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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'.
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.
An artist's rendering of the planned MGM casino resort at National Harbor. Credit: MGM Resorts International website
Marcus Aurelius April 17, 2014 at 08:20 am
What about the white people of PG county? They do not need jobs? WE need to start making people runRead More their identifications through a scanner and see if they are on any type of welfare, if they are on food stamps, or child gets free food at schools they should be denied from gambling until they get off the backs of the tax payers, I have been to Maryland Live many times and it is filled with welfare rats.
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.)
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
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.
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
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.
Comment from the Maryland Health Connection website being read by a Capital News reporter. (Screenshot from CNS video)
Karen Essen April 4, 2014 at 11:26 am
Oh my goodness, the very people Obama is pandering to are displeased! "Let them eatRead More cake!"
Alan Burdette Jr. April 7, 2014 at 07:11 pm
Canada has a one nation health plan. A friend of a friend is a resident there and he is older likeRead More 55 or 60. He broke his hip. He was told by his physician that it would be nine months till he could have the surgery he needed to reset his hip. Luckily he had enough money to get transported to the US and paid for the surgery out of his own pocket . This is a great example of government run healthcare. The government can not even run the government, how do you think they are supposed to run healthcare. Oh yeah, by the way. You will not be able to make your own major health decisions. Did you know that.
jag April 9, 2014 at 02:38 pm
Oh, yes, of course you have a Canadian friend with a bum hip. It's not like that's a long-sinceRead More debunked far-Right talking point of anything.... "The government can not even run the government, how do you think they are supposed to run healthcare." Again, Medicare is a single-payer, govt run insurance program that is well-regarded by its customers and has much lower costs/overhead than what you find from private insurers. The US govt (not to mention every other western govt on the planet) has already proven what you say is impossible.
Cove Point facility in Lusby has been importing liquefied natural gas for more than 30 years. Dominion acquired the facility in 2003 and plans to build a facility to export LNG. Capital News Service photo by Amanda Salvucci.
Rockville libertarian April 3, 2014 at 03:08 pm
Much like to recent vote for legalization of marijuana, this facility will be allowed to export whenRead More the appropriate political entities are paid in full an not a moment sooner.
Alan Burdette Jr. April 7, 2014 at 08:24 pm
So here we are. We are facing an energy crisis. We are buying oil from the middle east at rip offRead More prices. We have ample oil for our needs on US soil, but are held up drilling for it by the liberals. We have enough natural gas on hand that we can export it instead of using it for our own energy independence from the rest of the world. Or even using it to replace the polluting coal and oil powered power plants. Hmm. ok
Chuck Burton April 7, 2014 at 08:52 pm
Nat gas is rapidly replacing highly pollutant coal in power plants wherever it can, but much isRead More simply being burned off, creating global warming CO2 in places like the Bakken oil fields, because environmental groups resist building pipelines that could supply those power plants.
Bowie city officials say a fox removed recently from Woodrow Lane has rabies. File|Patch
Skye Anderson April 7, 2014 at 09:10 am
I had hoped the article would have stated something about the incidence of rabies in MD. . . .orRead More perhaps about symptoms, etc. However, there is a link and a couple of phone numbers.
Dennis Gilpin April 1, 2014 at 11:10 pm
Who choose the failed healthcare system that cost us all that money ? The new system that is beingRead More proposed will cost us even more money to implement.. Lots of debate on who dropped the ball and the blame is being put on the administration rather than the provider. What is the real truth ?
MG42 April 2, 2014 at 12:14 pm
If this is what Anthony Brown does to a website, I would not want him as governor.
Supreme Court to rule on Obamacare requirements.
TheSkalawag April 14, 2014 at 09:28 pm
Yeah right. Are you really that gullible? Tell you what hold your breath until that happens.
Dave April 17, 2014 at 09:08 am
"having a shared responsibility for the welfare of your country and its citizenry doesn't makeRead More you a socialist".........I see you're still spinning poop and calling it chocolate, Skal.
TheSkalawag April 17, 2014 at 11:02 am
"I see you're still spinning poop and calling it chocolate, Skal." ----- Meh.
Four suburban Maryland counties account for nearly half of the state's recent population gains. File|Patch
Buck Harmon March 30, 2014 at 09:11 am
DC is The United States Incorporated...nothing more, and MD should not be proud about surrenderingRead More the land to such a vile illusion.
Buck Harmon March 30, 2014 at 09:13 am
The United States of America are all outside of DC and The United States Incorporated...imagineRead More that..
elaine whitmore March 31, 2014 at 09:53 am
Skinsfan, lol!!!!!!!! Laughing...your mame says it all.
Maryland lost 600 jobs in February, according to the most recent numbers. File|Patch
Rockville libertarian April 1, 2014 at 01:15 pm
The real driver of employment is opportunity, which apparently in Maryland there is a real derth.Read More Note the gains are in low skill low paying jobs, the obama economy keeps on giving.
Alan Burdette Jr. April 7, 2014 at 07:24 pm
The job listings I see are endless. I am self employed and if my business failed I do not get toRead More collect unemployment. But, I guarantee I would have a job in less than a week. If any of the people on unemployment wanted to they could do the same.
jag April 9, 2014 at 02:27 pm
"But, I guarantee I would have a job in less than a week. If any of the people on unemploymentRead More wanted to they could do the same." And I guarantee you are nuts and in for a rude awakening if it ever comes to that.