| Oct 28, 2014
| 7:27 PM
GLASTONBURY — During his Washington, D.C., years, the town's native son, Gideon Welles, kept a diary that tracked everything from his duties as Secretary of the Navy to the poignant chronicle of the death of President Abraham Lincoln.
| Oct 20, 2014
| 9:07 AM
While hogs wallowed in the muddy, unpaved streets, the tall, young man rode a borrowed horse into the town on the edge of the Midwestern prairie. The year was 1837. This was Springfield, soon to become the new capital of Illinois.
Years later, the...
| Oct 17, 2014
| 7:11 PM
When President Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation that took effect Jan. 1, 1863, the document didn't apply to Maryland.
That's because Lincoln "did not want to turn off or anger those border states with slaves that had remained...
| Oct 13, 2014
| 4:20 PM
All presidents disappoint. It comes with the job, the unreasonable expectations Americans have for their presidents, and the inherent conflict and disconnect between campaigning (promising people all they can have) and governing (explaining to people...
| Aug 4, 2014
| 2:08 PM
College football training camps open this week and, frankly, it’s about time somebody hit something besides the lunch buffet.
No other sport in the world (that I can think of) launches its campaign three weeks before it lifts a finger.
| Jul 30, 2014
| 7:34 PM
See Allentown's own 10-time World Champion Cadets compete against other world-class corps when the DCI Eastern Classic Drum and Bugle Corps Championship returns to J. Birney Crum Stadium in Allentown Friday and Saturday.
The Cadets, a program of Youth...
| Aug 1, 2014
| 2:30 AM
Q: I have an 11-in.-by-14-in. copper lithograph by Paul Ritter that I rescued from being melted down. I've done some research and all I can find is a little about the artist. Any info and possible value?
A: The item seen in images sent is a flat sheet of...
| Aug 1, 2014
| 12:30 PM
The innocent American could only read the headlines and shake his head sorrowfully at the continuing carnage in Gaza -- a pillar of fire by night and a cloud of smoke by day. How did this happen again? Simple: Hamas renewed its indiscriminate attacks on...
| Jul 15, 2014
| 2:08 PM
America used to be an extraordinary country. We thought big. We even dreamed big. Even when we were 13 relatively insignificant states sitting on the very edge of the Atlantic Ocean, leaders like Thomas Jefferson could foresee us as a great country...
| Jul 18, 2014
The American nation would be much different if Union Gen. William Tecumseh Sherman had never lived. Sherman was one of the four men (the others being Abraham Lincoln, Robert E. Lee and Ulysses S. Grant) who determined the outcome of the Civil War. His...
| Jul 17, 2014
| 3:24 PM
The Founding Fathers had good reasons for explicitly barring government from inserting itself into matters of religion. But nothing in the Constitution forbids a president from consulting with clerics, and meetings between presidents and religious figures...