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December 9, 2011
Isn't it ironic that our government could afford to subsidize our involvement in Iraq to the tune of $12 billion per month, yet it cannot afford to subsidize the U.S. Postal Service, one of the best-operating federal agencies, at a fraction of that cost ("'Snail mail' could get slower under Postal Service plan," Dec. 6)? Donald T. Torres, Ellicott City
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December 9, 2011
Isn't it ironic that our government could afford to subsidize our involvement in Iraq to the tune of $12 billion per month, yet it cannot afford to subsidize the U.S. Postal Service, one of the best-operating federal agencies, at a fraction of that cost ("'Snail mail' could get slower under Postal Service plan," Dec. 6)? Donald T. Torres, Ellicott City
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NEWS
December 7, 2011
What sacrifice is Congress making in order to improve the U.S. Postal Service efficiency and reduce costs ("'Snail mail' could get slower under Post Service plan," Nov. 6)? All I see are sacrifices made to the consumer. Why not start by cutting out Congressional mailings? In 2007, the Congressional Research Service prepared a report for Congress advising representatives that the "franking" privilege had cost taxpayers $113.4 million in current dollars from 1988 to 2007. House members spent more than $45 million in 2009 on taxpayer-funded mass mailings.
NEWS
December 7, 2011
What sacrifice is Congress making in order to improve the U.S. Postal Service efficiency and reduce costs ("'Snail mail' could get slower under Post Service plan," Nov. 6)? All I see are sacrifices made to the consumer. Why not start by cutting out Congressional mailings? In 2007, the Congressional Research Service prepared a report for Congress advising representatives that the "franking" privilege had cost taxpayers $113.4 million in current dollars from 1988 to 2007. House members spent more than $45 million in 2009 on taxpayer-funded mass mailings.
FEATURES
October 6, 2004
With the Merriweather Post Pavilion's future as an outdoor concert venue up in the air -the Rouse Co. wants to sell it to Howard County as an enclosed theater - the Incubus show on Monday may be the end of an era for the 37-year-old site. In its time, Merriweather has been the venue for many top touring acts, from Blondie to Madonna, from the Grateful Dead to Phish, from Joni Mitchell to Norah Jones. Surely you sprawled on its lawn under the stars, or sprang for a seat in the pavilion a time or two or 20. Did you bang your head to Metallica?
FEATURES
By Judith Forman | September 18, 1998
Monicas of the world, unite!A support organization has been formed to help you through times when "innocent good women have been heckled, ridiculed, shamed and maimed because they have the name Monica."So says Mandy Stellman, a Milwaukee attorney and co-founder of Monicas With Attitude. Its purpose? To help women named Monica "celebrate their names" and "develop positive programs and activities that will preserve and promote the reputations that so many earlier Monicas have enjoyed."Women with other monikers are welcome too. "We felt this is a backlash against all women, that everybody was smeared because of the way Mr. Starr was handling his investigation and what he put into his report," says Stellman.
NEWS
February 28, 1999
School board wants kids in class, not mall?Let me get this straight. The Carroll County Board of Education would rather its students hang out in the classroom than in the mall in the name of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.How insensitive.Sophia Montgomery, Perry HallBalto. media need to mind own businessFor the second morning in a row, I have read pieces in The Sun condemning the action of the Carroll County school board. The Baltimore news media is trying to pass off its opinions as though they were representative of Carroll County.
NEWS
By Ellen Goodman | August 15, 2005
CASCO BAY, Maine - I arrive at the island post office carrying an artifact from another age. It's a square envelope, handwritten, with a return address that can be found on a map. Inside is a condolence note, a few words of memory and sympathy to a wife who has become a widow. I could have sent these words far more efficiently through e-mail than through this "snail mail." But I am among those who still believe that sympathy is diluted by two-thirds when it arrives over the Internet transom.
FEATURES
By John M. Moran and John M. Moran,Hartford Courant | August 11, 1995
One man sends updates about native Hawaiians battling federal agents. Another wants to sell a book called "Design Your Future." Still another is promoting a new international auto mall.This may sound like a typical junk-mail horror. But it's worse, much worse. Because this is junk e-mail.The long period of relative respect for private electronic mailboxes is collapsing. Unsolicited, undesired messages are a growing menace on the Internet and commercial on-line services.This is not an entirely new phenomenon, of course.
NEWS
By Rowland Nethaway | November 13, 1997
WACO, TEXAS -- A growing number of Americans are more willing to believe that the government conspires against its citizens than admit that the government simply screws up a lot.The government's incredibly botched attempt to serve a search warrant at David Koresh's Branch Davidian compound fueled this dangerous trend and became the twisted motive for the 168 bomb deaths in Oklahoma City.Now a professionally produced documentary, ''Waco: The Rules Engagement,'' is fanning the flames that will spread anti-government paranoia.
NEWS
By JEAN MARBELLA | April 20, 2007
I went to Centreville, Va., to see where Cho Seung-Hui lived, but it turns out I went to the wrong place. Oh, I found the house all right, even though it's in one of those indistinguishable cul-de-sac neighborhoods that unfurl like tentacles from the exits off I-66 in Northern Virginia. (Indistinguishable, that is, to outsiders. "We're the first Sully Station, Sully Station I," one resident explained patiently. "He was Sully Station II.") But the 23-year-old Virginia Tech killer didn't really live in the townhouse on Truitt Farm Drive, where some neighbors have said they didn't even know the Chos had a son, any more than he lived in Harper Hall on campus, where roommates said he barely spoke or acknowledged them.
NEWS
By Ellen Goodman | August 15, 2005
CASCO BAY, Maine - I arrive at the island post office carrying an artifact from another age. It's a square envelope, handwritten, with a return address that can be found on a map. Inside is a condolence note, a few words of memory and sympathy to a wife who has become a widow. I could have sent these words far more efficiently through e-mail than through this "snail mail." But I am among those who still believe that sympathy is diluted by two-thirds when it arrives over the Internet transom.
FEATURES
October 6, 2004
With the Merriweather Post Pavilion's future as an outdoor concert venue up in the air -the Rouse Co. wants to sell it to Howard County as an enclosed theater - the Incubus show on Monday may be the end of an era for the 37-year-old site. In its time, Merriweather has been the venue for many top touring acts, from Blondie to Madonna, from the Grateful Dead to Phish, from Joni Mitchell to Norah Jones. Surely you sprawled on its lawn under the stars, or sprang for a seat in the pavilion a time or two or 20. Did you bang your head to Metallica?
ENTERTAINMENT
By Stephen Williams and Stephen Williams,NEWSDAY | February 5, 2001
The late Jayne Mansfield will never know that, thanks to her Internet fan club, she's recently become a cyber-pinup. Bobby Darin, who struck piles of pop-music gold with "Mack the Knife" before he died at age 37, is remembered online for his manicotti recipe, as well as for his mellifluous voice. At Barbra Streisand's owner-operated fan site, www.barbrastreisand.com, Babs' devotees can read tabloid reports about the prima diva and revel in Streisand's heartfelt rebuttals. And while he can't quite equal Elvis Presley in celebrity draw power - Presley's name is reportedly linked to at least 500 fan clubs - Billy Joel is so ubiquitous on the Web that plugging his name into the Google search engine retrieves thousands of matches.
NEWS
By Ellen Goodman | October 24, 2000
BOSTON -- Is this any way to say good morning? I walk into the office after a long, unplugged weekend, turn on the computer, log onto e-mail and up pops a message: You have 554 new unread e-mails. AAARGGGHHH! This 554 number doesn't even include the messages that built up while I was on vacation and are still in e-limbo. Where, oh where, I wonder, is Stephen King when you need him? Why doesn't the hard drive crash when you want it to? (Just kidding, God.) A quick scan eliminates some 50-odd political and commercial spams and one e-biz opportunity that seems particularly attractive today: YOU TOO CAN WORK AT HOME!
ENTERTAINMENT
By Mike Himowitz | April 3, 2000
Life is full of annoyances, and spam is one of them. Unsolicited ads for get-rich-quick schemes, porn sites, hair restorers, time shares, Viagra merchants, herbal remedies, quickie mortgages, diploma mills and work-at-home rip-offs litter our e-mail boxes and give Internet service providers fits. For example, a reader who signed up for an online merchant's newsletter recently wrote to tell me that he was being bombarded with junk mail. He had tried for weeks to "unsubscribe" but had been ignored.
NEWS
By Ann LoLordo and Ann LoLordo,Sun Staff Writer | May 31, 1994
The campaign began in a dorm room at Harvard University where a biology student and his girlfriend tapped out this message on their computer:"Over 2,400 acres of undeveloped wetlands critical to the restoration of Everglades National Park in Florida is about to be destroyed."And ever since that alert went out last month on the Internet, the vast, global computer network, about 500 letters -- from as far away as California, Texas and New York -- have arrived in the office of Florida Gov. Lawton M. Chiles Jr. The majority have urged him to veto a bill that would enable the development of Blockbuster Park, a sports and entertainment complex proposed a 2,500-acre tract of land between Miami and Fort Lauderdale that skirts the edge of the Everglades.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Mike Himowitz | April 3, 2000
Life is full of annoyances, and spam is one of them. Unsolicited ads for get-rich-quick schemes, porn sites, hair restorers, time shares, Viagra merchants, herbal remedies, quickie mortgages, diploma mills and work-at-home rip-offs litter our e-mail boxes and give Internet service providers fits. For example, a reader who signed up for an online merchant's newsletter recently wrote to tell me that he was being bombarded with junk mail. He had tried for weeks to "unsubscribe" but had been ignored.
NEWS
By KNIGHT RIDDER/TRIBUNE | August 20, 1999
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -- Wake up, America!Movie-theater seats are being booby-trapped with HIV-infected needles!The post office is going to start taxing your e-mail correspondence!You're on the verge of winning a trip to Disney World, a six-pack of beer and clothing from the Gap, but you must act now!Sounds unbelievable, doesn't it?So why would so many people accept such incredible statements at face value? Because they came across on e-mail.Hoaxes, chain letters and urban myths have been around a long time, but e-mail imbues them with a certain legitimacy and spreads them faster than a bad rash.
NEWS
February 28, 1999
School board wants kids in class, not mall?Let me get this straight. The Carroll County Board of Education would rather its students hang out in the classroom than in the mall in the name of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.How insensitive.Sophia Montgomery, Perry HallBalto. media need to mind own businessFor the second morning in a row, I have read pieces in The Sun condemning the action of the Carroll County school board. The Baltimore news media is trying to pass off its opinions as though they were representative of Carroll County.
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