Welcome to my web page! Because I love maps and traffic I'll be posting some of my favorite map sites and also some of my favorite alternate routes to take when traffic gets bad around the Baltimore area as well as updates on ongoing road construction that might affect your ride.
I've been working in radio for over 30 years and spent the first ten years working at radio stations in Upstate New York, San Diego and Memphis. In 1979 I got lost in Baltimore while making a trip from Washington to Boston. I fell in love with the city and starting planning on finding a job here. Finally in 1981 I got the break I wanted and came to Baltimore to work at the old V103. Since then I've worked at a number of radio stations in town and for 13 years I was the announcer in between shows on Channel 13. Since 1997 I've been here at WPOC and loving every minute of it. We have such great listeners and I really enjoy helping people get to work without too much trouble in the morning. I have 2 grown sons, Joe who is a Baltimore County Police Officer and Dan, who works for a Natural foods market ing firm. I call them the hippie and the cop! I also have a 3 year old grandson, Tony and a year old grandaughter, Chloe.
With all the talk about the "fiscal cliff" and cuts to social programs, I haven't heard anyone mentioning the amount of money spent on our far flung "empire" of military bases.
The United States maintains 702 military 'installations' in 63 foreign countries (it has 4,471 bases altogether), according to the Defense Department's annual budget statement.
These figures don't include bases in Iraq and Afghanistan. . While the total cost of these bases is kept secret, their are estimates that their ten-year cost at approximately $1 trillion.
Do we really need a military presence in Germany, Italy and Japan 65 years after WWII ended? We are overextending ourselves maintaining these bases and if history proves correct this overextending will eventually bring us down. Look at the great empires of the past and where they are today. Rome, Spain, France and England all at one time had far flung outposts around the world. Look where those countries are today.
A few years back we had BARC here in the United States. It stood for base realignment and closure. The results were the elimination of many outdated and unnecessary military installations in the country. Let's do the same on a global basis, save some money, and bring a lot of our troops back home.