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.
May 8, 2014
If you're not paying attention, the notion of a community group coming out against mulching facilities in eco-friendly Howard County might have you scratching your head. What appears to have started innocently last summer during the comprehensive zoning process to allow mulching facilities, sawmills and firewood processing facilities on agriculturally preserved land as a way of helping farming ended up leaving a gaping loophole, residents have said. And while any mulching facility is considered a conditional use, meaning it would have to be approved by a hearing examiner, a residents' group worries that the new regulations don't specifically limit the size of these facilities.
April 21, 2014
Over the years the residents of Washington Hill have brought back to life a neighborhood on the brink of decay to one that is a thriving, attractive place to live. However, in an effort to support and protect our neighborhood's continued progress and growth, we face a stumbling block created by a loophole in the city's zoning law that continues to impede our progress and harm the citizens of Baltimore. I recently endured a grueling six-and-a-half-hour wait to file a protest against the renewal of a non-conforming Class A establishment's liquor license in our neighborhood.
April 14, 2014
Maryland regulators are weighing some of the strictest limits in the country on shale gas drilling, but a scientist Monday suggested they still may not go far enough to protect drinking water wells from contamination by methane leaking from drilling sites. Gas drilling rigs would generally have to be at least 2,000 feet from public or private water wells under rules being considered by the Maryland Department of the Environment, officials said Monday during a meeting of the governor's advisory commission on the issue.
April 11, 2014
After a landmark U.S. Supreme Court ruling, Maryland election officials said Friday that they will no longer enforce a state law that imposes an overall limit of $10,000 on campaign contributions in a four-year election cycle. State officials said they would continue to enforce a Maryland law limiting individuals to contributing no more than $4,000 to a particular candidate during an election cycle. Donors, however, are now free to give $4,000 to as many candidates as desired. Without the limit, moneyed donors are likely to give more - or be asked to give more - and lower-profile races are more likely to get their attention.
April 7, 2014
Forty years ago, Congress enacted sweeping limits on political campaign spending in the wake of a shocking disclosure that one man - Chicago insurance executive W. Clement Stone - had given more than $3 million for the 1972 reelection of President Richard M. Nixon. The amount seemed outlandish then, in a campaign in which Nixon waltzed to victory over his Democratic opponent, Sen. George McGovern, winning 49 states and losing only Massachusetts and the District of Columbia. It was an easily predictable drubbing.
March 28, 2014
Stephanie and Jake Martin didn't have to wait long to sell their rowhouse in Baltimore's Canton neighborhood - they had a contract in three days. But buying a new place proved a bit more difficult. The Martins searched for months around Homeland in Baltimore and in Stoneleigh near Towson, but there wasn't much to see. One property that caught their eye ended up with something like a dozen offers. The couple ultimately snapped up a house in Homeland the day before it was listed for sale - thanks to a tip from friends across the street.
March 23, 2014
A proposal in the Baltimore City Council to prohibit employers from asking about the criminal history of prospective employees until late in the hiring process has produced a strong backlash from the business community, and in particular the Greater Baltimore Committee. The GBC had been quietly lobbying against the measure for some time, but it has become much more vocal since the measure passed a preliminary vote unanimously, and now a final vote that had been scheduled for Monday appears likely to be postponed.
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.
March 13, 2014
Peter Athens has traded the football for a lacrosse stick. Athens, who was the starting quarterback of a Towson football program that advanced to the Football Championship Subdivision title game in January, has joined the lacrosse team. He was present - but did not play in - the No. 19 Tigers' 14-9 victory over Navy on Tuesday night. The 6-foot-1, 209-pound fifth-year senior was an All-Southern Maryland Athletic Conference player in lacrosse twice at Huntingtown and played for Towson in 2012 before concentrating on football.