| Sep 8, 2013
| 5:00 AM
Observers and pundits of all stripes have not missed the unease with which President Barack Obama approaches his commander in chief duties. Indeed, Chicago-style "community activist" and "Commander of the United States Marine Corps" don't normally...
| Sep 8, 2013
When my children were growing up, they were very selfish, and they demanded a lot of attention. They learned the word "mine" and then proceeded to use it to describe everything that they could see. They used to push and hit and stomp their feet over and...
| Sep 12, 2013
| 5:21 AM
Nick Cienski is climbing to the 14 highest and grandest places in the world — because of what he's seen in some of what are effectively the lowest and most squalid.
In November 2014, the Upper Fells Point resident will scale Cho Oyu, the sixth-...
| Sep 15, 2013
Allen E. Alban, former chief engineer with Kraft Foods whose career spanned 47 years and who was known as the "Mayor of Stevenson," died Tuesday of complications from a stroke at Gilchrist Hospice Care in Towson. He was 100.
The son of farmers, Allen...
| Sep 25, 2013
| 12:45 PM
Nothing shows the true intent of our enemies more than the horrific attacks against a Christian house of worship in Pakistan and against shoppers at a mall in Kenya ("Smoke pours from Kenya mall as forces 'close in,'" Sept. 23).
Rather than resorting to...
| Oct 1, 2013
| 12:31 PM
The horrific recent bombings at a church in Peshawar, Pakistan, killing more than 80 innocent worshipers have painfully reminded me of the events of May 28, 2010. On that day, more than 80 worshipers were martyred at two mosques of the Ahmadiyya Muslim...
| Jul 5, 2013
| 7:53 AM
For a while last year, I started to worry about liking Aaron Sorkin’s “The Newsroom” so much.
Most of my colleagues didn’t like it — not that being out of sync with the herd ever bothered me greatly. It usually turned out...
| Jul 8, 2013
| 12:37 PM
After many ups and downs, Congressional passage of comprehensive immigration reform now looks possible. In exchange for tighter border controls, an estimated 11 million undocumented immigrants will receive a path to citizenship. The biggest players in the...
| Jul 9, 2013
| 1:27 PM
After four and half years of dealing with Afghan President Harmid Karzai's temper tantrums, depressions and crazy mood swings, it's no wonder President Barack Obama has grown weary of playing baby sitter to this spoiled child of an ally. Perhaps that's...
| Jun 22, 2013
| 11:32 AM
My favorite story in The Baltimore Sun last week was by my colleague Eileen Ambrose, reporting on how Marylanders are a bunch of whiners, at least according to a state-by-state breakdown of the complaints received by the federal Consumer Financial...
| Jul 3, 2013
It was June in 1960 in Aberdeen, and one of the town's organizations was celebrating its 25th anniversary with "The Arc Lite." The R. Lee Mitchell family saved this program, and it was included in a scrapbook of 1960.
It was a grand affair, with...
| May 6, 2013
| 6:45 AM
Most likely we all agree that the Boston bombing was cowardly, senseless, dastardly. It cries out for justice. And just about every cop in the universe was on this case, big time.
But what about all the drone bombings in Pakistan, Yemen, Afghanistan,...