17 stories by Peter Jensen
- Long-running Baltimore teen quiz show 'It's Academic' is off the air and it's a sad day for high school students more comfortable with Heimdall than football (with apologies to Norse mythology). A father's lament.
- Winning a single bronze medal in the Olympics wasn't what Americans expected from one of their greatest athletes but what they witnessed instead was a lesson in compassion and grace.
- The world needs to celebrate super-speller and super-basketball dribbler Zaila Avant-garde beyond the traditional 15 minutes of fame. Movie or mini-series, action figure or t-shirt, she’s a natural. She has set the example for the rest of us.
- When a friendly neighbor decided to snap a photo of a front door he admired, he had no idea he was also caught on camera and would soon be the talk of the neighborhood - via Nextdoor - and suspected of casing the house. It was the perfect encapsulation of the social media-fueled angst and paranoia of our times amplified by the isolation of the COVID-19 pandemic.
- Caught between right and wrong but claiming to see only a partisan squabble, West Virginia's Democratic senator not only failed his country, he did so proudly.
- To my son on his virtual college graduation in the pandemic era: Congratulations. Enjoy your moment. Vacate by the end of the month.
- A Republican intent on denying Democrats more seats in the U.S. Senate thinks D.C. statehood is undeserved because the city isn't well-rounded or "working class," a not-so-subtle way of reminding people that African-Americans outnumber whites in the nation's capital.
- It's all very well to quibble over priorities and methods of payment but U.S. infrastructure requirements greater investment or else future generations will pay a higher price.
- From an Oscar nomination to an HBO series, the author can't claim to have accomplished any of these things but is perfectly willing to take credit for them.
- Seeking a cure for the dark winter of 2020-2021? There's a string of answers out there. And some extensions cords. And inflatable snowmen.
- My Greatest Generation parents believed in the power of the federal government and of science to make the world a better place: They would have been mortified by what's happening in Washington today.