September 19, 1990
Defense Secretary Richard Cheney was right to fire Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Michael J. Dugan for Dugan's injudicious public remarks about possible U.S. military options in the Mideast. Some things are better left unsaid, even if their general outlines are known.The military has been at pains to accommodate the press during this crisis, or at least to appear to do so. Dugan probably hoped his disclosures -- most of which had already appeared elsewhere attributed to anonymous "senior military sources" -- might win additional points for candor among reporters bored with writing about the desert heat and sand.
October 23, 1996
The kiss wasn't captured on film, immortalized in bronze or celebrated in song. It didn't inspire any poetry or longing sighs in darkened movie theaters. In fact, as kisses go, it didn't amount to much. Just a 6-year-old boy giving a classmate a peck on the cheek at an elementary school in Lexington, N.C. Still, it was enough to land Johnathan Prevette in hot water and make him the most notorious pint-sized kisser since Georgie Porgie.Given the cultural and historical significance of kissing, perhaps it isn't surprising that Johnathan has became such a national cause celebre that people are still talking about.
March 29, 1991
Reading election returns can be a bit like reading tea leaves -- you just might find what you want to see. Legislators who staunchly maintained that last fall's elections registered clear opposition to any tax increases now find themselves supporting a tax package that will raise $95 million in additional revenues, some for this fiscal year. Chances are these same legislators will decide that the election returns didn't signal an absolute opposition to any tax increases, just opposition to unneeded taxes and wasteful spending.
December 6, 1991
For the first time in Maryland's summer-fall budget crisis, Gov. William Donald Schaefer has uttered the dreaded "T" (for Tax) word. "It's now time to face realism," he said yesterday after receiving more gloomy news on sagging state revenues. He is staring at an 18-month deficit that exceeds one and a quarter billion dollars.Such an enormous gap cannot be closed without adopting a combination of deep program cuts and higher taxes. That was the governor's message as he pledged to continue squeezing government programs for more savings while also opening the door to possible tax hikes.
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.
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.