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.
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.
January 16, 1992
Carefully arranged on a bed of ice, the fish on the counter at Capitol Seafood in Jessup looked like a still-life composition.Gold-striped wild rockfish, their lips sporting blue plastic tags, lay in the upper left corner. Just below them were the smaller, dish-faced hybrid rocks raised on farms. To the right, the bright color of several red snappers contrasted with the plain brown of the flounder below.Framed by these lesser species, two large, silver-sided creatures formed the composition's centerpiece.
August 15, 2014
When inspiration hits, Wayne Coyne needs to act on it. “You just feel like, 'This is what I want to say right now,' and you have to absolutely say it before you can be rational again,” the Flaming Lips frontman said on the phone recently from Fredonia, N.Y., where he was working on an upcoming release. The Oklahoma-based Flaming Lips - who headline the Silopanna Music Festival on Saturday - are entering the fourth decade of a career that...