September 13, 2012
I am disappointed in the narrow-minded view of the Sept. 6 letter, "Same-sex marriage amounts to experimenting on children. " The letter-writer states that "Marriage across time and culture has always been a loving, committed relationship between a man and a woman. " This statement does not take into account that over 50 percent of marriages end in divorce. What about unhappy marriages where a woman or man is being beaten or verbally abused by their spouse? She also states that "marriage provides a safe environment for children and connects them to their biological parents".
November 5, 2012
On Oct. 22, the Baltimore City Council passed a bill confirming my long-held belief that people in Baltimore actually think trash cans cause litter. Though the bill appears simply to criminalize the dumping of excess quantities of noxious waste in public trash receptacles, it echoes many conversations I have had over the years asking about putting more trash cans around the city. Repeatedly, I would hear - from fellow citizens, to small shopkeepers, to contacts with well-placed staff in the Department of Public Works and the City Council - variations on this theme: "The more trash cans we put out, the more people dump in and around them and the messier things get, and neighbors ask us to remove them.
July 27, 2011
I want to thank whoever dumped two sofas on the side of Supplee Lane for reminding the rest of us how ignorant some people are and how throwing "trash" destroys the little bit of beauty left in our area It took a lot of idiocy to haul those couches out of your house, load them on a truck, drive the truck to Supplee Lane, and then dump the first couch partway down the road, and then drive a little further and dump the second one. You could have...
October 18, 2011
In her letter last week, Sally Stunkel described trash accumulating along certain walking paths, and asked "What can we do?" While the situation is unfortunate, there is plenty we can do. If it's a Columbia Association pathway, I bet you could convince them to clean it up. I think its better to do it ourselves. Grab a bag and meet me down there. Send me an email at email@example.com , lets work out a time and I'll help you clean it up. I'll even take three bags home to put at my curb.
May 17, 2000
LATELY, I've been making people pick up their own trash."Excuse me," I say politely, "I think you dropped this." And then I hand their litter back to them. That's when they give me The Look, rolling their eyes. It started this way: While I was at a stop light at the intersection of Wolfe and Lombard streets, I saw a man push a shopping cart through the neighborhood. There was a sign on the front of his cart promoting his car washing and waxing business. He was like a one-man traveling show and I admired his enthusiastic entrepreneurial spirit.
April 28, 2002
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. - Once again, butts rule on New Jersey beaches. For the eighth year in a row, cigarette filters topped the list of debris collected during two beach sweeps last year - 39,196 of them, about 16 percent of the entire 38-ton haul and about 5,000 more than were collected in 2000. Like props from a bad soap opera, the annual tally of the beach sweeps includes 133 shotgun shells, 47 crack cocaine vials, a whoopee cushion, two beepers, a pregnancy test and a last will and testament.