A somewhat regular feature I usually wrote in that old newspaper, along with contributions from a few readers, was something I called Quick Hits. The goal was to state an opinion in up to 100 words.
Reaction to this feature was varied:
1. Many readers told me in person and by email how much they liked the Quick Hits because they were short and could be read quickly.
2. Contest judges annually praised the Quick Hits for what they added to the newspaper’s Opinion page.
3. And then there were a handful of the nattering nabobs of negativism, otherwise known as the readers who were allowed to post anonymous online comments. Some of them were critical of the Quick Hit concept. Others criticized the opinions expressed. (It’s worth pointing out that two or three of these readers snickered and took joy in what happened to me this week, which says all you need to know about them as people.)
But I just liked the Quick Hits because they were a relatively quick and easy way to make sure there was some kind of local commentary on Opinion pages on days when I didn’t have time to write something longer.
So, without further ado, here we go:
Quick Hit: Andrew Breitbart is dead; leave him alone
Conservative blogger Andrew Breitbart often said and did things in ways I try avoid — even when I agreed with him. But the death Thursday of the 43-year-old father of four is a good reminder to keep the highs and lows of our own lives in perspective. And those on the left who have celebrated upon hearing the news of his death are just as bad as they have said Breitbart was.
Quote of the day:
Good company and good discourse are the very sinews of virtue. — Izaak Walton, English writer (1593-1683)