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February 26, 2014
For a politician, the opportunity to bring jobs and economic prosperity to the public by subsidizing the production of the TV drama "House of Cards" in Maryland just sounds too good to pass up ( "Senator faults administration effort to keep 'House of Cards,'" Feb. 21). That's the kind of thing that elections are won on. When the politicians finally wake up to the reality that they have been handing more taxpayer funds to the movie industry - $15 million last year - than the industry puts back into the economy, they are shocked to get the movie people's extortion note: Pay up or we move on. " The made-for-TV film industry is nomadic and its jobs are temporary, low-wage jobs.
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March 7, 2014
Does this house look familiar? Participating in "The Miracle on 34th Street" is a privilege a few friends and I have had for the past two years. Boh and Utz are pretty cute, right? There was a new addition to the display for 2013 - painted panels supporting "House of Cards," "Veep" and overall film production in Maryland. We aren't just fans of the shows, we are employees representing multiple on-set departments. The majority of our income is generated by these productions, and it pains us to consider moving elsewhere to maintain steady employment.
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By Wenonah Hauter and Julie Gouldener | March 7, 2014
We have taxed nearly every Marylander to pay for significant nutrient removal at wastewater treatment plants through the Chesapeake Bay Restoration Fee, known as the flush tax, amounting to $60 per year for each household. Gov. Martin O'Malley also supported the so-called "rain tax" to manage urban storm water pollution. But when it comes to agriculture, the polluter-pays concept is discarded, and agriculture is instead offered hundreds of millions of taxpayer dollars to do what it ought to be already doing to reduce pollution runoff.
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By Wenonah Hauter and Julie Gouldener | March 7, 2014
We have taxed nearly every Marylander to pay for significant nutrient removal at wastewater treatment plants through the Chesapeake Bay Restoration Fee, known as the flush tax, amounting to $60 per year for each household. Gov. Martin O'Malley also supported the so-called "rain tax" to manage urban storm water pollution. But when it comes to agriculture, the polluter-pays concept is discarded, and agriculture is instead offered hundreds of millions of taxpayer dollars to do what it ought to be already doing to reduce pollution runoff.
NEWS
By LARRY CARSON | March 26, 2006
West Columbia Del. Elizabeth Bobo, a Democrat, and Republican state Sen. Robert H. Kittleman cruised to re-election four years ago, so secure in their respective party strongholds that no one bothered to challenge them. Things have changed. Despite her cozy single-member District 12B, where registered Democrats outnumber Republicans 2 to 1, Bobo has an opponent this year: Chris Feldwick, 34, a Clary's Forest resident and first-time candidate who manages a jewelry store at The Mall in Columbia.
NEWS
By Marla Williams and Marla Williams,Seattle Times | December 30, 1994
PORTLAND, Ore. -- Here, you can get a free ride -- possibly the next best thing to a free lunch.One hundred slightly battered yellow bicycles have been put on the streets by the nonprofit United Community Action Network. Now anybody and everybody can ride free anywhere and everywhere. Anytime. Nobody locks these bikes up at night."No reason to," said Tom O'Keefe, the freewheeling social activist peddling the program. "People can't steal what's free."The program is a curiosity in an era that all too frequently finds it more acceptable to receive than to give.
FEATURES
By ALICE STEINBACH | March 28, 1993
The man calling in to the radio talk show was angry. He wa angry about almost everything, from the weather to the way the "liberal press" distorts the news.But mostly the caller was angry about "the underclass" and the free ride he thinks they're getting from the taxpayer."This is a segment of society that doesn't work, that lives on handouts from the government and that won't assume any personal responsibility for their own lives," said the caller. He laid the blame for many of the country's problems at the doorstep of the underclass.
NEWS
By Jamie Stiehm and Jamie Stiehm,SUN STAFF | September 13, 2001
Yesterday was free ride day courtesy of the Mass Transit Administration, intended as a light-hearted campaign to encourage mass transit - and get people to leave their cars at home - by offering unlimited free passage on all MTA buses, Metro, light rail and MARC trains. But for many of the thousands who took advantage of that offer, it eased the way through a sunny day darkened by grief over Tuesday's terrorist attacks on New York's World Trade Center and the Pentagon. "It really came at a good time because of what happened yesterday," said Darla Aye of Catonsville, an adult day care worker, as she headed toward City Hall on the No. 2 MTA bus yesterday morning.
NEWS
By David L. Greene and JoAnna Daemmrich and David L. Greene and JoAnna Daemmrich,SUN STAFF | September 14, 2000
Passengers using mass transit yesterday looked especially satisfied. Even a bit smug. Almost as if they had gotten away with something, which, in a way, they had. Across Baltimore, bus, subway, light rail and commuter rail service was free. It was "Free Ride Day," compliments of the Maryland Mass Transit Administration, which wanted to celebrate National Try Transit Week and, meanwhile, pick up a few new riders. But it was largely regular riders, those who climb on board every day and ride to work or school, who seemed the beneficiaries.
NEWS
December 30, 2000
YOU CAN look at the Glendening administration's latest move to curry favor with labor unions -- free travel on Baltimore-area mass transit -- two ways: It's a wonderful benefit that encourages use of mass transit while saving workers money. It creates a $3 million to $6 million hole in the Mass Transit Administration's budget, depriving the MTA of 5 percent of its paying customers. Some 9,000 state employees in the Baltimore region commute on buses, light trial or the Metro. Starting next week, they get a free ride -- literally.
NEWS
February 26, 2014
For a politician, the opportunity to bring jobs and economic prosperity to the public by subsidizing the production of the TV drama "House of Cards" in Maryland just sounds too good to pass up ( "Senator faults administration effort to keep 'House of Cards,'" Feb. 21). That's the kind of thing that elections are won on. When the politicians finally wake up to the reality that they have been handing more taxpayer funds to the movie industry - $15 million last year - than the industry puts back into the economy, they are shocked to get the movie people's extortion note: Pay up or we move on. " The made-for-TV film industry is nomadic and its jobs are temporary, low-wage jobs.
NEWS
November 5, 2013
I fail to understand the logic of Baltimore's Commission on Sustainability in recommending against banning polystyrene containers, and the City Council should ignore those recommendations and move forward with the ban. ( "Council has misgivings on banning foam containers," Nov. 1). It is important to recognize that the continued use of those containers exacts a cost from the public at large whether it is in cleanup of the Chesapeake Bay or in providing additional collections. In effect, the public is asked to pay for the true cost of the use of those containers.
FEATURES
By Jill Rosen and The Baltimore Sun | May 4, 2012
One too many margaritas isn't hard to manage during Cinco de Mayo. So a number of organizations have teamed up to make sure no one in Baltimore gets behind the wheel with tequila breath that would break a breathalyzer. AAA Mid-Atlantic, the Maryland Department of Transportation and Yellow Cab created "Tipsy? Taxi!" to offer drunken revelers a way to get home without driving. From 4 p.m. Saturday to 4 a.m. Sunday, anyone that calls a certain number to order a cab gets the ride free.
NEWS
By Candus Thomson, The Baltimore Sun | December 2, 2011
Free test drives will end this weekend on the newly opened Intercounty Connector, which links Interstate 370 in Gaithersburg to Interstate 95 in Laurel. Beginning at 12:01 a.m. Monday, motorists will pay tolls based on peak and non-peak use. Drivers without an E-ZPass transponder will receive a bill in the mail for 150 percent of the rate. The Beltsville Motor Vehicle Administration office will be open Saturday and Dec. 10, from 8:30 a.m. to noon, for E-Zpass registration. Preliminary figures released by the Maryland Transportation Authority show that in the first 10 days, the older section of ICC, from I-370 to Georgia Avenue, averaged 48,340 vehicles each day while the newer section between U.S. 29 and I-95 averaged 37,867 vehicles.
NEWS
September 21, 2011
I find it difficult to understand why the Ravens, who played a terrible game, got about 33 percent of the front page in Monday's Sun ("Disappointing defeat," Sept. 19). The University of Maryland team, on the other hand, played a great game even though they lost, and they did not get even a single line on Page 1. Do you have to be reminded that the Ravens are a for-profit business and that by giving them so much attention you are, in effect, doing their advertising for them? No other business receives this level of support.
NEWS
May 17, 2011
I am trying to hang in with The Sun. Despite running no international soccer news, no international news aside from the littlest paragraphs, and publishing columnists like Marta Mossburg without disclosing her financial support from a demonstrably biased "Institute," I read this newspaper but you are making it so very hard to hang in there. The latest case in point is the front page article about whether the Congress will vote yea or nay on whether the US will meet its debt obligations ("Debt limit, litmus test," May 16)
NEWS
March 2, 1992
A 50-year-old man charged in a warrant with the stabbing death of an elderly East Baltimore man was arrested yesterday in Missouri, trying to get a free ride on a Greyhound bus, authorities reported.Springfield police picked up James Bork, of no fixed address, about 12:50 p.m. after he tried to pass himself off as a Greyhound bus employee and get a free ride from St. Louis, police said.The victim, Russell Hahn, 76, was found dead about 4 p.m. Friday by neighbors in the rowhouse where he had lived since childhood in the 3300 block of Leverton Avenue.
NEWS
By Michael T. Bornemann | June 11, 1996
Upon my shoulders, like the fateof growing old, I feel your weight,while legs a little lower restthan yesterday against my chest.and fingers that I once held tightnow squeeze my own with growing might.It must be nice to have a berthwhile someone else walks Mother Earth,and you are welcome to the viewwhile I am strong enough for two.But time is coming soon, my son,when I may hardly walk for one.On your young legs I'll then dependto steady mine until the end.So savor now each loving stride.
NEWS
By Michael Dresser, The Baltimore Sun | December 28, 2010
This New Year's Eve, the ride's on MillerCoors. The giant brewing company is providing $25,000 to the Maryland Transit Administration to underwrite free rides on bus routes, light rail and the Metro for six hours from 8 p.m. Friday to 2 a.m. on New Year's Day. It will be the first free New Year's Eve MTA rides in Baltimore and the first East Coast venture for the 23-year-old Miller Lite Free Rides program. The purpose of the program is to give drinkers and others an alternative to driving on one of the most dangerous nights on Maryland highways, said officials from MillerCoors, the MTA, the State Highway Administration, AAA Mid-Atlantic and city government, who gathered at the Inner Harbor Tuesday to promote the initiative.
TRAVEL
By Michelle Deal-Zimmerman and Michelle Deal-Zimmerman,michelle.deal@baltsun.com | December 13, 2009
Beginning in January, Megabus.com is teaming up with NYC & Company - New York's official tourism arm - to offer 100,000 free seats in an effort to boost travel in the new year. About 40,000 of the seats will be designated for trips to the Big Apple. The remainder will be available for other destinations. But you don't have to wait to plan your city escape. Travelers can book a free ride now using the promo code "GETAWAY" for trips from Jan. 6-March 20. Several New York promotions will coincide with the seat giveaway, including NYC Restaurant Week (Jan.
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