April 3, 2012
The conservatives in Congress are taking advantage of a semantic convenience when they insist on "no new taxes for anyone. " It is based on the fact that the poorest Americans are excused from paying federal income tax in the first place, due to their small paychecks and/or disproportionately large obligations. But when tax reductions on the middle class and the rich are balanced by curtailment of government services to the needy, as in the recently passed House Republican budget plan, the tax forgiveness to the better-off comes on the backs of the unemployed, underemployed, elderly and children.
January 5, 2011
Overnight, the Baltimore Ravens painted the town purple -- and black, and on two memorable occasions, yellow. Rush hour commuters and pedestrians woke up this morning to find that literally hundreds of logos had been spray-painted under cover of darkness on sidewalks from Baltimore's City Hall to Padonia Station, from the Elkridge Library to Perry Hall Middle School in White Marsh. The designs -- the familiar, fierce-looking fowl, rendered in lavender, over bold, black letters spelling out W.I.N.
September 16, 1997
WHY DOES A $43 million aircraft lose a section of wing for no apparent reason? Is there a pattern to other, infrequent crashes of the F-117 stealth fighter? This being the second air show crash at Martin State Airport in seven years -- a pilot died in 1990 -- is it imprudent to hold these events at a facility surrounded by densely populated neighbhorhoods?The Baltimore area is fortunate to have eluded a greater tragedy Sunday when the 23-ton Nighthawk fell from the heavens before thousands of spectators and produced no serious injuries.
February 7, 1992
Although Margo Lee Sherman's solo show at the Theatre Project, "Stealth!!!," hardly lives up to the three exclamation points appended to its title, Ms. Sherman's march through her wacko material is energetic enough to almost make up for the flimsiness of her plotting.It comes as no surprise that this New York-based performer can hold her own on the stage. Having been a member of two influential theater companies, the Bread and Puppet Theater and the Talking Band, she also has numerous solo pieces and some Beckett to her credit.
January 9, 1991
It is hardly coincidental that on the same day the estimates of the budget deficit went up another $50 billion Secretary of Defense Richard Cheney announced the cancellation of a stealth fighter plane program which could have cost $57 billion. As painful as the cuts may be for 11,000 workers now facing layoff, we have to start somewhere in dismantling what President Eisenhower called "the military-industrial complex."Such projects are virtually useless in terms of improving the quality of life of the average person in the United States.
June 14, 1995
When Rep. John Kasich, the conservative Ohio Republican, and Rep. Ronald Dellums, the liberal California Democrat, agree on something, the House ought to pay attention. Especially when they are supported by the civilian leadership of the Pentagon as well as the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Not to mention the former Bush administration. The issue they agree on? The Air Force doesn't need 20 more B2 Stealth bombers at $1.5 billion each.Usually attempts to force unwanted weaponry on the military is fueled by legislators from districts where those products are made.