December 23, 2016

Nature abhors a vacuum and so does politics. As newspapers and the media collapse while it kicks journalists to the curb, it’s giving rise to the Trumps in our culture. Kellyanne Conway, counselor to the president. This ought to be good. During the campaign, I don’t th...

December 21, 2016

I have on my studio wall a Tony Auth cartoon. It shows Ronald Reagan right after Inauguration Day, 1981, dressed as Betsy Ross sitting in a rocking chair with the American flag draped across his lap. A sign on the wall that looks like a sampler says “The New Federalism...

December 19, 2016

For most people in our barely civilized world, the new year starts after the expiring old year with the waning tones of “Auld Lang Syne” very early in the anti meridiem of Jan.1, 2017. For a majority of voters in the United States, the new year started Nov. 8 and it re...

December 14, 2016

Is the media dishonest? Not the mainstream media, but I remember Washington Post Editor Ben Bradlee’s comment about printing lies. He said yes, the newspaper prints lies; when it’s told lies by interviewees and sources. There have been rare exceptions for fraud, but th...

December 12, 2016

What would happen if there were no rules in sports about performance enhancing drugs? Sure, a few athletes might die of various maladies––strokes, enlarged heart, brittle bones––but think of the records that would fall. Think of the trophies that would line the walls o...

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