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What To Do?

Q: What do you do if you write political op-eds and you are waiting for news to break? A: You write a catch up article. Continue reading What To Do?

It Never Seems To Stop

I guess I can consider myself to be a writer. I’ve been doing this on and off most of my life. I have written for four different newspapers during that time; but this blog is my passion. There is an old adage that a writer never has a day off because if you care about and are any good at what do you are always thinking about it. A few weeks ago my wife and I went to the theater and I spent way too much time analyzing the writing instead of enjoying the wonderful performance. (My wife scolded me and as usual she was correct.) At any rate, I am constantly making observations and writing notes to myself. Today I want to share some of that with you in a series of “quick hits”. Continue reading It Never Seems To Stop

Even The “Good News” Is Tainted

It’s a cold (for the South) but sunny morning in the Raleigh metropolitan area as I write this article. I wish I could say the news and outlook in American politics were nearly as sunny. Let’s explore. Continue reading Even The “Good News” Is Tainted

As Planes, Trains, And Automobiles Left Town

In order to put today’s article and title into context I will have to digress into a brief explanation for the benefit of my foreign readers. Americans celebrate Thanksgiving on the fourth Thursday of November. The next day is known as Black Friday and is a huge shopping day that has morphed into a semi-holiday of its own. Many employers simply grant it as a day off and countless Americans take the day off via other methods. Those with flexible jobs tend to skip out sometime after (or in conjunction with) lunch on Wednesday so for many Americans last week was a half week of work. Thanksgiving is one of the few times that far flung families gather in a single place (usually mom’s house) therefore the traveling starts about noon on Wednesday. In politics if you want something to receive minimal coverage you announce it on a Friday afternoon since many of the senior news staff have already filed their stories and folded their tents for the weekend (often including getting out of town for a weekend getaway). That exodus is only compounded by a holiday and it started Wednesday last week. Therefore I expected a controversial announcement from the Trump transition team on Wednesday afternoon and they didn’t disappoint me!   Continue reading As Planes, Trains, And Automobiles Left Town