June 29, 2012
Baltimore County CouncilmanKenneth N. Oliver is right to proceed cautiously in rezoning the former Solo Cup site in Owings Mills until more is known about its effect on traffic. State transportation officials have begun two major studies of traffic along the Reisterstown Road corridor, a key area that is already congested. Until we know what fixes are needed to relieve the gridlock - and how much it will cost as well as where the money will come from - the last thing Baltimore County should do is add another 400,000 square feet of retail space.
October 12, 2010
In response to the Sun's article "Some city teachers protest pact vote" (Oct. 12), I couldn't help but be concerned about the rushed persistence by the union to ratify a new contract. Beyond that I would like to add that it is shortsighted to believe our public schools would be better off if we rely only on the things that testing can measure. Not everything important to a meaningful education can be quantified. Should we simply ignore a student's ability to critically think, ignore their ability to raise creative questions, to seek alternative explanations, to pursue knowledge outside the rote preparation for tests?
July 16, 2010
Aboard the North Avenue bus — The woman in the khaki cutoffs with the close-cropped hairdo might not have expected her Hollywood moment to occur while she was riding the Number 13 bus. But if that was the venue chosen by Providence, she was determined not to miss her chance. "You should put me in your play," she told her two seatmates as they bent over a laptop, conferring seriously. She'd never met the pair before they all had boarded the bus together. But that was before the woman learned that Ira Gamerman and Jayme Kilburn were working together on a play.
January 12, 2012
The playoffs tend to bring out the best in players, coaches and teams, which is what Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco is expecting from the Houston Texans when they visit M&T Bank Stadium on Sunday. Houston's defense finished the regular season ranked third against the pass, surrendering an average of 189.7 yards. The unit also ranked sixth in the league in sacks with 44 despite the loss of two-time Pro Bowl defensive end Mario Williams. “They're not afraid of bringing some pressure, lining it up and playing cover-1, playing man,” Flacco said Wednesday.
March 7, 2013
Just the other night, the local news reported two stabbings. In light of all the recent knee-jerk gun legislation, where is the outrage and legislation for knife control? Knives should be banned. Knife owners need to be licensed and finger printed - so that when someone stabs someone, as happens in Maryland on a regular basis, the police know whom to go after. There should be consistent and fair legislation for such crimes. If there have to be draconian gun laws here, then judging by the news there should also be equally strict knife control laws in Maryland.
July 7, 2011
The state's biotech tax credits drew more than 180 applications within three minutes of the window opening for the $8 million available this fiscal year, the Maryland Department of Business and Economic Development said Thursday. The credits go to investors pumping money into fledgling Maryland biotechnology firms in need of capital. The credits will be handed out on a first-come, first-served basis to those that qualify — thus the rush. Initial credit certifications will be issued within 30 calendar days, DBED said.