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March 31, 2010
When I first read the article "Church: Clinic signs are unlawful" (March 30), I was confused. The Archdiocese of Baltimore was bringing a lawsuit against the city of Baltimore for posting signs on some pregnancy counseling centers for saying that they do not offer abortion or refer anyone in that direction as part of their services. Usually the Catholic church is very vocal in regards to abortion. Then I read the entire article and it dawned on me: Oh, I get it now, let's lure these poor, young, uninformed pregnant women in under the guise of helping them and then explicitly not offer all legal options available to them.
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NEWS
April 17, 2014
To vote in November for Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown for governor of our state will likely mean MOTS (More Of The Same) from Annapolis. Mr. Brown has proven that he is incapable of true leadership, as was learned firsthand with the botched Maryland health care program. Marylanders are still patiently waiting to hear what became of state taxpayers' $125 million invested in the health care implosion. Will Lieutenant Governor Brown come forth with details about why the health program was doomed and scuttled?
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NEWS
April 2, 1992
Eighty-three percent of SUNDIAL callers, or 380 out of 453, say there should be full disclosure of White House spending. Against full disclosure are 73 callers, 16 percent.Of 448 callers, 350, or 78 percent, say they think taxpayers are paying for President Bush's political travels. Ninety-eight callers, 21 percent, disagree."It's Your Call" represents a sampling of opinions from certain segments of the community, but it is not balanced demographically, as a scientific public opinion poll would be.
NEWS
April 9, 2014
Regarding your editorial on campaign finance limits, quite apart from the question of whether campaign contributions are essentially a form of speech is the question of why one can't spend one's money as one sees fit ( "A win for the billionaires," April 4). There should be no limit on how much donors can contribute, but full disclosure should be required. Dave Reich, Perry Hall - To respond to this letter, send an email to talkback@baltimoresun.com . Please include your name and contact information.
NEWS
April 9, 2014
Regarding your editorial on campaign finance limits, quite apart from the question of whether campaign contributions are essentially a form of speech is the question of why one can't spend one's money as one sees fit ( "A win for the billionaires," April 4). There should be no limit on how much donors can contribute, but full disclosure should be required. Dave Reich, Perry Hall - To respond to this letter, send an email to talkback@baltimoresun.com . Please include your name and contact information.
ENTERTAINMENT
by Richard Gorelick | March 11, 2013
Dionysus has closed in Midtown-Belvedere. Full disclosure: For a few years, Dionysus was my favorite bar. Dionysus opened on Preston Street in late 2003.  It was a good run. There were ownership and staff changes. I'm not sure what happened at the end. But it's definitely closed, informed sourcees assure me. Stay tuned. Good chefs came through, like Jeremy Price, now at the Creative Alliance's Marquee Lounge , and Shawn Lagergren, who owns the Cajun spot Tooloulou in Lauraville.
EXPLORE
September 9, 2012
In full disclosure, let me say that I have served on Liz Bobo's Reelection Committee. We will miss her terribly when she retires. Liz has exhibited the best qualities I want in a politician. She is open, transparent, straightforward, independent, direct, and does not pander to donors. I haven't always agreed with Liz over the many years of her service. On those occasions, she wanted to hear my reasons. She didn't walk away or avoid me. She would hear me out. When we agreed to disagree, our disagreement was OK with her. She does not equate loyalty or intelligence with agreement.
NEWS
January 15, 2013
As a taxpayer who has to report yearly to the federal and state government how much I made and how I spent it, I find it hard to believe an agency that spends our tax dollars can dodge audits for years with no accountability and the leadership not get fired ("City parks agency turns over books for auditing after 3 years," Jan. 10). No wonder there is so much corruption. There should be full disclosure every year so taxpayers know how government agencies are spending our money. In the private sector you would be fired if you did not keep up to date records of money spent.
SPORTS
By BILL ORDINE | February 10, 2009
For starters, I sympathize with major league baseball players who took the so-called survey drug test back in 2003 with the understanding that the results would be confidential. However, that promise of confidentiality evaporated as the test results have passed through apparently scores of hands, including - inevitably - those of the media. Yesterday a contrite Alex Rodriguez told ESPN that he took PEDs for three years while with the Rangers. The Yankees superstar decided to go with the Andy Pettitte-like confession instead of stony Mark McGwire-like silence.
NEWS
May 16, 2013
I am writing to you to point out a particular bias that I detect in your newspaper. It seems that when alleged acts of violence occur in East Columbia, there is a need to include Oakland Mills High School either in the headline or within the article even if it has no relevance to the context of the story. For example, in the March 20 edition, the headline reads, "Four Oakland Mills HS students arrested in attempted murder. " While it is true that the students were enrolled in said high school, the alleged deed had no bearing on the school itself.
NEWS
May 16, 2013
I am writing to you to point out a particular bias that I detect in your newspaper. It seems that when alleged acts of violence occur in East Columbia, there is a need to include Oakland Mills High School either in the headline or within the article even if it has no relevance to the context of the story. For example, in the March 20 edition, the headline reads, "Four Oakland Mills HS students arrested in attempted murder. " While it is true that the students were enrolled in said high school, the alleged deed had no bearing on the school itself.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Jordan Bartel, assistant editor, b | April 23, 2013
The folks at "House of Cards" sure love the Baltimore area. Not only is the majority of the political thriller filmed in and around the city (and, full disclosure, in The Baltimore Sun newsroom), now the show's head honcho, Beau Willimon, is slated to come to Towson University on Wednesday (April 24) to discuss how he developed the addictive series. According to a Towson University press release, Willimon will speak at 12:30 p.m. Wednesday in Van Bokkelen Hall, Room 204. The event is free and open to the public.
ENTERTAINMENT
by Richard Gorelick | March 11, 2013
Dionysus has closed in Midtown-Belvedere. Full disclosure: For a few years, Dionysus was my favorite bar. Dionysus opened on Preston Street in late 2003.  It was a good run. There were ownership and staff changes. I'm not sure what happened at the end. But it's definitely closed, informed sourcees assure me. Stay tuned. Good chefs came through, like Jeremy Price, now at the Creative Alliance's Marquee Lounge , and Shawn Lagergren, who owns the Cajun spot Tooloulou in Lauraville.
NEWS
January 15, 2013
As a taxpayer who has to report yearly to the federal and state government how much I made and how I spent it, I find it hard to believe an agency that spends our tax dollars can dodge audits for years with no accountability and the leadership not get fired ("City parks agency turns over books for auditing after 3 years," Jan. 10). No wonder there is so much corruption. There should be full disclosure every year so taxpayers know how government agencies are spending our money. In the private sector you would be fired if you did not keep up to date records of money spent.
EXPLORE
September 9, 2012
In full disclosure, let me say that I have served on Liz Bobo's Reelection Committee. We will miss her terribly when she retires. Liz has exhibited the best qualities I want in a politician. She is open, transparent, straightforward, independent, direct, and does not pander to donors. I haven't always agreed with Liz over the many years of her service. On those occasions, she wanted to hear my reasons. She didn't walk away or avoid me. She would hear me out. When we agreed to disagree, our disagreement was OK with her. She does not equate loyalty or intelligence with agreement.
ENTERTAINMENT
By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | February 9, 2012
Sarah Bart, a senior at Goucher College, won again Thursday night on the "Jeopardy! College Championship" competition. It wasn't even close. Bart more than doubled the combined total of both of her competitors, Greer Mackabee, of Duke, and Jaime Alayon, of George Washington University. Host Alex Trebek said Bart would be back in "two days" to compete again. The competition, which includes $100,000 in prize money, concludes Feb. 14. The 22-year-old Bart was a machine Thursday night dominating such categories as "Game of Thrones" and "Foreign Capitals.
NEWS
July 6, 1995
The controversy over Baltimore's payments to Shapiro and Olander, the law firm run by Mayor Kurt L. Schmoke's closest political friends, should prompt a full disclosure of how the city farms out private law work.Although the city solicitor's office has a staff of 78 and a budget of $10 million, private lawyers have increasingly been hired in recent years to handle sensitive assignments. This is particularly the case in a web of quasi-governmental corporations that was created by mayors starting with William Donald Schaefer to circumvent public scrutiny and conventional controls required by the City Charter.
NEWS
By George Diaz | September 30, 2010
Full disclosure: I have no horse in the NASCAR Chase for the Championship. Flip a coin, doesn't matter. OK, maybe I wouldn't be so despondent if Jimmie Johnson finished second or worse. The guy is fabulous. Maybe it's time to let somebody else get a sip of that victory champagne. But I would like a moment of silence for Clint Bowyer. His Chase for the title is now a death march, thanks to one of those typical, inexplicable NASCAR decisions where common sense goes flying out the window.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Wesley Case, The Baltimore Sun | January 19, 2012
During pop-punk's heyday (late '90s/early '00s), part of the fun of being a fan was hearing tour announcements. You'd hope the stars might align to get, say, Hot Rod Circuit, Alkaline Trio and Dashboard Confessional on the same bill (Vagrant Across America Tour 2001). Almost a decade has passed and many of those bands are either dead, forgotten or stagnant - but not all! This year's installment of  "Where's the Band?" Tour - which stops by the Ottobar on Sunday and gets its name from the lead singers touring sans bandmates - shows pop-punk's forefathers are still working, writing and attempting to push the genre forward.
NEWS
By Dan Rodricks | June 8, 2011
Gov. Martin O'Malley's executive order on natural gas drilling in Western Maryland has three major components, but it ought to have four. It calls for a report this year on the liabilities of such drilling and whether a special tax should be levied to pay for oversight. It calls for best practices for natural gas exploration by August 2012. And it calls for a final report, by August 2014, on the environmental and economic impact of drilling in Maryland's stretch of the Marcellus shale formation.
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