March 12, 2012
That Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blakewould respond to a letter from constituent Jada Pinkett Smith expressing concern about the welfare of circus elephants with a complaint that the actress had not returned the mayor's earlier calls, demonstrates an upside down understanding of public service ("SRB miffed that Pinkett Smith hasn't returned city's calls," March 8). The mayor works for Ms. Pinkett Smith and the rest of us, not vice versa. When a citizen calls the police for help, the 911 operator doesn't respond, "What have you done for us lately?"
September 10, 2011
With all of the attention being given to the new uniforms of the University of Maryland football team, has anyone considered the fact that Maryland's state flag is the only one in the country based on the coat of arms of a state's founding families? The black and gold represents the Calverts, while the red and white represents the Crossland family. Leonard Calvert married Alicia Crossland. As the grandmother of two Calvert descendants, I know they are proud of their heritage, and there are many Calverts in Maryland who might also be dismayed by the criticism of the team's uniform.
March 14, 2011
I am responding to a letter to the editor("Social Security employees deserve a pay cut or two. " March 9). I have been employed by the Social Security Administration for the past several years. Prior to that, I spent over 15 years in private industry. In both sectors I have witnessed employees who do not do their fair share of work. However, the vast majority of individuals at SSA are hard working folks who take pride in their role of public servants and know that the work they do helps make a difference in the lives of millions of Americans.
January 7, 2012
Baltimore County government this week unveiled a little hometown pride - and its sports preference - when it turned Towson's Historic Courthouse signature dome purple on Friday, Jan. 6. County officials said the gesture is meant to support the Baltimore Ravens march to this year's Super Bowl, and also make it clear that the county considers the Ravens its team because of the franchise's headquarters in the county. "We are very proud that the Ravens corporate headquarters are located in Owings Mills," said Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz in a press release about the courthouse tribute. "While we are delighted to share 'our' team with the entire region, we take special pride in knowing that the Ravens call Baltimore County home.
February 9, 2006
On Friday, February 3, 2006, RALPH Mc KERNEY, JR., departed this life. Beloved and devoted husband of Priscilla Pride, loving son of Earline Pride and the late Ralph Pride, Sr., adored brother of Jennifer Stockton and the late Vicki Lynn Jackson. Services where held on Wednesday February 8, 2006 in Baltimore, MD.
July 1, 2011
A decade ago, it was wildly popular for real estate experts, elected government officials and professional opinionists to claim that homeownership was patriotic. Today, post-housing bubble, claims that renting a place to live is the smarter value have become just as popular. The problem with the current home ownership conversation, it seems, is that everyone wants to talk about houses only in financial terms: good investment, bad investment. Haven't we gotten over that yet? What we need to consider is not whether home ownership or renting a home is a better financial move, but how a well-maintained, well-loved home contributes to the civic good.