Monday, December 17, 2012
Members of Congress from both parties should seek progress by immediately acting to retain current tax rates for 98 percent of all Americans.
Even with the general elections of 2012 behind us, there is still much doubt in the air with regard to the future course of our federal government. For 2013, citizen advocates for all sorts of causes will be seeking clues to see if the incoming 113th Congress can put years of partisan gridlock behind it and do the people’s work. The first chance for our federal leaders to strike a grand compromise comes with regard to the federal budget. As of the writing of this column, President Barack Obama and leaders from the Senate and the House of Representatives are desperately seeking strategies for averting the so-called “fiscal cliff.” As you probably know by now, the “fiscal cliff” refers to the effect of a number of laws which (if unchanged…
Monday, November 12, 2012
Whether your candidates or ballot issues won or lost, now is the time for us to come together and celebrate our democracy and the freedom to choose.
After a tumultuous election year—both nationally and here in Maryland—we have at long last reached the end of a messy process. Some folks are pleased by the re-election of President Barack Obama, while others are bitterly disappointed. Similar emotions are certainly found in association with the results of some of our state's more controversial ballot initiatives, including expanded gambling, extending in-state tuition benefits to children of undocumented immigrants, and upholding the extension of civil marriage rights to same-sex couples. Not surprisingly, soon after the results were tallied, some who were unhappy with the final result felt it necessary to let loose with their frustrations. Perhaps the worst example of this was a series …
Saturday, October 27, 2012
Load photos from your early voting experience to the gallery.
Early voting began at Honeygo Run Regional Park on Saturday—along with crowds and traffic. The line stretched across the pedestrian bridge over Honeygo Boulevard, as police closed part of the far right lane leading into the park's parking lot. Special thanks to Perry Hall resident Steven Pope for contributing photos from his 85-minute wait at the poll. The center was one of four polls to open across Baltimore County on Saturday—the day before Hurricane Sandy is expected to pound the area. Polls are scheduled for the following hours: Additional information and driving directions can be found on the Maryland State Board of Elections website. Tell us about your early voting experience and your pick for president in the comments.
Monday, July 2, 2012
The Supreme Court's decision to uphold the Affordable Care Act helps to protect families from being one healthcare crisis away from bankruptcy.
The United States Supreme Court announced its decision last week to uphold the fundamental tenets of the Patient Protection and Affordable Healthcare Act (Public Law 111-148). Since this proposal was introduced by the Obama Administration in 2009, like many others, I have followed the progress of this effort to reform America’s healthcare system. As the debate was just getting started in Congress with regard to healthcare legislation, my family and I faced our own healthcare crisis, which has had a significant impact on my thinking about healthcare as an issue of national significance. Shortly before the September 2009 introduction of the Affordable Care Act, an unexplained lump appeared near the right ear of my then six-year old son, Alex…