January 14, 2013
Each week The Sun's John McIntyre presents a moderately obscure but evocative word with which you may not be familiar - another brick to add to the wall of your working vocabulary. This week's word: COXCOMB Some words pop into the language and then flicker out, while others fade over a long span. Given the abundance of conceited fools among us, it is a pity that a fine old word for them, coxcomb , has fallen into disuse. It was originally cockscomb (pronounced CAKHS-com)
January 14, 2013
The past few days, we've been wowed in the network news that since the Newtown, Conn. shootings, the NRA has recruited 100,000 new members. Impressive! Until you look at a few real stats: The number of NRA supporters is being touted as 4.2 million. I looked up the U.S. Census figures. The nation's 2012 population was 311,591,917. Those under 18 comprised 23.7 percent or 73,847,284. That means the total U.S. adult population is 237,744,633. If 4.2 million of those adults are members of the NRA, that means that 233,544,633 adults are not members of the NRA. That is, 98.2 percent of all U.S. adults choose not to join the National Rifle Association.
June 7, 2012
The best and worst of the volunteer fire and ambulance service in Harford County were on full public display over the past week, bringing into sharp focus exactly what is at stake as the county moves ahead with plans to evaluate the way fire, rescue and ambulance services are provided. Last Friday, when a tornado ripped through the part of Fallston near the intersection of Belair Road and Route 152, volunteers were out in force securing roadways, cordoning off dangerous areas and beginning the process of cleaning up even as lightning was still in the sky and the weather remained unstable.
May 5, 2012
Well, isn't that nice. Maryland's governor and the two lackeys who lead the House and Senate report "progress" on another expensive waste of time to do what should have been in the regular legislative session ("Special session on May 14 looking likely," May 3). Are we played for fools or what? F. Cordell, Lutherville
March 28, 2012
The shad, America's founding fish, has started its annual run up the Chesapeake Bay and into the Susquehanna River, and here in Maryland, Land of Pleasant Living, there's been a run of foolish facts, too. My email box has been full of them lately, a sudden spring run stirred to life by recent columns on Maryland's many millionaires and the wild idea that they should pay income taxes at a higher rate than the rest of us. "Your commentary this...
March 26, 2012
April Fools' Day is Sunday. So we asked: Which prank would you consider cruel and unusual punishment Sorry, Tyler Perry. Getting one of Baltimore's (now infamous) exorbitant water bills. Luke Broadwater, reporter, The Baltimore Sun If someone made another "American Pie" movie. Wait. What? No ... Anne Tallent, editor, b Someone once told me Shamrock Shakes were going to be available year-round. That friendship was nice while it lasted. Wesley Case, reporter, b Handing someone a strawberry milkshake - made from pink slime.