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.
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.
The leaves in my yard still have not been raked.
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.
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.
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.
Alice and I recently celebrated our 42nd anniversary. And while I know there are folks who have been married longer than that, I decided to mention it.
NOTE: The following column was written in January of 2012. When I wrote it, I was entering the second semester of my sophomore year at the University of Arkansas.
Yep, it’s a new year, all right. How can I tell?
The year is almost over. I think I speak for many when I say we’ve seen better. And a quarter of America’s beloved celebrities would likely agree.