As an ancient history and geography buff living in upstate New York, I've noticed a lot of towns and cities on the map that ring a familiar bell.
As one of those hearty, young revenue streams that health insurance executives like to refer to as â€œyoung invincibles,â€� there isn't a lot for me to get excited about in the Affordable Care Act.
As most of my friends would tell you, I love me some football.
When asking whether a particular war is justified, the answer is usually a matter of perspective.
The Justice Department admitted last week that it lied about the success of a year-long nationwide probe into mortgage fraud. Oh, and by the way, the lie was told a month before last fall's presidential election.
The lawsuit filed by former UCLA basketball player Ed O'Bannon against the NCAA has been flying under the radar, but the case could have a profound impact on the future of college sports.
The case of National Security Agency contractor-turned-leaker Edward Snowden has been accurately described as a sort of political Rorschach test.
Like most Americans, I find myself every year on June 6 thinking of the brave and heroic efforts made in 1944, when the D-Day landings by Allied forces in Normandy first breached the walls of Adolf Hitler's so-called "Fortress Europe."
If there's a silver lining from three of the most horrific crimes in recent memory, it's that we have the perpetrators in custody.
It's hard to see any way we could have avoided Afghanistan after the 9/11 attacks. We couldn't, after all, just leave al-Qaida ensconced in the country's hinterlands while Taliban chief Mullah Mohammed Omar sheltered its leaders. But in the back of our minds, we all probably had the same nagging worry: that regardless of how the Afghanistan effort went, it could never make the U.S. completely secure from terrorism.
With the Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission ruling in 2010 ushering in a new era of money in politics, it's becoming more common to see elected officials turn a blind eye to malfeasance by well-connected crooks. But some recent court cases, where a few fastidious judges have attempted to knock unrepentant Wall Street snakes down a few pegs, offer hope that maybe our judiciary is still interested in truth and justice.
"How marvelous books are, crossing worlds and centuries, defeating ignorance and, finally, cruel time itself." ― Gore Vidal, "Julian"
Given how often the Second Amendment has been cited since the Dec. 14 massacre in Newtown, Conn., one can't help but wish our founding fathers had elaborated a bit more on what they meant by: "A well regulated militia being necessary to the security of a free state, the right to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed."
One of the little treats for a history buff working at a daily newspaper is the "Today in History" nugget we run on Page 2 each day. It's always neat when a little event and quote can take you back in time, even if this time-traveling occurs only in your head. But for me, that's never sufficient. As odd as this might sound, I'd do almost anything for a time machine.
For any human being, an event as shocking and poignant as the Dec. 14 shooting of 20 children and six adults at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., is bound to evoke a range of reactions, from the visceral to the contemplative.
I’ve always found politics interesting, and as a newspaper editor it’s impossible to avoid paying attention to the topic. But I wouldn’t label myself a political junkie. Our world is so large, and our national politics so small, that it seems futile to invest an inordinate amount of emotion in something so degenerate and discouraging.
If you were hoping last week's elections might lessen the odds of a high-stakes game of chicken over the economy-wrecking "fiscal cliff" of tax hikes and spending cuts set for Jan. 1, don't hold your breath.
As the son of a licensed nurse practitioner, it strikes a nerve every time I read stories about our health care system leaving patients out in the cold.