Commentary

Commentary

12/09/2014 - 4:12pm
It has been many months, Dear Readers, since The Nose's fingers last graced his computer keyboard to compose a paean to the residents of the Wilson Building. Please forgive this poor scribbler; the lethargic mayoral race of the somnolent lulled... >>more
12/05/2014 - 12:49pm
"I can't breathe" he said. But there was no air. Only the absence of trees and rope. The swaying of history over another black body. >>more
12/01/2014 - 9:52am
It's simply amazing how the language thing is never examined these days. How should one interpret the "Burn This Bitch Down" comment coming out of Ferguson? Are we suddenly all in an elevator with Ray Rice? It's impossible to... >>more
11/24/2014 - 6:39am
Maybe Marion was our Mugabe. As my friend Jonetta Rose Barras recently wrote, “If he was an addict, as he admitted, he was also addictive.” Maybe only Shakespeare could explain a person like Marion S. Barry, Jr. Was Barry a tragic figure... >>more
11/03/2014 - 8:12am
During the last days of baseball one could find me yelling at the television. I wanted to reach into the screen and take the ball away from Soriano and Storen. Those guys were closers. What were they doing blowing a lead? The closer is the one who... >>more
10/10/2014 - 2:14pm
Today, I had lunch with a friend to help brain storm some ideas for her child, who has a handful of challenges in his school life and social time. The friend was stressing how wonderful it would be if he were able to follow through good, quality... >>more
10/07/2014 - 8:13am
I often try to write with my ears--where many of my poems begin. For years I didn’t listen to music while traveling around the streets of Washington. That’s not the case anymore. I’ve grown tired of people pissing in my ears. How... >>more
10/06/2014 - 12:23pm
At a properly noticed meeting with a quorum present, Advisory Neighborhood Commission (ANC) 6B voted 9-0 to send these comments to the District Department of Transportation (DDOT) on its plans to reopen the SE Freeway segment between Barney Circle... >>more
10/06/2014 - 12:21pm
During the Joint Public Oversight Hearing regarding CSX’s proposed expansion of the Virginia Avenue Tunnel, public testimony overwhelmingly opposed the expansion due in part to: (i) the proposal’s grave public health and safety risks; (... >>more
09/19/2014 - 6:49am
The DC Fiscal Policy Institute and UNITE HERE Local 25 find that Bill 20-564, “The New York Avenue Gateway Hotel Development and Financing Incentive Act of 2013” proposes a highly unjustified waste of taxpayer dollars. It would provide... >>more
09/05/2014 - 2:11pm
For me, this year’s mayoral race is a one issue race -- education is my primary focus. That considerably simplifies my decision-making process. With education as my issue, and having followed his various actions as a city council member and... >>more
09/01/2014 - 8:11am
Before my brother Richard left home to join a Trappist monastery in the early 1960s he introduced me to bookstores. Often on a Saturday afternoon the two of us would walk the streets of Greenwich Village, stopping into Brentano's, Rizzoli, or... >>more
08/04/2014 - 8:12am
There was a time when one thought about the “Long Hot Summer” and how August couldn’t step inside from the heat. In many American cities there were riots by folks letting off steam or maybe the weather making them crazy. Go figure... >>more
07/06/2014 - 12:44pm
As the Ward 6 member on the DC State Board of Education, I have decided not to seek reelection for my seat in the November 2014 election. It has been an honor to serve my ward and city, and I take pride in the role our state board plays in... >>more
07/03/2014 - 12:41pm
Take no comfort in CSX's self-described "voluntary" rerouting agreement, or in its alleged intentions to not increase the shipment of Bakken crude and other hazmats – even chlorine! – through D.C.'s monument core. This... >>more