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May 20, 2012
Just like our government, the tax-and-spend loving Sun doesn't get it ("Unfinished business," May 16). It's not really about a lousy 1 percent or 2 percent gas or income tax increase. The people of this state are rebelling against wasteful spending and ever-increasing budgets by our greedy, clueless government. If for once in their pathetic political lives, our politicians would start spending our money in a responsible and frugal manner, then just maybe we would be willing to consider an increase in taxes or fees without "hand-wringing and demagoguery" as suggested by The Sun. Here's my suggestion to our legislators: Stop the indiscriminate, wasteful spending, bloated budgets, and stealing of funds and replace all the money pilfered from our transportation fund, and maybe you would have enough money to fund needed projects without raising taxes in this depressed economy of ours.
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NEWS
October 9, 2014
In addition to Max Obuszewski's prescient observation of what has become President Barack Obama's war, this perpetual war with no borders has gotten the support of much of the media and Congress ( "Has President Obama undergone a chance of heart?" Oct. 3). What began as a promise by President Obama not to engage in conflict with U.S. advisers has evolved to a debate over "boots on the ground," or, in other words, active combat. How many will be maimed and killed during this mission?
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NEWS
November 21, 2011
Comptroller Peter Franchot's concerns about half-million-dollar piano procurement at a multi-million-dollar performing arts center may look politically correct, but what about the serious waste of money for Gov. Martin O'Malley's impending move of the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development from Crownsville to New Carrollton? Not only is it unnecessary and costly, it reminds the taxpayers that their interests are always the last considered by this budding political lackey.
NEWS
October 8, 2014
The most provocative new line of attack Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown made against businessman Larry Hogan during this week's debate was that the Republican nominee plans to cut $450 million from school construction if he's elected. Is this true? Absolutely not, Mr. Hogan says. But the fact that there is some basis to Mr. Brown's claim points to a flaw with Mr. Hogan's campaign - and the fact that Mr. Brown is exploiting it in the way he is points to the hollowness of this race. Mr. Brown got the $450 million figure from Mr. Hogan's plan for achieving savings in state government spending.
NEWS
April 3, 2011
Energy is at the forefront of the minds of many Americans today. Many are nervous about the high price of oil — both at the pump and geopolitically — as well as concerned about the viability of nuclear power. In this uncertain climate, the Maryland legislature is taking the extraordinarily prudent step of moving legislation that will create market opportunities for facilities that make energy from waste. Senate Bill 690 (which has passed the Senate 47-0) and House Bill 1121 (which has unanimously passed the Public Utilities Subcommittee)
NEWS
September 29, 2010
The millions that politicians are spending for campaign ads is not only annoying to TV audiences but also a disgraceful waste of money that could be used to feed homeless, fix the Maryland budget shortfall, or last but not least, fund medical research into cures for cancer or some other disease. Most of these ads do not even pertain to me. I can't vote for Andy Harris or Frank Kratovil, and I don't live in Anne Arundel County, so I can't vote for or against Question A (slots at the mall)
NEWS
December 9, 2010
How many of my tax dollars went to the FBI to set up this and other ridiculous sting operations ( "Arrest made in plot to blow up area military recruiting center," Dec. 9)? How much will be wasted on court costs and incarceration? Wouldn't it have been wiser to have agents pose as reasonable, mainstream Muslims and talk the poor, misguided guy out of being a radical? Or better yet, connect him with any of the fine mainstream Islamic organizations in the area who could easily bring him into the fold and teach him that such acts are not acceptable?
NEWS
February 25, 2011
There are 280 children in Frederick County enrolled in Head Start. To support the program the county spends $2.3 million and the federal government matches the county's contribution, for a total cost of $4.6 million to taxpayers. Long division is not my strong point, but that comes to $16,428.57 per kid if I'm not mistaken. Every study of Head Start shows there is no — zip, none, not an iota of — long-term learning advantage for kids enrolled in the program. Head Start is two things: an employment opportunity for a failed program and an expensive baby-sitting service.
NEWS
March 6, 2012
Something is very wrong here when an employee of the Baltimore public schools system can have a base salary of $76,000 for driving a car - not to mention earn an additional $78,000 in overtime ("Overtime costing schools millions," March 2). A city teacher with a master's degree and 25 years experience doesn't make $76,000 a year. This is a total insult to the taxpayers and once again shows the waste in the Baltimore schools. According to Tisha Edwards, these are the "costs of doing business.
NEWS
May 23, 2013
Johns Hopkins University receives billions of tax dollars and for the past 23 years they have used these tax dollars to support a Center for Gun Policy and Research ("Gun research is not biased," May 20). What a waste of our tax dollars. Most Americans know that people kill people and that criminals do not purchase legal guns. We have had gun laws on the books for many more years than this center at Johns Hopkins and most Americans understand when people work for a certain group, there will always be bias because they want to protect their job. Joe Heming
NEWS
October 3, 2014
American voters and taxpayers, it's time to wake up and clean house in Washington ( "Secret Service allowed armed man with criminal record on elevator with Obama," Oct. 1). We have the VA scandal with cooking the books and stealing our tax dollars in the form of bonuses they did not earn while lawmakers in Washington gave the agency another $17 billion without firing anyone or prosecuting anyone. Now we have the Secret Service not protecting the president. I don't know about other taxpayers but I have grown sick and tired of government employees spending my money and not doing their jobs.
NEWS
By Robert W. Miller | August 12, 2014
There are many programs known by their acronyms in education; many of these have political origins. People can debate the effectiveness of the various programs, but it is stunning to hear the almost universal objections to one of the newest acronyms: the SLO. SLO stands for Student Learning Objective. Generally, it is an objective to be chosen by teachers to demonstrate student growth by measuring progress made between a baseline test and a final test. SLOs are part of the latest attempt to evaluate teachers, implemented this year in Maryland and stemming from the overly-simplistic desires of politicians to "fix" education by getting rid of "bad" teachers.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | July 5, 2014
BOSTON - Orioles right-hander Miguel Gonzalez stifled the Red Sox for eight innings in the first game of a split doubleheader at Fenway Park, delivering arguably his best start of the season, but the Orioles still suffered a sobering, 3-2, walk-off loss to the Red Sox at Fenway Park. Seemingly rested and recovered from their early-morning arrival in Boston on Friday after their scheduled afternoon game was postponed until Saturday because of rain, the Orioles received a boost from Gonzalez, but mustered just five hits on the afternoon.
NEWS
June 29, 2014
If my tax dollars were being spent on hard research generating hard scientific data and conclusions, I might be somewhat less offended at this taxpayer waste ( "Morgan State warned of problems with its largest research program," June 25). However, Morgan researchers "study" ecosystems in order to develop "media outreach" (public relations) "to engage the public with stories of NASA's space exploration. " Fluff! Why not write a book or issue a public service announcement? If President Barack Obama and Congress are looking to trim waste (of course, they are not)
NEWS
By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun | June 25, 2014
Thomas D. McKewen, a materials recovery and waste management expert who was the founding director of Maryland Environmental Service, died June 13 of congestive heart failure at his home in Ashburn, Va. The former Towson resident was 86. "I had been hearing that he was a person with a lot of ability and had an understanding of the environmental work we were doing," said former Gov. Marvin J. Mandel, who appointed Mr. McKewen as director of the...
NEWS
June 20, 2014
As a recent high school graduate headed for the University of Wisconsin-Madison in the fall, I read with great interest commentator Peter Morici's column on the futility of majoring in certain subjects ( "We share the blame for college student woes," June 16). I can't tell you how many people like Mr. Morici have told me that studying journalism, social work or international relations is a waste because I won't be able to find a well-paying job upon graduation. Yet a study performed by the American Association of Universities found that students who major in the liberal arts have a comparable economic outlook to students who major in STEM fields.
NEWS
By William F. Brandes | April 5, 2011
In the waning days of this year's session, the Maryland General Assembly is considering critical legislation to include waste-to-energy as a "Tier 1" renewable resource, putting it on a par with wind and solar. Waste-to-energy, or WTE, is a proven source of clean, renewable energy that converts municipal solid waste into electricity and steam via combustion. It is essential that this material be categorized as renewable and that this legislation be passed. By doing so, Maryland would continue to lead the way toward producing renewable energy.
NEWS
By Jeff Barker and The Baltimore Sun | May 20, 2014
Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler's campaign for governor says in a new commercial that Maryland is squeezing its middle class with new taxes, and that he has identified more than $1.5 billion in state government waste. The Democrat's ad touts a waste-cutting plan that is described on his campaign website.  The website says significant savings would be achieved by reforming state procurement ($350 million), boosting Medicaid recovery efforts ($231 million) and reducing the non-violent prison population ($222.5 million)
NEWS
By Quinn Kelley, The Baltimore Sun | April 29, 2014
A sewage overflow estimated at 50,000 gallons was released into Miller Run in west Catonsville, and officials have advised people avoid contact with the waste water. Baltimore County's public works department responded to the sanitary sewer overflow Monday morning. A resident discovered the sewage, which overflowed from a manhole in a right-of-way south of Baltimore National Pike and north of Quilting Bee Road. The overflow was undetected for about seven days; after cleaning roots obstructing the line, the department stopped the overflow at 10 a.m., officials said.
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