Congressional committees recently brought the top executives of opioid manufacturers to Washington to explain their role in America’s opioid epidemic. Sadly, the executives largely shifted the blame elsewhere.

It’s no coincidence that September is National Preparedness Month. September has brought this area some particularly nasty hurricanes over the years — most notably, Isabel in 2003.

School is officially back in session in Charles County, and that means the big yellow buses are on the roads once again.

Remember back to 2009, the depths of the Great Recession, when unemployment was above 9 percent and the American auto industry was in danger of collapse? Scary times. But you didn’t lose faith in the American economy, did you? At least we hope you didn’t empty your 401(k) plan and liquidate …

Now that the primary election is comfortably in our rear-view mirror and the field is set for the Nov. 6 general election, this is a good time to remind our readers of our long-standing policy regarding letters to the editor.

We’ve been lucky so far this summer, with only five named storms having stirred in the Atlantic, none with any punch. And according to both the National Weather Service and the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration, the Atlantic is a bit cooler this summer than usual, as we c…

Like many folks, maybe you’ve been getting the robocalls for the past two weeks from the American Red Cross. Please don’t ignore them as you would a nagging telemarketer. The message is clear and urgent: They need your blood, and they need it now.

In Charles County, practices started Monday for high school fall sports, thus beginning a whole lot of working out during the dog days of summer. While our student athletes are being monitored by coaches concerned about heat-related illnesses, everyone should be taking the necessary steps to…

Some folks might call it “Maryland Pretends to Be Delaware Week,” but Comptroller Peter Franchot (D) is fully supportive of it. That’s because it benefits businesses in Charles County and across our state while saving consumers some money at the same time.

These are challenging times for newspapers, and for those of us here at the Maryland Independent, who responsibly strive to bring you important news and insights twice a week in print, and every day on our website and through social media.

We read all too often about misunderstandings across the country between law officers and citizens that end tragically, sometimes with the death of either the officer or the citizen.

With the kids off from school, summer is a great time of year to take some time off from work and spend long days outside, lounging poolside or at a beach, nature park, water park or amusement park. We spend a lot of time outdoors, taking in the fresh air — and with it, those warm but potent…

For 45 years, Southern Maryland residents in distress have been able to turn to Walden for answers, and for help. The announcement last week that the longtime nonprofit entity in California has been purchased by the for-profit, Pennsylvania-based company Pyramid Healthcare should not change …

Even in this age of instant information, and the notion that most everything useful must already have been invented or done, America’s beating the Soviets in the space race by successfully landing Apollo 11 on the moon July 20, 1969 — 49 years ago today — remains a really big deal. It was eq…

Whether it’s blackberries that were picked fresh, succulent ears of sweet corn or juicy, home-grown tomatoes from a farm stand along a county road, nothing tastes quite like local food that didn’t have to travel far to reach your taste buds.