August 5, 2011
Thomas A. Firey's recent suggestion in The Sun ("Better pension reform," July 27) of a statewide "buy-back" program for public employees to reduce Maryland's future public pension should be vetted very closely by citizens and officials, given the incomplete science that serves as its foundation. The underlying premise for his suggestion is the latest draft of an unpublished academic study that attempts to quantify the attitudes of Illinois public school teachers using 13-year-old data.
February 11, 2013
Let me get this straight. Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake hires an out-of-state firm and pays them $460,000 to tell her that the city is facing a $750 million shortfall ("Report says city is facing nearly $750 deficit," Feb. 7)? And pensions are the biggest problem? Start by eliminating former Mayor Sheila Dixon's $83,000 annually. And if you're going to blow money on a consulting firm, at least find one in Maryland. Unbelievable! M. Trott
May 4, 2012
Though Gov. Martin O'Malley just called a May 14 special session to deal with budget issues Friday, the General Assembly's staff and a consultant are already laying the groundwork for a possible second act in late summer. Warren Deschenaux, chief policy analyst for the Department of Legislative Services, said his staff and the firm of Price Waterhouse have begun preparations for a study of the issues surrounding an expansion of gambling in Maryland. Price Waterhouse is already under contract with the department to conduct studies for the state commission that decides where slot machines can be located.
February 22, 2010
As a current female student at a local university where almost 30 percent of the students smoke, Thomas H. Maugh's article "Study: Smoking adds risk for HPV-linked head, neck tumors" (Feb. 16) caught my attention by attributing the human papillomavirus (HPV) to a number of tumors in the heads and necks of patients, as well as linking these tumors to patients who were current or former tobacco users. HPV is a common virus that is passed on through genital contact, most often during sex. There is a vaccine that prevents about 70 percent of the 40 types of HPV that cause most cases of cervical cancer.
November 1, 2012
We have a joke in my house that whenever the boys are out of sorts, we attribute it to puberty. It turns out, this might not be so funny. New research shows that boys, like girls, are reaching puberty earlier - as young as 9 in some cases. A study released this month by the American Academy of Pediatrics found that boys are starting puberty nearly two years earlier than boys did a generation ago. The study analyzed reports from more than 200 doctors in 41 states who examined more than 4,000 boys during wellness checkups.
April 6, 2014
As expected, Mike Tidwell of the Chesapeake Climate Action Network writes that the proposed Cove Point natural gas plant needs to be studied more and various state and federal agencies should weigh in ( "Shipping LNG overseas is an ecological mistake," April 3). Of course, his organization will oppose this project no matter how many times it is studied since that is their agenda. What Mr. Tidwell really wants is to tie up the project for years in never-ending lawsuits and bureaucratic red tape.