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Threats and insults won't get people vaccinated

I happen to believe vaccines are a good idea. That's why I got one. Everyone in my family is fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Furthermore, a lot of what I hear as justification for not getting...

 
 By Rich Manieri    Opinion    May 24, 2021

There's value in work, like it or not

The disappointing April jobs report should surprise absolutely no one, given that we now have a government more interested in providing incentives for people not to work, rather than paving the way to gainful employment. What this approach fails to...

 
 By Rich Manieri    Opinion    May 10, 2021

Your call is not really important to us

I've been hacked. Officially. Someone pretending to be me - go figure - has applied for unemployment benefits in my name. By the way, if you, whoever you are, really want to serve as my stuntman,...

 
 By Rich Manieri    Opinion    March 29, 2021

What's News? It depends on who you ask

I need someone to tell me what’s happening. Not a tinted version of events, but what’s really happening. I make the request because mainstream (if there is such a thing) news outlets seem to fundamentally disagree about what’s important. On...

 

Lessons from the inbox of divisiveness and unity

I collect my hate mail. Not because it makes me angry or because I want to obsess over it. It’s just so interesting and I want to understand it. I receive a lot of emails in response to columns, and most are generally positive. But the negative...

 

Lessons learned from the 2020 election

Sure, we didn’t know who won right away, or the next day, or the day after that, but we still learned quite a bit from the election. Among other things, I learned that “pollster” should no longer be considered a job. Those who have made...

 
 By Rich Manieri    Opinion    May 25, 2020

Restarting the economy shouldn't be a life or death decision

My mother texted me a photograph on Sunday. That doesn’t sound like a newsworthy occasion, but mom had never texted anything to me or anyone else, ever. It was a photo of the flowers I sent her for Mother’s Day. The picture was a little grainy an...

 
 By Rich Manieri    Opinion    March 9, 2020

Impractical manifestation of a midlife crisis

I bought a BMW. It’s a white convertible that screams “Midlife crisis!” from the highest rooftops. Of course, when I bought it two years ago, I didn’t think I was having a midlife crisis. I just thought I liked the car. Although, I don’t...

 

Don't know how your dog is feeling? Check his eyebrows.

 I would love to know what my dog is thinking or feeling.  Apparently, someone does know, or at least has an inkling.  I recently stumbled upon an essay in the Wall Street Journal titled, “What does it feel like to be a dog?” The piece was...

 

Political rhetoric speaks volumes about impeachment

If you observe politics the way I do – as one stares at a five-car pileup on the freeway – your gaping will always be rewarded. The House voted on Wednesday to impeach President Trump, but the rhetoric in the run-up to impeachment said a lot abou...

 

For the love of the dog

She once ate an entire stack of pancakes – at least six or seven – while I was taking my daughter to the school bus. On Thanksgiving, several years ago, she ate the last piece of apple pie. I didn’t actually see her eat it but the dots were...

 
 By Rich Manieri    Features    June 10, 2019

Opinion: Breaking news! Legitimate political discourse is dead

"This just in," as we say in the news business. British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher recently called Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden to complain about President Donald Trump. This is indeed big news, mainly because Thatcher has been d...

 
 By Rich Manieri    Opinion    March 25, 2019

College cheating scandal reveals bad parenting at its worst

Bribing your way into college. Who would have thought? It would have been a way around my rather pedestrian exam scores. My old man did threaten to put a horse's head in the beds of several admissions officers but, fortunately, the good folks at Vill...

 

Journalism's credibility takes yet another hit

"We don't report rumors." That seemed obvious when a newsroom colleague said it to me some 20 years ago. We had received information – which turned out to be unfounded – regarding some salacious stories about a local politician. "Wow, it's a...

 

Opinion: Maybe we should try listening, for a change

It might be that our political discourse is what it is because those involved are satisfied with the status quo. The rest of us spend a lot of time wringing our hands over the apparent impossibility to find common ground on any important issues, at...

 

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