June 12, 2014
SafeNet, an data encryption company based in Harford County, announced Thursday the appointment of Prakash Panjwani as president and CEO. The 12-year SafeNet veteran most recently served as vice president and general manager of the company's data protection branch. Panjani's tenure comes at a crucial time for the information-protection industry, the company said. In January, more than 309,000 identities were exposed in an February breach at the University of Maryland. P.F. Chang's became the latest U.S. company to investigate a major credit card breach Tuesday.
June 9, 2014
I had to laugh as I read in The Sun about the "stroll" by Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake ( "Rawlings-Blake, Batts stroll to show safe harbor," June 4). If this was a walk to promote "safety" downtown, why was it necessary to be surrounded by a phalanx of police officers and the city's police commissioner? I think the irony here speaks for itself. However, I salute her prudence. F. Cordell, Lutherville - To respond to this letter, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org . Please include your name and contact information.
June 4, 2014
Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake and Police Commissioner Anthony W. Batts walked from Howard Street to the Inner Harbor on Wednesday night to promote safety in the city's downtown area. Escorted by several police cars, the group meandered from The Atrium to Harborplace, stopping at shops and restaurants and shaking hands with people they saw along the way. "I do a public safety walk annually to connect with the residents and businesses down here and have a conversation about deployment as we're going into the summer because it impacts residents' ability to enjoy the Inner Harbor," Rawlings-Blake said.
May 21, 2014
Since 2012, BGE has been upgrading its electric distribution system with technology that improves efficiency, reliability and safe operations for our 1.2 million customers. As BGE installs smart meters across our service area, we feel it is important for customers to understand the facts about this technology. While we encourage customers to take advantage of the new energy and money saving capabilities, we also want them to make an informed decision. Customers with smart meters are benefiting from energy and bill-savings programs, such as BGE Smart Energy Rewards®, a voluntary program that can earn customers bill credits for cutting back on energy use on an "Energy Savings Day. " Last summer, participating customers earned $6-$10 per Energy Savings Day. However, even customers who may decide not to have a smart meter installed will see benefits from the overall operational efficiencies and advancements of our smart metering system, including improved reliability and savings that BGE can pass on to customers.
May 12, 2014
Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake keeps saying that retaining wall that collapsed on 26 t h Street was tested a year ago and declared sound ( "City officials still unclear on responsibility for railroad landslide ," May 7). But just because they said it was sound doesn't mean that it was. Apparently the engineers were mistaken. Just because they are employed does not mean that they are good at their jobs. Apparently they are not good at their jobs. Therefore, instead of sticking behind engineers who were demonstrably wrong, maybe, a mayor in a leadership position should fire the mistaken engineers and hire better ones instead of denying reality to cover up the issue.
May 7, 2014
City officials and representatives of CSX met Sunday with Charles Village residents displaced by last week's landslide, updating efforts aimed at getting them back into their homes. "I was very pleased with the mayor's presence today," said Mark Truelove, one of the residents of the first block of E. 26th Street displaced by the collapse of a 120-year-old retaining wall. He said he was less reassured by CSX officials, whom he said "had a few things to say about the specific problem they're dealing with here, rather than a long-term solution.
May 4, 2014
I appreciate the Sun's recent coverage of the issue of sexual assault on college campuses ( "New guidelines to battle sexual assault at colleges," April 29). Towson University is committed to preventing sexual assault and promoting the safest possible environment for our students. In addition to our strong commitment to address sexual assault, Towson University is one of the 10 institutions that formed The Maryland Collaborative. The Maryland Collaborative was established to reduce college drinking and related problems through the application of a range of evidence-based strategies.
April 30, 2014
Letter writer Patrick Lynch and others with the same mindset ( "UFC is borderline barbarism," April 29) should know that the UFC has been around since 1993 and there has yet to be a single death inside the Octagon or a fighter who has died due to their injuries from fighting in the Octagon. To the ill-informed, mixed martial arts is not a sport because it seems like fights like this happen every day on the streets and bars across the globe. My question is, what makes something a sport?
April 29, 2014
The horrifying statistics on rape and sexual assault on college campuses in this country speak for themselves. Studies show that about one in five undergraduate women has experienced such an attack or an attempted attack at some point during their college years, but only 12 percent of incidents are reported. Why is justice so difficult to find in what is supposed to be a protected and enlightened atmosphere of a college or university? Advocates say there are numerous institutional barriers that discourage reporting, including administrators who treat reports of sexual assault with disbelief and on-campus judicial systems that are difficult for a victim to navigate.