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  • U.S. hiding behind tortured definitions

    U.S. hiding behind tortured definitions
    If it is true, as the writer Samuel Johnson once said, that "patriotism is the last refuge of a scoundrel," then the dictionary must be the first. Consider how readily our leaders, in justifying what cannot be justified, parse definitions down to...
  • Obama speech: We've heard it all before

    Obama speech: We've heard it all before
    A few decades ago when faster and more compact microwaves were all the rage, a local service organization held a raffle for a beautiful new microwave. Every year the same sparkling microwave was dragged out of its box and put on display, but after year...
  • How the welfare state has grown — and sapped America's economy and culture

    How the welfare state has grown — and sapped America's economy and culture
    "I predict future happiness for Americans if they can prevent the government from wasting the labors of the people under the pretense of taking care of them." — Thomas Jefferson My recent column on the challenges associated with the Social...
  • Obama settles for half measures on gun control

    Obama settles for half measures on gun control
    For all the clamor from the White House and many in Congress to address the American scourge of gun violence, signs continue to point to a half-measure solution at best. President Barack Obama's State of the Union plea to the nation's lawmakers that the...
  • As DGA run ends, O'Malley likely to stay on national stage

    As DGA run ends, O'Malley likely to stay on national stage
    President Barack Obama no longer needs Gov. Martin O'Malley as a top campaign surrogate, and the Democratic Governors Association is set to elect someone else as its chairman on Monday when the group meets in Los Angeles. But neither development is...
  • America's just not that into Obama

    America's just not that into Obama
    "You know, I actually believe my own bull----." That's what President Barack Obama once told a reporter. If the man ever uttered a statement that spoke more to his approach to politics, I haven't heard it. Whether it stems from a grandiose...
  • What's so terrible about 'portable' classrooms? [Commentary]

    What's so terrible about 'portable' classrooms? [Commentary]
    There seems to be a consensus that school trailers are horrible, and there is a constant push to build bigger schools so we can get rid of the need for "portable classrooms." At a recent community meeting, Harford school board member Bob Frisch said...
  • 'Right wing' doesn't equal 'terrorist'

    'Right wing' doesn't equal 'terrorist'
    "If history were to repeat itself," warned President Franklin D. Roosevelt in his 1944 State of the Union address, "and we were to return to the so-called normalcy of the 1920s, then it is certain that even though we shall have conquered our enemies on...
  • Back Story: Presidents say the darnedest things

    Back Story: Presidents say the darnedest things
    Paul Dickson, a Garrett Park resident, loves the origins of words and is a compiler of word books and dictionaries. So imagine my delight and pleasure when my friend, Mary Garson, who is also fascinated with etymology, gave me a copy of Dickson's...
  • Carl Sandburg's economic times and ours

    Carl Sandburg's economic times and ours
    Poet Carl Sandburg ought to be trending on Twitter. He should be cited on CNN, declaimed under the Capitol dome and quoted as ear candy in the State of the Union address. Poetic justice would find him enjoying a sudden back-to-the-future moment in all its...
  • Dana Milbank: Don't be in a great hurry to send Justice Ginsburg away

    WASHINGTON — Midway through Monday's arguments at the Supreme Court, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg appeared to be fading. She was looking down at her case material, her head resting in her hand, her face just a few inches above the desk. She looked...
  • Jerry Haar: Income inequality a distraction in curbing poverty

      It has been 50 years since President Lyndon Johnson launched his “War on Poverty,” and although the billions spent produced meager results at best, the focus — poverty — was correct. Those deprived of basic social services,...