Scalping headline shows discrimination, ignorance still in our culture

It’s not always easy to come up with a headline for a newspaper story that will grab people’s attention and make them read the story. You know you’ve failed if the headline is interesting. If it’s racially offensive, however, that means you’ve really screwed up. The Antigo Daily Journal, a newspaper in northern Wisconsin, had …

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Smunday! Smunday! Smunday! A condiment company’s bad attempt at a holiday

There’s just more than a week remaining until the 51st Super Bowl, a time-honored tradition where two football teams compete to be the best in the land—and companies spend big-time bucks to come up with the craziest commercials imaginable to get you to buy their products. If you’re living in Georgia or the New England …

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Growing up in Chino Valley, you listened to what a little Birdie told you

When you go in to get your hair cut, you’ll tend to get someone who wants to chat. Sometimes, the discussion will be interesting, but there are times when you feel the barber is chatting just to fill the air with noise. When Birdie spoke, however, it was usually wise to pay attention. With the …

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There’s more than one path to free speech

In America, we take freedom of speech very seriously. It’s what the country was founded on, and whenever anyone tries to tread on our civil liberties, we come out swinging. Many of those strike-backs are justified, but some are not. The Daily Courier, the daily paper that covered where I grew up in Chino Valley, …

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Forget throwing the book at monsters and dump the whole shelf on them

You have to wonder how screwed up someone has to be in order to prey on someone weaker than them. You also have to wonder how stupid they are in order to film said predatory act and run it live on Facebook for the whole world to see. America got to see the latest effort …

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