OPINION — People cope with stress in various ways, and the past several months have been pretty stressful, what with all the riots going on, and the presidential campaigning, and Amy Coney Barrett’s SCOTUS confirmation hearings, and my missing sock, and some random guy flying around near the Los Angeles airport in a jetpack. He’s back, by the way. The pilots of a commercial jet saw him last week, about 6,000 feet up. Or maybe now there are two of them, which would be great, especially if they get into a dogfight. Kind of a real-life Iron Man thing. I’d buy a ticket.
I am not allowed to relate to how a black person feels about the name of Robert E. Lee, but I get it. I have had discussions with people people of color and I know there’s no reconciliation of the Robert E. Lee name for them. None at all.
OPINION — California has always had wildfires, but while the Golden State is experiencing some of the worst fires ever this year, the actual cause of these fires continues to baffle the authorities. Leonardo DiCaprio, one of the nation’s foremost experts on stuff, said recently the fires are the result of climate change. And if you can’t believe Leonard Di Caprio, who can you believe?
Mike Rowe, the guy that did the Dirty Jobs show, often receives angry letters from people who have misunderstood something he’s said. Mike is astute and literate, and has a talent for succinctly summing up a situation far better than most, but that doesn’t seem to help. Some folks are determined to get the wrong impression, and if you look hard enough for something at which to take offense, you’ll find it, even when it’s not there.