On the passing of cartoonist Mike Lane

Sad news this week with the passing of another excellent journalist and former colleague, the editorial cartoonist Mike Lane. He created daily cartoons for the Baltimore Evening Sun from the early 1970s, giving him a chance to include Richard Nixon among his subjects, into the 1990s, after the afternoon paper merged with the morning edition. … Continue reading On the passing of cartoonist Mike Lane

Technology is great, but humans still have the power to discern what’s good, what’s bad for us — and for others

I am not a trog. I like technology, and use it every day. But I don’t automatically concede that all technology is good. Shopping online might be fun and convenient, and there are people who absolutely love getting packages delivered at home; they adore Amazon. But online shopping is killing local retailers, and here in … Continue reading Technology is great, but humans still have the power to discern what’s good, what’s bad for us — and for others

Real-life Shawshank: Aging inmates, punishment and redemption

“'The Shawshank Redemption' is such a popular movie. Do Americans really believe in forgiveness and redemption?” “Yes, for me, but not for thee.” By 2005, I had been a reporter and columnist for 32 years, and I had written numerous stories about crime and covered criminal trials. I had written some stories about prisons and … Continue reading Real-life Shawshank: Aging inmates, punishment and redemption

The Crab Corn Coddie is a hit, on the menu this weekend at Pierpoint

We gathered at Pierpoint restaurant in Fells Point to try Chef Nancy Longo’s take on the Baltimore Crab Corn Coddie. She took my work-in-progress to a new level, bringing her years of experience to the mixing bowl, refining the recipe and offering the new concoction as the Wednesday night special with French fries and coleslaw. … Continue reading The Crab Corn Coddie is a hit, on the menu this weekend at Pierpoint

Trump lies again. He’s not bringing troops home from ‘endless wars’

Guess what: Trump might have suggested something that wasn't true: "It's time for us to come home," he said, defending his removal of U.S. troops from Syria. But the troops he claimed to be bringing home from “endless wars” are not coming home. A few thousands went recently to Saudi Arabia, and now a Pentagon … Continue reading Trump lies again. He’s not bringing troops home from ‘endless wars’