In the mid-1960s, I knew an elderly Greek fellow who tended to fig trees in front of his home at the end of our block. My recollections of our neighbor are hazy, but the thing that sticks with me is how gentle he was.
Years later, I learned that his wife would throw things at him, or yell through the night when he did something that angered her...Read more
As we waited for the school bus on a recent morning, my 9-year-old son asked me what he should do if a shooter walks into his elementary school and starts killing people.
It was not a question I was expecting. Usually, we talk about things like what he has for snack or whether Darth Vader or Yoda is smarter. So, I wasn't ready to answer.
I ...Read more
Seventeen dead in a high school. South Florida.
A former student, 19. Armed to the teeth. A semi-automatic AR-15 rifle. Made to kill.
Police officers running to the school, machine guns drawn. A mother texting her son to turn off his phone's ringer so the killer with the rifle won't hear it and find him.
Seventeen dead. At a ...Read more
BALTIMORE -- Last year, Georgetown University joined other peer institutions in taking steps to address its historic ties to the slave trade. Johns Hopkins shares that history, which it means it shares the obligation to address it.
The first endowed chair at Johns Hopkins was established in 1889 by Caroline Donovan, for whom the "Caroline ...Read more
"Deals are my art form. Other people paint beautifully on canvas or write wonderful poetry. I like making deals, preferably big deals. That's how I get my kicks."
Thus begins President Trump's manifesto, "The Art of the Deal," published three decades before he took office as America's commander in chief.
We've learned something else about ...Read more
My mother and father were survivors of Auschwitz, Dachau and Buchenwald.
All that remained of our family tree were a few yellowed photographs tucked away in a drawer.
I can't pinpoint exactly when I first learned that, aside from my parents, every close family member was murdered by the Nazis.
No one ever sat me down and told me such things ...Read more
Maybe, just maybe, the left should tone it down with the worship of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg -- a.k.a. "Notorious R.B.G."
Last week, Adam Liptak of the New York Times wrote about being on tour with Justice Ginsburg, whom the headline declared a "judicial rock star." Ginsburg is celebrating her 25th anniversary on the court by ...Read more
There's a lot we don't know about why a C.K. McClatchy High School student was able to show off his blatantly racist "science" project for two whole days before it was mercifully removed.
But what we do know is that, at yet another Sacramento County school, racism reared its ugly head, and the adults whose job it is to supervise students and ...Read more
The use of the Second Amendment to block consideration of sensible gun control measures is a national disgrace. And conservatives themselves have explained why this is true.
For decades, conservatives have objected to the use of constitutional provisions as a political weapon, insisting that controversies should be resolved in democratic arenas...Read more
The great shame of modern America continues as another ghastly school shooting, this time in Florida, points out the inexcusable failure of politicians to impose more reasonable gun controls.
Must we wait for children to be slaughtered in every political district across the country for members of Congress and legislatures to grow spines? We ...Read more
It has happened again. A young man enters his former school -- loaded down with military-grade weapons and tactical gear -- opens fire and kills or injures dozens of innocent young men and women. Parents and children across the nation cower in fear and sadness, and a solemn president declares that something must be done to keep them safe, to ...Read more
One by one, top U.S. intelligence officials testified to a Senate committee about their concerns that Russia was once again going to interfere with a U.S. election, spreading disinformation, sowing dissent and perhaps this time even penetrating electronic voting devices. There was no ambivalence. They didn't hedge. They've already seen efforts ...Read more
In his January State of the Union address, President Donald Trump said we must build the "safe, fast, reliable, and modern infrastructure our economy needs and our people deserve."
It is impossible to square that vision with the plan and budget he released on Feb. 12, which would actually cut billions in federal transportation funding.
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- As always, Aaron Feis was helping the kids Wednesday at Stoneman Douglas High School. Some days, that meant taking the offensive linemen he coached for their "everyday drills," the fundamentals to build good habits, at the start of football practice.
Other days that meant joking about his 1977 Ford truck, the one with ...Read more
Don't even bother to say something ridiculous like, "It's not supposed to happen here ... "
No, it's not supposed to happen anywhere, but it does, with sickening frequency.
And on a horrible Wednesday -- Valentine's Day -- it happened in South Florida. There was yet another mass school shooting -- the state's first since Columbine -- this time...Read more
I refuse to accept we are helpless. We lie in wait, it seems, from one school shooting to another. Why do we do this? We do this because, according to many of my fellow countrypersons living in America, there is absolutely nothing to be done about it. It's too big, it's too complex, it's the scary, controlling National Rifle Association, and ...Read more
If you started typing "school shooting" into Google search Wednesday afternoon, you might have noticed that auto-fill took over and anticipated the next word: "today." So even the bloodless algorithms within Google recognize that, when one tries to find information about a fresh school shooting, the search needs to be narrowed. Because people ...Read more
Students hiding in classrooms. Police officers surrounding a school with guns drawn. Parents racing to the scene, fearing the worst.
The national epidemic of mass shootings came home to South Florida on Wednesday afternoon, when shots rang out at a high school in Parkland.
This time, the heartbreaking images of children on stretchers and ...Read more
"Today is that terrible day you pray never comes," Sen. Marco Rubio, Republican of Florida, tweeted Wednesday minutes after a former student opened fire at a high school in his home state, killing 17.
We'll assume Rubio's grief is genuine. But we wonder if, when he's at home at night, he's comforted by the thought that he's one of the golden ...Read more
Technology born and bred in the USA has been copied and deployed by Iran against Israel. Crossing into Israeli airspace from Syria last weekend, a trespassing unmanned aerial vehicle, or UAV, aggressively swept across Israel's border, only to be tracked and blown out of the air by one of the Israeli Defense Force's American-made Apache ...Read more