May 9, 2014
"If all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail. " That little nugget of truth, also known as the "law of the instrument," can be applied to more than just tool selection. When it comes to some closely-held beliefs, people tend to see circumstances as frequently proving them correct - even when they do nothing of the kind. At least that might explain why a recently-released Gallup poll finding that 47 percent of Maryland residents would choose to move if they could - the third highest percentage among the states - is being cited by many as evidence of failed tax policy.
June 25, 2014
Lt. Gov. Anthony G. Brown claimed victory in the Democratic nomination for governor Tuesday after early returns suggested a landslide win. "It's about where we're going. It's about what next," Brown said in a victory speech as he led with three times as many votes as his closest competitor. He is positioned to become Maryland's first African-American chief executive. In the Republican race, former Ehrlich administration official Larry Hogan accepted the GOP nomination after Harford County Executive David R. Craig, conceded defeat.
November 7, 2013
In case you haven't noticed, it is peak time for brilliant fall foliage colors across Maryland, according to the Foliage Network. The peak has come on strong in recent days. As of the network's Nov. 2 report, "peak" color could be found in Carroll and Frederick counties and northern Baltimore County, with "high" color to the southeast of Interstate 95. But five days later, peak color can be found across the state, according to the network's Wednesday report. Garrett and Allegany counties are meanwhile past their peak, with high or nearly complete levels of leaf shedding.
September 29, 2014
Dreary job reports coupled with the news that Maryland is projecting $405 million in less revenue for the current fiscal year and the next has caused the O'Malley/Brown cheerleaders at The Sun to put on the pompoms and go into full attack mode ( "Apocalypse? Not now," Sept. 26). Various explanations are offered either in articles or editorials rationalizing the inability to eliminate the proclaimed structural deficit, including: the sequestration, federal budget cuts, lots of other states have the same problem, the dog ate the homework, etc. Missing in the analysis of The Sun is the one explanation that is right before everyone's eyes: Maryland is spending too much money.
January 2, 2013
I must disagree with letter writer Neil L. Bergsman's view that high taxes don't drive people out of Maryland ("Tax rates have a negligible effect on people's decision to move out of state," Dec. 29). My wife and I retired from the federal government, and it puzzles us why Maryland is taxing our retirement income when states like Texas and Florida do not tax retirement income or Social Security benefits. Maryland is not a tax-friendly state for retirees, even though Social Security benefits are not taxed here.
March 8, 2012
The world's billionaires include nine from Maryland, according to Forbes magazine's latest ranking of the world's richest people. The magazine lists 1,226 billionaires worth $4.6 trillion - both record figures. Maryland's billionaires include the president and CEO of Baltimore-based Under Armour, Kevin Plank, the youngest of the group at 39, with a net worth of $1.1 billion. Baltimore Ravens owner Stephen Bisciotti, 51, worth $1.4 billion, and Washington Redskins owner Dan Snyder, with a net worth of $1.1 billion, also made the list.