No growth and not proficient

On Tuesday, for the first time in American history, the Vice President was called on to break a tie in the Senate during a cabinet confirmation vote. It wasn’t the confirmation of the Secretary of State or the Secretary of the Treasury. It wasn’t the Secretary of Defense or even the Attorney General. Each of those, so far, has been far less controversial.

Ah, Valentine’s!

This should cause no surprise to anyone except a few brain-dead boyfriends and husbands, but Valentine’s Day is less than a week in the future. Get crackin,’ guys.

Alternative what?

We’ve all heard a lot lately about “alternative facts.” The first time I heard it was when Kellyanne Conway, a White House senior adviser, used the term.

Don’t get lost in the sauce

I believe we’re seeing a significant paradigm shift in American political culture. Having studied political science for years, I’ve witnessed once high-minded disagreements over governing practices descend into something downright primitive.

Partisan facts: Fake news part 2

This morning, Donald Trump took the oath of office and officially became the 45th president of the United States. It’s the start of a new era in the American political environment. Sadly, it’s also the start of a new, and disturbing, era in the American media environment.

Somebody mention the vet?

Edna St. Vincent Millay is credited with saying, “It’s not true that life is one damn thing after another. It’s one damn thing over and over.” I can see what she meant. Only it’s a lot of one things over and over.

To whom it may concern…

It has recently come to my attention that we, here at the Times-Herald, bare much responsibility for the negative image the public has of certain local institutions.