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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'.
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Rodger Higgins April 17, 2014 at 02:49 am
You can believe the Mayor of New York will use this footage to help his case to get rid of ALL horseRead More drawn carriages in New York he promised he would do.
MillicentBroderick April 17, 2014 at 08:00 am
Horses should not be nose to exhaust pipe on city streets. That is cruelty and the horse had hadRead More enough.
kathleen macmurray April 17, 2014 at 08:46 am
A horse and carriage ride in a park, fine. But not on busy, crowded city streets. It's cruel to theRead More horse and dangerous to everyone else. I'm with the NYC mayor on this one.
Candidates for Maryland governor were divided about the future of marijuana. (Credit: Patch File Photo)
MG42 April 16, 2014 at 03:20 pm
Please don't tax it. Government is way too big already, last thing we need is this cash cow fundingRead More all sorts of stupid government programs.
Bob Bobbers April 17, 2014 at 09:03 am
It is going to be legal eventually. Just do it now so we can move on to more important issues.
Patrick Carter April 17, 2014 at 10:49 am
Heather Mizeur is the only one that makes any sense of this issue, and fundamentally I can't standRead More Democrats.
It could cost Americans 20 percent more to get their bacon fixes as a deadline virus sweeps through the nation's hog barns. (Patch file photo)
Bob B April 17, 2014 at 12:24 am
There is always a reason for a price-increase - I can't remember ever reading about a reason for aRead More price-decrease. It's possible no one else has noticed this. Isn't capitalism wonderful?
mark April 17, 2014 at 07:39 am
The disease came from China! Aids came from Africa, other diseases come from Mexico but yet we letRead More people flood to this country and they bring those diseases with them!
kay sieverding April 17, 2014 at 09:56 am
The price of pork can also go up because the price of beef is up. It's not just weather andRead More disease, it's also cost of fuel.
Gov. Martin O'Malley. File|Patch
Buck Harmon April 17, 2014 at 10:18 am
Killing killers does nothing to improve the bottom line in our prison for profit system...it's notRead More about punishment for a crime, but rather the profiteering taking place within the corrupt system.
Kolo Jezdec April 17, 2014 at 10:19 am
Mr. Sharp, I apologize for any factual errors in my comments about you. It was not my intention toRead More be critical. You have every right to communicate your support of the death penalty.
Dudley Sharp April 17, 2014 at 10:39 am
Kolo: I was only a clarifying post. You have no reason to apologize.
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D Penta April 16, 2014 at 05:12 pm
Natick news - Nebraska news -- well at least they both start with the letter N. I said this before IRead More think everyone should not open any article on their local Patch unless they see the name of their community in it. They are trying to trick up with news. We see a headline and think - in my case - Natick - and it is not. NO NAME - NO CLICK! I think if the click rate goes down for Patch, it will hurt them advertising wise and then maybe they will listen to us that we want LOCAL NEWS! Who wants to join me in my NO NAME No CLICK campaign?
noah arribas April 17, 2014 at 01:35 am
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vVWyT5RWHtA How its done
knee jerk April 17, 2014 at 08:41 am
Hey," No News in Natick" ( D Penta} Good idea, don't click if it's not local news. TheyRead More are almost out of business now, let's put them over the top. What little local news you get now on Patch, will be non-existent.
Bomb squad on scene. Photo Credit: WHDH, 7-News
Daniella Ruiz April 16, 2014 at 01:25 pm
strange how we respond just as the terrorists desire us to. the media commemorates each incident asRead More if it were a new profit center to mine for every last click. whole populations now sit in fear of another 'something' about to happen, never again, fully safe like we were in the good old days of the cold war? once these bstrds hit us deep inside our own turf we have not become stronger, but rather 'hardened', emboldened in our delusions of ultimate superiority, no longer safe on our 'island of north america'. each of these events changes us all even imperceptably, forcing us to accept their motives, their ideals, their imam imposed concept of living. we act in unison, determined to show them we are not affected, yet that very demonstration reveals our inner need to respond, to re-affirm our own injury, each of those crowd-felt sympathies we all cling to, even if for the brief moment of our 'crowd'. be strong, and further, be alert, be conspicuous in manner in which you care for each other. shy not away from those who seek your death, but do not embrace them, as they fein no challenge to seek close to your demise.
david mokal April 16, 2014 at 03:19 pm
It was on Twitter step by step what was happening with photos. There will be more nutbags pullingRead More crap you'll see. I give that police officer credit for stopping him he had his life in his hands. It could have been the real deal. We haven't seen the last of the sicko's yet.
Agranon April 16, 2014 at 04:36 pm
The police in Boston are terribly stupid. They are dumber than most cops and that would make themRead More total morons. And for all you idiots that are going to respond about how much you respect cops because 'not all are bad' or how their job is so hard, really, really? Please think about what you're saying.
This unusual wedding singer has us wondering about your top nuptial tunes. Credit: Screenshot from YouTube video
Dolores Roles April 16, 2014 at 02:23 pm
BEAUTIFULLY ORIGINAL. FOR MY FIRST WEDDING THEY PLAYED" "WE'VE ONLY JUST BEGUN..."Read More FOR OUR FIRST DANCE . IT WAS POPULAR THEN. FOR MY NEXT WEDDING I WOULD LIKE GLORIA ESTEPHAN'S " THE DAY YOU SAY YOU LOVE ME".
Louis Stachowiak April 16, 2014 at 03:03 pm
What a joyful wedding, and an honorable gift to the wedding couple! Praise the priest who shares hisRead More gift to praise God who is so much a part of this holy sacrament.
Polly April 17, 2014 at 11:08 am
Wow! What a beautiful voice and gift. I got chills just listening to it. This song was written by aRead More 10 year old girl, another talent.
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 16, 2014 at 07:29 pm
The research is robust with ways to address the broader aspects of the distracted driving issue.Read More But, no one bothers to look for the information and understand the problems and their causes. I provided a single site and there are many. I doubt anyone took the time to read the Erie Insurance Report. Around that same reference that are more studies and suggested ways to address the problem. The point is this: the government only grabs what it can to say that it did something and to assert that it made a difference. They did this years ago with the 55 mph national speed limit and now that the speeds limits have been increased, the total highway fatalities - in absolute numbers and not just per million miles driven, have decreased. There are lots of other factors that influence highway fatalities and speed is only but one. However, the government said that it was "the" one causal factor. They were wrong. They have done the same thing with speed cameras and red light cameras too. There are many proven traffic engineering technics that have a much better performance than cameras. But, we don't do those. The true solution is actually in our driver education programs as at present there is none. What we have now is to teach folks to pass a test - not how to drive. We don't teach car control techniques or handling characteristics and the latter are very different depending on the car - BMW did a study and found that 80% of respondents did not know whether they we driving a front or rear wheel drive vehicle - as the handling characteristics (and what you need to do to avoid and accident) are very different. The problem is very complex and the solutions need to recognize that complexity. The presently divined solutions fail to consider this complexity.
Pam Hamburg April 17, 2014 at 10:18 am
Here are two incidents of distracted driving over which the driver has NO control: sneezing & aRead More bee in the car. It's a fact that you cannot sneeze without closing your eyes. Years ago in Carroll County, a man was killed when the driver of the car he was riding in sneezed several times, causing the car to wreck. He was cited and convicted of vehicular manslaughter (or something similar). I don't feel that was right. I've had that happen to me and luckily nothing has happened...yet. As for the bee? It's all I can do to keep the car on the road til I can pull over somewhere safe. I am allergic to bee stings. Then there was the time when I was driving with my little girl on 795. She unhooked the safety harness in her car seat, then climbed on the back package shelf! That time, I had to pull over on the shoulder of 795! I'm sure a cop would have just loved to have seen that one. Suffice it to say, there are enough distractions when driving without adding cell phones to the mix.
Pam Hamburg April 17, 2014 at 10:21 am
I stand by what I wrote: It sends the wrong message to motorists. 'If he can do it, I can do itRead More too.' Many adults still act immature and take this stuff to heart. I repeat: LEO should be setting a good example for motorists.
"We want to provide some sweet relief to our  customers," the Great American Cookies vice president said. (Credit: Great American Cookies)
MG42 April 15, 2014 at 01:11 pm
Feels like these private businesses offer me more on tax day than the services I get from ourRead More worthless federal, state and local governments that actually take my tax money (at gunpoint, to boot).
Midwest Hydroganics owner Joseph Vota said business has been booming since Patch revealed the DEA was staking out his store. Credit: Joseph Hosey
Albert Van Thournout April 17, 2014 at 10:09 am
If it were not for the sad impact on the lives of people pursued by out-of-control government, thisRead More scenario would be the biggest laugh in a long time. Connect these shennigans with 'for profit prisons' where governments (Federal and some State) contract out for incarceration and where the government has to pay an indemnity if it does not do its part to keep for profit prisons at 90% capacity.
Aileen Dodge April 17, 2014 at 10:21 am
I know there are a lot of people in this county that believe Ronnie Regan was a really greatRead More president. I for one do not believe that. I believe he began the start of this country being sold to and then made into a Corporation which is owned and run by the 2% wall street unrealistic, filthy rich, sub humans. He began this process and the Bush's continued and completed it. And though there are those that hate Obama. He is ineffectual as a president because he came into office not knowing what to do to actually stop what had been set in motion to happen. Had Hilary been elected into Office she would have stopped what was happening. Because she was there when her husband was President and she knew what was going on. She would have known what action to take to either stop or at least slow the process of the sale of this county. But it has happened. And Obama was a wonderful puppet voted into office. He has served his purpose well. The County is now a Corporation. And the next time Wall Street falls this country will be forced into the One World Financial Market of the EURO!!! Mark my words it is the way of all Corporations. My motto is this: It is NEVER a BAD day for a REVOLUTION!!!! So people STOP hitting the SNOOZE button and WTF up!!!!!
Genius Species April 17, 2014 at 11:52 am
Um Aileen I hate to break it to you but the Clinton's ARE the 2% you speak of. Should Hillary haveRead More become president I'm sure her response would have been along the lines of, "what difference does it make"?
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.