America’s extraordinary gun violence is enabled by a lack of both laws and responsibility. In a small but significant way, bipartisan legislation proposed by Sens. Jeff Flake and Martin Heinrich seeks to address both failings.


There was a time in Charles County when tobacco was king. The leaf was a pillar of the local economy, and although most of the tobacco produced locally wound up in Europe, plenty of folks here got and kept the habit of smoking. That led to a not-so-pleasant tradition: cancer.

  • KNOW YOUR COUNTY GOVERNMENT COLUMN Michael D. Mallinoff is the County Administrator for Charles County Government

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Letters to the Editor

  • Letter to the editor by John Ladd, Waldorf

I’m writing to address the lack of basic customer relations training among all retail, restaurant or any business for that matter in the Waldorf area.

  • LETTER TO THE EDITOR by Claudia Bellony-Atanga, Waldorf The writer is president of the Charles County Public Library Board of Trustees

An adequate library is not a luxury but one of the necessities of any community that prides itself on its high quality of life. Anyone who has visited the Charles County Public Library will not be surprised to learn that the demand for library services has increased significantly. Over the p…

  • LETTER TO THE EDITOR by Michael J. Runfola, La Plata

For over one year, the Charles County Government has been in negotiations with Comcast regarding the renewal of the franchise agreement that expired June 30. As of Nov. 8, these negotiations are still ongoing.

  • LETTER TO THE EDITOR by Steven W. Brennan, Waldorf

It appears that Gov. Larry Hogan (R) is pushing to eliminate all state income tax on military retirement income. Unbelievably, retired military already get exempted from the first $10,000 of retirement income. This is totally unfair to the taxpayers of the state of Maryland who pay absurdly …

  • LETTER TO THE EDITOR Joe Johnson, Chesapeake Beach

Last year, two issues came up that showed how things are changing and how big our challenges are. The first was my grandson spent his college break cleaning solar panels on the shopping malls and big-box stores in the Annapolis area. He told me there are thousands of solar panels that can’t …

  • LETTER TO THE EDITOR by Jack M. Sands, Waldorf, former SSgt, USMC

The recent deaths of four American soldiers in the African nation of Niger is a reminder that we have thousands of troops deployed in several countries around the world. Veterans Day is an appropriate time to remember these troops with a care package and a letter of support. AnySolder.com is…

  • LETTER TO THE EDITOR by Michael S. Glaser, St. Mary's City

In our increasingly fragile and divided world, World Artist Experiences seeks to help increase international and cross-cultural understanding in a number of ways. One of those is with its annual writing project for Maryland students, grades 3 to 12.

  • Ted Jones, La Plata Chief Investigator, Charles County States Attorney’s Office

The tragic murder of Baltimore City Homicide Detective Sean Suiter, a married father of five, on Nov. 15 further underscores the extremely dangerous undertaking facing those men and women who vow to protect and serve us. As a teenager, I walked those very streets in violent inner city Baltim…

  • LETTER TO THE EDITOR by David Dent, Tall Timbers The writer is co-owner of WJ Dent & Sons in Tall Timbers.

When my father bought our neighborhood grocery store in Tall Timbers almost 40 years ago, it was hard to imagine that the quaint country market would grow into the deli, restaurant and bar it is today. While many of our patrons come for our stuffed ham or authentic Maryland seafood, they kee…

  • LETTER TO THE EDITOR Richard Navickas, Lusby

I totally sympathize with once-proud and trusting Democrats switching parties after learning about Democrats’ reported unfair rigging of elections and debates, alleged routine sexual assaults on women in Hollywood, and continuing racial taunting and promotions of violent assaults against Rep…

  • LETTER TO THE EDITOR by Benjamin Hance, Great Mills

There is a particular tagline that often appears at the end of Dominion Energy’s commercials. They tout the merits of their new gas export facility at Cove Point and then say, “Another solution for Southern Maryland.” But what problem is Dominion solving, exactly? The commercial itself doesn…

  • LETTER TO THE EDITOR by Janet A. Pflaum, Marbury, MCAC board of directors' fundraising chairwoman

The Mattawoman Creek Art Center (MCAC) would like to thank the Waldorf Jaycees Foundation for its continued support of the arts center and its programs by hosting our annual fundraiser Oct. 20. This year’s event was “Clue Live,” a murder mystery party. Guests that evening enjoyed a delicious…

  • LETTER TO THE EDITOR by Rita Underwood, Nanjemoy

Thank you Congress for nothing. I blame both the Democrats and Republicans for the mess our health care industry has become.