Folks who have moved here from other parts of the country quickly learn what we already know: Southern Maryland summers are brutally hot.

President Donald Trump has signaled, if lightly, a willingness to consider measures to address mass shootings in America. Democrats should stop playing politics and engage him in a productive policy discussion.

As names go, the Gov. Harry W. Nice Memorial/Senator Thomas “Mac” Middleton Bridge rolls off the tongue about as well as supercalifragilisticexpialidocious from “Mary Poppins,” and fits about as well on a sign, too. But the latter is nonsensical while the former is sorely needed — the steel …

Next week, what will Maryland have in common with Alaska, Delaware, Montana, New Hampshire and Oregon? No sales tax. But remember, it’ll just be for a week here. The other five states offer that perk all year long.

Next Tuesday, Aug. 6, nearly 50 communities in Charles County will join neighborhoods throughout Southern Maryland and across the nation in celebrating the 36th annual National Night Out. From one end of the county to the other, and all in between, neighbors will be gathering for block parti…

Movie buffs might remember director Richard Linklater’s 2011 hit film “Bernie,” which sympathetically portrays a funeral director in rural East Texas who befriends a crabby, rich elderly woman. In the film, starring Jack Black, Shirley MacLaine and Matthew McConaughey, the crabby old lady tr…

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 — 50 years ago last Saturday — remains a really big deal. I…

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.

Commissioners’ President Reuben B. Collins II and his fellow commissioners deserve a round of applause for opening the door to the homeless last week when they approved making a change to the zoning code to allow homeless shelters to operate in the current general industrial zones. And that …

This month brought with it some new laws that have taken effect, after their examination earlier this year by the General Assembly and Gov. Larry Hogan. Here’s a sampling of what’s now on the books in the Free State.

While the U.S. Supreme Court regaled us with several politically charged and historically significant opinions on constitutional rights as it neared the end of its session last month — Maryland's Peace Cross will stay, as will political gerrymandering which now can't be touched by federal ju…

Much as Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts insists there’s no such thing as “Obama judges or Trump judges, Bush judges or Clinton judges,” his court overtly displayed its partisan favor last Thursday with two key rulings that could have an enormous impact on the future of American democracy.

America is working, or at least relatively few of our fellow citizens are not working, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The agency, which has measured unemployment since the Great Depression-inducing stock market crash of 1929, reported that the unemployment rate for April and Ma…

This Sunday, as he has done every June since 1988, former state senator Bernie Fowler will join hands with friends, family, politicians and all manner of anti-pollution advocates and wade into the Patuxent River to test its health. We fully expect the still-spry 96-year-old will wear his sig…

My family just learned that their practice of collecting and saving plastic bags for recycling is now a waste of time. Our local transfer station told us to just put them in the trash.