Ever wonder what makes a newspaper publisher’s toes tingle? Ever wonder what makes a job like this exciting every once in a while? Get a raging group of readers together and have them threaten to remove a public official. That may sound like hyperbole, but it’s not. Every once in a while, people who run newspapers and other forms of media need to be reminded of why we have wonderful jobs, and today is one of those days. Take a look at the letters that have poured in concerning the proposed beheading of the name "Reagan" from our Heights high school, and that’s all the evidence we need. First, let me offer some background. I did not attend John H. Reagan High School. I am not a Bulldog or a Red Coat. The only facility I’ve ever used at Reagan High School was the tennis courts across the … [Read more...] about What if we had this energy year-around?
This week, I did a little reading about Father’s Day, because that’s what we’re supposed to celebrate this weekend, and if we’re celebrating something, I don’t want to miss the party. One of my generation’s greatest comics, Jerry Seinfeld, did a wonderful job of explaining how fatherhood has changed over the past 30 years. "The bedtime routine for my kids is like this Royal Coronation Jubilee Centennial of rinsing and plaque and dental appliances and the stuffed animal semi-circle of emotional support. And I’ve gotta read eight different moron books," he said. "You know what my bedtime story was when I was a kid? Darkness!" Another comic, Martin Mull, found a wonderful way of describing fatherhood (and parenting), in general: "Having children is like having a bowling alley installed in … [Read more...] about Greatest Father’s Day gift is being one
One of the great art forms of a journalist (and we aren’t talking about some fellow with a smart phone posing with his pet poodle) is the ability to get a source to speak on the record. Whether we’re talking about newspapers, TV stations or trusted websites, the actual task of a journalist calling a stranger and begging for confirmations, denials or explanations is a difficult, though important, job. And in the hierarchy of newsgathering, which is what we try to do at The Leader, we constantly work to develop legitimate sources who will share with us so that we are able to share with you. In a job like this, you deal with all sorts. There are some supposed sources who would rather remove their earlobes with rusted fingernail clippers than actually speak with a reporter. The sad part is … [Read more...] about Got a question? Wright always has an answer
Here’s the great thing about an owner’s manual: It usually contains an index. Lawnmower needs a sparkplug? Find the “S” section and go shopping. Refrigerator needs a new drawer? Easy stuff, once the Super Glue loses its grip. But what in the world are parents supposed to do when their 20-month-old son begins a very rude – and awkward – game of stare because he has been told he cannot eat a piece of string? Once every few months, I enjoy revisiting the travails of parenthood, mainly because asking questions serves as a wonderful form of therapy. I also hear from enough readers (there’s a baby on every block in our neighborhoods) who seem to struggle with the same unknowns my wife and I face once every couple of hours. Maybe, together, we can figure out how to raise a generation of … [Read more...] about Why do young boys destroy Lincoln Logs?
Ever heard of NokNok? What about Yik Yak? Kleek ring a bell? You think I’m making up all these things, don’t you? Go ask your teenager the same question and you’ll be met with a glance of "duh." As if we don’t live in a confusing, fractured world already, let me fill you in on some of the happenings in media (or social media, whatever that means) today. So what are NokNok, Kleek and Yik Yak? They are all apps for your smart phone that are the greatest evidence yet that we, as a species, have nearly hit our limit. Let’s start with NokNok, and I only wish this were a joke. Most of us have friends, and most of our friends have our phone numbers saved in their phones – because we all know humans lost the ability to remember seven or 10 digits in a row. That genetic ability disappeared with the … [Read more...] about The Leader will make local searching easy