| Feb 6, 2013
| 10:30 AM
Martin Van Buren was not the only sitting vice president elected president during the 19th century ("President Biden? History says no," Feb. 2).
Thomas Jefferson achieved the same distinction when, as vice president at the start of the century, he...
| Feb 15, 2013
| 4:51 PM
In the 12 months we have to steel ourselves for the next State of the Union spectacle, let us count the ways that this spawn of democratic Caesarism — presidency-worship — has become grotesque. It would be the most embarrassing ceremony in the...
| Mar 27, 2013
| 9:36 PM
Congress' inability to agree on matters of import isn't exactly a new phenomenon, but the Colonial Players' current production of the musical "1776" reminds us that fiery debate has been a part of our nation from the outset.
Sherman Edwards' 1969 Tony...
| Sep 15, 2013
However the Syrian crisis turns out, it holds a lesson for American leaders. They have often been ready to confront those who violate international norms, such as Syrian President Bashar Assad, but reluctant to join worldwide agreements that express those...
| May 4, 2013
| 4:05 PM
Arden Hayes is 5. He loves Legos and running so fast across the living room to flip onto the couch that his feet end up pointing at the ceiling.
He also loves the presidents — especially 11 and 33.
Arden knows all 44 U.S. presidents. In order....
| Nov 15, 2013
| 2:09 PM
WASHINGTON – Frances Beinecke, president of the Natural Resources Defense Council, announced Friday that she will be stepping down by the end of 2014.
Starting as an intern in 1973 three years after the group’s inception, Beinecke, 64, was...
| Nov 15, 2013
| 4:58 PM
Our short series on classic American patriots continues with a focus on John Adams.
Fortunately, with the fairly recent publication of David McCullough's book "John Adams" (Touchstone, 2001), this somewhat crusty but likable American is finally...
| Nov 21, 2013
| 1:42 PM
Re. "Parents at odds over grade-school fencing," (Nov. 13): As a neighbor of Adams Elementary School (and parent of three Adams "graduates"), I opposed fencing off the school campus from the neighborhood.
Adams is situated in a quiet, idyllic park-like...
| Oct 19, 2013
Most of the letters printed in The Times since the government shutdown began on Oct. 1 blamed Republicans for the gridlock in Washington. This mix actually reflects what our readers have sent us (I promise), which in turn reflects polls showing that...
| Oct 23, 2013
| 3:00 AM
Sure, the Lincoln Memorial and Washington Monument are must stops for visitors touring the nation's capital.
But what about Sonny Bono Park?
Or the Maine Lobsterman Memorial?
Or the Cuban Friendship Urn?
They're all here, as are scores of bronzes,...
| Jun 5, 2013
| 6:09 PM
A growing revolt in rural counties against the state's new gun control law has spread to far Western Maryland, where the Garrett County sheriff declared the measure unconstitutional this week and said he would enforce only the provisions he believes are...