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By Michael Pakenham | September 7, 2003
Consumer Joe: Harassing Corporate America, One Letter at a Time, by Paul Davidson. Broadway Books. 224 pages. $12.95. A professional television scriptwriter with a wry mean streak, Davidson rejiggered his persona into David Paulson and under that name challenged a battery of U.S. top corporations to grovel or make fools of themselves. His device was to write letters to the companies or top officers by name, complaining or querying about some aspect of their products or services. The answers are the heart of the book -- from Coca-Cola, with four terse paragraphs that utterly ignore the question to three letters and three responses to and from Marshmallow Fluff about microwaving the stuff.
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By Luke Broadwater and The Baltimore Sun | September 29, 2014
Nine candidates on Monday called the selection process to chose a new City Council member for Baltimore's 11th District an “insult” - and demanded a new vote. In a letter sent to the members of the City Council, nine of 14 candidates said the committee selection process for the vacant City Council seat was “tainted” and weakened the public's trust in Baltimore's government. “Ultimately, the selection process has caused residents across Baltimore City to question their trust and confidence in our political system,” the nine wrote.
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FEATURES
October 7, 1991
President Bush asked students last week to write letters with ideas for improving schools. Here's your chance to let the president know how you think your school can be better.We're interested in those suggestions, too. Send us a letter. We'll put together some of the best recommendations and print them in the paper in mid-October.Mail letters by Monday night to: School Ideas, Morning Features, 501 N. Calvert St., Baltimore, Md. 21278, or call our Sundial number until 9 p.m. Monday. Using a touch-tone phone, call 783-1800 (or 268-7736 from Anne Arundel County)
SPORTS
The Baltimore Sun | September 9, 2014
Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti is sending the following letter to Ravens personal seat license holders, suite owners and sponsors in response to the team's handling of the Ray Rice incident:   Sept. 9, 2014 Dear Ravens Stakeholder: You deserve an explanation.  What happened with the Ray Rice incident?  How could it come to this?  Why didn't we act earlier?  As a PSL holder, suite owner, sponsor and supporter, you have a stake in us. You have invested in us - emotionally as well as financially, trusted us, and believed in us. We value that trust and owe you full disclosure.
FEATURES
October 4, 1991
Hey, kids, let President Bush know how you think your school can improve. The president asked students Tuesday to write letters with ideas for improving schools -- and we're interested in those suggestions, too.Send us a letter and we'll put together some of the best recommendations and print them in the paper in mid-October.Mail letters by Monday night to: School Ideas, Morning Features, 501 N. Calvert St., Baltimore, Md. 21278, or call our Sundial number until 9 p.m. Monday. Using a touch-tone phone, call 783-1800 (or 268-7736 from Anne Arundel County)
NEWS
By Tanika White and Tanika White,SUN STAFF | May 11, 2003
At a forum designed to give the public a chance to comment on the city school system's proposed spending plan, the real backlash yesterday came from board members themselves - who said they are tired of being solely blamed for an overspent budget, potential cutbacks and long-overdue repairs and upgrades. "We're sick of it, and we're angry about it," said board Vice Chairman C. William Struever, "and I think we all ought to be clear about where some of these problems lie." Struever said the system is grossly underfunded and is being ordered by state and federal government officials to do more with less.
NEWS
June 27, 1999
Editor's note: Jerdine Nolen today explores ways to occupy young minds during the summer. Her column appears biweekly.With your children, begin to think of ways to fill their unstructured hours during summer vacation. From these suggestions, make a list of ideas you like and post them in a prominent place for all to see. These projects are good ways to continue practicing skills learned during the academic year.Writing throughout the summer* Encourage your child to write letters throughout the summer to vacationing friends, grandparents or other relatives.
NEWS
April 4, 1999
Editor's note: In her biweekly column, Jerdine Nolen today explores the link between reading and writing.Reading and writing are intricately connected. They are different sides of the same coin. Reading and writing are very effective intellectual tools when they develop together.Helping build the connectionWhen your child shows readiness, parents can:* Write the word/letter symbols for things that interest your child.* Show your child which letters make what sounds.* Use index cards to label things in your home (or your child's room)
NEWS
By MICHAEL OLESKER | May 7, 1996
When Shirley J. Adkins gets angry, City Hall gets letters. When she sits down at her keyboard to write letters, City Council members brace themselves. Sometimes, they even take action. Maybe one day, if everybody gets very lucky, the city's housing department will do the same.Adkins is the office manager for Homewood Realty Inc., a Maryland Avenue real estate firm that handles about 500 residential properties for various landlords. Most of the properties rent for $250 to $450 a month. Some are in troubled neighborhoods.
NEWS
By Rosalie Falter and Rosalie Falter,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | May 7, 2000
WE TAKE a lot of things for granted. One of them is the delivery of mail. I took a tour recently of the main post office and observed a modern marvel -- the sorting and distribution of mail. The reason I mention this is because it made me think of the program in place at North Glen Elementary School. The North Glen Post Office, as it is called, is an in-house operation conducted by Mary Jo Young, a reading specialist. Eleven pupils in grades five and six have jobs just like those of U.S. Postal Service employees.
NEWS
August 1, 2014
I enjoyed and agree with commentator Lynne Agress' essay on the value of writing ( "The presentation dilemma," July 28). Nobody stated it more succinctly or perceptively than Sir Francis Bacon: "Reading maketh a full man, conference (speaking) a ready man, and writing an exact man. " Art Moorshead, Lutherville - To respond to this letter, send an email to talkback@baltimoresun.com . Please include your name and contact information.
HEALTH
By Andrea K. Walker, The Baltimore Sun | May 5, 2014
Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler has sent letters to 10 e-cigarette manufacturers questioning what the companies are doing to prevent sales to underage buyers. The letters come as the safety and regulation of the devices face increased scrutiny. The makers of e-cigarettes say the devices are safer than traditional cigarettes and can help smokers quit, but reports of poisonings related to the products have spiked. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration recently said it is seeking regulatory authority over the devices.
NEWS
Erica L. Green and Erica L. Green | January 17, 2014
Patterson High School students had little recourse last week when they were exposed to frigid temperatures in their unheated classrooms -- so they began a letter-writing campaign. The students, mostly juniors and seniors, wrote letters expressing their disappointment that school officials did not respond to pleas from teachers and students about the school's conditions, including busted pipes, which persisted through some HSA testing. A class of more than 30 students wrote letters to interim schools CEO Tisha Edwards about the conditions.
NEWS
By Erin Cox and Andrea F. Siegel, The Baltimore Sun | September 27, 2012
An Anne Arundel County councilman has asked prosecutors to investigate perjury allegations involving five police officers caught up in a lawsuit against County Executive John R. Leopold. In a letter sent this week, Councilman Jamie Benoit also demanded an investigation from newly appointed Police Chief Larry W. Tolliver into whether the department properly vetted a complaint about an officer accused of lying. "Our department is about to break under the weight of repeated scandals," Benoit wrote.
NEWS
Susan Reimer | September 5, 2012
During the Republican National Convention in Tampa, a website called Gateway Pundit posted photographs of letters of condolence sent by President Barack Obama to the families of Navy SEALs killed in a horrendous combat crash last year as proof that an auto-pen was used to reproduce the president's signature on form letters of sympathy. Some family members expressed hurt and dismay that their loss would be acknowledged in assembly line fashion, and Donald Trump tweeted that the president must be too busy playing golf.
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By Luke Broadwater and The Baltimore Sun | June 20, 2012
Baltimore City Council PresidentBernard C. "Jack" Youngon Thursday wrote an open letter to MayorStephanie Rawlings-Blake, criticizing her about a plan to close three fire companies, and prompting a response from Rawlings-Blake's budget chief, Andrew Kleine. The City Council is slated to vote Thursday to authorize more than $6 million in cuts to Rawlings-Blake's budget that Young says could be directed toward recreation schools, fire companies and afterschool programs. Below is Young's letter and Kleine's memo.
NEWS
March 8, 1991
The Red Cross, the Army and private interests have stepped in to help the wife and children of a Maryland National Guardsman serving in the gulf. They were evicted last week from their Silver Spring apartment because they fell behind in their rent.On Wednesday, the Red Cross and the Army's family ,6p6,6L assistance program stepped in to help. A motel in Silver Spring offered a room free of charge, and the Rev. Jesse L. Jackson and his Rainbow Coalition chipped in $500."I'm really thankful that people are helping me to see about my children," says Damita Fogg, 40. "It makes me want to cry."
NEWS
By Katherine Richards and Katherine Richards,Staff Writer | December 22, 1993
A letter-writing campaign to lobby state officials for money for a Hampstead bypass has been moving about as fast as Route 30 traffic through the town during the evening rush hour.Hampstead officials and the Carroll County commissioners agreed Dec. 7 to call for a letter-writing effort in support of the Hampstead bypass. But the campaign has been stalled since then.On Friday, Commissioner Elmer C. Lippy Jr. distanced himself from the Dec. 7 suggestion of Commissioner Julia W. Gouge that the county should help pay for a billboard on Route 30 to publicize the campaign.
NEWS
By Annie Linskey, The Baltimore Sun | April 18, 2012
In a letter to Maryland senators, Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller says there's been "tremendous misinformation" circulating about the final day of the General Assembly session and insisted that he did not hold up a bill to raise income taxes over legislation to expand gambling. "It has been alleged that the impasse was somehow connected to gaming," Miller said in the letter the state's 46 other senators. "That is patently untrue. " The statement appears to contradict what Miller said the day after the session ended, when he told reporters that he and House Speaker Michael E. Busch had "made an agreement we were going to pass the gambling bill.
NEWS
By KATIE MARTIN and KATIE MARTIN,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | March 5, 2006
Tucked away on a bookshelf in Eleanor Darcy's home is a three-volume set of books about Charles Carroll of Carrollton. The collection of books comprises correspondence between Carroll, a signer of the Declaration of Independence and Carroll County's namesake, and his father, Charles Carroll of Annapolis. The letters detail the life of the Maryland family living in the 18th century. Even though there are nearly 700 letters published in the set, Darcy is familiar with them - and their explanatory footnotes - because she spent more than 25 years helping to research and edit the collection.
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