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June 1, 2011
I was quite pleased to read Justin Fenton 's article on Anne Arundel County's handicap parking violators ("Target: handicap parking violators," May 29). If anything, however, he let violators off too easily by concentrating solely on infractions that pose a harm to the disabled. Handicap parking placards are an important component of society's attempt to integrate individuals with disabilities into the mainstream of American life. Indeed, laws such as the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 recognize that integration of individuals with disabilities into major life activities is a civil right.
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May 15, 2014
Baltimore Police Commissioner Anthony Batts is right to crack down on the city's notorious dirt bike riders by using social media and undercover officers to prevent them from disrupting traffic and putting motorists and pedestrians at risk. The unlicensed, unregistered two-wheeled menaces are famous for swarming intersections with dozens of vehicles a time, running red lights with impunity and recklessly zipping in and out of traffic lanes, forcing drivers to maneuver wildly to avoid collisions.
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NEWS
February 28, 2014
The recent article highlighting issues with snow removal struck a chord with me ( "Plenty of snow this winter brings plenty of fines, too," Feb. 26). I live in a neighborhood where everything I need is within a seven block walk of my house. This includes work, shopping and socialization. I've spent a frustrating winter slipping and sliding on icy sidewalks left for me by neighbors and businesses alike. I fully side with the time limit for removing snow. If a person waits too long, the snow becomes trampled and turns to ice. I was very aggressive about reporting scofflaws this winter.
NEWS
February 28, 2014
The recent article highlighting issues with snow removal struck a chord with me ( "Plenty of snow this winter brings plenty of fines, too," Feb. 26). I live in a neighborhood where everything I need is within a seven block walk of my house. This includes work, shopping and socialization. I've spent a frustrating winter slipping and sliding on icy sidewalks left for me by neighbors and businesses alike. I fully side with the time limit for removing snow. If a person waits too long, the snow becomes trampled and turns to ice. I was very aggressive about reporting scofflaws this winter.
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By Bill Tammeus | June 8, 1995
BEFORE YOU read another word here, do the world a favor.Gather up all the overdue books, videos, CDs, etc., you have from a public library and return them.Now -- presuming you've done what I asked -- don't you feel better?It turns out that libraries all over the country are missing tens of millions of items that were borrowed but never returned. And some of the folks who run these libraries are starting to get pretty miffed about it.In fact, they're asking law enforcement officials to go after the worst library scofflaws as if they were serious criminals.
NEWS
April 12, 2011
The House of Delegates is to be commended for its display of political courage in extending in-state tuition to children of illegal immigrants. The proof of this courage is that they did so in the midst of an incessant barrage of mean-spirited vitriol written to this newspaper on the subject. I don't know how many times I saw a letter posted on these pages beginning with "what part of 'illegal' do you not understand" and then degenerating into some predictable harangue. Note that their faux-concern for "lawbreakers" never implicates employers who made similarly illegal decisions to hire the parents of these students.
NEWS
By Erin Cox, The Baltimore Sun | September 18, 2012
Vulgar recycling scofflaws could be banned from Anne Arundel County recycling centers under a proposed law introduced Tuesday. County Councilman John Grasso said he crafted the measure after county workers relayed tales of miscreants who responded with obscenities when asked to separate trash from cardboard. "I don't think it's fair that the employees should have to take abuse from the customers going in there," Grasso said. "If you came into any other business, and you start telling the employees to [expletive]
NEWS
May 15, 2014
Baltimore Police Commissioner Anthony Batts is right to crack down on the city's notorious dirt bike riders by using social media and undercover officers to prevent them from disrupting traffic and putting motorists and pedestrians at risk. The unlicensed, unregistered two-wheeled menaces are famous for swarming intersections with dozens of vehicles a time, running red lights with impunity and recklessly zipping in and out of traffic lanes, forcing drivers to maneuver wildly to avoid collisions.
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By Joe Mathews and Joe Mathews,Sun Staff Writer | August 25, 1995
Kenny Hall is a night-shift guard at a prison, so he understands the importance of paying debts. That is why he showed up at the city's parking fines section at 7:30 a.m. yesterday -- an hour before the office opened.Mr. Hall, 31, was at the front of yesterday's line to take advantage of the city's second parking amnesty, which began Aug. 1. The program, last offered in the fall of 1992, allows parking scofflaws to pay off delinquent tickets without shelling out for the hundreds of dollars they owe in late fees.
NEWS
By Melody Simmons and Melody Simmons,Staff Writer | October 17, 1992
A city finance official is contemplating court action against flagrant scofflaws who ignore an amnesty program for parking tickets issued from 1986 through 1989.Since the amnesty program began on Sept. 1, the city has collected just $97,000 -- less than 3 percent of the approximately $3 million owed for unpaid parking tickets issued during the four-year period.Ottavio Grande, acting city collector, said yesterday that he is disappointed with the response to the program and he is considering lawsuits against some of the worst scofflaws if they fail to ante up by the program's Oct. 31 deadline.
FEATURES
By Julie Scharper, The Baltimore Sun | January 28, 2014
The author of "The Heat Seekers" is now feeling the heat herself. Kristina L. Roberts of Upper Marlboro, better known to fans as Zane , owes the state more than $340,000 in back taxes, according to Comptroller Peter Franchot . She topped the list of 25 individual tax scofflaws released by Franchot and owed more than $100,000 more than the next person on the list. Oops. Zane did not immediately respond to a request for comment.  Her work has made the New York Times' bestseller list 26 times, according to this 2012  MediaBistro profile , and her titles include both fiction --  "Missionary No More: Purple Panties 2" -- and non-fiction manuals, including  "Dear G Spot: Straight Talk about Sex and Love.
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By Candy Thomson, The Baltimore Sun | July 10, 2013
Toll cheaters who use Maryland E-ZPass lanes without a transponder will get hit with a $50 fine and could have their vehicle registration suspended under a law that took effect July 1. The Maryland Transportation Authority, operator of eight toll facilities, has begun the transition to the new collection process, which officials said will plug a loophole and allow them to recover as much as $7 million in overdue tolls. "It's not about money," said Bruce Gartner, MdTA acting executive secretary.
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Marta H. Mossburg | January 29, 2013
The O'Malley administration is all for enforcing infractions on state residents - but holds itself to an entirely less stringent moral and legal standard. The push to double E-ZPass fines is a case in point. The Maryland Transportation Authority (MdTA) would like to increase late fees for E-ZPass infractions to $50 and potentially suspend vehicle registrations for nonpayment in legislation yet to be introduced this session. For starters, the proposed punishment far exceeds the crime.
NEWS
By Erin Cox, The Baltimore Sun | September 18, 2012
Vulgar recycling scofflaws could be banned from Anne Arundel County recycling centers under a proposed law introduced Tuesday. County Councilman John Grasso said he crafted the measure after county workers relayed tales of miscreants who responded with obscenities when asked to separate trash from cardboard. "I don't think it's fair that the employees should have to take abuse from the customers going in there," Grasso said. "If you came into any other business, and you start telling the employees to [expletive]
NEWS
By Eileen Ambrose, The Baltimore Sun | September 14, 2012
Some members of Congress want to fire federal workers who are seriously delinquent on their taxes. Furthermore, if they had their way, prospective employees in deep tax arrears wouldn't even be considered for a job with Uncle Sam. The Republican-led House passed legislation last month that raised the consequences for federal civilian workers behind on their taxes, or anyone who wants to work for the government. Supporters say the measure is necessary to hold employees accountable, collect about $1 billion past due and foster confidence among Americans that public servants aren't ditching their tax obligations.
NEWS
By Scott Calvert, The Baltimore Sun | March 6, 2012
As someone who's made a hobby of unmasking tax cheats, Patterson Park activist Matt Gonter told state lawmakers Tuesday that he backs a proposal to fine homeowners caught getting unwarranted homestead credits on their property tax bills. Under the proposal, owners would face fines equal to 25 percent of any undeserved break on the credit, which limits increases in property tax payments for owner-occupied homes. Gonter, who regularly alerts government officials about properties that he thinks are getting unwarranted credits, said at a hearing that the risk of a penalty "may convince homeowners to think twice about applying for a credit to which they are not entitled.
NEWS
May 9, 2008
The Baltimore Sheriff's Office has apprehended dozens of child-support scofflaws in raids this week that were scheduled to coincide with Mother's Day. Deputies began the enforcement sweep early Monday morning and plan to continue through today. They have also joined with officials from neighboring counties to identify and pursue parents who are delinquent in their child-support obligations. As of yesterday afternoon, deputies had taken 83 people into custody as part of "Operation Mother's Day," Sheriff John W. Anderson's office said.
NEWS
By Michael James and Michael James,Sun Staff Writer | April 11, 1995
Nearly 10,000 Baltimore residents have made the "Jury's Most Wanted List" for having skipped jury duty three or more times, and an angry Circuit Court judge yesterday began sentencing the worst offenders to all or part of the day in jail.Judge Edward J. Angeletti convicted a day care worker, a cement mixer, a senior citizen and an advertising copywriter of contempt of court and ordered that they spend several hours in the courthouse lockup.All but the senior citizen were taken away in handcuffs.
NEWS
By Scott Calvert, The Baltimore Sun | February 3, 2012
Maryland homeowners who are caught getting unwarranted homestead credits on their property tax bills would face fines equal to 25 percent of any undeserved break, under a bill introduced Friday in the General Assembly. Meanwhile, Del. Samuel I. Rosenberg, the bill's sponsor, has abandoned an ambitious idea to revamp Maryland's 35-year-old homestead credit — which rewards longtime residency — with a tiered system tied to homeowners' incomes. Though he earlier called that a fairer system, he says he has concluded such an overhaul lacks public support and would be too complicated.
EXPLORE
August 26, 2011
The county, especially Columbia, needs a parking-enforcement division, which I feel should produce more than $2 million in revenue annually. Columbia has to be one of the worst when it comes to ignoring basic parking courtesy or even parking laws. Too many park in fire lanes, handicap spaces or the wrong side of the stree. We need these laws to keep some semblance of order in public ares such as the mall and major shopping centers, and even along busy residential streets, but they are never enforced.
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