January 13, 2014
The train wreck of Maryland's Affordable Care Act insurance exchange should have been no surprise to Gov. Martin O'Malley, Lt. Gov. Anthony G. Brown or anyone else responsible for its creation. That's the unmistakable conclusion from a Washington Post article on Sunday based on not-previously disclosed documents and interviews with key participants. The Post's report fleshes out the story of dysfunction revealed in records obtained last month by The Sun through a public information request and leaves no doubt that state officials were warned repeatedly and in detail that the website was, in one former official's words, "a disaster waiting to happen.
January 10, 2014
Yesterday New Jersey's Republican Governor Chris Christie fired his deputy chief of staff for her role in “bridgegate,” a political scandal in the Garden State involving state officials closing lanes on the busy George Washington Bridge connecting Ft. Lee, N.J., to New York City. Christie fired Bridget Anne Kelly after emails surfaced exposing her involvement in closing the lanes a part of political payback against Ft. Lee's Democratic mayor, Mark Sokolich, who did not endorse Christie for reelection.
December 21, 2013
Ravens fans giddy from Justin Tucker's stunning last-minute, third-longest-game-winning field goal in the history of the NFL got a treat while on the road last week. Billboards along Interstates 95, 895 and 83 proclaim "Legatron > Megatron" and "In Tucker we Trust" in celebration of the Ravens' 18-16 victory over the Detroit Lions. Clear Channel Outdoor posted the messages Tuesday morning to the electronic billboards they own. FYI, for those who aren't football fans, "Legatron" is a nickname that honors Tucker's powerful kicking skills.
October 15, 2013
I want my wedding to be just as perfect as possible, but I want my marriage to be even better. People get so wrapped up in wedding planning that they sometimes forget why they are there in the first place. Keith and I have been together for almost 5 years; he is the love of my life and my best friend. May 10, 2014, will be a day that many of our friends and family will see as a special event or a big party, but for us it's the first day of the rest of our lives and the start of our own family. Even though it is easy to get caught up with all the planning, I think it is important to take time to just be us and do things that we enjoyed doing before we were engaged.
October 9, 2013
The latest out of the extreme conservative wing of the Republican party is that a failure of the U.S. government to take the steps necessary to pay all its bills on time would be no biggie. They say we could juggle things around and avoid missing any payments on the debt, which they figure is the only thing our creditors really care about. Some, such as Sen. Rand Paul, go a step further and say failure to raise the government's borrowing limit might be a blessing: "If you don't raise the debt limit," he told the New York Times, "all you're saying is, 'We're going to be balancing the budget.'" Um, no. What you're saying is that the federal government is going to start picking and choosing which bills to pay. Depending on the vagaries of cash flow, maybe today the military doesn't get paid, maybe tomorrow Social Security checks don't go out, or maybe Medicare can't cover its bills.
September 25, 2013
Robert Small's protest at the Common Core meeting in Baltimore County was to question the state's new education policy ("Forum on Common Core yields a lesson in free speech," Sept. 24). However, the public should now also have a heightened awareness of the trumped up criminal charges our citizens face every day when arrested by police, whether in Baltimore County, Baltimore City or elsewhere. I watched the video of Mr. Small's arrest on The Baltimore Sun's website and saw that Mr. Small was violently tugged on and pushed by the officer.