June 18, 2012
Your editorial "Getting down to brass tags" (June 14) left out a few facts that might give your readers a clearer view of the value of adding microstamping technology to pistols as a way of tracing spent shell-casings found at crime scenes to a particular handgun. Independent studies by the National Academy of Science, by the University of California at Davis, and by George Krivosta of the American Society of Firearm and Toolmark Examiners concluded the technology is underdeveloped, producing inaccurate results that are easily circumvented, either on purpose or by simple use of the firearm within a few number of rounds fired.
June 13, 2012
Valedictorian: Ankur Vaidya Salutatorian: Boris Boiko Omar Abdelnaby, Tasnem Abukhdeir, Olalekan Adams, Jacob Adcock, Shirri Ade, Mabel Aina, Kathleen Ako, Gregory Alegbe, Tolulope Alegbeleye, Christina Allen, Jhane' Allen, Imari Alvarez, Mark Asefaw, Beverly Atueyi Sade Bagley, Jasmin Bailey, Mariah Bailey, Omar Ballesteros, Carly Barklow, Ciante Barr, Markus Beasley, Kabria Bennett, Siham Beshir, Darlene Bishop,...
March 14, 2013
I agree that distracted driving is a problem ("Pair propose way to stop distracted driving," March 10). However, making cellphones inoperable when they're in a moving car is problematic. Would this mean that in addition to the driver, no one else in the car could use their cell phone either? How would a device that made the driver's phone inoperable distinguish that phone from those carried by the vehicle's passengers? And when the software is part installed on the phone, how does it tell if the user is in a private vehicle or a passenger on a bus or Metro, where there's no reason people shouldn't be able to use their phones?
January 1, 2012
It's getting harder for a public school teacher to reach excellence. By "excellence," I mean being responsible for helping each student significantly develop his or her knowledge or learning capacity. This increased difficulty is not the fault of teachers. Rather, teaching now requires mastering two seemingly opposite responsibilities: developing the best and the brightest to regain America's educational standing in the world, while ensuring that each student learns the basic competencies assessed by state and federal testing - and applying them to classes increasingly diverse in a host of educational factors.
October 18, 2011
Apple CEO Steve Jobs was an inspiring man who changed the we look at technology. Virtually every project he created was a world-class success. His 2007 iPod changed the way we listen to music; his iPhone put a computer in customers' hand. And his iPad notebook bids fair to make laptop computers obsolete. Mr. Jobs made the lives of millions of people easier. He will go down in history as one of the greatest technology innovators and product designers of our time. Jeffrey Lowe
April 27, 2012
The O'Malley administration is proposing a regulation that in most of the state would require builders of new homes using septic systems to install more costly models that reduce water pollution. The Maryland Department of the Environment acknowledges that the requirement could add thousands of dollars to the cost of a new home. Maryland builders contend that the added cost is not justified by scientific findings. The proposal would accomplish by regulation a goal that environmental advocates tried to achieve in 2009 through legislation: to require use of the new technology virtually statewide.