In Montgomery County, thousands of students, aged 5-18, log onto screens for up to four hours a day. It’s an unprecedented school year, and it’s due to the novel coronavirus pandemic. But does it have to be this way for schools? Is there another solution?
The first of three presidential debates between incumbent President Donald Trump and challenger Democratic Nominee former Vice President Joe Biden Tuesday night quickly spiraled into chaos, insults and interruptions, leaving voters uneasy about what’s to come.
“The country would be better served, if we allowed both people to speak with fewer interruptions.” Chris Wallace’s words set the tone for the first presidential debate. As I watched the two candidates interrupt each other over and over, one question came to mind: if either of the candidates …
On Sunday, August 30th, 2020, Director of Athletics & Physical Education of the McLean School, Adrien McDonald, was aggressively chastised by an unnamed older man for using a lane on the track of Winston Churchill High School.
On Friday, October 2, President Donald Trump announced via Twitter that both he and the first lady had tested positive for the coronavirus. Later that same day, he was abruptly transferred to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center where he spent the weekend and received various treatme…
“The work, my friends, is peace. More than an end of this war—an end to the beginnings of all wars. Yes, an end, forever, to this impractical, unrealistic settlement of the differences between governments by the mass killing of peoples.” Those were the words of President Franklin D. Roosevel…
During the recent Vice Presidential debate, Mike Pence was relentless in asking Kamala Harris if the Democrats plan to pack the Supreme Court if they win on November 3rd.
October 9, 2020 – Today Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi and Maryland's own Representative Jamie Raskin introduced the Commission on Presidential Capacity to Discharge the Powers and Duties of Office Act. This legislation is designed to create the process called for in the 25th Amendment to…
My name is Dustin Jeter, and I am a Social Studies Teacher at Springbrook High School and a member of the Montgomery County Education Association (MCEA). I want to address the importance of transparency in education decisions.
Montgomery County has been plagued by maladies for decades: choked roads, no jobs, a rickety tax base relying almost entirely on homeowners, under-served neighborhoods—just to name a few. Residents in Clarksburg travel two hours one way to get to their jobs in Northern Virginia. Prince Georg…
I want to address one of the open issues causing an impasse in contract negotiations between my employer, Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS), and my union, the Montgomery County Education Association (MCEA). What is the open issue? Teachers want to add the four social justice words “sch…
You won't want to miss Sentinel Newspapers' columnist Paul Schwartz' August 4th interview on "A Miner Detail" podcast. A very lively discussion of all things politics.
The COVID-19 pandemic has created unique challenges for healthcare workers and emergency personnel. And nowhere have these challenges been more acute – and the response been more reassuring – than at the Bethesda-Chevy Chase Rescue Squad.
The choice is quite simple. The option is former Vice President of the United States Joe Biden. Yes, I like the United States, Sen. Kamala Harris. Boy, would I like to see her take apart United States of America President Donald Trump during the presidential debates in 2020. She proudly demonstrated her prosecutorial skills as […]
I am a retired federal employee writing to raise public awareness about the Fair COLA for Seniors Act, H.R. 1553, which would provide more accurate annual cost-of-living-adjustments (COLAs) for Social Security beneficiaries, federal annuitants and veterans. The legislation would bring much-n…
The COVID-19 pandemic resulted in the closing of schools across the country. As millions of teachers, students, and parents braced for the transition to distance learning, one of the biggest questions was how school districts could ensure that students in every home had the devices and inter…
“Human scum” is how President Donald J. Trump referred witnesses testifying about his telephone call with Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky during which Trump made doing a “favor, though” relating to information on his political opponent a condition for receiving the much-needed military aid to Ukraine. What do these “human scum” characters have in common aside […]
Did you, yes, you, pay more income tax on your 2018 returns than on your 2017 returns? If so, you are probably are not in the top 1% of income, or you had ordinarily taken the standard deduction even before the passage of the Trump tax plan in December of 2017. More likely you are […]
Why would anyone expect the president of the United States, any president of the United States, to cooperate with any investigation into his or her wrongdoing? It would make no sense. It would be going against one’s self-interests. Didn’t Richard Nixon demonstrate this by not destroying the Watergate tapes? Shouldn’t he have? Clearly, the current […]
As the impeachment inquiry process approaches of the fourth president of the United States, it is an appropriate time to take a look at the articles of impeachment filed against the previous three. Also, to see how they may relate to the likely articles of impeachment to be filed against Donald Trump. Specifically, the articles […]
For those of us who dedicated our careers to public service, Marie Yovanovitch, the former Ambassador to Ukraine, stands proud as the epitome of what every public servant should aspire to be. It became more apparent during her testimony before the House of Representatives Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, the Committee on Foreign Affairs and […]
With all due respect to my fellow Americans, most of us simply don’t know what a “liberal/progressive” is not the same thing as a “socialist.” A true “socialist” is someone who wants all of the businesses and workplaces to be owned and controlled by “the state” or “the government” or “the workers” or “the people” […]
During the 2016 presidential election campaign, Donald J. Trump promised America that if elected, there would be so much winning, and everyone would get tired of all of the winning. Let me readily admit I am, indeed, so very tired of all of this winning and hope it comes to a merciful end with the […]
As we approach the vote in the House of Representatives to file articles of impeachment against the current sitting president, there are a few things you need to consider, and here they are. First, as much as the impeachment of Donald J. Trump may be about abuse of power when he sought the assistance of […]
To the Editor, I would like to take this opportunity to thank our Fresh Air host families and volunteer leaders in the Capital Beltway Area. Because of their dedication and commitment, thousands of children from New York City’s low-income communities participated in our Friendly Towns volunteer host family program this summer. I am inspired by […]
With one wave of my magic wand, I granted two wishes: Trump loyalists’, that he survives the impeachment effort, and Democrats’, that they win the 2020 presidential election. My crystal ball enables me to see events as late as December 2020 clearly, but then it becomes cloudy. In the fall of 2020, Democratic Party leaders […]
Dear Editor: With every new climate report seems to come to a picture of impending disaster. Amidst repeated dire news, it is exciting to see Washington, D.C. step up and take the lead tackling climate change. The ambitious Clean Energy Omnibus Act of 2018 would set a new standard for the nation if passed […]
Despite the findings of the Mueller Report, in which several specific examples of obstruction of justice by President Donald Trump, such as instructing the White House Counsel to fire the special counsel, nothing happened to him. Despite his continued violation of the Constitution’s emoluments clause by profiting from foreign entities currying favor through frequenting his […]
When you think of all of the issues facing this country that need to be addressed, what are just a few that immediately come to mind? Gun control in the wake of the rampage of mass shootings? Taking big money out of politics so that every citizen’s voice is as loud with our elected representatives […]
Editor’s Note: The following are viewpoints from “Concerned Citizens of Prince George’s County.” These opinions do not reflect the views of the Sentinel staff. Why does it feel as though we, long-standing parents, homeowners, supporters and members of the Prince George’s County community, have not been given the opportunity to be a part of CEO […]
Our climate is changing. We have seen an increase in the frequency and severity of violent storms, multi-year-long droughts in the heartland and the American West, recurring severe heat waves, wildfires and sea level rise. In Maryland—where 70% of the population lives in coastal areas—we are already seeing the impact on our communities. Damaging and […]
I have been writing my weekly column for more than five years now and have written on various topics from gun safety to campaign finance reform to voting rights to the impact of gerrymandering to the state legislature refusing to fix the unfairness of the federal tax plan on Maryland taxpayers. Most often, sadly, I […]
Now that the formal White House press briefings have almost been eliminated, the south lawn of the White House before President Donald Trump takes off via helicopter for Joint Base Andrews has become the primary location to field questions from the White House press corps. Reporters ask questions while the helicopter blades are spinning as […]
The summers of 1964 and 1965, what wonderful summers they were. They were summers of my youth and were highlighted by the New York World’s Fair in Flushing Meadows in the borough of Queens in the city of New York. What a fantastic glimpse into the future the World’s Fair provided to a young and […]
Many years ago, circa the 1980s, I worked for a man by the name of Edward Kwas. He was, at that time, the Regional Commissioner of the New York Region for the United States Customs Service. I found him to be a rather interesting individual. Others may have described him differently, but I’ll stick with […]