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In The Short Rows

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Capitol mob was decades in the making

Last Wednesday’s terrorist attack on our nation’s capital was the tragic, but inevitable, culmination of four decades of growing division in our nation. Beginning with ... Read more

4 days ago by Staff Reports.

Public officials need to look their constituents in the eye

There’s an old legal maxim that hard cases make bad law. Cases don’t come much harder than the coronavirus pandemic and, sure enough, it’s almost ... Read more

2 weeks ago by Staff Reports.

2020, for all of its heartbreak, gave a few things to smile about

This year ended with Santa Claus smiling and waving at children from behind Plexiglass. Carolers, if they gathered at all, tried to harmonize from six ... Read more

3 weeks ago by Staff Reports.

Christmas traditions endure, evolve, fade

Christmas trees, for many of us, have become our three-dimensional family albums. On their branches, brought out for display once a year, are tales of ... Read more

4 weeks ago by Staff Reports.

Attacks on election officials are disgraceful

I have written and published a number of editorials and columns during the past several decades extolling the work of election officials and thanking them ... Read more

1 month ago by Staff Reports.

Christmas trees – and other evergreens – stand test of time

Evergreen. That was the point. Long before Christianity, people of various cultures found encouragement and even religious significance in trees that remained green all year, ... Read more

1 month ago by Staff Reports.

What were we — or our parents — thinking?

There are very real concerns today about children’s exposure to new and uncharted dangers, particularly through the internet and social media. Those concerns, if anything, ... Read more

2 months ago by Staff Reports.

Events of 2020 cast pall over Thanksgiving

It would be so easy to write a warm and fuzzy column about Thanksgiving. It is, indeed, among my favorite celebrations, a truly American religious ... Read more

2 months ago by Staff Reports.

Isle of Wight has been reliably red for decades

Few people admit to voting for a political party. “I vote for the person, not the party” is a standard refrain among voters. And, no ... Read more

2 months ago by Staff Reports.

Newsman remembered for time he came to the rescue

One of the most talented journalists I’ve been privileged to know died last week. That alone would warrant some ink in a Short Rows, but ... Read more

2 months ago by Staff Reports.

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