July 19, 2012
Chesapeake Bay Foundation Executive Director Alison Prost mentioedn some good ideas in her recent op-ed, but what's more important is what she didn't say ("New pollution regulations aren't enough for the Chesapeake Bay," July 15). She didn't mention, for example, that the bay's poor condition is partly due to the timid recommendations the foundation has been issuing for 45 years, like buying local meat and planting bay-friendly landscapes, which produce only cosmetic reductions in pollutants.
September 4, 2011
So who doesn't want to go to the White House? Don't ask that question in the NASCAR garage. You might get an indignant stare. Or a lot of lip from a driver who thinks you have labeled him a Communist. A silly "controversy" is brewing because several drivers have declined an invite from President Obama to visit the White House on Wednesdayto honor the 12 drivers who made the 2010 Chase for the Championship. Greg Biffle, Tony Stewart, Carl Edwards and Kevin Harvick have declined, citing scheduling conflicts.
April 4, 2011
The agreement today between House and Senate negotiators over changes to Maryland state worker pension and retiree health benefits is probably the most significant step the governor and legislature have taken this year to shore up the state's long-term fiscal health. Maryland's pension system is underfunded by $19 billion, and retiree health care benefits by $16 billion. The annual costs to the state to maintain those benefits are skyrocketing, and proposing reforms was the most important — and politically risky — thing Gov. Martin O'Malley did this year.
September 9, 2010
When comedian Demetri Martin lived in New York, he liked to talk with his friends and fellow comedians about the idea of a body of work. Surveying the national comedy scene, Martin would see comics who were hugely popular, but he didn't think were all that funny, as well as hilarious comics toiling in obscurity. Martin felt the right way to put things in perspective wasn't to judge them based on success alone but all the work they'd done in their lifetime. "It always seemed that if you thought about the body of work, that was the best way to stay on track," Martin said.
January 7, 2010
T he typical script for events like yesterday's, when Mayor Sheila Dixon announced that she would resign from office as part of a plea deal that concludes the years-long investigation into her activities at City Hall, would be to call it a sad day for Baltimore. Tellingly, that was not the word her colleagues used in their carefully calibrated statements. Instead, the word of the day was "difficult," and that seems appropriate. Yesterday was not a sad day for Baltimore. The sad days were the ones when Mayor Dixon took gift cards meant for the poor and spent them on herself, or went on lavish romantic getaways with a developer whose projects she helped award millions in tax breaks.
February 4, 2009
Charity isn't enough to help the homeless We empathize with the challenges faced by St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church in working with well-intentioned members of the community to end homelessness, and the reflections some church leaders offered in "The challenge of charity" (Commentary, Jan. 30) illustrate the limits of charity, the promise of social justice and the importance of pursuing both. Three years ago, in collaboration with the city, we helped more than two dozen people leave St. Vincent Park and move into permanent housing.