Our view: It’s a man-eater!

In 1987, 11-year-old Juan Perez and two other boys scaled a fence at night and sneaked into the polar bear cage at the Prospect Park Zoo in Brooklyn, New York. Two bears mauled and killed Juan ....

DATE: Aug. 11, 2020 | CATEGORY: Editorials

Winning the vote

Miguel Trujillo was a child of Isleta Pueblo, in New Mexico, just south of Albuquerque, which was inhabited by his ancestors since before Spanish soldiers thought they discovered the country at the...

DATE: Aug. 4, 2020 | CATEGORY: Editorials

Picture this

Start with the picture. It was taken in the first week of March 1992, a photo of a press conference. At the center is 46-year-old Bill Clinton at a pair of microphones. He is flanked by three...

DATE: July 28, 2020 | CATEGORY: Editorials

Rename it

John Evans was born on the Ohio frontier. By 1838, he had an Ohio college medical degree. In 1845, he became the first superintendent of an Indiana insane asylum he pioneered with the belief that...

DATE: July 21, 2020 | CATEGORY: Editorials


When “The West Wing” entered its fourth season, in late 2002, Aaron Sorkin, its creator, writer and producer, was forced to abandon the show following increasing personal problems, including an...

DATE: July 14, 2020 | CATEGORY: Editorials

Call which doctor?

You hear it all the time these days, in articles, news reports and public service announcements: If you have COVID-like symptoms and you want to get a test, call your doctor – or your family...

DATE: July 7, 2020 | CATEGORY: Editorials

These truths

Serena Williams, the most successful tennis player in the Open Era, maintains even she does not know where her serve is going until she lands it. Something similar transpired in 1776, when the...

DATE: June 30, 2020 | CATEGORY: Editorials

We hear you

June 25, 1876, is the day George Armstrong Custer entered history, first as a secular martyr and then, over the succeeding decades, in degrees of infamy congruent with perceptions of him as a...

DATE: June 23, 2020 | CATEGORY: Editorials

Rule of five

On Friday, May 29, as cities burned, and with all the drama fit for a time just before midnight in Washington, D.C., the U.S. Supreme Court took the unusual step of batting down an emergency...

DATE: June 9, 2020 | CATEGORY: Editorials

Later gator

It’s not often the death of an alligator is a cause for reflection, let alone historical reflection. After all, the huge and toothy reptiles are “not involved in war and politics,” as a...

DATE: June 2, 2020 | CATEGORY: Editorials

Taney’s last stand

Abraham Lincoln had a history with Roger B. Taney stretching well back from May 27, 1861, the Monday Taney rebuked him. Taney, scion of a wealthy, slave-holding family in Maryland, was a lawyer and...

DATE: May 26, 2020 | CATEGORY: Editorials

Glitches multiplied

The notion that journalism is the first rough-draft of history seems to have originated, at least as a phrase, with the editorial board of The Washington Post in the early 1940s. You can see the...

DATE: May 19, 2020 | CATEGORY: Editorials

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