• INDEPENDENT EDITORIAL

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.

  • INDEPENDENT EDITORIAL

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.

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Tomorrow morning, Saturday, Nov. 11, VFW Post 8810 will host a Veterans Day Ceremony at 2310 Old Washington Road in Waldorf. Last weekend, the Town of La Plata hosted a parade in honor of veterans.

  • INDEPENDENT EDITORIAL

Southern Maryland is in large part a military community — and not just because of the Navy. Our area is home to many men and women who have also served in the Marines, Army, Air Force, Coast Guard and National Guard. And as Veterans Day approaches, it’s an appropriate time to think about tho…

President Donald Trump declared the opioid abuse crisis a national public health emergency on Thursday. Speaking from the White House, the president was joined by New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, who chairs the president’s commission on opioid abuse. The governor has pushed hard for Trump to …

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Come sundown this Tuesday, the streets of Charles County will fill with superheroes, princesses and mythical and sometimes ghoulish creatures. Of course, we all know that beneath the decorative fairy face paint and generally creepy masks of U.S. presidents are the county’s youngest residents…

The drug epidemic of the 1980s and ’90s was horrific. It led to draconian laws that helped break already vulnerable families, killed thousands of people, devastated communities and created an image of zombie-like addicts and unrepentant pushers that made it harder for Americans not directly …

  • ENTERPRISE EDITORIAL

So how do you like your oysters? Scalded, raw, fried or in a stew? Whatever you choose, be assured there will be plenty to go around this weekend. The Rotary Club of Lexington Park wants thousands of folks to enjoy two days’ worth in a big celebration it again will proudly host.

The worst-kept secret in recent memory was finally “revealed” to the voting public last month as Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz (D) officially announced his candidacy for governor. He tossed his hat into an already-crowded Democratic primary field, vying for the privilege of facin…

  • INDEPENDENT EDITORIAL

It’s finally starting to feel consistently fall-like here in Southern Maryland, and while the crisp autumn air is a favorite for many, the season also brings with it a handful of downsides, from mere nuisances like raking leaves to the more dangerous cons — like a sudden influx of deer.

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With one in eight women diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime, many of us are painfully aware of the horrors of this disease from personal experience; we don’t need a dedicated month to know them.

  • INDEPENDENT EDITORIAL

Newspapers — especially community newspapers — are alive and kicking, no matter what you may have read online. We chronicle the lives and times of our neighbors, and keep a close eye on government. And in addition to our print products, we maintain an up-to-date website to serve the public.

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Sometimes, new traffic laws reflect what people are already doing anyway. Sometimes, they are a legislation of common sense. Other times, new laws bring meaningful change.

It’s been more than 30 years since the United States tax code saw any reform. There is an opportunity for Congress to do that now. We hope they do and in a way that is fair to all taxpayers.

  • INDEPENDENT EDITORIAL

Every 33 seconds, a child under the age of 13 is involved in a vehicle crash, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Death and injury can be prevented by the proper use of car seats, boosters and seat belts.

  • INDEPENDENT EDITORIAL

From widely known volunteer organizations like the American Red Cross to the dozens of GoFundMe.com pages that crop up and ask for our dollars, urgent requests for charitable donations have skyrocketed in the wake of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma. And no doubt we’ll see more of them over the co…