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April 2, 2013
I consider it a privilege and a deep honor to have been born a United States citizen. As I see it, the figurative line of demarcation, if you will, between a legal citizen and an illegal one has been blurred so much, it's tough to discern the rights of one from another. And that's not only wrong, it is inexcusable. I am all for the "melting pot" concept as we forge ahead as a nation rife with illegal immigrant problems. We welcome people from all cultures, religions and social status, as long as those people are willing to become citizens.
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NEWS
September 28, 2014
What do you call a person who has been granted the right to drive in Maryland, but has no legal right to stay in the United States ( "Raid spurs immigrants fear of driver's licenses ," Sept. 20)? Is he or she a semi-citizen? A second-class citizen? A quasi-citizen? If not an illegal immigrant, what would be a fair description? Decriminalized citizen? Once Maryland opted to license undocumented immigrants to drive, it was entirely predictable that federal immigration police would make use of the MVA database to weed out those drivers without papers.
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By Matthew Hay Brown, The Baltimore Sun | March 16, 2012
The General Assembly has voted unanimously to create a "veteran" status on Maryland driver's licenses. The move was recommended last year by the state Veterans Behavioral Health Advisory Board, which was chaired by Lt. Gov. Anthony G. Brown, who is a colonel in the Army Reserve. Brown called it "a simple way to help us connect veterans to numerous state programs and initiatives by better identifying those who are eligible. "It will also make it easier for veterans to identify themselves when accessing the various benefits, discounts and services they have earned," he said in a statement.
NEWS
By Erin Cox and The Baltimore Sun | September 23, 2014
Running a medical marijuana operation could cost each grower more than $125,000 a year in fees, a sum so steep some officials believe it may shut out small businesses. Maryland's medical marijuana commission is tentatively proposing that fee for each of the 15 potential growers envisioned for the state's new program. The panel also is recommending a $40,000-a-year charge for dispensaries, according to a draft plan expected to be released for public comment Wednesday. Those license fees - atop as much as $6,000 in application fees - would finance the state's nascent medical marijuana program.
NEWS
April 5, 2013
As an older American I find the thinking behind the Sunday's editorial supporting driver's licenses for illegal immigrants truly puzzling ("Driver's licenses for all drivers," Mar 31). I was raised to understand that if you violated the law, you could expect to go to jail. Now we rationalize that it is better for society to provide a license that is a privilege not a right to lawbreakers. We also notify the lawbreaker that the license will not be accepted at the airport, where you may be arrested.
NEWS
April 5, 2013
The answer to The Sun's question about what could possibly be the point of denying illegal immigrants in Maryland driver's licenses can be found in Webster's dictionary ("State Senate approves driver's licenses for illegal immigrants" Mar 25). The word "illegal" means: unlicensed, prohibited, forbidden, unauthorized, and criminal, just to name a relevant few! And if and until immigration reform is accomplished, I suggest that the state of Maryland and every other state try following the letter of the law, for once, and deport the illegal immigrants instead of rewarding them.
NEWS
March 21, 2013
The "What part of illegal don't you understand?" crowd is so busy hating they can't think straight. The letter writer who claims to have witnessed "illegals" in accidents seems most concerned that they didn't have insurance ("Licenses for illegal immigrants? That's crazy," March 18). It's a legitimate concern, but the solution is to grant driver's licenses to anyone who can afford the insurance. I'm not sure how she would be privy to insurance information on the scene of the accident.
FEATURES
By Liz Atwood and Special to The Baltimore Sun | July 31, 2012
For years we've been passing laws to make it safer for teen drivers. In Maryland, we have a graduated licensing system that sets curfews and other restrictions on provisional drivers. We've raised the age when kids can get a driver's license to 16 and 6 months. But ironically, it seems many kids aren't that bothered about driving anyway. A new study from the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute is the latest to report a steady decline in the percentage of teens getting their driver's licenses.
NEWS
November 18, 2005
MARYLAND residents are all too familiar with the frustration that can accompany a visit to the Motor Vehicle Administration. Long lines. Surly clerks. Interminable waits. Most folks expect and accept it. But for immigrants seeking driver's licenses - even those here legally - the experience is compounded by cumbersome identification rules that not only test their patience but also threaten their livelihoods, forcing them to wait months for the licenses, and then often in vain. Thirteen immigrants struck back this week and filed suit against the MVA, charging it with creating illegal barriers for immigrants wanting licenses.
NEWS
March 29, 2013
Exactly what makes Del. Jolene Ivey believe that issuing a license to illegal immigrants in Maryland will guarantee that "they have car insurance" or that "they know not to flee when they're getting pulled over or in an accident?" ("Senate approves two-tier licenses," March 26). Certainly it won't. They don't even have to be able to read, speak or write English. The state must provide an interpreter to enable them to pass the license test. Is that interpreter going to ride with them forever to interpret signs or a law enforcement officer's direction?
NEWS
September 22, 2014
Maryland's decision to join a handful of states that allow undocumented immigrants the chance to obtain driver's licenses was a pragmatic one designed to keep residents safe. Border security, deportation policy and pathways to citizenship are not within Maryland's purview, but ensuring that drivers on the road are competent, that their vehicles are registered and that they purchase insurance are the state's responsibility. The establishment of a two-tiered license system here - in which those who cannot document their immigration status are allowed the chance to obtain a license valid for driving but not purposes like getting on airplanes or entering federal buildings - was simply a rational response to the twin facts that some hundreds of thousands of undocumented immigrants live in Maryland and that by necessity they will drive whether we like it or not. The policy is of a piece with others the state has adopted in recent months.
NEWS
By John Fritze and The Baltimore Sun | September 20, 2014
A recent raid at a Catonsville apartment complex has raised concerns that federal immigration agents are using Maryland motor vehicle data to locate illegal immigrants, potentially undermining a state initiative to ensure that drivers are ready for the road regardless of their citizenship status. Residents of the Melvin Park Apartments said Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents pulled over several vehicles within a few blocks of the complex last month and asked for the registered owners by name.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Chris Kaltenbach and The Baltimore Sun | September 13, 2014
Actress Lana Wood had been quietly sending out her autograph for years, answering letters from her fans. But then a stranger made her think that maybe there was a better way. "A gentleman called me and said he was an autograph dealer," Wood says over the phone from her home near Los Angeles. "He wanted to be upfront with me - he said that it had come to his attention that I respond to fan letters and had been sending out photos. …He said, 'Do you realize that these people turn around and sell them?
HEALTH
By Scott Dance, The Baltimore Sun | September 2, 2014
Former Catonsville doctor William Dando will not face trial for sexual assault allegations after agreeing never to practice medicine in Maryland again. Allegany County prosecutors dropped charges against him Tuesday, citing two factors — the "he said, she said" nature of the case and his decision to surrender his medical license. Dando had been scheduled to stand trial Wednesday in an incident in which a 41-year-old patient said he touched her genitals while treating her for an ear infection at an urgent-care center near Cumberland.
BUSINESS
By Jeff Barker, The Baltimore Sun | August 25, 2014
Following two days of controlled demonstrations, Horseshoe Casino Baltimore won state regulators' approval Monday as to open as scheduled Tuesday night. The $442 million development near M&T Bank Stadium becomes Maryland's fifth casino to receive an operating license. MGM Resorts expects to open the sixth at National Harbor in Prince George's County in two years The Horseshoe's license was signed by Maryland Lottery and Gaming Control Agency Director Stephen Martino. Thousands of customers, including local politicians and celebrities, are expected at Tuesday night's opening.
BUSINESS
By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | August 5, 2014
A state consumer-rights watchdog on Tuesday called for formal investigations into ridesharing companies Uber and Lyft, questioning the legality of their operations in Maryland. People's Counsel Paula M. Carmody sent letters to the Maryland Public Service Commission calling for investigations into Lyft and Uber's lower-cost UberX service, which both connect passengers with independent drivers through smartphone apps. "We have every reason to believe that the individuals responding to Uber's and Lyft's requests for drivers to provide these services are not aware that Maryland law requires them to have a license," Carmody said in a statement.
NEWS
April 1, 2013
Before lawmakers in Annapolis propose legislation, they should know what they are talking about ("Senate approves two-tier licenses," March 26). Prince George's County Democrat Del. Jolene Ivey introduced the House version of a bill that would allow illegal immigrants to obtain Maryland driver's licenses by calling it a "safety issue. " "I want to know they have car insurance, that they know not to flee when they're getting pulled over or in an accident," she said. First, car insurance is not required to get a license.
NEWS
July 17, 2014
In disputing Vincent DeMarco's letter ( "Tougher gun laws are helping reduce homicides in Baltimore," July 5) about the positive impact of Maryland's Firearms Safety Act of 2013 in reducing gun violence, Michael Peterson ( "Gun control isn't the reason for declining Baltimore homicides," July 11) ignores the data Mr. DeMarco included in his letter from Professor Daniel Webster of the Johns Hopkins Center For Gun Policy and Research showing that other states that have enacted fingerprint licensing of handgun purchasers tend to have lower gun death rates than similar states.
SPORTS
By Colin Campbell, The Baltimore Sun | July 4, 2014
Perched on the edge of a cruising powerboat, a thrill-seeker in a tethered parachute soon is flying hundreds of feet in the air. Parasailing has grown in popularity in recent years, in places including Ocean City and Havre de Grace. But so has the number of fatal and near-fatal accidents. A federal agency said this week that licensing and regulations are needed to keep participants safe. One of the sport's pioneers agrees that without such regulation, parasailing could go the way of bungee-jumping - the industry crushed by prohibitive insurance costs.
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