August 25, 2012
Your recent editorial on childhood obesity calls on the state legislature to ban school vending machines that sell junk food ("Easy call in obesity fight," Aug. 23). But why every perceived problem demands a legislative solution is beyond me. Don't school principals already have the authority to determine what is sold in their school's vending machines? And if principals don't, what about county superintendents and school boards? If none of these officials have the authority to determine what will be sold in school vending machines, or even whether such machines should be allowed in the schools, what have we come to?
April 29, 2013
With the pension system for City Hall workers facing nearly $700 million in unfunded liabilities, Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake is introducing legislation today that would require employees to start contributing part of their salaries to the fund. The bill would require Baltimore's non-public safety workers to contribute 1 percent of their salaries to the pension fund next fiscal year, and increase those contributions each year for five years until workers contribute 5 percent. The legislation also would eliminate the so-called "variable benefit" for civilian retirees, which increases benefits when the fund preforms well, but doesn't decrease benefits when the market performs poorly.
November 18, 2012
As the owner of a flower shop in Aberdeen, I am very concerned with new legislation currently being considered in Congress: the "Marketplace Fairness Act" and the "Marketplace Equity Act," which will add sales tax to Internet sales. This will disproportionately impact small businesses like mine - creating a significant administrative and financial burden that will make it necessary for me to pass on additional costs to my customers. In today's economy, it is irresponsible to place additional burdens on small businesses, which are the engine of our economy.
August 26, 1991
In California, a physician who is unwilling to comply with a terminally ill patient's wish to be allowed to die must transfer the patient. Failure to do so constitutes unprofessional conduct.In Florida, a physician unwilling to comply with a patient's declared intent must make only a "reasonable effort" to transfer the patient.In Alaska, however, an attending physician who fails to comply with a patient's properly declared wish not to have his or her life artificially prolonged has no right to be paid for services after the point at which those wishes should have been honored.
November 2, 1990
Sweeping new immigration reforms passed in the closing hours of the 101st Congress have their share of flaws, compromises and genuflections to political interest groups. Nonetheless, the statue is generous in spirit, a codification of America's increasing willingness to become a multi-racial, multi-ethnic and even multi-lingual society.The golden doors are opening as the fear of things foreign diminishes.New immigrants will be clearly identified by their skills, their assets, their family ties here and their country of origin.
May 22, 1991
WASHINGTON -- A House committee voted unanimously yesterday to turn over a large segment of the radio spectrum, previously reserved for the government, to commercial uses.The approval of the House Energy and Commerce Committee marked an important step toward finding room on the crowded airwaves for new technologies such as pocket-sized radio telephones, digital radio and computers that transmit data over the air.The new legislation does not endorse particular technologies, nor does it settle the sticky issue of how the new frequencies will be allocated.