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September 8, 2011
Sen. Ben Cardin and Karen Hostler are right in saying we do not need ethanol as a gasoline additive, while Stephanie Dreyer is a spin artist in her response to their comments ("Ethanol makes sense," Sept. 1). While not entirely inaccurate, the omissions in her arguments are significant. For example, Ms. Dreyer expertly avoids mentioning that ethanol is produced by burning carbon fuels and that studies have shown only marginal energy savings in ethanol use over gasoline. Ethanol also results in lower gas mileage compared to traditional gasoline.
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John McIntyre and The Baltimore Sun | October 13, 2014
Each week The Sun's John McIntyre presents a relatively obscure but evocative word with which you may not be familiar, another brick to add to the wall of your vocabulary. This week's word:  INCUNABULA Saying "in-kyoo-NAB-yuh-luh" may sound like an incantation to you, but you are in fact referring to something in the earliest stages of its development. The word passes into English directly from Latin, where it means "swaddling-clothes," deriving from cunae , "cradle.
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NEWS
March 4, 2010
As a member of the Cardinal Gibbons School class of 1969 and a former member of the Gibbons board, I am shocked and surprised by the decision of Archbishop Edwin F. O'Brien and the Archdiocese of Baltimore to close Cardinal Gibbons ("Disbelief, outrage in face of Gibbons' closing," Mar. 4). While I understand and appreciate the need to consolidate schools that are losing money, Cardinal Gibbons is not among that group. Gibbons has no debt, has a moderately increasing enrollment and is the only Catholic high school option in Southwest Baltimore.
NEWS
By John E. McIntyre and The Baltimore Sun | September 28, 2014
We have become depressingly familiar with the term birth cohort , as we assess the relative merits and demerits of the finally passing away baby boomers, along with Generation X and the millennials. (Good luck, kids, we've dealt you a dodgy hand.)  The word in its original, Roman sense was a unit of six centuries, or a tenth of a legion. Those of you who studied poetry in school may recall Byron's "Destruction of Sennacherib": "The Assyrian came down like the wolf on the fold, / And his cohorts [military units]
NEWS
November 11, 2011
If it looks like a duck and quacks like a duck, its a pig - that's what I thought after reading about state Sen. Ulysses Currie's not guilty verdict and then reviewing the actions that led to his indictment ("Currie not guilty," Nov. 9). John G. Bailey, Edgemere
NEWS
October 18, 2011
Maryland's legislature should take the time to develop congressional districts that make sense. Democratic officials have said that the current map was just a starting point from which to develop new districts, which sounds good on the surface. But if we continue to take that approach every 10 years, the congressional district maps will get more and more ridiculous. Surely the data and computer software are available, or can be reasonably developed, to lay out congressional districts that look reasonable on a map and that group constituents with similar interests together.
NEWS
October 18, 2012
As a longtime resident of Main Street in Historic Ellicott City, I support parking meters on Main Street and understand their purpose. As a resident, I have rarely parked my vehicle on Main Street during business hours in order to free up a spot for a tourist to come spend money and enjoy our fantastic little town. It's a minor inconvenience for the greater good. I believe the new system that will allow visitors to use their smart phones or computers to locate available spaces will be a benefit to all ("Parking plan splits Main St. merchants," Oct. 14)
NEWS
February 16, 2013
Your recent article ("Helmet bill gets objections from bike advocates" Feb. 13) left me quite astounded and literally shaking my head. People have opinions, and opinions do indeed vary. As a lifelong road-bicycling participant (35 years) and helmet wearer, I have cycled the roads and streets in many states, raced at the intercollegiate level and as a licensed amateur, commuted to school and work, participated in local group rides (both fast paced and leisurely) and just rode (and currently ride)
NEWS
March 20, 2011
I am beginning to think that Maryland state officials are drinking Charlie Sheen-style Kool Aid. How can anyone in their right mind justify rewarding people for illegal behavior ("Senate approves in-state tuition rates for illegal immigrants, 27-20," March 15)? I understand that the children of illegal immigrants may not be to blame for being here illegally, but by giving them in-state tuition rates we are rewarding unlawful behavior. All that does is reinforce that behavior — that's Psychology 101. Why would anyone be concerned about being in this state illegally when they are getting perks that should be reserved for those who are here legally.
SPORTS
By Peter Schmuck | February 9, 2010
While the NFL's union and management suits prepare to tarnish another one of our favorite pastimes with a protracted labor dispute, I'd like to join in the chorus of common sense. I certainly will not be the first to caution the owners and players that they've got too much going for them to turn pro football into a collective bargaining trainwreck. The warning signs have become more and more visible over the past year. Former Ravens coach Brian Billick even devoted a large chunk of his recent book -- "More Than a Game" -- to the notion that everyone associated with the NFL has way too much to lose in this greedy game of chicken.
FEATURES
By Sloane Brown, For The Baltimore Sun | September 12, 2014
The fall fundraising party season revs into high gear next weekend with a plethora of big shindigs that can cost big bucks to attend - all for a worthy cause, of course. From the Night of 100 Elvises to the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra Gala, tickets can go from $26 to $5,000 each. With such a broad range, you might wonder what goes into setting the price. Why does one hoopla cost so little, and another so much? Certainly, there are expenses to cover. A fancy gala that offers hors d'oeuvres, open bar, a gourmet sit-down dinner and live dance music is going to cost the organizers a lot more than a party that might have local restaurants and liquor distributors donating their wares at food stations, with a cash bar. But, there are a few more factors that go into the mix. The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, Maryland Chapter is one of the busiest nonprofits, with seven major parties a year, says Ann Krulevitz, the chapter's associate executive director.
NEWS
August 17, 2014
The most popular rifle in America is the AR-15, which looks like M-16 but does not operate like one. Maryland's legislature banned the look in spite of fact that the function never matched ( "Federal judge upholds assault rifle ban," Aug. 12). Science and records say assault rifles are seldom involved in crime. Research and common sense says good guys with guns save lives. While cops are usually good guys, their failure rate is high. Maryland put almost 60 bad cops in jail over the last two years.
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By Leonard Gilroy and Christopher Summers | August 11, 2014
Running parking garages is not a core function of government, so Baltimore Mayor Rawlings-Blake's plan to sell off city-owned garages would be an encouraging step toward shedding non-essential city assets and investing in more important priorities for the city's residents and long-term fiscal health. The mayor proposes selling four downtown city-owned garages to generate between $40 million to $60 million in net proceeds (after paying off $24 million in garage debt) that would be used to make improvements to city recreation centers.
NEWS
August 4, 2014
Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz has shown no shyness in the past about standing behind the school system's construction and renovation plans in the face of community opposition - case in point, his infamous "my job to talk, yours to listen" press conference at the ground breaking for a new elementary school in Mays Chapel last year. Yet on Friday he authored a sweeping re-write of Superintendent Dallas Dance's plans for additions, modernization and new construction involving three elementary schools and a middle school in the greater Towson area, plans that had drawn community opposition for everything from traffic to the destruction of century-old trees.
SPORTS
By Don Markus and The Baltimore Sun | July 31, 2014
The announcement Thursday that Gilman quarterback Kai Locksley had committed to play at Florida State was disappointing news for Maryland fans who desperately wanted to see the four-star prospect in College Park in 2015. In the long term, it wasn't awful news for Terps coach Randy Edsall and, more importantly, for his offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach, who also happens to be Kai Locksley's father. After talking with the family in June at their home for a story about the relationship between Mike Locksley and the youngest of his three sons , I came away with the feeling that neither Mike nor Kai was totally comfortable with the idea of working together.
NEWS
July 30, 2014
As a 15-year resident of Baltimore City, I am still astonished by the idea of the Red Line being developed as it is designed ( "Forward thinking on the Red Line," July 28). The idea of the Red Line is to bring access from the west and east wings to the downtown area. As a resident of the Fells Point-Canton area, I do not know one resident who feels this is a good idea or desirable for our community. North Avenue is basically a ghost town with more boarded up blocks of homes than anywhere else in the city.
NEWS
September 30, 2011
I don't have a problem with paying for The Sun's online version, but the way the paper is going about charging for online access does not make sense. It's going to be $49.99 for 26 weeks, or $99.98 per year. But for any level print subscriber it's just $29.99 a year. You can get a weekend print subscription for just 99 cents a week or $51.48 per year. $51.48 plus $29.99 equals $81.47. So its almost 20 bucks cheaper to get just the weekend paper and the online daily. What a waste!
NEWS
May 20, 2011
My opinion of President Obama rose when he ordered the successful raid to eliminate the mass murderer Osama bin Laden. Now if our government would only take the next reasonable step and also eliminate the $3.2 billion in aid that we send to Pakistan, I would really be impressed! How ludicrous for Pakistan to claim that they didn't know bin Laden had been sheltered in their country for years! They are obviously trying to play both ends against the middle, trying to appease the Taliban while taking money from America, and why not?
NEWS
By Jacques Kelly, The Baltimore Sun and By Jacques Kelly, The Baltimore Sun | July 20, 2014
The Rev. Father Joseph Valentine Messer, a Roman Catholic priest who served in Glen Burnie and Severna Park, died of dementia complications Wednesday at Stella Maris Hospice. The Timonium resident was 90. Born in Brooklyn, N.Y., he was the son of Henry Philip Messer, who managed the old John Murphy church goods firm, and the former Mary Magdalen Goeckler, a homemaker. After his family moved to Halethorpe when he was a boy, he attended Ascension School and was a Catonsville High School graduate.
SPORTS
By Jeff Ermann and Special to The Baltimore Sun | July 18, 2014
Editor's note: Each week,  InsideMDSports.com  provides this blog with a Maryland recruiting feature that previously appeared as premium content on its site. The past month was slow for hoops recruiting, thanks to the NCAA's limitation of early "open" periods. But with coaches allowed to hit the road again beginning last week, the pace in the class of 2015 has picked up considerably. Because of his growing interest in St. James point guard Justin Robinson , it seems Terps coach Mark Turgeon didn't press for a commitment from Kevin Dorsey . New offers Maryland handed out a couple of offers Tuesday to a pair of top-50 guards in Eric Davis and Prince Ali . It initially was thought that Mark Turgeon wouldn't pursue guards in 2015, but the transfers of Seth Allen and Roddy Peters, combined with transfer Terry Henderson's selection of North Carolina State, has him in the market for at least one and perhaps two in this recruiting class.
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