Post-Tribune Latest news from Post-Tribune Online en-us (Editor) Post-Tribune 84 34 30 Copyright 2014 <![CDATA[ OMG! Man up, end annoying statements ]]> Lead story image

’Tis the season when columnists write mea culpas, make predictions and list their resolutions. Since my culpas are too vast for this tiny space, my predictions best in retrospect and my resolutions inevitably ignored, I thought I’d list a few resolutions for the rest of the world. These, too, are likely to be ignored, but I’ll feel better getting a few things off my chest. Herewith, what annoys me most: Hot. Can we please shelve this awful word as used by adults to refer to others? What happened to “attractive” or “fascinating”? If you’re 18 or younger, I suppose one … ]]> Fri, 28 Dec 2012 13:02:00 -0500 <![CDATA[ Health care 2-way street for Romney ]]> Lead story image

Sitting under the lush palms and blue skies of the richest Americans’ favorite resort — Palm Beach, Fla., — during the offseason when the rich wouldn’t be caught dead here, I hastily add — I naturally couldn’t wait to watch Mitt Romney’s PowerPoint presentation on health care. But duty beckoned and, several pots of coffee later, I can only add my own voice to those who concluded: Poor Mitt Romney — though for different reasons. Romney is in a bit of a pickle, or so it seems at a glance. He’s running for president, in part, against Obamacare, but has … ]]> Mon, 23 Jan 2012 02:27:01 -0500 <![CDATA[ Misused words distort issues ]]>

Words matter. Just ask Google, which now has arranged for anyone to search millions of books online and track how many times a particular word has been used through the ages, thus suggesting how much we think about (and, by inference, value) certain things. Or ask WikiLeaker Julian Assange, now free from prison and enjoying "mansion arrest," who gained notoriety as well as accolades for exposing the private words of diplomats and untold others. While some leaked cables highlight both the good and the bad that humans do, others could reveal secrets told by people who may not enjoy the … ]]> Thu, 13 Jan 2011 11:12:03 -0500