| Oct 18, 2013
| 8:00 AM
In his commentary ("Beneath contempt," Oct. 17), columnist Leonard Pitts Jr. of The Miami Herald is very critical of Dr. Ben Carson's recent comparison of Obamacare to slavery.
It is only natural that Mr. Pitts, being of African American ancestry, would...
| Oct 23, 2013
| 5:15 AM
Hopkins neurosurgeon Ben Carson's equating of the Affordable Care Act with slavery shows that expertise in one area does not necessarily carry over to other fields ("Sorry, Dr. Carson, but Obamacare is not like slavery," Oct. 15).
| Oct 24, 2013
| 6:00 AM
Given the despair I felt at reading the recent letters to the editor from Michael W. Kohlman ("If Drs. Ben Carson and Andy Harris oppose Obamacare, how great can it be?and Benedict Frederick Jr. ("Obamacare-slavery comparison isn't so ridiculous," Oct....
| Oct 25, 2013
| 6:24 AM
One of the most memorable scenes in the film "12 Years a Slave" is a long close-up of actor Chiwetel Ejiofor's eyes, wide with amazement as his character regains his freedom after enduring the brutal bonds of slavery on Louisiana plantations.
It is a...
| Nov 1, 2013
| 6:56 PM
Revered as a "gentleman in the finest sense of the word, remarkable convert-maker and a friend of the benighted," the Rev. Vincent Warren drove into rural Virginia one September night to share the word of God. He had no idea of what awaited.
| Nov 4, 2013
| 5:09 AM
Over the past 181 years, the bill of sale has turned a pale tan. The ink has faded from black to brown and includes elaborate flourishes that seem ill-suited to such a grim and ugly business.
On Feb. 25, 1832, the bill reads, a slave named William...
| Nov 13, 2013
| 7:52 AM
There are so many things to admire about John McCain.
His service during Vietnam, his courage as a prisoner of war, his maverick nature in the hidebound U.S. Senate and, currently, his role as the only grown-up in the Republican Party.
But I don't...
| Nov 18, 2013
| 8:08 AM
When the Irish-born novelist Colum McCann sits before a blank page, he launches himself into a vast, empty space. He's surrounded by fog on all sides, so he can't tell if his vehicle is right side up or upside down. The craft he's maneuvering is clunky,...
| Nov 25, 2013
| 11:00 AM
U.S. law enforcement officials have been shutting down giant illegal marketplaces that do business in "bitcoin" and are beginning to lay out plans to regulate such digital currencies — like we do any other kind of money — by requiring that...
| Dec 4, 2013
| 12:49 PM
Martin Bashir, the embattled MSNBC show host who on Nov. 15 urged a crude and graphic form of punishment for Sarah Palin, resigned from the channel Wednesday.
MSNBC could afford to do nothing less than force Bashir out in the wake of his hateful speech....
| Nov 29, 2013
| 12:00 PM
We have never really stopped fighting the Civil War. Probably never will. But, once in a while, maybe we can all agree that the things that once split the nation apart should not keep us apart now, that there are still things that ought to bind us...
| Sep 19, 2013
| 4:15 PM
Ronald S. Coddington, an author and editor, has spent nearly four decades collecting Civil War-era images — especially cartes de visite, his favorite.
Out of a collection of 2,500 images he has assembled, 1,500 are cartes de visite, with the...