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H.L. Mencken

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  • The state of the language

    What ever happened to the once strong, vital, unique American language? It hasn't been seen in some time. Maybe because it's been completely covered by the thicket of "you knows" and "whatevers" and various other verbal tics that by now have overwhelmed...
  • Confused about trade

    Confused about trade
    For decades, Americans have been told of the evils of importing energy. It sends our money abroad, the argument goes, makes us vulnerable to supply disruptions, strengthens our enemies and weakens the economy. Now, though, the tide is turning....
  • Not just a little girl from Little Rock

    Helen Gurley Brown wasn't just a little girl from Little Rock, to borrow a lyric from "Gentlemen Prefer Blondes." No, sir, she was from Green Forest, Ark., which is about 125 miles up the road from Little Rock. And from Los Angeles as well as Texas...
  • The Age of Mediocrity

    "The characteristic note of our time is the dire truth that the mediocre soul, the commonplace mind, knowing itself to be mediocre, has the gall to assert its right to mediocrity, and goes on to impose itself where it can." --José Ortega y Gasset The...
  • Powerful courtroom moments in the open-air 'Inherit the Wind'

    Powerful courtroom moments in the open-air 'Inherit the Wind'
    Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee's oft-produced 1955 courtroom drama, based on the famous Scopes "monkey trial" of 1925, was intended — like Arthur Miller's "The Crucible" — to use earlier events in American history as a frame for examining...
  • The brevity of Silent Cal

    The brevity of Silent Cal
    WASHINGTON -- Before Ronald Reagan traveled the 16 blocks to the White House after his first inaugural address, the White House curator had, at the new president's instruction, hung in the Cabinet room a portrait of Calvin Coolidge. The Great Communicator...
  • Chan Lowe: Marco Rubio's State of the Union rebuttal

    Chan Lowe: Marco Rubio's State of the Union rebuttal
    While going through the Letters to the Editor inbox this morning, I uncovered a particularly nasty epistle. The author felt that Marco Rubio had a lot of gall with his intention to deliver part of his official rebuttal to the State of the Union address in...
  • Man About Town: Valentine's candyland at Sweet! Hollywood

    Man About Town: Valentine's candyland at Sweet! Hollywood
    I'm in my traditional Cupidian buying frenzy leading up to Valentine's Day, my major organs bursting with good intentions, not knowing quite where to turn, getting a little angry about it actually — the frustrations of unbridled romance, bordering...
  • Hold the applause

    It was H.L. Mencken who said nobody ever went broke underestimating the taste of the American public. He didn't think to add that no politician ever lost an election by underestimating the gullibility of the American public. The latest illustration of...
  • Viewpoint: The good, bad and ugly of getting older

    Viewpoint: The good, bad and ugly of getting older
    With my birthday coming up in the very near future I was thinking about some of the things that annoy those of us getting up in years. I am grateful several female friends shared their pet peeves. These aren’t in any particular order. 1. Print so...
  • Hysteria over 5-Hour Energy drink is not yet justified

    Hysteria over 5-Hour Energy drink is not yet justified
    The floor space of the new Walmart Supercenter (they don't want to call it a mere store) in Whitehall Township has enough room for nearly four full-sized football fields. Luckily, somebody in a blue shirt pointed to a "pharmacy" section that is very...
  • The bureaucratic impulse

    Business hasn't been all that great the past four years in America. But, never fear, our president has noticed -- even if it's taken him a while. His solution: a new U.S. secretary of business. That's right. A whole new federal department would...