December 22, 2011
I agree with Rolling Road residents and Councilman Tom Quirk ("Speeders slow to change behavior despite cameras," Catonsville Times, Dec. 7) that speeding on Rolling Road is a problem that needs solving. However, in these hard economic times does anyone believe that fining drivers, mostly other Catonsville residents driving to or from work, nearly $40,000 in 10 days is the way to go about it? I drive by the speed camera twice a day. I have not received a warning or fine, so I am not grinding a personal ax. For a fraction of $40,000, more conspicuous and forceful warning signs reminding drivers that the speed limit is photo enforced could be installed.
October 13, 2011
The killing of two dozen unarmed Coptic Christians - and the wounding of hundreds of others - by Egyptian security forces and Muslim extremists in Cairo this week has thrown a dark shadow over the country's prospects for a peaceful transition to democracy. The elation following the popular uprising that drove former President Hosni Mubarak from power last winter has gradually given way to disillusionment and distrust of the military generals running the country, who seem in no hurry to turn over power to an elected civilian government.
February 12, 2011
Propped up on her elbows while lying on her bed with cell phone in hand, the teen on a poster looks troubled as she reads this text message: "Sry I gt mad n lost cntrl last nyt. " The confused young woman in the poster is poised to accept her boyfriend's apology for abusing her on their date the night before, explained Annie Louise Burton, who took the reins of the Domestic Violence Center of Howard County on Jan. 31. But such forgiveness can...
July 6, 2010
For tourists streaming into Ocean City this summer, the coastal bays are easily overlooked. To many they are merely the broad, sparkling waters — glimpsed briefly from the family sedan along U.S. 50 or Route 90, perhaps — that must be crossed on the way to the sandy beaches and rough and tumble of the Atlantic Ocean surf. But from an ecological standpoint, they provide as valuable a wildlife habitat as any found within their big sister estuary to the west, the Chesapeake Bay. Their sea grass beds are a nursery to dozens of varieties of fish and shellfish, their islands a haven for water birds like the brown pelicans that have made a year-round home here.
March 2, 2010
To his neighbors in Columbia, Soo Wan Hong was the man who mowed their lawns, shoveled their driveways, gave their children giant candy bars on Halloween and helped neighborhood kids build forts with the bamboo he grew in his backyard. To others in the Owen Brown community, he was the fellow who sat serenely on a bench near Lake Elkhorn with his beloved Shih Tzus, smiling at passersby, or walked briskly with his dogs around the lake, waving to those he encountered. With his limited English, the Korean immigrant spoke little of his troubles.
January 18, 2010
Maryland achieved an odd distinction last week. It was rated by Education Week magazine as having the top education system in the nation for the second year in a row. And it was ranked by the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools as having the worst charter school law in the country. It would be easy to dismiss the report by the charter schools advocacy group - after all, if we're No. 1, why bother with charter schools? But the truth is that even if we are as good as Education Week says we are, that's not good enough, and the details of the rankings reveal weaknesses that will prevent our children from competing fully in the global economy for years to come.
January 10, 2010
The newspaper headline - "Middle River Girl Killed by Train" - could have run last week when 14-year-old Anna Marie Stickel was struck and killed by a passenger train while walking to Kenwood High School. But the headline actually ran in May 1968, when 9-year-old Bonnie Louise Calhoun was run over near Martin Boulevard and Old Eastern Avenue - within walking distance of where Anna was killed - by a Pennsylvania Railroad train. Little has changed over four decades on these tracks in eastern Baltimore County, where the nation's busiest passenger rail corridor divides neighborhoods from several schools.