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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.