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  • America isn't Greece — at least not yet

    Unidentified woman: "Well, doctor, what have we got — a Republic or a Monarchy?" Ben Franklin: "A Republic, if you can keep it." My periodic public speeches around the country usually end with an extended question and answer period. I enjoy...
  • BGE's monopoly isn't the only way to meet our energy needs

    Though state policy allows BGE to levy a small fee on consumers even when they don't have electricity (officially called a "bill stabilization adjustment"), it's easy to see why Marylanders are frustrated by it ("For frustrated BGE customers, even small...
  • Can consumers outraged by outages be compensated for woes?

    Cathy Pelekakis, who was without power for six days after the June derecho, quickly made a few calls to complain: to her state representative, the Baltimore County executive and the Maryland Public Service Commission. Next on her list: a letter to...
  • State stands pat on pension return assumption

    Declining to follow the footsteps of Baltimore County's pension plan, Maryland's state employee retirement system decided Tuesday to leave unchanged its assumption about how much it will earn on investments. The 14-member pension board voted 11-1 to keep...
  • Keep water supply in public hands

    Kevin Rector ("Break in Light St. water main disrupts downtown," July 17) presents jarring evidence of the pressing need facing our public water systems. In the last 35 years, federal investment in our most essential public service has all but dried up,...
  • Prudence and public pensions

    Prudence and public pensions
    Last week, the board that governs Baltimore County's employee pension system reduced its projection for investment return from 7.875 percent to 7.25 percent, a significant cut as these things go. The trustees of Maryland's much-larger pension plan...
  • Maryland congressman joins critics of BGE, Pepco response to outages

    Maryland congressman joins critics of BGE, Pepco response to outages
    A Maryland congressman called on regulators to amp up pressure on the state's electric utilities Thursday after last month's derecho left some customers without power for more than a week. In a scathing analysis of the utilities' response, Rep. Chris Van...
  • Power outage backlash

    Power outage backlash
    Even before the Public Service Commission has heard a single hour of testimony about the response by Pepco and Baltimore Gas & Electric Co. to the recent derecho storm that knocked out power to more than a million Marylanders, the verdict is in — at...
  • Keeping public employee benefits in check

    Keeping public employee benefits in check
    Are government employee pension funds across the country facing a painful reckoning, asks The New York Times? Absolutely. But guess what? Realistic funding of employee pension systems is only one of the fiscal time bombs that governments must address in a...
  • Towson to host state hearing on BGE storm response

    Towson to host state hearing on BGE storm response
    The Maryland Public Service Commission will hold four public hearings in August for residents to share their thoughts on Baltimore Gas & Electric's response to the violent June 29 derecho storm that caused 748,000 customers to lose power — including...
  • Elkridge: Rockburn Branch Park to host Open Car Show

    Reminiscent of those steamy summer evenings when the hottest cars in town gathered at local burger joints and drive-ins, the Elkridge Adult Athletic Association (EAAA) and the Howard County Department of Recreation and Parks will host the annual...
  • BGE requests rate increase for electric, gas distribution

    BGE requests rate increase for electric, gas distribution
    Baltimore Gas and Electric Co. is seeking to raise distribution rates for electricity and natural gas, a move that would add about $11.80 a month to the median residential bill. The rate increase is needed to pay for updated infrastructure, utility...