Far be it for us to bestow guilt for any overindulgence during the holiday season. It’s not like we haven’t done the same thing. We’re expected to overdo it a tad, right?

The annual ritual of citizen legislators trekking to Annapolis to argue over legislation and state funding begins today. And for the next 90 days those delegates and senators will represent us at the General Assembly, arguing for more education funding and higher wages, bargaining for relief…

So we’ve flipped the calendar and it’s now January. That means the weather is largely cold and dry, and the holidays have come and gone. While some folks like to keep their Christmas tree up until Jan. 6, the feast of the Epiphany (traditionally marking the ancient visit of the three wise me…

In the hit song by The Police, “De Do Do Do De Da Da Da,” Sting wrote, “Poets, priests and politicians have words to thank for their positions.” Indeed. Journalists do, too, and the handful of us who ply our trade for modest livelihoods here in Southern Maryland keep our antennae up for any …

As we prepare to turn the page to the new year of 2019, this is an appropriate time to say a final farewell to some people whom we lost over the past 12 months. Among those who passed away were former government officials, teachers, activists and others who each, in their own way, left this …

For all the criticism that gets cast President Donald Trump’s way, he is not to blame for the effort to save the U.S. postal system from insolvency.

At last, Christmas is almost here. Hopefully, the rush to get those presents — and to get them wrapped — is subsiding somewhat.

After the heads of major social media networks testified before Congress earlier this fall, it seems timely to point out the results of an insightful new survey that shows Americans are actually rethinking their use of services like Facebook and Twitter.

As the famous carol goes, “The weather outside is frightful, but the fire is so delightful.” Most of the time.

Last week, many of us probably doled out cash or wrote a check to a charitable cause. Following on the heels of big spending days like Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday, Giving Tuesday was a day to give pause in our frenetic holiday pursuit of gift shopping and remember …

After dining to contentment and heading to your car as you leave a friend’s or relative’s home during the holidays, you’ll probably hear the familiar warning: “Watch out for deer.”

So the midterm, the so-called “off-year” election, is over in St. Mary’s. The votes have all been counted, and there were few surprises. Now it’s time for the elected to get to the work of governing and managing our tax dollars.

If you were to base such conclusions on television ads, Christmas went commercial a long time ago.

Earlier this fall, when a handful of big-box stores were already displaying Christmas trees next to the Halloween candy, you were flush with holiday denial. You could shake your head and keep walking down the aisle. Too soon, you could tell yourself.

There was a time in St. Mary’s 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.

So the midterm elections are in the books, with few surprises here in St. Mary’s and in Maryland as a whole. Republicans for the most part kept their hold on local offices, while the Democrats stayed in business for most of the statewide positions. The exception there was an expected one, as…