January 27, 2014
I absolutely support unions when it is appropriate, and I would fight for union representation when it's appropriate. What I disagree with is the concept of "union shops" where all employees must pay dues whether they belong to the union or not ( "Paying one's dues," Jan. 23). Free enterprise should be on both sides of the economy. If a union is appropriate, then let there be a union. But that doesn't mean that it is appropriate for all the workers within the designated work force.
January 17, 2014
Bob and Maureen Finley of Bel Air announce the marriage of their son, Ryan Michael, to Jaclyn Ann Jacobsen, of Frederick on Aug. 3, at Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church in Parkton. Finley is a graduate of the John Carroll School and the University of Baltimore, where he earned a bachelor's degree in criminal justice. A veteran of the War on Terror, Finley is a loadmaster on the C-5A cargo aircraft in the West Virginia Air National Guard. Jacobsen is the daughter of Rich and Julie Jacobsen of Ocean Pines.
January 14, 2014
Readers of Jonathan Pitts ' story about Francis Scott Key's manuscript of "The Star Spangled Banner" being the centerpiece of the Maryland's Star-Spangled Summer celebration of our state's role in the War of 1812 (" Anthem celebration to have rockets' red glare, and more," Jan. 11) should bear in mind that the Battle of North Point, in September 1814, saw Baltimoreans bravely repulse a British land invasion of the city several days before the action at Fort McHenry. Thousands of citizens - black and white, slave and free - wielded pickaxes and shovels to fortify the city's southern and eastern sides.
December 13, 2013
It was nice to see such an outpouring of respect from all the politicians and dignitaries who attended Nelson Mandela's funeral ("Mandela's 'long walk is over,'" Dec. 11). Too bad those same politicians and dignitaries didn't show the same respect for former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher by showing up for her funeral as well. Cathy Miller, Parkton - To respond to this letter, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org . Please include your name and contact information.
December 3, 2013
In his op-ed of Dec. 2, Dan Clements notes that the Obama administration provided $163 million in funding to set up Maryland's health insurance exchange, putting it in the top 10 nationally ( "A failure of leadership" . The reported figure for those that have successfully enrolled so far as less than 5,000. That would equate to a cost, so far, of $32,600 spent on each successfully enrolled Marylander. If this was a business, would that figure be considered cost efficient? Richard T. Webb, Parkton - To respond to this letter, send an email to email@example.com . Please include your name and contact information.
November 9, 2013
Just how cost-effective is the Maryland Health Benefit Exchange ( "Md. health exchange working better, but glitches remain," Oct. 29)? How many employees work there, and what are the average annual salaries? What is the annual cost of operations? How much is coming from Maryland and how much is coming from the federal government? And, once we know how many millions is costing each year, is it cost effective, i.e., how much does it cost for each previously uninsured Marylander who gets coverage through the exchange?