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Where You Stand is Where You Sit on Trump

Sun, 14 Jan 2018 20:39:26 +0000

The first anniversary of Donald Trump’s inauguration seems a good time to take stock of the first full year of the most chaotic, disruptive, unpredictable presidency ever. Our “very stable genius” in the Oval Office assures us repeatedly on Twitter that he is “the greatest” and that no president before him has achieved [...]

Annapolis VS Newport: Which is the “Sailing Capital of America?”

Sun, 10 Dec 2017 18:20:54 +0000

Annapolis and Newport have a lot in common: both are historic, beautiful, waterfront cities and, for years, both have claimed to be the “Sailing Capital” of America. In the first column I wrote in this space three years ago, I questioned whether Annapolis deserved its self-anointed “sailing capital” title, given [...]

Tom Mathews R.I.P.

Mon, 13 Nov 2017 23:41:53 +0000

This recollection of the gifted, mischievous political gadfly Tom Mathews, my splendid pal for 40 years, was written by his son, Tom Mathews Jr., shortly after Tom Sr.’s recent death at 96. It was a life worth remembering — Terence Smith Tom Mathews 1921-2017 Grand Druid of Liberal Causes and Campaigns by Tom Mathews Jr. Sargent Shriver called him [...]

The Trump Effect?

Sun, 12 Nov 2017 17:59:49 +0000

What is the message behind Gavin Buckley’s stunning, lopsided victory over Mayor Mike Pantelides in the Annapolis city elections this past week? What does it say about how Annapolitans feel about their city, about politics today and about President Donald Trump one year after his upset victory? “Trump and turnout,” Pantelides immediately volunteered [...]

A Broken System

Mon, 23 Oct 2017 16:46:02 +0000

Is it just me, or does it seem to some of you that the wheels are coming off our national political system? Allow me to vent, please, as we look at our current dilemma: Thanks to the electoral college and nearly 63 million voters, we have a President [...]

Mayoral Sweepstakes 2017

Mon, 23 Oct 2017 16:41:40 +0000

Annapolis, Maryland is being treated to a lively, genuinely competitive and so far remarkably civil mayoral race that pits an improbable, 34-year-old incumbent against an unlikely, 54-year-old challenger. With just two weeks and two days to go, the outcome is hard to predict. If you’ve been looking the [...]

Trump’s Secret

Sun, 13 Aug 2017 19:56:04 +0000

For months now, actually the last two years, I have been puzzled by a persistent, troubling question: What is Donald Trump hiding? Through the tumult of the first six months of the Trump White House, through all the resignations and firings, from National Security Adviser Michael Flynn to the spectacular flameout [...]

Cap’n Jack and His Missing Crosses

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 18:25:25 +0000

It was a tantalizing find, a possible solution to a four-century-old mystery, and it sent a shiver of excitement through the small band of obsessive amateur historians that continue to search for artifacts from Captain John Smith’s legendary voyages of exploration of the Chesapeake Bay in 1608. The discovery, in June, 2010, by Maryland archeologist Darrin [...]

Six Days of War

Mon, 05 Jun 2017 14:43:23 +0000

Shortly after dawn on the hot, dry morning of June 5, 1967, Israel launched a momentous battle with her Arab neighbors that came to be known as the Six Day War. In the course of six frantic days, responding to Egypt’s closing of her access to the Red Sea, Israel [...]

Chesapeake Bay in Trump’s Crosshairs

Sun, 14 May 2017 15:12:41 +0000

The Chesapeake Bay had a good week last week. The annual report card on the Bay’s overall health from the University of Maryland’s Center for Environmental Science (UMCES) showed significant improvement, one-design sailboats from around the nation had a rollicking regatta in the waters off Annapolis, and just days before that, Congress preserved [...]