September 8, 2011
South Baltimore's had a prolific year in nightlife. Barfly's, Barracudas and the Park Bench are just a few of the bars that have popped up. The latest is the Feisty Goat, a sports bar on Key Highway that is as low-key as those other new bars. Open since last month, Feisty Goat is an agreeable sports bar, adequate for sports fans looking for a no-frills atmosphere to watch a game. But, it could use some improvements in service, atmosphere and variety. Located on the first floor of a rowhouse on Key Highway, the bar has the feeling of someone's basement rec room.
May 21, 2011
As the Preakness Nation gathered for the 136th time on Saturday, it could count its blessings any number of ways — a sky so brightly blue the ladies really did need their bountifully brimmed hats, an infield scene that seemed as beer-soaked as ever yet also tamer, and, most of all, a horse race that was in doubt until the last step. Maryland's own Animal Kingdom finished second, a half-length behind Shackleford, disappointing home fans and ending any chance of a Triple Crown, last accomplished in 1978.
May 21, 2011
Thousands of people may be drinking in the Preakness infield, but police describe the scene as tame. "The goal is to have the police as out of sight as possible and as uninvolved in craziness as possible," said Police Commissioner Frederick H. Bealefeld as he walked through the infield. "We just want everybody to have a good time. It's we're not called into action, its been a great day. " Bealefeld, as much of a booster of the city as he is its 3,000-member police department, said the changes the Jockey Club has made in recent years have improved the quality of the event.
April 14, 2011
The budget proposal President Barack Obama laid out Wednesday offered a thoughtful, balanced plan for tackling the nation's debt crisis that both acknowledged the threat posed by spiraling federal deficits and honored the country's promises to its most vulnerable citizens. In the current atmosphere of partisan hysteria and sniping, the nation needed to hear a reasoned discussion of the problems confronting us, and Mr. Obama delivered by framing his proposals in terms of the core values and governing philosophy he ran on during his campaign for the presidency.
April 13, 2011
A recent letter writer proclaims that "anyone who claims to be concerned about the deficit and doesn't want to raise taxes is either a fool or a fraud" ("Taxes and the deficit," April 8). With all due respect, our current national debt is over $14 trillion, an amount that equates to more than $45,000 for every living American man, woman and child. Our debt is crushing, and America's children are at risk. We're well beyond just raising taxes, and just raising taxes alone won't get us anywhere near where we need to be in the coming decades.
December 19, 2010
Making a car in the age of computers and automation requires fewer than a fifth of the workers that the same task took half a century ago, reducing the relative cost and making cars available to almost everybody. Making a college education, on the other hand, takes about the same number of people as it did in the 1960s. Or more in many cases. That keeps it expensive and out of reach for most Americans. When will the higher education system get with the productivity program that has revolutionized much of the rest of the economy?