Columnists

Borrowing some inaugural inspiration

In compliance with a custom as old as the government itself, I appear before you to address you briefly and to take in your presence the oath prescribed by the Constitution of the United States to be …
Craig Marshall Smith
Quiet Desperation

Animal adoption agencies seeing a doggone frenzy

Because of the pandemic, which of the following is way up nationwide? Average per-person daily intake of calories from sugar? Trips to the liquor store? Pet adoption? I don’t have the facts in …

A love (language) letter to America

Dear America, my most beloved America … The events of last week – pretty much all of them, including the astonishing, distressing and mostly overlooked COVID-19 numbers – left me speechless for …
Coming Attractions

In a challenging 2020, music kept us going

It’s safe to say 2020 is a year that we’re unlikely to forget any time soon. We all had to get through it in our own way, and music played a big role in my survival. I picked five of my favorite …

Michael Norton
Winning Words

Let the story, our story, unfold

Do you remember that old saying, “Never judge a book by its cover?” Well, if you are like me, and if you don’t mind admitting just how many times that you made the big mistake of rushing to …
Letters to the Editor

Letter to the editor: Remember Wisconsin?

  How many remember that a raucous mob was allowed to occupy and trash the Wisconsin State Capitol for several weeks in 2011 (vs hours in DC)? How is it that previous disruptive protests, …

Letter to the editor: Thanks for the love letter

  Thank you Andrea Doray, for your expression of love for our United States of America. This tribute brought tears to my eyes. Unfortunately, these tears are very close to the surface …

Letter to the editor: Account for officers

Account for officers Given the large number of reports and identifications of law enforcement officers who traveled to D.C. and participated in the seditious assault upon the Capitol, shouldn’t all …

A magpie follow-up from Alice Dempsey

 Thank you for the publication of my first submission about the Magpie Wake, this past September.    I watched the magpies return this week to enjoy a pile of holiday nuts and …

Letter to the editor: Critique of letter policy

Just across the page from the letter you published by Tom Sabel on December 17, I read this rule for letters to the editor: Keep it polite: No name-calling or mud-slinging. How on earth did …
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