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March 26, 2013
Two points I would like to make regarding Mr. Rodricks' column ("To monitor farm pollution, use drones," Mar. 24). First, I generally agree that the governor and the legislature should stay out of the University of Maryland Law Clinic's business, but when the law clinic goes so far afield and acts in direct contravention to their stated mission, someone needs to hold them accountable. Their dean certainly isn't going to, nor is their Board of Visitors. Consider this: a core commitment of the law school's mission statement is, "The pursuit of justice through improving legal delivery systems and serving those who have been disadvantaged by the legal system or denied access to it. " The law clinic's client was the Waterkeeper Alliance, which was founded and is led by Robert Kennedy Jr. According to its annual report, its fiscal 2012 revenues were $4.6 million, and expenses were $3.4 million; that is a $1.2 million profit for one year (and they are a non-profit)
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ENTERTAINMENT
By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | May 15, 2013
Fox News is not backing off on the Baltimore prison story scandal despite a bunch of big national stories that have conservatives salivating over the damage they see the Obama administration suffering. Take a look at this video (below) from Bill O'Reilly that features Jesse Watters bird-dogging Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley and Gary Maynard, the chief of Maryland prisons. Check out O'Reilly saying that Maynard "sounds like a moron. " I asked O'Malley about it Tuesday morning in Joppa during a set visit he paid to the soundstages where "House of Cards" is filmed.
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BUSINESS
By Gerald Graham and Gerald Graham,Knight-Ridder | October 14, 1991
In the hallway, during a break in a strategic planning session, a corporate wit supposedly once commented, "The three most overrated things are: Southern cooking, three-week vacations and mission statements."The creation of mission statements can be painfully frustrating. Planners probably spend more hours per word on mission statements than on any other aspect of the strategic plan. And there is little hard evidence that these discussions dramatically improve performance.In my opinion, mission statements are more helpful when they follow certain guidelines.
NEWS
April 5, 2013
Here is information about the next senior village meeting: When : Saturday, April 6, 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Where: Howard County Library Miller Branch, Avalon Room, 9421 Frederick Rd., Ellicott City Why: To discuss forming a senior village in Howard County, specifically the steps in forming a nonprofit corporation to run it, types of membership to offer, a name and a mission statement. Information: 410-740-8152; quickdraw55@comcast.net
BUSINESS
By James C. Collins | May 24, 1993
Tom Peters has asked several colleagues to guest-author hi column while he is traveling abroad. Mr. Peters will return next month.Do you have a mission statement, or are you going on a missionThere is a vital difference.Most companies have dreary mission statements that are nothing more than a bland description of the company's operations -- a boring stream of words that evokes the response, "True, but who cares?" The statements smack of corporate doublespeak and are incapable of tapping people's spirit.
BUSINESS
By LESTER A. PICKER | March 29, 1993
Several months ago, I devoted two columns to the topic of vision statements -- what they are, why every nonprofit should have one, and how a board of directors can develop one. I mentioned that nearly every nonprofit I know has a mission statement. Obviously, I was wrong.Several calls and letters later, it turns out that far too many nonprofits do not have a mission statement at all. In other cases, the mission statement is so outdated it bears little resemblance to what it is that the organization actually does.
NEWS
April 5, 2013
Here is information about the next senior village meeting: When : Saturday, April 6, 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Where: Howard County Library Miller Branch, Avalon Room, 9421 Frederick Rd., Ellicott City Why: To discuss forming a senior village in Howard County, specifically the steps in forming a nonprofit corporation to run it, types of membership to offer, a name and a mission statement. Information: 410-740-8152; quickdraw55@comcast.net
NEWS
By JOAN JACOBSON and JOAN JACOBSON,SUN STAFF | October 12, 1995
Outside City Hall, where Democrats have reigned for almost three decades, a small band of Republicans gathered yesterday, saying they're tired of getting no respect in this town.Eleven of 14 Republican candidates for city office showed up to let voters know there still is an election Nov. 7 -- even though the Democratic nominees from last month's primary are the favorites to win."If people are unhappy with what happened in the primary they have another chance," said city Republican Party Chairman David Blumberg.
BUSINESS
By LESTER A. PICKER | July 13, 1992
A recent article in the New York Times touted the fact that of the 11,000 employees of Microsoft Corp., more than 2,200 are millionaires. Surprising? Not really.Anyone who uses a computer knows that Microsoft is the premier player in the software industry.The company's mission is unabashedly to be the industry leader in all major software categories. Marketing programs are aggressive. The company offers excellent service and always pushes the competition.But that's not all that makes Microsoft an industry leader.
BUSINESS
By LESTER A. PICKER | July 20, 1992
A vision statement is a crucial tool for any non-profit organization. One step beyond the mission statement, a well-crafted statement of vision tells volunteers and donors where the organization is headed.Using a railroading analogy, the mission is the vehicle to get from point A to point B -- the train, in other words. The vision is the destination. It shows the community how it will benefit from the organization achieving its mission. And it showcases how the world will be a better place for the work of the institution.
NEWS
March 26, 2013
Two points I would like to make regarding Mr. Rodricks' column ("To monitor farm pollution, use drones," Mar. 24). First, I generally agree that the governor and the legislature should stay out of the University of Maryland Law Clinic's business, but when the law clinic goes so far afield and acts in direct contravention to their stated mission, someone needs to hold them accountable. Their dean certainly isn't going to, nor is their Board of Visitors. Consider this: a core commitment of the law school's mission statement is, "The pursuit of justice through improving legal delivery systems and serving those who have been disadvantaged by the legal system or denied access to it. " The law clinic's client was the Waterkeeper Alliance, which was founded and is led by Robert Kennedy Jr. According to its annual report, its fiscal 2012 revenues were $4.6 million, and expenses were $3.4 million; that is a $1.2 million profit for one year (and they are a non-profit)
EXPLORE
April 24, 2012
The United States has not won a war since 1945. We have been involved in numerous conflicts and our military has performed magnificently — considering the political interference and (mis)direction endured.  This interference has caused us to lose (as in the case of Vietnam) or come to a draw (as in the case of Korea) or had victories given away (as we are now witnessing in Iraq). We are following the same formula of failure in Afghanistan. Never in the past 66 years have we come to the political point where we could claim the capitulation of an enemy.  The result of this has been an erosion of international respect that has negatively affected our ability to use international coalitions or the threat of military action as effective suasion.
NEWS
By Janene Holzberg, Special to The Baltimore Sun | March 13, 2011
As a Secret Service agent assigned to protect Vice President Dick Cheney in 2001, Dan Esmond witnessed firsthand the events of Sept. 11 while on duty at the Pentagon. Still affected years later by the emotional upheaval of that day, he vowed to make a difference. In 2007, he decided to work at reigniting in his fellow citizens the same profound love of country that had risen from the ashes of 9/11 and enveloped the nation. "I drove home from work one day and told my wife, 'I know what I want to do with my life.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Michael Shelden and Michael Shelden,Special to the Sun | April 20, 2003
The award for this month's most dazzling literary feat goes to Monique Truong, a Vietnamese-American whose first novel, The Book of Salt (Houghton Mifflin, 261 pages, $24) adds a brilliant twist to the old tales of the Lost Generation in Paris. Instead of rehashing stories of famous novelists behaving badly, Truong looks at Paris through the eyes of a young Vietnamese cook, Binh, who prepares exquisite meals for Gertrude Stein's stylish parties. Like Hemingway and Fitzgerald, Binh is a lonely exile searching for a cultural home.
NEWS
By Jennifer McMenamin and Jennifer McMenamin,SUN STAFF | May 10, 2001
They reviewed the core values of Nordstrom and Walt Disney. They debated commas and parallel sentence structure. And they turned to the Declaration of Independence and the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.'s famous "I Have a Dream" speech as examples of the lofty idealism they were seeking. When yesterday's three-hour strategizing work session was over, the Carroll County Board of Education had a rough draft of core values, a completed mission statement, a heavily edited vision statement and more than a dozen easel-sized sheets of notes on suggested goals for the 27,500-student school system.
NEWS
By Jennifer McMenamin and Jennifer McMenamin,SUN STAFF | May 10, 2001
They reviewed the core values of Nordstrom and Walt Disney. They debated commas and parallel sentence structure. And they turned to the Declaration of Independence and the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.'s famous "I Have a Dream" speech as examples of the lofty idealism they were seeking. When yesterday's three-hour strategizing work session was over, the Carroll County Board of Education had a rough draft of core values, a completed mission statement, a heavily edited vision statement and more than a dozen easel-sized sheets of notes on suggested goals for the 27,500-student school system.
ENTERTAINMENT
By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | May 15, 2013
Fox News is not backing off on the Baltimore prison story scandal despite a bunch of big national stories that have conservatives salivating over the damage they see the Obama administration suffering. Take a look at this video (below) from Bill O'Reilly that features Jesse Watters bird-dogging Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley and Gary Maynard, the chief of Maryland prisons. Check out O'Reilly saying that Maynard "sounds like a moron. " I asked O'Malley about it Tuesday morning in Joppa during a set visit he paid to the soundstages where "House of Cards" is filmed.
NEWS
August 23, 1992
Charter board adopts limit on tax rateWESTMINSTER -- The Carroll County Charter Board approved a limit on the property tax rate at its meeting last week.The board passed a provision that prohibits a county council from raising the property tax rate more than the percentage increase of the Consumer Price Index for the Baltimore area.The county last raised the rate for fiscal 1990, from $2.23 to $2.35. The county has maintained a $2.35 rate for three years.A four-fifths vote of the council could override the tax rate limit.
FEATURES
By Chris Kaltenbach and Chris Kaltenbach,SUN STAFF | April 7, 1996
They call it "El Camino Real" -- the Royal Road. Road signs urge visitors off the highway to enjoy the sights, and bells mark the 200-year-old mission buildings that gave the route its name.From San Diego all the way north past San Francisco, California's famed Royal Road, also called the King's Highway, winds its way through the state's Spanish heritage. Hugging the coastline, it connects the 21 missions established by 18th-century Franciscan priests to convert the pagan natives and solidify their faraway king's holdings in the New World.
NEWS
By JOAN JACOBSON and JOAN JACOBSON,SUN STAFF | October 12, 1995
Outside City Hall, where Democrats have reigned for almost three decades, a small band of Republicans gathered yesterday, saying they're tired of getting no respect in this town.Eleven of 14 Republican candidates for city office showed up to let voters know there still is an election Nov. 7 -- even though the Democratic nominees from last month's primary are the favorites to win."If people are unhappy with what happened in the primary they have another chance," said city Republican Party Chairman David Blumberg.
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