It’s not often that something you hear in passing on the evening news stops you dead in your tracks — especially when it’s something as commonplace as a cable news interview with a United States senator. But when Sen. Ed Markey (D-Mass.) proclaimed to America that the so-called “Green New De…

COVID-19 cases have risen again over recent weeks to numbers not seen since early this year. This is largely preventable thanks to the vaccines discovered and developed in record time. All of us can do our part by getting vaccinated, and our nation’s employers have a unique role to play in t…

“The decision to have children has always struck me as an essentially selfish one: You choose, out of a desire for fulfillment or self-betterment or curiosity or boredom or baby-mania or peer pressure, to bring a new human into this world. And it has never seemed more selfish than today.”

It has become common in some circles to call the Jan. 6 Capitol riot an “armed insurrection.” That leads to a few questions: How many rioters were armed? And what weapons did they have? What were the arms in the “armed insurrection”?

If you’re a regular reader of the comic strip “Pickles” in this newspaper, you might have noticed that Opal is forever trying to get Earl to go shopping with her to the yarn shop. And you’ve also probably noticed that Earl equates shopping for yarn to be slightly more painful than having spl…

The Democrats are in a real mess. Moderates and liberals are sniping at each other with the same animosity they usually aim at Republicans.

PITTSBURGH — In December 1833, a young man from Chester, N.H., moved to Washington to take up a position as a clerk in the House of Representatives, spending his first day touring the city with Rep. Franklin Pierce, who later would become president and a profoundly divisive figure in the country.

DEAR DR. FOX: I have studied Earth processes for over 40 years as a geologist, both in R&D and commercial capacities. Most of my career, ironically, was spent as an explorationist in the fossil fuel industry.

What is the greatest threat to educating children today? Is it COVID-19, or ignorance? I’m going for number two. There is growing evidence to back me up.

According to several articles I have read recently in vaguely credible publications (“Small House Journal,” “Minuscule Mansions,” “Don’t Make Room for Daddy”) large houses are out and small houses are in. This may be misleading — it’s possible that they are only trying to drum up business; y…

Remember the media cheers for Sen. John McCain when he stopped the effort to repeal Obamacare? McCain was a Republican frustrating a Republican policy goal, which was enough to earn the highest praise in some media circles. “It was a stunning moment,” The New York Times reported, “a flash of…

In the year 1956, a lot was happening … Major events, popular culture, big movies. Dwight Eisenhower was president, “I Love Lucy” was the top-rated television show, and IBM created the first computer hard disk drive. What else was going on in 1956?

“The rich put cream on their berries; the rich drive shiny black cars.” — (from the Broadway musical “Carnival!”)

In the late 1800s, William Pickering, the director of the Harvard College Observatory, had a huge number of photographic plates of star spectra. Long ago, photosensitive chemicals were deposited on plate glass, loaded into cameras attached to telescopes. These telescopes had circular prisms …

NEW ORLEANS — Carson Coyle runs around like any healthy young boy. Coyle suffered brain damage at his birth two years ago, with hospital staff at one point predicting that he had just hours to live. But then a judge prayed over Carson’s cradle with a cross from the Francis Xavier Seelos shri…

The state of Maryland has a lot of money. And by a lot, I mean a once-in-a-generation unanticipated $5 billion in the bank. Most of this money is tax revenue collected as a direct result of billions of federal and state dollars in stimulus funds pumped into Maryland’s economy. The stimulus w…

It is a metaphor for what is occurring at seemingly all levels of our country and culture. The United States Postal Service has announced it will slow service for first-class mail and periodicals while “temporarily” increasing prices on all “commercial and retail domestic” packages ... becau…

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