October 25, 1994
The last rose of summer is spent by September, and wildflowers shortly thereafter. Stems turn to stalks alongside state highways and in the many median strips now left to run wild.For long stretches, land that parts the traffic rolls toward the horizon like ribbons of prairie. Chicory, a haze of blue dust at a distance, bobs beside a speeding car as though scraps of sky had caught in a whistle of air. Deeper in the median meadows grow thistles, clover, goldenrod. Were a traveler to pull over to pick a last autumn armful of flowers, the plants would pale as soon as their stems were cut.In fact, travelers do not pull onto the median strips.
August 16, 2012
In February, President Obama signed a bill requiring the Federal Aviation Administration to accommodate unmanned aerial vehicles in America's civilian airspace. The legislation slipped through without much media notice and certainly with no input from the American people. I'm glad aerospace manufacturers in Maryland will profit from this emerging new technology, but when I think of 10,000 or more drones soon to be in the air I'm troubled ("Md. sees a future in the rise of unmanned aircraft," Aug. 14)
September 15, 2011
The picture in Wednesday's Sun ("Election draws lowest turnout in history," Sept. 14) illustrates my huge complaint and frustration about the lack of privacy while voting. If the machines were placed with the screens facing the wall instead of open to the public, our votes wouldn't be visible to anyone behind us. I don't accept any excuse. The Board of Election Supervisors has a duty to see that the screens are private and are wired so that each machine is shielded. Claudia R. Fielding
February 4, 2010
My favorite thing about J.D. Salinger wasn't his seminal work -- or his most famous character, Holden Caulfield -- but how little I knew of him, thanks to his relentless pursuit of privacy. It's the same thing I also love about two other favorite writers, Harper Lee and Florence King. The former, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of "To Kill a Mockingbird," has declined most interview requests since the 1960 publication of the novel. Her recorded public ventures have included judging an annual high school essay-writing contest.
March 28, 2012
I see you have another article about employers looking at people's pages on Facebook. But the solution is obvious. Don't waste your time on Facebook, and you don't have to worry about people looking at it. Problem solved. You're welcome. William Smith, Baltimore
April 28, 2012
The criminal defense lawyers make the fair and typical plea for the "right to privacy" on behalf of the violent suspects they represent, but they ignore that the victim of a crime, be it an individual, a store or whatever, has not only lost their privacy but considerably more in the process ("Maryland police continue to collect DNA samples," April 26). There are consequences to bad behavior and if giving up your DNA is one of them, so be it. Peter Bell, Monkton