March 4, 2010
During the campaign to get President Obama elected, we were all excited and moved by the hope he inspired us to feel when he talked about change. He told us then that he could not do it alone and that he would be calling on us to help him to fight the good fight. It is time to demand that our representatives on both sides of the aisle come together to solve a huge problem that has been troubling America for 100 years -- our health care system. It is time to stand up to the special interests who profit from the broken system, and it is time to deliver a brighter, smarter future for generations to come.
February 3, 2010
In response to the article "Md. fights through haze over medical marijuana" (Jan. 31), I say good luck, Maryland. It took New Jersey five years to pass its medical marijuana bill into law. In the end, it was the patients and their testimony that finally swayed legislators in New Jersey to support medical marijuana. That's what it will take in Maryland, too. Patients stood up and spoke out about how marijuana helps them with their afflictions. These were individual acts of courage and selflessness.
July 24, 2010
Business has been booming at Springfield Farm, with rising demand for locally grown food helping to double the sales of meat, eggs, dairy and produce, and straining the confines of David Smith's basement retail stand in the northern Baltimore County community of Sparks. Smith, 68, a retired Army lieutenant colonel, has a solution: an expansion that would add a three-level, 6,000-square-foot barn for storage, an office, an egg-washing machine and service for drive-up customers. But after proposing the $250,000 project four years ago, he still doesn't have zoning approval.
July 5, 1995
Just one more turn . . . it's right there, on the corner. . . . You can already smell the basil and taste that sweet corn. . . . There's the stand. Quick, pull over, hop out, grab some corn, a head of lettuce, the strawberries look good -- hmm, maybe some bananas for breakfast? Are these tomatoes vine-ripened? Have you got any Romas?Where else could you be but the local roadside produce emporium, the place to stop on a busy day to grab some fresh veggies for dinner. No carts to maneuver, no checkout lines, just a quick --, then back to the car and you're on your way.Have you got a favorite stand where you often grab a few items for the family dinner table?
July 6, 2010
It seems like a very long time ago that the Orioles announced the deal to acquire Kevin Millwood from the Texas Rangers and conducted a conference call to introduce the veteran right-hander to the local media, but one thing about that evening still stands out. Millwood didn't sound too thrilled to be coming to Baltimore. It became obvious when he got to spring training that he's just a very low-key guy, so maybe we all just assumed too much about his lack of enthusiasm during that call and ensuing interviews, or maybe he saw all this coming.
December 2, 2005
I'll match my patriotism with anybody's. You say "America," I get a lump in the throat. You sing "God Bless America," I'm reaching for hankies. Every time I see the Statue of Liberty, I tell my family, "There's our girl." But, on the issue of kids in a classroom not standing up to salute the flag, I pledge allegiance to those refusing to pledge allegiance. To me, that's the American way. And America still includes the state of Maryland, a fact that apparently comes as news to some of our public school teachers, who wish to create marionettes instead of citizens.