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Failing when it comes to passwords

I have several online accounts that I use a few times year and not once have I gained access without first trying several passwords and then clicking “Forgot Password” to begin the damnable process of getting a new one.

February 16, 2018 noon read more..

Hey, Google is my new buddy

I’m drinking morning coffee and exchanging pleasantries with the omnipotent Google Home device that arrived as a gift and was given a place near our kitchen table.

January 4, 2017 noon read more..

Some words we should avoid in 2017

Before year’s end, let’s have one sort of Kumbaya moment as we turn the page on words and expressions that have sort of worn out their welcomes in 2016.

December 2, 2016 noon read more..

There’s no such thing as free lunch

Like you, I sift through an awful lot of junk email each morning, but every once in a while there’s a piece of very important business tucked among the pitches for foreign cruises and erectile dysfunction medication.

August 17, 2016 noon read more..

Sanders can win presidential election

Many Democrats and others truly fed up with the state of the nation’s economic and social core are unwilling to support Bernie Sanders because they’re afraid he can’t win.

February 10, 2016 7 p.m. read more..

Baseball’s botched scoring

Here’s how Major League Baseball logged the first play in a Giants-Cubs game the other night: “Kyle Schwarber doubles on a pop-up to pitcher Jake Peavy.”

August 28, 2015 3 p.m. read more..

Trump’s exit speech

We’re all certain this is coming, we just don’t know when. It could be weeks, even months. Or maybe it won’t be until after a few bruising primaries.

August 14, 2015 3 p.m. read more..

Road sage

Next to Interstate 15, about 45 miles south of Las Vegas, sit three mysterious structures that look like gigantic table lamps giving off blinding light.

April 10, 2015 3 p.m. read more..

Clinton campaign springs a leak

Hillary Clinton’s cruise-control candidacy is beginning to leak oil - and that’s without any meaningful challengers among Democrats, let alone a formal Republican nominee to worry about.

April 1, 2015 3 p.m. read more..

2015 precap

The year gone by was marked by a tangle of stories involving midterm elections, grand juries and scandalous outfits worn by Sasha and Malia Obama. No need for a tedious yearend recap.

December 26, 2014 3 p.m. read more..

It’s okay, really

Back before there were pollsters to tell people how they felt about everything and everyone, the mood of the electorate could be judged by a loaf of bread. When the price was low, things were okay. I thought about that as I filled my gas tank on the north side of Phoenix and paid $2.79 per gallon.

November 5, 2014 3 p.m. read more..

Class act

A commencement speaker at Point Park University urged graduates to brush their teeth.

May 21, 2014 3 p.m. read more..

Sterling’s message

The issue brought to light in the Donald Sterling matter is this: neither passing legislation nor even electing a black president can cleanse all minds of evil thoughts.

May 7, 2014 3 p.m. read more..

Foul balls

Over in the sports section they greet each baseball season with rankings, predictions and detailed summaries of off-season roster moves. Here on the opinion page we usually prefer to wax about emerald green grass, the crack of the bat and the vernal reawakening of our Great American Pastime.

April 2, 2014 3 p.m. read more..

Pay attention to this

I happened to be doing a 20-hour road trip through Nevada in a rented car when Apple announced CarPlay, a system that will soon allow motorists to text, check email and be entertained via their mobile devices, while roaring down the highway.

March 12, 2014 3 p.m. read more..

2016 crystal ball

It says here that Jeb Bush has the best shot at the Republican presidential nomination in 2016, while Hillary Clinton might not be the Democrats’ candidate - and if she is, she’s no sure thing.

February 28, 2014 3 p.m. read more..

They, too, will be missed

Humanitarian Nelson Mandela. Actor Peter O’Toole. Novelist Tom Clancy. Interviewer David Frost. Actress Julie Harris. Senator Harry Byrd Jr.

December 27, 2013 3 p.m. read more..

Maryland’s courage

There’s a certain type of bravery taking place in the nation’s 19th most populous state, whose border is about two miles from the Washington Navy Yard, scene of a horrifying mass gun attack.

October 2, 2013 3 p.m. read more..

Pervs in the press

The creeps who edit New York’s <em>Daily News</em> and <em>Post</em> are expanding the boundaries of bad journalism, which, considering the source is quite a trick. That’s regrettable, because the city’s tabloids used to provide fun and relatively harmless reading.

August 15, 2013 3:59 p.m. read more..

What is a journalist?

As amateur news hounds gain power and influence through social media, the definition of “journalist” has ripened for philosophical debate. But now it’s becoming a legal issue - one that could hamper efforts to protect the news profession at the very time federal lawmakers are awakening to the need to do so.

May 31, 2013 2:39 p.m. read more..


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