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.
March 13, 2004
The Hells Angels didn't exactly get a warm welcome to Maryland. Last May in Calvert County, members of the state's inaugural chapter celebrated their first year of membership by attending the "Blessing of the Bikes" in North Beach. A few thousand other motorcyclists also went, for reasons of their own. But so did nearly a hundred policemen, who shadowed the Angels with sniper rifles and surveillance cameras. Two months later, federal agents raided the chapter's clubhouse, arresting president John Beal and another member on gun and drug charges.
March 29, 2012
Lonny Baxter's life changed dramatically in the summer of 2006. Four years removed from helping Maryland win the national championship, Baxter's short-lived NBA career was already in jeopardy after he was released by the Houston Rockets - his fourth team in as many years - when the 2006 season ended. Baxter had been invited to play summer league with the Charlotte Bobcats, but was arrested after firing a shot from his Glock pistol while driving near the White House. He was placed on probation, but another gun charge the following summer landed Baxter in D.C. Jail for a 60-day sentence.
December 16, 2011
The GMAC Insurance National Driver Test continues to rate Maryland a bottom-10 state for "Licensed Drivers Knowledge of Basic Road Rules. " And like Maryland, numerous Northern states, such as Pennsylvania, New York and New Jersey, were part of the bottom 10. Nearby Delaware, Virginia and West Virginia scored higher, and are not part of the bottom 10. To me, Maryland's problem is a culture of political stubbornness in not weeding out thousands...
February 1, 2013
Maryland is one of three schools hoping to land Jacquille Veii on Signing Day. A former Terps commitment, Veii recently picked up an offer from Nebraska. The Avalon School athlete will visit Lincoln this weekend and choose between Iowa, Maryland and Nebraska on Wednesday, according to The Washington Post . “The meeting with Coach Edsall went great; I learned new things about him and he's an awesome guy,” Veii said. “I just told him that since I had already seen Maryland and not Nebraska, I needed to visit Nebraska so I could make the best decision in the end.” ** MaxPreps.com caught up with Terps quarterback commitment Shane Cockerille , who will play in the International Bowl next week . "It feels absolutely great," said the 6-foot-2, 205-pound quarterback who will lead the under-19 USA national team in a Tuesday showdown with a World Team in the fourth-annual International Bowl.
July 5, 2013
Well, Comrade Gov. Martin O'Malley has literally deluged Maryland taxpayers with new taxes, fees, licenses and tolls ("Marylanders' wallets run on empty," July 2). The People's Republic of Maryland now taxes the rain that falls on your home. The "in the bag" liberal socialist media, refuses to condemn such action even while this nation is in the midst of a depression, not a recession, but a real depression! It is not only the jobs that will be lost, as more and more businesses and industries "vote with their feet" to leave this socialist Garden of Eden, no, it is more than that.