| Oct 15, 2014
| 3:24 PM
The memory is all but lost, even though the legacy is all around us. You meet it every time you set foot in a National Park, pay social security, or thank a World War II veteran; every time you spend a dime or see Mount Rushmore.
The legacy of the...
| Oct 4, 2014
| 5:00 AM
As a constitutional law professor, I have mixed feelings about the first Monday in October. On the one hand, I look forward to the start of the new Supreme Court term in the same way a baseball fan looks forward to opening day. But I also dread what the...
| Oct 15, 2014
| 5:30 AM
If Hillary Rodham Clinton runs for president in 2016, she may indeed run a very different campaign than she did in 2008. One area where there is unlikely to be change? Clinton still has no love for the media.
Delivering a keynote address at a Salesforce...
| Sep 29, 2014
On an immature banana squash, Roland C. Casad scratches words onto the skin. When grown, the squash becomes an advertising sign....
| Aug 29, 2014
| 3:37 PM
One of our readers complained this week that my column about the Allentown Fair's Preview Night focused too much on things she considers negative.
"I read your article in this morning's newspaper and much of your article rings true," she wrote....
| Sep 6, 2014
| 9:00 PM
Yes, yes, there were the high crimes and misdemeanors, the rampant paranoia, the bigotry, the dirty tricks, the questionable mental balance, and of course that break-in.
And just in case anyone is inclined to forget any of these things, there are...
| Jul 20, 2014
Seeing the red hat of Chicago's first Roman Catholic cardinal hanging from the ceiling of Holy Name Cathedral, the city's next archbishop might well say to himself: "That is a tough act to follow."
George Mundelein put the heartland on the...
| Sep 24, 2014
| 8:13 AM
The nine men who gathered recently in a meeting room at the Windsor Marriott may have come from various states, but they have one thing in common: during World War II, they all served together on the USS Emmons.
The Navy destroyer operated from South...
| Sep 23, 2014
| 2:30 AM
"SOCIETY IS unity in diversity." -- George Herbert Mead
I WAS really looking for a woman-in-jeopardy quote, but I couldn't find one.
Over the weekend I went to see "No Good Deed," the new thriller starring Idris Elba and Taraji P. Henson. (She is the...
| Sep 8, 2014
| 10:55 AM
For most third graders, the school year began with the hustle and bustle of new teachers, fresh notebooks, and crisply ironed uniforms. But the third grader in Gaza whose photo appeared in the New York Times on Aug. 30 wore a different kind of uniform:...
| Sep 7, 2014
| 6:26 PM
Joseph E. Persico, a historian and biographer whose books on subjects ranging from the Nuremberg trials to the life of Gen. Colin Powell combined dogged research with a novelist's narrative skills, died Aug. 30 at a hospital in Albany, N.Y., after a...