August 22, 2012
The ballot questions were released Monday for all of Maryland to preview before the election. Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller managed to find a way to get his precious casino where no one else wants one. He knows most of Maryland wants casino style games and very few want the 6th casino. Question 7 lumps both the new casino and casino style games all in to one. Our "lawmakers" continue to maintain dishonesty and further cement our trust in them - or lack thereof - by leading us to believe this would be treated as two separate issues.
August 20, 2012
Senate President-for-Life Thomas V. Mike Miller and House Speaker-for-lifeMichael E. Buschare the poster boys for term limits. There should be a referendum on November's ballot to this effect: Twelve years and you're out. It's the most efficient and effective way to do away with the Papa Docs. Jean Bernstein, Baltimore
July 19, 2012
The Howard County Council faces a busy voting session this week before the August recess, taking up the master plan for growth, several charter changes and whether to allow voters to consider term limits for newly elected council members. The master plan, PlanHoward 2030, is a guide to issues that include environmental protection, housing, transportation, and the redevelopment of U.S. 1 and U.S. 40. Years in the works by the council, Planning Board, Department of Planning and Zoning, consultants and citizens, the nearly 200-page proposal takes stock of changes since General Plan 2000, updates that document and generally maintains existing policies.
July 6, 2012
Tony Lambros letter concerning the Affordable Care Act ("Justices join assault on U.S. Constitution," July 4) is so full of distortions that it is nearly impossible to point out all of them. Despite charges in the letter to the contrary, recess appointments by President Barack Obama were legally made while Congress was, in fact, in recess, contrary to the assertion in the letter. Executive orders do not and never required Congressional oversight. The executive order on contraception never involved visiting abortion clinics.
May 30, 2012
County Councilman Calvin Ball has come up with an intriguing idea: Change the number of four-year terms that council members are allowed to serve from three to four - or, in other words, limit council members to 16 years on the council rather than 12. Ball's proposal must first be approved by the five-member council, and, if that happens, by the voters in November. Frankly, we don't quite understand Ball's reasoning for raising the limit, which was instituted by the voters in 1992.
April 27, 2012
Clearly, the state of Maryland is controlled by three people, the governor, the Senate president and the House of Delegates speaker ("Leaders float the idea of two special sessions," April 25). While the governor is limited to two 4-year terms, the other two can apparently serve forever. I get a vote as to who is elected governor, but have no voice regarding who should run the Senate or the House. It is long overdue that we put term limits on these two positions. If eight years is good for the governorship, let's impose the same time on these two positions.