• COLUMN: A shout out to kindly old Uncle Chuck

    And I thought the suspected puppy killer drew a harsh public reaction.
    That is until I started catching the fallout of last week’s front page that featured a woman getting seven years in prison for sending disgusting photos to a 12-year-old boy, and a former youth minister getting probation after being charged with rape, sodomy and other horrifying acts.
    Most of the outrage centered on the fact that the woman never laid a finger on her victim, but the youth minister laid a finger, and more, on his. Yet she goes to prison and he goes home.
    Fair enough.

  • COLUMN: I'm a rare breed, indeed

    On days like this past Tuesday, I certainly feel like a rare breed of sorts.
    Early — too early — Tuesday morning, I woke up to start the process that is deadline day at a weekly newspaper.
    As I was getting ready to come to work, I tested out a few tunes from the new Taylor Swift album, “Speak Now,” while waiting for 6 a.m. to roll around.
    You see, Mike and Mike in the Morning on ESPN Radio doesn’t start until 6.

  • COLUMN: Cold weather means more food on the table

    Ah! Crisp mornings have arrived. Each fall, I start the great closet wash. Warm clothes that have been hanging in the closet for months, are systematically washed to be ready for the winter season. I only have one load left, the long underwear.
    I believe there are two camps of people in this world, those who would rather be cold than hot and those, like me, who would prefer hot over cold. Consequently, I have enough layers to dress up as the Mr. Michelin Man all winter.