January 10, 2013
I had a chance to talk to former Oriole Rafael Palmeiro about Wednesday's Hall of Fame announcement that the Baseball Writers' Association of America did not vote in anyone for the 2013 induction class . That includes Palmeiro, who was on his third year of the ballot and is one of just four players in the game's history to have at least 500 homers and 3,000 hits. He's also the only one on this year's ballot to have tested positive for a performance-enhancing drug. In 2005, months after he told a congressional committee that he had never taken steroids, a drug test found stanozolol in his system and Major League Baseball suspended him for 10 days.
December 18, 2011
The Republican answer to not taxing the rich is to reduce unemployment benefits and freeze federal workers pay, again affecting the middle class and not the wealthy ("Lawmakers hold talks as shutdown draws close," Dec. 15). And yet they want our vote? Maybe a wiser cut would be to reduce their salaries; I'm sure they wouldn't take much time turning that one down! Gary Lusby, Ocean View, Del.
July 20, 2011
In response to your editorial "No defender of the bay" (July 18), are you really surprised that Congressman Andy Harris voted against protecting the health of the Chesapeake Bay? You can expect every vote from the 1st Congressional District to be against protecting Maryland's environment and waters until Rep. Harris gets what he deserves - retirement. John A. Pica Jr., Baltimore The writer is a former Democratic state senator from Baltimore.
October 29, 2012
Even the most ardent fans of Mitt Romney ought to take the latest of President Barack Obama's reelection ads to heart. Here's its point: 537. That's the number of votes (along with a favorable Supreme Court ruling) that decided who won Florida - and the presidency - in the contest between George W. Bush and Al Gore in 2000. This year's election is shaping up to be just as close, with the latest polls suggesting the outcome could turn on a relatively few voters in states like Ohio, Virginia, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, Nevada, Colorado and even tiny New Hampshire.
November 9, 2012
Remember all that voting you did this week? I'm not talking about the election; I'm talking about “The Voice.” Well, we got to see the results tonight, and I have to say, I'm a little disappointed in you, America. A results show means a lot of filler, but I'm gonna cut straight to the chase here because I'm angry. The deal was this, America: You got to save two people on each team, while Adam Levine, Cee Lo Green, Christina Aguilera and Blake Shelton got to save one. Team Adam Saved by America: Amanda Brown and Bryan Keith Saved by Adam: Melanie Martinez Eliminated: Loren Allred, Joselyn Rivera In this case, it's Adam I'm mad at - you're good for now, America.
February 24, 2010
Faced with a standing-room-only crowd of about 100 supporters of the arts and nonprofits organizations, the Columbia Association Board tentatively voted unanimously to give the Columbia Festival of the Arts its full funding allotment of $95,000 for this year's event. The board also voted unanimously to fund a total of $234,000 for community grants and nonprofits instead of a lower amount approved in a straw vote Monday night. The action reverses votes the board took Monday night to cut funding for grants to $200,000.