Editor's Notebook

The four-way stop sign and the Ebola virus

PencilPaperSo, there I was in Rockville driving 30 mph as the sign says I should. I was nearing a speed light camera and I was third or fourth in line at the four-way stop sign when the young woman behind me began honking her horn. Then she pulled around me, flashed me the most famous finger which is either an insult or a proclamation and headed on down the road.


Ronald Reagan vs. reality


PencilPaperJimmy Carter turned 90 this week. I mention it because while many vilified him when he was  President, many of those who did so also praised him as being the most decent man ever to hold the office. He’s been an ex-President longer than anyone – more than 33 years.

When he ran for the nation’s highest office he promised, after the debacle of Richard Nixon, never to lie to the American people. And had he found five working helicopters to rescue the hostages in Iran, we might never have heard of Ronald Reagan – except in B movies like “Bedtime for Bonzo.”


Anyone for another latte?

PencilPaperNice to know people are upset with our President because he walked off a helicopter with a latte in his hand and saluted his guard with the latte in the forward and upright position.

Never mind we have congressmen on so-called science subcommittees who have no idea what science is – or what the definition of “is” is.


And waste another year

PencilPaperWhen the band R.E.M. sang “Don’t go back to Rockville,” they were on to something.

The city of Rockville, swimming in money is also a cesspool of incompetence, aggression, petty politics and pretense. City management staff resembles a squabbling nursery school more than professional adults.


Reflections on Ferguson

bullseye manThere is a deep division in this country. It threatens to overcome and overwhelm us all.
After spending several days on the ground in Ferguson Missouri, covering the protests and the riots that occurred after a police officer shot and killed an unarmed black teenager, I can tell you first hand this division is real, growing and dangerous.

Police force and violence

PencilPaperIn Missouri this week law enforcement officers lobbed tear gas canisters and shot rubber bullets at enraged protesters after police shot and killed Michael Brown, an unarmed black teenager in suburban St. Louis.

Witnesses say the boy was “shot like an animal” for no reason at all. The resulting conflagration in St. Louis resembles – more than anything else – the Deep South in the late 50s and early 60s.