| Nov 13, 2013
| 8:26 AM
City Councilwoman Helen Holton's proposed alternative to Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake's plan to put many future municipal employees into a 401(k)-style plan instead of a traditional pension sounds, on the surface, like the compassionate thing to do. Ms....
| Nov 14, 2013
| 11:55 AM
I fully support liberating any animal from abuse. It does not follow however, that rescued animals — pit bulls in particular — should be pushed as companion pets by shelters and rescue organizations.
Terry Douglass of Baltimore became the...
| Oct 28, 2013
| 7:18 AM
With the partial federal government shutdown over and employees back at work, workforce consultant John Kolm says, supervisors' first responsibility shouldn't be assigning employees shovels to dig out from under a huge work backlog.
| Sep 24, 2013
| 9:01 AM
Homeless families in Baltimore have filed a federal lawsuit against the city school system, contending that their children have been denied transportation to school and been stigmatized because they couldn't afford field trips and uniforms.
| Sep 26, 2013
| 9:51 AM
Ever see the Al Pacino movie, "Dog Day Afternoon?" Based on a true story, it's about a bank robbery that goes bad. When it becomes clear that the jig is up — that there's not much money to be had and they're surrounded by police — the list...
| Oct 1, 2013
| 8:15 AM
Gov. Martin O'Malley really positioned Maryland for "doomsday" when he bullied the state legislature to pass a higher tax rate on incomes in excess of $100,000 instead of dealing with the real problem, the enormous costs of the state's public employees'...
| Oct 2, 2013
| 12:47 PM
Pension plans of Perryville town employees will be switching from a SIMPLE IRA to the more typical government plans, a 457(b).
The Perryville town commissioners voted 4-1 Tuesday to adopt the new plan.
The town had been using a SIMPLE IRA for employee...
| Jul 10, 2013
| 2:30 AM
Anne Arundel County Executive Laura Neuman has vetoed a bill that would boost a retirement perk for public safety unions because she said the County Council improperly added a firefighters' union to the bill even though the union hadn't asked for it....
| Aug 19, 2013
| 11:00 AM
Poor people are continuing to be demonized both nationally and locally based on invidious stereotypes. Michael Tanner's fictitious welfare mom who "chooses" not to work is just the latest ("In Maryland, it pays not to work," Aug. 13). The reality on the...
| Jul 15, 2013
| 1:01 PM
Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake today plans to introduce legislation to switch new city employees from the a traditional pension system to a 401(k)-style plan.
By implementing the switch, the city expects to save $1 million in fiscal year 2014, with...
| Jul 15, 2013
| 1:28 PM
You gotta love China. The country that tells you how many children you can legally have — one — is now telling the kids they have to visit you.
A new law, titled "Protection of the Rights and Interests of Elderly People," states that "family...
| Jul 19, 2013
I see that our mayor wants new employees to settle for a 401(k) pension plans ("Rawlings-Blake seeks to switch new employees from pensions to 401(k)-style plans," July 15).
I understand why there should be exceptions for the police and fire departments....