| Aug 1, 2012
| 5:24 AM
LOS ANGELES -- Gore Vidal, the eclectic author who faithfully chronicled the major shifts and upheavals in the United States in books, essays and plays, has died. He was 86.
Vidal died at his Los Angeles home Tuesday evening of complications from...
| Mar 11, 2013
| 12:36 PM
WASHINGTON -- Rand Paul was right. There, I said it.
The Republican senator from Kentucky, whom I've ridiculed as an archconservative kook -- because that's basically what he is -- was right to call attention to the growing use of drone aircraft in...
| Feb 21, 2013
| 11:15 AM
Maryland's political MOB (Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller, Gov. Martin O'Malley and House Speaker Michael E. Busch) are now pushing for more gun control laws on law abiding citizens with the Firearm Safety Act of 2013. Maryland today already has...
| Jan 20, 2013
"This is a serious time," said the fundamentally unserious former Illinois Congressman Joe Walsh during an interview on WTTW-Ch. 11's "Chicago Tonight" program last week. "My side — the side that believes in freedom and limited government; the...
| Jan 22, 2013
| 7:30 AM
Has anyone thought about the correlation between today's gun violence today and the decline of moral and religious values since the 1940s, '50s and early '60s?
In those decades we allowed God in our schools, courts and businesses. Parents were allowed...
| Jan 17, 2013
| 2:30 AM
The horrific Newtown, Conn., mass shooting has unleashed a frenzy to pass new gun-control legislation. But the war over restricting firearms is not just between liberals and conservatives; it also pits the first two amendments to the U.S. Constitution...
| Dec 30, 2012
| 9:30 AM
Letter writer Vince Gardina suggests that "people with guns kill a lot of people" while "people without guns have a hard time killing anyone" ("Let gun owners pay for armed school guards," Dec. 27).
Is he kidding? How many people were killed by people...
| Dec 25, 2012
| 11:00 AM
Letter writer John Franchy ("More restrictive gun laws are not the answer," Dec. 20) misrepresents certain statements by the Founders and certain historical facts. The assertions he makes can be found in tea party talking points disseminated over the...
| Dec 21, 2012
| 2:41 PM
"You are not alone" was a central theme of this week's memorial services in Newtown. The meaning of the message is twofold: that all the victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting are grieved across the nation and world, and that too many...
| Apr 17, 2013
| 6:43 AM
Religion News Service writers David Gibson and Lauren Markoe report on the backlash against Muslims following the Boston Marathon bombings:
(RNS) No sooner had the reality of the Boston Marathon bombing sunk in on Monday (April 15) afternoon than...
| Apr 18, 2013
Our era is known as the Age of Terror, and no wonder. Twelve years ago, the United States suffered its worst terrorist attack ever, and since then, we have lived under the shadow of atrocities designed to frighten as well as kill. The bombs that went...