September 24, 1990
A FRIEND of mine is going through a mid-life crisis and thinking about a career move from high school geometry teacher to ventriloquist.My feeling on the subject is this: We have far more lawyers in this country than we'll ever need. We also have too many newspaper columnists, pimps (that may be redundant) and car salesmen (ditto). Probably too many geometry teachers, too.But we have not yet reached the saturation point on ventriloquists, and the industry, while "soft" at the moment, could probably use an infusion of fresh talent.
May 12, 1994
When Gov. William Donald Schaefer took office in 1987, he embraced a large challenge: to reform the delivery of social services so the millions spent in Maryland actually improve the lives of children and families who need government help.With a boost from the Annie E. Casey Foundation -- which, this summer, moves its headquarters to Baltimore -- Maryland has made great strides in coordinating the various departments, agencies and programs that provide services ranging from foster care to mental health services to special educational placements.
October 16, 2001
WASHINGTON - Wednesday, Oct. 3: I call my doctor to plead for Cipro, the antibiotic that may not work on the Deadly Anthrax Virus but then again may. I tell him a man in Florida near the hijackers' training ground has been stricken. "Was he a farmer?" my doctor asks. "I don't know," I say. "I don't care. I want my Cipro." He mutters something about an epidemic of inanity. I explain that the terrorists are coming back to finish the job here, where they were interrupted; that they've been cyaniding dogs and Sarin-ing bunnies in Afghanistan; and that I've even heard of neighbors fashioning safe rooms with special lighting to kill viruses.
November 29, 1990
GEORGE BUSH says he's learned his lesson. No more new taxes, and this time he really means it. In fact, he seriously regrets . . . ''being forced'' by big-spending Democrats to raise taxes the last time. Of course ''no new taxes'' was always, as the Wall Street Journal put it, ''the Big Lie of the great budget debate.''Mr. Bush's choices were a fiscal calamity, a tax increase, or spending cuts too unpopular to propose. Through months of demagoguery, he never did propose spending cuts anywhere near equal to the tax increase he supposedly wanted to avoid.
September 27, 2013
There has been great controversy regarding the forcible removal of a Howard County parent from a Maryland State Department of Education town hall meeting a week ago after he insisted on orally asking a politically inconvenient question about the Common Core curriculum. Only written questions were allowed. Robert Small was roughly grabbed and physically removed from the meeting and humiliated and handcuffed, although charges of assaulting an officer were later dropped by Baltimore County State's Attorney Scott Shellenberger.
May 15, 2012
America was built on the ideas that one could work hard, sacrifice and save, to have a better life. I worked hard for years and years in school, I sacrificed and saved, and now I wake up early every weekday and many weekends to go to work, where I provide services to the public at a very high price to myself, and often to the recipients of my services. As our lawmakers embark upon the first day of this special session, I wish to call to their minds the very purpose of their being there: to formulate laws.
March 2, 2014
"What doing?" If you sent that text message to Daryl Dixon and Beth Greene, this week's episode of "The Walking Dead" would have adequately answered your sparsely worded query. Rather than sending a ridiculously long Snap Chat video response, Daryl and Beth served as the sole protagonists in Sunday night's episode, "Still". These episode titles have become more and more clever, and this one refers to the moonshine house that Daryl and Beth stumble upon. (Daryl found it earlier with Michonne, did you know?
February 15, 2008
The first day of workouts gave Orioles players one chance to break the club's facial-hair policy. That's it. Relievers Jamie Walker and Chad Bradford sported full beards. Relievers George Sherrill and Ryan Bukvich wore goatees. And manager Dave Trembley wore a look of amusement that isn't going to last through the weekend. A long-standing team rule allows only mustaches, and they can't extend past the corners of the mouth. "I told them that I'm not old enough to play golf, but they have a mulligan today," Trembley said.