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.
March 27, 2013
How easy to forget ("Higher speed limit law moves forward," March 21). Do some of you old timers remember the fuss we made when the speed limit on Interstate 95 was changed to 65 miles per hour? Now, 70 miles per hour is almost normal. So it will be with the same-sex marriage conundrum, immigration and women's rights. It is even possible that abortion will be considered normal sometime later. We cannot stop the healing power of time. It will happen as naturally as the new speed limits became residential.
December 15, 2012
Fifty years ago, I had a wild ride with another teen driver who must have set numerous speed records for residential areas. "Don't worry," he assured me, "it's the slow drivers who cause all the accidents. " A month later, he totaled the family car. I was reminded of this by the recent letter in which a writer advocates raising speed limits to solve the speeding problem ("Raise the speed limit by 10 mph, then make it stick," Dec. 12). That doesn't work; studies by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety have shown that many drivers will exceed the speed limit no matter how high you set it. What really jumped out at me was his assertion that "drivers obeying speed limits that are set too low cause accidents when other people are forced to change lanes trying to get around them.
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.
December 5, 2011
Scrolling or flashing electronic signs on the Towson City Center would have to be 55 feet or less from the ground under legislation approved Monday by the Baltimore County Council. The measure revised a bill the council passed in October, which allows electronic signs of up to 300 square feet on the building. Fifth District Councilman David Marks, a Perry Hall Republican, sponsored both bills. He offered the height limit after working with the Greater Towson Council of Community Associations, which had complained that the October legislation would allow flashing signs that could be seen far as far away as Cockeysville and the Loch Raven Reservoir – and that county council members hadn't listened to the community's concerns.
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.