| Sep 29, 2013
What if we had a mass shooting and nobody noticed?
That gloomy thought came to mind as I listened to the unsettling sound of silence that followed the recent Navy Yard attack that left 12 people dead, plus the shooter, in the nation's capital.
| Sep 10, 2013
| 7:22 PM
Years ago, there was a television commercial about spaghetti sauce. In it, three children answer a question: "Who makes the best spaghetti?"
"My mom," says the first. "Spaghetti with meat sauce!"
"My mom," says the next. "Spaghetti with clam sauce!"...
| Sep 5, 2013
| 7:12 PM
With only one or two sour notes, the Allentown School District has performed a symphony of common sense, joining the enlightened educational world by requiring students to wear uniforms.
In many advanced nations, in America's well-behaved parochial...
| Aug 14, 2013
It's not a typo: The South Central L.A. Tea Party exists, and Jesse Lee Peterson takes a bow for founding it. He's also president and founder of the 23-year-old black bootstraps group Brotherhood Organization of a New Destiny, or BOND, and serves as...
| Nov 10, 2013
| 9:54 AM
"Everything is about race in Mississippi, Jake, don't forget that," an older lawyer tells the hero of John Grisham's new novel, "Sycamore Row," set in the 1980s.
When it comes to stories in which compelling characters battle in courtrooms over cases...
| Nov 9, 2013
| 11:38 AM
It was the most rancorous period in America since the Civil War.
It was a time in which Americans were afraid to speak their minds, afraid of the self-righteous paladins of McCarthyism and the House Un-American Activities Committee, which was one of...
| Mar 3, 2013
One was nicknamed "Pinky," for rather obscure reasons. Another, for lamentably obvious ones, was known as "Horse Face," and the military buddies of a third called him "Old Chubby Cheeks."
One was a used-car salesman and a KKK member. A couple were...
| Apr 9, 2013
| 5:09 PM
Jackie Robinson changed baseball and the nation that loves it on April 15, 1947, when he became the first black player to walk onto a major league ball field. He changed Carl Erskine's life in March 1948, when Robinson, by then a Brooklyn Dodgers star,...
| Aug 3, 2013
| 12:45 PM
As racial rancor is clearly intensifying, not subsiding, across the nation, there is no way to avoid an obvious and painful question raised by the photograph of Darnell Ray Lewis Jr. accompanying this past week's stories about his three-day trial.
| Jul 31, 2013
The gauntlet has been thrown down! And we are equal to the challenge, fellow Lake Countians! Strap on your swords!
In an article published earlier this month in Slate, an online daily magazine owned by the Washington Post Co., a colleague on the west...
| Jul 14, 2013
Brace yourself for a lot of looking-back stories. Fifty years have passed since 1963, a time of transition that makes today's social and political firestorms look like a cool breeze.
It was the year that the Beatles released their first album. The...