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Book Review: Leonardo Da Vinci

I must confess to some minor disappointment in this book. I don’t know much about Da Vinci and have been looking for an opportunity to learn more. Isaacson’s biography was excellent in part of that goal but incomplete. The book would be better titled “The Works of Leonardo Da Vinci”, for it does an exceptional Read More …

Share in a real, constructive conversation about safety

In a front-page editorial on Wednesday, we on the Daily Herald editorial board vented our frustration over continued school shootings with a call for a statewide panel that would research potential solutions and produce specific recommendations before school starts again next fall. At the end of a contentious General Assembly and the beginning of a Read More …

The power of the press – and its limits

Google “the power of the press” and you’ll get thousands of responses – many extolling the ability of mass media to effect change by influencing public opinion, a growing number debating how that power is (take your pick) declining/growing/transforming and some decrying how the entire subject has been swallowed up in the confusing conversation over Read More …

A different kind of conversation that can ease ‘a great lonely grief’

The newspaper often can seem like a mere recitation of events, a steady succession of familiar themes. Political controversy swells out of Washington. Check. Dramatic action stirs passions in a foreign war. Check. The state approves a new law. A local government considers a housing development. A popular singer is coming to town. The stock Read More …

The eternal struggle to balance excitement, impact

Here’s an interesting news judgment question for you. Which of these two events happening next Monday night will attract the most interest — a debate over a law setting a minimum age to play youth football or the NCAA March Madness championship game, possibly featuring the local Cinderella team, the Loyola University Ramblers? The answer Read More …

A deeper look at what elections say about choices

The Illinois primary is now behind us, but I find myself thinking about the upcoming June primary in Maine. Here’s why. Elections are about choices. Still, one question that nagged me as I watched some of the more interesting primary races Tuesday night was whether the results were truly reflective of voter choices. In the Read More …

Deceptive political ads grow because voters let them

It’s not clear who in the political process should feel more ashamed, the candidates who attempt to persuade voters with deceptive campaign mailers and television advertising or the people who make voting decisions based on them. As a news person who talks to, respects and likes many politicians, it is a point of some frustration Read More …