January 14, 2013
The past few days, we've been wowed in the network news that since the Newtown, Conn. shootings, the NRA has recruited 100,000 new members. Impressive! Until you look at a few real stats: The number of NRA supporters is being touted as 4.2 million. I looked up the U.S. Census figures. The nation's 2012 population was 311,591,917. Those under 18 comprised 23.7 percent or 73,847,284. That means the total U.S. adult population is 237,744,633. If 4.2 million of those adults are members of the NRA, that means that 233,544,633 adults are not members of the NRA. That is, 98.2 percent of all U.S. adults choose not to join the National Rifle Association.
November 11, 2012
After a period of transition that saw its longtime school superintendent retire and infighting among school directors, members of the Howard County school community are hopeful that the new board members will work well together as they shape the county's education policy. With incumbents Janet Siddiqui and Ellen Flynn Giles gaining re-election on Tuesday, the school board now has six members with at least two years' experience. And its lone newcomer, former teachers union president Ann De Lacy, has more than 30 years' experience in the school system.
October 18, 2012
I was a teacher-mentor in the Baltimore City schools years ago when the city went $57 million in debt and we were all fired ("Schools audit draws concern," Oct. 9). I remember thinking at the time that the school board must have been sleeping not to have noticed the discrepancies in funding. Well, what do you know: The new school board has the same problem. Why do they accept what they are told? Isn't it their job to see through the spin to oversee what is going on in the system and make sure the job is being done?
October 5, 2012
'Richard III' The Chesapeake Shakespeare Company presents Shakespeare's play Oct. 7-13 outside in the ruins at Patapsco Female Institute Historic Park, 3691 Sarah's Lane. Tickets are $15-$36. Information: 410-313-8661. Basket bingo fundraiser Hollifield Station Elementary School holds a Longaberger Basket Bingo at 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 12, at the school, 8701 Stonehouse Drive. The event features raffles, food and 20 games of Bingo. Tickets are $20 in advance; $25 at the door.
October 3, 2012
Kenwood will induct 10 new members into its Athletics Hall of Fame on Oct. 12 prior to the Bluebirds' homecoming football game against Franklin. Grace Dohmeir, Barry Drew, Tim Johnson, Charles Koester, Dave Leonhard, Tom O'Conner, Jackson Palmer, Michael Sheely, Vance Strausberg and Susan Wunder will be inducted at a reception in the Kenwood library at 5 p.m. Special recognition will also be given to Hall of Fame coach Mildred Murray and her 1948...
June 27, 2012
Under Armour Inc. has appointed a Turner Broadcasting System executive and a top retired naval officer to its board of directors, the Baltimore-based sports apparel company said Wednesday. The appointments of Brenda Piper, chief marketing officer for the animation, young adult and children's media group for cable giant Turner, and Admiral Eric Olson, former head of the U.S. Special Operations Command, take effect July 1. Piper, a veteran brand marketing executive, also has served in executive and management roles with MTV Networks, ABC Radio Networks, Frito-Lay and Pepsi-Cola.