Commentary

Commentary

04/03/2014 - 3:10pm
Americans are generally regarded as innocent until proven guilty in a court of law; so The Nose and his contemporaries learned in their ninth grade civic classes. In point of fact, as a society, not even the accusation of impropriety can be made... >>more
04/06/2014 - 9:10am
Beverly’s hair is growing back. After months of chemo and radiation treatment my friend is getting ready to celebrate the arrival of the cherry blossoms. We live from season to season, thankful for another day to walk among the living. April... >>more
03/28/2014 - 11:12am
The ancient cynic Diogenes is said to have wandered the streets of Athens holding forth a burning oil lamp "in search of an honest man." One wonders how old Diogenes would fare in modern-day Washington, where the local political regime has... >>more
03/28/2014 - 9:33am
Cultural Factors Although there is evidence suggesting that dog meat consumption occurred in South Korea over a thousand years ago, the non-profit International Aid for Korean Animals claims that the practice is not one that is deeply embedded into... >>more
02/09/2014 - 12:14pm
On Monday, Chief Lanier reassigned me to the Policy and Development Bureau. I look forward to the challenge of reviewing, revising, editing, and perhaps even writing some of the policies which guide our Department. However, I will certainly miss... >>more
01/31/2014 - 2:20pm
Thank you to those of you who were able to attend the January 16th community meeting with Mayor Gray about CSX’s proposed plan to expand the Virginia Avenue Tunnel freight rail line. The meeting was well attended by more than 400 neighbors,... >>more
01/30/2014 - 3:52pm
When someone decides to renovate their business – say, a coffee shop – to improve service, and ultimately to improve their profits over the long term, they expect to underwrite some losses during the renovation period. They typically... >>more
01/30/2014 - 3:51pm
DCSafeRail would like to thank the400+ OF YOU who attended the CSX Virginia Avenue Tunnel meeting with Mayor Gray on January 16th. As you know, the citizens of the District deserve better than enduring a 3-5+ year project that endangers our health,... >>more
01/30/2014 - 3:50pm
People call them bomb trains: highly flammable oil from the Bakken Fields in North Dakota shipped by rail across North America. A spate of derailments and fires on the rails have concerned federal regulators that this particular oil is extremely... >>more
01/30/2014 - 3:49pm
There are many reasons to have major concerns about the proposed project to rebuild the CSX Rail Virginia Avenue Tunnel: the potential social, economic, and health impacts of a huge construction project at the edge of a swatch of residential... >>more
01/29/2014 - 5:13pm
Due to the cold snap, The Nose has fled to his hidey-hole where the whiskey is delicious and the takeout soulful. Slightly tipsy late one recent evening, he lay on the couch, his redbone coonhound Dixie warming his feet, pondering the fate of our... >>more
01/03/2014 - 3:20pm
For me 2013 was a year of too much cancer. Friends either died from the disease or discovered they had it. Lumps and bumps in the night. A different type of pain making one suddenly feel old or just old enough to really think about death for the... >>more
12/07/2013 - 10:00am
Sometimes I sit behind my desk at Howard waiting for Harriet Tubman to return. Would she risk her life one more time for me?  In an old PBS documentary, “Color Us Black” the novelist Claude Brown (author of Manchild in the Promised... >>more
12/04/2013 - 5:19pm
The race is on, Dear Readers. Undeterred by the secret machinations of a sitting grand jury led by Ronald “Give Me My Docments” Machen. Vince “The Undertaker” Gray has thrown his dented hat into the ring. The subsequent... >>more
11/08/2013 - 10:23am
The antics of the District's political class have provided ample grist over the years for this poor scribbler's musings, keeping him in whiskey, coffee and inexpensive small cigars. Soon mayoral gladiators will troop down to the DC Board of... >>more