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By BARRY RASCOVAR | March 3, 1991
There is an alarming trend in this country that started during the Reagan years: denial of the obvious.Politicians learned they could sidestep prickly problems simply by denying that these problems existed. The morass known as the federal deficit is a classic illustration.We are witnessing the same phenomenon locally. What is crystal clear to most people isn't so obvious to those with ties to government.Teachers in Anne Arundel County want a 7 percent pay raise; firefighters in Baltimore still want a 6 percent raise, and teachers in Montgomery County are holding firm for a 6.5 percent raise.
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October 3, 2014
Regarding Michael Phelps being pulled over for driving 84 mph in a 45-mph zone ( "Olympian Michael Phelps arrested for drunken driving a second time ," Sept. 30): If Mr. Phelps is sincere when he says he takes "full responsibility" for his actions and that he is "deeply sorry," he can show this dramatically - by voluntarily giving up driving motor vehicles and hiring someone who knows how to do it responsibly. Ernest F. Imhoff, Baltimore - To respond to this letter, send an email to talkback@baltimoresun.com . Please include your name and contact information.
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FEATURES
By Ron Grossman and Ron Grossman,Chicago Tribune | March 1, 1993
This book is a good antidote for anyone with a lump in his throat or a bad taste in his mouth left over from the Bettelheim affair.At the time of his death two years ago, Bruno Bettelheim was hailed as one of the founding fathers of child psychiatry. Dr. B., as colleagues and patients knew him, achieved a celebrity far beyond that usually won by even the most important scientists or physicians. "The Informed Heart," "Love Is Not Enough" and his other books were household manuals for thousands of families whose children were free of the terrible maladies he treated in his famed therapeutic school at the University of Chicago.
NEWS
October 3, 2014
Maryland's legislature decided to decriminalize possession of small amounts of marijuana for a few reasons. Lawmakers concluded that police and prosecutors should not be focusing their attention on what is increasingly viewed by the public as a relatively harmless vice; they expressed concern that criminal convictions related to marijuana possession were harming the employment and educational prospects of thousands of Marylanders; and they were alarmed...
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By MIKE ROYKO | October 17, 1994
I seldom give shopping tips, but here is a piece of shrewd advice that might be handy for those of you thinking of buying a computer.It might be your first computer or maybe you are moving up to a more recent model. In either case, this tip will prove invaluable.Be sure the computer you plan to buy will do what you want it to do.In other words, don't buy a computer that won't do what you want it to do. That's because if you buy a computer that won't do what you want it to do , the things you want it to do won't be done.
FEATURES
By Sarah Kickler Kelber and Sarah Kickler Kelber,Sun Reporter | September 22, 2006
Tucker Carlson was an obvious out the first week on Dancing With the Stars 3. But Shanna Moakler? It's pretty clear that, at least for now, the voting is all about fan base and not so much the dancing. How else to explain that Jerry Springer's still in it? I think he'll be around for a while, much to the consternation of some of the better competitors.
FEATURES
By J.D. Considine and J.D. Considine,Pop Music Critic | February 23, 1992
A word of advice to those wondering who will be the big winners at the Grammy Awards broadcast this Tuesday: Don't bet on the obvious choices.Why not? Because last year was not an obvious year for the industry. It was a strange period, a time when even veteran observers felt a bit like Dylan's Mr. Jones in "Ballad of a Thin Man," aware that there was something happening here, and they didn't know what it was.That sense of uncertainty is reflected in this year's list of nominees. Not only were some of last year's biggest sellers -- stars like Paula Abdul, Prince, Garth Brooks and Reba McEntire -- under-nominated or overlooked, but those who did get the nod represented an unexpectedly wide range of genres.
NEWS
February 1, 1991
The problem with a "Year of the Infant" is obvious -- eventually the year ends, but the needs of infants never do. Governor Schaefer's proclamation last January of a year of initiatives and emphases on the needs of Maryland's youngest children was well-intended, and some of the initiatives even got off the ground. But now that special year is over and, as Laura Lippman reported in Thursday's Evening Sun, most of the substantive proposals were either delayed, abandoned or are limping along with too little funding and not enough staff.
NEWS
By Jack W. Germond & Jules Witcover | May 19, 1997
WASHINGTON -- Every week or so another Washington politician turns up in New Hampshire or Iowa, and the press dutifully speculates on whether he is planning to run for president in 2000.It is not just the obvious ones like House Minority Leader Dick Gephardt or Republican Lamar Alexander who have tried it in the past. Some seem to come out of the blue. If there is a groundswell out there for Republicans like Rep. John Kasich of Ohio or Sen. Don Nickles of Oklahoma, it has been well hidden.
NEWS
July 5, 1994
Fairness dictates that if one tavern can stay open until a certain hour, so should the establishment next door. This is so obvious it's hard to believe the city of Annapolis and the courts have spent so much time debating the matter.Once again this controversy has settled on Buddy's Crabs and Ribs, an eatery in the heart of Annapolis which wants the same rights enjoyed by at least eight other taverns and restaurants -- namely to hold a 2 a.m. liquor license. The City Council finally decided last summer to grant Buddy's that right, but residents appealed in court and won.Anne Arundel County Circuit Court Judge Eugene M. Lerner ruled the council's decision "capricious" because, having denied Buddy's request before, it didn't offer sufficient reason for changing its mind.
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By Colin Campbell and The Baltimore Sun | September 15, 2014
A man's body was found floating Monday evening in the water under the Hanover Street bridge in South Baltimore, police said. An officer was flagged down at 5:40 p.m. by a person who first saw the body. The Baltimore City Fire Department recovered the body from the water. Police did not identify the victim, pending next-of-kin notification. No obvious signs of foul play were apparent, police said. The man's body will be taken to the Medical Examiner's Office for an autopsy to determine the exact cause of death.
NEWS
June 15, 2014
Whether the air quality in a hookah lounge is outstandingly fresh or alarmingly toxic, the real benefit to those who use these facilities is they can continue their lifestyle without endangering us ( "Study discovers poor air quality in hookah lounges," June 12). We have to suffer toxic smoke fumes every time we go outdoors in Baltimore. What good would a study do anyway? We know unquestionably that tobacco smoke along with secondhand smoke makes the user and the bystander eventually suffer a premature, agonizing and slow death.
NEWS
January 13, 2014
The train wreck of Maryland's Affordable Care Act insurance exchange should have been no surprise to Gov. Martin O'Malley, Lt. Gov. Anthony G. Brown or anyone else responsible for its creation. That's the unmistakable conclusion from a Washington Post article on Sunday based on not-previously disclosed documents and interviews with key participants. The Post's report fleshes out the story of dysfunction revealed in records obtained last month by The Sun through a public information request and leaves no doubt that state officials were warned repeatedly and in detail that the website was, in one former official's words, "a disaster waiting to happen.
NEWS
By Colin Campbell, The Baltimore Sun | December 16, 2013
Fort Meade officials identified the man who was found dead in his Laurel home on Friday as Johnnie Sutton III, 38, a sergeant first class from Florida. Sutton, who had served in the Army since 1994, was found in his home in the 8300 block of Frostwood Dr. around 10:30 a.m. "with obvious signs of trauma to the upper body," according to an Anne Arundel County police news release. Police are classifying his death as suspicious, and a homicide investigation is ongoing. Investigators are awaiting an autopsy by the medical examiner's office to determine cause of death.
SPORTS
Peter Schmuck | September 4, 2013
If you just woke up from an eight-month nap and tuned into SportsCenter or any of the NFL shows on cable, you'll be surprised to learn that the Ravens will open the 2013 season on Thursday night without Ray Lewis, Ed Reed and a whole bunch of other key players from the reigning Super Bowl championship team. The rest of us made peace with that a long time ago, but the national media never met an obvious storyline it didn't like, so much of the buildup heading into the rematch of last year's crazy, double-overtime playoff game between the Ravens and Broncos has been focused on the defensive stars Peyton Manning won't be facing instead of the ones he will.
FEATURES
Tim Wheeler | April 22, 2013
Today is Earth Day , a day when environmentalists and concerned citizens around the world demonstrate their caring for the health of their communities, the natural world and the planet. Forty-three years ago, the first Earth Day drew an estimated 20 million Americans into the streets, into parks and onto campuses for teach-ins and protests over environmental degradation.  Organizers today claim the observance has gone global, with more than 1 billion participants. Earth Day helped launch the modern environmental movement, which provided public pressure for passage of many of the environmental laws we have today.  Like the movement, its focus has shifted from fighting obvious air and water pollution to knottier issues around how and where we live, and what we consume, most notably climate change.
SPORTS
By Jon Morgan | November 8, 1994
A Los Angeles Rams spokeswoman yesterday said what by now seems obvious -- St. Louis has the edge in the race for the team -- but denied Baltimore is out of the running."
EXPLORE
Editorial from The Aegis | March 5, 2013
In the grand scheme of things, most of the issues that seem important to a particular generation fade with time, even as the things that are truly important remain so throughout the ages. Thus, it isn't much of a surprise that people in Harford County feel strongly enough to turn out in substantial numbers in Bel Air to talk about a decision being made half a world away by people over whom they hold no sway. The decision being considered that drew a crowd over the weekend at St. Margaret Catholic Church in Bel Air is that of who will be the next pope.
NEWS
January 23, 2013
Maryland law says that "if a contractor operates a speed camera system on behalf of a local jurisdiction, the contractor's fee may not be contingent on the number of citations issued or paid. " Baltimore City, like some other jurisdictions around the state, has nonetheless paid the private firms that manage its camera system on a per-ticket basis. The way Baltimore officials and others around the state have justified this apparent contradiction is by contending that the government is, technically, the "operator" of the speed cameras, and the vendor is merely under contract to "provide support services.
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