November 30, 2011
Laurel Leader contributor and former columnist Mike McLaughlin caught this scene Wednesday as trucks from Laurel and Beltsville fire departments hoisted a flag over Van Dusen Road at Route 198, while the funeral procession for life-long Laurel resident Carl Owens, 85, passed below. Owens, who died Nov. 26, had been a member of the Laurel Volunteer Fire Department since he was 16. For a full obituary, go to donaldsonfuneralhome.com .
April 6, 2011
It's still National Financial Literacy Month, and so the Consumer Website of the Week is Learnvest.com . The site offers a budgeting tool to show folks who earn a biweekly paycheck how much you're taking home, how much you're saving and how much discretionary income you have. There's also checklists for many of the life changes that people often experience in the spring: graduation, first job, first independent housing. The site is geared toward young women, though many of the tips could benefit people regardless of their age or gender.
March 28, 2012
On March 23, people across the nation rallied to protest show the rule forcing religious institutions to provide employee health care insurance covering contraceptives, sterilization and abortifacient drugs. In Baltimore, Rep. Andy Harris and former ambassador Alan Keyes spoke to a crowd of several hundred people, and I attended a rally in Ellicott City where I estimated about 150 people were present. There were two other rallies in Maryland. Yet The Sun gave these gatherings no coverage at all. Why not?
September 19, 2013
After reading multiple letters in The Sun from people decrying the possible raising of the minimum wage, I can't help but wonder if anyone who disagrees with such an increase is living (subsisting), or has recently lived, on the present and long-standing rate. I rather doubt that any have done so, nor would any of them be willing to try it. One would quickly learn that "cherry-picked statistics" don't pay the rent and grocery bills. Thad Paulhamus, Baltimore
October 7, 2010
In response to Robb Preis' comments ("There's more in the world than the Ravens," Readers respond, Oct. 2), I'd rather see pictures and articles of our beloved Ravens on the front page than stories of all the murders and drugs which are so prevelant in Baltimore. Baltimore is a football town, and there are thousands of fans who cherish seeing their beloved Ravens on the front page. I can't wait to open up the next day's paper after the Ravens beat teams such as the hated Pittsburgh Steelers!
July 24, 2013
One of the most embarrassing moments in my life ended in tears and hugs from a total stranger. I was checking out with my 22-month-old son at the River Hill Giant. I was mortified when my debit card was declined. I felt my face turning red, and was prepared to return all of my groceries. There was a lady in line behind me with several kids. I thought that she must be really aggravated with me holding up the line. Then something totally unexpected happened. She paid for my groceries saying she had once been in a similar situation.
April 3, 2012
The recent rulings by theU.S. Supreme Courtregarding habeas corpus relief for certain inmates have caused grave concerns and anxiety for the courageous survivors of John Merzbacher, as indicated by the many victims who have contacted us over the past several days. During my four-plus years as archbishop of Baltimore, I had the privilege of meeting with several of John Merzbacher's victims and their families, who recounted for me their tragic and painful abuse. It is clear to me that the abuse they suffered has had an enormous impact on their lives and the lives of their families, and I fear that they will suffer anew if Mr. Merzbacher's request to be released is granted.
May 13, 2012
Thank you for publishing the courageous story of Regina Friend and her pride in the achievements of her son before he committed suicide last year ("Mother 'closing loop' for her son after his suicide," May 10). Ms Friend's story was a particular gift to me as this is the 11th anniversary of the death of my husband, Jerry, by suicide. Although Roswell Friend was much younger than Jerry, they shared many of the same characteristics - friend and inspiration to many, creative, focused on the future.
March 4, 2013
I would like to clarify some of the statements made in your article about Hale Properties and the Baltimore Blast leaving the Clarence H. Du Burns Arena ("In dispute with city, Hale moves businesses out," Feb. 28). The management fee to run the Du Burns Arena mentioned in the article has been declining over the years. In fact, the last agreement, which ended on January 21, included no management fee to be paid to Hale Properties to operate Du Burns Arena. Hale Properties was also responsible for paying all the operating expenses of running Du Burns Arena, and the Blast paid a rental fee to the city for use of office space there.
February 23, 2013
I look at the photograph of attempted murderer Daniel Gladden, and underneath the thin veneer of looking pseudo-tough, I see a young man who is seemingly angry with the universe ("Gladden pleads guilty in shooting," Feb. 20). I ask myself just when our society began churning out these conflicted youths who are totally devoid of guilt or compassion about stomping the life out of another human being. What bothers me even more than the anger, the hatred, is the aura of total indifference he has cloaked himself in. This was the classic case of a young man who chose to ostracize himself from a supposed normal and balanced society.