The Big Q: Should Fast Food Restaurants Pay Workers $15 Per Hour?

Thousands of fast food workers across the nation reportedly staged protests and drew dozens of arrests Thursday demanding a minimum wage of $15 per hour. The rationale for higher pay is outlined as follows in an online petition to McDonald’s Wendy’s and Burger King restaurants, with nearly 10,000 signatures garnered thus far: “I urge you […]

The Big Q: Is the Ice Bucket Challenge More about Self-Promotion than Charity?

The Ice Bucket Challenge is a fundraising gimmick gone viral on social media, with participants posting video of themselves getting doused by ice water in a roundabout fight against ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease. Participants may donate to the cause, but once drenched, they also become challengers, tapping friends who must donate $100, […]

The Big Q: Why Would a Teacher Choose Harford County Public Schools?

Seriously. With the start of school around the corner, some area school systems are reportedly scrambling to fill vacancies, including Anne Arundel County, Baltimore County, Baltimore City, and Harford County public schools. HCPS was looking to fill 38 positions as of Thursday, according to Jillian Lader, the school system’s manager of communications. Pressed for specifics […]

The Big Q: Is it Time to Forgive Ravens’ Running Back Ray Rice?

He said that his actions were “inexcusable”. He apologized publicly to his wife and all other victims of domestic violence, and talked about the pain of having to explain himself one day to his now 2-year-old daughter. He acknowledged letting down his teammates and fans. Is it time to forgive Ravens’ running back Ray Rice? […]

The Big Q: Should Harford County Government Take Over Residential Trash and Recycling Collection?

Against a backdrop of potential cost increases for trash disposal and recycling services, Harford County government is exploring whether to take over contracting for residential trash and recycling collection, a function that is now mostly accomplished by residents choosing their own service providers. In support of the takeover, county officials point to inefficiencies under the […]

The Big Q: Should U.S. Government Respond to Malaysian Airlines Attack in Ukraine?

A Malaysian Airlines passenger plane was shot down Thursday in Ukraine, with Americans reportedly among the nearly 300 people aboard, all of whom were killed. Ukraine’s President Petro Poroshenko called the shoot-down “a terrorist attack”, blaming pro-Russia separatists. The rebels have denied responsibility. Earlier in the day, President Barack Obama offered U.S. help in identifying […]

The Big Q: Will Soccer Ever Become America’s Most Popular Sport?

For decades, football has reigned supreme as America’s favorite sport. But football has been under fire of late, with lawsuits spawned by players’ head injuries, and talk of rule changes that critics say will wreck the game. Meanwhile, fervent soccer fans have crowded living rooms and local bars for the 2104 FIFA World Cup, which […]

The Big Q: Which Local Independence Day Celebration Do You Attend and Why?

It’s Independence Day in America, which means a day full of flags, fun, and fireworks…with slight variations depending on which of several Harford County celebrations you may attend. The Darlington celebration was up first (June 28), with an old fashioned parade through the village and fireworks on a bucolic hillside in Francis Silver Park, where […]