March 8, 2013
It remains a mystery why Baltimore wishes to endanger the health and safety of people living in an encampment ("Homeless eviction plan criticized," March 5). Baltimore's "Ten Year Plan to End Homelessness" specifies an effective method to manage encampments: move the residents into permanent supportive housing without requiring them to use emergency shelters. This is the "Housing First" approach that the city adopted five years ago - and refuses to follow today. More than a decade of research has demonstrated the efficacy of the Housing First approach.
March 7, 2013
As a 44 year resident of Baltimore City, I cannot think of a better use of my taxes than paying to temporarily house the homeless individuals who are about to be evicted by the city from their meager camp in motels while they wait for permanent housing ("Homeless eviction plan criticized," March 5). Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake's comments that doing so is "not a responsible use of taxpayer money," and Councilwoman Rikki Spector's reference to the camp as "toxic," made this proud resident of Baltimore feel shame that publicly elected officials would so openly demonstrate their contempt and lack of compassion for our most vulnerable citizens.
January 24, 2013
With cases that have reached a verdict, why do we often reopen them and demand another trial? The retrial of Antajuan Wilson for the murder of Bryan Adams in the Wilde Lake shopping center comes as a surprise to me. In the original case, Wilson pleaded guilty and was sentenced to life in prison with all but 70 years suspended. This punishment is representative for a crime like this, but the highest Maryland appellate court has since called the...
September 5, 2012
The Baltimore City school administrators who never raised a cent on their own and could never claim "I built that" even if it came to a teachers' lounge, recently wasted over $500,000 in public funds (that's taxpayer money) on expensive local hotel suites, lavish dinners and even wings at Hooters for students "because that was what they wanted," and The Sun was so outraged by their indefensible waste of taxpayer money that it was called a "distraction" in an editorial. Of course, that was more than Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake and Gov. Martin O'Malley and the school board leaders called it. If one sifted through the lame excuses offered by CEO Andrés Alonso and his merry men for their partying on the taxpayers' dime, they came down to a combination of "it was business as usual" or that "some" of the wasteful spending was "justified" and/or we are sorry we got caught.
August 18, 2012
I am sick of hearing the excuses from the mayor's office when it comes to the inappropriate use of taxpayer money, taxpayer-owned sports boxes and tickets - graft - that come from places like First Mariner Arena ("Mayor's use of tickets examined," Aug. 15). Stephanie Rawlings-Blakemade herself out as a highly ethical politician who would never be what Sheila Dixon had become during her term as mayor. But the reality is, Ms. Rawlings-Blake is about to spend $2,000 of the taxpayers' money for police protection in California while she and her family are on vacation.
August 14, 2012
With the selection of Paul Ryan as his running mate, Mitt Romney forces the Democrats to produce a budget of their own. It's too hot of a topic not to. They can't bury their collective heads in the sand any longer, they have to cough it up. We all know President Barack Obama doesn't like to do the figures, but now he's going to have to. This forces his hand. My tea party group is thrilled with the selection of Mr. Ryan. We love people who can crunch the numbers. Many of us now believe this election is a showdown of the Obama vision versus the Ryan vision.