembly passed a law that would allow a sixth casino, to be built in Prince George's County, and Vegas-style table games at all of the state's gambling locations.
September 12, 1995
The Ruppersberger administration has decided to put an additional $1.4 million of county money into a 400-seat expansion of Perry Hall Middle School.The expansion, which includes a large meeting-performance room off the cafeteria and new administrative offices, will enable the school to split into two separately run modules operating in the same physical complex. The concept is called a "school within a school."The project was to cost $5.4 million, including a state contribution of $1.4 million.