Don’t Apologize if You’re Sorry about Getting Caught

There’s an apology epidemic. If it’s not a corporate executive (Akiro Toyoda) then it’s an athlete (Tiger Woods, Mark McGuire) or a politician (Mark Sanford, John Edwards). People seem to require it; I don’t know why. It reminds me of A Thousand Clowns, that very nice...

Selling a City’s Soul, for Chicken Feed

Fire hydrants deserve more respect. These utilitarian and ubiquitous icons of America’s urban landscape are rarely noticed by anyone but dogs—and they give hydrants no respect whatsoever. Worse, though, a brand-name corporation now intends to lift its leg on...

Shouldn’t ‘Local’ Businesses Be Local?

In Alice in Wonderland, Humpty Dumpty declares: “When I use a word, it means what I choose it to mean, neither more nor less.” Well, get ready to tumble down the semantic rabbit-hole again, for giant corporations are trying to co-opt the meaning of one of...
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