| Dec 15, 2011
| 10:16 AM
As defense strategists at the Pentagon carry out their review of how to make roughly $400 billion in cuts over 10 years, and Congress considers the possibility of reductions twice as large as required by the supercommittee's failure to reach agreement,...
| Dec 23, 2011
| 10:14 AM
Considering the influence he had on Harford County's only institution of higher learning, Alfred C. O'Connell's death last month drew little notice in a community where he lived for many years and left a huge imprint, according to a longtime colleague and...
| Dec 22, 2011
| 11:17 AM
For virtually all the time I spent in politics, my main function was to craft words for someone else.
And, for a long time, I was pretty good at it. In fact, I got so good at it that, when I finally decided I wanted to start opining under my own name...
| Dec 30, 2011
Although the first voting for presidential delegates is still four days off in Iowa, the political crystal-ball gazers are already speculating which Republican candidates will survive and which will fall off the cliff into oblivion.
It's being said...
| Jan 9, 2012
| 6:00 AM
Letter writer Paul R. Schlitz Jr. can't seem to grasp the fact that an acknowledgment of Iraq's potential to harbor weapons of mass destruction doesn't necessarily indicate current agreement with the decision to invade, nor does it require someone to...
| Jun 18, 2011
| 5:41 PM
It's a long way from New Hampshire or Iowa, and Maryland's primary is 10 months away, but a growing number of Republicans are beginning to make pit stops in the Old Line State as the race for the GOP presidential nomination gets under way.
In the past...
| Jun 20, 2011
| 3:00 AM
Similar to the situation today, confidence in American political institutions was flagging roughly 20 years ago. Our economy was undergoing a recession, and there appeared to be a widening disconnect between our elected officials and the citizenry. The...
| Aug 18, 2011
| 4:03 PM
Twenty years ago, tens of thousands of Russians took to the streets of Moscow, just as Egyptians, Tunisians and Syrians have this year — rejecting the old order, demanding freedom and democracy. That August, the Russian democrats prevailed because...
| Jul 21, 2011
| 9:24 AM
The U.S. government teeters on the brink of an unprecedented, self-inflicted debt default, and the House of Representatives can't seem to keep its eye on the ball.
After the House debated the fate of incandescent lightbulbs last week, it approved on...
| Aug 26, 2011
| 12:30 PM
In his recent opinion piece on taxing the rich, Brian Murphy packs in just about every Republican tax myth and deception as humanly possible ("Warren Buffett is wrong," Aug. 24). Somehow, in talking about Mr. Buffet's proposal to raise federal taxes on...
| Jan 26, 2012
| 6:26 AM
The last time a Republican candidate for president defeated an incumbent Democrat running for reelection, the primary returns were a lopsided affair. Ronald Reagan won convincingly in New Hampshire and South Carolina (after George H.W. Bush took Iowa) and...
| Feb 6, 2012
| 3:00 AM
Years ago, a friend told me a story from her days living in South America. The movie "Wayne's World" had come out, and she went to see it. She spoke English, but it was interesting to read the Spanish subtitles.
For instance, early in the film, Wayne...