| 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...
| Mar 29, 2014
| 8:09 AM
Despite a federal judge's order that the Carroll County commissioners stop praying to Jesus at their meetings, Commissioner Robin Bartlett Frazier reached into history and summoned George Washington to aid her cause last week.
"I beseech thee, for the...
| Mar 30, 2014
| 9:54 AM
Returning from a religious service (let's omit the denomination), I described it to my college roommate, who asked, "Why do those people bother to be there? What's their purpose?" I answered, "I believe that their purpose is to mean well."
I have the...
| Mar 6, 2014
| 1:32 PM
On March 5, 1770, a group of British soldiers fired into an unruly crowd, killing five American civilians in an incident known as the Boston Massacre. Facing murder charges and potentially the death penalty, the soldiers had difficulty finding someone...
| Mar 8, 2014
Re "Obama nominee blocked in Senate," March 6
To justify his vote against Debo Adegbile — President Obama's nominee to head the Justice Department's Civil Rights Division — Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) said in an interview, "When someone has...
| Mar 12, 2014
| 5:00 AM
It is an opera that like its choruses rouses recriminations and unsettled ghosts.
"The Death of Klinghoffer" by composer John Adams sets the Israeli-Palestinian struggle on a ship sailing with the histories and opposing realities of two peoples bound by...
| Mar 13, 2014
| 11:00 AM
President Obama's appearance on the Funny or Die sketch series "Between Two Ferns With Zach Galifianakis" on Tuesday has become a viral sensation, with over 14 million views already. But not everyone is laughing, especially Stephen Colbert.
| Feb 28, 2014
| 6:16 AM
No time for small talk -- too much happened in this episode. Husband-murdering Sally Langston is still running for President, you guys. I mean, if nothing else, you have to respect the gall. Olivia’s working on Fitz’s reelection campaign (as...
| Feb 7, 2014
Mr. Tiger Goes Wild by Peter Brown, Little, Brown, $18, ages 3-8
Mr. Tiger lives in a neo-Victorian urban landscape where the boy animals wear top hats and bow ties and the girl animals wear long skirts and high collars. The problem is, Mr. Tiger, a...
| Jan 27, 2014
| 11:54 AM
Documentaries were supposed to be a dying genre -- and living proof that we were becoming dumber as a nation.
Reality TV is cheaper and easier to make. And who has time for lengthy, in-depth explorations of anything any more in the age of Twitter? Docs...
| May 20, 2014
| 5:30 AM
After a contentious decision to close, a subsequent public backlash and the departure of its board president and artistic director, San Diego Opera has decided to reverse course and stay in business.
New leaders of the embattled company said Monday that...