Category: Daily Herald Newspaper

Remember this about the news: It changes

Some random thoughts on timely news-related topics: It is surely of questionable value to assign much credit or blame to a political figure based on ephemeral economic conditions. For me, the standard for this axiom is a quote from then-Gov. George Ryan that I recall but have not been able to track down nearly 18 Read More …

The suburban angle on silverfin

The status of Lake Michigan is not a peculiarly suburban story, but with dozens of suburban communities relying on the lake for drinking water, the predictions of a coming global water shortage crisis (referenced in the Daily Herald as far back as our 2006 series “The Oil of the 21st Century”) and the prospects for Read More …

Politics, profanity and the daily news

Let’s be clear. Donald Trump is not the first U.S. president to give responsible public media fits trying to figure out how to provide accurate quotations or descriptions within the context of a publication intended for the entire family. Bill Clinton’s intern shenanigans and Richard Nixon’s White House tapes — whose published form fixed the Read More …

Sex, violence and what really gets readers’ attention

There is an axiom regarding the newspaper business that says sensational news and sensational headlines attract newspaper readership. Like most axioms, there is some truth to this. In the age of the internet and the tyranny of the mouse click, the allure of the dramatic story cannot be discounted. But it can be overestimated. We Read More …

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 …