March 14, 2013
Larry Simns, who founded and led the Maryland Watermen's Association for four decades and was a key influence on efforts to reduce pollution in the Chesapeake Bay, died Thursday. He was 75. Mr. Simns, who grew up in the Eastern Shore fishing village of Rock Hall, was the public face of watermen, who saw their once-heavy catches of blue crabs and oysters becoming ever lighter as pollution crept into the bay. In the 1970s, he met with then-Sen. Charles McC. Mathias of Maryland, who was on a mission to examine the bay's environmental condition.
December 29, 2012
Retailers have had a difficult few years, especially the small shops that make up the bulk of the Maryland Retailers Association's membership. As the trade group's president since June 2010, Patrick Donoho has seen the effects of the recession as many longtime members were forced to close shop. Now with about 250 members, including hardware stores and other independent merchants, grocers, department stores and national chains representing 1,200 locations, the trade group is rebuilding.
December 9, 2012
Contrary to Marc Kilmer's letter ("Don't enable Md.'s addiction to cigarette tax revenue," Dec. 6), Maryland's 2007 dollar-per-pack cigarette tax increase significantly reduced teen smoking and saved lives. Between 2008 when the law took effect and the next time a survey of teen smoking was taken in 2010, smoking among teens in Maryland dropped from 15.3 percent to 14.1 percent, saving thousands of Maryland young people from the horrors of tobacco addiction. For a personal account of how this tax increase saved lives, Mr. Kilmer should read the commentary that appeared in The Sun several months ago written by the Rev. Fred Weimert, the board chair of the Central Maryland Ecumenical Council ("Cigarette taxes saved my kids' lives," Aug. 30)
July 9, 2012
Maryland's LG Anthony Brown takes on a more visible role in August when he is set to deliver the annual gubernatorial address at the Maryland Association of Counties conference in Ocean City. The August four-day conference is a must-attend event for Annapolis insiders, though little of consequence typically occurs in during daily sessions. A sample of this year's program includes "Income tax revenue forecasting -- it is all about November" and "¿Maryland's new watershed implementation plan: Lots to do in Phase II. " The real work gets done in the evenings when ambitious politicians hold fundraisers at seaside bars and restaurants.
January 28, 2012
Frank and Joanne McShalley don't think of themselves as rich. He works for an insurance company. She's an office manager. They've got two kids in Baltimore County Catholic schools. The family isn't hurting, but with the costs of running a household — their boy needs braces, their girl is a year from college — they don't have money for extras. They've noticed Maryland's higher tolls and fees the past few years. Now Gov. Martin O'Malley wants them to pay more in income taxes.
October 29, 2011
WESTMINSTER — Gary Bauer, a member of the Board of Education of Carroll County, has been elected president of the Maryland Association of Boards of Education. Bauer has been a member of the Board of Education of Carroll County since 1994 and has been a member of MABE since that time. He has served on or chaired several MABE committees, including the Legal Services Association and the Group Insurance Pool. He also completed MABE's professional development program. "In my 17 years as a board member, I have come to realize it's not enough to just be involved with our own Boards of Education.