Category: society

Well done Michael Collins, the “other guy” on the Apollo 11 moon mission

Neil Armstrong, Michael Collins, & Buzz Aldrin Is it just me, or did the death of Apollo 11 astronaut Michael Collins last week at age 90 seem to be little more than a blip on the media’s radar? I caught a blurb about it somewhere but it swiftly seemed to fizzle as a news story.... Read more »

This Christmas, don’t let anyone tell you not to be as festive as you want to be

Do you ever read something that bothers you so much, even seemingly inconsequential and trivial, that for some reason you can’t shake it off? Another person might not give it a second thought, but it gets on your nerves and stays there. I was informed the other day, by no less an authority than the... Read more »

An employer can legally fire you if it doesn't like your social media activity. Here's why.

Hearing about “cancel culture,” people losing their jobs because they clicked the Like button on a Facebook or Twitter post, or were recorded on someone’s cellphone a decade ago dressed in a politically incorrect Halloween costume, might make some wonder exactly where their rights as a private individual end and begin when it comes to... Read more »
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My lifelong infatuation with "Hollywood" Harry is over

Prince Harry, my 35-year honeymoon with you is over. Next to the queen, you were this Anglophile’s favorite royal. I supported you when you went public with your private grief. I cheered you when you married for love. I even tentatively supported you when you and Meghan announced you were “stepping back” as senior British... Read more »

Is the Karen moniker more sexist than funny?

Count me among those who don’t find the “Karen” designation amusing. I think it’s sexist, anti-woman, and even dangerous. When I first learned of this social media trend, which has even been adopted by the regular media, particularly the tabloid press, a Karen was defined as a white woman who calls the police on black... Read more »

Let’s give it up to the brave journalists on the streets

The events and images of the past several weeks, coming on the heels of an extended lockdown and in the midst of the worst pandemic in a century, have left Americans reeling. In all the madness, I want to give props to a group of people that is getting largely overlooked in all the protesting... Read more »
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Support your local businesses: Wear a mask

            In the pro-mask versus anti-mask war, I stand somewhere in the middle. In late March, when almost no one was wearing a mask in public, I went out a couple times wearing one and got funny looks from other shoppers, who assumed I must be sick. Now you’re likely... Read more »

Payment Status Not Available: What the news media isn’t telling you about stimulus payments

The above image has become a daily, familiar, and vexing sight to many including myself. Millions of eligible Americans have still seen no stimulus money even though the government began distributing the payments almost two weeks ago. When the mainstream news media covers this problem at all, it tends to cover only one small part... Read more »

An open letter to hoarding shoppers

This isn’t funny anymore. At first it was mildly amusing, in the beginning when it spawned toilet-paper shortage jokes. But this is more than a month in now, and it needs to stop. I’m pissed, and I’m going to use curse words in this column—apologies to the sensitive. This behavior is getting serious and dangerous.... Read more »
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Court rules in favor of shelter that spayed, adopted out man's lost Shepherd by mistake

A disturbing recent case from Arkansas illustrates the importance of having a visible identification tag on your pet even if it is microchipped, and why animal shelters must be diligent about scanning every stray animal brought in. Although the case isn’t local, it addresses issues that most animal shelters and rescues regularly face when taking... Read more »