A conservative friend of mine knowing of my career on Capitol Hill accuses me of always wanting some new law or regulation to cure what ails us. Guilty as charged. And as I watch the impressive protests in Frederick and around the United States, one question comes to mind: OK, you’ve got eve…
In a moment of deep uncertainty about making the 2020 presidential election work, the U.S. Supreme Court has struck a blow for stability and common sense. In a 9-0 decision, the court held that states have the power to force members of the Electoral College to vote for the candidate their st…
Mother’s Day was first celebrated in 1908 in West Virginia. Anna Jarvis wanted to recognize her mother’s work as a pacifist around the time of the Civil War. Anna eventually expressed displeasure about how the event morphed into a commercial celebration.
When I first heard that hot-headed vandals had knocked down a statue honoring a Confederate leader or a slave trader, I confess that I felt a twinge of satisfaction. Slavery was a horrible institution, after all, of which some of my own ancestors were victims.
According to a series of detailed dispatches from The New York Times, Russia’s military intelligence agency has offered bounties to Taliban fighters for killing U.S. soldiers in Afghanistan. Some details remain unclear, and the White House says that “the president was never briefed on this.”
On a bitter cold spring night 14 months ago, back in a more magical time when all things seemed possible in the 2020 president race, I stood on the steps leading down to Washington’s great Reflecting Pool waiting to hear from the most unlikely and arguably intriguing Democrat of all, the bus…
Commentators have been busy trying to discern what Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. was up to when he joined the Supreme Court’s four liberals in striking down a Louisiana abortion law virtually identical to a Texas statute the court overturned in 2016.
Roe v. Wade polls very well in broad outline, and the Supreme Court has affirmed many times its basic holding that abortion must be legal. Yet it still has a problem of democratic legitimacy. Chief Justice John Roberts, perhaps inadvertently, highlighted the problem in his controlling opinio…
Last weekend, there was an Associated Press article that ran on page A6 in The Frederick News-Post with a headline that said: Q&A: Democrats push to overturn ‘Obamacare’ during a pandemic.
Oldtimers knew how to celebrate the Fourth of July mainly because they were closer to the actual event. They also knew it by its unofficial name of Steamed Crabs and Cold Beer Day. That, of course, was long before it evolved into a much more refined observance, marked by the very coolest amo…
“Government requires make-believe. Make believe that the king is divine, make believe that he can do no wrong or make believe that the voice of the people is the voice of God. Make believe that the people have a voice or make believe that the representatives of the people are the people. Mak…
Growing up in Frederick, I was able to watch the Golden Mile’s reputation morph over time from a key part of Frederick to an undesirable location. However, the Golden Mile is seeing a resurgence that should not go unrecognized. There are so many great restaurants and retail locations already…
As the Trump campaign flounders under the accumulated weight of the pandemic, the economic crisis, the mass protests and a Twitter account plugged straight into the president’s limbic system, I wonder: What if the parties mattered?
In the wake of the George Floyd killing at the hands of police in Minneapolis and now the killing of Rayshard Brooks by Atlanta police, followed by the public outcry and demonstrations that have captured the world’s attention, calls for police reform have been magnified. We have been here be…
While Americans still have not adopted mask-wearing as a general norm, we’re wearing masks more than ever before. Mask-wearing is mandated in California, and in many counties masks are near-universal in public spaces. So I have started wondering: Does wearing a mask change our social behavio…
When my son learned to drive, I was the one that taught him. The very last thing that I went over was how to interact with the police. Have your license, registration and insurance ready, rest your hands on the steering wheel. Be polite and look at the officer when answering a question.
After Americans reacted in outrage to the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis, Republicans and Democrats in Congress promised quick action on police reform.
- FCPS draft reopening plan leaves plenty of questions
- Not enough Black history being taught in Frederick County
- Statement of solidarity and commitment for racial justice
- Please show curbside courtesy
- Condemning hate and vandalism
- Dangers of progressive cities
- Frederick's golden opportunity
- Justice has to be for everyone
- State needs to ease gun laws for our own safety
- What could you do with $1.7 million?
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