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 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 especially …

Justice Clarence Thomas might hold a revered seat on the nation’s highest court, but that doesn’t mean his judgment always reflects sound reasoning. He was way off base two weeks ago in calling for the Supreme Court to revisit New York Times v. Sullivan, a landmark ruling that raised the bar…

Last week, the Maryland Senate and House of Delegates passed 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 Resources. Spons…

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.”

With the next census just around the corner and controversy afoot at the national level — the Trump administration wants to add a citizenship question to the questionnaire that some say would deter immigrants from participating, an effort that is currently blocked awaiting a ruling by the U.…

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.

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…

Whatever happened to just talking it out? On the heels of Friday’s temporary solution to the ultimate throw-up-their-hands moment — the shutdown of the federal government for 35 days — the folks on Capitol Hill would do well to look to Annapolis for how to get things done.

Last month, we reported on alleged racially charged threats made by athletes on two different sports teams at The Calverton School in Huntingtown. The exchange happened on social media, and after three students were reportedly suspended, leading to pushback from parents and a coach, Head of …

The Charles County Board of Commissioners sure made a splash two weeks ago when in a whirlwind day for those of us in the news business the commissioners announced (or were forced to announce, we’ll get back to that in a moment) they had asked for the county administrator’s resignation and a…

The Maryland General Assembly went to work for another 90-day session last Wednesday, 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 cha…

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.

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?

So we’ve flipped the calendar and it’s now January. That means the weather is largely cold and dry — well, somewhat 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 visi…