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October 12, 2011
It was refreshing to read Peter Morici's recent commentary regarding trade with China ("China currency bill: America fights back," Oct. 11). After nearly three years of a failing economy presided over by the Obama administration, it would seem President Barack Obama should jettison his current economic team and hire economists like Professor Morici who provide a different point of view as to what ails the economy and what solutions should be undertaken....
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By John E. McIntyre and The Baltimore Sun | May 22, 2013
On Facebook, Peter K. Fallon responded to my guest post on dictionary fundamentalism at Merriam-Webster's A Thing About Words with this comment: "I'm not a fundamentalist by any stretch of the imagination, and being a teacher I'm more than familiar with the liberties the popular mind takes with language, but I believe there is some fine line (somewhere) where the postmodern conceit that language is unable to faithfully map reality threatens to become true without due respect for standard form.
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By SUSAN REIMER | July 1, 2008
At a time when grandma may live a thousand miles away and mom is stuck in a meeting at the office, how is a young woman supposed to find out when oil is hot enough for frying, or how to get rust off of chrome or a burr out of a dog's coat? Or how to take revenge on an ex. The Internet. In March 2007, Kate Reardon launched toptipsforgirls.com and invited every Heloise and Dear Abby out there to share their wisdom. More than a million women responded in the first month. Some posted questions, and others posted answers.
NEWS
September 6, 2012
In his letter, William Smith writes that Rep. Paul Ryan lied in his convention speech regarding the GM plant in Janesville, Wisconsin ("No denying Ryan's lying," Sept. 5). The facts are that Mr. Ryan categorized the plant in these exact words, that it was a plant "we were about to lose. " By saying they were about to lose the plant, Mr. Ryan acknowledged that the plant was already scheduled to be shut down when candidate Barack Obama visited it in 2008. Therefore, it is ridiculous to claim that he was making the charge that the plant was closed because of something President Obama didn't do. No, the point of the statement was that candidate Obama visited the plant and said, "I believe that if our government is there to support you … this plant will be here for another hundred years.
BUSINESS
By Jay Hancock and Jay Hancock,Sun Staff Writer | July 8, 1994
Sound Advice Inc., purveyor of $4,000 stereo systems and $10,000 home theater setups, said yesterday that it intends to open as many as 10 stores in the Baltimore-Washington area in the next two years.The Dania, Fla.-based chain, which has 20 stores, all in its home state, will present competition for Gramophone, Soundscape and other upscale electronics boutiques.It is the second stereo seller to announce its entry into the region in recent weeks. Best Buy Co. Inc. said last month that it intends to open six of its warehouse-style consumer electronics stores in the Baltimore area, going head to head with Circuit City Stores Inc.Sound Advice probably will stay above the Circuit City-Best Buy fray, said Kenneth M. Gassman Jr., a retail analyst with Davenport & Co. in Richmond, Va. Carrying expensive brands such as Polk, Bang & Olufsen, Mitsubishi, Yamaha and Alpine, Sound Advice stocks merchandise that duplicates just 15 percent of what Circuit City carries, he said.
NEWS
December 29, 2011
After reading the article in Tuesday's newspaper, "Stop reading this and pay attention to the road" (Dec. 27) I am more determined to take heed to sound advice regarding the mobile devices while driving, and others should, too. A law has been enforced, but it's not enough to deter harmful accidents for both the driver and other drivers on the road. I would suggest that all drivers start using common sense and consider life the most precious commodity given by God. Simple advice to all drivers is "Put all distracting devices down until you reach your destination.
BUSINESS
By Opinions on stocks offered by investment experts. Compiled by Steve Halpern for Knight Ridder | January 8, 1992
Spec's MusicOur favorite stock pick for 1992 is Spec's Music (SPEK, OTC, around $5), a Florida-based 59-store retailer of pre-recorded music and video products," says The Clean Yield of Greensboro Bend, Vt."Spec's was founded in 1948 by Martin Spector. The firm has managed to hold its own during the recession and the slump in the music business. Our estimate is that earnings could reach $0.50 a share during the next 12 months."At current prices, we feel the stock is selling for a song."Sound Advice"My 1992 stock of the year is Sound Advice (SUND, OTC, around $7)
BUSINESS
By Opinions on stock offered by investment experts.Compiled by Steve Halpern for knight Ridder | June 12, 1991
Sound Advice"Sound Advice (SUND, NYSE, around $10), which sells high-quality consumer electronic products, is our latest buy recommendation," says Ripples in the Wave of Gainesville, Fla."To date, the company has clustered its stores in South Florida. It is now planning to . . . expand outside of Florida. We consider these moves to be good for the company . . ."At current prices, the stock trades at just 12 times earnings. We expect the stock to generate superior investment returns."BellSouth"Rate cuts and the recession are crimping the results of BellSouth (BLS, NYSE, around $47)
BUSINESS
By Opinions on stocks offered by investment experts. Compiled by Steve Halpern for Knight Ridder | April 8, 1992
NationsBank"We continue to find the shares of NationsBank attractive," (NYSE, NB, $45)," says Katherine Hensel, Shearson Lehman Bros."We believe that profitability will improve over the next three years . . . Long-term, the bank is strategically positioned to be a winner. The stock fits our criteria for core holdings -- a premier business franchise, an ability to deliver high-quality service to its customers and a clearly articulated strategy."Indeed, we believe NationsBank is the best-positioned bank to benefit from both cyclical improvement and ongoing changes in its industry.
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By John E. McIntyre and The Baltimore Sun | May 22, 2013
On Facebook, Peter K. Fallon responded to my guest post on dictionary fundamentalism at Merriam-Webster's A Thing About Words with this comment: "I'm not a fundamentalist by any stretch of the imagination, and being a teacher I'm more than familiar with the liberties the popular mind takes with language, but I believe there is some fine line (somewhere) where the postmodern conceit that language is unable to faithfully map reality threatens to become true without due respect for standard form.
NEWS
August 8, 2012
In his effort to be chosen as Sen. John McCain's running mate in the 2008 presidential election, Mitt Romney submitted 23 years of his tax returns to the McCain campaign - after which the senator and his staff rejected Mr. Romney and picked Sarah Palin instead. That decision ought to tell the American people something about Senator McCain's opinion of Mr. Romney as a potential president, about the contents of Mr. Romney's tax returns, or both. The minimum requirement for anyone asking Americans to give them the authority and responsibility of the world's most powerful position is to be completely open about their careers, their policies and their financial interests.
NEWS
December 29, 2011
After reading the article in Tuesday's newspaper, "Stop reading this and pay attention to the road" (Dec. 27) I am more determined to take heed to sound advice regarding the mobile devices while driving, and others should, too. A law has been enforced, but it's not enough to deter harmful accidents for both the driver and other drivers on the road. I would suggest that all drivers start using common sense and consider life the most precious commodity given by God. Simple advice to all drivers is "Put all distracting devices down until you reach your destination.
NEWS
October 12, 2011
It was refreshing to read Peter Morici's recent commentary regarding trade with China ("China currency bill: America fights back," Oct. 11). After nearly three years of a failing economy presided over by the Obama administration, it would seem President Barack Obama should jettison his current economic team and hire economists like Professor Morici who provide a different point of view as to what ails the economy and what solutions should be undertaken....
NEWS
November 28, 2008
It took outside experts to say what supporters of Maryland's much-praised emergency medical services system probably needed to hear: that Maryland State Police helicopters could fly fewer accident victims to trauma centers across the state without compromising the safety of patients or the integrity of the care. But now comes the tough part: acting on the panel's recommendations. The findings of the seven-member panel may embolden critics of the system who say Maryland's emergency medical response system has come to rely on costly helicopter flights to transport accident victims to trauma centers when ambulances would get them to the hospital as quickly without compromising their health.
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By SUSAN REIMER | July 1, 2008
At a time when grandma may live a thousand miles away and mom is stuck in a meeting at the office, how is a young woman supposed to find out when oil is hot enough for frying, or how to get rust off of chrome or a burr out of a dog's coat? Or how to take revenge on an ex. The Internet. In March 2007, Kate Reardon launched toptipsforgirls.com and invited every Heloise and Dear Abby out there to share their wisdom. More than a million women responded in the first month. Some posted questions, and others posted answers.
BUSINESS
By Eileen Ambrose | March 2, 2008
Foreclosures are up, and it looks like they won't be coming down anytime soon. Troubled homeowners have a few options to stave off foreclosure, and Congress is looking at creating others. But older homeowners, age 62 and up, for years have had a tool that's sometimes overlooked: a reverse mortgage. This allows you to take out a loan against your home to pay off your existing mortgage and remain in the house as long as you want. You don't have to repay the reverse mortgage until you move out or die. At that time, the house is sold and the lender repaid.
NEWS
June 29, 1996
GAMBLING HAS NOT been kind to Atlantic City since the first casino opened 18 years ago. A once-popular beach resort sank to new lows even as casinos raked in profits. The middle class left town, crime soared, the old downtown ceased to exist. Except for casinos on the Boardwalk and at the marina area, Atlantic City resembled an impoverished ghost town.But now things are improving. Due to tax breaks and less regulatory control of non-gambling activities in the casinos, business is booming.
BUSINESS
By Chareles Jaffe and Chareles Jaffe,Marketwatch | June 12, 2007
Come on down! You're the next contestant on The Fund is Right! When the last new Price is Right episode featuring long-time host Bob Barker airs this week, they won't replace the game show with something new about mutual funds. But they could. While fund investing might not have the thrill of winning a new car - and contestants would prefer cash prizes to winning $10,000 in a balanced fund - there is little doubt that consumers make the same pricing, value-for-the-money and expectation decisions with mutual funds that they do buying ordinary supermarket items or household products.
BUSINESS
By Charles Jaffe and Charles Jaffe,MarketWatch | May 8, 2007
When investors discuss mutual funds and wonder "What have you done for me lately?" their focus always centers on performance. But beyond the numbers, fund companies do a lot for consumers, providing education to make them better investors. To that end, I had fund firms send me their educational freebies, so that I could pick the best available items. Some 30 fund companies swamped my office with more than 320 goodies; all had to be available in printed versions - not just online - and had to be free, whether you are a shareholder or not. Last week, I focused on some hand-held cardboard slide-rule calculators and more.
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