Among the litany of things the coronavirus pandemic affected this year was the Maryland General Assembly’s ability to finish the business of the people in Annapolis. Social distancing and concerns about spreading COVID-19 forced the state Senate and House of Delegates to end their annual ses…

Most folks who have long pedigrees in Southern Maryland, as well as those not originally from our area, have learned over the decades to live harmoniously by melding provincial sensibilities and sophisticated ideas through the social graces of a “live and let live” temperament, as well as mi…

As social distancing is gradually loosening and as temperatures rise, folks will be seeking a refreshing escape by taking a dip in a cool pool or in one of our scenic local waterways. But whether you are sitting poolside, dockside or in a creek or river, being aware of what is going on aroun…

What happens next? How do we keep the momentum going? Where do we start?

This Sunday, as he has done every June since 1988, former state senator Bernie Fowler will wade into the Patuxent River to test its health. We fully expect the still-spry 96-year-old will wear his signature overalls and American flag-festooned straw hat as he wanders into the river until he …

It’s a great time of year to be astride a motorcycle. And given the social constraints imposed on us all by the coronavirus pandemic, taking a ride out in the sunshine and fresh air can be a fun temporary antidote to our troubles.

People of all races and backgrounds have said it for years: There seem to be two criminal justice systems in America. One is for white people, the other is for people of color. And they’re by no means on equal footing.

Hurricane season in the Atlantic officially began Monday with the month of June, and runs through the end of November. Not that the weather is worried about the calendar, of course, because two named tropical depressions — Arthur and Bertha — have already swelled up and died off.

Earlier this month, Gov. Larry Hogan (R) let some bills from this year’s foreshortened General Assembly session pass quietly into law without his signature. But he vetoed a pile of them — including one whose gubernatorial denial gives the Maryland Independent great relief in this time of eco…

If ever a group of young men and women could understandably and justifiably have a chip on their shoulder, it would be the Class of 2020.

Memorial Day celebrations throughout the region, the state and the country will be different this year. While some ease out of social-distancing stay-at-home orders, the star-spangled parades, ceremonies and speeches are not happening as they normally would this year.

In the campy 1980 comedy film “Airplane!”, Lloyd Bridges’ character was an aircraft controller in the tower. When disaster seemed imminent, he grabbed a cigarette and bemoaned, “Looks like I picked the wrong week to stop smoking.”

The coronavirus has stopped a lot of commerce, but it can’t stop the calendar. Spring is here, and the planting season is getting underway. Backyard vegetable gardens in Charles County might get more attention than ever before with so many folks at home and looking to stay out of grocery sto…

A letter writer today on this page heralds motherhood as perhaps the most essential job of all. In this weird spring of the coronavirus pandemic, that’s something to think about. And celebrate.

Some states have begun to loosen their grip on businesses and some social activities during the coronavirus epidemic.

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First, the coronavirus made the wheels of state government grind to a halt, cutting short the General Assembly session and necessitating a special session whose schedule is still unknown. And now, here’s another thing the coronavirus has bollixed up for us this spring: the primary election.

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