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March 13, 2014
Kudos to the Baltimore Sun very for your well reported article, "Bill supports involuntary mental health treatment" (March 10). The gist of the last 20 years of background on this topic is that when the legislators closed down the institutions across the country, the money "saved" was supposed to go to fund the "assertive community treatment centers" and those monies never reached the communities. Yes, these programs may be expensive, but due to the past 20 years of non-treatment, we now have over 50 percent of mentally ill people self-medicating with alcohol or drugs and now have many dual diagnosis cases.
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NEWS
March 10, 2014
Constituents of Rep. Elijah Cummings might want to Google the March 5 House Oversight Committee hearing on the Internal Revenue Service ("Cummings cut off at IRS hearing," March 5). They undoubtedly will be appalled by the rude treatment of our congressman by Chairman Darrell Issa, a California Republican. Rep. Cummings asked for the floor for a procedural question before the hearing was gaveled to an end but was met by Rep. Issa's unacceptable behavior. he ignored Mr. Cummings' question, spoke over him, interrupted him to speak to someone else and then turned off Mr. Cummings microphone, turning his back and finally walking out on him. I would imagine that Mr. Cummings' constituents and indeed his colleagues feel extremely insulted by the rude, uncivil and yes, racist behavior by Mr. Issa.
NEWS
March 7, 2014
The article, "Firefighter recruits at issue at BWI Airport" (March 5), brought to light the issue of a recent all-white firefighter recruitment class at the Baltimore-Washington International-Thurgood Marshall Airport. A comment was made that "The complaints are the latest in a series of claims from black firefighters that they don't get equal consideration in recruitment at fire departments throughout the region. " If the nine white recruits were the most experienced and qualified for the job, as the article implies, then the people making the comment don't want equal considerations in recruitment for minority recruits, they want quotas.
NEWS
Editorial from The Aegis | March 4, 2014
Dull though the subject matter may be, it would be hard to overstate the potential impact on Harford County of a consolidated, countywide water and sewer system. Running a municipal water system that meets the demands of large swaths of the populace, and then dealing with the wastewater that goes down the drain, are among the least flashy aspects of government. As a result, unless there's a problem - like the recent one in West Virginia - resulting in large numbers of people being without clean water, or instances where raw sewage fouls a public waterway, municipal water and sewer issues are not the stuff of commonplace political conversation.
NEWS
By Nayana Davis, The Baltimore Sun | February 17, 2014
An American Airlines plane was damaged after it was struck by a ground support vehicle on the Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport tarmac Sunday afternoon. The vehicle hit the nose of the jet as passengers were boarding Flight 140 to Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport at around 4 p.m., according to an American Airlines spokesman. No passengers were injured, but the driver of the ground support vehicle was briefly hospitalized. The fiberglass cover on the front of the plane and the landing gear sustained damage, though cost estimates for repairs were unavailable Sunday evening.
HEALTH
By Meredith Cohn | February 6, 2014
Cancer patients at the University of Maryland St. Joseph Medical Center will now be able to access clinical trials and specialists offered in downtown Baltimore at the hospital system's flagship research center. St. Joseph, bought by the University of Maryland Medical System in 2012, has formally signed an affiliation agreement with Maryland's Marlene and Stewart Greenebaum Cancer Center , hospital officials said Feb. 6. At the time of the purchase, officials said they wanted to bring more top-tier services and specialists to the community hospital in Towson.
HEALTH
By Meredith Cohn | February 3, 2014
Many young people are not getting timely treatment for their HIV infections, and that is putting their long-term health at risk and threatening the health of their partners, a new study from Johns Hopkins Children's Center found. Evidence suggests early treatment can help manage the disease as a chronic condition and stave off dangerous infections and other damage. Researchers didn't study why but they believe young people, particularly heterosexual men and minorities, are not seeking the care immediately after they are infected, either because they don't know they are infected or because they are purposefully waiting.
NEWS
By Leonard Pitts Jr and By Leonard Pitts Jr | February 2, 2014
Dear Tom Perkins: I'm writing to apologize. I do this on behalf of the 99 percent of us who are not multimillionaires. You, of course, are, having made a pile as a venture capitalist and co-founder of the firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers. I admit, I'd have thought a guy like you had little to complain about. But that was before you wrote that tear-jerking Jan. 24 letter to The Wall Street Journal revealing the pain, the oppression, the abject sense of vulnerability and fear that go with having a net worth equal to the GNP of some developing nations.
FEATURES
By Michael Gold and The Baltimore Sun | January 28, 2014
Maryland's insurance regulator issued a bulletin Tuesday clarifying that while insurance policies in the state do not have to cover treatments related to gender reassignment, insurance carriers cannot discriminate against transgender Marylanders based on their gender identities. The bulletin addresses an exclusion in the plan Maryland used to define "essential benefits" that insurance in policies in Maryland are required to cover under the Affordable Care Act. In the plan, the Maryland Insurance Administration allowed insurers to exclude "treatment leading to or in connection with transsexualism, or sex changes or modifications" including sexual reassignment surgery.
NEWS
By Jacques Kelly, The Baltimore Sun | January 21, 2014
I. Morton "Buddy" Schindler, an electrical engineer who oversaw the pumping operation for Baltimore's water supply system, died Friday at Sinai Hospital of complications of a fall he suffered in December. He was 87 and lived in Pikesville. Born in Baltimore and raised near Patterson Park, Mr. Schindler was a 1944 Patterson Park High School graduate. He was awarded a scholarship to the former Western Maryland College, where he studied for several months before being drafted into military service.
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