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  • Dynasty or democracy? [Commentary]

    Dynasty or democracy? [Commentary]
    Twenty-eight out of 36 — no, that was not my batting average this past softball season. Rather, these are numbers that everyone in America should be concerned about. As we lurch inexorably toward the 2016 Presidential election, we are waiting...
  • Heard on the Fourth of July -- from Frederick Douglass to Ronald Reagan

     Heard on the Fourth of July -- from Frederick Douglass to Ronald Reagan
    Each year on July 4, Americans celebrate the nation's founding with picnics, fireworks, music and speechifying. Noah Remnick compiled these excerpts from notable Fourth of July speeches: Frederick Douglass, Rochester, N.Y., 1852 What, to the...
  • July Fourth: A quiz on the making of the Declaration of Independence

    Remember how history class at the start of every school year began with the American Revolution and the Declaration of Independence? Some of it has long since blurred; some of it is fable. (See Question 11.) If you wanted to see the Declaration of...
  • The slow-spreading news of American independence

    The slow-spreading news of American independence
    Truth be told, when we celebrate American independence today, we’ve actually missed the anniversary by two days. Like many elements of history, the popular understanding of how the Declaration of Independence unrolled, as it were, isn’t...
  • Misconceptions about American independence

    Misconceptions about American independence
    You learned in school about what happened in July 1776 and think you have a good handle on events surrounding American independence from Britain. Right? Well, if you think that was the day that America's independence was declared by the Continental...
  • Obama stands firm on executive orders

    WASHINGTON -- This Independence Day weekend is marked not only by patriotic, flag-waving parades and fireworks. It also features a sharp declaration of independence from Congress by a president frustrated by the legislative headlock its Republican members...
  • Maryland's road to independence [Editorial]

    Maryland's road to independence  [Editorial]
    Within months of the first shots of what was to become America's Revolutionary War, Maryland mustered troops to join the Continental Army and help newly appointed general George Washington drive the British from Boston. But the willingness to support...
  • Melissa McCarthy -- after 'Tammy,' time for a change?

    "SPLENDID MISERY." That was Thomas Jefferson's description of the job of the presidency. I would say for some occupants of the White House -- the current inhabitant, for instance -- it might just be "miserable misery." I CAME across the above quote re-...
  • The fifth freedom: Freedom to eat what we want [Letter]

    The fifth freedom: Freedom to eat what we want [Letter]
    Regarding your recent editorial on Howard County's effort to limit sales of unhealthy foods at county-sponsored events or venues, it's quite apparent that you do not understand our fundamental rights under the Constitution ("Fireworks in Howard County,"...
  • Transforming cars and lives

    Transforming cars and lives
    One man got up before daybreak and took two buses. Another rode his bicycle more than six miles to the top of the hill in Halethorpe, where a nondescript garage harbored hope. Five men from Baltimore with criminal convictions had been offered job...
  • The hapless hero of American independence [Commentary]

    The hapless hero of American independence [Commentary]
    The celebration of America's birthday rarely includes references to Thomas Paine, the author of the pre-Revolutionary War pamphlet "Common Sense." But Paine's role in the break with Great Britain was important, and his life has a way of reminding us...