Author: jslusher11

Good news is not limited to the holidays

As the holiday season arrives, it’s common to see the newspaper filled, in print and online, with reports of the generosity and kindness of people throughout the suburbs. Yet, it’s also important to recognize that — contrary to popular opinion — good works, positive accomplishments and just plain good news are common in daily newspapers Read More …

Kneeling, patriotism, talking and the need to listen

“We need to talk.” It’s one of the most dreaded phrases in the English language. But when said, it’s usually true. Just as true and just as dreaded, though perhaps not as familiar, is its natural corollary: “We need to listen.” A newspaper or social media forum can easily — perhaps too easily — facilitate Read More …

Eclipse, Hurricane Harvey show our better nature

Last week started with the a solar eclipse. It ended with a devastating hurricane that was historic even by hurricane standards. It’s easy to see why primitive societies looked for messages from the divine in disruptions of nature. Today, we will leave it to sources more in touch with metaphysics to determine whether any such Read More …

Donald Trump, Billy Squier and thoughts on honest reporting

Why is President Donald Trump reminding me of an experience involving classic rocker Billy Squier, and can the connection teach us something about “fake news”? Let’s see. President Trump spent much of his Phoenix speech Tuesday night berating “the truly dishonest people in the media.” He exhorted the crowd to boo the people there chronicling Read More …