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Dennis Gilpin April 17, 2014 at 03:59 pm
The average worker makes $46,000 a year ? If you are talking about the workers aroundRead More Washington.D.C. , who depend on government contracts, that might be true. Not a true indicator of the rest of Maryland where so many jobs have been lost. Makes the economic picture look good. doesn't it ? If you're going tp paint a picture be sure to include all the details.
MoCoRes April 17, 2014 at 04:44 pm
And some say millionaires are leaving Maryland.
Roger April 17, 2014 at 05:01 pm
If the average CEO is paid $4.9 Million 52 weeks 40 hours equals $2,355 per hour. Average CEO pay.Read More And the Hopkins staff can't get $15. And don't forget the Koch Heads who rail against a $10 minimum wage. It's the big fat hogs that tip the average balance Dennis.
Maryland utilities are being urged to give residents until the end of May to pay off winter's whopping utility bills. FIle|Patch
Sharon April 17, 2014 at 11:03 am
They should considering they keep managing to 'hike up' the costs. Personal experience as well lastRead More month was PEPCO sending me a bill that was triplicate to my usual usage. Argument was "well, ya know, we have had a 'cold winter and snow". Didn't accept that nor their 'PR offer' to come to my home and perform 'energy-efficient' check of my home. Home is well-beyond such! Turned out that, even though employee had come on-site and supposedly taken 'actual reading', he or she manually documented erroneous kilowatt usage. The indirect (far from sufficient) excuse and apology I received from PEPCO was "well, you do realize we ALL make mistakes?"! Hey, not on my watch! Hummm!
Sharon April 17, 2014 at 11:11 am
Moral of story above! Please, folks, check your bills closely! I hope there were not 'too many'Read More out there who just assumed it was "cold winter and snow" or didn't fall back on philosophy "you can't fight City Hall...particularly those families already struggling to 'make ends meet' and to those elderly folks on a limited pensions! Though PEPCO believes itself to be, they are not 'infallible'.
Candidates for Maryland governor were divided about the future of marijuana. (Credit: Patch File Photo)
Esoteric Knowledge April 17, 2014 at 01:08 pm
I would like to comment on this article but Patch has violated my 1st Amendment Right multiple timesRead More and does not allow me to comment, leaving me effectively dead.
Bob Bobbers April 17, 2014 at 01:59 pm
Patch cannot violate your 1st amendment rights. Only the government can do that.
Bryan Harz April 17, 2014 at 04:21 pm
Although I'm pro legalization, I'm not choosing a candidate on this one issue, that's for sure.Read More There are more important issues, and I think once whoever is elected finds out how much money CO is raking in, it will become legal no matter who you vote for.
Gov. Martin O'Malley. File|Patch
Buck Harmon April 17, 2014 at 04:46 pm
Doesn't really matter Marty Warren...we are dealing with a corrupt judicial court system that isRead More effected by big money first and foremost. Big money trumps violent animals...keeping them alive for extended periods on time pays very well to the "for profit " jailing system. The longer they keep em the more money they make at the expense of taxpayers. Truth and justice takes a back seat to profit margins.
art doyle April 17, 2014 at 05:08 pm
Howard is right. If you attempt murder, you should also be killed. That means everyone who has everRead More committed a crime that could kill someone should be killed. Every one who has ever driven drunk--dead. Every one who has driven recklessly ---dead. Everyone who has served undercooked food--- dead. Everyone who has ever lost their temper with their child--dead. This is great! As the mighty GB said, 'let's roll'!!!!
art doyle April 17, 2014 at 05:10 pm
Sure, a few 'innocent' people may die but it is for the greater good. And really, who is reallyRead More innocent. Besides me, of course.
This unusual wedding singer has us wondering about your top nuptial tunes. Credit: Screenshot from YouTube video
Dolores Roles April 16, 2014 at 02:23 pm
BEAUTIFULLY ORIGINAL. FOR MY FIRST WEDDING THEY PLAYED" "WE'VE ONLY JUST BEGUN..."Read More FOR OUR FIRST DANCE . IT WAS POPULAR THEN. FOR MY NEXT WEDDING I WOULD LIKE GLORIA ESTEPHAN'S " THE DAY YOU SAY YOU LOVE ME".
Louis Stachowiak April 16, 2014 at 03:03 pm
What a joyful wedding, and an honorable gift to the wedding couple! Praise the priest who shares hisRead More gift to praise God who is so much a part of this holy sacrament.
Polly April 17, 2014 at 11:08 am
Wow! What a beautiful voice and gift. I got chills just listening to it. This song was written by aRead More 10 year old girl, another talent.
Maryland State Police Sgt. Marc Black said some people pretend they don't know that handheld cell phones are not permitted on Maryland roads. (Screenshot from CNS YouTube video)
Ted Giovanis April 17, 2014 at 03:13 pm
Specifically, I am not necessarily against the cell phone ban. I do have issues with the manner inRead More which they enforce it though. What I am against is the government banning cell phone use and thinking they have solved or meaningfully addressed the distracted driving problem when it has not event scratched the surface. I responded to another writer with a citation for a study (the Erie Insurance study). In the same general area as that citation, there are many other citations/studies which discuss the distracted driving problem and pose potential solutions. My point is that the government does not seem to care about the plethora of information on this subject even when it has been pointed out to them and only wants to address but a small faction of the issue (the low hanging fruit or fruit of lease resistance as it were); but, touts that they have made significant progress. As far as solutions, I mentioned driver education, no one I talking about that at all. Another writer suggested that the LEOs practice what they enforce and stop talking on their cell phones while driving (I added typing on their laptops too), practice what you enforce. I actually suggested this approach - practice what you enforce concept (no speeding, no turn of red, cell phone use, tec.) directly to the Howard County Deputy Chief of Police some time ago - nothing changed. (Practice what you preach and lead by example.) This in addition to other measures (PSAs, driver education, etc.) would result in meaningful change. (The California Highway Patrol allows citizens to report such violations and those reports are retained in the officers personnel file and used in the officers next evaluation. I suggested this too - no change) Based on my experiences, in the end it may not make much difference what we suggest, they are not going to listen or act anyway. As I'm sure you know, complicating this general area is how they accumulate traffic statistics which prevents getting a clear picture of what is occurring or causal without collecting additional data and the traffic data the government possess is inadequate or even flawed. There exists study or funding bias associated with all data/surveys/analyses, even the government's data and the Erie Study too. Complicated? You bet. In reality, it takes much time and energy to investigate any area or issue. Unfortunately, many do not invest the time or energy to understand an issue.
Pam Hamburg April 17, 2014 at 04:19 pm
Good points, Ted. Then there's falling asleep while driving which causes many accidents and canRead More occur at any time of the day. It's said that it's more than DWI. I don't know about that. Can that be legislated? Of course not. I agree about better driver's education. Around prom time, many high schools participate in an education on DWI using special glasses to help the students see how it feels to be under the influence and driving. Maybe the same should be done for cell phone use. Of course, that leaves out all the self important people, the soccer moms, etc. These people wouldn't dream of drinking and driving. Cells phones are an entirely different story. Again, LEO should be setting a GOOD EXAMPLE. They aren't. Just because they are a cop, they should be excluded? In all my years of driving, I've seen cops commit the exact same infractions as any other motorist, whether they are on the job or not.
Ted Giovanis April 17, 2014 at 06:06 pm
Pam: Agreed. In many areas (health and health care included) a general awareness works better thanRead More enforcement. That's kind of my point. (FYI, most of the speeding tickets in school zones are issued to parents speeding to get their kids to school.)
"We want to provide some sweet relief to our  customers," the Great American Cookies vice president said. (Credit: Great American Cookies)
MG42 April 15, 2014 at 01:11 pm
Feels like these private businesses offer me more on tax day than the services I get from ourRead More worthless federal, state and local governments that actually take my tax money (at gunpoint, to boot).
Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley will be honored for his work to repeal the death penalty. Patch file photo.
TIM GORDON April 16, 2014 at 07:55 am
WHATS REALLY SCAREY IS THAT HE WANTS TO BE PRESIDENT. WE CANNOT COMPARE OUR STATE WITH TEXAS ASRead More THEY ARE REPUBICAN AND WE ARE LIBERAL DEMOCRATES. REALLY. BUT I LOVE THIS STATE AND WHERE I LIVE IN DUNDALK. I PRAY FOR OUR LEADERS AS THEY SURE NEED WISDOM.
Pam Hamburg April 16, 2014 at 11:45 am
All well said comments. A murder victim is dead. The perpetrator gets to live, albeit in prison.Read More An eye for an eye is still the way it should be.
Dennis Gilpin April 16, 2014 at 12:50 pm
If his administration get a lot of support ( votes ) from Baltimore city and there are a lot ofRead More criminals charged with murder in Jail, makes sense that the families who are connected to the killers would want to keep their relatives alive. Votes count right ? Baltimore is one of the most violent cities in America. Keeping the deterrent on the books helps to protect the good citizens of Baltimore city. Taking it off the books protects who ? I think the Mayor of Baltimore, along with their support staff wants to change which had been going on for some time. It will take time and dedication. The governor points out that there are problems in Baltimore but neglects to say nothing changed when he was the cities mayor.