America at War: Sun columnists weigh in

Congress must help Bush round up all the suspects

WHAT'S THE difference between being held as a material witness and being detained without trial? Anyone? Anyone?  Read more ...

Bailout pays airlines for years of bad management

AS HE pursued his doomed merger with United Airlines earlier this year, US Airways chief executive Rakesh Gangwal said "there is no Plan B" if regulators were to block the deal.  Read more ...

All we can do for safety is embrace each other

IN THE IMMEDIATE aftermath of the World Trade Center and Pentagon explosions, I had one thought, and I bet it was almost universal.  Read more ...

Arming pilots both concerns and comforts

I'M TRYING to picture something here, and the more I picture it, the jumpier I get.  Read more ...

College Park needs lesson from N.Y. on community

SOMEWHERE IN another lifetime, my friend Ron Matz, the television newsman, attended his first class on his very first morning as a freshman at the University of Maryland's College Park campus. The course was held in an auditorium. There were roughly 500 kids in the room when Matz arrived.  Read more ...

Newfound friendship between local, N.Y. firefighters cut short

BACK ON Jan. 28, Super Bowl Sunday, the phone rang at a Baltimore County fire station, and LeRoy Edmunds picked up. This is Vinny Princiotta, the caller said. New York City Fire Department, Engine 16/Ladder 7. "We wanna make a bet on the game."  Read more ...

Terrorist attacks bring out the good, the bad and the ugly in all of us

"IT WAS THE best of times, it was the worst of times." Thus begins Charles Dickens' classic, A Tale of Two Cities. He could have been describing America since the horrible day of Sept. 11, 2001.  Read more ...

Selling the mall generation on the likelihood of war

THE PEARL Harbor generation had its famous "rendezvous with destiny." This generation had its famous rendezvous at the shopping mall. The Vietnam generation was blindsided by a war that was never exactly declared. This generation, blindsided by terrorists, has had war thrust in its face - first by its foes, and then by its leaders.  Read more ...

Standing up for America as criticism continues

THE AMERICA-bashing in the wake of the World Trade Center and Pentagon attacks continues unabated. Perhaps the most outrageous among them comes from, of all places, Kenya.  Read more ...

Tragedy didn't start airline woes

WASHINGTON-- When the major airlines' chief executives appealed to Congress this week for a $17.5 billion bailout, they also threw in a request that the federal government take over the critical task of screening passengers before flight boarding.  Read more ...

Gibbons' Muhammad faces different test

CARDINAL Gibbons running back Hassan Muhammad II should be concerned about pimples, dates and coming opponents, but instead he and his family have been educators and teachers about their Muslim faith during the past 10 days.  Read more ...

Learning to minimize risks

ON AN SSIGNMENT in Great Smoky Mountains National Park, I recently visited the tallest tree ever documented east of the Rockies. It was a magnificent old white pine that stood 207 feet tall.  Read more ...

Americans enter a test of will with new clarity

"INEVER was much for putting out a flag," I heard a woman say in the weekend sunshine, "until now." She went into the basement of her home and fetched two small ones - starchy cloth flags on sticks - and stuck them in the potted plants in front of her house.  Read more ...

Web helps Americans connect during their darkest hour

"IHAVE JUST learned of the safety of a friend. I can't even begin to imagine the pain that you all must feel. I have the luxury of hugging my wife and children today and will NEVER again take this simple act for granted. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you. If there is anything that we can do please let us know. God, please bless all of us at this, humanity's darkest hour."  Read more ...

'Hoping for little miracles,' says firefighter of operation

IN THE spring of 1990, John Morris, a New York City firefighter and an old friend of mine, rolled up with Ladder 27 to the Happy Land social club in the Bronx, where a tragedy of unspeakable proportions had just occurred.  Read more ...

Those cheering for terrorists live in short-sighted hypocrisy

"WE HAVE a big tent here," WOLB talk-show host and former Maryland state senator Larry Young is fond of saying. All opinions are welcome on his show: liberal, conservative, black nationalist, Pan-Africanist, progressive, socialist.  Read more ...

A plea for peace to the one God of Muslims, Christians and Jews

JUST BEFORE sunset last night in the old basilica in Baltimore, with the nation still shattered by ungodly acts of terrorism, an imam sat next to a cardinal who sat next to a rabbi, and they prayed for peace and healing in the face of terror and hate. They did the difficult thing that people expect of them - they tried to use words to restore hope in a week that tested a believer's faith in a merciful God.  Read more ...

U.S. must lead effort to end terrorism

PARIS -- Not too many years ago, on one of the top floors of New York's World Trade Center that is no more, I interviewed American diplomat John J. McCloy about the Black Tom explosion that also rocked New York Harbor and lower Manhattan 85 years ago.  Read more ...

Our routines will keep us busy, but the sadness will stay with us

IN THE AFTERMATH of the World Trade Center and Pentagon attacks, we are being told that we must recognize that life in this country will never be the same.  Read more ...

What seemed like just another day actually wasn't

The morning after the worst attack in U.S. history, with images of a jetliner serenely plowing into a glittering office tower and the Pentagon on fire seared into our minds forever, maybe what was most startling was how utterly, blessedly normal everything felt.  Read more ...

Comfort amid misery: 'They all just want to help'

DEEP INTO the evening of its catastrophe, the American quilt spread itself comfortingly across Red Cross headquarters at 4700 Mount Hope Drive in the Seton Business Park section of Northwest Baltimore, and it warmed the whole place.  Read more ...

Events shake belief in a better future

We organize the tools in our garage and line up the shoes in our closets. We trim the hedge and water the lawn. We shop in malls. We jog. We walk the dog. We sip dark-roast coffee. We drive reliable cars with full tanks of gas. We go to work. We come home. We watch Monday Night Football. We read a novel. We sleep soundly. We have a pretty good life -- orderly, even routine, comfortable, plentiful. We keep going. We believe in the future.  Read more ...

Editorials from The Sun

Archive of editorials on issues surrounding the World Trade Center attack  Read more ...

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