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February 9, 2010
Timothy Wheeler's Sun exclusive in Tuesday's edition ("Study boosts offshore windmills," Feb. 9) was certainly informative and frightening. What is wrong with this state and this country? We look with the joy of the fanatic on those alleged solutions to our energy problems that will produce minimal results and will despoil this great nation from the oceans to the prairies to the mountains with windmills. Why? The clueless legislators in Maryland would do better to harness the hot air they expend when the General Assembly is in session than to plant thousands of windmills over an 800 square mile stretch of ocean.
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NEWS
July 31, 2013
It must be the rarefied air in Government House, the governor's mansion in Annapolis, that inspires such notions in second term governors of Maryland. In January of 2002, Parris Glendening urged the Maryland General Assembly to end the AIDS epidemic in Africa. Now, in July of 2013, Martin O'Malley commands the citizens of Maryland to change the weather ( "O'Malley steps up climate agenda," July 26). The frightening part is that they may actually believe this malarkey. Or, if they don't believe it, that they are so cynical as to foist it upon the public for their own political gain.
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NEWS
July 31, 2013
It must be the rarefied air in Government House, the governor's mansion in Annapolis, that inspires such notions in second term governors of Maryland. In January of 2002, Parris Glendening urged the Maryland General Assembly to end the AIDS epidemic in Africa. Now, in July of 2013, Martin O'Malley commands the citizens of Maryland to change the weather ( "O'Malley steps up climate agenda," July 26). The frightening part is that they may actually believe this malarkey. Or, if they don't believe it, that they are so cynical as to foist it upon the public for their own political gain.
NEWS
June 13, 2013
Charles Campbell, a retired executive with Gulf Oil, once again gets the facts wrong in his latest attempt to attack wind energy ("Nuclear power is good for the environment," May 28). First, Mr. Campbell falsely claims that Denmark has not seen a reduction in pollution as it has ramped up its use of wind energy. That could not be further from the truth. Denmark's electric sector carbon dioxide emissions are down 21 percent over the last decade, from 16.5 million tons in 1999 to 13 million tons in 2009, even though electricity use increased.
NEWS
November 1, 2011
Reading your recent collection of letters on climate change ("Room for debate," Oct. 29), I wonder how useful such debates are. A businessman writes about the science behind climate change, and readers with no background in science respond. Is there anything to be learned from these amateurish exchanges? My favorite contribution is the one that explains that the most significant source of carbon dioxide comes from decaying kelp. I have no idea whether that is true (one would have to believe some scientific study, wouldn't one?
NEWS
July 4, 2012
Recently, Gov. Martin O'Malleysaid he was going to make sure that Baltimore Gas and Electric and Pepco stayed on the ball and move swiftly to restore utility order to our state ("Post-storm swelter," July 2). I'm sure that motivated all BGE employees out there in 100-degree heat. Maybe he should ride around handing out cold bottles of water to these guys and gals working so hard to restore power to us. At least that would be something that would actually help. Or better yet, maybe all of the people should go out and thank a BGE employee working in their neighborhood and hand out cold water.
NEWS
May 11, 2008
For the second year in a row, Turf Valley Resort is hosting a hot air balloon festival and other activities in the days leading up to the Preakness, the second leg of thoroughbred horse racing's Triple Crown. The two-day event starts at 2 p.m. Thursday and will include the Hot Air Balloon Festival, and a Pee-Wee Preakness with competitions for children such as three-legged races, face-painting and appearances from characters such as Bob the VidTech. There also will be more than 50 vendors at the event.
NEWS
By TOM MATTHEWS | April 16, 2006
Anybody else tired of being lectured to by the backside of a Ford Windstar? Every morning, while I'm out there with the carpool warriors, there they are, those ubiquitous ribbons taking me to task: "Support the troops." As if it would slip my mind without their hectoring. Saying "Support the troops" is like saying "Support the firefighters." Of course, we appreciate their service, admire their courage and hope they all make it home safely. We do not, however, support the fire, nor do we support the man who started it. Do you want to really support the troops - those on the ground now and today's middle-school-age kids who will represent the next wave in the next war for oil?
FEATURES
By Karol V. Menzie and Randy Johnson | June 15, 1991
It's 98 degrees and you don't have air conditioning. Summer has begun. Are you doomed to swelter?Not necessarily.There are a lot of reasons why owners of older houses haven't succumbed to the lure of central air conditioning. Central air systems require one set of ductwork to deliver cold air and another set to capture hot air for recooling. Even if you already have forced-air heat, you may still need an air return system. For the most efficient cooling, you need air returns at the highest possible point on every floor.
FEATURES
By STEVE MCKERROW | May 18, 1991
Chesapeake Bay anglers may argue the point after last weekend's opening of a limited rockfish season produced few fish, but the nurturing and return of the bay's native game fish makes a nice, timely lead item in a diverting Maryland Public Television special tomorrow night."
NEWS
May 9, 2013
Over the past few weeks, we've been bombarded constantly by U.S. Sen. John McCain and the Republicans demanding President Barack Obama start military engagement in Syria. In fact, for a while there it seemed like you couldn't turn on one of the 24 hour "news" channels (especially Fox) without seeing Senator McCain all but calling President Obama a coward. Why wasn't he doing something when Syrian President Bashar Assad had used nerve gas, he kept demanding. Then, suddenly, reports surfaced that it was the rebels, not the Syrian government, who had most likely used the nerve gas. Then just as suddenly, Mr. McCain disappeared.
FEATURES
April 20, 2013
It's super nice outside with mild temperatures, low humidity, and trees and blooms bursting to life. It's tempting to take Fido along for a ride. But it can be surprisingly dangerous to leave your pet in the car, and few of us realize how quickly temperatures inside can reach life-threatening levels. According to the Partnership for Animal Welfare (PAW), a car parked in the shade on a 78-degree day can reach 90 degrees inside. Parked in the sun, the interior of that car will soar to 160 degrees!
NEWS
By Scott Dance, The Baltimore Sun | April 9, 2013
Maryland skipped over spring and went straight to summer-like weather Tuesday, as a "Bermuda high" system more common to June or July created a chance for record-breaking heat on Wednesday. Temperatures reached 85 degrees at Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport and 89 degrees in downtown Baltimore on Tuesday. That is 20 degrees above normal, and even more of a departure from what has been a chilly spring - March was, on average, colder than December. The long wait for warmth meant Baltimoreans flocked to the outdoors.
NEWS
December 13, 2012
Isn't it odd that people will give credence to people with absolutely no credentials but talk as if they did? First there was that guy at the city school system who was given a contract with no defined duties ("Schools employee charged with sex with teen," Nov. 29). Then there was the blogger full of fantasy and hot air who police were afraid of ("Blogger surrenders to police after standoff in Waverly," Dec. 2). The guy in the schools makes you wonder what goes on down at North Avenue.
NEWS
July 4, 2012
Recently, Gov. Martin O'Malleysaid he was going to make sure that Baltimore Gas and Electric and Pepco stayed on the ball and move swiftly to restore utility order to our state ("Post-storm swelter," July 2). I'm sure that motivated all BGE employees out there in 100-degree heat. Maybe he should ride around handing out cold bottles of water to these guys and gals working so hard to restore power to us. At least that would be something that would actually help. Or better yet, maybe all of the people should go out and thank a BGE employee working in their neighborhood and hand out cold water.
NEWS
November 1, 2011
Reading your recent collection of letters on climate change ("Room for debate," Oct. 29), I wonder how useful such debates are. A businessman writes about the science behind climate change, and readers with no background in science respond. Is there anything to be learned from these amateurish exchanges? My favorite contribution is the one that explains that the most significant source of carbon dioxide comes from decaying kelp. I have no idea whether that is true (one would have to believe some scientific study, wouldn't one?
FEATURES
By MIKE LITTWIN | May 10, 1993
The adventure began early on Saturday morning, about 8 o'clock, with a noise. A loud, sucking noise. One neighbor at first thought it was somebody in the house vacuuming. But nobody -- well, nobody sane -- vacuums at 8 a.m. on a Saturday.My wife -- who knew I wasn't vacuuming -- thought somebody was letting the air out of our tires. That's how you think when you're stunned from sleep. That if we're attacked, the people would go for the tires first.I thought nothing of the noise because I remained deep in sleep -- dreaming, as usual, about bungee jumping with Hillary Clinton.
SPORTS
By John Eisenberg | February 16, 1997
Isn't it funny that people with clean shoes are the ones determining the future of horse racing in Maryland, and yet people with dirty shoes are the ones who really care about it?Isn't it funny that politicians, lobbyists and lawyers are the ones with the power in the high-profile debate about slots that is all over the news these days, and yet grooms, railbirds and the other members of the racing nation are the people who feel the game stirring in their souls?Isn't that funny?OK, maybe not.Maybe it isn't so funny that the people on the inside of this critical debate about racing's future in Maryland seem to care about the sport mostly as it relates to their own self-interests, as another item on their political, moral and social agendas.
SPORTS
By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | September 26, 2011
Give the CBS broadcast team credit for this: Even though the Baltimore Ravens game was a blowout, they never totally lost their focus. Kevin Harlan and Solomon Wilcots tried to generate some enthusiasm at the microphone right up until the end of the broadcast, and that's not easy in a game that was never in doubt after the first Ravens offensive series. Overall, Harlan is a steady play-by-play announcer, and Wilcots generally knows his stuff, particularly when it comes to the passing game and defensive backfield play.
EXPLORE
By L'Oreal Thompson | August 3, 2011
If you're looking for a unique spot for a first date, a romantic setting for a proposal, a special place to celebrate your 50th wedding anniversary or even your 100th birthday, then why not try a hot air balloon? For 30 years, Mike Gerred, chief pilot and president of Light Flight Hot Air Balloons in Bel Air, has been taking people on the “ride of a lifetime.” Gerred describes the aerial adventure as a “quiet, calm respite from the everyday hectic lives we lead.” While floating 1,000 feet in the air may seem a little nerve-wracking at first, Gerred assures riders there is no reason to worry.
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