While the U.S. Supreme Court regaled us with several politically charged and historically significant opinions on constitutional rights as it neared the end of its session last month — Maryland’s Peace Cross will stay, as will political gerrymandering which now can’t be touched by federal ju…

On July 1, Maryland’s Open Meetings Compliance Board issued an opinion stating that the Talbot County Council violated sunshine laws by deliberating via emails and text messages over a period of two days in mid-February.

Movie buffs might remember director Richard Linklater’s 2011 hit film “Bernie,” which sympathetically portrays a gay funeral director in rural East Texas who befriends a crabby, rich elderly woman. In the film, starring Jack Black, Shirley MacLaine and Matthew McConaughey, the crabby old lad…

An opinion from a state board has put local governments on notice that electronic communications — including text messages and emails — between members of a public body may result in the members conducting a meeting subject to Maryland’s open meetings law.

In the second half of the 20th century, modern medicine was able to conquer smallpox and polio. Then, in the 1980s, another public health epidemic reared its ugly head: human immunodeficiency virus and acquired immune deficiency syndrome. HIV and AIDS.

Former Maryland House Speaker R. Clayton Mitchell Jr., who died last Thursday at 83, was a longtime champion of Kent County, where he began his political career.

June is here and with it comes higher temperatures we seek to escape from by taking a dip in a cool pool, in one of our scenic local waterways or down at the beach. But whether you are sitting poolside, dockside or oceanside, being aware of what is going on around you remains as vital as eve…

Less than two weeks ago, we printed a special section which honored members of the military from the Mid-Shore who lost their lives in battle fighting for our freedom.

The Kent County Commissioners’ vote May 21 to take ownership of the vacant Millington Elementary School was an important move, in that it took a $50,000 budget line off the back of cash-strapped Kent County Public Schools and reminds us that open dialogue with the Board of Education can resu…

As the observance of Memorial Day approaches on Monday, one source puts the number of American servicemen and servicewomen killed in all of this nation’s wars and conflicts at 1,354,664 as of this week.

With increasingly longer days and warmer temperatures, the water is calling boaters of all stripes who are looking to get that deck moving under them again. But it’s worth stopping to think about the dangers that lurk before you throw off that bow or stern line and head out across the waves.

H.L. Mencken, a Baltimore journalist, author and satirist whose heyday was early in the century before this one, called the Chesapeake Bay “an immense protein factory,” mostly because of all the blue crabs that once teemed in the huge estuary that rends Maryland in two.

We’ve all got one somewhere. Whether they are with us in person, living right down the street or in the apartment downstairs; in spirit, calling to check up on us from the other side of the state or country; or in memory, perhaps smiling down on us from a well-deserved peaceful afterlife — w…

Maybe this is what it’s going to take to wake up some parents who’ve decided they know better than their doctors. Infectious diseases once thought eradicated in the United States are roaring back as growing numbers of children aren’t getting shots.