A year ago today, the unthinkable happened in St. Mary’s County. On March 20, 2018, there was a fatal shooting at Great Mills High School.

This month, we honor and remember the numerous contributions made by women in their struggle for equality and human rights. Certainly, it’s worth reflecting on the 19th Amendment’s passage and adoption in 1920 giving women the right to vote and indirectly establishing the right of women to h…

Public records laws aren’t just about the press. These statutes are in place to help everyday people engage and affect the governmental bodies that make decisions and policies on their behalf. During Sunshine Week, an annual nationwide celebration of access to public information, it’s especi…

Last week, both the Maryland Senate and House of Delegates moved along legislation to extend the current moratorium on cownose ray killing contests in the Chesapeake Bay for two more years until a fishery management plan is created for the species by the Maryland Department of Natural Resour…

Seven states and the District of Columbia have legalized medical aid in dying. Maryland is not on that list. But a set of bills backed by legislators on both sides of the aisle would change that.

It is hard for a school system to regulate hate speech that is allowed to flourish both inside and outside its walls, on social media platforms like Facebook, Snapchat and Twitter. Long gone are the days when a student’s social life ended after he left his friends and went home. Now, he jump…

David Allan Coe’s hit “You Never Even Called Me by My Name,” penned tongue in cheek by Steve Goodman and John Prine in the mid-1970s, was facetiously called by the artists “the perfect country song.”

Maryland legislators have been busy this year working on a host of legislation that has caught our attention, or that of our readers, whether its the hot potato of school scheduling — legislators are looking to override the governor’s executive order of 2016 that moved the start date to afte…

With St. Mary’s population now exceeding 112,000, some growing pains are certain, and more space for specific needs will be required. The county commissioners touched on one of those big needs last week — a community center for young people.

February often brings some celebratory warmth to the winter season. Most Americans know it as African-American History Month and the month of Valentine’s Day, and both, for their own reasons, can make our hearts and souls feel deeply.

Dick Gregory, the late comedian and activist, once quipped in a stand-up routine that “when they gave black folks a month to celebrate our history, it figures that they gave us the shortest month of the year. But it’s better than just a week.”

This is National Burn Awareness Week, through Saturday, Feb. 9. And according to the Office of the Maryland State Fire Marshal, almost a quarter of all burn injuries occur in children younger than 15.

These are unusual times in American journalism. Last June, five staff members of the Capital Gazette in Annapolis were killed by a lone gunman who had a long-standing beef with the paper. Then in August, the press was called “the enemy of the people” again by no less than the current occupan…

The Maryland General Assembly went to work for another 90-day session two weeks ago, and with no real hot-button issues on the agenda this year, lawmakers set their sights on health care, taxes and other priorities they plan to tackle through legislation in 2019. After attending a local cham…

Anyone grading the Chesapeake these days is certainly doing so on a curve. And as it turns out, the rainiest year on record in Maryland didn’t do the bay any favors.