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County Executive Ken Ulman at Ducketts Lane Elementary School. Ulman's FY 2015 budget contains what he said was the highest amount for education in the county on record. (Credit: Howard County Government)
MG42 April 23, 2014 at 12:27 pm
Tons of wastefully spending in there, Ulman should be ashamed, not proud. What is the $1.16 millionRead More dollar expense for "County Executive"?
MG42 April 18, 2014 at 04:25 pm
Please liberate us from our oppressive State government, cyber warriors!!!
Don O'Neill April 18, 2014 at 05:24 pm
It sounds as though Senator Catherine Pugh is pining for a job in the private sector. Here is whatRead More she said: 1. “Our government doesn’t move as quickly as the private sector ... and the private sector isn’t moving as quickly as it should be,” Sen. Catherine Pugh, D-Baltimore, said in an interview. 2. “I look at the government from the perspective of a business,” Pugh said. “... What do want the state to look like three years from now? I don’t think we do enough of that kind of thinking and planning.” Let me identify some of the issues that Senator Catherine Pugh and her colleagues in Annapolis should be thinking about on behalf of the citizens of Maryland. 1. Stop pretending that Maryland is the leader in state Health Care web sites. 2. Stop pretending that Maryland is the center of excellence for Cyber Security. 3. Stop pretending that the Chesapeake Bay is clean. 4. Stop pretending that Maryland's soft position on marijuana is supported by its citizens. 5. Stop contemplating the use of fracking. 6. Stop wasting time and money on Bond Bill earmarks. 7. Stop sweeping the Baltimore City prison scandal under the rug. 8. Stop pretending that Maryland is winning the jobs race with Virginia. 9. Stop pretending that Maryland has an adult candidate for Governor. 10. Stop pretending that Governor O'Malley is viable candidate for President.
Pam Hamburg April 18, 2014 at 07:01 pm
Agree with all those stops!
Maryland utilities are being urged to give residents until the end of May to pay off winter's whopping utility bills. FIle|Patch
Pam Hamburg April 18, 2014 at 07:05 pm
LOL, Sharon, first I gotta go thru Plan A, before moving on to B. It would be great if most wouldRead More take my stand, but they won't because they are chickens**ts. Plan B is a good plan, but not everyone wants to go there. It's not illegal, neither of my plans are.
Bryan Harz April 18, 2014 at 07:20 pm
Just read they can tell what appliances are on by the type of load your residence is drawing.Read More Motors, heating elements are higher loads than consumer electronics. It seems like they can't tell the difference between the levels of loads, but not positive they can tell the difference between the individual levels of loads. Like if your TV and PC had the same or close power supply watt ratings, they wouldn't know which one you turn on. Just that something drawing a particular amount of current was turned on. That's what I can tell.
Bryan Harz April 18, 2014 at 07:26 pm
Looks like the RF output of the meters is 1 watt which is around the exposure of a microwave oven,Read More but not half as much as a baby monitor. I'm sure that would affect a pacemaker or something like that. I'm not familiar with what happens when there's RF introduced into the artificial assist device.
Gov. Martin O'Malley. File|Patch
Kolo Jezdec April 20, 2014 at 09:44 am
"J. M. MacDonald, who as a psychiatrist for the District Courts of Denver has had extensiveRead More experience with narcoanalysis, says that drug interrogation is of doubtful value in obtaining confessions to crimes. Criminal suspects under the influence of barbiturates may deliberately withhold information, persist in giving untruthful answers, or falsely confess to crimes they did not commit. The psychopathic personality, in particular, appears to resist successfully the influence of drugs."***https://www.cia.gov/library/center-for-the-study-of-intelligence/kent-csi/vol5no2/html/v05i2a09p_0001.htm
Kolo Jezdec April 20, 2014 at 09:50 am
" The problem with truth serums is the results can't be depended on. It's easy to find caseRead More reports of people recounting detailed stories under the influence of drugs of which they have no recollection afterward — and the stories check out. But researchers also admit despairingly that they know of just as many confessions that were demonstrably false. Drugs reduce some subjects to unintelligible babbling. Other subjects are suggestible and will tell you whatever they think you want to hear. Plus, just because somebody thinks something is true doesn't mean it is."
art doyle April 20, 2014 at 10:43 am
Kolo, the problems with those solutions go even deeper. Even if the subject is telling the truth,Read More they are only telling the truth as they remember it. Memory is very prejudicial. Four people watching the same event, when interviewed independently will virtually never agree on the details.
An artist's rendering of the planned MGM casino resort at National Harbor. Credit: MGM Resorts International website
Bob Higginbotham April 17, 2014 at 06:16 pm
what those justifying the casino fail to point out is that National Harbor will also draw gamblersRead More from Maryland. More than likely it will adversely effect the other casinos in the metro area. As far as citizens influencing the design or anything significant about the facility don't hold your breath. That's nothing more than lip service to the gullible. As far as jobs, I 'm sure there will be plenty of low paying ones for the locals.
james smith April 17, 2014 at 07:33 pm
@ Marcus Aurelius, There are some white people still left in PG county?
james smith April 17, 2014 at 08:00 pm
@ Bob Higginbotham, It would be wonderful if it adversely affects other casinos in Maryland.Read More Hopefully all of them will go bankrupt.
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)
Buck Harmon April 18, 2014 at 08:35 am
Someone is probably working on the creation of a device that can be installed into vehicles thatRead More would not allow cellphone reception while the vehicle is running. Who knows where the next phase of technology will take us...human beings seem to be regular contributors to their own demise all the time.
Pam Hamburg April 18, 2014 at 10:31 am
Ted, good point. Parents are the worst offenders, plus they're probably talking on their cells atRead More the same time *grin*
Pam Hamburg April 18, 2014 at 10:32 am
Sadly, you're probably right, Buck.
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.
Government House, the official residence of Maryland's governor. Credit: Maryland State Archives
David J Iacono April 11, 2014 at 03:26 pm
If Republican had their way, the only energy source would be a 19th century one, coal. Burn babyRead More burn.
patricia April 11, 2014 at 08:52 pm
Since there a no democrats left in the state of Maryland, you must be a liberal progressiveRead More socialist. Please take a trip to Spain and let us know how those "modern" sources of energy are working out for them, I'll bet they have lots and lots of solar and wind equipment they'd love to sell to you.
David J Iacono April 12, 2014 at 09:12 am
The facts don't cease to exist because you ignore them. Europe is doing just fine with renewables.Read More For Republicans in general and the tea party in paticular, it's always a balance between ignorance and belligerence.
Nicholas Aleshin April 11, 2014 at 09:06 pm
And the taxpayer has to pay extra for federal tax monies to be sent back to Howard County. This is aRead More ripoff, although most people probably think it's "free" money for the local government. Yeah, with MY tax money! Wake up, people!
JaySmith April 12, 2014 at 07:53 am
NA: You're exactly right.....and it's all a part of the grand strategy by Obama and theRead More Democrats.......shower us with taxed money (from us) and printed money (from our kids' future taxes)...all to 'buy' our votes for Democrats every 2 years. It is truly truly sickening. The whole article and Obama's money 2 months late, makes no sense.....except as the vote-buying strategy......and it works. It buys votes from the low-information crowd who keep getting more numerous
How do candidates for governor feel about raising the minimum wage? (Credit: Braintree Patch)
Zinzindor April 10, 2014 at 02:03 pm
Looking cynically: This minimum wage increase is a way to garner favor with the electorate, withoutRead More incurring wrath of the general populace for increasing taxes. Less cynically: It's an example of stunningly ignorant policymaking. The gubernatorial candidates (and the governor and most of the General Assembly) promote the idea that the paycheck increase is magical: the money comes from nowhere. Or worse, it comes from the pockets of rich employers. But what are the likely outcomes of the legislation? Where does the money actually come from? There are a number of possible ways that employers can counteract the increase in costs. These include cuts in benefits, cuts in training, shifting to automation, shifting to more part-time work. Worst of all: laying off low-skilled workers (who can't be expected to bring $10.10 per hour in value to the business), or declining to hire them. Governor O'Malley and these candidates claim to be helping society's worst-off, but they aren't. Society's worst off are the ones who can't get a job at that wage, and this legislation is a direct assault on their well-being. You can't find advocates of the increase who acknowledge that the money doesn't come magically, or that there will be negative consequence for low-skill workers. They are either blind, or simply don't care. And when fast food restaurants start substituting order-taking machines for clerks, few will think to blame the politicians. LeviathanMontgomery.wordpress.com
Roger April 11, 2014 at 06:13 pm
Sure is easy to see who is antichrist.
Dennis Gilpin April 15, 2014 at 06:37 pm
Zinzindor, You sound like you understand business. In many cases these " low paying" jobsRead More mean the difference between being homeless and keeping your family together. Eliminate just a percentage of them and our state might go from one of the leading states in Home foreclosures to number one. None of the people who voted for this probably ever had to depend on a minimum paying job. Eastern Baltimore city and county has experienced the loss of many jobs as companies have either closed or relocated. At this point the economy is fragile and involving politics in this, is a recipe for disaster.
Before passing the legislation down the line to Senate President Thomas V. "Mike" Miller, Gov. Martin O'Malley signs a bill at a signing ceremony during his last legislative session as governor. (Credit: Sarah Tincher, Capital News Service)
Brian Kelly B Bizzle April 9, 2014 at 04:36 am
Don't be fooled by "decriminalization" because citizens are still going to be treated likeRead More common criminals for marijuana. This is what Kevin Sabet wants. Citizens will STILL be forced to the dangerous black market and a shady illegal street drug dealer to purchase their marijuana. Getting caught buying it is STILL a crime they will arrest and jail you for. Then, they will also FORCE you to mandatory rehab, and if you don't comply, guess what? JAILTIME! No thanks! Also, we will still be wasting our tax dollars sending police around to ticket marijuana users and wasting police manpower and resources. Instead of allowing our police the time, manpower and resources to protect us all from real, dangerous criminals who actually commit crimes with victims and pose a real threat to society. Why else do you think they are so EAGER to "decriminalize", instead of LEGALIZE? Don't Let'em Fool You!!! DEMAND FULL MARIJUANA LEGALIZATION NATIONWIDE!
"House of Cards" star Kevin Spacey chats with Maryland Gov, Martin O'Malley during filming last year on the set. File|Patch
Bob Higginbotham April 9, 2014 at 10:48 am
What this rabble called "the house of cards" is doing is extorting the State of MarylandRead More by demanding more tax breaks to film their fantasy here. They should have been shown the door as soon as they made their demand. That we have gutless so-called leaders has become even more evident with this debacle. Like the show, the justification for their demand is also pure fantasy.
John Cirelli April 9, 2014 at 10:49 am
sounds like bribery to me . I want to film deck of cards can I have 1 million.
Not Perfect April 9, 2014 at 03:36 pm
They want to bleed/deprive the state of revenue. Let them LEAVE! The "rich" are theRead More CHEAPEST creatures on Earth...
Maryland's governor said Monday that he planned to sign a bill decriminalizing small amounts of marijuana.
Jenna Williams April 8, 2014 at 06:36 pm
http://towson.patch.com/groups/events/p/democratic-gubernatorial-canidate-forum
Matthew Riesner April 9, 2014 at 09:40 am
If we can have gambling, why not weed?
Matthew Riesner April 9, 2014 at 09:42 am
Polly, if I remember well enough, the governor was also against casinos the first time he ran...
Maryland's minimum wage will increase to $10.10 an hour by 2018 under a bill approved by the General Assembly. File|Patch
guyblur April 9, 2014 at 04:59 pm
I’m sure you don’t need me to point out when you’re wrong. You seem to beRead More suggesting that any form of employment, any amount of pay (a penny an hour?) is better than nothing. That is morally wrong. You could make that same argument in favor of sweatshops. I’m sure desperate people in India count on sweatshops to survive. It’s still wrong. P.S. You’re still struggling with net jobs. The net job loss is the difference between the number of jobs created vs. those lost due to raising the minimum wage. It’s not the number of minimum wage jobs vs. the number of applicants. Rather than a shortage, there are many industries where employers must work very hard to keep those positions filled. We have a minimum wage job surplus. It’s like your musical chairs reference, except imagine that we have more chairs than we need and people are continuously vacating chairs.
McGibblets April 9, 2014 at 05:48 pm
You're arguing that you can have a net loss in jobs yet create more jobs by doing so? If there are,Read More for example 20 jobs lost and 10 created that would be a net loss of 10 jobs. Tell those 10 newly unemployed that there are more jobs out there for them all the while telling them there are more lost than created (i.e. net loss).
guyblur April 10, 2014 at 12:10 pm
That's not what I'm arguing. One last try: For example: There are 100 jobs, and you pass newRead More legislation that gains 5 jobs but causes 10 jobs to be cut. That is a net job loss of 5 jobs. Question: How can any of the 10 laid-off employees find work since we have a net loss of 5 jobs? Answer: There are still 95 jobs (100 + 5 - 10 = 95), many of which are unfilled at any given time. See? Hey, I noticed you didn't rebut your "pro sweatshop" argument.
Taking pictures in public places or talking outside government buildings may be recorded in a database for tracking terrorism. (Credit: Frankfort Patch)
Charles Roberts April 7, 2014 at 03:45 pm
No matter the reason for gathering info-photographing is one, you will end up on a Terrorist typeRead More data base. Once on you will never get off completely-these databases are shared and they spin off like spider webs. Getting info expunged requires an attorney, costs money, time, patience and possible negative ramifications. After a while the original source is untraceable and labels like Terrorist follow the info despite the fact that the person was only protesting something. My work for 50 years (now retired) required photo documentation, I took some unusual pictures but some of the things I see are artful shapes, configurations, colors, - I love the old cast iron work of bridges. Some of the most interesting “paintings” are on the sides of trains in the form of graffiti but some are absolutely stunning. Bridges and trains will get you targeted. So much for beauty, art, documentation.
Lee MunLim April 7, 2014 at 05:45 pm
so why do we have all this data if the majority of this people dont have records or are terrorists?Read More Seems like big brother wants to be keeping there eyes on you
The Maryland Senate and House must still reconcile their versions of minimum wage bills before the General Assembly ends Monday. File|Patch
jag April 4, 2014 at 11:11 pm
Well, if you were trying to make your previous inane comment look reasonable by comparison, it'sRead More safe to say you succeeded.
Dennis Gilpin April 5, 2014 at 12:52 am
"Whatever the market will bear, is term used by economists to project how the free enterpriseRead More system works. If the minimum wage goes up the costs of products will go up as well. The fast food providers will only find a way to eliminate some jobs by automation. The economy is stagnant and that is why the politicians put the pay hike in the future, not wanting to get repercussions in case the law caused economic problems. Good timing with the elections coming up though.
Thom Boone April 7, 2014 at 03:46 pm
GANSLER was the first state official to recommend the increase but as part of an overall packageRead More where Maryland makes aggressively seeking jobs its number priority. Because if we don't have good jobs here, it doesn't make any difference what BROWN OMALLEY set the minimum at. And BROWN and O'MALLEY have performed miserably neon job creation and aggessively recruiting industry to this states. Instead they have given us 40 successive tax increases - the most REGRESSIVE of which was the gasoline tax because it isn't even offset anywhere else (it treats gasoline as if it were a sin). O’Malley and Brown fail to mention that they have done virtually nothing in the way of aggressively or actively seeking out and encouraging business to come to Maryland. Nothng. Not even an “I Maryland” campaign in New York - while Andrew Cuomo has made it all start-ups small or medium-sized for the first ten years in New York State absolutely TAX FREE. (No wonder “I love New York.) Instead they have given us something like 40 successive onerous tax increases, the worst of which is the TRULY REGRESSIVE GASOLINE tax - which is not even an true energy tax in that it does not cut the payroll tax rate or eliminate it and emphasize conservation as means of raising revenue. (See www.getamericaworking.org.) Biggest problem facing Maryland is job creation. 80-plus % of the people are among the genuinely unemployed now then there were 7 years ago True unemployment rate is even higher - much higher than reported rate - because people just fall off the screen. Maryland rural counties adjacent to other states - but Maryland as a whole and even more so when seen as potential is just BLEEDING JOBS AND JOBS AND MORE JOBS: Maryland has only 3-4 Fortune 500 companies left. We have lost and thousands of small businesses in the last seven years, not to mention prospects. We are the 4th highest taxed state I think is right in the country. Every year for the past 7, the MD legislature has run a $700M to $1B deficit from Annapolis. Meanwhile across the river, Virginia successively reaps in a $1B surplus. Because VA vigorously and aggressively promote jobs and attracts industry. Maryland needs to bring jobs to Maryland to increase its tax base in order to do the things that Democrats believe really ought to be done for the people of Maryland. We need to bring jobs hereto Maryland because we need to increase our tax base. And we need to be able to have money to do things that Democrats need people need their government to do to really help them. To do that, we must make our corporate tax rate competitive with our neighbors even if it does mean cutting it from 8% to 6%. Likewise we must see to it that corporations pay the real share they owe and do not misuse "loopholes" to avoid corporate citizens. We must do this to ensure we are we competitive with our neighbors so that all of our businesses don’t continue to leave - and we will do that incrementally and we will make a lot of money for our state And hundreds of millions of dollars will come in. This is not some pig-in-a-poke Republican proposal in disguise; it is just plain excellent common economic sense. O’Malley is claiming a claiming a huge success and all he has done is picked your pocket. I already told you Doug Gansler was the first to propose a wage increase over $10 an hour? Not O’Malley,Look it up. Now O’Malley and Brown are going to claim it was their idea.
Pit bulls will no longer be considered "inherently dangerous," according to (Screenshot from Capital News Service video)
Buck Harmon April 7, 2014 at 08:26 am
Motorcycle only checkpoints ?
Pam Hamburg April 7, 2014 at 10:22 am
Yes, Buck, motorcycle only check points. The following is a link to Abate of Maryland's FB pageRead More explaining. We also have a website. In Carroll County, we have a chapter and a website and a FB page.
Michele April 7, 2014 at 11:29 am
Let's hear it for the Bullies! Very true that they should not be singled out. ANY dog can bite atRead More ANY time.
A vaportini is a product that allows users to inhale vapor from heated alcoholic drinks. A tealight candle heats one ounce of a spirit in a glass sphere atop the glass. Photo courtesy of Vaportini.
Buck Harmon April 4, 2014 at 04:37 pm
Who introduced this law?
art slesinger April 4, 2014 at 05:44 pm
Did the writer really say it enters the blood stream directly??? I guess I do not need lungs afterRead More all, just a left over organ. So you can drink alcohol but we want to regulate what you breathe? Not sure I see the difference. Must be some competitor paying a little attention to the legislators?
Christopher O'Connor April 16, 2014 at 09:40 am
"In a free society you don't need a reason to make something legal. You need a reason to makeRead More something illegal."
House of Cards set in Joppa. (Credit: Elizabeth Janney)
Rockville libertarian April 3, 2014 at 02:55 pm
Maryland abounds with sycophants and dilettantes who have some unhealthy desire to be close toRead More Hollywood’s talking heads. Feel free to do so but keep my tax dollars out of your fantasy life. Try heading out to LA and riding the TMZ bus for a few hours, you’ll quickly realize those people want nothing to do with you.
Just Wondering April 4, 2014 at 12:18 am
We need to do more like this:Read More http://havredegrace.patch.com/groups/business-news/p/ceos-maryland-needs-to-welcome-business-to-state
Alan Burdette Jr. April 7, 2014 at 07:14 pm
If they don't like the current tax code then they can stick their filming were the sun doesn't shineRead More and film it somewhere else. Oh yeah by the way, I feel like I live in Holly Wood California when it comes to taxes and fees.