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No Winners in the Current Age of Cynicism

Sun, 08 Apr 2018 16:18:55 +0000

Have you noticed something? We are living in an Age of Cynicism so deep and pervasive that it is distorting our politics, our laws and our society. It is the new normal. What was once clearly wrong now seems ok. Or, at least, “the way things are these days.” The cynicism [...]



Annapolis: A Mayor in Motion

Tue, 20 Mar 2018 01:24:45 +0000

Three months into his mayoralty, Gavin Buckley is in the vision business. Still. Just like his campaign last fall. Morning ’til night, the Mayor is out drumming up support for a vision of Annapolis remade. In separate conversations several weeks ago and this past week, he described his vision of [...]



A Skeptical View of Trump

Tue, 13 Feb 2018 20:53:06 +0000

If you are wondering how the rest of the world views the United States a year into the Age of Trump, a small, unscientific sampling was available last week aboard Crystal Symphony, a cruise ship sailing the waters off Western Australia. The occasion was a panel discussion: “Ocean Views: Perspectives [...]



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 [...]