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.
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.
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.
September 7, 2012
Envision escaping to a secluded island destination where even your iPhone doesn't roam. Paradise. Images of idyllic, uninhabited beaches and authentic local fare instantly flood your brain. Then you start thinking about long flights, passports and pricey accommodations, and the idea quickly flees your mind. Wait — come back! Did you know that there are exotic islands just off the coast of Maryland? Yes, really. We've uncovered three remote retreats, all within a three-hour drive from Baltimore, where you can unplug, recharge, and, blessedly, not know a soul.
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...
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.