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By John E. McIntyre and The Baltimore Sun | March 13, 2013
Let me say more compactly what I tried to say earlier today . The presacriptivist/descriptivist debate is increasingly sterile. Hard-shell prescriptivists trumpet indefensible bogus rules, and hard-shell descriptivists, the ones who proclaim, "Prescriptivism must die," overlook the real need to prescribe reliable advice on writing. It comes down to this: Effective writing requires making sound choices about grammar, usage, syntax, and diction, considering subject, occasion, and audience.
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NEWS
October 8, 2014
The most provocative new line of attack Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown made against businessman Larry Hogan during this week's debate was that the Republican nominee plans to cut $450 million from school construction if he's elected. Is this true? Absolutely not, Mr. Hogan says. But the fact that there is some basis to Mr. Brown's claim points to a flaw with Mr. Hogan's campaign - and the fact that Mr. Brown is exploiting it in the way he is points to the hollowness of this race. Mr. Brown got the $450 million figure from Mr. Hogan's plan for achieving savings in state government spending.
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NEWS
May 25, 2010
The news media is always covering stories about disasters large and small that were in some part due to someone not doing their job properly. The BP fiasco is the latest. Then the finger pointing starts, and believe me there is enough blame to go around. Everyone shares in this blame in one way or another, and I include myself in this group for my waiting so long to speak my mind. A major part of the problem is career politicians who get too powerful and look out only for their self interest and a select few who are instrumental in keeping them in power.
NEWS
By John Fritze and The Baltimore Sun | October 7, 2014
Montgomery County officials said Tuesday they will no longer honor federal requests to hold illegal immigrants beyond their scheduled release date unless U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement can demonstrate the person is likely to have committed a crime. The decision means three of Maryland's four largest jurisdictions -- Montgomery and Prince George's counties along with Baltimore city -- have changed long-standing policies this year that treated the federal immigration detainers the same as criminal warrants.
NEWS
September 18, 2012
One of your readers recently wrote that "speed limits were developed before" power steering, anti-lock brakes, and other technological improvements in vehicles. The implication by that writer was that speed limits could be increased now, and that speed cameras were not needed. While it is true that, technologically, vehicles have had all kinds of safety improvements done by engineers and factories over the years, what remains in effect are the laws of physics. A 2-ton piece of metal traveling at 60 mph will still require a certain amount of minimum distance in order to come to a halt.
NEWS
March 21, 2014
Part of the reason that Russia has acted to annex Crimea and will likely grab at least the eastern portion of the Ukraine in the very near future is that every American president since the break-up of the Soviet Union has loudly, and at times obnoxiously, proclaimed that the United States is the only remaining superpower in the world ( "Putin's land grab," March 19). Mr. Putin's actions are his way of saying that Russia also a superpower, and since he has ground troops and nuclear weapons to back up his claim, he makes a pretty convincing albeit heavy handed case.
NEWS
By Lorraine Mirabella, The Baltimore Sun | August 17, 2014
Paul Mincarelli has been trying for three years to get into international work for the federal government. He says he knows the odds are stacked against him. Now the competition is likely to get more intense. Some agencies have begun to limit the number of applications they accept per vacancy. Instead of setting a deadline for applications, some job announcements stay open only until the limit - in some cases as few as 25 resumes - is reached. Mincarelli, 26, has a master's degree in international affairs.
NEWS
August 25, 2013
Much has been written about taxing or banning billboards in Baltimore ("Billboard company sues over city tax," Aug. 17). The public space is the property of the public and should not be commercialized through use of billboards without requiring permits and subject to taxation and in some instances should be banned outright. Billboards are frequently a blight on the landscape and a hazard to motorists. They can be permitted if located on the premises of the business being advertised.
NEWS
January 10, 2012
In reading your article regarding sexual assaults at the U.S. Naval Academy ("Sexual assaults are up at Naval Academy - or are they?" Jan. 8), I can't help but respond. I went into the U.S. Army in August of 1969 when there was no co-ed training in any of the military branches. If there was sexual harassment, it was an off-duty situation. I strongly believe that women should have every opportunity that the men do but with certain exceptions. I don't think they should train together or share the same barracks or foxhole.
NEWS
July 22, 2011
Congress must raise the debt limit and balance the budget, but not on the backs of senior citizens. The first thing everyone wants to do is cut Social Security and Medicare. The Republicans say it is an entitlement, but I'm sorry: We paid for it every week out of our paychecks. We earned it. As far as Medicare is concerned, we pay for that every month too out of our Social Security checks. That comes to $1,152 a year, plus we also have to buy supplemental insurance, and that is expensive, $2,000 to $3,000 a year.
SPORTS
By Aaron Wilson and The Baltimore Sun | October 6, 2014
INDIANAPOLIS - Ravens running back Bernard Pierce ran hard through the middle for a pair of first downs in the third quarter Sunday, displaying no effects of a quadriceps injury that had hampered him for the past few weeks. Despite Pierce gaining 13 yards and 12 yards on his first two carries, the drive stalled and he would see limited playing time overall in his first game back. Pierce finished with 30 yards on four carries in the Ravens' 20-13 loss to the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday at Lucas Oil Stadium.
NEWS
October 4, 2014
State lawmakers and educators are right to be concerned about how much time it presently takes to clear or dismiss teachers accused of misconduct. When teachers are yanked out of their classrooms for months or even years while allegations of wrongdoing are investigated, both they and their students suffer from the absence. Maryland's school districts need to expedite the process by which such cases are resolved, but they must do so in a way that is fair to teachers while protecting the vulnerable young people entrusted to their care.
NEWS
By Michael Dresser | October 3, 2014
The Baltimore Sun Democrat Anthony G. Brown delivered a message about the constraints of budget pressures as he appeared Friday before a group of advocates for child and family programs. Republican gubernatorial candidate Larry Hogan also was scheduled to appear at the forum at Towson University, but organizers said Hogan canceled Thursday night because he was sick. Brown told advocates at the Maryland Family Network event that he is firmly committed to their priorities. "There will always be a role for us in the public sector, working with the nonprofit community, to see that there's a backstop" for families in need, Brown said.
NEWS
By Liz Bowie and The Baltimore Sun | October 1, 2014
A limit should be set on the time it takes to clear or dismiss a teacher accused of misconduct so that employees do not remain out of their schools for months and even years, legislators and education advocates said this week. While two legislators suggested action by the General Assembly, an education advocate said some agreement could be reached between unions and school systems on how to expedite a process that is expensive to taxpayers and detrimental to children whose classrooms are staffed by substitutes.
SPORTS
By Matt Zenitz and Baltimore Sun Media Group | September 26, 2014
Ohio State has returned a portion of its ticket allotment for next week's game against Maryland in College Park. Those tickets can be purchased through umterps.com or by calling 1-888-IM-A-TERP. The game starts at noon. Ohio State lost star quarterback Braxton Miller to a season-ending shoulder injury before the start of the season and fell to Virginia Tech on Sept. 6, but the Buckeyes (2-1) beat Kent State, 66-0, Sept. 13 and are ranked 22 nd nationally. Maryland is 3-1 and plays its first Big Ten game Saturday at Indiana.
NEWS
By Kevin Rector and The Baltimore Sun | September 26, 2014
A federal judge ruled this week that owners of multiple Harford County properties - where portions of a 21-mile underground gas pipeline are being installed under an eminent domain claim - cannot fully access funds set aside by the gas company as a form of collateral until a final determination is made at trial on compensation. Columbia Gas Transmission LLC was granted access to the properties in June to begin installing a back-up gas line between Owings Mills and Fallston under condition that it file a cash bond payment of $231,675 to the court, according to court records.
NEWS
May 27, 2012
Your article about Councilman Ken Oliver proposing a bill to allow David S. Brown Company to bypass parking and building requirements for the Metro Centre project in Owings Mills is nothing more than an attempt by Mr. Brown to circumvent the zoning commissioners approval of this project and bypass zoning requirements ("Bill would lift Metro Centre limits," May 24). This amounts to creating a PUD. This project was approved years ago, and Mr. Brown has delayed this project while he worked on others.
NEWS
May 11, 2014
I'd like to put in my two cents worth on the blue crab situation in the Chesapeake Bay. In his letter, Richard Anderson made a valid point as to the size of the industry and number of people that would be affected ( "Crabbing moratorium isn't the answer," May 7). However, Mr. Anderson should be more aware of the full choice between losing business for one year and losing it forever. One female crab can repopulate the entire species, and they should be protected and banned from harvesting.
ENTERTAINMENT
By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | September 26, 2014
If the new Fox drama “Gracepoint” looks too good to be on network TV, that's because it's stacked with the kind of talent you normally see only on cable. And the work here is so good it could help change the way networks do drama in the future. Starring in the series about life in a small Northern California coastal community after the murder of a 12-year-old boy are David Tennant (“Broadchurch”) and recent Emmy winner Anna Gunn (“Breaking Bad”). Gunn is outstanding as a police detective who has lived in the town her whole life, but only now starts to plumb the depths of lies, secrets and evil beneath the surface.
NEWS
By John Fritze and The Baltimore Sun | September 26, 2014
Prince George's County will become the state's second jurisdiction to stop honoring federal requests to hold illegal immigrants beyond their scheduled release unless agents can demonstrate it is likely that they have committed a crime, county officials said Thursday. County officials have issued the policy in response to a recent letter from the office of the Maryland attorney general, who opined that holding immigrants on "detainers" requested by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement without probable cause to believe they are criminals could violate the Fourth Amendment.
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