Keep a Lid on the Id

(June 29, 2017) In my fantasy dinner parties, Lost Coast Outpost Editor Hank Sims is a frequent guest. I am socially reluctant so I don't host actual dinner parties. I invite him...

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Land of the Free and Uncomfortable

(May 4, 2017) If you can't say something nice don't say anything at all. That's the maxim my parents and teachers taught me. Somewhere along the line, that turned into this: If someone...

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Sweat the Small Stuff

(March 30, 2017) When I check my phone for news updates, all the stories seem like so much noise. I want to shut it all off. There's the report of something Congress didn't...

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Press Time

(February 23, 2017) For a long time citizen journalists annoyed me. I blamed them for destroying the news profession. If people gave away work for free, why would anyone pay a journalist...

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Unfactoids

(January 26, 2017) I'd be powerless against the force of Kellyann Conway, the Trump spokesperson who turns provable falsehoods into "alternative facts." I'll believe anything someone tells me, as long as it is...

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Smarten Up

(November 17, 2016) Last week, half the nation elected a man who doesn't read over the smartest candidate who has ever run for office. That it shocked me shocks me. Why the hell...

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Sign of Something

(October 27, 2016) There is something weird about this election: the almost total absence of campaign signs and bumper stickers, at least in Arcata, where I live. On my ballot are important races for...

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Warning: This Column Contains Objectionable Material

(September 29, 2016) I won't watch violent movies or television shows alone. That's because when I know that an act of extreme violence is about to happen, I close my eyes and turn...

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Let it All Out

(August 25, 2016) It used to be way easier to keep a secret. It is pretty close to impossible these days. But it seems the harder it is to keep a secret, the...

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  • Re: Land of the Free and Uncomfortable

    • In an addendum comment, I must say that it is repugnant that in 2017 anyone…

    • on July 3, 2017
  • Re: Land of the Free and Uncomfortable

    • A very well-written and thoughtful column. My parents and grandma also taught me that maxim;…

    • on July 3, 2017
  • Re: Keep a Lid on the Id

    • Well written piece. I contend that things are functioning as they should: Blogs/online newspapers are…

    • on July 3, 2017
  • Re: Keep a Lid on the Id

    • A thought-provoking column. I'd be curious as to what your students think. I subscribe to…

    • on July 2, 2017
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