April 12, 2014
As a former elected Howard County Board of Education member and a retired Howard County educator, I'd like to give my support to Howard County Superintendent, Dr. Renee Foose. I was not happy with the results of the survey of her performance that came out from HCEA. One of the roles I had as a Howard County educator was principal. Being a leader is a challenging task and awesome responsibility. You share credit when things go well and you take the full blame and responsibility when things go wrong.
April 10, 2014
One thing that amuses me about former Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr.'s regular column is that he often proves the point of his opponents without even realizing it. His most recent, "Paul Ryan isn't a racist, and the Democrats know it" (March 6), is a perfect example. Mr. Ehrlich quotes Rep. Paul Ryan's comments about the lack of a culture of work in the inner cities and then says that what is lost in the conversation is the fact that the majority of people on entitlements are white.
February 26, 2014
As a 30-year retired wrestling coach still active on state committees, I was saddened to hear of the passing of Gregory Kane ( "Gregory Kane, former Sun columnist, dies at 62," Feb. 20). Mr. Kane often wrote about wrestling in relation to his own high school experiences and to the values taught by the nature of the sport. The extraordinary mental and physical requirements led to the development of discipline and a work ethic that many wrestlers display throughout their lives.
February 26, 2014
It was amusing to read Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake's letter Sunday demonizing Republican criticism of Democratic mayors ( "Mayor: GOP offers criticisms, Democrats offer solutions," Feb. 24). Virtually every city, including Detroit, Chicago, Baltimore and the District of Columbia, has been run by Democratic politicians. These same politicians have destroyed the African-American community, housing, the work ethic and the infrastructure. Just drive around Baltimore for a couple of hours.
February 21, 2014
I was tremendously saddened to hear of the passing of Gregory Kane, one of the best, if not the best, columnists The Baltimore Sun has employed in the last 40 years. I invited him for years to hear former Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. lecture to my class, but in December he emailed me matter-of-factly, "Oh, I'm VERY interested, Rick. But once again, the Fates are against us. I have chemo that day. " Mr. Kane grew up as a liberal, but experience made him more conservative. He was especially eloquent on the unpopular side of capital punishment, a topic on which he exposed the undiscussed consequences of eliminating that option for incapacitation of the most heinous criminals.
December 28, 2013
Deana Parris had a decision to make. A year after she joined the trampoline team at the Fairland Sports and Aquatics Center in Laurel, her parents declared that she and her brother had to pare down their many extracurricular activities to two each. Choir would make the cut, Parris decided, leaving one spot open for sports. After thinking it over, she eventually chose to continue with trampoline even though she had been playing soccer longer. "My dad asked me why," Parris said.