Home Opinion

Opinion

Life as performance art

Publisher
By Fr. G. Corwin Stoppel My old hometown Roch­est­er, Minn., newspaper is reporting on a new movement which seems like a good idea, especially in our art communities. When we mix red and blue, we get purple. Since the two major political parties use those primary colors, the idea is by creating a climate in […]

Do I belong in an insane asylum?

Publisher
By Mike Wilcox Publisher Some days, one of those being yesterday, I feel like I belong in an insane asylum. It seemed like I couldn’t do anything right. When I get that way I get angry. Sometimes I bang my head against the wall. Other times I simply yell at my dog. I wouldn’t have […]

Blue Star

Publisher
By Scott Sullivan Editor Repent I knew I’d sinned after the first time our college newspaper cast got stoned. Plus the times that followed. But like most, we did not repent until we got caught. I quit soon after — a conscious decision, not based on guilt. Why pay to screw up my head and […]

Life as performance art

Publisher
By Fr. G. Corwin Stoppel I just finished reading Ron Chernow’s massive biography on Alexander Hamilton. When someone asked what I thought about this exhaustive, exhausting work, I replied the author went into everything except for the type of wood used to build the officer’s privies at Valley Forge. In short, it was a page-turner […]

Newspaper classifieds are safer alternative

Publisher
By Mike Wilcox Publisher Classified ads, long a moneymaker for newspapers, went away some time ago. They were the victims of free services like Craigslist and others that tried to emulate Craig Newmark’s success. But like the old saying “what goes around comes around,” classifieds seem to be making a comeback. This old newspaperman couldn’t […]

Blue Star

Publisher
By Scott Sullivan Editor Cats on Mats The End of the World is 30 seconds nearer, say keepers of the Doomsday Clock. That’s good or bad news, depending. The Bulletin of Atomic Scientists, who started the clock at seven minutes to midnight in 1947, advanced it last week to 2:30 till we go blooey thanks […]

Life as performance art

Publisher
By Fr. G. Corwin Stoppel The great bright spot of late January was not our balmy weather, but the announcement that Grand Rapids FOX-TV affiliate Channel 17 had named Saugatuck-Douglas officer Tino Reyes its “Pay it Forward Police Officer of the Year.” They couldn’t have picked a better officer. Congratulations to Tino, his family, our […]

Uptight about Trump? Top problem is illicit drugs

Publisher
By Mike Wilcox Publisher It’s easy to get all up tight about President Trump and his temporary ban on immigrants from seven Muslim nations or his choice for Supreme Court justice, but we should be more concerned about a huge problem that affects every one of us. I am writing about drugs: illegal and prescription. […]

Blue Star

Publisher
By Scott Sullivan Editor Dumb and Dumpster K.I.S.S. — Keep It Simple, Stupid — is one of those axioms we pay lip service to, then ignore. Take Robert Fulghum’s book “All I Really Needed to Know I Learned in Kindergarten.” The 1986 bestseller’s title essay explained how the world would be better if adults adhered […]

Life As Performance Art

Publisher
By Fr. G. Corwin Stoppel I am beginning to miss snow shoveling. It’s not like I like it. After the first time each winter, it seems like a overrated activity. I like the past tense of having shoveled. When we finish, the driveway or walks are at least temporarily clean, which is satisfying. Shoveling isn’t […]