May 22, 2012
Reading about the recently-concluded special session gave me an idea ("O'Malley faces political risks of tax increases," May 17). Seeing as how this session was called only after Gov. Martin O'Malley, Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller and House Speaker Michael E. Busch sat down and drew up what they wanted the budget to be and then called in the Maryland General Assembly to rubber stamp it, why not do away with the 90-day regular session we...
June 14, 2011
Congratulations to Baltimore County Executive Kamenetz for admonishing the County Council for taking in essence a formal position regarding the in-state tuition for illegal immigrants issue. However this not unexpected form a largely inexperienced County Council. Aside from the pros or cons of the issue, it is about practical politics. The County Council has taken a formal position in opposition to something the state legislature has approved. Each year the county request funding form the state legislature for a variety of things, including education.
May 12, 2011
Wednesday's front page of The Sun exposes the damaging illogic of our state legislature. They passed "breaks" for illegal students while eliminating the 350 merit Distinguished Scholars awards. More higher education, college, as the fix, when state high schools are graduating, generally, less functional young adults ( see "Maryland's uneducated grads," by Marta H. Mossburg on May11) won't improve our work force. The emphasis should be the major revamping and improving of our base K-12 educations, provided college for the deserving, motivated achievers.
March 10, 2011
As the state legislature discusses and prepares to vote on the bill to legalize gay marriage, I have two questions on my mind concerning the subject. First, where did anyone, including the state legislature, get the idea that it or any earthly entity has the right to redefine marriage? God in His word defines marriage as the union of one man and one woman, period. God gave man marriage for several reasons, including pleasure, procreation and protection of both parties. We have a right to marry in this way not because the state says so but because God says so. The Declaration of Independence states that our rights come from God not government.
February 21, 2011
I wish to comment on the issue of renaming Negro Mountain and Polish Mountain in Western Maryland, which seems to be a hot topic before the state legislature this session. Seems to me that in lieu of a severely mounting state deficit, high unemployment and other pressing matters which are literally consuming this state's resources, some of our state representatives find it necessary to waste valuable time and resources on this endeavor. These mountains were duly named back in their time to hail accomplishments by their namesakes, and I find it offensive to change that.
November 10, 2010
Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake announced Wednesday that she will seek legislation that would enhance the penalties for illegal gun possession and make the crime a felony. Speaking before a group of top law enforcement officials, Rawlings-Blake called for a change to state laws that would create a minimum sentence of 18 months and a maximum sentence of 10 years for defendants arrested with an illegal, loaded firearm. The current penalties call for sentences between 30 days and three years.