February 22, 2010
I too have had less than stellar success with the "new, improved" recycling ("Single-stream recycling isn't for us," Readers respond, Feb. 22). Home Depot told me I'd have to buy a $68 recycling container. My recycling was not collected several times when I put it out. Why can't we just put both paper and cans in blue bags out together? Why must they be in a special container? I too have pretty much decided to just not recycle if I have to gift wrap it. Leslie Johnston, Baltimore County Send letters to the editor to talkback@baltimoresun.
December 28, 2009
It's been a tough year for Mary Mack. During the warmer months she traveled with carnivals, but lean times meant fewer dollars spent on "Pick-a-Duck" and "Shoot-A-Cup," the games she operates. When Mack and her husband returned to Baltimore in the fall, they had $200 and no place to go. For several weeks, they slept on the ground outside her aunt's shed. "We just live day by day, whatever we can do," said Mack, adding that Christmas was "terrible" this year. "We had nothing." On Sunday, Mack and family members joined hundreds of others to receive free clothing, housewares and toys given away by a nonprofit group under a Jones Falls Expressway bridge.
December 25, 2009
M y most memorable Christmas was spent at Johns Hopkins Hospital in 1978. My mother, 53 at the time, was a cancer patient there. Beginning in 1972, she had endured a seesaw existence as cancer was detected, surged, then went away for a while. She had recently suffered a collapse requiring her hospitalization. My wife, Ann, and I stopped by to see Mom the afternoon of Christmas Eve, and she was in good spirits. The hospital was decorated appropriately. The kids on her ward were in high spirits, but they always got to me, parading around in hospital gowns with bare skulls and rolling IVs. I thanked my lucky stars none of my childhood Christmases was spent in a hospital ward.
January 20, 2008
Product recalls for the week beginning Jan. 14: Jan. 15 Name of product: Toy wrestler figures Units: 5,400 Manufacturer: A.A. of America Inc. of East Brunswick, N.J. Hazard: The surface paint contains high levels of lead, violating the federal lead paint standard. Sold at: Dollar stores and discount stores nationwide from January 2007 through December 2007 for about $1. Remedy: Consumers should take the toy away from children immediately and return it to the place of purchase for a full refund.
March 9, 2007
The Ultimate Gift is an irresistible formula film, an inspirational tearjerker complete with a dying kid, a dysfunctional family, a reprobate made to see the error of his ways and the unwavering message that good is, as it should be, its own reward. Based on the novel by Jim Stovall, the film opens with the off-screen death of oil magnate Red Stevens (James Garner). Family and friends gather for the funeral, and it quickly becomes apparent that whatever else Red did in life, he wasn't much of a success at the family thing.
May 15, 2004
It's May, that nice young man down the street is graduating from college, and you'd like to help him celebrate the occasion with an appropriate gift. Something from the heart. But here's the problem: What do you get a guy who wears diamond earrings so dazzling they could singe your corneas, drives around in luxury SUVs, lives in a house the size of an Air Force base, has his own personal chef and parties with A-list jock celebs like Deion Sanders and Evander Holyfield? Somehow, a pen and pencil set seems so ... inadequate.