August 25, 2011
For all intents and purposes, the story of the Plaza Residences was finished a long time ago, but the state's highest court has written a disappointing epilogue. The Plaza was to be a 22-story condo building in Columbia's Town Center. Supporters of the project hailed its potential for energizing the local economy and broadening the county's tax base. Opponents argued it would overwhelm roads, schools and the sewers and would constitute a lakefront eyesore. The economic nosedive of three years ago and the troubles of the developer, WCI Communities, effectively ended the debate.
November 1, 2012
Are you for same-sex marriage ("For Question 6," Oct. 31)? God ordained marriage to be between one man and one woman. He gave no other options. Our loving God's plan is always perfect and for our own good. Will you defy Him? "Make no mistake about it, no one makes a fool of God. " (Gal. 4:16) Carolyn McComas, Fallston
November 14, 2012
In casting their ballots for Question 6, what Maryland voters were actually doing was putting their stamp of approval on homosexuality. Most gays and lesbians aren't interested in getting married. They do want to have same-sex relationships and not be called names for doing so. It will be interesting to see how many marriages occur in this group. If there is no significant increase in same-sex unions, a terrible mistake was made. An institution that has kept the human race in existence since its beginning will have been irreversibly changed for nothing.
October 9, 2012
I couldn't support more strongly the beautiful message of op-ed contributor Erma Durkin ("A Catholic for equality," Sept. 29). In my journey of 68 years, and married for 46 of them, I have tried to be a faithful Catholic, and I too, will be supporting marriage equality by voting for Question 6. It is for love, fairness and equality that I will be voting on Nov. 6. Let us practice that Golden Rule to which Ms. Durkin referred and not judge the...
October 21, 2012
If Question 7 is approved, MGM Grand will build a Las Vegas style casino at the National Harbor. This property will not only have a casino, but it will also be a destination for entertainment and gourmet food. The construction of the complex will provide many needed construction jobs in Maryland and the casino, restaurants, hotel, and theaters will bring countless jobs to the area for years. Penn National Gaming, Inc. has spent tens of millions to influence the voters to vote no for Question 7. There have been countless advertisements on television.
November 6, 2012
Maryland is my home. Who would want to live elsewhere? We are America in miniature with our mountains, farmland and beaches. Our citizens are welcoming from Street to Saint Mary's and Frostburg to Federal Hill. That is why it is troubling to see neighbors battle against neighbors over the issue of Question 6. Some on both sides polarize their neighbors in an attempt to prove their side more worthy. I will tell you where I stand on the issue, but first let me share my beliefs, as I don't think Marylanders like me have had their voices recognized.
June 11, 2010
$46,542. That's a salary that could relieve the anxiety and desperation of a lot of people in this economy, in this city, who can't find work, can't afford medical care, can't hold on to their homes. A thousand checks at $46,542 each could indeed do a great deal of good for a great number of folks. Gov. Martin O'Malley, however, is delighted to take those thousand checks, each at $46,542, and buy 1,000 gambling machines that themselves so often become instruments of despair.
July 1, 2012
I have a question for Mitt Romney: Now that the Supreme Court has ruled President Obama's health care law is constitutional - a law Mr. Romney promised to repeal if elected - which would he work to repeal first, the health care act or Roe v. Wade? Mel Mintz, Pikesville
October 13, 2012
We keep hearing about the 800-to-2,000 jobs that will be created with the passage of Question 7. I doubt that it will even come close to offsetting the number of jobs lost to gambling and problem addictions. The money won't make it to the schools. It will just result in another shortfall and more taxes will have to be levied. George B Wroe, Glyndon
November 2, 2012
In reporter Annie Linskey 's analysis of an opposition ad against Question 6 ("Claim about marriage referendum is disputed," Oct. 30), she concludes that consequences are not part of the decision to vote on a referendum, but part of a "broader narrative. " Her statement ignores the consequences demonstrated by the ad she criticizes were the result of a federal judge's decision permitting inclusion of same-sex marriage in the curriculum after same-sex marriage was approved in another state.