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By Nicole Fuller, The Baltimore Sun | September 10, 2011
Mere seconds after setting foot on the bustling sidewalk outside Lexington Market, Frank M. Conaway Sr. is surrounded first by a small group of admirers, quickly followed by hordes of hangers-on howling his name. Like many Baltimoreans who have fallen on hard times, they want something from their politicians. And this crowd doesn't shy away from asking. On a rainy day last week, dozens of people — some of whom said they were living in government-subsidized apartments or were homeless — pleaded with Conaway for jobs.
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Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | October 12, 2014
Left-hander Wei-Yin Chen, who will get Monday's Game 3 start, said through an interpreter that he's not considering the importance of the game or where it might rank in his career. “For me, I want to keep it simple. It doesn't matter to me whether we're ahead or behind,” said Chen, who hasn't pitched since allowing five runs in 3 2/3 innings on Oct. 3 in Game 2 of the American League Division Series against the Tigers. “My job is to go out and pitch a good game. It doesn't change whether it's 0-2 or 2-0.” There are two things in Chen's favor heading into Monday night.
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NEWS
October 17, 2012
I have followed with interest The Sun's recent coverage of the election, but one key fact has been underemphasized in your reporting. Please remind your readers that President Barack Obama has had four years to dig us out of the economic slump and has not done so. In fact, President Obama's "spend now, pay later" policies have worsened the recession. Mr. Obama has brought us ever-increasing debt and sky-high unemployment. Mitt Romney has spent his life in business. Mr. Romney understands that the road to recovery is to unleash the spirit of American free enterprise.
BUSINESS
By Luke Broadwater and Lorraine Mirabella and The Baltimore Sun | October 6, 2014
After decades of manufacturing decline in Baltimore, city officials say they believe industry is poised to bounce back — and they want to promote a new education track in city schools to train students for the field. The Computer Numerical Control Manufacturing program, being offered this year at Carver Vocational-Technical High School, will train high school students for hard-to-fill skilled machinist jobs. Despite years of job losses, more than 12,000 people worked at more than 440 manufacturing companies last year in Baltimore.
NEWS
March 10, 2012
As I write out my check to Baltimore Gas & Electric this month, I am struck, once again, by the fact that these payments are processed out of state - in this case, Pennsylvania. Why is a Maryland utility that is a state-regulated monopoly allowed to move all the jobs (and the associated income for the state in property taxes, housing, income taxes, sales taxes, shopping, etc.) that come from payment processing out of the state of Maryland? Their answer is, most probably, that it saves them money, but it doesn't save their customers money.
NEWS
February 11, 2013
Kudos to Bill Barry for his comprehensive explanation of why jobs lost during the Great Recession are not coming back ("A farewell to jobs?" Feb. 8). The list of reasons is extensive: new technologies that obviate the need to rehire workers, corporate mergers, government cutbacks, increased productivity, and off-shoring of jobs, just to mention a few. (Not mentioned is our ever-increasing population, which only makes the problem that much worse). Mr. Barry's article gives the lie to the so-called "job creators" and their political stooges who keep insisting that cutting taxes for wealthy individuals and corporations will stimulate employment.
NEWS
By Arnold Packer, Jodie Allen and Robert Lerman | February 17, 2014
In his State of the Union speech last month, President Barack Obama charged Vice President Joe Biden to "lead an across-the-board reform of America's training programs to make sure they have one mission: Train Americans with the skills employers need and match them to good jobs that need to be filled right now. " We respectfully ask that Mr. Biden consider beginning in Baltimore and that he take the following into account: We have learned a...
NEWS
September 1, 2012
I keep hearing the Republican mantra that we need to reduce taxes, especially on the super rich. That's why they keep extending the Bush tax on them. They say that with these lower taxes on the top 2 percent, money goes back into the economy, businesses thrive, and as a result more jobs are created. If this is true, why am I not seeing the results of more jobs being created? David Gosey, Towson
NEWS
August 29, 2011
Charles Campbell argues U.S. jobs are destroyed by free trade ("What's killing jobs?" Aug. 27). While some jobs are destroyed by free trade, overall the jury is in, and he is wrong. The United States was as trade-open in the Clinton years when we created lots of new jobs as it was in the Bush years when we lost jobs. We were protectionist in the run-up to the Great Depression. An alternative way to look at the question is to compare the United States to wealthy countries that currently do well.
NEWS
December 1, 2011
As a local business owner, I was happy for the opportunity to participate in the recent public meeting to discuss the proposed Baltimore Washington Rail Facility. While I agree that it is incredibly important to continue this discussion openly, I hope residents of our community will not lose sight of how important this facility can be to our local economy. In addition to driving economic growth, providing additional tax income to our local governments, and creating jobs, as a business owner, I see an even more important benefit.
NEWS
October 2, 2014
When people don't have enough work, protests and demonstrations happen. And it's a worldwide epidemic with dire consequences. Take a look at the Middle East - throngs of "pro-democracy" youth took to the streets to oppose their country's leaders. Then consider the results - horrendous. America definitely must stay away from this "pro-democracy" effort - our track record so far has been dreadful. Studying the images of the Hong Kong protesters, I'm reminded of our own "Occupy" movement ( "Hong Kong protesters stockpile supplies, fear fresh police advance," Sept.
NEWS
October 1, 2014
President Barack Obama's modus operandi is to do what he always does. This Friday will be the last unemployment rate released until after the November election. The next numbers come out three days after the Nov. 4 election so President Obama has to lie big Friday, and I guarantee he will drop the unemployment rate to at least 5.9 percent. He will justify that by reporting at least 250,000 supposed new jobs and revising August job numbers higher - - which is a lie but who cares? In this lie-filled administration where the only goal is to save the Senate Democratic majority, they will do or say whatever it takes to make sure Mr. Obama will not have to face scrutiny over his last two years of playing golf and flying on Air Force One wasting our tax dollars making sure the First Lady is pacified with food from around the world.
NEWS
September 29, 2014
Why doesn't The Sun ask Gov. Martin O'Malley if taxing the businesses that left the state or did not locate here in the first place because of the high taxes had anything to do with declining tax revenue ( "The budget apocalypse that isn't," Sept. 26)? That will be the day! F. Cordell, Lutherville - To respond to this letter, send an email to talkback@baltimoresun.com . Please include your name and contact information.
BUSINESS
By Kevin Rector and The Baltimore Sun | September 29, 2014
Industry growth and a tide of employee retirements in Baltimore's transportation sector will create or leave open thousands of jobs by 2020, but local job seekers aren't prepared to fill them, according to a study released Monday by the Opportunity Collaborative. Low-income residents lack the needed technical training or have criminal records that make them ineligible for the jobs, according to the study by the coalition of state agencies, local governments, universities and nonprofits tasked with plotting a course toward sustainable economic growth for the Baltimore region.
NEWS
By Michael Dresser and The Baltimore Sun | September 25, 2014
Maryland is now facing a $405 million revenue shortfall over this year and next, largely the result of sluggish job growth, stagnant incomes and a weak housing market, state officials reported Wednesday. Five years after the official end of the recession, Maryland continues to confront fiscal trouble. This latest shortfall will force Gov. Martin O'Malley's administration and the General Assembly to make deeper cuts than previously expected to balance the state's roughly $40 billion budget.
NEWS
September 21, 2014
Larry Hogan held a fundraiser recently featuring New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, and there are a few things Marylanders should consider before they jump on his bandwagon ( "New Jersey Gov. Christie comes to Maryland for Hogan," Sept. 17). What Mr. Christie didn't talk about was how New Jersey just had its bond rating reduced from AA- to A+ because of its $2.4 billion budget deficit - while Maryland continues to maintain a AAA rating. He claimed the economic climate in Maryland is terrible, but he doesn't mention all the successful companies that either call Maryland home or have significant operations here employing hundreds of thousands of people.
BUSINESS
By Jamie Smith Hopkins, The Baltimore Sun | July 5, 2011
A group of state workforce agencies launched a new job search site Tuesday for "green" occupations in the region, saying that Maryland, Washington and Virginia have more than 230,000 workers involved in some aspect of environmental protection or natural resource conservation. The job listings site, marcgreenworks.com, has openings ranging from geologist to software engineer. The Mid-Atlantic Regional Collaborative, which created the site, is made up of state workforce leaders in Maryland, Washington, D.C., and Virginia.
NEWS
January 9, 2012
I read with great interest the commentary by Tom Horton regarding Maryland's draft forest policy ("To save the bay, save the trees," Jan. 5). As an active master gardener and avid outdoor person, I am tuned in to the environment. It is well known our current Baltimore County administration has comfortable ties to the development corporations. Since May 2011, I have been dealing with the effects of sprawling development on the environment in Randallstown and a lack of interest from county government.
NEWS
By Lorraine Mirabella and The Baltimore Sun | September 18, 2014
Christino Jackson Jr. has had steady work for the past seven years — mostly as a temp. Jobs working construction, building fences, or helping plumbers and electricians — all for a temporary help agency — have meant stability for the 36-year-old Baltimore resident. "I know that I'm going to have work," said Jackson, an employee of Just Temps who is trained as a mason and currently is working on a residential rehabilitation project along North Calvert and St. Paul streets.
NEWS
By Luke Broadwater and The Baltimore Sun | September 15, 2014
If historic tax bills are wrong in the future, at least city property owners will know who to blame. The City Council voted unanimously Monday to give Baltimore's government authority to do the appraisals that determine the size of historic tax credits - essentially stripping state officials of the duty in response to errors that left some property owners with wildly inaccurate bills. The plan, which is expected to get final approval next week, ends months of finger-pointing between state and city officials over who is to blame for the problems.
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