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

Exquisite timing

Not to be deterred – because really, what is there to deter a party when it has majorities in both houses of the state Legislature, if it is neither rain nor heat nor gloom of night, nor a rabid...

DATE: May 12, 2020 | CATEGORY: Editorials

Dog is love

Almost exactly two decades have passed since heavily armed agents of the Border Patrol’s SWAT team entered a Miami home in the pre-dawn hours of Easter Eve and seized 6-year-old Elián González from...

DATE: May 5, 2020 | CATEGORY: Editorials

Money for nothing

It is probably fair to say this has been a difficult time for journalists trying to cover the coronavirus across the country as well as in the other parts of the world where there is a reasonably...

DATE: April 28, 2020 | CATEGORY: Editorials

Not this year

The mysterious coronavirus has already taken many things from us, or we have taken them from ourselves in the belief this is the best way to fight a ghost. And we are missing many of them, from...

DATE: April 21, 2020 | CATEGORY: Editorials

School’s out

We used to think of campaign finance as a Rube Goldberg machine in which lobbyists and just folks gave money to a candidate, let’s say for the U.S. Senate, to fund a run for office because he would...

DATE: April 14, 2020 | CATEGORY: Editorials

Show me a hero

It has been very hard to miss New York Governor Andrew Cuomo over the last several weeks of the pandemic, for several excellent reasons. The packed New York City area quickly and frighteningly has...

DATE: April 9, 2020 | CATEGORY: Editorials

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