Viewpoints

Tue
08
Aug

Humor writing is no laughing matter

Humor columnists face many challenges.

One is finding material. After all, there are weeks when the vice president doesn't shoot anybody in the face.

Tue
18
Jul

Oddities afoot at World Cup

Soccer's World Cup tournament concluded July 9, dealing a blow to the host country's breweries and brothels. But the end of this monthlong orgy of beer, soccer, hooliganism and, well, beer couldn't come soon enough to the rest of the world.

Tue
23
May

Trapped in a pork barrel

Congress is like a rich kid who shops with a blank check. No fiscal restraint, no accountability ... and he thinks he can park his moped wherever he wants.

Tue
09
May

Offended by another offensive

We were just sitting down to dinner when - of course - the telephone rang.
Quickly devouring a mouthful of macaroni and cheese - Wendy and I aren't college students anymore, but you wouldn't know it from our diet - I answered with my mouth half full.

Tue
02
May

Hopped up on Easter candy

My kids are addicts, and it's all the Easter bunny's fault.

Tue
18
Apr

Beware the beautiful butterfly

Parents, lock up your children. Summer is coming, and that means the killer butterflies are on their way.

Tue
11
Apr

Ben Bromley is a genius (But I'm not)

Achieving a lifelong goal should result in a warm feeling of comfort and joy. You know, that gentle tingle you feel watching the Chicago Bears lose.

Tue
28
Mar

Now I know my purpose

Sometimes we in the news business lose sight of our mission. We forget there's a perfectly good reason why we must resist the urge to impale ourselves on our Bics while covering school board meetings that drag on longer than the Broadway run of "Cats."

Tue
21
Mar

A writer's secret wea-pun

Newspaper writers rely on several survival tools: Note pads, tape recorders, flasks of gin stashed in the bottom desk drawer.
But sometimes a fifth of Seagram's isn't enough to get us through a day of toil. That's why we sometimes implement an additional tool: The pun.

Mon
20
Mar

A misstep in the weight-loss journey

It's funny how progress sometimes doesn't feel like progress at all.

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