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May 9, 2013
As soon as I heard about the "rain tax," I knew politicians in this state wouldn't be able to keep their hands off this revenue windfall ("Faceoff over city water fee plan," May 6). I will be very much surprised if any of it actually goes toward cleaning up the Chesapeake Bay. Neal Cohen, Reisterstown
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June 11, 2014
Recent articles have raised concerns about the amount of money being spent by Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown, State Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler and Del. Heather Mizeur on their campaigns ( "Brown touts $800,000 fundraising tally," June 9). Collectively these self-centered career politicians have raised some $25 million, a large portion of which is being used in media blitzes to con voters to support them. In their book that's a wise use of money. In my book, it is not. What disturbs me is that the political beat writers continue to ignore the fact that there is another Democratic candidate in this election who refuses to play into this money game.
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By Barry Rascovar | November 18, 1998
YOU KNOW that old saying "you can't judge a book by its cover"? Well, maybe you can tell a politician by the films he or she likes.That was the premise behind a question posed to candidates for state and local offices this summer by The Sun's editorial board. We sent out a typical election-year questionnaire seeking candidate answers to public policy concerns. We also asked politicians to list their five favorite movies.The responses were hardly grist for editorial commentary. But it did show that Maryland pols seem to favor the same types of movies as their constituents.
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From Sun staff reports | April 17, 2014
Kerrin Maurer completed her hat trick with 26 seconds left in overtime as No.10 Duke upset No. 3 North Carolina, 7-6, on Wednesday night in the first women's lacrosse game at Kenan Stadium. It was the second straight year that the regular-season meeting between the Blue Devils and Tar Heels went into overtime. Duke improved to 9-6, 3-4 in the Atlantic Coast Conference. North Carolina fell to 12-3, 5-2. Maurer and Sydney Peterson (Notre Dame Prep) each had three goals for the Blue Devils.
NEWS
May 12, 2012
Kudos to Dan Rodricks ' hilarious column on gambling at National Harbor ("On slots, a deal's a deal, baby," May 10). Under one-party rule in the city and State House, a deal's good only until an elected official thinks of another way to spend money. There are rarely any political consequences when our monopoly government reneges. A deal's just what you do to lure the suckers; once in, they're ready to be fleeced. Make a bricks-and-mortar investment here? Watch you property taxes rise over time.
NEWS
May 9, 2013
Where has honor gone? The Founding Fathers knew what it meant to serve the people first, and with honor, not in hopes of financial kickbacks or political favors. Yet in 2013 I am distraught by the lack of honor shown by our public servants. I think of Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz yelling at senior citizens in front of small schoolchildren. What a disturbing display of childish behavior. Council members meeting last month stated they had to pass the storm water management fee or face budget cuts from the state.
NEWS
By Dan Berger | May 7, 1997
Cheer up. The president went to Mexico.All the pols hate Parris so badly, he must be doing something right.Yale experts on city management and revival will offer to Baltimore what they did for New Haven.The demise of the Tories is predicted by the very experts who years ago forecast the end of the Labor Party.Pub Date: 5/07/97
NEWS
By Dan Berger | May 14, 2001
The president got his budget. From now on, it's all his fault. House members are furious the United States was voted off agencies they don't even want it in anyway. "No one ... ever lost money by underestimating the intell- igence of the great masses of the plain people," wrote H. L. Mencken, who never dreamt of the XFL. Alas, there are pols in Mass. who wouldn't even give their governor their seat on a bus.
NEWS
June 6, 1995
The Baltimore County school system is a top-heavy mess. So say the members of the County Council, who have cut $4.4 million from the 1995-96 education budget with the intent of trimming what they claim is a bloated bureaucracy.However, the most recent state figures suggest that the councilmen have made a gross misjudgment. The statistics from the State Department of Education show that Baltimore County ranks third from the bottom in dollars devoted to administrative costs. Twenty-one of Maryland's 24 jurisdictions spend more on their central operations than does Baltimore County.
NEWS
By Baltimore Sun reporter | January 11, 2010
While I understand and agree with the outrage and resentment expressed by Dan Rodricks, and echoed my many ("The crimes, forgiveable. But that pension?" Jan. 10), I think that it is misplaced. Sheila Dixon didn't construct the pension and judicial apparatus that allows her to collect that largesse. She is only one member of a long line of slimy pols, past and present, who have become expert at feathering their own nests at taxpayers' expense. She'd be a fool not to accept the pension, and she's no fool.
NEWS
By John Fritze, The Baltimore Sun | June 5, 2013
When Rep. Chris Van Hollen struck up a conversation recently with a U.S. Capitol Police officer he sees every day on his way to work, he immediately learned two things about the man: He's from Baltimore and he's a huge Ravens fan. And so the Montgomery County Democrat took a break Wednesday from the budget battles playing out in Congress to take Officer Aaron Smith to the White House, where President Barack Obama honored the Super Bowl ...
NEWS
May 9, 2013
As soon as I heard about the "rain tax," I knew politicians in this state wouldn't be able to keep their hands off this revenue windfall ("Faceoff over city water fee plan," May 6). I will be very much surprised if any of it actually goes toward cleaning up the Chesapeake Bay. Neal Cohen, Reisterstown
NEWS
May 9, 2013
Where has honor gone? The Founding Fathers knew what it meant to serve the people first, and with honor, not in hopes of financial kickbacks or political favors. Yet in 2013 I am distraught by the lack of honor shown by our public servants. I think of Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz yelling at senior citizens in front of small schoolchildren. What a disturbing display of childish behavior. Council members meeting last month stated they had to pass the storm water management fee or face budget cuts from the state.
NEWS
By John Fritze, The Baltimore Sun | August 28, 2012
TAMPA, Fla. - Former Maryland Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. rushed through a convention hall that holds more than 15,000 journalists to get to an interview about why Republican nominee Mitt Romney should be elected president. Across town, Democratic Gov. Martin O'Malley was telling a room packed with cameras and national political reporters why that same nominee would be a disaster for the nation's economy. As delegates went through the formal process of nominating their candidate at the Republican National Convention on Tuesday, much of the messaging that will actually reach voters back home was taking place offstage as an army of political surrogates threw jabs and deflected counterpunches under the glare of studio lights.
NEWS
August 20, 2012
Senate President-for-Life Thomas V. Mike Miller and House Speaker-for-lifeMichael E. Buschare the poster boys for term limits. There should be a referendum on November's ballot to this effect: Twelve years and you're out. It's the most efficient and effective way to do away with the Papa Docs. Jean Bernstein, Baltimore
NEWS
By Michael Dresser and The Baltimore Sun | August 17, 2012
OCEAN CITY - Potential candidates for governor in 2014 flocked here this week to raise cash, mingle with other elected officials and line up support for their likely campaigns. On the Democratic side, at least five potential contenders for the governor's office were making the rounds at the annual political rite staged by the Maryland Association of Counties. Three potential Republican hopefuls also were chatting up potential supporters. For aspirants to statewide office, the summer conference is virtually a must-go occasion.
NEWS
By DAN RODRICKS | September 25, 2002
WILLIAM DONALD Schaefer suggests that Martin O'Malley needs to do more campaigning on behalf of Kathleen K. Townsend. Schaefer called the mayor about this last week, putting Don Donaldo among several Democratic pols who think O'Mayor should be more passionate in his support of the party's gubernatorial candidate. This from Schaefer, who jumped ship in 1992 to endorse George Bush for president over Bill Clinton. But Schaefer's machinations in both elections, 10 years apart, raise that question pols hate - whether they're obligated to get in line and endorse their party's candidate for major office, even if they can't stand that candidate.
NEWS
By Sandy Grady | October 18, 1990
IF YOU were making a movie about Jack Gargan, you'd bring back Jimmy Stewart to play the lead. This would be one of those warm, corny 1940s movies where the little guy triumphs over evil.In the script, as in real 1990s life, Gargan is a retired plumber in Tampa, Fla. He's tearfully sentimental about his grandkids. "I want them to have the same America I had. But politicians are sending it down the tubes."When Jack Gargan reads about the S&L mess, $124,000 congressional salaries and Washington's budget farce, he steams.
NEWS
May 12, 2012
Kudos to Dan Rodricks ' hilarious column on gambling at National Harbor ("On slots, a deal's a deal, baby," May 10). Under one-party rule in the city and State House, a deal's good only until an elected official thinks of another way to spend money. There are rarely any political consequences when our monopoly government reneges. A deal's just what you do to lure the suckers; once in, they're ready to be fleeced. Make a bricks-and-mortar investment here? Watch you property taxes rise over time.
NEWS
By Robert L. Ehrlich Jr | March 19, 2012
My elementary school principal was fond of reminding his students that the last perfect person walked this Earth 2,000 years ago. (Note to the litigious types over at the ACLU: It was permissible to provide such insight in light of the school's affiliation with the Lutheran Church.) The reminder was typically offered whenever a misbehaving student admitted to a youthful indiscretion. Our wonderful Mr. Zielski simply wished to teach his kids that the human condition means mistakes will be made along the way, and owning up to them will earn forgiveness here and in the hereafter.
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