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November 9, 2011
Why are the Occupy Wall Street protesters being encouraged with gifts of free food and medical care while those who are homeless are shunned? I agree that everyone has issues which are valid ones to address. Mine include how health insurance companies keep jacking up rates and arguing over coverage yet manage to pay their CEOs millions. How doctors order unnecessary tests or prescribe dangerous drugs in order to line their pockets. And how businesses could care less about customer service, relying instead on automated voice answering machines that don't even understand what the caller is saying.
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By Michelle Jefferson | July 10, 2014
I came of age in 1980, just as the women's movement hit its full stride, and those were the days. At my first real job I had sign that read: "Women have to do twice as much to be thought of half as good as men; luckily, this is not difficult. " Unlike our mothers and grandmothers, we faced an open world of opportunity, possibilities, goals and achievable dreams. No more would we be limited to being receptionists, nurses and teachers - you know, the girls-only jobs. In fact, I and most of my girlfriends were in the science/math curriculum in school and attended some form of college.
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By MIKE ROYKO | May 21, 1993
I put together some columns of readers' gripes after my colleague Bob Greene did a series of heartwarming columns on what made people happy. I believe in journalistic balance.Let the venom flow:Newscasters who use the term "senseless murder" like there's such a thing as a sensible murder.When the mailman comes at a different time every day. I like order in my life.If Mr. Lender can't cut his bagels straight down the middle, then he should leave them uncut. I'm sick of crooked cut bagels getting stuck in my toaster every morning.
NEWS
September 10, 2013
Gun advocates have been crying for close to two years about how long it takes the Maryland State Police to conduct background checks for prospective gun buyers. The delays have lengthened with the passage earlier this year of Gov. Martin O'Malley's gun control law that will impose a fingerprint and handgun qualification license requirement beginning Oct. 1. So naturally one would think that anything the MSP could do to reduce that waiting period - which is now in the neighborhood of four months - would be welcomed by gun owners and those who advocate for them.
BUSINESS
By Tom Stieghorst and Tom Stieghorst,South Florida Sun-Sentinel | September 5, 2007
Consumer complaints about airline service soared 107 percent in July, the government said yesterday, the most misery reported for that month in five years. The U.S. Department of Transportation fielded 1,717 complaints in July, up from 831 in July 2006, according to the agency's Air Travel Consumer Report. Delays, severe weather in the Northeastern U.S. and an increasingly impersonal customer service system contributed to travelers' frustrations. "Agents have been replaced with kiosks that can't handle basic rebooking functions," said Artur Pylak, a Newington, Conn.
BUSINESS
By LESTER A. PICKER | November 1, 1993
Reader response is what keeps any columnist fresh. It provides perspective and humility to what otherwise might be a one-sided exercise in verbosity.Every week readers like you write or call to represent opposing views on issues raised in this column. In other cases, you suggest items which you feel should be covered. In still other cases, you tell me what are your pet peeves. Three recent entries in the gripes category caught my attention, so I'm sharing them here -- no opinions, just passing them along for your comments.
NEWS
By MIKE ROYKO | September 13, 1993
I'm going on vacation, so it's time for another series of readers' gripes. It's my way of preventing this space from being filled with anything truly important while I'm loafing.The gripes were plucked from more than 10,000 sent by readers after I started this occasional and slightly weird feature.For those interested in the nation's pulse, the three single biggest sources of gripes are: 1) goofy drivers, 2) jerks in checkout lines and 3) politicians. Having said that, I don't have to print anything further on those subjects.
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By MIKE ROYKO | May 10, 1993
I now have five large moving boxes filled with tens o thousands of readers' everyday gripes. I feel rich. And I'm touched by the response of readers who will share their everyday beefs and complaints about the stupidity of others.The good news is that the response has been so enthusiastic, I will never run out. The bad news is that I can't print them all in their splendiferous ire.But I'll try. This will be the first in a series of Gripes columns. So let the bile begin:I would like to voice my complaint about dog and cat lovers kissing their pets on the mouth.
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By DAN RODRICKS | October 9, 1995
Charlie Stull does business out of two storefronts in the 1400 block of W. Baltimore St. -- a used-furniture store and a second-hand clothing shop. One day last month, he was standing in the clothing shop when a guy walked in with a bed frame. He asked if Charlie wanted to buy it. Charlie squinted and closely examined the frame, and something apparent became obvious: It was Charlie's bed frame; the guy had lifted it from the store next door, walked about 30 paces, and tried to sell it to him.Charlie grabbed the guy. His wife called 911. "Do you know it took 37 1/2 minutes for the police to come?"
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By MIKE ROYKO | September 17, 1993
Gripes Column III. Relax, there's only one more to go."Doctors whose first act is to weigh you when you come in with a broken toe.""People that don't have any children of their own but feel compelled to tell you how you should raise yours.""An empty mailbox.""When I accidentally start singing the Barney song out loud in public.""Journalists such as Robert Novak and George Will who constantly criticize President Clinton but have neither the brains or the guts to offer possible solutions.""I dislike having people change the entire meanings of famous quotations by saying that 'money is the root of all evil' and 'ignorance is bliss' when they should say, 'the love of money is the root of all evil' and 'when ignorance is bliss, 'tis folly to be wise.
BUSINESS
By Eileen Ambrose, The Baltimore Sun | June 17, 2013
Marylanders are big complainers. At least when it comes to the financial services they receive. Maryland ranked No. 2 in the nation in mortgage complaints per capita, second only to New Hampshire, for grievances lodged with the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. The state came in third for grousing about credit cards and placed fifth for gripes about banks and service. The CFPB's database, launched toward the end of 2011, catalogs thousands of gripes about banking, credit cards and mortgages that the newfound agency has received.
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Dan Rodricks | May 8, 2013
I took a walk early Wednesday morning. Azaleas and dogwoods were in bloom. Green-again trees and shrubs were damp, dripping from Tuesday's rain. A zillion birds were singing, and even the starlings sounded sweet. The Orioles had won another game. A horse with a Maryland owner had won the Kentucky Derby. There were several things about which to be pleased. There was the usual ugliness in the news — the shootings that go on in Baltimore, no matter the season — but I gave myself 15 minutes to walk and appreciate the peace of the 6 a.m. sidewalk.
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By Julie Scharper and Chris Korman, The Baltimore Sun | August 30, 2012
The first round of gleaming racecars will roar through downtown streets early Friday, marking the start of the second annual three-day open-wheel racing festival — and a victory for city officials and organizers who struggled to resurrect the event after last year's financial flop. The chain-link fence encircling the two-mile stretch of roads near the Inner Harbor and Camden Yards will open at 7:30 a.m. Friday, and cars will speed through practice laps and qualifying races until 7 p.m. Saturday will feature the American Le Mans Series, patterned after the storied French race, and Sunday will culminate with the Izod IndyCar Series race, the main event in which Will Power is expected to defend his title.
BUSINESS
By Jay Hancock | January 17, 2012
BGE has upgraded its billing and payment software on the Web site. Customers continue to complain about delays in confirming their banking information, about long waits on the customer-service phone lines and now about bills that never got sent out. Ron Griffin, who lives in Baltimore, says he didn't receive BGE bills on three residential rental accounts for December. He would like to pay them, but he says he can't. He usually pays each month using his bank's bill-paying Web site and software.
NEWS
November 9, 2011
Why are the Occupy Wall Street protesters being encouraged with gifts of free food and medical care while those who are homeless are shunned? I agree that everyone has issues which are valid ones to address. Mine include how health insurance companies keep jacking up rates and arguing over coverage yet manage to pay their CEOs millions. How doctors order unnecessary tests or prescribe dangerous drugs in order to line their pockets. And how businesses could care less about customer service, relying instead on automated voice answering machines that don't even understand what the caller is saying.
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Dan Rodricks | September 7, 2011
What a bunch of grumpy gills we have in this town. What a bunch of whine lovers. Baltimore just played host to an amazing weekend event, unlike anything seen here since mustachioed men rebuilt downtown after the Great Fire of 1904. And what do we get? Drizzly rain on the parade. It's suggested that neither the crowds nor the TV audiences were as big as the promoters say. Not all the hotels sold out - the one on Fayette Street was only 90 percent of capacity. Sales of steamed crabs at a restaurant a mile away were slow.
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By MIKE ROYKO | May 12, 1993
I'm going on vacation. But to prevent this space from being contaminated by something significant or newsworthy, I'm leaving behind a short stack of gripes columns.As you may recall, I put together some readers' gripes columns after my colleague Bob Greene did a series of heartwarming columns on what made people happy.I believe in journalistic balance.These snarling columns will appear until I return -- or the readers storm my office.Until then, let the venom flow:The hypocrisy of brewing companies touting responsible drinking; were it not for incurable sots like me, they would all go broke.
NEWS
By MIKE ROYKO | September 15, 1993
It's vacation time, so here is Gripes II. Remember, these are the readers' gripes, not mine. I'm the cheerful sort."Roseanne and Tom Arnold. Two pigs who give decent overweight people a bad name.""People who come up to you at the funeral of a very loved and near one to say: 'Don't cry, honey, he/she is in a better placenow.' How the hell do they know?""Members of Congress who insist on pushing through their 'pork barrel' projects even when the country can't and shouldn't have to afford them."
NEWS
Dan Rodricks | August 18, 2011
Here's a suggestion for all those who hate that there's going to be a Grand Prix in downtown Baltimore: Don't go. Don't pay for a ticket. Don't even pay attention. It's happening Labor Day weekend. Find something else to do. Go to the shore. Go shopping. Plant a tree as a memorial to one of the dozens that had to be cut down to make spectator sight lines for the big race. You see where I'm going with this? There's nothing you can do about the Baltimore Grand Prix now except bellyache about it, and what's that get you?
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