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February 2, 2011
Letter writer Tim Weber is absolutely correct that Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller has every right to state his position on gay marriage ( "Why won't Mike Miller stand up for his beliefs on gay marriage?," Feb. 1). Unfortunately, that fact is quite irrelevant. Mr. Weber does not seem to understand that the Constitution is intended to restrict the powers of government, not the freedoms of individuals. And this fact is most important in preventing a majority from forcing its views — religious or otherwise — upon a minority.
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Erin Cox and The Baltimore Sun | July 31, 2014
A prominent Democrat lawmaker said Thursday he would work to close what he called "the Hogan loophole," which he said allowed Republican Larry Hogan "to pocket" public money during Hogan's campaign for governor. Economic Matters Committee chairman Del. Dereck Davis said he would seek stiffer rules for politicians who accept public financing, as Hogan as done. Among those provisions: forbidding spending public money in a way that improves a candidate's financial fortunes. Hogan's campaign, meanwhile, called the issue "absurd.
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Editorial from The Aegis | November 27, 2012
If every homeowner in Harford County who wanted sidewalks cleared of snow every winter were to go to the county and ask that a public bond be issued to cover the cost of that work, and then the homeowners' property taxes be used to cover payments on the bond, it would be regarded as ridiculous. After all, everyone knows shoveling snow from public sidewalks is the responsibility of the person who owns the property next to the sidewalk. Such a scenario, on a grander scale and for the benefit of a developer, however, is exactly what the Harford County Council approved last week when it signed off on a Tax Increment Financing deal with the developers of 111 acres in Creswell near the I-95 interchange with Route 543. After all, it has been well known in the development community for decades that developers are required to build roads, drainage systems, water and sewer infrastructure and sidewalks to a county standard.
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January 26, 2014
I'm glad people such as Dr. Joe Black assume their individual experiences with a naturally occurring substance must necessarily be common to all users ( "Pot not same as tobacco, alcohol," Jan. 23). Certainly his specific peculiarities should serve as the basis for a social policy which impacts all Marylanders! Some people get flabby from drinking beer. Some people get violent from tequila. Some people can't abide the taste of red wine and get headaches from it. Some people become amorous after downing a Riesling.
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January 26, 2014
I'm glad people such as Dr. Joe Black assume their individual experiences with a naturally occurring substance must necessarily be common to all users ( "Pot not same as tobacco, alcohol," Jan. 23). Certainly his specific peculiarities should serve as the basis for a social policy which impacts all Marylanders! Some people get flabby from drinking beer. Some people get violent from tequila. Some people can't abide the taste of red wine and get headaches from it. Some people become amorous after downing a Riesling.
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By Garland L. Thompson | September 27, 1990
THIS IS a season for serious issues. Many people still think of the annual Congressional Black Caucus Legislative Weekend as an excuse to show off the latest fashions and watch black political stars show off their latest rhetorical tricks. Some of those people are in charge of news coverage at major media outlets, judging from the limited attention paid to the conference over the last few years, and they should know better.What it has become is a great national forum for blacks critiquing public policy.
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By Suzanne Loudermilk and Suzanne Loudermilk,Sun Staff Writer | October 16, 1994
More than 200 academicians and business and government leaders turned their backs on the gorgeous fall weather yesterday to ponder such weighty issues as public policy, the bully pulpit and the media and the presidency at the Inner Harbor's Hyatt Regency.White House adviser Thomas F. "Mack" McLarty, the scheduled keynote speaker, was not able to attend the 25th annual Leadership Conference.Instead, Philip Lader, head of the Small Business Administration, spoke, focusing, among other things, on what he termed the "kaleidoscopic phenomenon of policy making."
NEWS
July 7, 2009
Marylanders who took to their cars over the long July 4th weekend likely noticed the trend: fewer fellow travelers on the roads. The dip in holiday traffic was a revealing reflection of the bigger picture: On a year-to-year average, Americans are driving about 4 percent less, the biggest drop since the invention of the automobile. A year ago that shift might have been blamed on high gasoline prices, but today a gallon of gas is about $1.45 cheaper than in 2008. The economic downturn and job losses have no doubt been a factor as well, but the U.S. has weathered recessions before - and oil shortages in the late 1970s that forced rationing at the pump - with less impact on American's driving habits.
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By Gerald P. Merrell and Gerald P. Merrell,sun reporter | February 18, 2007
John Liparini walked in from a snow flurry at 7:30 p.m., armed with facts and figures in support of two modest developments in Elkridge to aid moderate-income families. Less than 90 minutes later, he bowed to unrelenting opposition from residents and scrapped both projects, at least temporarily. That experience encapsulates a broader issue for the county: The divergence between public policy and public will. The conflict, some say, may be the county's single largest problem because it pervades discussions on many of the most critical issues.
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By Chris Kaltenbach and Chris Kaltenbach,SUN STAFF | February 22, 1998
If C-SPAN, the cable TV network offering gavel-to-gavel coverage of Congress, sounds like an idea that's better in theory than in fact, then the idea of C-SPAN radio sounds like tedium redefined.The torture inherent in listening to Newt Gingrich or Richard Gephart speak is somewhat relieved by watching their faces. But without the picturesBut duplicating C-SPAN is not what WCSP-FM (90.1) is all about. C-SPAN is obligated to focus a camera on the House and Senate whenever they're in session.
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Editorial from The Aegis | July 2, 2013
Both public libraries and free, universal public education are regarded as cornerstones of American democracy. A line of reasoning embraced by the nation's founders holds that for the regency of the general public to endure, the elected government would have to make sound and reasonable public policy decisions. That government would also have to change its public policy decisions when it made mistakes. Importantly, the people making the decisions would have to know when to change and when to stay the course on a particular public policy direction.
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June 27, 2013
As a 33-year Maryland law enforcement veteran, I agree with 95 percent of what Baltimore City State's Attorney Gregg Bernstein says about the difficulty of decriminalizing marijuana ("Perils of decriminalization," June 21). A move to decriminalize marijuana would leave behind the deadly drug-dealing marketplace of Baltimore's street corners. Most people do not realize that alcohol prohibition was the decriminalization of alcohol. It was only illegal to manufacture, transport and sell, not to possess or consume.
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Editorial from The Aegis | April 18, 2013
It's easy to be critical of the government, any government, any time, but especially at budget making time. That's because budget making time is when tax rates are set or adjusted, and often if they're adjusted, they're adjusted up. It's also the time, at least at the county government level, when pay raises are pondered for government employees, notably teachers. This year in Harford County, the tax issue isn't what will be drawing criticism; as proposed, the county budget for the year that starts July 1 will be balanced without increasing the property tax rate, or other tax rates or fees, for that matter.
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Robert L. Ehrlich Jr | March 24, 2013
Typical daily schedule for a member of the United States Congress: •8:30 a.m. - National Wind Energy Association: to discuss wind production tax credit. •10 a.m. - National Association of Manufacturers: to discuss accelerated depreciation schedules and corporate income tax. •11 a.m. - National Association of Realtors: to discuss home mortgage deduction and capital gains exclusion on home sales. •1 p.m. - The Alliance for Charitable Reform, National Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, American Cancer Society, Muscular Dystrophy Association: to discuss enhanced funding for National Institutes of Health and federal charitable deduction.
NEWS
January 7, 2013
State officials were right last week to postpone approval of a Department of Juvenile Services contract to increase the capacity of the privately owned Silver Oak Academy juvenile residential treatment facility in Carroll County. The department wants to double the number of beds there, from 48 to 96, in order to reduce the backlog of youthful offenders awaiting treatment in overcrowded lockups. Getting more troubled young people out of detention centers and into treatment where they can receive the help they need is certainly a worthy goal.
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Editorial from The Aegis | November 27, 2012
If every homeowner in Harford County who wanted sidewalks cleared of snow every winter were to go to the county and ask that a public bond be issued to cover the cost of that work, and then the homeowners' property taxes be used to cover payments on the bond, it would be regarded as ridiculous. After all, everyone knows shoveling snow from public sidewalks is the responsibility of the person who owns the property next to the sidewalk. Such a scenario, on a grander scale and for the benefit of a developer, however, is exactly what the Harford County Council approved last week when it signed off on a Tax Increment Financing deal with the developers of 111 acres in Creswell near the I-95 interchange with Route 543. After all, it has been well known in the development community for decades that developers are required to build roads, drainage systems, water and sewer infrastructure and sidewalks to a county standard.
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By Stephen Kiehl and Stephen Kiehl,SUN REPORTER | October 30, 2006
In the foyer of a handsomely appointed home in Potomac, Kristen Cox receives a warning from her host. "Now hold on, Kris, I have steps down," the host says. "I don't want you to fall." Cox - who is legally blind and who that morning had run the 3.1-mile Race for the Cure in Baltimore without incident - bristles just slightly. "Oh, I'm fine," she says. "I've got my cane." In her campaign for lieutenant governor, Cox prefers to talk about complex public policy issues and her record as secretary of the state's first Department of Disabilities.
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By M. Dion Thompson and M. Dion Thompson,SUN STAFF | July 25, 1998
Walter Sondheim is on the phone, trying to get out of being interviewed. He can't understand why the city's newspaper is coming around, yet again, to get the tale of his life. Who cares, he says.Yes, he is turning 90, and that is worth remarking on. But all this fuss, the parties, the inquiring journalist. Is it really necessary? Still, after only the slightest bit of nudging, he relents, which is to be expected because, after all, Walter Sondheim is a nice guy.On the scheduled day, he takes a seat behind the desk of his 15th-floor office at Baltimore's Legg Mason Tower and makes one last half-hearted try."
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By Jill Rosen and The Baltimore Sun | August 29, 2012
Baltimore's former health commissioner has come out with a way that just might get regular people to care about public policy -- he mixes in a heavy dose of "The Wire. " Dr. Peter Beilenson, who's now Howard County's chief health officer has written a book with journalist Patrick McGuire called "Tapping into The Wire: The Real Urban Crisis. " Each chapter is a different scene from the beloved HBO show, but with the storylines broadened to examine public policy questions. Published by The Johns Hopkins University Press, the 232-pager comes out Sept.
NEWS
June 19, 2012
Sean Kennedy of the ever-voluble Maryland Policy Institute attempts in "Annapolis dines at federal expense" (June 13) to indict two governments simultaneously. If ever anyone finds oneself on a side with government, do please watch-out; you may be under constant and consistently false attack. Here we find both the feds and Gov.Martin O'Malleysupposedly pulling another fast one past the insufficiently alert public. Well, if anyone is trying to pull a fast one, Mr. Kennedy is the real offender.
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