September 8, 2011
On Saturday, I crossed the Baltimore Grand Prix track via the skywalk between the Pratt Street Pavilion and the Gallery. Racecars were speeding around the track, so I lingered for a moment to see what my tax dollars had bought. But only for a moment, because then three police officers ordered me to move along. Now, I know that it wasn't for crowd control or a safety issue - there were only three other civilians on the bridge besides me, and I have seen far more people congregate on that bridge for a parade on Pratt Street without risking a collapse.
February 17, 2011
Shibley Talhami's article "Egypt's revolt and America's Role" (Feb. 16) is right on target regarding our government's interest in democracy in the Middle East. Its sudden enthusiasm for the need for democratic reform in Egypt is a good case of how our foreign policy can shift with the wind. Our State Department has previously mentioned the need for the Egyptian government to respond more to the needs the people, but that was about it. No strong demands change were voiced until events in the last two weeks forced us to dramatically raise the volume of our protests.
January 18, 2000
EVERYONE is in favor of protecting the best interests of children, and almost everyone seems to believe that those interests can be readily identified. When compared with idealized "best interests," blood ties may often appear less compelling, particularly in an age when an increasing number of children are being raised in nontraditional or nonbiological families. With sad regularity, wrenching cases continue to arise in which judges are called on to decide whether the "rights" demanded by biological parents should outweigh the "interests" of their children, as asserted by some other person.
January 17, 1997
ONE AXIOM about politicians continues to ring true: They never fail to disappoint. Newly appointed state Sen. Robert R. Neall's decision to register as a lobbyist while serving in the Maryland General Assembly is profoundly disillusioning.Even though Mr. Neall says he has registered as a lobbyist so as to comply with Anne Arundel County's strict ethics law, he has created an impossible conflict of interest. His two clients are developers. One is Driggs Construction, which is planning a $300 million townhouse complex near Baltimore-Washington International Airport.
January 11, 2004
Tavern owners want a chunk of the action. So does the state fair in Timonium. Casino interests are sniffing around. With the legalization of slot machines an unsolved riddle in Maryland, the debate over expanded gambling has devolved into a battle royal among special interests since the General Assembly last considered the issue. As lawmakers ready for a return to Annapolis this week, eyes remain fixed on House Speaker Michael E. Busch, the leading critic of slots, who some believe might be surreptitiously scuttling Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr.'s top priority by allowing competing forces to gnaw it to death.
August 21, 1999
City Council President Lawrence A. Bell III, who has compiled the largest war chest in Baltimore's mayoral race, received his strongest support from contractors, unions and gambling and entertainment interests.According to reports filed this week, contributors to Bell range from the Club Pussycat on Baltimore's Block, which gave $500, to the production company of boxing promoter Don King, which gave $4,000.Among the labor organizations was the International Union of Electricians, which gave $6,000; among the business people was contractor Pless Jones, who contributed $7,000 through two of his companies.