November 5, 2012
Why did columnist Thomas F. Schaller leave out the privileged John F. Kennedy as one of the presidents since World War lI who worked successfully on behalf of working-class Americans ("The virtues of a president with humble origins," Oct. 31)? Was it because Kennedy's example does not advance Mr. Schaller's liberal ideology ? It continues to fascinate me that the left - not to mention President Obama and Vice President Joe Biden - continues to take credit for what Seal Team 6 pulled off, but obfuscates the facts surrounding the murder of a U.S. ambassador by al-Qaida or similar terrorist group in Libya.
July 29, 2011
I agree with your headline, "For some, life can be sweeter with no car. " Unless, that is, one has to reach one's office or social engagement on time. I find it almost impossible to predict within an hour or so when I will reach any destination. Being too arthritic to bike and too crippled to drive, if I were still of employable age, I'd be out job hunting, fired yet again for chronic lateness. Baltimore buses are not the proverbial German trains; we can't expect true punctuality in city traffic, but at least half the time, MTA buses are late - not by 5 or 10 minutes, which seems an allowable delay, but by 20, 30, even 60 minutes or more.
July 5, 1991
As the current lawsuit over a 40-hour state workweek demonstrates, the kind of Band-Aid budgeting practiced by Governor Schaefer and the General Assembly at the last session works far better in theory than it does in practice.In theory, the state would require about half its 80,000 employees to work 4 1/2 extra hours a week as part of a plan to help keep Maryland afloat in the face of a shrinking state budget, without imposing substantial tax increases. In reality, however, the mandate requires that a group of people work what amounts to an extra 29 days, or five extra workweeks, a year -- without additional compensation.
July 30, 1991
Faced with the dilemma of the high number of girls in their early teens who are becoming pregnant, experts have come forward with a theory that these young mothers are responding to a pattern in human evolution that induces people growing up in extremely stressful circumstances to bear children early and often.The theory has received considerable attention and criticism.Drawing on sociobiology, the theory holds that teen-age mothers -- especially in America's inner cities -- are implementing a reproductive strategy that from an evolutionary viewpoint is a smart bet.Children who grow up in dangerous conditions, the theory holds, are primed to boost the chances of having their genes survive into the nextgeneration by choosing earlier sex, earlier motherhood and more children.
January 15, 2007
Over the years, I have formulated a theory about dining out that I'd like to share with you now. In fact, I've tested this theory all over this country and in other parts of the world. I've tested it in fancy five-star restaurants and chain eateries, in city bistros and country inns and crab joints up and down the Chesapeake Bay. If you follow my theory, you'll never be sorry. But if you don't, well, you'll regret it big-time. Then you'll think of me and slap your forehead and say: "Boy, I should have listened to that fat guy in the newspaper."
July 3, 2002
The federal judge presiding over a $5 million defamation case against G. Gordon Liddy said yesterday that the Watergate figure had built a strong circumstantial case to back his claims that the infamous burglary was tied to a call-girl ring. Chief U.S. District Judge Frederic N. Smalkin refused for a second time to dismiss the case being heard in Baltimore. But he said Liddy's accuser had presented little evidence to show that Liddy was reckless in promoting his alternate theory of Watergate without admissions from key figures.